General Infomain page Published Books and Bibliography of
 the 8th Infantry Division

What follows is a selected annotated list of major works, to include links to digitized copies or section of those works.

The Full Bibliography is available here.

 

 

WW1 ERA

According to both Controvitch and the AHEC Unit Bibliographies there are no known published works on the division in WW1.

However: we have recently discovered  that the 8th Division Train (a.k.a. Supply Train) did publish a thin volume on itself, which we hope to make available here in the very near future.

WW1 Trains history The TNT: Eight Ammunition Train Pathfinder Division, Fort Lee, VA: NPI 1919 An uncataloged and rare thin history of D Company, 8th Division Train. To include a unit history, group photo, roster, and humorous sketches, songs, and writings. A digitized copy of the unit history text is available here.

WW2 ERA

 

There are two series of "yearbook style" books published during WW2 that contain photographs of individual men from the division. Published by the Army & Navy Press for the Division, One was volume was done for each Infantry Regiment, The artillery battalions, and a fifth for the Division HQ and HQ troops. The first set was done in 1942 when the division was a Motorized unit, the other in 1946 when the division returned home. Due to their blue covers they are known as the "Blue Books."  The color does fade so while some may not look very blue now, rest assured they once were!

The vast majority of men serving in combat in the 8th are not shown in these books. Many from the 1942 series were transferred to other units before shipping overseas, and the 1946 books only show the men who returned home with the division- and thus do not include men wounded, killed, transferred or otherwise not with the Division.

The Blue Books

U.S. Army.  Eighth Infantry Division:  A Combat History by Regiments and Special Units. Headquarters and Special Troops. Baton Rouge:  Army & Navy Pub, 1946. 

 

     

Digitized sections of this book available are:

 

U.S. Army. Eighth Infantry Division. A Combat History by Regiments and Special Units. Division Artillery and Artillery Battalion. Baton Rouge, La. : Army & Navy Pub., 1946.

Digitized sections of this book available are:


 

U.S. Army. Eighth Infantry Division : a combat history by regiments and special units. 13th Infantry Regiment. Baton Rouge, LA:  Army & Navy Pub, 1946.  112 p. Digitized sections of this book available are: coming soon

U.S. Army. Eighth Infantry Division : a combat history by regiments and special units.  28th Infantry Regiment. Baton Rouge, La. : Army & Navy Pub., 1946.

Digitized sections of this book available are: coming soon

 
U.S. Army. Eighth Infantry Division : a combat history by regiments and special units. 121st Infantry Regiment. Baton Rouge, La. : Army & Navy Pub., 1946. Digitized sections of this book available are:

 

Other WW2 Publications

Stars and Stripes, These Are My Credentials!  A "G.I. Series" Booklet . Paris, 1944. 

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This was a series of booklets printed by Stars and Stripes for men to send home letting their families know something of what their unit had done. This was the first title printed, so the 8th story ends in late 1944.)

The entire digitized text of this book is available here.
Marc Greisbach. The Combat History of the 8th Infantry Division in WW2 . Baton Rogue, Army & Navy, 1945. 98 pp . A digitized copy of the book is available here.  This was digitized for the Friends of the 8th Division by the very talented Robert Oliver.  

It is also available as a hardcover Battery Press reprint.
 

The History of the 28th Infantry Regiment. Wash, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1947.  1947. 104 p.

The digitized text of this book is available here.
The map of the Regimental Route in Europe is here.
     
     


Post WW2 Publications
 (in order by year)
1953 fort jackson book 8th Infantry Division, Fort Jackson, Units Beginning Basic Training in May 1952. Baton Rouge, LA.: Army and Navy Publishing Company, 1952.

1952 -53  Yearbooks of units of the 8th Infantry Division while it was a training unit at Fort Jackson, S.C. They cover the individual companies and batteries of units starting their training rotation in a yearbook style with mostly photos and little text.  There are 6 volumes of these:

  1. 1st Bn., 61st Infantry Regiment
  2. 2nd Bn., 61st Infantry Regiment
  3. 13th and 28th Infantry Regiments
  4. 13th, 28th and 61st Infantry Regiments
  5. 70th F.A Bn.,13th and 28th Infantry Regiments
  6. 13th, 28th and 61st Infantry Regiments

 

The Dixie-Golden Arrow Yearbook: Fort Carson, Colorado. Marceline, MO.: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1954. 1954 Yearbook of the 8th Infantry Division while it was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado along with the 30th "Dixie" Division.
  8th Infantry Golden Arrow Division Fort Carson. Colorado. July 1955. Dallas, Texas: Miler Publishing, 1955.

 
  8th Infantry Golden Arrow Division Fort Carson. Colorado. October, 1955. Dallas,Texes: Miler Publishing, 1955.

 
  8th Infantry Division, Gyroscope 1956, Dallas, Tx.: Miller Publishing Co. , 1956.  
1967 Pathfinder annual

8th Infantry Division: "These are my Credentials," Bad Kreuznach, Germany: Fiedler Publishing, 1967.

Thin softbound annual of the Division in 1967.

In the Company of Heroes. by Jerald Berry

Company A, 121st Infantry Regiment 8th Infnatry Division.
Compiled from diaries and letters from a platoon leader, then company commander of A/121/
Bowman, Stephen L.  A Century of Valor:  The First 100 Years of the 28th U.S. Infantry Regiment—Black Lions.  Wheaton, IL:  Cantigny First Division Foundation, 2004.  2004. 432 p. This book is available for purchase here
 

 

 8th Division related Memoirs

 

General Histories of the Events

Green Books (most available as free PDFs from the Center for Military History)

 Army Campaign pamphlets (good for an overview of each campaign)

 

Books on the Brittany Campaign

Books on the Hurtgen Forest:

 

Army Heritage and Educational Center Bibliographies.

Army Heritage and Educational Center. or AHEC, contains the main Army library at Carlisle Barracks. The staff there have compiled bibliographies of books and articles dealing with most major units. These are updated as needed, and should be considered the best place to find out what has been specifically written about a unit. The library is open to the public, but they do not loan, nor interlibrary loan, their unit histories.

Controvitch

This is the usual term used to refer to the work done by James T. Controvich in cataloging all known unit histories and publications of US Army units. Although constantly added to as new discoveries are made, it is the standard work for locating such material. It has been published in the following  refernce volume:

Controvitch, James T., United States Army Unit and Organizational Histories.(Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2003). ISBN 0-8108-4595-4.

 

 

Non-WW2 28th Regiment Related books

WW1 28th IR history The Story of the Twenty-Eight Infantry in the Great War, Coblenz, Germany: 1919. Standard Unit History of the Regiment in WW1
Digitized Copy coming soon
 
     
   Goldman, Peter Louis, and Tony Fuller. Charlie Company: What Vietnam Did to Us. New York: Morrow, 1983.    An early and  classic book on the 28th in Viet Nam.
Maraniss, David. They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. A look at an important ambush of the 28th in Viet Nam, and the peace movment going on at the same time.
,Nelson, James Carl. The Remains of Company D: A story of the Great War. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2009.  An in depth Look at Company D in WW1, going into somewhat staggering detail on some of the men involved.
Tripp, Nathaniel. Father, Soldier, Son: Memoir of a Platoon Leader in Vietnam. South Royalton, Vt: Steerforth Press, 1996. Memoir of a 28th Infantry Regiment Platoon Leader
Shelton, James E. The Beast Was Out There: The 28th Infantry Black Lions and the Battle of Ông Thanh, Vietnam, October 1967. Cantigny military history series. Chicago, IL: Cantigny First Division Foundation, 2002.  An in depth look at the regiment, and 1st Infantry Division during the 1967 period when the regiment was ambushed at Ong Thanh.  
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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