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The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War

This fifty volume series covers all areas of New Zealand’s involvement in the Second World War, from detailed accounts of particular battalions, to the political and economic background and consequences, to full accounts of particular episodes and campaigns. This series was first published as part of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War, produced under the auspices of the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Unit Histories

Campaign Histories

Air Force and Navy

Medical Service

Misc

Official History of Japan in the Second World War

The transcribed name of the official Japanese history of the Second World War is “Senshi Sosho”. Its a monumental work, covering virtually all aspects of the war except the Japanese war crimes. The Senshi Sosho totals 102 volumes that consist of 34 volumes on the Imperial General Headquarters, 37 volumes on the Army, 21 volumes on the Navy, nine volumes on the aerial war the Army and one volume of chronology. Each volume has 600 pages on the average.

Sadly, so far only excerpts have been translated, for example an excerpt from volumes 14 and 28 found here.

List of Volumes:

1 Advance into Malaya. (1966)
2 Occupation of Philippines. (1966)
3 Occupation of Dutch East Indies. (1967)
4 Ichi-go Operation (pt. 1): Campaign in Honan (China). (1968)
5 Occupation of.Burma. (1967)
6 Army Operations in Central Pacific (pt. 1): Before the Loss of the Mariana Islands. (1967)
7 Tobu Nyuginia homen rikugun koku sakusen: Army Air Operations on the Eastern New Guinea Front. (1967)
8 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial HQ (pt. 1): To August 1942. (1967)
9 Industrial Mobilization of War Supply Production (1): Program. (1967)
10 Hawai sakusen: Hawaii Operation. (1967)
11 Army Operations in Okinawa Area. (1968)
12 Marianas oki kaisen: Sea Battles off the Marianas. (1968)
13 Army Operations in Central Pacific (pt. 2): Peleliu, Anguar and Iwo-Jima. (1967)
14 Minami Taiheiyo rikugun sakusen: Pooruto Moresubi – Ga shima shoki sakusen (pt. 1): Army Operations in the South Pacific: Port Moresby to the First Phase of Guadalcanal (pt. 1). (1968)
15 Imphal Operation: Defense of Burma. (1968)
16 Ichi-go Operation (pt. 2): Campaign in Hunan (China). (1967)
17 Okinawa homen kaigun sakusen: Okinawa Area Naval Operations. (1968).
18 Hokushi no chiansen (pt.1): The security fights in North China
19 Hondo boku sakusen: Homeland Air Defense Operations. (1969)
20 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial HQ (pt. 2): To August 1942. (1969)
21 Army Operations in Northern Pacific Area (pt. 1): Loss of Attu. (1968)
22 Seibu Nyugineya homan rikugun koku sakusen: Army Air Force Operations on the Western New Guinea Front. (1969)
23 Army Operations North of Australia. (1969)
24 Philippines-Marei hoomen kaigun shinkoo sakusen: Philippines-Malay Area Naval Attack Operations. (1969)
25 The Irrawaddy Campaign: Collapse of the Defense of Burma. (1969)
26 N.E.I.-Bengaru wan hoomen kaigun shinkoo sakusen: N.E.I.-Bengal Bay Area Naval Attack Operations. (1969)
27 Kwantung Army (pt. 1): Military Disposition Against USSR and Nomonhan Incident. (1969)
28 Minami taiheiyoo rikugun sakusen: Gadarukanaru – Buna sakusen (pt. 2): Army Operations in the South Pacific: Guadalcanal – Buna Operations (pt. 2). (1968)
29 Hokutoo hoomen kaigun sakusen: Northeast Area Naval Operations. (1969)
30 Ichi-go Operation (pt. 3): Campaign in Kwangsi (China)
31 Kaigun Gunsembi (pt. 1): The Navy’s Armaments Program (pt. 1): Up to November 1941. (1969)
32 Defeat on Burma Front and Defense of Indo-China Peninsula. (1969)
33 Industrial Mobilization of War Supply Production (pt. 2): Execution. (1970)
34 The Army Air Force’s Drive to South Pacific Area. (1970)
35 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial HQ (pt. 3): To August 1942. (1970)
36 Army Air Operations in Okinawa, Formosa and Iwo-Jima. (1970)
37 Kaigun Sho-Go sakusen (pt. 1): Taiwan oki kokusen made: Naval Sho-Go Operations (pt. 1): Up to Air Battle off Taiwan. (1970)
38 Chuubu taiheiyoo hoomen kaigun sakusen (pt. 1): Central Pacific Naval Operations (pt. 1): Before May 1942. (1970)
39 Daihonei kaigunbu – rengoo kantai (pt. 4): Imperial General Headquarters – Combined Fleet (pt. 4). (1970).
40 Minami Taiheiyo rikugun sakusen: Munda Saramoa (pt. 3): Army Operations in the South Pacific: Munda Salamaua (pt. 3). (1970)
41 Shogo rikugun sakusen: Reite kessen (pt. 1): Sho-go Ground Operations: The Decisive Battle of Leyte (1). (1971)
42 Operations by China Expeditionary HQ in 1945 (1): To March 1945. (1971)
43 Midooei kaisen: Midway Sea Battle. (1971)
44 Operations in the Northern Pacific (2): Kuriles, Sakhalin and Hokkaido. (1971)
45 Conduct of Navy Operations by Imperial HQ and Combined Fleet HQ (1): Before Outbreak of Pacific War. (1971)
46 Kaijo boei sen: Surface Defensive Actions. (1971)
Also translated as The Maritime Protection War, and Naval Operations for Convoy Escort.
47 Assault on Hong Kong and Chang Sha (1941). (1971)
48 Sho-go Army Air Operations in Philippines. (1971)
49 Nantoo hoomen kaigun sakusen: Southeast Area Naval Actions Until Guadalcanal Reinforcement. (1971)
50 Hokushi no chiansen (pt.2): The security fights in North China
51 Plan and Preparation for Defense of Japan’s Homeland (1): Defense of Kanto District. (1971)
52 Armament and Employment of Army Air Force (1): To the Initial Phase of 1934. (1971)
53 Army Air Operations in Manchuria. (1972)
54 Nansei homen kaigun sakusen: Dai Ni-Dan sakusen irai: Southwestern Area Naval Operations: From Second Phase Operations Onwards. (1972)
55 Operations by China Expeditionary HQ in 1942 and 1943. (1972)
56 Kaigun Sho-go sakusen Fuirippin oki kaisen (1): SHO-Go Naval Operations: The Naval Battle of the Philippine Sea (1). (1970)
57 Hondo kessen jumbi: Kyushu no boei (2): Preparations for the Decisive Battle of the Homeland: Defense of Kyushu (2). (1972)
58 Minami Taiheiyo rikugun sakusen: Fuinshehaahen-Tsurubu-Tarokina (4): Army Operations in South Pacific: Finschhafen-Tsurubu-Tarokina (4). (1973)
59 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial HQ (4): To August 1942. (1972)
60 Sho-go rikugun sakusen: Ruson kessen (2): Sho-Go ground operations: The Decisive Battle of Luzon (2). (1972)
61 Offensive of Third Army Air Force in Burma and Dutch East Indies. (1972)
62 Chuubu taiheiyoo hoomen kaigun sakusen (2): Central Pacific Area Naval Operations (2) (after June 1942). 1973)
63 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial HQ (5): August to December 1942. (1973)
64 Operations by China Expeditionary HQ in 1945 (2): March 1945 to the End of the War. (1973)
65 Army Branch of IGHQ: Circumstances Surrounding the Outbreak of Greater East Asian War (1). (1973)
66 Daihonei rikugunbu (6): Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial Headquarters (6): Before June 1943. (1973)
67 Daihonei rikugunbu (7): Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial Headquarters (7): From December 1943 to July 1944. (1973)
68 Army Branch of IGHQ: Circumstances Surrounding the Outbreak of Greater East Asian War (2). (1973)
69 Army Branch of IGHQ: Circumstances Surrounding the Outbreak of Greater East Asian War (3). (1973)
70 Army Branch of IGHQ: Circumstances Surrounding the Outbreak of Greater East Asian War (4). (1974)
71 Conduct of Navy Operations by Imperial HQ and Combined Fleet HQ (5): Middle Part of Third Phase Operation. (1974)
72 Naval Operations in China Area (1): Before April 1938. (1974)
73 Kwantung Army (2): Prewar Preparation Against USSR and Defense at End of War. (1974)
74 Offensive Operations of Army Air Force in China. (1974)
75 Daihon’ei rikugunbu: Showa 19 nen 7 gatsu made (8): Imperial General HQ: to July 1944 (8). (1974)
76 Army Branch of IGHQ: Circumstances Surrounding the Outbreak of Greater East Asian War (5). (1974)
77 Conduct of Navy Operations by Imperial HQ and Combined Fleet HQ (3): Before February 1943. (1974)
78 Armament and Employment of Army Air Force (2): 1934 to Beginning of 1942. (1974) This volume was co-authored by Masao MATSUDA and Makoto IKUTA – the two volumes give a comprehensive overview of the organizational development of the JAAF, its administrative system, its structure and its relationship to government agencies and schools in both peacetime and wartime. JAAF doctrine, tactics and planning are examined and then related to wartime operations.
79 Naval Operations in China Area (2): After 1938. (1975)
80 Conduct of Navy Operations by Imperial HQ and Combined Fleet HQ (2): Before June 1942, (1975)
81 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial HQ (9): Before January 1945. (1975)
82 Conduct of Army Operations by Imperial Headquarters (10): Before August 1945. (1975)
83 Nantoo hoomen kaigun sakusen: Southeast Area Naval Operations Until Guadalcanal Evacuation. (1975)
84 Minami Taiheiyo rikugun sakusen: Aitape-Puriaka-Rabaaru (5): Army Operations in the South Pacific: Aitape-Empress Augusta Bay-Rabaul (5). (1973)
85 Hondo homen kaigun sakusen: Homeland Area Naval Operations. (1975)
86 Army Operations in the China Incident (1): Before January 1938. (1975)
87 Development, Production, and Supply of Army Aviation Weapons. (1975)
88 War Preparations of Imperial Navy (2): After Outbreak of Pacific War. (1975)
89 Army Operations in the China Incident (2): Before September 1939. (1976)
90 Army Operations in the China Incident (3): Before December 1941. (1975)
(Note: volume number in question).
91 Conduct of Navy Operations by Imperial HQ and Combined Fleet HQ (6): Final Part of Third Phase Operation. (1975)
92 Army Operations in Southern Theater: Defense of Malaya and Dutch East Indies. (1976)
93 Conduct of Navy Operations by Imperial HQ and Combined Fleet HQ (7): Ending the Pacific War. (1976)
94 Armament and Employment of Army Air Force (3): 1942 Until the End of the War. (1974). This is the second volume co-authored by Masao MATSUDA and Makoto IKUTA – the two volumes give a comprehensive overview of the organizational development of the JAAF, its administrative system, its structure and its relationship to government agencies and schools in both peacetime and wartime. JAAF doctrine, tactics and planning are examined and then related to wartime operations.
95 History of the Naval Aviation Corps. (1976) Authored by Hiroshi TSUNODA, Gentaro MORIYAMA and Hideo MINEMATSU – covers the aircraft, armament, technology, training and operations of the JNAF with special emphasis on its role at the beginning of the Pacific War and the causes behind its subsequent rapid decline.
96 Nanto homen kaigun sakusen (3): Gato Tesshu-Go: Southeastern Area Naval Operations (3): After Withdrawal from Guadalcanal. (1976)
97 Construction and Use of Bases for the Army Air Force’s Operations. (1979) Co-authored by Takeshi KISHI and Shichiro TAKASE – covers the construction of airfields, logistics, maintenance, air transport, intelligence, and communications activities of the JAAF during the Great East Asia War.
98 Sensuikan shi: History of Submarines. (1979)
99 The Army’s Armaments and War Preparations. (1979)
100 Daihonei Kaigumbu: Daitoa Senso Kaisen Keii (1): Imperial General HQ, Naval Section: Circumstances of the Outbreak of the Greater East Asian War (1). (1979)
101 Daihonei Kaigumbu: Daitoa Senso Kaisen Keii (2): Imperial General HQ, Naval Section: Circumstances of the Outbreak of the Greater East Asian War (2). (1979)
102 A Chronological Table of the Army and Navy. (1979)

 

The Offical Canadian History of the First World War

Confusingly, there are several official Canadian histories, published by various authors. All books can be found the Book can be found online at the Canadian Army Heritage Website.

The following body of works constitutes the Canadian historiography for the First World War:

The Official Australian History of the Second World War

The official history of Australias involvement in the Second World War represents one of the longest and largest historical endeavours Australia has ever seen. The enterprise began in January 1943 with the appointment of Gavin Long as General Editor. The 22 volumes, written 14 authors, were published by the Memorial over a 25-year period between 1952 and 1977.

Series 1 – Army

Series 2 – Navy

Series 3 – Air

Series 4 – Civil

Series 5 – Medical

The Italian Official History of World War One

The Italian Army published its official history between 1927 and 1988 – interrupted by the Second World War – under the title of “L’Esercito Italiano nella Grande Guerra 1915-1918” (“The Italian Army in the Great War 1915-1918”). The history stretches over seven volumes divided into 37 books and is accompanied by panoramic sketches, topographical maps and task orders, comprising about 17,000 pages. Of particular interest to researchers and scholars is a synthesis of combat unit diaries written during the war.

The first three volumes are availabe at the Italian Ministry of Defense’s website, unfortunately only as a page viewer and not as a PDF:

Le Forze Belligeranti – vol.I – covers belligerent forces

Le Forze Belligeranti​ – vol. I-bis

Le Operzioni del 1915 – vol. II-1 – The 1915 operations

Le Operazioni del 1915 – vol. II-2

Le Operzioni del 1916 – vol. III book 1-1 – The 1916 Operations

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 1-2

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 2-1

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 2-2

Le Operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 3-1

Le operazioni del 1916 – vol. III book 3-2

Volume IV:  The war in 1917

Volume V: The war in 1918.

Volume VI: Instructions of tactics

Volume VII: Operations outside the national territory: Albania, Macedonia and the Middle East.

The Official British History of World War One

Note: The earlier volumes of this work are available on archive org, we will ad the links as as time permits, and as the volumes become available online.

 

Military Operations

The volumes of the British Official History: Military Operations are as follows:

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1914

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1915

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1916

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1917

Military Operations: France and Belgium, 1918

Military Operations: Gallipoli

Military Operations: Italy, 1915-1919, Brigadier-General Sir James E. Edmonds and H.R. Davies, 1949

Military Operations: East Africa, 1914-1916

  • Volume I, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Nordern, 1941
  • Volume II, unpublished

Military Operations: Togoland and the Cameroons, 1914-1916, Brigadier-General F.J. Moberly, 1931

Military Operations: Macedonia

  • Volume I: From the Outbreak of War to the Spring of 1917, Captain Cyril Falls, 1933
  • Volume II: From the Spring of 1917 to the End of the War, Captain Cyril Falls, 1935

Military Operations: Egypt and Palestine

Military Operations: Mesopotamia

Naval Operations

Five volumes by the official Royal Navy historian Sir Julian S. Corbett (1854-1922). Sir Julian died when he was completing Volume III and before he had agree to the corrections to this volume. The remaining works were completed by the writer and poet Sir Henry J Newbolt (1862-1938).

  • Naval Operations Volume I: The events leading up to war, organization of three fleets in Home Waters, coastal Destroyer Flotillas, opening movements on the outbreak of war in Home Waters and the Mediterranean, the passage of the British Expeditionary Force to France, Heligoland Bight action, operations off the Belgian coast October 1914,. Cameroons Expedition, Far East, Battle of Coronel and the Falklands. By Sir Julian S. Corbett, April 1920
  • Naval Operations Volume I: Maps
  • Naval Operations Volume II: Dardanelles Campaign, German raid on Yorkshsire coast December 1914, Dogger Bank action, by Sir Julian S.Corbett, November 1921
  • Naval Operations Volume III: Spring 1915 to the Battle of Jutland 31 May/1 June 1916, events in Home Waters, the Dardanelles, Salonika, Mesopotamia (to November 1915), the destruction of the Koenigsberg, the Battle of Jutland. By Sir Julian S. Corbett, 1923
  • Naval Operations Volume III: Maps
  • Naval Operations Volume IV: From Jutland to February 1917 – Home Waters, East Africa, Cameroons, Mesopotamia, the Baltic, Salonika campaign (January – June 1916 and January 1917), German introduction of unrestricted submarine warfare. By Henry Newbolt.
  • Naval Operations Volume IV: Maps
  • Naval Operations Volume V: Early 1917 to the end of the war, German submarine campaign in Home Waters, the Mediterranean and off the American coast, the convoy system, blocking Zeebrugge and Ostend. By Henry Newbolt.
  • Naval Operations Volume V Maps

Merchant Navy

  • The Merchant Navy, Volume I, by Sir Archibald Hurd, London 1921
  • The Merchant Navy, Volume II, by Sir Archibald Hurd, London 1924
  • The Merchant Navy, Volume III,by Sir Archibald Hurd, London 1927
  • Seaborne Trade, Volume I – The Cruiser Period, by C. Ernest Fayle
    The Cruiser Period covers from the outbreak of the War in 1914 through to about February 1915. It chronicles the operations of German surface raiders and submarines in European waters, the North and South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. There is a heavy emphasis on naval operations and how they affected merchant ships.
  • Seaborne Trade, Maps
  • Seaborne Trade, Volume II – Submarine Campaign (from the Opening of the Campaign to the Appointment of a Shipping Controller) by C. Ernest Fayle.
    Covers the early period of the German submarine campaign from Feb. 1915 to Dec. 1916. It covers the impact of increased German submarine operations, the higher demands made for food and material, not only in the United Kingdom, but for France and the Allies and in support of overseas operations.
  • Seaborne Trade, Volume III, – The Period of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare by C. Ernest Fayle.
    This final volume covers the period from January 1917 to the end of the war in November 1918, a period which saw the onslaught of unrestricted submarine warfare by the Imperial German Navy.

Air Operations

Six volumes of The War in the Air. Volume I was written by Walter Raleigh, who died after its completion. H A Jones wrote the next six volumes.

  • Volume I: Air operations of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign; the Western Front in 1915/1916; naval air operations. By Walter Raleigh.
  • Volume II: Gallipoli Campaign in 1915; the Western Front from the winter of 1914-15 to the end of the Battle of the Somme in November 1916; naval operations in Home Waters to the end of 1916; naval air operations from Dunkirk in 1915 and 1916 and bombing operations from Luxeuil in the latter part of 1916. By H A Jones, 1928.
  • Volume III by H A Jones
  • Volume III Maps
  • Volume IV: Naval air operations in 1917 and early 1918, Western Front from June 1917 (Battle of Messines) to German Spring offensives in March 1918. By H A Jones
  • Volume V: German air attacks on Britain in 1917-1918. By H A Jones.
  • Volume V Maps
  • Volume VI: Events leading to the creation of the Royal Air Force (RAF) on 1st April, supply and manpower, the RAF in Palestine 1918, Trans-Jordan, Syria, Persia, Mesopotamia, russian Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Italy. Actions in India throughout the war, naval aircraft co-operation in 1918 in Home Waters and the Mediterranean, Allied offensives on the Western Front in 1918. By H A Jones
  • Volume VII: Appendices

Medical History of the War

The medical history of the First World War was written by the Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Major General Sir William Grant Macpherson KCMG, CB (1858 – October 1927).

The US Official History of World War One

The official history of the US Army in World War One is available as PDF as well as HTML. We´ve linked to the HTML versions, but you can easily access the PDF versions from the Center of Military History´s Website.

Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War

Volume 1: General Headquarters, Armies, Army Corps, Services of Supply, and Separate Forces,

Volume 2; Divisions

Volume 3, part 1: Organization and Activities of the War Department

Volume 3, part 2: Territorial Departments, Tactical Divisions Organized in 1918, and Posts, Camps, and Stations

Volume 3, part 3: Directory of Troops

United States Army in the World War, 1917-1919

Volume 1: Organization of the American Expeditionary Forces
Narrative account of the AEF’s participation in major operations

Volume 2: Policy-forming Documents of the American Expeditionary Forces

Volume 3: Training and Use of American Units With the British and French

Volume 4: Early Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Cambrai Nov 20 – Dec 4 1917, Somme Defensive Mar 21 – Apr 6 1918, Lys Apr 9 – Apr 27 1918, Aisne Defensive May 27 – Jun 5 1918, Cantigny Apr 12 – Jun 2 1918, Château-Thierry Jun 6 – Jul 5 1918 (Belleau Wood Jun 6 – 25 1918, Vaux Jun 26 – Jul 3 1918), Montdidier-Noyon June 9-13 1918

Volume 5: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Champagne-Marne July 15 – 18 1918, Aisne-Marne July 18 – Aug 6 1918

Volume 6: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Oise-Aisne Aug 7 – Nov 11 1918, Ypres-Lys Aug 19 – Nov 11 1918, Vittorio-Veneto Oct 24 – Nov 4 1918

Volume 7: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Somme Offensive Aug 8 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 8: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
St-Mihiel Sept 12 – 16 1918, Meuse-Argonne Sept 26 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 9: Military Operations of the American Expeditionary Forces
Meuse-Argonne Sept 26 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 10-1: The Armistice Agreement and Related Documents

Volume 10-2: The Armistice Agreement and Related Documents

Volume 11:  American Occupation of Germany
Nov 1918 – July 1919;  German Campaign Plans Oct 29 – Nov 11 1918

Volume 12: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 13: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 14: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 15: Reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF, Staff Sections and Services

Volume 16: General Orders, GHQ, AEF

Volume 17: Bulletins, GHQ, AEF

The Official German History of World War One

Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918

Published as “Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Im Auftrage des Oberkommandos des Heeres bearbeitet und herausgegeben von der Kriegsgeschichtlichen Forschungsanstalt des Heeres. Die militärischen Operationen zu Lande. Berlin: E. S. Mittler 1925-1944”. The work consist of 15 volumes, each supplied with maps, and three supplements, two of which have not been scanned yet.

Note: Even though each of the supplements was named “volume 1”, no second volume was ever produced.

Overview

Table of Contents

Vol 1: Die Grenzschlachten im Westen (1925)

Vol 2: Die Befreiung Ostpreußens (1925)

Vol 3: Der Marne-Feldzug 1: Von der Sambre zur Marne (1926)

Vol 4: Der Marne-Feldzug  2 : Die Schlacht (1926)

Vol 5: Der Herbst-Feldzug 1914 1: Im Westen bis zum Stellungskrieg, im Osten bis zum Rückzug (1929)

Vol 6: Der Herbst-Feldzug 1914 2: Der Abschluß der Operationen im Westen und Osten (1929)

Vol 7: Die Operationen des Jahres 1915 1: Die Ereignisse im Winter und Frühjahr (1931)

Vol 8: Die Operationen des Jahres 1915 2: Die Ereignisse im Westen im Frühjahr und Sommer, im Osten vom Frühjahr bis zum Jahresschluß (1932)

Vol 9: Die Operationen des Jahres 1915 3: Die Ereignisse im Westen und auf dem Balkan vom Sommer bis zum Jahresschluß (1933)

Vol 10: Die Operationen des Jahres 1916 : bis zum Wechsel in der Obersten Heeresleitung (1936)

Vol 11: Die Kriegsführung im Herbst 1916 und im Winter 1916/17 : vom Wechsel in der Obersten Heeresleitung bis zum Entschluß zum Rückzug in die Siegfried-Stellung (1938)

Vol 12: Die Kriegsführung im Frühjahr 1917 (1939)

Vol 13: Die Kriegführung im Sommer und Herbst 1917. Die Ereignisse außerhalb der Westfront bis November 1918. (1942)

Vol 14: Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Die militärischen Operationen zu Lande. 14,1 Die Kriegführung an der Westfront im Jahre 1918. (1944)

Vol 15: Die Kriegführung an der Westfront im Jahre 1918 (1944)

Supplement 1: Das deutsche Feldeisenbahnwesen 1: Die Eisenbahnen zu Kriegsbeginn (1928)

Supplement 2: Kriegsrüstung und Kriegswirtschaft 1 (1930)

Supplement 2: Kriegsrüstung und Kriegswirtschaft 1 Supplements (1930)

Schlachten des Weltkrieges

A second work of more popular character is “Schlachten des Weltkrieges” (“Battles of the World War”) which drops a coherrent narrative in order to focus on key battles of the First World War. The volumes are generally short, their writing style aimed at the general populace. Nevertheless, they were published by the Reichsarchiv and can be considered as official publications.

The Österreichische Landesbibliothek has put these volumes online for viewing and download:

Douaumont

Karpathen- und Dnester-Schlacht 1915

Antwerpen 1914

Jildirim

Herbstschlacht in Macedonien, Cernabogen 1916*Makedonien Mazedonien

Von Nancy bis zum Camp des Romains 1914

Die Eroberung von Nowo Georgiewsk

Die Kämpfe um Baranowitschi

Ypern 1914

Weltkriegsende an der mazedonischen Front

Der Kampf um die Dardanellen 1915

Loretto

Argonnen

Tannenberg

Flandern 1917

Gorlice

Die Tankschlacht bei Cambrai

Deutsche Siege 1918

Wachsende Schwierigkeiten

Der letzte deutsche Angriff

Schicksalswende

Die Katastrophe des 8. August 1918

Der Krieg zur See 1914-1918

White the Reichsarchiv focussed on the land war, the archive of the Imperial Fleet quickly started producing a History of the Naval War, having published six volumes before the Reichsarchiv even got out their first. The speed was in parted helped by the fact that the Marinearchiv successfully withstood the calls to include a civilian scientific oversight, which delayed, but much improved, the Reichsarchiv’s work. The resulting work “Der Krieg zur See 1914-1918 (The War at Sea, 1914-1918), written by former officers and admirals, is not surprisingly highly uncritical towards officers and admirals. The whole undertaking was done to present a favourable view of the imperial navy with an eye on a future rearmament, and the books discard or simply ignore any strategic or political review of the Imerial Navy. Its historical value lies more in the vast amount of  details regarding ships and naval engagements.

None of its volumes have been digitalized so far. None of them have been translated as to my knowledge. You can find a more detailed table of contents here.

Partly published by the  Marine-Archiv / edited by Eberhard von Mantey; partly published by the Kriegswissenschaftlichen Abteilung / edited by Kurt Aßmann; partly published by the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv vom Arbeitskreis für Wehrforschung / edited by Walther Hubatsch; partly published by the Militärgeschichtlichen Forschungsamt / edited by Gerhard P. Groß.
Publisher for all volumes: E.S. Mittler, Berlin/Bonn/Hamburg

Teil 1: Der Krieg in der Nordsee

Bd. 1. Von Kriegsbeginn bis Anf. Sept. 1914. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1920. XV, 293 S. : Mit 60 Kt., Tab. + Anlagen.

  • Bd. 2. Von Anf. Sept. bis Nov. 1914. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1922. XIV, 340, 1 S. : Mit 38 Skizzen, Kt., Tab. + Anlagen.
  • Bd. 3. Vom Ende Nov. 1914 bis Anfang Feb. 1915. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1923. XIII, 300 S. : Mit 30 Skizzen, Ktn, Tab. + Anl.
  • Bd. 4. Von Anf. Febr. bis Ende Dez. 1915. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1924. XV, 442 S. : Mit 46 Skizzen, [farb.] Ktn, Tab. + Anl.
  • Bd. 5. Von Jan. bis Juni 1916. Textband. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1925. XX, 568 S. : Mit 81 Skizzen, Ktn, Tab. u. Anlagen.
  • Bd. 5a Von Jan. bis Juni 1916. Kartenband. Bearb. von Otto Groos: 1925. Mit 81 Skizzen, 43 Ktn, Tab. u. Anlagen.
  • Bd. 6. Vom Juni 1916 bis Frühj. 1917. Bearb.: Walter Gladisch: 1937. 352 S. : Mit 18 Ktn. u. 19 Skizzen.
  • Bd. 7. Vom Sommer 1917 bis zum Kriegsende 1918. Bearb. von Walter Gladisch: 1965. XIV, 368 S. : Mit Ktn. u. 9 Tab.
  • Bd. 7. Vom Sommer 1917 bis zum Kriegsende 1918. Kritische Edition; Textband und Kartenschuber. im Auftr. des Militärgeschichtlichen Forschungsamtes bearb. und neu hrsg. von Gerhard P. Groß : 2006. VI, 486 S. ; Mit 4 Kt.-Beil.

Teil 2: Der Krieg in der Ostsee

  • Bd. 1. Von Kriegsbeginn bis Mitte März 1915. Bearb. von Rudolph Firle: 1921. X, 290 S. : Mit 12 Kt. u. Tab.
  • Bd. 2. Das Kriegsjahr 1915. Bearb. von Rudolph Firle: 1929. XVI, 385 S. + Mit 62 Anlagen, Kt., Skizzen u. Tab.
  • Bd. 3. Von Anfang 1916 bis zum Kriegsende. Bearb. von Ernst Freiherr von Gagern: 1964. XV, 462 S. : Mit 5 Ktn. u. 14 Beilagen.

Teil 3: Der Handelskrieg mit U-Booten

  • Bd. 1. Vorgeschichte. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1932. XII, 269 S. : 6 Textskizzen u. 2 Tab. + Mit 34 Anl.
  • Bd. 2. Februar bis September 1915. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1933. XI, 299 S. : Mit 8 mehrfarb. Steindr. Kt. u. 10 Textskizzen.
  • Bd. 3. Oktober 1915 bis Januar 1917. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1934. XII, 400 S. : Mit 16 mehrfarb. Steindr. Kt. u. 12 Textskizzen.
  • Bd. 4. Februar bis Dezember 1917. Bearb. von Arno Spindler. Nachdr. [d. Ausg.] 1941: 1964. VI, 559 S. : Mit 15 Kt., 7 Textskizzen u. 44 Minenskizzen.
  • Bd. 5. Januar bis November 1918. Bearb. von Arno Spindler: 1966. VIII, 447 S., 3 Ktn.-Beil. Mit 3 Ktn. u. zahlr. Tab.

Teil 4: Der Kreuzerkrieg in den ausländischen Gewässern

  • Bd. 1. Das Kreuzergeschwader. Bearb. von Erich Raeder: 1922. Mit zahlr. Kt., Tab. u. Anl.
  • Bd. 1. Das Kreuzergeschwader. Bearb. von Erich Raeder: 2. verb. Aufl. 1927. XVII, 459 S. : Mit Kt., Tab., Anl., Abb.
  • Bd. 2. Die Tätigkeit des Kleinen Kreuzers Emden. Königsberg u. Karlsruhe, Geyer. Bearb. von Erich Raeder: 1923. XVI, 374 S.
  • Bd. 3. Die deutschen Hilfskreuzer. Bearb. von Eberhard von Mantey: 1937. VI, 374 S. : Mit 51 Skizzen.

Teil 5: Der Krieg in den türkischen Gewässern

  • Bd. 1. Die Mittelmeer-Division. Bearb. von Hermann Lorey: 1928 [Ausg. 1927]. XVI, 430 S. : Mit Skizzen, Kt. u. Anlagen.
  • Bd. 2. Der Kampf um die Meerengen. Bearb. von Hermann Lorey: 1938. XI, 221 S. : Mit 16 Kt. u. 8 Skizzen.

Teil 6: Die Kämpfe der Kaiserlichen Marine in den deutschen Kolonien.

  • Bd 1. Tsingtau; Deutsch-Ostafrika. Bearb. von Kurt Aßmann: 1935. XVI, 330 S., Kt. + Register.

Teil 7: Die Überwasserstreitkräfte und ihre Technik.

  • Bd 1. Bearb. von Paul Köppen: 1930. XII, 314 S. + Anlagen.

The Official History of France in the First World War

Named “Les Armées Françaises dans la Grande Guerre” (The French Armies in the Great War”), the official French history of World War One has a total of 106 volumes, of which 26 are text volumes describing the course of events (“Précis”). A further 56 volumes (“Annexes”) contain documents, orders and battle reports that are crossindexed with the text. 26 more volumes contain extensive map material covering all fronts.

As of May 2015, not all volumes have been made available online. Unfortunately, none of the map volumes have yet been scanned. We will update this list if more volumes become available in the Gallica.

TOME 1: LA GUERRE DE MOUVEMENT (OPÉRATIONS ANTÉRIEURES AU 14 NOVEMBRE 1914)

1° volume: Les préliminaires. La bataille des frontières. Opérations antérieures au 24 août 1914

2° volume: La manœuvre en retraite (24 août-5 septembre 1914). Les préliminaires de la bataille de la Marne

3° volume: La bataille de la Marne (6-14 septembre 1914 )

4° volume: La bataille de l’Aisne. La course à la mer (14 septembre-13 novembre  1914)

TOME 2: LA STABILISATION DU FRONT. LES ATTAQUES LOCALES (14 NOVEMBRE 1914-1er MAI 1915)

TOME 3: LES OFFENSIVES DE 1915. L’HIVER 1915-1916

TOME 4: VERDUN ET LA SOMME

1° volume: Projets de la coalition pour 1916, Offensive allemande contre Verdun (21 février-1er mai 1916)

2° volume: Verdun (1er mai-3 septembre 1916). Préparation de la bataille de la Somme. Bataille de la Somme (1er juillet-3 septembre 1916)

3° volume: Fin de la bataille de la Somme et première bataille offensive de Verdun (3 septembre-31 décembre 1916).

TOME 5: L’OFFENSIVE D’AVRIL 1917 . LES OPÉRATIONS À OBJECTIFS LIMITÉS

1° volume: L’offensive d’avril (1er novembre 1916-15 mai 1917)

2° volume: Les offensives à objectifs limités (15 mai – 1er novembre 1917)

TOME 6: L’HIVER 1917-1918 – L’OFFENSIVE ALLEMANDE (1er NOVEMBRE 1917-3 AVRIL 1918)

1° volume: La préparation de la campagne de 1918. L’offensive allemande de l’Oise à la mer du Nord (1er novembre 1917-30 avril 1918)

2° volume: L’offensive allemande contre l’armée française (30 avril-17 juillet 1918)

TOME 7: LA CAMPAGNE OFFENSIVE DE 1918 ET LA MARCHE AU RHIN (18 JUILLET 1918-28 JUIN 1918)

1° volume: Les offensives de dégagement et la préparation des offensives générales (18 juillet-25 septembre 1918)

2° volume: La campagne offensive de 1918 et la marche au Rhin (26 septembre 1918-28 juin 1919)

TOME 8: LA CAMPAGNE D’ORIENT

1° volume: La campagne d’Orient, jusqu’à l’intervention de la Roumanie (février 1915-août 1916)

2° volume: La campagne d’Orient, de l’intervention de la Roumanie aux préparatifs d’offensive de 1918 (août 1916-avril 1918 )

3° volume: La campagne d’Orient, du printemps de 1918 à la fin de la même année (avril 1918-décembre 1918). 

TOME 9: LES FRONTS SECONDAIRES

1° volume: Egypte. Palestine. Syrie. Hedjaz. La propagande allemande au Maroc

2° volume: Campagnes coloniales: Cameroun. Togo. Opérations contre les Senoussis.

3° volume: Les opérations au Maroc

TOME 10: ORDRES DE BATAILLE

TOME 11: LA DIRECTION DE L’ARRIÈRE

  • Précis (1937 ), 1209 p.
  • Cartes, vol. 1.

The Austria-Hungarian official history of World War One

Edmund Glaise-Horstenau (Hrsg)Österreich-Ungarns letz­ter Krieg 1914–1918. Band I–VII.
Verlag der Militärwissenschaftlichen Mitteilungen, Wien 1930–39.

Note: Stan Hanna actually translated the whole seven volumes of this work and added some pretty impressive corpus of notes on top of that. I can only imagine the workload having gone into this. You can find the translated version (including illustrations) online here: http://www.comroestudios.com/StanHanna/. Thanks to Jim Broshot for pointing me towards this website.

1914

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1915

2) 1915 / 1. Teil, Text
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3) 1915 / 2. Teil, Text
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1916

4) 1916 / 1. Teil, Text
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5) 1916 / 2. Teil, Text
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1917

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1918

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