Behind the Scenes at IHRA

This helps to explain exactly why I was so excited about the research and published volumes of the IHRA !!


From Warpath Across the Pacific to the first volume of Ken’s Men Against the Empire, our books have become the standard for World War II unit histories as well as a go-to for the history of the air war in the Pacific Theater. How did we get here? We’ll take you through part of the process of how we turn piles of photos and information into the next great installment of the Eagles Over the Pacific series.

It starts with gathering as much primary source material as possible: photos, personal diaries, letters, interviews, squadron and unit reports, medal citations, missing aircraft crew reports, and so on. Material borrowed from individual veterans was processed first, so it could be returned in a somewhat timely fashion. Before the days of scanners, photos of the photos were taken, printed out, and organized into reference binders by month. The original photos were then…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 24, 2016, in Book Reviews, Current News, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Excellent insightful re-blog gp, I left a comment.
    Excellent work by all concerned, fantastic to see that all detail is kept and recorded in chronological order, a massive enterprise that will be available to future generations.
    Well done guys, your not only recording history, but paying a tribute to all those who made that history.

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  2. That is an incredible amount of work that goes into their files!

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  3. You are a wonderful meticulous researcher.
    I am honored


  4. GP, I love military history and thank you so much for bringing us these historical events. So very interesting!

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  5. Always good to know about good historical resources. Thanks! Also, I thought you might be interested in part of my blog post today as it is about a man who served as an ordnance officer in the Pacific theater during World War II. I have more details than I included as the post was getting long. Here it is, in case you are interested: Hope you like it!

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  6. That is an example of meticulous research indeed, GP. Well done to them for their hard work.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Always nice to view your blog.


  8. I loved doing research for history A-level – interesting to read this and on such a bigger scale! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. An incredible resource! Of course, your well-documented, always informative and new (to me) histories are a good match with what they do. I’m excite with you, GP!

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  10. Thanks for that a Amateur Military Historian, insights like this are awesome!!

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