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History Magazines In The Early/Mid 70s?

Does anyone remember 2 magazine series that stared in the early to mid 70s dealing with WW2 and Colonial/Revolutionary America? The former was a serial magazine printed on glossy format, not a lot of pages however there were no ads whatsoever. I remember that each issue dealt with WW2 in chronological order. Close set type, meaning no space between sentences. Packed with information. Each issue dealt with one topic, the invasion of Norway, the Battle of France, Japan's attack on China...etc.

The Colonial/Revolutionary War magazine was the same setup as above however the it wasn't a glossy format but rather rough feeling quality pages much like Civil War Times today. Again no ads whatsoever. And dense text with lots of info and pictures/paintings.

Fantastic and informative magazines. Anyone remember these? Or am I way off base? I remember them because my father and I collected them together.

Any info on the publisher and their worth today? I would really like to reconstitute our collection.
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I remember a WWII magazine, along the lines of A World at War. I remember having the Graf Spee issue. The graphics were comparable to the Time-Life series IIRC.
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I remember a WWII magazine, along the lines of A World at War. I remember having the Graf Spee issue. The graphics were comparable to the Time-Life series IIRC.
Yes!! No idea on who the publisher was? I distinctly remember that Graf Spee issue. Montevideo, the captain committing suicide. Damn, so I'm not crazy? I remember one of the issue covers was a photo from behind a German soldier standing guard, looking down on a Norwegian village/town/fiord.

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A couple ...

... from the UK, that sound like the first one you list:

Purnell's History of the Second World War, in 128 parts, in 8 Volumes (96 weekly issues in 6 Volumes, with 32 supplements in 2 Volumes) Basil H. Liddell Hart & Barrie Pitt Editors


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purnel...cond_World_War


War Monthly:

50 odd pages, no adverts.
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Yes!! No idea on who the publisher was? I distinctly remember that Graf Spee issue. Montevideo, the captain committing suicide. Damn, so I'm not crazy? I remember one of the issue covers was a photo from behind a German soldier standing guard, looking down on a Norwegian village/town/fiord.

Thanks, Doc.
I still have a Squadron-style book on Weapons of the Yom Kippur War, that I think was from the same publisher. I'll try to dig it out this weekend.
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... from the UK, that sound like the first one you list:

Purnell's History of the Second World War, in 128 parts, in 8 Volumes (96 weekly issues in 6 Volumes, with 32 supplements in 2 Volumes) Basil H. Liddell Hart & Barrie Pitt Editors


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purnel...cond_World_War


War Monthly:

50 odd pages, no adverts.
I think you might be on to it, Denis. And now that I think of it, I do believe they were a UK publication. For some reason, I'm remembering "honour" instead of "honor". And those binders look familiar.

Got anything on the Colonial/Revolutionary magazines I asked about? I'll bet that they weren't from the same publisher. Mainly because the paper wasn't the same.

And are those your mags?
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I still have a Squadron-style book on Weapons of the Yom Kippur War, that I think was from the same publisher. I'll try to dig it out this weekend.
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I think you might be on to it, Denis. And now that I think of it, I do believe they were a UK publication. For some reason, I'm remembering "honour" instead of "honor". And those binders look familiar.

Got anything on the Colonial/Revolutionary magazines I asked about? I'll bet that they weren't from the same publisher. Mainly because the paper wasn't the same.

And are those your mags?
... mine, but I do have the full 128 parts from the early 70's, from the 2nd edition by Marshall Cavendish, I believe this was the edition that was marketed in North America. I found over the years that most folks familiar with the series associate it with "Purnells"; referring to Marshall Cavendish causes confusion with another series i.e. "The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated Encyclopedia of World War II" in 25 hard cover volumes that came out about the same time.

One thing we didn't bother to purchase back then was the hard binder covers that separated the series into volumes; there's a great index, but it's REALLY difficult to actually find anything without the binders. I ended up buying 3 hole binders and punching holes, lost the odd letter or two but it's worked great since.

In the mid-70's, once we'd received the 128 weekly parts (some in bulk), the publisher offered "War Monthly"; 5-6 different articles from throughout history, 50 pages, no ads. I've read there were over 100 mags, we received the first 25 or so, dunno if we called it off or they simply weren't sent anymore; excellent book all the same.

No such luck on the Colonial/Revolutionary mags on my end, probably not a big seller in my neck of the woods at the time. I remember some "Classics Illustrated", and some Sgt. Rock like comics featuring Colonial war characters, but that's all I got. Try searching ebay, ABE, even Amazon, you might get lucky.
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