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Looking for books/resources for 1940's US military architecture...

Asked by bpeoples (2546points) January 15th, 2008

Starting research for a project, and striking out on some quick searches. I’m not sure that “architecture” is the right word for the WWII buildup, but I’m working on it.

Any thoughts?

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Zaku's avatar

Architecture as in bases and fortifications?

bpeoples's avatar

Naval Air Stations base design and construction, specifically. But I’m looking for more general texts about base design and theory during the 1940’s.

Zaku's avatar

I don’t have a perfect thing to recommend, though maybe consult a research librarian at a navy or air force base library (or even a local public library).

bpeoples's avatar

Thanks Zaku!

I found a couple of good resources in my reading:
– There’s the Pacific branch of the National Archives in San Bruno
– This book: http://www.stormingmedia.us/09/0966/A096662.html

The NAS in question is actually in the “Streamline Moderne” style, so I’m also looking for books on that architectural form.

artemisdivine's avatar

ok i know i go a little crazy on links but i LOVE research…

News Archives News Articles – Timeline
All dates – Jun, 1940 – Mar, 1942 – Dec, 1942 – Aug, 1944 – Apr, 1945 – Apr, 1948 – Jan, 1949 – Recent news

http://news.google.com/archivesearch?num=30&hl=en&safe=off&q=US+military+link+resources&as_ldate=1940&as_hdate=1949&um=1&ie=UTF-8&scoring=t&sa=X&oi=archive&ct=title

Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/military/american-military-history.html

Society for Military History – tons good stuff
http://www.smh-hq.org/links.html

Jensen is a scholar with many books and articles; he was professor of history for over 35 years at several schools, including the University of Illinois, Harvard, Michigan, West Point, and Moscow State University. His recent books (coauthored) include The Civil War on the Web (2nd edition 2003), Trans-Pacific Relations : America, Europe, and Asia in the Twentieth Century (2003), World War II on the Web (2002) and Americans at War: Society, Culture, and the Homefront (2005).

http://tigger.uic.edu/~rjensen/military.html

History Resources on the Web
http://plymouthlibrary.org/history.htm

Military History Resources
http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/history.html

World War II: Military Operations
From a strategic perspective, what is most significant about World War II is that it featured the first use of truly global tactics for offensive operations. Military operations launched from the sea on to hostile shores – amphibious warfare – proved to be a successful strategy during the war, as shown by Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. The surprise attack, as demonstrated by the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, was also critical to military victory.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/researchstarters/wwii/

BOOKS/pamphlets

United States Army in World War II
Reader’s Guide
http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/11–9/11–9c.htm

Defense of the Americas
7 December 1941–2 September 1945
http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/DOA/DOA.htm

GUARDING THE UNITED STATES AND ITS OUTPOSTS
http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/Guard-US/index.htm

bpeoples's avatar

Awesome resources, thank you!

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