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NARA Ordering Guide

Foreign Military Studies
This section has information regarding manuscripts produced under the Foreign Military Studies Program of the Historical Division, United States Army, Europe, and of predecessor commands since 1945. Most of these manuscripts were prepared by former high-ranking officers of the German Armed Forces, writing under the sponsorship of their former adversaries.
A guide to the manuscripts, which includes both a catalog and an index can be downloaded below.
Copies of the manuscripts can be ordered from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration; depending on the document series they may be available in both English and German. To order call this number, 301-837-2000 tell them what you are looking for. They will forward your call to the correct person. They usually have some kind of limit to the number of documents/publications you can order but that seems to change over time. Most orders can be reproduced on CD/DVD or paper. The default format seems to vary with the document type so I would be specific as to the format wanted. After taking your order they will mail you a quote that you will then mail back or call with your payment.
FMS manuscripts can now be ordered online on the NARA website, click on this link: NARA Online, when the page opens click on the microfilm tab and then enter "M1035" in the seach field and click on Search. When the search page come up click on a Publication Title and then on Continue Order, you should now see individual microfilm listed and a place to enter the quantity to order. You will need to be logged in before you can see this order page.
The current FMS library is at 500+ files and 8+ GB’s, therefore many of the files have been optimized to reduce the file size which results in a slight reduction in quality. If you require a higher resolution copy for your research please contact us and we will check to see if we have one available.

Foreign Military Studies Downloads
New Studies
PinGuideCatalog and Index to Foreign Military StudiesEnglish PDF (32.3 MB)
PinGuid2Guide to FMS P-143d and P-149English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-035The FFI before and after D-Day (1944)English PDF (12 MB)
OctB-052XIII Corps Feb-Mar 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-064Fortress Command XIIEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-067352 VGD Dec-Jan 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-0683rd Panzergrenadier Division in the ArdennesEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-07079 VGD Dec-Jan 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-074338th Division in AlsaceEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-09779th VGD Feb-Mar 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-109353rd Division Mar-May 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-111347th Division April 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-139Fighting in Hungary and Steiermark (6 Army) Mar-May 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-212Defenses in Southern TyrolEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-22012th Army Surrender May 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-224116th Panzer Division Mar 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-377LXXXIX Corps March 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-460Evaluation of Manuscripts on National RedoubtEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-559LXIV Corps Dec-Jan 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-592Fuhrer Begleit Brigade in the ArdennesEnglish PDF (13 MB)
OctB-701Summary of Hrs.Gp. B Oct to Apr 1945English PDF (20 MB)
OctB-769LXVI Corps ArdennesEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctB-7861st Army Dec - Feb 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctC-034In Snow and Mud: 31 Days of Attack under SEYDLITZ During Early Spring of 1942English PDF (<10 MB)
OctD-066Study of OKH before, during and after the Allied Landing in French North Africa, 1942English PDF (12 MB)
OctD-145Considerations Concerning Overall Conduct of the War in North AfricaEnglish PDF (11 MB)
OctD-172The El Alamein Crisis and its Afteraffects in the OKWEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctD-17410th Panzer Division in TunisiaEnglish PDF (<10 MB)
OctD-271Battle of Stalingrad. Signal Communications in the Pocket of Stalingrad.English PDF (<10 MB)
OctD-281Russian 1945 Offensive Against XXVII CorpsEnglish PDF (13 MB)
OctD-300The Second Encirclement of BRODY (July 1944)English PDF (15 MB)
OctD-342German Units in Italy 1943English PDF (<10 MB)
OctP-050The Bombing of Dresden in February 1945English PDF (<10 MB)
OctP-082Commentary on Wagener's "Study of Combat Tactics Employeed in the Russ. Cmpgn"English PDF (10 MB)
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