SMS Publications
Books - Hard Copy and CD-Rom

Hard Copy:
    Hard Lessons, Vol. 1. - Campaigns in the Pacific Theatre February 1942-February 1943, Norman E. Harms, Scale Specialties 1988, soft cover, 198 pages, 16 page photo signature from private collection. ISBN: 0-944539-00-9
$19.75 from publisher plus shipping $5.00. Catalogue Order No. AR-001
    Retypeset battle reports covering the period mentioned in the Pacific Theatre of operations. Originally classified as "Secret" and distributed to commanding personnel. The material has been updated in the commentary based on information which has come to light since the end of the war. Photos from private collection are captioned relative to their location and actions depicted. A very interesting historical read.
 
 

CD-Rom:

 Merchant and Military Vessels of World War II -  Reviewed, Vol. 1, Norman E. Harms, Scale Specialties,  2000, 260 pgs in pdf format, contains Re-presentation of ONI-208-J - Supplement 2 Far Eastern Small Craft, and ONI-223M - Merchant Ship Shapes. ISBN: 0-944539-03-3. $40.00 from publisher plus shipping $6.50. Catalogue Order No. AR-002.
    Commentary enlightens the reader with information not available at the times of issue of the original manuals to military personnel. Line drawings, vessel specifications and photos will assist the model builder, historian, and researcher. For a sample, visit the "Days of Yesteryear" section of this website. For Reviews...
    The first volume features a RE-presentation of original World War II Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) manuals. These publications, while disseminated at the time to the military only, have remained virtually unknown to the general public, but contain a wealth of information dealing with the subject matter indicated. In the case of Supplement No. 2 - Far Eastern Small Craft minor Japanese combatant warship types e.g., PT boats, gunboats, and lesser escorts, along with typical merchant vessels under 1,000 gross tons are featured. Also found is a section dealing with Japanese amphibious landing craft, information not included with ONI's publication dealing with major combatant vessels. The second fully presented manual covers merchant ship shapes found in all theatres of conflict during the Second World War. The avowed purpose of this manual was to assist allied forces in the development of accurate methods of identification of all merchant vessels.  Further, it provides a comparison and contrast with different identification schemes, as created by the United States Navy and the British Admiralty (Vol. III of the series will feature in its entirety the Admiralty manual cited herein).
    Ownership of this series will provide the historical connoisseur and model builder a rare opportunity to achieve the "feel" of this moment of history, being able to view the material exactly as it was presented originally.
    Over 600 Photos and drawings are contained in the two publications being presented, featuring some interesting historical insights which have not been fully disclosed nor illuminated in the past 60 years... and how is YOUR "YU" submarine??

    Merchant and Military Vessels of World War II -  Reviewed, Vol. 2, Norman E. Harms, Scale Specialties,  2000, 150 pgs in pdf format, contains Re-presentation of ONI-222-J - The Japanese Navy, by the Division of Naval Intelligence, issued June, 1945. ISBN: 0-944539-04-1. $38.00 from publisher plus shipping $6.50. Catalogue Order No. AR-003. Release date March 1, 2002..
    More information will be posted in this listing as release date nears. This volumes has been delayed pending receipt of additional information.

    Merchant and Military Vessels of World War II -  Reviewed, Vol. 3, Norman E. Harms, Scale Specialties,  2000, 260 pgs in pdf format, contains Re-presentation of ONI-208 Merchant Ship Recognition Manual by Division of Naval Intelligence, dated April, 1942, and BR 799 - A Primer - Merchant Ship Recognition - A handbook for observers, by the Naval Saff Admiralty, dated 1943. ISBN: 0-944539-05-X. $40.00 from publisher plus shipping $6.50. Catalogue Order No. AR-004. Release date March 1, 2002.
    More information will be posted as release date nears. This volume has been delayed pending receipt of additional information.