From a Layout to a Book: Behind the Scenes at IHRA


Publishing non-fiction may not be as easy as you first imagine.

Let the IHRA historians know how you feel about their work!



Last week, we gave you an idea of how we get our information, compile it, and begin to write a compelling narrative. We left off with the chapter layout process and now we’ll finish the book. Before we get to the rest of the chapters as well as the appendices, let’s focus on the color section.

The color section consists of color photos we received, aircraft profiles, nose art closeups (this is a recent addition as of Rampage of the Roarin’ 20’s and Ken’s Men Against the Empire, Volume I), paintings, and patches. As for plane profiles, one plane from each squadron during each quarter of the war is chosen based on availability of photos, unique attributes (such as camouflage schemes and hardware), coverage of a plane, and elaborate nose art.

Once planes are chosen, we gather up all the photos and written information we have into what…

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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 26, 2016, in Book Reviews, Current News, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 55 Comments.

  1. You have certainly found some great re-blogs gp, this one was excellent in showing its illustrative process, I left a comment.
    That is truly an amazing project you are undertaking, the detail is perfection, commendations to all who work on the project, and special mention to Jack Fellows.
    A great legacy for those who follow behind.

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  2. Wow. . . so many comments. . .great job. I thought you might like to quickly glance at this article done by a Frenchman for the guy helping me. Many mistakes in the burial process but it is understandable, I guess with and in a war. Cheerio !

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  3. Hello Mr. Cox I came here at the suggestion of another blogger, Maria Holm of Health From One Heart to Another.
    She became aware of my research into my grandfather’s British Navy service from 1916 to 1945. He was on the Prince of Wales when it was sunk on December 10, 1941.
    You may be able to help in light of your knowledge of the Pacific war. I am having difficulty tracking down accounts of what happened to the survivors from the Prince of Wales and the Repulse when they were rescued and taken back to Singapore.
    My grandfather’s naval record makes no sense from the day of the sinking onward to the end of hostilities. Perhaps you would care to take a look at my blog posts on this and consider getting in touch with me. Great site of yours!

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  4. I enjoyed learning about the research and publications of the IHRA. It looks like they do some really interesting work.

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  5. Thank you for letting us know about this group and their research. I am now following them.

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    • Anne, I wasn’t able to view the individual shots, but the video – Fantastic! They did a great job, didn’t they?! I liked the added touch of the German surrendering to get his wounded comrade medical help. They made everything appear realistic. The D-Day link went no where.


  6. Thank you for another reblog! What a week!

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  7. Have a lot respect for your work.Well done

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  8. The attention to detail is almost unbelievable. Such meticulous work is very rare nowadays.

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  9. Love his blog and can see why it’s so good. Very detailed!

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  10. Great series GP!! 😊

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  11. Stimulating I enjoy history when it truthful and presented well.
    Thank you

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  12. As a writer, I loved this post. I do a lot of my book parts myself so this is quite helpful.

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  13. Small wonder the books are so good, GP. The illustrations backing up the attention to detail make them just perfect for collectors of this genre. Great stuff!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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