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Jane's Fighting Ships 1958-59 by Raymond V. B. [Victor Bernard] Blackman (£62.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy sunning to the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Silhouettes; Tables; Advertisements [64]; Plans;Notes: Size: 13" x 8¼". Blue boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XXVI] 446 pages. Tags: transarctic navigation nuclear powered submarines skate guided missile united states navy admiralties naval constructors strategy global sea warfare missiles major powers aircraft carrier destroyers frigates battleships cruisers torpedoes anti-submarine fleet ballistic polaris canadian destroyer escort fraser
P&P: UK 1st £10.50. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £16.86. EU Air £16.60. ROW Surface £16.86. ROW Air £31.72

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H.M.S. Electra as Told to A. V. Sellwood by T. J. Cain (£43.00)Publisher: London: Frederick Muller Limited — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with damp wrinkling to both panels and a short, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1959] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “The only time that H. M. S. Electra got a wartime “mention” in the national press was when three-quarters of her crew were no longer able to read it. They were dead.

For it was the disastrous yet little-known Battle of the Java Sea — where a British, Australian, American and Dutch force was annihilated by the Japanese — that put Electron’s name in print.

‘H. M. S. Electra attacked through the smoke and was seen no more…’

The epitaph was terse, though moving. It left much unsaid. And today, in H. M. S. Electra, Lieutenant-Commander T. J. Cain — who fired her torpedoes during her last desperate battle — does much to do justice, long belated, to both the ship and the company who served her.

The result is sensational. For Cain’s story, prepared with the aid of author and naval correspondent A. V. Sellwood, reveals that the “unknown” Electra was the un-publicised companion-in-battle of some of the best-known names in the Royal Navy, and was the witness of events that shook the world. The sinking of the Athenia, the Ark Royal’s attacks on the Nazis in Norway, the first Russian convoy, the defence of Singapore — wherever there was trouble Electra was sure to be found.

SHE was the unnamed destroyer that sailed with Hood to find the Bismarck, and picked up the former’s three survivors…

SHE was at the sinking of the Repulse and Prince of Wales, and snatched part of their crews to safety beneath the mammoth Jap air attack…

And SHE was destroyed during a lone torpedo onslaught against an entire Japanese fleet, to cover the disabled Exeter, famous veteran of the River Plate.

H. M. S. Electra is not “just a war-story” — it is also a history. But it is a very human history — history as seen by a man who helped to make it.

Lieut. -Commander Cain, who, after a fantastic escape in a U. S. submarine, was later captured and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese, is pungent in his comments regarding the blunders of the time. But equally he is an enthusiast — for Electra, her officers, and the men who made her what he calls: A happy ship — the finest I have ever known.”
Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 278 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 naval operations british ark royal bismarck hood prince wales singapore repulse last voyage dutch destroyer kortenaer ruyter perthy houston java
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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U.S. Destroyer: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman (£42.00)Publisher: London, Melbourne: Arms & Armour Press — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0853685215]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards with damaged to the dust wrapper which has a tape repair to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Front hinge starting. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise and a good reference copy of an uncommon title. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “For almost a century, the destroyer has been the image of sleek, aggressive power. This hook explains how the U. S. Navy developed its destroyers. It also describes the naval and civilian forces that determined the design and operation of these ships. In the past two decades, U. S. destroyer design, now typified by the Spruance and Perry classes, has become increasingly controversial: for example, nuclear vs. conventional power, endurance vs. speed. Norman Friedman, a highly regarded authority on U. S. warships, discusses the reasoning behind the designs of these ships — this reasoning, he believes, will continue to dominate U. S. warship development for the remainder of this century.

From their torpedo-boat forebears onward, all destroyer classes are illustrated and described in detail. Many designs that were never carried to construction are also discussed because of their significance in the development of the ships actually built. These designs range from the large “destroyer leader” of 1919, through the 40-knot Seahawk of the sixties, to those that preceded the current Spruance and Ticonderoga.

The author also describes the destroyer escorts (DE, now frigates, FF), the large post-war frigates (DL/DLG, now redesignated cruisers), and the Perry-class FFGs. They are all interrelated, all part of the destroyer story.

An entire chapter is devoted to destroyer combat experience in World War II, as this had a major influence on ship design and development. Extracts from battle reports made at that time are included. Separate chapters describe destroyer weapon systems for antiaircraft and antisubmarine warfare as they have evolved since the beginnings of the destroyer force.

Friedman’s detailed descriptions and illustrations of ships and of their modifications in service should be of great interest to naval historians, model-builders, and to all ship lovers. Most classes are illustrated by detailed profiles drawn by renowned draftsman Arthur D. Baker III, and in many cases inboard profiles showing the internal arrangements of the ships are included. Detailed photographs of World War II ships alter relit should be invaluable to ship model-makers. As a monument to the men of the destroyer force and to their ships, the book is unsurpassable.

This is the only history of U. S. Destroyer development based entirely on the internal, formerly classified papers of the U. S. Navy. For all who would like to understand the origins of the present Navy, and for all who hope to shape the Navy of the future, U. S. Destroyers is vital reading.”
Notes: Illustrated by A. D. Baker, III. Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 489 pages. Tags: destroyers warships united states history torpedo boats developments mass-production destroyer asw war escorts warfare postwar escort fast task force nuclear frigates scb seahawk ffg navy
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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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
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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J.F.K. Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton (£21.00)Publisher: Random House — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0679412166]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock lightly soiled. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Later printing. From the cover: “Who was the real JFK? Reckless Youth is filled with intriguing new material on virtually every aspect of JFK’s early years: his Boston-Irish background; his beloved grandfather Honey Fitz; his draft-dodging, swindling father, Joseph P. Kennedy; his parents’ disastrous and dysfunctional marriage; his loveless upbringing; his expulsion from boarding school; his false starts at college in London and Princeton, followed by his triumphant career at Harvard; his protracted struggle against his father’s defeatism and isolationism before Pearl Harbour; his ceaseless career as a playboy; his lifelong battle with illness, and the origins of the deadly disease that would plague him in later days.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue / Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 898 pages. Tags: john kennedy white house mckinley thirty-fifth president boats japanese destroyer inga arvad sitting congressman political debut choate school leukemia fascism spee club righteous catholic medical discharge iron curtain churchill
P&P: UK 1st £6.75. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £10.36. EU Air £10.35. ROW Surface £10.36. ROW Air £19.22
The Friendless Sky by Alexander Mckee (£14.50)Publisher: Souvenir Press — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ somewhat creased and edgeworn, notable loss at tail and top edge of upper panel. Bruised at head and tail. Top edges of text block dusty. Internally bright and clean.Description: When the nations went to war in 1914, a British Expeditionary Force for the first time in history crossed the Channel under air cover. A few small airships and some forty primitive aeroplanes flew above the transports hourly slipping across to France. It was barely five years since the first flimsy flying machine had flown the Channel at 45 m.p.h., with a destroyer following it in case of engine failure. Yet within a year of the Great War's end a British aeroplane, originally designed to bomb Berlin, had flown the Atlantic direct. Nearly 2,000 miles non-stop in 1919, as compared to 30 miles in 1909. Aviation had grown up in the forcing house of war. Jacket designed by B. Mudge-Marriott. 256pp. Index. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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At His Imperial Japanese Majesty's Pleasure by Evelyn Honeywill (£12.50)Publisher: The Book Guild — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0863321933]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper, tanned at the spine and damp-stained at the top edge of the reverse visible externally at the head of the spine and top edge of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “This book provides a fresh perspective into the harsh conditions which prevailed in Japanese POW and Civilian Internment Camps during the Second World War. Stories of endurance from the infamous Burma railway to the jungle infested camps near Singapore have been symbolised by the Japanese word ‘Tenko’. This name for roll-call was to assume a terrible significance for the thousands of Europeans who were trapped in the Far East when the armies of His Imperial Majesty entered the war and flooded across South East Asia.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: infamous japanese prison camps second world war girlie gander british customs official shanghai jack honywill sinking ship hms peterel japanese invasion brutal events individual sacrifice camp inmates true romance british river gunboat imperial japanese navy shanghai harbour lewis guns american gunboat u.s.s. wake japanese cruiser izumo japanese destroyer gunboat italian gunboat lepanto british community shanghai british warships regiments chinese territory
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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The Man-Of-War: What She Has Done, and What She Is Doing by E. [Edward] Hamilton Currey (£12.50)Publisher: London & Edinburgh: T. C. & E. C. Jack — 1914Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Heavily faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Previous owners' gift inscription to the pastedown. Pages lightly age-tanned, hinges strained in places. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Tables; Colour frontispiece;Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Blue boards with Darker Blue titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Romance of Reality series. [X] 297 pages. Tags: romance reality warships history pirates galleys frigate buccaneers battleship slavers slave torpedo craft typhoons brigantine felucca four-funnelled cruiser steaming knots torpedo-boat destroyer naval britain
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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John Worsley's War: An Official War Artist in World War II by John Worsley; Ken Giggal; (£11.50)Publisher: Airlife — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853102571]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Faint creases to the top of the upper panel near the spine. Book shop sticker to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “John Worsley was one of the very few active service artists of the Second World War, and in this book he recalls his experiences both in active sea warfare and later as a prisoner of war.

At the outbreak of war the twenty-year-old John Worsley joined up as a Midshipman and during off duty moments sketched his fellow sailors and incidental scenes of life at sea. Having survived the sinking of his first ship, HMS Laurentic, destroyer service on Atlantic convoys and, during 1942, troop convoys from the Red Sea to Australia in the cruiser HMS Devonshire, in 1943 he was made an Official Naval War Artist on the Commander-in-Chiefs staff, Malta. After covering the first Italian landing in the Straits of Messina at Reggio and later the landing at Salerno, he moved on to cover some of the nefarious activities opening up the Naval front in the Adriatic and there was captured by the Germans.

As a prisoner he continued depicting the PoW life around him and helped to produce forged identity papers and, most ingenious of all, he created ‘Albert’, the successful dummy Naval Officer escape device used both for the initial escape of one prisoner, and also as his stand-in on three roll calls a day for four days after. The celebrated film Albert RN is based on this episode.

John Worsley’s War captures the sense of immediacy and intimacy that comes from an on-the-spot artist depicting his own world.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 8". Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 116 pages. Tags: and arts artworks atlases autobiography biographical britain british camps devonshire drawings england experiences german germany graphic great histories hms illustrated individual john laurentie marlag naval navies nord paintings personal pictorial pow prisoners ranapura second ships special subjects the unit wallace wars works world worsley
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Okinawa 1945: The Stalingrad of the Pacific by George Feifer (£9.50)Publisher: Tempus — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0752433245]Condition: Near Fine.Description: From the cover: “As the siege of Stalingrad was the ultimate scene of carnage at the Eastern Front, the battle of Okinawa proved to be the bloodiest of the Pacific war. Almost the entire Japanese kamikaze effort of the Second World War was directed against the Americans at Okinawa. At the beginning of the battle on 1 April 1945, over one million Americans, Japanese and Okinawans were centred on the small Pacific island; by 23 June, when the Japanese commanders committed seppuku, 250,000 civilians and soldiers were dead. More people died during the battle of Okinawa than in the ensuing bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Okinawa 1945 offers a stunning account of the last major campaign of the Second World War and the largest land-sea-air engagement. Superbly researched and extraordinarily detailed, Okinawa 1945 is told at the level of the participants themselves, soldiers and civilians alike, with the dramatic stories of three individuals running through the entire account.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 447 pages. Tags: indefatigable westmoreland bougainville heichachiro guadalcanal yaeju-dake battleship fuyittsuki convention hackleback vandegrift enterprise horseshoe forrestal woodhouse hiroshima ikemiyagi troopship singapore doolittle yoshizumi steinbeck churchill chocolate freighter shigenori argentina peninsula korechika dereshuck blackburn zimmerman goncharov gushichan yoza-dake gushikawa yorichaka mitsumasa destroyer submarine yamaguchi bonaparte alexander hiromichi clarence minister tennozan decisive marshall thailand stebbins
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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