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Cautions

1. It's easy to get units confused; reporters do it all the time. For example, When a source says to the "third infantry," it could mean the third battalion of an infantry regiment, the Third Infantry Regiment, or the Third Infantry Division.

2. Often you'll see or hear an abbreviation like this: 3/7 or "third of the seventh". It stands for a Third Battalion of a Seventh Regiment.

U.S. Armed Forces

Online Catalog Searching


KEYWORD SEARCHING

In the Advanced Keyword Search do a search in this format:

"Any Field": [unit name] AND "Any Field": ([numbering variations] Example:

"Any Field" airborne AND "Any Field": 82d or 82nd or eighty-second

 Retrieves works with this subject: United States. Army. Airborne Division, 82nd.

To retrieve works about units specifically in World War II, use this format:

"SUBJECT": World War 1939 AND "Any Field"[unit name] AND ([number variations] Example:

""SUBJECT": World War 1939  AND "Any Field": marine AND 1st or first. Retrieves works with these subjects:

France. Marine -- History.
Merchant marine -- Great Britain.
Merchant marine -- United States.
United States. Marine Corps. Division, 1st -- Biography.
United States. Marine Corps. Marine Raider Battalion, 1st -- History.
United States. Marine Corps. Marines, 1st

SUBJECT  SEARCHING


In the subject catalog use this format: country, branch of service, subunit. Examples:

United States. Army
United States. Army -- African American troops
United States. Army -- History -- 20th century
United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 92nd
United States. Army Air Forces
United States. Army Air Forces. Base Unit, 503rd
United States. Army Air Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
United States. Coast Guard
United States. Coast Guard -- Aviation -- History.
United States. Coast Guard. Beach Patrol Division.
United States. Coast Guard -- History -- 20th century
United States. Coast Guard -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
United States. Marine Corps
United States. Marine Corps -- History -- 20th century
United States. Marine Corps -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
United States. Marine Corps. Marines, 5th
United States. Marine Corps -- Women
United States. Navy
United States. Navy -- History -- 20th century
United States. Navy -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
United States. Navy. Task Force 38.

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