Many of these are available in several locations or by multiple means, but the most complete collection by far is at the US Army Military History Institute (MHI) at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Located just southwest of Harrisburg, near the intersection of Interstates 76 and 81, this library-like facility is open to the public Monday - Friday, free of charge. The collection of American military books and periodicals there is unmatched, and the staff is helpful and friendly. Parking is difficult, however, so try to get there early to beat the rush -- Carlisle Barracks is a small post, and since its main activity is the US Army War College, very little parking is allotted for MHI users.
Limited interlibrary loans may occasionally be arranged -- speak with your local librarian.
The following code designates the availability of each book:
|MHI = US Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks|
AUT = Available from the author for a small fee.
COM = Available through retail book stores.
RAR = Sometimes available through used book stores, such as the Military Bookman in NYC. A copy of The Story of the Century typically goes for about $50.00 - $60.00 in good condition; the others are more rare, and may fetch a higher price, depending on the condition and demand.)
One especially effective procurer of rare military history books is Jack Long. A retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer, Jack is also a collector of rare World War II unit histories, and is especially sensitive to the needs of the historian, buff, and collector -- as well as the resources of veterans. He can be reached at (800) 233-6230 (Daytime, weekdays) and (410) 788-0582 (Evenings and weekends). His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Published Unit Histories
Privately Published and Unpublished Unit Histories
Published and Unpublished Individual Accounts