- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Casemate (September 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932033149
- ISBN-13: 978-1932033144
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the World War II U.S. Army Paperback – September, 2006
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Gawne, himself the son of a World War II veteran and author of several books on military related topics, narrows his research to the US Army and US Army Air Corps. In the opening chapters, Gawne delivers a succinct outline of World War II, a capsulation on the organization, training and recruitment of the US Army, its branches of service, ranks, and the difference between combat and non-combat units.
The author then delves into the complex array of Individual Records, and describes in detail the paper trail a soldier accumulates from recruitment to discharge. Gawne reveals what is an MOS, what the numbers and letters on a soldier's serial number means; the information found on his dog tags, his pay record, death records, and explains the Army mail system. Here, as in all chapters, examples of actual records are generously sprinkled throughout.Read more ›
Example: There is on page 41, a color picture of the shoulder patch for FUSAG, the First US Army Group. OK a shoulder patch isn't unusual. But FUSAG was the fictious army that General Patton commanded in an attempt to confuse Hitler. Did anybody wear these patches? Were they worn by a few just on leave to 'prove' that the unit existed.
In addition to a description of the Army as it existed at that time, (No Marines or Navy in this book.) this book goes into great detail about how to find records, how to identify any momentos the serviceman might have kept, and web sites that are dedicated to preserving the history of particular units.
This book is beautifully printed, mostly in color on high quality paper, somewhat of a surprise to see in a paperbound book.
I could never get my dad to talk about his experiences while in the US Army during WWII, outside of a comical happening or two. All I knew was that he had served in the retaking of the Philippines and briefly in the occupation of Japan. I'm proud of what my dad/the USA did during the War and very interested in what he did or went thru. Are you in the same situation?
Then this is the book that you need!!!!
Most importantly, it gives the places to search for & to obtain information and how to read the documents.
But wait! That's not all!! (as they say in infomercials on TV. LOL)
It gives an excellent breakdown of the units and their sub-units in size and organization (T/O) and the associated abbreviations for each. As a military history buff, I thought I knew how the Army was organized but boy did I learn a lot more about it.
This book covers campaign dates, T/O, how to identify a vehicle's assignment, badges and just about everything else you could want to know and I highly recommend it. Even if you're just a WWII history buff.
The only thing I've not been able to find in this book is a breakdown on how to read the ribbon bar(s).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book for basic information about the WW2 Army and for genealogy researchers. If you want general information about the US Army, it's structure ranks, pay etc. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Keith
This is one of the best books I have encountered dealing with World War 2. It does not deal with battles, campaigns or tactics but rather the set-up of the U.S. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Russell Santangelo
I've come across more and more younger people recently who are genuinely curious about their father or grandfather's service in the Second World War. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by John E. Nevola
FINDING YOUR FATHER'S WAR: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RESEARCHING AND UNDERSTANDING
SERVICE IN THE WORLD WAR II ARMY
HARDCOVER,... Read more
If you are doing research into WWII records, this is the place to start.
Pretty much step by step directions on where to look and whom to write. Read more
The book is an excellent text for those who have no knowledge of the military or the Army structure in particular. Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by Gary