Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

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Re: Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

Post by bpardoe870 » Fri May 29, 2009 9:57 am

Great use of the forum!

I have two military history books out now:

Cruise of the Sea Eagle
Terror of the Autumn Skies

Coming this autumn - Final Fate.

Blaine Pardoe

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Re: Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

Post by Terry Maker » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:07 am

Hi Jason,

I'd like to know what constitutes a "Published Author"? In what medium?

There are magazines, newspapers, Printed Books, "E"-books CD-Books, and 101 other mediums of the "Printed" word!

I wrote the history of one aircraft crew, and 'Ghosted' for a veteran on two pages on the Aircrew Remembrance Societies Website, (One in my own name, and one in the name of the veteran), the one in my own name is available free,either by download request on email, or on CD by sending me a stamped self addressed envelope that can hold a cd in thin sleeve case.

But in the wide world of writing, does this make me published, or not?

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Terry Maker

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Re: Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

Post by John P. Moore » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:30 pm

I would say that one's published work should be more substantial than a few magazine or newspaper articles. As examples, please take a good look at the member authors who are featured here and what they have published along with the medium. Also please take a close look at which authors are involved in the most discussion here. Authors with only a small number of Feldgrau posts, especially those who have not been members here for long, don't seem to generate much discussion. I note that you have only made three posts to Feldgrau in the 10 months that you have been a member. I would encourage you to take a more active role in Feldgrau and to share your knowledge with other Feldgrau members.

John

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Re: Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

Post by Terry Maker » Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:19 am

Having spent the last 13 months researching and writing my "book", there wasn't much time available for discussion on Feldgrau, or any other of the research forums, ( or many other forms of socialising either!).

My question perhaps, was more rhetorical, than definitive, in as much as there are so many active, and interactive media where an author can be "published" these days, what constitutes "published". On one hand, a hardback book, on the other perhaps a "Blog" site?

The concept in the light of the present media available is not a simple one. There are many who post on the internet that achieve fame, (or notoriety), without ever putting pen to paper, whilst there are others who write reams of good work, but never seem to use anything but pen and paper. Both are equally writers both have some degree of being "Published".

Which brings me back to my original subject: "Published" Internet, or Hardback, or a degree of both? Physical, or Digital, or both?

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Terry Maker

Ps The number of my posts is unimportant! What I have to say, and when I say it is! If I have something that I want to say then I will post. If I have nothing to offer then I won't post anything.

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Re: Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

Post by genstab » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:26 am

After working on the research since 1985 and getting the contract from SavasBeatie in 2013, my book (coauthored by Dr. Tom Nutter who wrote the unit history capsules)," German Ground Forces Orders of Battle, World War II" finally came out this month. The primary sources are the schematic O/Bs in the KTB-OKW and "Die Geheimen Tagesberichte", buttressed by some 170 secondary sources in the Bibliography. I added an additional feature to all the Corps O/Bs (as well as when divisions appeared in any higher command's reserve) by noting the next superior command for any division not appearing in the next O/B. This was a lot of trouble but essentially allows any division to be followed through the war.

I was aided by a few kind souls such as Bill Russ, who provided me with some Army Group O/Bs from the May 1940 Battle for France (the official OKH O/Bs didn't start till June). Tessin covered the period from Sept 1939 in his Army O/Bs and I received a few scattered Army O/Bs for various periods of the war from helpful people. I was very fortunate to have a Foreword written by Col. David Glantz in return for providing him a manuscript set of the work in five loose leaf binders which he used to flesh out the German side in his Stalingrad trilogy; he also gave me credit as an unpublished manuscript in his Bibliography in one volume and mentioned my work in the Foreword of another. He's quite a guy.

One thing I learned in researching the sequential commanders of the units from division up: the most authoritative primary source is the unit's KTB. Every time a commander is relieved, temporary or permanent, it is noted in the unit war diary. German orders, assignments, Generalskarteis, Beurteilungen, fernschreiben, etc. are often NOT the date of reporting or departing but usually the date of reassignment; travel time and leave may be involved.

Dr. Nutter and I are working on a second volume to cover all the ground divisions. Sure hope this one doesn't take as long. I do have a pretty good handle on their commanders though, having worked them along with the first volume's. But there are holes where generals were sick or on leave and then the stellvertreter has to be found.
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Bill in Cleveland
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Re: Calling all published authors on Feldgrau!

Post by genstab » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:20 pm

genstab wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:26 am
After working on the research since 1985 and getting the contract from SavasBeatie in 2013, my book (coauthored by Dr. Tom Nutter who wrote the unit history capsules)," German Ground Forces Orders of Battle, World War II" finally came out this month. The primary sources are the schematic O/Bs in the KTB-OKW and "Die Geheimen Tagesberichte", buttressed by some 170 secondary sources in the Bibliography. I added an additional feature to all the Corps O/Bs (as well as when divisions appeared in any higher command's reserve) by noting the next superior command for any division not appearing in the next O/B. This was a lot of trouble but essentially allows any division to be followed through the war.

I was aided by a few kind souls such as Bill Russ, who provided me with some Army Group O/Bs from the May 1940 Battle for France (the official OKH O/Bs didn't start till June). Tessin covered the period from Sept 1939 in his Army O/Bs and I received a few scattered Army O/Bs for various periods of the war from helpful people. I was very fortunate to have a Foreword written by Col. David Glantz in return for providing him a manuscript set of the work in five loose leaf binders which he used to flesh out the German side in his Stalingrad trilogy; he also gave me credit as an unpublished manuscript in his Bibliography in one volume and mentioned my work in the Foreword of another. He's quite a guy.

One thing I learned in researching the sequential commanders of the units from division up: the most authoritative primary source is the unit's KTB. Every time a commander is relieved, temporary or permanent, it is noted in the unit war diary. German orders, assignments, Generalskarteis, Beurteilungen, fernschreiben, etc. are often NOT the date of reporting or departing but usually the date of reassignment; travel time and leave may be involved.

Dr. Nutter and I are working on a second volume to cover all the ground divisions. Sure hope this one doesn't take as long. I do have a pretty good handle on their commanders though, having worked them along with the first volume's. But there are holes where generals were sick or on leave and then the stellvertreter has to be found.
Best,
Bill in Cleveland
One thing I should add about the lists of unit commanders: the book had to be frozen in time several years back so the publisher's contract copy guy could work it into the space saving format in which it was published, so no more amendments could be made. Now I have found much info to update the commanders of all units from divisions to theater commands in the meantime, and if you as a buyer of my book see some-thing in a unit's command that isn't complete you can contact me at [email protected] because I have the current updates that our superstars such as Askropp, Dieter, Histan, Iggy88, etc. have posted in the Axis Biographical Research subforum.
Also, I do update the O/Bs in my typed draft in case of another edition as I'm still reading books, and if anyone has genuine O/B material adding to any of mine, I would like to include it.
Best,
Bill in Cleveland
Best regards,
Genstab

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