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Stories from the World War II Battlefield: Navigating Army, Air Corps, and National Guard Service Records (Volume 1) Paperback – February 21, 2015
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About the Author
Jennifer Holik is a genealogical, historical, and military researcher. Jennifer lectures throughout the Chicagoland area on World War II records and stories, kids genealogy, and Italian genealogy. As a researcher and writer she can help you research and piece together the stories of your ancestors, particularly if they served during World War II. Jennifer is also on staff at the World War II History Network where she assists with the genealogy group.
Top customer reviews
Ms. Holik has written a concise, easy to understand blueprint for WW2 research; the style, structure and content of the two volumes will benefit both beginners and more advanced researchers. She guides readers through often confusing military organizations, documents and archives: acronyms and key documents are defined and well explained. The volumes include many pages of 'actual documents' from the period. Along the way, she reveals alternative sources and strategies that may help in locating soldier or veteran information individuals may never have known existed. For those interested in writing a soldier's story, Ms. Holik draws on her experience as an author and speaker; including useful recommendations throughout.
The beauty of Ms. Holik;s book is it's ability to conform to a wide variety of interests, skill levels, and objectives: for those just trying to figure out what their grandfather did during the war too those intent on publishing an ancestor's WW2 story.
Recommended for: beginners to military service research, intermediate researchers (because, there may be something we missed), advanced WW2 researchers (because we all need a reminder sometime) genealogists, military reenactors interested in adding context to their character presentation, or as a general WW2 writers reference.
Don't throw away that box of letters and photos from WW2 - buy this book and find the story behind the letters.