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The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« on: January 08, 2017, 08:55:36 AM »
Here is a great and quite desirable collection of booklets from a series called the "G.I.Stories" Series. These were booklets that were printed near the end of and post WW2. These are not so common and when they are found can be rather expensive.
 
The information and Education Division published a series of these "GI Stories" in the ETO during WW2. Some are labeled as issued by the Orientation Section, Information and Education Division, ETOUSA, while others are labeled as issued by "Stars and Stripes" which was a publication of the Information and Education Division, Special and Information Services ETOUSA.
 
The booklets were printed in Paris, France by Desfosses-Neogravure between 1944-1945. There are other printed credits to Imprimerie du Centre, and P. Dupont, as well as Curial -Archereau, and Draeger.
 
The booklets are approximatley 32 pages in length and they included a map in the centerfold to show the divisions advance through Europe. Inside the front cover it was stamped "Passed by Censor" so these could be mailed home.
 
There were 53 different booklets printed and these are very hard to find and expensive. You will see them for sale occasionaly on amazon, Ebay and some of the rare book finders..
 
for more information about the books go to: http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories
 
Here is my collection of the booklets right now. I am only missing 3 from the series of 53.

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 08:59:37 AM »
Wow! Fantastic to see them displayed all together like that!
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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 10:01:41 AM »
That is a superb collection! Amazing!

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 10:23:52 AM »
Great stuff Brother !! I have 3 of these if I remember correctly!  All to do with the AAF of course !are they the ones your missing ??  ;D
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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 12:40:23 PM »
The 3 books I am missing are the Story of the Signal Corps, the WAC (Women's Army Corps) and Air Transport Command in Europe..

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2017, 01:55:32 PM »
I'll try and find the ones I have brother just in case !  :)
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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2017, 03:37:22 PM »
GREAT collection Smitty - I have a few of them, but not as impressive as what you've got - well done my friend
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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2017, 04:37:06 PM »
Thanks Brother

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2017, 09:15:28 PM »
   Now that is a cool collection! I have the 101st and the 10th Armored at the museum and perhaps a few more. Is there one for the 13th Armored? If so can you do a close up Smitty?   Thanks, Scott.
Always looking for 32nd Division items and 13th Armored Division items. Please keep me in mind if you have any.

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2017, 07:33:08 AM »
   Now that is a cool collection! I have the 101st and the 10th Armored at the museum and perhaps a few more. Is there one for the 13th Armored? If so can you do a close up Smitty?   Thanks, Scott.

Hello Scott,

There is not one for the 13th Armored unfortunately. Several units have been left out..

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2018, 06:35:00 AM »
UPDATE::

I Have now found all the booklets for a complete collection. There are 54 in the series, but as previously reported I stated 53. There were in fact 2 books for one of the armored divisions. One was printed in Germany after the war..


Now on to the next search..

Smitty
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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2018, 01:21:49 AM »
   Really cool Smitty and congrats on completion! Years ago I bought a box of nearly 100 Ballantines Illustrated History of the Violent Century books. I am sure you all know them well. This was before the internet and as I was leaving a show one afternoon a dealer saw me look at them momentarily. He said make an offer and you can take em all! I jokingly said I need that like a hole in the head and quipped $10 just to be on my way. He said SOLD! I didn't really want them, but what the heck, why not? So, I later learned that the set was incomplete and I set out to get them all and satisfy my OCD that I never had until then. I attained the goal and learned that many were very collectible in the process. I think there were 154 or 156! I have since moved them on, but it was fun and satisfying.    Scott
Always looking for 32nd Division items and 13th Armored Division items. Please keep me in mind if you have any.

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2018, 06:27:46 AM »
Scott,

What a coincidence.. Just this past weekend I was moving around some of my reference books looking for something and I pulled out my Ballantine's and started to check off the books I have. I believe I have almost all of them, but you are correct, there are around 156 or so.. give or take.. Another quest to find the missing...

Smitty 
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"What you do in Life, echos in Eternity"

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Re: The GI Stories Series of Pocket Histories of WW2 ETO Units
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2018, 10:57:36 PM »
Scott,

What a coincidence.. Just this past weekend I was moving around some of my reference books looking for something and I pulled out my Ballantine's and started to check off the books I have. I believe I have almost all of them, but you are correct, there are around 156 or so.. give or take.. Another quest to find the missing...

Smitty
    There is one on Women's Suffrage and I am told it can fetch near $1000.00 these days as it was hugely unpopular and ballantines pulled it early on in the run... Good luck on finding them all!   Scott
Always looking for 32nd Division items and 13th Armored Division items. Please keep me in mind if you have any.

 

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