Casemate Spring 2015 Catalog

We’re pleased to present Casemate’s Spring 2015 catalog, featuring new and upcoming releases from our own line as well as from our great distribution publishers.

Take a look at all of the great new books by clicking on the image below!

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Casemate Group to Acquire International Publishers Marketing (IPM)

Havertown, PA, November 17, 2014. Philadelphia area based publisher and distributor Casemate is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2015 it will acquire the trade book distributor, International Publishers Marketing of Dulles, VA and that Jane Graf, IPM’s director will join Casemate at that time.

Casemate President David Farnsworth said: “Bringing IPM and their long-time director Jane Graf into the Casemate Group significantly increases our reach and enables us to provide a top-level service to distribution client publishers whose books fall outside of our traditional core subject areas of history, military, archaeology and art.  We will now move forward with renewed confidence and enthusiasm knowing that we are offering the best possible solution to publishers looking for expert third party sales, marketing, and distribution in the general trade. In addition to the key talents of the Casemate team – now enhanced by the many years of experience Jane Graf brings – we have our proven eBook sales and marketing operation and our in-warehouse print-on-demand capabilities to place at their disposal as well, all combining to make a very powerful package of services for our current and future distribution clients.”

“This is a marvelous way to celebrate IPM’s 25th anniversary”, said Graf, “as it will expand the market penetration for IPM’s client publishers, and will increase the exposure across North America for their wonderful books. IPM’s motto for years has been “bringing you the best books from around the globe” and this move will allow us to offer our clients an increased level of quality service. We are all very excited and know that the IPM and Casemate clients will benefit from this merger of talents.”

Founded in 2001, the Casemate Group is made up of Casemate Publishers, Oxbow Books, Casemate Academic, Casemate Athena and Casemate Art. In the United Kingdom, Casemate-UK was set up in 2007 and in late 2011 Casemate acquired Oxford UK based Oxbow Books and Oxbow’s US subsidiary The David Brown Book Company (since renamed Casemate Academic.)

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Jerry Krizan, 1945-2014

Jerry Krizan in front of a medical dispensary after it was hit by mortar in August 1968.

Jerry Krizan in front of a medical dispensary after it was hit by mortar in August 1968.

It is with regret that we report the passing of one of our authors last Friday (Nov. 14), Jerry Krizan, who along with co-author Robert Dumont penned an outstanding wartime memoir for us last spring—BAC SI: A Green Beret Medic’s War in Vietnam.

It strikes us as typical of Jerry’s modesty that during the months-long editorial/production process we had no idea he was struggling with cancer. He never said, and we only learned of his demise today. Nevertheless we’ve been ensured by Robert and others that the publication of his memoir brought good happiness to him during his last months.

Born in Detroit and thereafter nearly a lifelong resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jerry enjoyed a successful career as an accountant for 30 years, from the 1970s onward. He had a terrific family, including his wife Sue and daughter Mary who is a professor of philosophy at University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. His local obituary states:

“He enjoyed gardening, reading, and being a Mr. Fixit. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.”

Bac Si coverWe at Casemate can perhaps add a little more. Jerry was not always simply a citizen of Kalamazoo. When young, he was also called by our government to Indochina, where he served as a Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces Group near the Cambodian border. Here is an excerpt from his commendation for the Bronze Star (with Valor):

“During a multi-regimental attack on Loc Ninh Special Forces Camp by the North Vietnamese Army using rockets, artillery and ground probes, Sergeant Krizan, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, moved through the explosions and ground fire to aid wounded Camp Strike Force soldiers. Sergeant Krizan exposed himself again when he dragged a wounded soldier from the direct line of enemy fire. When the ground probe became extremely close to actual entrance through the wire and into the camp, Sergeant Krizan was sent to the weakest point in the wire, where he continually exposed himself to the fire in order to better fire his M-16 rifle to halt the enemy advance into the camp. Sergeant Krizan remained in position until all threat was quelled, at which time he returned to the emergency medical bunker to treat the wounded.”

So such was the task of a Green Beret medic on our frontier outposts in Vietnam. The Loc Ninh camp eventually fell to the NVA, but not while Sgt. Krizan was there. It is with pleasure that we see citizens like Jerry honored by the communities in which they’ve been longtime admirable citizens. But at Casemate we realize that gallant individuals such as he often have other stories to tell when called upon to serve their nation.

It was fortunate for us to have been able to tell the story of Jerry (when younger, Sergeant) Krizan.

 

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Veterans’ Day, 2014

To All Readers,

 

For those of you familiar with Casemate Publishers we trust it’s been clear enough that we honor every individual who has sacrificed the comfort of their own hearths and home to fight for their country. However, this Veterans’ Day has been especially important to us due to all the cross-currents of patriotic wars, both modern and past.

Foremost, this year is the 70th anniversary of World War II, which means that fewer and fewer of our veterans of that conflict will soon remain with us. Justifiably termed “The Greatest Generation,” they indeed had the greatest challenges, and to remember their sacrifices in battle or pure service is one of our own foremost goals.

Following the WWII generation is our veterans from Korea (in fact, many of the same people, called back again to fight), and it is still a poignancy here that the war they waged has heretofore remained the “forgotten” one. Not so in the true annals of America’s military history.

At the same time this is the 100th anniversary of the Great War, which first ripped Europe apart in armed conflict and set the stage for America emerging as a global power. Although those veterans are no longer with us, many readers are discovering for the first time the horrific travails faced by the soldiers on all sides. Suffice to say that while America only entered that conflagration in its last year, our 173,000 dead left enough of a mark upon the Continent’s soil.

This year is also the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, or least of the year when the Union finally exerted its full force. It is still the costliest war in American history, which perhaps could be expected when our people fought each other, naturally neither side willing to give in.

Vietnam doesn’t lend itself to anniversaries, but it was the hardest-fought war we’ve engaged in since World War II, and also proved a watershed in American history. Now, believe it or not, many of those veterans—who listened to rock’n’roll in their spare time—are reaching retirement age. It sometimes seems so recent that they were fighting confrontational battles with the NVA on one hand, in far-off Southeast Asia, while “marches on Washington” or college protests were going on at home. If ever a war was fought with such disconnect—between its homeland and its soldiers—it was Vietnam. And our warriors (most of them draftees) simply returned to become some of our greatest citizens, less 58,000 dead and 350,000 wounded suffered on our behalf.

Vietnam caused the changeover of the US Army into a “volunteer” force, and the startling statistic emerged this week that 2.5 million American men and women have served for us in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.  Notwithstanding that that number means 98% of Americans no longer need to serve, it prompts nothing but respect for those who have willingly volunteered to fight.

This Veterans’ Day is a true mix. Many of those from past wars are now reaching their twilight, if not already, while we have the greatest respect for the new veterans among us. While here at Casemate we seek to chronicle all of their sacrifices, it goes without saying that we look forward to an end to all wars, if possible, or at least the wisdom on the part of our leaders to gain victories in them when the occasion rises. The courage of our people calls for nothing less.

As proven throughout the past two hundred years, American soldiers will always prove their excellence. We’ll continue to see if our political leadership can say the same, even as our respect for the veterans who have fought on our behalf over the years knows no bounds.

 

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The Ardennes 1944-1945

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We’re pleased to announce that The Ardennes 1944-1945: Hitler’s Winter Offensive by Christer Bergstrom is now available from Casemate!

This new release is an unparalleled account of The Battle of the Bulge, illustrated with over 400 photos, maps, and color profiles. Christer Bergström has interviewed veterans, gone through huge amounts of archive material, and performed on-the-spot research in the area. The result is a large amount of previously unpublished material and new findings, including reevaluations of tank and personnel casualties and the most accurate picture yet of what really transpired.


Download a free sample chapter of this book here

Purchase your own copy of The Ardennes here.


An Interview with Christer Bergstrom on his new release:

Why did you decide to write this book? What prompted you to put this story down on paper?

I had planned it for many years, probably for about 20 years. What prompted me to put finally together all the material I had collected into a book was when I some years ago read an article about the Battle of the Bulge in a Swedish military history magazine, and I got so sick at seeing the same old myths being repeated again.

How much research did you do for the book?  Can you give us some tips on this?

Incredibly much, for many, many years. Having read everything about the subject, I visited all the relevant archives. I also made interviews with lots of veterans, and through them I received much material that is not available in the official archives.

What do you like most about your book? Why should we read it?

This is an absolutely neutral account (written by a Swede), giving an equal attention to both sides in this epic battle. I have found incredibly much and hitherto unknown information which gives an entirely new image of this battle, the Battle of the Bulge.

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Artillery Scout – Now in Stock

Artillery-Scout

We’re excited to announce that Artillery Scout: The Story of a Forward Observer with the U.S. Field Artillery in World War I is now available!

In this new release, James G. Bilder, co-author of A Foot Soldier for Pattonexplores his Grandfather’s service as an Artillery Scout in France during World War I.  Pulling from the stories that his Grandfather shared as well as military records and diaries from  33rd Infantry Officers, Bilder paints a captivating picture of the life of a soldier on the front line.

Covering battles such as St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest, Bilder takes the reader straight to the action, detailing each minute up until the Armistice. Focusing on the men who fought on these battlefields, Bilder reveals an intimate look into their experiences of being thrust into Europe during the “Great War.” Reflecting on this idea, Bilder writes,

History has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember.  Rather than just knowing the names and dates of events (these are in most cases already famous), I wanted to have, and to convey, a feel for everything from food and clothing to the attitudes of those involved.  We usually judge history through present day values.  It’s important to know what those present at the time felt and believed.  That, in my opinion, is truly capturing history.


Artillery Scout is also available as an eBook, which you can purchase from the following retailers:

**Download a sample chapter from this book here.**

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Operation Thunderclap and the Black March

We’re pleased to announce that Operation Thunderclap and the Black March is now available from Casemate!

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IIn this new release, author Richard Allison describes two different aspects of the air war over Europe in World War II – Operation Thunderclap and The Black March – through the eyes of two B-17 crew members. Both crew members, one a co-pilot and the other a gunner, trained together in Mississippi  until they were assigned to the 91st Bomb Group in England.  Assigned to separate missions during World War II, this book explores both of their stories, one of continuous air combat and the other of capture and life on the ground..

To learn more about this new release, we talked with author Richard Allison about his book:

Why did you write this book?

I wanted to learn about the air war in Europe and I happened to have a trust client who flew combat missions.  I had previously written accounts of my own family members experiences in the military, and as my retirement date at the bank approached I asked my client (who by then had become a friend) if I could interview him and do a book about what he experienced during WWII.  He said yes, and prior to the first of several tape-recorded sessions, he furnished me with a large box of documents that he had saved and not looked at since 1943-45.   When I began putting these documents in chronological order and reading a few of the letters, I got excited – I sensed I had been given a war history treasure chest.

Someone recently asked me if my long experience as a bank personal trust officer helped me in my second career as a writer?  I responded yes, it did, as it introduced me to members of The Greatest Generation.  I had a number of trust clients, my pilot friend among them, who grew up in affluent circumstances.  These clients believed in America and fought alongside everyone else to defend her.  I wrote this book as a tribute to my trust clients and all others who served in WWII.  They had the wisdom to recognize evil and the physical courage to confront it.

What do you like most about your book? Why should we read it?

I’d prefer to let the reader decide, but if I must, I offer this as an answer: my book presents both “micro and macro” viewpoints.  It juxtapositions the very small – the implication, for instance, of the European Theatre of Operations Male Officers’ Uniform, Clothing & Accessory Card in regard to rationing – with the very large – the meaning of the Yalta condition: “Hostile propaganda directed against the contracting parties or against any of the United Nations will not be permitted.”  On one level my book is war story action thriller with B-17s and Tiger tanks, etc., and on another, something completely different – an analysis of how 1945 – a critical year in 20th century history — unfolded in Europe on the international level and with such tragic results.

My book also tells the USAAF story through simultaneous eyewitness accounts: what happened in the air over Germany and on the ground.

Finally my book touches on issues existing today: the role of the chaplain corps in the military, how the military medical corps approaches the subject of combat related stress, censorship and – on the periphery — what constitutes a moral war.


Operation Thunderclap and the Black March is also available as an eBook, which you can purchase from the following retailers:

**Download a sample chapter from this great new book here.**

 

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Weekend Wrap-Up: AUSA and Military History Weekend

AUSA Annual Conference

Last week there were tanks, helicopters, airplanes and books all inside a glass-paned convention center as the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) hosted hundreds of defense experts and their military equipment for three days in Washington, DC. Casemate also had the pleasure of attending the Annual Meeting & Exposition where we were able to connect with journalists, authors and readers in the field.

Military men and women, foreign and domestic, came to participate in official AUSA discussions and lectures and visit the countless resources in attendance— all while making time to do some light reading! It was a delight to meet so many of our customers face to face and to hear people’s stories.

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As a representative of the AUSA Book Program, Casemate showcased the AUSA-affiliated title, German Fallschirmtruppe by Karl-Heinz Golla and published by Helion & Company. The other publishers in attendance, The University Press of Kentucky and Naval Institute Press, hosted author signings as well as their own AUSA-affiliated titles.

To read about some of the lectures and meetings from the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition visit the AUSA meeting page. You can see more photos from the conference on our Facebook page here.



Military History Weekend

This year’s Military History Weekend was a hit with over 20 different vendors displaying their remarkable toy soldiers and battle scenes. There was also a chance to witness the history of the Jeep with Lee Holland of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA). All of this and more in one weekend on the outskirts of historic Williamsburg, Va.

At the show Casemate’s own Dick Camp, author of Assault from the Sky, gave two great talks describing the landings on Iwo Jima and Peleliu. Camp, a veteran of the Marine Corps, gave gripping and thorough accounts of each of these events offering a real-life view of the sand taken from the beaches for testing.

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All in all, a fantastic show shared with many of our familiar readers. We hope that you enjoyed the show too! For more information and photos of the event visit www.mhwshow.com.

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Fabled Fifteen

Fabled-Fifteen

We’re excited to announce that Fabled Fifteen: The Pacific War Saga of Carrier Air Group 15  is now available from Casemate.

In this new release, author Thomas McKelvey Cleaver documents the Air Group’s six months at war, with details on their combat tour and daily life aboard the USS Essex during the Pacific War.

To learn more about the research and interest in this topic, we talked to Thomas McKelvey Cleaver about his experience writing this book.

What fascinates you about revisiting the past and bringing it to life in a book?   

Michael Connelly once said in an interview that “authors of non-fiction history can bring the dead back to life.” I think that’s true, and I enjoy doing it, particularly when I am able to do so by telling their real story, not the made-up stuff.

When and how did you become interested in Military history?

I grew up in a private “military museum,” of the detritus of war brought back by my ancestors – which at one time included the sword of the Sergeant of the Hessian Guard at Trenton Barracks, taken from him on Christmas Day 1776 by my ancestor – and was curious about it.  Also, being interested in airplanes, I would want to know what this or that airplane was used for, which led to reading about the wars they had been in, then asking why that war started, which led to more reading, and so on.

How much research did you do for the book?  Can you give us some tips on this?

The one good piece of advice I ever got about writing in the only writing class I ever took is that “writing should be like a bikini – enough to cover the subject.”  Research should be the same, perhaps enough for a one-piece instead of a bikini because you have to go through things you may not use in making the bikini, in order to find that out. But also, don’t get paralyzed about it.  Too much research is eventually as bad as too little, since it leads to paralysis that one can ever make full use of it.  Also, I don’t know of one single writer of non-fiction history who has not found the one thing they would really have liked to have used in the work – a week after the book’s gone to press and no changes can be made!  That kind of event forms an entire sub-genre of “writer’s stories.”  I have one of my own for “Fabled Fifteen”: the week after I was told there could be no major changes to what was in the manuscript, John Bridger’s son happened to mention while we were talking that his father’s childhood friend and squadron-mate in Bombing 15, Wendell Phillips, was still around.  Fortunately (or sadly) for history, it turned out he was one of those who has finally stopped talking about things, but he did tell me briefly that everything that needed to be said had been said by his old friend in his memoir, which I had used for research.  But still, my experience of interviews is everyone always has something more to say, and in this case it will never be said.  That happens, one lives with it.  Nothing is ever perfect.

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A Warrior Dynasty

We’re pleased to announce the release of Henrik Lunde’s newest title A Warrior Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of Sweden as a Military Superpower, 1611-1721.

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This book examines the rise of Sweden as the pre-eminent military power in Europe during the Thirty Years War in the 1600’s, and then follows its line of warrior kings into the next century until the Swedes finally meet their demise, in an overreach into the vastness of Russia.

Focusing on the Thirty Years War, which hasn’t been the subject of a book since 1969, Lunde examines the military role of Northern and Eastern Europe from the late sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century.

Ultimately, this book examines how a poor country with a population of only about 1.3 million people was able to become a military superpower against larger and more wealthy countries such as Russia, Poland, the Roman Empire, Bavaria, and Spain.

You can purchase your own copy of A Warrior Dynasty here.  The eBook edition is available from all major retailers.

Additional titles by Henrik Lunde:

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