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Stars and Stripes is unique among the world's publishing institutions. The U.S. Defense Department's official newspaper for its troops stationed abroad, it is considered indispensable for the sense of community that it instills in soldiers, particularly during long deployments.

A 1996 Wall Street Journal article about the newspaper quoted servicemen stationed overseas who said, "The only thing more popular is mail from home. . . .If we stopped getting Stripes, there'd be a riot." Offering news and features on a variety of military topics, as well as an overview of politics, business and sports, the paper is particularly popular for its stories on local conditions and local troops. A recent study concluded that the availability of the paper remains, as it has always been, a "major quality-of-life issue" for soldiers and their families overseas.

Through the years, particularly during wartime, Stars and Stripes has been published in a variety of editions. We are pleased to make available microfilm collections of a number of these editions, dating from World War I to the present. Researchers on American history, military history and genealogy will find these collections to be invaluable reference tools.

The following editions are available separately:

World War I

  • The Stars and Stripes. The Official Newspaper of the A.E.F. (1918-1919)

World War II

  • The Stars and Stripes. London Edition. Newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces in the European Theater of Operations (1942-1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Mediterranean Edition. Algiers and Rome. (1942-1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Algiers Daily Edition. (1943-1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Africa, Middle East, Persian Gulf Edition. (1943-1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. North African Edition. (1943-1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Casablanca Edition.(1943-1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Sicily. (1943-1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Fifth Army Edition. (1943-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Mediterranean Edition. Naples. (1943-1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Northern Ireland Edition. Belfast. (1943-1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Tunis Edition. Tunis. (1943-1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Mediterranean Edition. Daily. Rome. (1944-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Mediterranean Weekly Edition. Rome. (1944-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Magazine. Weekly. Paris. (1945-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Daily Newspaper of U.S. Armed Forces in the European Theater of Operations. Besançon. (1944)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Southern France Edition. Nice, Marseille. (1944-1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Daily Newspaper of U.S. Armed Forces in the European Theater. Strasbourg. (1944-1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Daily. Dijon. (1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Liège Edition. (1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Nancy Edition. Daily. (1945)
  • The Stars and Stripes. German Edition. Pfungstadt. Daily. (1945-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes. European Edition. Altdorf, Bavaria. [Southern German Edition.] (1945-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Daily. Middle Pacific Areas. Honolulu. (1945-1946)

Post World War II

  • The Stars and Stripes. China Edition. Shanghai. Daily. (1945-1946)
  • The Stars and Stripes Magazine Supplement. Weekly. China Edition. Shanghai. (1945-1946)
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes. Tokyo. (1945-1963)
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes. Far East Weekly Review. Tokyo. (1947-1948)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Weekend. Pfungstadt, Germany. (1946-1948)
  • The Stars and Stripes. Weekly Comics. (1946-1947)
  • The Stars and Stripes. European Edition. (1946-1967)
  • The Stars and Stripes at Sea. [Published on Landing Ship Tank 325 Anchored off Tunisia.] (1943)
  • The Stars and Stripes. European Edition. Darmstadt, Germany. (1973-current)

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