Nafziger Collection
(Updated links as of 21 June 2012)

NOTE: The ZIPs on this website date from my original website rip from around early 2010. Since then, nearly 800~ files have been added to CARL’s website for the American Civil War – I will try to rip these files and update the archives below, when I can.

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In February 2010, George Nafziger donated his collection of Orders of Battle, etc to the U.S. Army to place online.

His letter as reproduced is:

Gentlemen (and ladies),

I have donated the notorious Nafziger Collection of orders of battle to the U.S. Army's Combined Arms Research Library (CARL). It is online and free to the world. I'm afraid I do not have the URL and I understand that it is still in a "teething" process, but it is there.

You may be wondering why. There are several reasons. First, technology was killing me. The collection was in WordStar, a DOS-based program, and Windows XP and Vista would not allow me to print the documents, so I found myself having to maintain a Windows 98 machine (and a spare, just in case). Sooner or later, I would no longer be able to get to the data. Technological changes would lose it to me (and you).

Second, I'm 60. Sadly, I'm not going to live forever. I imagined, not unrealistically, that since my wife and kids know nothing about the collection, could care less about it, would see a Windows 98 machine and think "junk" and place the computer, its hard drive and all the collection on the curb for the garbage collector, that my death would result in the disappearance of something that meant a lot to me as a hobby and a labor of love. Soooo, when approached by a friend two to three years ago, I realized this was the best solution. Besides, there is some sweet irony about a Navy Captain having his stuff figure so prominently on a U.S. Army website. :-) And, in some sense, maybe I will achieve a modicum of immortality, leaving a legacy that will haunt you all long after I've shed this mortal shell.

And with that, if any of you are silly enough to want to order something on the old website (which is still functional), I will take your money, but pretty soon I'm going to take it down and leave a link to the army's website.

Enjoy, make use of it, and consider it my gift to the wargaming community.

Original PDFs are available via the U.S. Army’s Command & General Staff College’s Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) at:

http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/carl/nafziger.htm

There are a total of about 7,985 files taking up 596 MB of space; and downloading them all for most people is a bit difficult (imagine clicking on 7,985 links!!!); plus the fact that CARL's server isn't that fast.

Using a website ripper program, I downloaded all of them (it took me six hours of waiting); and I've organized them into ZIPs based upon their rough time period; and started to organize them via their subject as well.

While you're here, why don't you wander off and visit the rest of the site while you wait for the downloads to finish?

I have a quite large collection of scanned PDF documents on U.S. Aircraft (HERE), for one; along with the entire “Victory Plan” that we planned in 1941 in case Britain fell to the Nazis and we would have to fight Germany, Japan, and Italy all alone by ourselves HERE, along with some other relevant WWII stuff.

Time Period Themed Collections

1600s (12.6 MB ZIP)

1700s (43.2 MB ZIP)

1800s (61 MB ZIP)

Napoleonics (1792-1815) (107.5 MB ZIP)

US Civil War (1860-1865) (4.1 MB ZIP)

Early 1900s (1900-1913) (9 MB ZIP)

World War I (1914-1918) (35.2 MB ZIP)

Interwar (1919-1938) (12.2 MB ZIP)

World War II (1939) (19 MB ZIP)

World War II (1940) (20.8 MB ZIP)

World War II (1941) (45.5 MB ZIP)

World War II (1942) (49 MB ZIP)

World War II (1943) (30.5 MB ZIP)

World War II (1944) (48.9 MB ZIP)

World War II (1945) (14.4 MB ZIP)

Subject Area Themed Collections

World War II – German Authorized Strengths (30.4 MB ZIP) (Finding Aid)