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British Battles on Land and Sea: Section I Vols I-IX; Section II Vols I-IX by James Grant (£300.00)Publisher: Cassell & Co. — 1897Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. All eight volumes heavily faded at the spine, less so at the margins of the boards. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Volume I has a small, tape repaired, tear to the head of the title page. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Subscribers edition, not in BL previous published by Cassell Petter & Galpin, in 2 sections each of 4 volumes. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Maps; All Edges Gilt;

Book I: Section I. Volume I. 300pp; Book III: Section I. Volume II. 276pp; Book V: Section I. Volume III. 293pp; Book VII: Section I. Volume IV. 310pp

Book II: Section II. Volume I. 275pp; Book IV: Section II. Volume II. 299pp; Book VI: Section II. Volume III. 284pp. ; Book VII: Section II. Volume IV. 313pp;
Notes: Size: 10½" x 7¾". Bevelled Decorative Red boards with Gilt & Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. Tags: grant battles britain naval history military victorian period 1837-1901
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China At War by Freda Utley (£249.00)Publisher: London: Faber & Faber — 1939Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss, heavy damp-marking to the reverse showing slightly at the panels. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Endpapers and blanks a little grubby. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Map to the rear slightly mis-folded. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Photographs; Fold-Out Maps [1];

From the cover: “Freda Utley, who has just returned from the seat of war in the Far East, gives us in this book a vivid description of the Chinese war, as she has seen it from the Chinese side, backed by a brilliant expose of the Chinese political situation. One of the very few British newspaper correspondents in the war zone (she represented the News Chronicle), the only Englishwoman to visit the Yangtze fronts, and a world-renowned authority on Far Eastern matters, Miss Utley is quite exceptionally well informed, as readers of her last book, Japan’s Feet of Clay, know. A trained and accurate observer, she allows her sympathy with the Chinese cause to warm but not to warp the truth. A naturally straightforward writer, she makes her story easy to read, deeply interesting, and therefore deeply moving.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 306 pages. Tags: china history politics government social conditions press war reporting military operations campaigns warfare battles hong kong canton hankow wuhan cities yangtze front political situation japan
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The Imperial Russian Navy by Anthony J. Watts (£154.00)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0853689121]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “Occupying a most important place in naval history, the fleets of the Imperial Russian Navy represent a major subject for study by serving officers, senior historians and naval buffs. Few published accounts have done justice to the topic, and none has offered the range of photographic illustration presented in this volume. The three centuries of naval development covered here demonstrate that its constant need to control its own ports and precious narrow exits to the oceans, as well as its pursuit of access to the Mediterranean, has caused the Russian Navy to be regularly in combat and at the forefront of advances in design, armament and strategy. Throughout the battles with its neighbours, the Crimean, Russo-Japanese conflicts, and the First World War, the Imperial Russian Navy deployed novel ships and weapons, including early use of torpedoes and of the submarine.

Anthony Watts has brought together an unprecedented collection of photographs and data to provide this new study of a most significant element of military history. Through his summary of Russian naval evolution, his compendium of technical information and the pictorial coverage, he has provided a most important contribution to naval literature, perhaps the most valuable volume on the subject for eighty years.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 9¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: russia federation history marine naval engineering unit navies imperial russian armed forces warfare maritime technology soviet union fleet warships ships
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French Aircraft 1939-42: Fighters, Bombers, Reconnaissance and Observation Types by Dominique Breffort (£151.00)Publisher: Paris: Histoire & Collections — 2011Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 2352501970]Condition: Near Fine. Slightest rubbing to the tips of the wrappers otherwise a very well presented copy of an uncommon title. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “Contrary to what was long believed and asserted, French Armée de I’Air was not crushed on the first day of the German attack, on 10 May 1940. For aircraft, France did have — and a lot! — and in particular it did have pilots who fought, who even fought very bravely, especially if you take into account the equipment they were using, that subtle blend of out-of-date and therefore vulnerable machines and new, modern aircraft with all their teething troubles which not always corrected. This book, which is actually the reissue, very substantially increased, of volumes 7 and 8 of the Planes & Pilots series bearing the same title and published by Histoire & Collections in 2004-2005, provides a comprehensive overview of military aircraft of the crucial period in the history of the Armée de I’Air extending from the beginning of World War II to the dissolution of the aviation of the Vichy regime. From Amiot to Potez, all fighters, bombers, reconnaissance and observation planes used by the Armée de I’Air between 1939 and 1942, produced in France or purchased abroad, are presented by alphabetical order, supplemented by an overview presentation of the main prototypes built and flying before the end of hostilities but which circumstances prevented from being produced in series, even though this was planned and indeed sometimes already started.”
Notes: Illustrated by Andre´ Jouineau [Profiles]. Size: 11¾" x 9". 160 pages. Tags: french france air history war 1939-1945 airplanes military 20th century aerial operations battles campaigns second vehicles forces warfare aviation europe bombers fighters pilots luftwaffe vichy regime
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The Year Of The Horsetails by R. F. [Robert Frederick] Tapsell (£128.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little tanned overall, heavier to the spine. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. A good copy, uncommon in the dust wrapper. Description: From the cover: “The period of The Year of the Horsetails is that of the great age of the nomads, which opened with the raids of Attila the Hun and culminated in the career of Genghis Khan : the setting, the vast Eurasian steppe-lands. The plains are ruled by a nomad horde, the Tugars, skilled soldiers and horsemen commanded by the Kagan, whose ruthless leadership has thrown into bondage many neighbouring tribes, including the Sakas. One of the Sakas, Bardiya, himself a hard-bitten campaigner well versed in the Kagan’s military skill, turns renegade. He kills one of the Kagan’s generals and is hunted by the Tugars over the plains and into the mountains. Escaping here, he finds himself among the Drevichi, inhabitants of a friendly fertile land. When the Tugars invade the Drevichi, Bardiya gradually takes charge of the resistance and finally defeats them with the military cunning he first learned in their ranks.

No summary could do justice to the scale and drama of this book. It has all the drawn-out tension of a struggle between a David and a Goliath: all the panoramic breadth of a film like The Fall of the Roman Empire . The strange, primitive civilization of the nomad Tugars is brought to life as though the author had lived among them. The breath-catching battles and sieges seem like the first-hand observations of a masterly war-correspondent. R. F. Tapsell is the sort of novelist who is unusual these days — a man bold enough to paint on the broadest of canvases: yet every inch of his picture is drawn with the precision of a craftsman’s hand.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Charles Goram. Size: 8" x 5¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: goram first editions firsts printings 1st age nomads eurasian steppe lands attilla hun genghis khan military cunning tapsell
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Official History (Naval and Military) Russo-Japanese War: Vol. II Maps by The Historical Section of The Committee of Imperial Defence (£109.00)Publisher: London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office — 1912Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Map case a little battered and faded. Maps slightly tanned. Description: Map case to accompany text of Volume II containing folded maps/plans numbered 19 to 44 with No. 40 being an overlay to the Port Arthur No. 39. Separately 4 maps/charts numbered VIII to XI.Notes: Size: 10¼" x 6¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. Tags: defence military operations japanese war 1904-1905 russo-japanese naval campaigns warfare battles manchuria russo guides chronologies official publications theses
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My Story by Caroline Cossey (£103.00)Publisher: Faber & Faber — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Very slight chipping to DJ at tail of spine and top leading corner. Also small (2cm.) closed tear to centre right of DJ which is barely noticeable.Description: Written with great warmth, honesty and humour, My Story is a tale of two battles : a woman's fight for the body she needed to survive, and a transsexual's struggle against ignorance and misunderstanding for the rights she knew she deserved. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 225pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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Logs of the Great Sea Fights: 1794-1805 by T. [Thomas] Sturges Jackson (£92.00)Publisher: London: Printed for the Navy Records Society — 1981Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Both volumes slightly faded at the spine with light spotting to the foredge of the lower boards. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Number 16 & 18 in the series. Illustrated by way of: Tables; Plans [2]; Maps [9];Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue Spine Strip with White boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Publications of the Navy Records Society series. [XV] 342/343 pages. Tags: publications navy records society napoleonic wars naval operations sea battles howe britain royal cape saint vincent battle camperdown nile egypt copenhagen denmark trafalgar anglo-french war british history 18th century 19th
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The Decisive Battles of India: From 1746 to 1849 Inclusive by G. B. [George Bruce] Malleson (£89.00)Publisher: London: W. H. Allen & Co. — 1888Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently faded at the spine with rubbing to the leather at the tips and spine ends. Front hinge weakening. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: 3rd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1883] Illustrated by way of: Fold-out plans [4]; Maps [1]; Portrait to the frontispiece;Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Ruled Leather over Marbled boards with Gilt titling to the Spine (with 5 raised bands). [XXVIII] 495 pages. Tags: malleson battles india history military progress british power
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Old Friends, New Enemies: The Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy: Volume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945 by Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen & John Horsfield (£84.00)Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0198201508]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the upper panel and faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “This first scholarly account of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War is a companion volume to Arthur Marder’s Old Friends, New Enemies: Strategic Illusions, 1936-1941. Picking up the story at the nadir of British naval fortunes — everywhere weak and naked , in Churchill’s phrase — it examines the Royal Navy’s role in events from 1942 to the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

Drawing on both British and Japanese sources and personal accounts by participants, the authors vividly retell the story of the collapse of Allied defences in the Dutch East Indies, culminating in the Battle of the Java Sea. They recount the attempts of the ‘fighting admiral’, Sir James Somerville, to train his motley fleet of cast-offs into an efficient fighting force in spite of the reluctance of Churchill, who resisted the formation of a full-scale British Pacific Fleet until the 1945 assault on the Ryukyu Islands immediately south of Japan.

Meticulously researched and fully referenced, this unique and absorbing account provides a controversial analysis of the key personalities who shaped events in these momentous years, and makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Pacific War.

Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXX] 621 pages. Tags: britain royal navy history 19th century japan kaigun war 1939-1945 naval operations japanese forces warfare british second battles campaigns maritime asian united kingdom 0198201508 9780198201502
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The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Volume II: November 1940-December 1941 by G. A. Titterton (£76.00)Publisher: London: Whitehall History Publishing in association with Frank Cass — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0714652059]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: First appeared as a classified document in 1952 prepared by G. A. Titterton for the Historical Section of the Admiralty. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; Plans;Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Brown & The First Sea Lord. Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Whitehall Histories: Naval Staff histories series. [XXII VIII] 318 pages. Tags: whitehall histories naval staff war 1939-1945 campaigns mediterranean operations british maritime history european second military battles united kingdom britain
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The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Volume I: September 1939-October 1940 by G. A. Titterton (£74.00)Publisher: London: Whitehall History Publishing in association with Frank Cass — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0714651796]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Initially appeared as a classified document in 1952 prepared by G. A. Titterton for the Historical Section of the Admiralty. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; Plans;Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Brown & The First Sea Lord. Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Whitehall Histories: Naval Staff histories series. [XXI VIII] 178 pages. Tags: whitehall histories naval staff britain royal navy history war 1939-1945 campaigns mediterranean operations british second military battles forces warfare europe sea convoy battle run gibraltar alexandria operation hat
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The Hornblower Companion by C. S. [Cecil Scott] Forester (£68.00)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges with a few small nicks / tears but no loss. Book a little rubbed at extremities, slightly bumped at tail of spine. Internally bright and clean and generally a very pleasant copy.Description: How did Hornblower come to be thought of? How did it happen that this epic biography was begun in the middle? How did it come about that the midshipman grew into the captain? How were the plots constructed? Many more questions are answered in this exciting book. 140pp. Maps. Size: 4to Large Post (10½" x 8¼" approx.) Jacket Designed by Michael Harvey. Illustrated by Samuel H. Bryant. Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Tags: adventures destroyers napoleonic battleship submarine seafaring justinion cruisers novellas merchant maritime nautical stories sailing fiction battles cruiser frigate warship torpedo novels vessel marine dinghy ships royal craft naval liner boat wars navy ship sea
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History of the Wars Caused by the French Revolution, 1792-1812 & History of the French War, from 1812, to Its Close by Lieut-Colonel Williams (£62.00)Publisher: London: London Printing & Publishing Company — UndatedBinding: Hardback Condition: Good. Board worn and soiled, rubbed and bumped at head tail and corners and overall slightly dull. Previous owners inscription to ffep which is also foxed. Frontis creased at top corner. Edges dull. Hinges strained at ffep. A well read copy.Description: Circa 1860. Illustrated by way of: Wood Engravings; Black & White Drawings; Portrait to the frontispiece; Previous owners’ gift inscription to the first blank, reading “To Leslie James Henry Pitman In Memory of Peace June 28/19. From Father, James Pitman”. This is the date of The Versailles Treaty which ended the First World War. I have been unable to establish who the Pitmans were unfortunately. Two volumes bound in one. Volume I covers the history of the wars caused by the French Revolution 1792 - 1812. Volume II covers History of the French War, From 1812 to its close; of other wars, in which England has been engaged, to A. D. 1840: and Retrospective view of England's battles by sea and land, from 55 B. C. to the French Revolution, A. D. 1792. A further title page is bound in from the same series, England’s Battles by Sea and Land with a History of the Present Volunteer Movement.Notes: Size: 11" x 7¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the England's Battles by Sea and Land series. [CXXXII] 392/320 pages. Tags: england battles sea land india versailles war europe china indian volunteer mutiny russia french revolution present british military history
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Ironclads in Action: A Sketch of Naval Warfare from 1855 to 1895, with Some Account of the Battleship in England by H. W. [Herbert Wrigley] Wilson (£61.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1896Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Ex-Business Library: Numerals to the spine; Lloyd's stamp to the pastedown; Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Complete in II volumes. Illustrated by way of: Appendices [4]; Top edge gilt; Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Black & White Plates; Maps; Tables; Fold-Out Maps;Notes: Foreword or introduction by A. T. [Alfred Thayer] Mahan. Size: 9¼" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIX/VIII] 357/374 pages. Tags: wilson alfred thayer mahan naval battles history 19th century warships armored vessels britain battleships
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The Battle of Britain: Then and Now by Edited by Winston G. Ramsey (£57.00)Publisher: London: Battle of Britain Prints International — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0900913258]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1980] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Ribbon Markers [1]; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Forty years later, After the Battle magazine has ploughed an entirely fresh furrow across this legendary field of human conflict to produce what has now come to be regarded as a memorial to The Few’.

This 816-page book contains over one thousand seven hundred pictures and over half a million words of text contributed by specialists, enthusiasts and historians. It does not attempt to re-tell the story of the battle once again. Instead it has been the Editor’s intention to bring a new aspect to the combat between July 10 — October 31, 1940 through the presentation of comparative ‘then and now’ photographs familiar to readers of After the Battle magazine.

Never before has such detailed coverage been given to the losses of either the Royal Air Force or the Luftwaffe. The graves of RAF aircrew that were killed have been listed, visited by the editorial team and photographed as a complete and lasting record of those that died. The pilots, their memorials, crashes and crash sites, and the aircraft that have survived are profusely illustrated. Twenty of the most famous fighter aerodromes from which they flew have been explored and are described as they were at the time and as they are today, with a particularly detailed account of one typical front line station.

With an extra 96 pages, the Mk II edition brings together all the additional research and information on the battle which has come to light since the book was originally published. Also included is a complete listing of ‘The Few’ — all those aircrew of Fighter Command who participated in the Battle — which is the culmination of more than twenty-five years’ work by John Holloway. Plus illustrated indexes of aircraft and personnel together with a pen portrait of Pilot Officer Keith Gillman — featured on the dustjacket.

No book has ever been published that chronicles the Battle of Britain in this way. Among its pages, men and events, aircraft and aerodromes that have already been consigned to the past are commemorated in the present.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 816 pages. Tags: britain royal air force fighter command history battle pilots british irish second world war military battles campaigns forces warfare engineering aircraft united kingdom aviation graves memorials crash sites raf luftwaffe
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Culloden: 1746 The Last Highland Charge by John Sadler (£56.50)Publisher: Cromwell Films — 1993Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “These are the memoirs of James Johnstone, who served in the Jacobite Rebellion in 1746, first as an Aide de Camp to Lord Murray, then as a Captain of Artillery. Included here is the complete and unabridged text, minus only the footnotes, from the start of Johnstone’s adventure until immediately after the Battle of Culloden.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). In the Campaigns in History series. 91 pages. Tags: culloden battle scotland 1746 jacobite rebellion 1745-1746 highlander operations hanoverian campaigns victories military massacre england battles britain kingdom history defence century british europe united irish great 18th 1800 king war rebellions 1700 1900 john prebble 0140025766
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The Battle of Spicheren August 6th 1870 and the Events That Preceded It: A Study in Practical Tactics and War Training by G. F. R. [George Francis Robert] Henderson (£54.00)Publisher: Aldershot: Gale & Polden — 1909Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with fading to the spine and some small marks to both boards. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, later printing [First Published: 1902] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Fold-Out Maps; Fold-out Map to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “This account, penned by a noted British military historian of the late 19th century, remains one of the best narratives of a 19th-century battle yet published.

The Battle of Spicheren was fought in early August 1870, and like many of the battles in the opening phase of the Franco-Prussian war, could be termed an encounter battle. Fighting over very difficult terrain, German forces dislodged the French II Corps after a heroic defence. Henderson not only drew on the General Staff works and other official sources available to military historians of the late 19th century — the value of his work is that he also utilised many other accounts, including regimental histories.

He presents an extremely detailed narrative of the battle. Following a full discussion of the events of 6 August 1870, he also discusses the tactics of the battle, and training and other characteristics of the troops involved.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Gale & Polden's Military Series series. [XXX] 300 [12, L, 74] pages. Tags: henderson spicheren battle franco-prussian war 1870-1871 campaigns france european history military battles germany europe french corps
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The Naval War in the Mediterranean 1940-1943 by Jack Greene & Alessandro Massignani (£49.00)Publisher: London: Chatham Publishing — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861760574]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 352 pages. Tags: war 1939-1945 naval operations campaigns mediterranean sea actions adriatic aegean second military history battles forces warfare european italy
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The Anatomy of Glory: Napoleon and His Guard a Study in Leadership by Henry Lachouque (£45.00)Publisher: Rhode Island: Brown Island Press; London: Lund Humphries — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with the laminate lifting and fading at the same. Original postal box now a little worn. Light spotting throughout, heavier to the start and finish but the text and plates remain bright and tight notwithstanding. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Maps; Fold-Out Maps [2]; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Appendices [5];

From the cover: “THEY GRUMBLED… BUT THEY KEPT ON FOLLOWING HIM

Of all his works, the Imperial Guard was Napoleon’s finest creation. Moulded from the flotsam of the French Revolution, this elite corps swept through Europe for fifteen years behind its indomitable master, sharing in his brilliant victories and bearing the brunt of his epic defeats with unfaltering devotion.

This narrative, presented through the eyes of the participants in an incomparable drama of endurance, heroism, and fidelity, has been adapted for English readers from Commandant Lachouque’s monumental work Napoleon Et La Garde Imperiale, crowned by the French Academy in 1957.

The men of the Guard marched in triumph into Milan, Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, Madrid, Moscow. Members of the new popular knighthood , they taught the Grande Armee how to fight. They were tortured in Spain, frozen in Russia, shaken with typhus in Germany. Ragged and famished, they won a dozen battles in 60 days against overwhelming odds in the campaign of France.

When their chief fell from power in 1814 they followed him into exile in Elba. Then they returned to reconquer France in 20 days without firing a shot.

The Guard died at Waterloo. It never surrendered.

Its story from birth to death is told here for the first time in English, accompanied by more than 300 illustrations (90 in colour) most of which are from contemporary documents, and a third of which have never before been published.

The Appendix includes extensive notes on the illustrations and biographical notes on the artists represented.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XVIII] 564 pages. Tags: france garde imperiale napoleon emperor french military leadership history napoleonic wars campaigns regimental army imperial guard operations
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The Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February-June, 1942 by H. P. Willmott (£36.00)Publisher: Annapolis: Naval Institute Press — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0870210920]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Distributors sticker covers publisher colophon on the title page. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “H. P. Willmott’s perceptive analysis of Japanese and Allied strategies in the Pacific war has set new standards for World War Two historians. The scope and depth of the research he did for the first book of his Pacific trilogy, Empires in the Balance, have earned him a reputation as a major chronicler of the period. With this second volume, Willmott continues to offer significant new material and interpretations that are certain to warrant further study.

The Barrier and the Javelin begins with a thoughtful assessment of the critical situation in which Japan found herself in the spring of 1942. Even by that early stage of the Pacific war, the fundamental weakness of the Japanese effort was evident. Japan had gone to war with little more than a five-month plan of campaign and the conviction that she could not be defeated by enemies who were her moral inferiors. Her intention had been to conquer territories essential to her economic survival and then fight a defensive war that would exhaust her enemies and lead them to a negotiated settlement. By the spring Japan’s leaders were becoming uncom-fortably aware that their enemies would not negotiate and that they themselves lacked the plans, and perhaps the means, to make them change their minds. Willmott sets out the arguments over strategy that plagued the Japanese naval command as it tried to formulate a coherent response to this potentially disastrous situation. In so doing he suggests that the weaknesses of the command’s decision-making process kept the Japanese from taking the one course of action that could have changed the outcome of the war, and were responsible for the ill-considered plan of campaign that began to fall apart in the Coral Sea in May’and ended in disaster four weeks later at Midway.

The book, however, is not confined to an examination of Japanese policymaking. Just as Empires in the Balance provides & critical appraisal of the moves made by all the combatants during the first five months of the war, so The Barrier and the Javelin places the Allied part of the February-June 1942 record alongside that of the Japanese. In doing so, it examines why the British and their dominions were totally unable to put together a proper Pacific policy in the opening phase of the war, and why the Americans came to accept a commitment to fight in the southwest Pacific when this area had barely figured in their prewar calculations. American intelligence gathering — Operation Magic — and its effect on the progress of the war are also described in full.

Willmott follows his assessment of the Allied situation with a detailed analysis of the battle of the Coral Sea and the action off Midway, which at last places these battles in their proper context. Debunking long-held beliefs about the com-parative strengths of the Japanese and Allied forces, he contends that in both battles the weaker fleet was defeated, not victorious as most accounts suggest. He further argues that if Japan was indeed fated to lose the war, then her defeat at Midway can hardly be regarded as the decisive battle so many claim it to be. Inevitability and decisiveness, he points out, are mutually exclusive terms.

Many readers will find Willmott’s treatment of the Japanese side of the battle of Midway an intriguing alternative to other books on the subject. He reveals some important new information that finally explains the inconsistencies found in previous accounts. His condemnation of Admiral Yama-moto’s inept handling of the entire fiasco is unusually clear and hard-hitting.

This view of the flow of events in the first half of 1942 provides one of the most comprehensive, balanced and readable studies of the period ever written. It will be of enduring interest to general readers as well as professional historians and students of World War Two.”
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Pocket Battleships of the Deutschland Class: Deutschland/Lu¨tzow, Admiral Scheer, Admiral Graf Spee by Gerhard Koop & Klaus-Peter Schmolke (£34.00)Publisher: London: Greenhill Books — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1853674028]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel with a small nick to the foot of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Translation of: Panzerschiffe der Deutschland-Klasse. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;Notes: Size: 10¼" x 8". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: germany kriegsmarine deutschland class cruisers history battleship admiral scheer graf spee design construction war 1939-1945 naval operations german cruiser forces warfare battles campaigns second maritime technology ships shipbuilding
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The Great Battles of the British Army by Charles MacFarlane (£34.00)Publisher: London, New York: George Routledge & Sons — 1854Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting to the start and finish, heavier on the tissue guard. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Colour frontispiece [Tissued-guarded];Notes: Illustrated by William Harvey. Size: 7½" x 4¾". Ruled, Decorative Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [VII] 565 [2] pages. Tags: macfarlane william harvey battles britain history
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Minden 1759 by Howard Norman Cole (£33.00)Publisher: London: Charles Knight & Co. Ltd. — 1972Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 085314091X]Condition: Very Good. Laminate lifting at the join of the upper board otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Peter Young. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Pictorial boards. In the Knight's Battles for Wargamers series. [XXIV] 108 pages. Tags: knight battles wargamers minden battle weapons british army seven years war order august roses day germany 1756-1763 games europe
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Camera In Conflict by Robert Fox (£30.50)Publisher: Konemann — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 3895082171]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Top edges of text block slightly tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Tri-language text: German; French; English; The story of photography in war from the Crimea and the American Civil War to Chechnya and Bosnia today.Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Black boards with Red titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 420 pages. Tags: photographers battlefield warfare ironclad industrialized age armies crimea american civil war first world war roger fenton modern war correspondent william howard russell charge the light brigade balaclava battles the falklands brady photographers british army indian mutiny taku forts opium war combat photography battle bull run normandy landings d-day antietam gallipoli beaumont hamel somme vimy ridge verdun pacific war iwo jima okinawa british military censors cecil lewis robert capa spanish civil war terry fincher don mccullin hill timothy larry burrows bert hardy picture post pusan photo-journalism cnn action photographer peter leibing
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But Not in Shame: The Six Months After Pearl Harbor by John Toland (£28.00)Publisher: London: Anthony Gibbs & Phillips — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with nicks at the spine ends and top of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned, blanks more heavily so. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps [7]; First in this edition. [First: USA: Random House, 1961]Notes: Illustrated by Lilli Mautner (Maps). Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 443 [4] pages. Tags: 1939-1945 pacific ocean campaigns military operations warfare battles political history theatre south usa second american politics pearl harbor
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The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War: An Operational History of the American Built Destroyer Escorts Serving Under the White Ensign from 1943-46 by Donald Collingwood (£28.00)Publisher: Barnsley: Leo Cooper — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0850526159]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Knocked at the top corners of the boards otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Black & White Photographs; Charts; Graphs; Maps; Tables;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVI] 208 pages. Tags: frigates britain history 20th century war naval operations british atlantic ocean destroyer escorts united states second military battles campaigns forces warfare maritime kingdom ships shipbuilding royal navy captain class design construction
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An Illustrated History of the First World War by John Keegan (£27.00)Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 037541259X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the bottom corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps;Notes: Size: 11" x 9". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 432 pages. Tags: war 1914-1918 campaigns belgium france european history first military battles defence operations europe western front august
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The World At Arms: The Reader's Digest Illustrated History of World War II by Edited by Michael Wright (£27.00)Publisher: Reader's Digest — 1989Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains a chronology of events. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps;Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 490 pages. Tags: campaigns military world war 1939-1945 pictorial works warfare conventional battles place the second operations illustrated atlases edited michael wright first editions firsts printings 1st
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All the Kaiser's Men: The Life and Death of the German Army on the Western Front by Ian Passingham (£26.00)Publisher: Stroud: Sutton Publishing — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0750928816]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Convinced that both God and the Kaiser were on their side, the officers and men of the German Army went to war in 1914, confident that they were destined for a swift and crushing victory in the West. The vaunted Schlieffen Plan on which the anticipated German victory was based expected triumph in the West to be followed by an equally decisive success on the Eastern Front. It was not to be. From the winter of 1914 until the early months of 1918, the struggle on the Western Front was characterised by trench warfare. But our perception of the conflict takes little or no account of the realities of life ‘across the wire’ in the German front line.

Comprehensively illustrated with original photographs, maps and archival material, All The Kaiser’s Men sets the record straight. It examines the German Army’s strategy and tactics throughout the war, from the commanding generals to the ordinary soldiers at the front, and looks in depth at the implications of the Allied naval blockade and the increasing problems of food and fuel shortages in Germany.

This important new book fills a significant gap in First World War historiography and will help both the casual reader and serious student gain a wider perspective of the war on the Western Front. “
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: germany history war 1914-1918 campaigns western front military unit armed forces armies operations warfare battles theatre france first german army european europe institutions defence
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Russia at War 1941 - 45 by Georgii Drozdov & Evgenii Ryabko (£26.00)Publisher: Stanley Paul — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091726360]Condition: Very Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little creased at the head of the spine and has some faint marking to the laminate. Still, a very nice copy overall of a relatively scarce book.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Notes: Foreword or introduction by Vladimir Karpov. Size: 11½" x 9". 254 pages. Tags: world war soviet union history political aspects campaigns military warfare conventional battles social civilians and theatre operations eastern front russia second campaign the society illustrated works atlases pictorial georgii drozdov evgenii ryabko vladimir karpov carey schofield 0091726360 lydia kmetyuk first editions firsts first printings 1st
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The War with Japan Volume III: The Campaigns in the Solomons and New Guinea by Ministry Of Defence (Navy) (£26.00)Publisher: London: HMSO — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0117728195]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Fold-out Plans in separate folder [30];Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 297 pages. Tags: european history second war military battles campaigns ends surrender august 1939-1945 pacific ocean naval operations japan british american japanese area
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The First World War by Hew Strachan (£25.00)Publisher: London: Simon & Schuster — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0743239598]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Personal, and not unpleasant, book plate to the first blank. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps [6];Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 350 pages. Tags: war 1914-1918 military history battles campaigns first defence operations european europe
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World War II: A Visual Encyclopedia by John Keegan (£25.00)Publisher: Promotional Reprint Company — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 185648551X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, pulled at the head of the upper panel with a light crease at the same. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank, extensive. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps.Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 512 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 battles campaigns encyclopedias europe european general historiography history military second war world
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War at Sea 1939-45 by John Hamilton (£24.50)Publisher: Poole: Blandford Press — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0713716606]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1986] Signed by the author on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Jacket illustration: War Horse of the Allied Navies at Sea; Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “John Hamilton is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading painters of the Second World War at sea. His paintings of the war in the Pacific are on exhibition in Washington DC while a permanent site for them is being established. The series portraying the conflict in the Atlantic and European waters forms an essential part of the Imperial War Museum’s collection on board HMS Belfast in the Pool of London.

War At Sea includes 176 of his superb paintings. Careful research and the assistance of a worldwide panel of advisers have ensured great accuracy both in the events depicted and in the equipment, vessels and aircraft involved.

Above all, the paintings give a clear and dramatic impression of war at sea. They are a tribute to the courage and endurance of the sailors and marines, soldiers and airmen of all nationalities, whether on the convoys to Russia, supporting the D-Day landings or launching an assault on the Pacific islands. They do not glorify war but are dedicated to the belief that to understand it is to understand also how urgent is the need to keep the peace.

The paintings are supported by a lively text with 43 maps. Together, they make WAR at SEA a unique contribution to the literature of the Second World War.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Lewin and Admiral Arleigh Burke. Size: 14" x 10¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 272 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 naval operations history military battles campaigns second john hamilton admiral the fleet lord lewin and arleigh burke 0713716606 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Battles of The Bible by VARIOUS (£24.00)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good + in Very Good DJ (DJ nicked at head of spine)Description: In Battles of the Bible, detailed maps and specially commissioned ground and aerial photography, together with illustrations of all relevant aspects of biblical life, combine with a lively account by two of Israel's most outstanding experts in military affairs to provide a fascinating reconstruction of the chain of military clashes that formed biblical history. 247pp. Index. Size: 4to Crown (9¾" x 7½") Jacket Designed by Ronald Sheridan. Introduction / preface by Various.Tags: Biblical life 0297775243
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Far Eastern File: Intelligence War in the Far East, 1930-45 by Peter Elphick (£24.00)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340665831]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “During the 1930s the Far East was a fertile hunting ground for the espionage and counterespionage agents of many nations, especially for those of Great Britain, the United States and Japan, as well as of Germany, Italy and the USSR. Sometimes they worked in remote places on the border of Manchuria and Russia, or in the jungles of Malaya and Thailand; while others operated in Tokyo, Singapore, Manila and Hong Kong, not to mention that international melting pot and powder keg, Shanghai.

Throughout, the author emphasises the Japanese subversion and fifth-column activity; but in the background of operations were the spies of the communication airwaves, the so-called Signals Intelligence (or Sigint) operators who plucked diplomatic, consular, military and naval coded messages out of the ether and passed them to the cryptanalysts. At the centre of the British Sigint and intelligence co-ordination operations was the Far East Combined Bureau, a highly secret organisation, established in Hong Kong in 1935, which is here researched for the first time through recently released material from the Public Record Office and unpublished accounts of surviving officers. These reveal its impact and that of its successors on the eventual outcome of the Pacific war.

Using the latest published information, Peter Elphick illuminates fascinating new facets of many important issues including Britain’s appeasement policy towards Japan, the Melville Cox affair, the S. S. Automedon incident and the conspiracy theories which claim Churchill and Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Peter Elphick’s unrivalled knowledge of the period and locale combined with his research into official intelligence material only released in the 1980s make Far Eastern File a book of unique importance and lasting interest.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 510 pages. Tags: war military intelligence east asia southeast history 20th century espionage politics secret service services battles campaigns second european asian middle eastern political science europe technology engineering
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The Sea, Ships & Sailors: Poems, Songs and Shanties by William Cole (£24.00)Publisher: Rupert Hart-Davis — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with nicks at the head of the spine and upper panel, heavier tanning at the spine and to the reverse. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “There is a fantastic variety to the sea and I have tried in this collection to represent all its moods. The sea is hurricanes and lullabies, gaiety and doom, crashing surf and quiet depths. It is, above all, unconquerable.

So writes William Cole in his introduction. He has collected eighty-five poems, songs and shanties of varying tenors and tones from such diverse sources as Lord Byron and W. S. Gilbert, Aldous Huxley and John Updike, Shakespeare and Walt Whitman. He has divided them into eight different sections and has included authentic sea shanties, ‘A Cradle Song’ by Tennyson, and lan Serraillier’s The Ballad of Kon-Tiki. While some of the poems in this collection hark back to the era of romantic tales and dashing stories, such as Browning’s Herve Kiel and Masefield’s The Yarn of the Loch Achray.

Robin Jacques has brilliantly captured the spirit of the sea in his line drawings, which decorate and enhance the text throughout.”
Notes: Illustrated by Robin Jacques. Size: 9¼" x 6½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 236 pages. Tags: poetry children ships men songs shanties storms wrecks disasters sea stories buccaneers battles adventure mystery sailing pirates slavers picturesque adventurers english voyages travels
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A History of Greece from the Earliest Times to the Death of Alexander the Great by C. W. C. Oman (£23.00)Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co. — 1921Binding: Hardback Condition: Good+. A little rubbed at extremities with resulting fraying. Slightly shaken. Top edges dusty. Inscription to ffep and front pastedown. Internally bright and clean.Description: Deep red cloth with gilt titling to spine, embossed colophon to upper board. Illustrated frontispiece with other illustrations, maps and plans throughout. Fold out map to rear endpapers. 560pp. Index. Size: 8vo Crown (7½" x 5")Tags: accounts alphabet anabasis ancient anthology architecture aristocracy arts assembly athens athletes attains barbarians battles britain chronological citizenship claudius comedy commerce community conquests consciousness decline democracy dionysiac distribution divination empire environment european festivals finances funeral generals geographical geography geral gods greece greeks hellenistic helots heroic historia ideas individual jymnasium kingship league linear
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Citadel: The Battle of Kursk by Robin Cross (£23.00)Publisher: Michael O'Mara — 1994Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1854797204]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine with rubbing to the tail. Text complete, clean and tight. A good copy. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Citadel is the greatest armoured clash in the history of the world and the decisive battle of World War II — the last great German offensive on the Eastern front. Its aim was to claw back the initiative after the surrender of the Sixth Army at Stalingrad in January 1943. Vast armies were engaged, and the titanic air battles included the most costly single day of aerial warfare of all time. This was the battle of Kursk which Hitler confessed made his ‘stomach turn over’.

In Citadel, author Robin Cross provides a detailed picture of the Battle of Kursk, from the strategic tug-of-war waged within both high commands to the first-hand experiences of the troops on the ground and those in the air. The battle is placed firmly within the wider strategic context of the spring and summer of 1943, a time when Hitler and Stalin were taking decisions which would decide the course of the war and the peace which followed.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [IX] 272 pages. Tags: operation citadel military operations campaigns warfare conventional battles theatre eastern front 1914-1918 1941-1945 second world war 1943 battle kursk 1939-1945 tank russia history europe the former soviet union european robin cross 1854797204
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Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities by Wilder Perkins (£23.00)Publisher: St. Martin's Press — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0312192835]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “ALTHOUGH BARTHOLOMEW HOARE has acquitted himself nobly on ship-board and battle, and worked his way up to lieutenant in King George III’s Royal Navy, he cannot count his present life a satisfactory one. For one thing, he and his brother (as his father before him, all of them descended from Vikings) have always had to use their fists to defend their name and its implications from schoolboys, shipmates, and generally impolite Britons at every social level. That Bartholomew can handle. But a spent musket ball in the throat put a halt to a promising career at sea, and Hoare was left with a glowing recommendation and exclusively shore duties. Obviously, a captain whose orders could not be issued above a whisper could never command a ship. To Hoare, who loves the sea, it is a tragedy, as he is forced to do the land-based tasks assigned to him. His present mission is to discover what has happened to the ship that disappeared in nearby waters, and whether the strange contents of a small keg found in the sand are involved in the mystery. And it is a quest that begins Hoare’s acquaintance with the extraordinary Mrs. Eleanor Graves — by his saving her from attacking ruffians, with her active and enthusiastic assistance. It is a meeting that starts a dramatic train of events. For one thing, Hoare is asked to put his talents to work on behalf of a young officer charged with the murder of his captain, a fellow of questionable probity and brutal temper. Hoare’s investigation leads to evidence of criminal activity beyond the captain’s murder. It’s a chance for the lieutenant to further distinguish himself — if he isn’t killed first. But life is not all trouble. Hoare becomes close friends with Eleanor Graves and her retired, and much older, physician husband. He meets a rather suspect visitor from abroad, and encounters assorted townspeople, both high and low — including the Graveses’ dinner guest his first night in town, one Miss Jane Austen.”Notes: Jacket designed by Alan D. Dingman. Size: 8½" x 5¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages. Tags: adventures battles battleship boat craft cruisers destroyers dinghy fiction frigate liner marine maritime merchant nautical naval navies navy novellas novels sailing sea seafaring ships stories submarine torpedo vessel warship
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I Was Different: A Long Life in Education by Marjorie T. Porter (£23.00)Publisher: Propagator Press — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 186029801X]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly. Light creasing to the bottom corner of the upper wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Born in 1907 and still a tireless advocate and worker for a better society in her late 90s, Majorie Porter, MBE, has an inspirational story to tell.

Marjorie grew up in a world vastly different from the one we have today. Influenced by her father’s dedication to self-improvement and her mother’s love of the arts, and despite family poverty, Marjorie became a teacher. From the 1920s to the 1990s, from student to head teacher and school governor, Marjorie has fought many battles and lived through many changes. ‘Education’ has a wider meaning for Marjorie than the classroom: she pioneered adventure playgrounds, parent participation, school journeys and the teaching of instruments in schools, and has continued to work tirelessly for the community even into her 90s.

In 1999 Marjorie was awarded the MBE for ‘services to the community and the youth of Lambeth’.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Kate Hoey. Size: 9¼" x 6½". 207 pages. Tags: lyndhurst grove and crawford schools wartime school evacuations 1939-1943 first headship ashmole johanna kennington north lambeth mary datchelor governor primary nursery governing body marjorie porter kate hoey 186029801x
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Sharpe's Victory by Rachel Murrell (£23.00)Publisher: Carlton — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781858682860]Condition: Very Good. Wraps lightly rubbed at the edges. Lower wrap creased, lightly, at bottom corner.Description: Goes behind the scenes of the series to tell the amazing story of Sharpe, including the latest episodes: Sharpe's Revenge, Sharpe's Justice and the climactic Sharpe's Waterloo. Containing exclusive, in-depth interviews with the stars and the key production staff, it relates the stories of all fourteen films with on-set anecdotes and a special new section featuring detailed historical information on Sharpe's battles and military world. Fully illustrated with over 130 unique and spectacular photographs, this is an essential book for Sharpe's ever-growing army of fans.Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". 144 pages. Tags: Murrell Sharpe cornwell
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Famous Ships of the British Navy: Stories of Enterprise and Daring of British Seaman. with an Appendix on Iron-clad Ships, a Chronological Table of British Engagements At Sea, a Glossary, Etc by W. H. [William Henry] Davenport Adams (£22.00)Publisher: London: Strahan & Co., Publishers — 1872Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Just. A copy for reading being generally shabby but text complete and acceptable. Spine near detached. Hinges weak. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Wood Engravings; Vignettes; Chronological Tables; All edges gilt;Notes: Size: 7" x 4½". Bevelled Decorated Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XIV]316[36] pages. Tags: adams britain royal navy ships history warships naval battles sailors
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List the Bugle: Reminiscences of an Irish Soldier by Corran Purdon (£22.00)Publisher: Antrim: Greystone Books — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1870157192]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Lightly rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6". [X] 375 pages. Tags: soldiers ireland armies britain military campaigns warfare battles civil wars colonial guerilla counter-surgency resistance unconventional unit armed forces prisoners-of-war pow western front
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Arctic Convoys, 1941-45 by Richard Woodman (£21.00)Publisher: London: John Murray — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0719550793]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is a little faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Lewin. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XX] 5332 pages. Tags: naval convoys history 20th century war 1939-1945 soviet union iceland operations arctic ocean lands european second military battles campaigns maritime regions polar europe ships shipbuilding merchant britain
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Warships of the Napoleonic Era by Robert Gardiner (£21.00)Publisher: London: Chatham Publishing — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861761171]Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine, pleasant else. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Jacket illustration: HM Ships Arrogant, Intrepid, and Virginie chasing a Franco-Spanish squadron off Macao, 27 January 1799 in watercolour by Thomas Butterworth. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Tables;Notes: Size: 11¾" x 10". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Blueprint series. 160 pages. Tags: blueprint napoleonic wars 1800-1815 warships europe history drawings military battles campaigns european naval forces warfare
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A Dictionary of Battles by David Eggenberger (£20.00)Publisher: London: George Allen & Unwin — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 004900008X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily to the bottom edge which also has some creasing. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps;Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 526 pages. Tags: eggenberger 004900008x battles encyclopedias military engagements war revolution political movement combat commanders tactics employed geographic location
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Charts of War: The Maps and Charts That Have Informed and Illustrated War At Sea by John Blake (£20.00)Publisher: London: Conway — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1844860310]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the head of the upper panel with two small nicks toward the top corner. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Information is power, and in centuries past sea charts were guarded by both a ship’s navigator and the State, stretched on oak boards or rolled in leather cylindrical quivers, locked away. As the European nations began their territorial acquisition and contest in earnest, the information charts contained of harbour approaches, coastal landmarks and hazards, currents and tides, could give one side or another the advantage.

From the ships of small expeditionary fleets, which carried navigational charts, to the requirements of modern ships involved in combined operations, which need charts to include a whole range of information, John Blake has produced a fascinating, illustrated account of the role that charts have played in planning, preventing, conducting and recording war at sea. The selection not only includes charts depicting major battles and amphibious operations, but those drawn up for tactical and espionage purposes, for coastal defence and the positioning of forts along rivers and at the entrance to harbours.

Chapters run in chronological order, organized according to the overall political scene, but the main focus is on the development of chart making and surveying in relation to changing warfare techniques. Informative captions accompany each chart, setting them in historical context and providing illuminating details about the main protagonists and the chart makers and surveyors themselves. Taken from a range of international maritime archives, they include portolan charts of Spanish acquisitions in the New World; Francis Drake’s attack of Cadiz in 1587, known as ‘the singeing of the King of Spain’s beard’; the Dutch attack on Chatham in 1667 during the Second Anglo-Dutch War; a plan of Chesapeake Bay where British naval forces failed to relieve General Cornwallis during the American War of Independence; William Bligh’s chart of the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801; charts of the Battle of Jutland, one British, one German; and the operational chart drawn up before the D-Day landings at Omaha beach.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 11¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: nautical charts history discoveries seamanship geographical discovery exploration military naval photography battles forces warfare travel road ships shipbuilding technology engineering science geography atlases maps cartography navigation maritime
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Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time by Richard van Emden (£19.50)Publisher: Headline — 2005Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 075531302X]Condition: Near Fine — in Near Fine Dustwrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “At the outbreak of the First World War, boys as young as thirteen were caught up in an overwhelming tide of patriotism and, in huge numbers, cheerfully joined up for active service. Between 1914 and 1918, the press, recruiting officers and the Government all contributed to the enlistment of thousands of under-age soldiers, in Britain and the Empire, despite an increasing pressure inside and outside Parliament to keep them at home. Many were to serve in the bloodiest battles of the war, such as ex-miner Dick Trafford, who took part in the Battle of Loos, and Frank Lindley, who, seeking to avenge his dead brother, went over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Both were just sixteen. Some boys were unable to stand the strain of trench life and, often through the intervention of their parents, were finally sent home, while others, such as fifteen-year-old Jack Pouchot, won medals for gallantry or became highly efficient officers, such as Acting Captain Philip Lister and Second Lieutenant Reginald Battersby, both of whom were commissioned at fifteen and, a year later, fought in France.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 340 pages. Tags: 940.48141 gordon-dean frederick mckenzie anderson williams trafford clouting marjorie marshall kerridge laister grigsby lindley francis william collins skelton stevens thomson calvert withers alfred edward norman mcneil albert horace harvey easton donald harold lawton george ernest smiler hodges cecil percy tommy frank deane royce helen maher louth price sims cole dick john wood hal nee vie ham ben
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