Partial Bibliography

This bibliography is a work-in-progress, as I’ve obtained and read so many damn documents that it will take me forever to get this typed up, aside from the difficulty of finding all these references.

The list below is MUCH less than 1% (yes, one percent) of the books, papers, monographs, messages, reports, histories, etc., that I’m using to create this TIDAL WAVE (Ploesti) documentary.

Works Cited

Alvarez, David J. Allied and Axis Signals Intelligence in World War II. London: F. Cass, 1999.

Baker, Robert L. Oil, Blood and Sand. New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1942.

Ball, Max W. This Fascinating Oil Business. Bobbs-Merrill, 1940.

Curtin, D. Thomas. Men, Oil and War. Chicago: Petroleum Industry Committee, 1946.

Denny, Ludwell. We Fight for Oil. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1928.

Dews, Edmund. POL Storage as a Target for Air Attack: Evidence from World War II Allied Air Campaigns against Enemy Oil Installations. Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, 1980.

Fanning, Leonard M. American Oil Operations Abroad. New York: McGraw-Hill Book, 1947.

Friedwald, Eugène Marie, and Lawrence Wolfe. Oil and the War. London: W. Heinemann, 1941.

Goralski, Robert, and Russell W. Freeburg. Oil & War: How the Deadly Struggle for Fuel in WWII Meant Victory or Defeat. New York: Morrow, 1987.

Gosewisch, Walter, and Ferdinand Feichtner. Luftwaffe Communications (Greece and Crete). [Karlsruhe, Germany?]: Historical Division, Headquarters, United States Army, Europe [Foreign Military Studies Branch, 1947.

Hilter, Adolf. Fuehrer Directives and Other Top-level Directives of the German Armed Forces, 1939-1941, 1942-1945. Washington: n.p., 1948.

Hitler, Adolf, and Felix Gilbert. Hitler Directs His War. New York: Oxford UP, 1950.

Hughes, Richard V., Glen S. Taylor, and Robert B. Vaile. The Petroleum Industry: Effect of Bomb Damage on War Potential. Stanford, CA: Stanford Research Institute, Applied Research Center for the West, 1949.

Jaide, Walter, Ludwig Scharpff, and Thomas Ukert. Erdöl. [Hamburg]: ESSO A.G., 1955.

Japanese and German Radar. Fort Totten, NY: Headquarters, Antiaircraft Artillery Command, E.D.C., AA-2 Section, 1944.

Kammhuber, Josef. Problems in the Conduct of a Day and Night Defensive Air War. [Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.?]: Dept. of the Air Force, 1953.

Mendelsohn, John. German Radio Intelligence and the Soldatensender. New York: Garland, 1989.

Mohr, Anton. The Oil War. New York: Harcourt, Brace and, 1926.

Müller, Werner. Ground Radar Systems of the German Luftwaffe to 1945. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1998.

Oil as a Factor in the German War Effort, 1933-1945. [London]: Offices of the Cabinet and Minister of Defence, 1946.

Oil Fields as Military Objectives: A Feasibilty Study. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1975.

Pearton, Maurice. Oil and the Romanian State. Oxford: Clarendon, 1971.

Praun, Albert. German Radio Intelligence. [Washington, D.C.]: Dept. of the Army, Office of the Chief of Military History, 1950.

Pre-war Petroleum Statistics. S.l.: S.n., 1944.

Ritter, Harry Ray. Hermann Neubacher and the German Occupation of the Balkans: 1940 – 1945. N.p.: n.p., 1969.

Rotaru, Jipa, Carol König, Alesandru Duțu, and Eftimie Ardeleanu. Armata Română În Al Doilea Război Mondial = Romanian Army in World War II. București: Editura Meridiane, 1995.

Ruedel, Guenther. German Principles Covering Commitment and Control of Antiaircraft (flak) Artillery. [Germany?]: Historical Division, Headquarters, United States, Army, Europe, Foreign Military Studies Branch, 1952.

Skogstad, Anna. Petroleum Industry of Germany during the War. Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 1950.

The Rumanian Oil Industry. Bucharest, Rumania: United States Military Representation, Allied Control Commission, 1945.

Treptow, Kurt W. Romania and World War II = România Și Cel De-al Doilea Război Mondial. Iași: Centrul De Studii Românești,

ULTRA Europe vs. the German Air Force. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1980.

Warlimont, Walter, and Janet E. Dewey. Armed Forces High Command Activities from 1 July to 30 September 1943. N.p.: n.p., 1990.

Watkins, Gwen. Cracking the Luftwaffe Codes: The Secrets of Bletchley Park. London: Greenhill, 2006.

Wuesthoff, Scott E. The Utility of Targeting the Petroleum-based Sector of a Nation’s Economic Infrastructure. Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.: Air UP, 1994.

Zischka, Anton. Olkrieg. Leipzig: Tauchnitz, 1942.

6 Responses to Partial Bibliography

  1. Clyde says:

    Looking forward to the doco’s release.
    Excellent work thus far.

    • DHK says:

      Hi Clyde

      Yep, the research phase is done except for the last couple of things I’m hoping to get out of Germany. Working on the script, and of course have been gathering film from all over the place for quite a while. I love it when a plan comes together (finally!).


  2. Howie Belkin says:

    Hello Dave
    I realize you couldn’t list all of your references. I was wondering if you’ve seen the softcover landscape layout book by Corneliu Nastase and Dan Melinte, Ploesti: Low Level Strike, published by International Modelism? It’s produced by Romanian modelers and features photos and color side views of many of the downed B 24’s… And defending BF 109s and IAR 80s…

    • DHK says:

      Hi Howie

      Yes, I have that book and it’s excellent. Dan told me there are several rather important updates they’ve learned since the book went into print (ain’t that always the way!), but the photos are excellent. Considerable information is just becoming available from Romania; like people everywhere some information holders are loathe to part with the stuff they have (that’s not a criticism–it’s always more often the case than not no matter where you look. Corneliu and Dan have done a wonderful job on the Romanian crashes, and it adds to the TIDAL WAVE historical record.


  3. Jame Selasky says:

    My father Charles James Selasky was Gen Johnson’s navigator on the Suzy Q. Gen Johnson was my God Father. I have heard Ploesti Stories from the time I was a child until my father’s death in ’96. Several times in my life Veterans have come to me & thanked my father for guiding them home from Ploesti. They knew Dad would not get lost. Goring personally told Dad when he was shot down: “If you would have lead the mission the war would be over”. Goring then offered Dad a Wing Command. I may have some useful information.

    • DHK says:

      Hi James

      Contacted you offline. Thanks for letting me know–man, you’re lucky to have had Gen Johnson as your Godfather! Very, very cool.


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