Reference Materials

Included here:

1. Bibliographies

2. Encyclopedias and Historical Dictionaries

1. Bibliographies

Baxter, Colin F. The War in North Africa, 1940-1943: A Selected Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996.

Tate, Air & Space Power Journal (2008), enthuses that this is a "magnificent treasure of information for the would-be historian.... A well-written, thought-provoking historical synopsis of the desert war precedes the selected bibliography.... The presentation of this book is ideal. Its information is accessible and easy to extract. The author's methodology is clear and concise."

Funk, Arthur Layton. "Note bibliographique sur les livres et documents de langue anglaise sur l'espionnage et les opérations secrètes" [Bibliographical note on English-language books and documents dealing with espionage and the secret service]. Revue d'histoire de la deuxième guerre mondiale 34, no. 133 (1984): 75-78.

Gabel, Christopher R. "Books on Overlord: A Select Bibliography and Research Agenda on the Normandy Campaign, 1944." Military Affairs 48, no. 3 (Jul. 1984): 144-148.

Michel, Henri. Bibliographie critique de la Résistance. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1964.

A listing of some 1,200 Resistance items.

Nautical Brass On-Line. "Codebreaking and Secret Weapons in World War II." []

"These articles are part of a ten-part series on codebreaking (Enigma, 'Purple', 'Magic', and the large part cryptography played in World War II) and the secret weapons of Allies and Axis (V1, V2, A-bomb, radar, etc.). The series of articles originally appeared in Nautical Brass magazine, now no longer in print, but on the Web as Nautical Brass On-Line." Includes "Annotated Bibliography. 120 references, including Enigma simulators, Web sites, movies, video tapes, books and articles. (17K)"

Rasor, Eugene L. The China-Burma-India Campaign, 1931-1945: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1998.

From publisher: "The literature [on the CBI theater] is extensive and this book provides an evaluative survey of that vast literature. A comprehensive compilation of some 1,500 titles, the work includes a narrative historiographical overview and an annotated bibliography of the titles covered in the historiographical section."

Sexton, Donald J., comp. Signals Intelligence in World War II: A Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1996.

Clark comment: This work has 828 annotated bibliographic entries on the role of ULTRA and MAGIC. Entries include primary and secondary sources; annotations average 4-5 lines each. There are entries on sources on the Sigint and cryptanalytic programs of the Axis and neutral powers. The brief (18 pages) introductory essay is worth reading for its general sweep across some of the main sources.

Kruh, Cryptologia 20.4, calls this a "thoughtfully organized annotated bibliography" and a "valuable contribution to the history of WW II." For McKay, I&NS 13.2, the author "has carefully avoided riding hobby-horses and his judgements on the whole seem fair and sensible." Nevertheless, the flood of material that has come out since the bibliography's cut-off date of 1995 probably means that the work "will soon require to be updated." In addition, the reviewer finds some gaps in Sexton's coverage of older materials and of foreign language sources.

Sexton, Donald J., and Myron J. Smith, Jr. Electronic Intelligence in World War II: ULTRA and MAGIC -- A Bibliography. London: Meckler, 1994.

Smith, Myron J., Jr. Air War Bibliography 1939-1945: English Language Sources. 5 vols. Manhattan, KS: USAF Historical Foundation, Military Affairs/Aerospace Historian Publishing, 1977-1982.

Vol. 1: General Works and European & Mediterranean Theaters of Operation; Vol. 2: Pacific Theater; Airpower, Strategy & Tactics; Escape, Evasion, Partisan and POW Experiences; Vol. 3: Multi-Theater Studies; and the Air Forces; Vol. 4: The Aircraft; Vol. 5: Aerial Support.

Smith, Myron J., Jr. The Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway, 1942: A Selected Bibliography. Bibliographies of Battles and Leaders Series. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1991.

Smith, Myron J., Jr. The Secret Wars: A Guide to Sources in English. 3 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1980-1981.

Vol. I, Intelligence, Propaganda and Psychological Warfare, Resistance Movements, and Secret Operations.

Vol. II, Intelligence, Propaganda and Psychological Warfare, Covert Operations, 1945-1980.

Vol. III, International Terrorism, 1969-1980.

Clark comment: Smith's bibliography totals about 10,000 entries, referenced by category and author; there are no annotations. To Constantinides, this is "one of the most complete and useful references available to researchers and scholars." Nonetheless, it still misses "important books or books on significant individuals." See also, Allen E. Warnke, "The Secret Wars: A Guide to Sources in English," American Journal of International Law 77 (Jul. 1983): 717-718.

2. Encyclopedias and Historical Dictionaries

Chant, Christopher. The Encyclopedia of Code Names of World War II. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1986. New York: Methuen, 1987.

West, Nigel [Rupert Allason]. Historical Dictionary of World War II Intelligence. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2008.

Peake, Studies 52.2 (Jun. 2008), says that the author "continues his precedent of providing a fine bibliographic essay, an index he creates himself, and an absence of source notes." This is a "useful but not comprehensive treatment [that] leaves many topics for future volumes."

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