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Fascinating Features of Fair Japan by Anon. (£253.00)Publisher: Japanese Government Railways — 1930Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Silk woven binding slightly dull, a little faded at the extremities. Binding cords also faded. All edges gilt, nicely preserved. Fly-leaf to the title page lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Full colour photographs throughout of various features of Japan with a fold-out map to the last blank. Not an overly common title. This appears to be the first, and only, edition (COPAC) it seems.Notes: Size: 6¼" x 9". 65 pages. Tags: abashiri akandake allowances amaterasu amusement antiques aquarium archipelago asahidake asahigaoka ashikaga aso-kuju azuma-san beancurd buddhism cenotaph ceramics ceremony ch’ang-an chanko-nabe chinatown chino-ike choshikei chusonji chuzenji coastline consulates cultural currency customs daibutsuden daimonji daisen-in daisetsu daisetsuzan daitokuji dani-lnari dembo-in districts dogashima earthquakes edo-tokyo embassies emperors engaku-ji enryakuji etiquette exchange excursions festivals feudalism
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The Rape of Greece: The King, the Colonels and the Resistance by Peter Murtagh (£129.00)Publisher: London, Sydney, New York, Tokyo, Singapore & Toronto: Simon & Schuster — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0671710389]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Pages gently age-tanned with light spotting to the blanks and pastedowns. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “IN the early hours of 21 April 1967, Greece, the birthplace of democracy, became the home of the most repressive military dictatorship seen in Europe since the end of the Second World War. A junta of army colonels espousing extreme right-wing views seized power, outlawed political parties and began a seven-year reign of terror.

The Rape of Greece is about democracy betrayed. In laying bare the atrocities of the colonels’ regime, it reveals how this small European country became a pawn in the Cold War ideological battleground, and how agents of the Central Intelligence Agency sought to control Greek politics through their infiltration of the Greek royal family and armed forces.

But The Rape of Greece is also about people fighting back and ultimately winning. When the tanks of the neo-fascist junta rolled through the streets of Athens in 1967, resistance was not far behind. Here is the story of one resistance group, Democratic Defence, its leaders under siege in Athens and their foreign helpers. In the face of a brutal dictatorship that tortured its victims at will, this motley group of men and women — from England, France, Germany, Scandinavia and America — tirelessly smuggled resistance activists out of Greece and bombs and propaganda in. Their astonishing story of bravery and commitment, failures and triumphs, appears here for the first time in print.

Peter Murtagh, who spent five years researching and writing the book, combines the analytical insight of an award-winning investigative journalist with the narrative drive of a natural storyteller. Filled with political intrigue, adventure and larger-than-life characters, The Rape of Greece is a startling and compelling read, and an important chronicle of modern history.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [IX] 278 pages. Tags: government resistance greece history 20th century military coup d’etat politics european irregular guerrilla forces warfare espionage greek junta imposition military fascism cyprus internal affair collaborators
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The Fleet in the First World War Volume 1: Operations of the Russian Fleet by Edited by N. B. Pavlovich (£86.00)Publisher: New Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta & New York: Amerind Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little dulled at the panels and faded at the spine. Boards and spine dulled. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Publishing date unstated, dated from references. Translation of Flot v Pervoi Mirovoi Voine published by Voennoe Izdatel’stvo, Ministry of Defence, USSR, Moscow, 1964. Illustrated by way of: Maps; Tables; Fold-Out Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “Among the many works on the First World War there has been no comprehensive account of the Russian navy’s part in that epic clash of the great powers. This gap is now filled by the present volume, which takes its place as the authoritative record of the Russian fleet’s day-by-day contribution to the war at sea from 1914 through 1917, when the revolutionary Bolshevik government took Russia out of what it saw as a purely imperialistic confrontation.

The story of the tortuously slow growth of the tsarist navy is told against the background of war preparations by Germany, France and England. We learn that through the vision and persistence of a few leaders Russia’s posture both on land, at sea and in the air at the outbreak of the war could inspire a measure of confidence.

The deeds of the Russian navy are recounted on the basis of the three theatres where it operated: the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the White Sea and adjoining coastal waters. The sections under these three heads give a year-by-year account of the fighting at sea against the background of the general progress of hostilities, particularly on the land front. The account concludes with the overthrow of the Tsar, the brief transition of Bolshevik rule, and the upheaval these developments produced in the Russian navy, which played a not inconsiderable part in hastening the process.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 560 pages. Tags: naval navies operations actions russian armed forces baltic first war history fleet trebizond operation bosporus turkish anatolisk sailing ships bases enemy submarines arctic ocean flotilla
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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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Knights of the Black Cross: Hitler's Panzerwaffe and Its Leaders by Bryan Perrett (£58.50)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709028067]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The German Armoured Corps — the Panzerwaffe — was instrumental in the mighty conquests of the Nazis between 1939 and 1942 and in the remaining years of the war it provided the very backbone of Germany’s defence. Although its strength never exceeded one-fifth of the German Army, the commitment of the Panzerwaffe’s officers to the traditional Annihilation Concept made an enormous impact on the Second World War, particularly on the Eastern Front. The titanic struggles which took place there, after the early victories in Poland, the West and the Balkans, demonstrated the German tank soldiers’ superior tactical abilities and provided the basis of Soviet war theories to this day.

Bryan Perrett’s meticulously researched and incisive account tells the story of this remarkable band of soldiers, the evolution of their tactics and the development of their superlative fighting vehicles. An authoritative study which will fascinate the military expert and general reader alike.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 266 pages. Tags: germany heer armored troops history world war 1939-1945 tank warfare panzer divisions 1933-1945 military unit histories armed forces pre 1945 second armies armoured armour science bryan perrett 0709028067 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Fighting Tykes: Informal History of the Yorkshire Regiment in the Second World War by Charles Whiting; Eric Taylor; (£56.50)Publisher: Leo Cooper — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0850523575]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Foreword or introduction by His Grace The Duke of Westminster. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 238 pages. Tags: expeditionary wellington’s operations regimental battalions histories yorkshire lancaster 1939-1945 fighting military regiment infantry yeomanry minister britain howards british belisha history england king’s riding light tykes force great world green duke hore army york east west war and the own
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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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Before the Ironclad: Ship Design, Propulsion and Armament in the Royal Navy, 1815-60 by Edited by David K. [Keith] Brown (£50.00)Publisher: London: Conway Maritime Press — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0851775322]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendices [14]; Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; Plans;

From the cover: “In the massive revolution that affected warship design between Waterloo and Warrior, the Royal Navy is often depicted as fiercely resisting every change until it was almost too late, but this new history of the transition from sail to steam challenges these old assumptions.

Beginning with the structural improvements of Robert Seppings, the book traces the gradual introduction of more scientific methods and the advent of steam and the paddle fighting ship, iron hulls and screw propulsion. It analyses the performance of the fleet in the Crimean War, and concludes with the design of Warrior, the first iron-built, sea-going capital ship in the world.

In passing, the author reveals an organisation that was well aware of new technology, carefully evaluating its potential use, and occasionally (as with its enthusiastic espousal of iron hulls) moving too quickly for its own good. Based on much new research, and a lifetime’s understanding of the technical problems, Before the Ironclad is a well-balanced and coherent account of general developments, as well as an in-depth study of the ships themselves.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 10". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 217 pages. Tags: britain royal navy history warships 20th century ships 19th marine engines naval architecture screw propulsion propeller warfare shipbuilding technology engineering maritime united kingdom
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War in the Air: Aerial Wonders of Our Time: A Pictured History of Flying, Past, Present and Future by J. A. [John Alexander] Hammerton (£45.00)Publisher: London: The Amalgamated Press — UndatedBinding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is slightly discoloured in places. Pages lightly age-tanned. Hinges lightly strained by the sheer weight, but a good copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Diagrams; Maps; Photogravures; Plans;Notes: Size: 11" x 8¼". Patterned Green boards with Raised Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 804 pages. Tags: hammerton aeronautics aerial operations air fighting warfare domestic trade business organisation aeronautical engineering first war transport industry civil aviation airports aircraft aeroplanes craft aerostats airships military
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Tiger Ace: The Life Story of Panzer Commander Michael Wittmann by Gary L. Simpson (£44.00)Publisher: Atglen: Schiffer Military History — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0887405266]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendices [7]; Black & White Photographs;Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8". Beige boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 346 pages. Tags: military unit armed forces armies land transport vehicles training education germany pre 1945 second war waffen divisions armoured fighting tanks army panzer regiments engineering manufacture tank pzkw sdkfz 142 div abteilung 101 henschel firm
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The Fighting Ship in the Royal Navy AD 897-1984 by E. H. H. [Edward Hunter Holmes] Archibald (£36.00)Publisher: Poole: Blandford Press — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713713488]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: Originally published in two volumes: The Wooden Fighting Ship in the Royal Navy AD 897-1860, 1968 & The Metal Fighting Ship in the Royal Navy 1860-1970, 1971. Contains: Facsimiles; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Colour drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Glossary; Cutaways; Silhouettes; Appendices [8];Notes: Illustrated by Ray Woodward. Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 416 pages. Tags: archibald ray woodward britain royal navy history warships battleships armed forces ships marine naval engineering 0713713488 9780713713480
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Ace of Aces: M. St. J. Pattle - Top Scoring Allied Pilot of WWII by E. C. R. [Edgar Charles Richard] Baker (£34.00)Publisher: Somerton: Crecy Books — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 094755436X]Condition: Poor - in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, heavier at the head of the spine with a small nick, price-sticker scar to the upper panel. Title page removed, errata slip remains. Description: Publishing date unvailable due to the lack of the title page, dated from references. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “The nomination of the greatest fighter pilot of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War must always be a matter for argument. So many of the qualities which add up to greatness are not measurable — courage, leadership, endurance. The only concrete yardstick is the number of confirmed kills, the score of enemy aircraft shot down. It is on the latter account that M T St John Pattle can now be called the top-scoring Allied fighter pilot of World War II. But it is also the above-mentioned qualities which have placed ‘Pat’ Pattle, the boy from Butterworth, in the hall of legends. Yet, after the war Pattle’s achievements seemed destined never to be fully recognised — both because all records in the air campaign in Greece in 1941 were destroyed during the Allied retreat, and because the Greek campaign itself, viewed as an Allied defeat, was never perhaps given the acknowledgement it deserved. E C R Baker has pieced together Pattle’s amazing career with authoritative detail; this he has achieved through exhaustive research carried out in co-operation with the surviving pilots and other members of the squadrons with which Pattle fought. ‘Pat’ Pattle, once the unknown ace, was killed in the bitter fighting over Greece, and the records of his squadron never reached the Air Ministry files. But the author’s researches confirm that Pattle had shot down at least forty enemy planes in nine months of action before he was killed in April 1941. Furthermore, following the original publication of this book, the author was contacted by numerous people who knew, or were with, Pattle, during his career in the RAF, and provided further evidence of Pattle’s feats. On the basis of that evidence, Pattle’s confirmed kills can unquestionably be placed at between forty-four and sixty-four aircraft shot down. But this is more than a retelling of statistics. Here is the story of an outstanding fighter pilot and a great leader of men, the unknown ace of the Royal Air Force. Pattle was born in the Cape and raised on a lonely farm in Namibia. He discovered early in his life a keen desire within him to fly. He was rejected by the South African Air Force in 1933, but became more determined than ever to achieve his ambition. Pattle left South Africa to join the Royal Air Force before the war and achieved a success out of all proportion to expectations. He did much to help the hard-pressed troops on the ground. On 20 April 1941, a sick man, he led the remnants of his own and another squadron against an armada of over a hundred German aircraft. In the desperate fighting that followed, he shot down at least two enemy aircraft and then dived to the rescue of one of his pilots. The odds were too heavy and seconds later his aircraft, with Pattle slumped over the controls, crashed in the Bay of Eleusis.”
Notes: Size: 9¼" x 5". Cream boards with White titling to the Spine. [XVII] 228 pages. Tags: baker 094755436x air fighting warfare force unit histories forces south africa second world war 1919 operation crusader volunteer formations volunteers royal raf squadron british squadrons biographical
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The Crowded Sky: An Anthology of Flight from the Beginnings to the Age of the Guided Missile by Edited by Neville Duke & Edward Lanchbery (£34.00)Publisher: London: Cassell & Co. Ltd. — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small tape repair at the foot of the lower panel to the join and further closed tears at the spine ends. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with spotting to the blanks. Description: From the cover: “Man’s longing to fly is as old as history. The wish to escape from the earth and soar with the birds recurs in Biblical verse and ancient legend, but it was Leonardo da Vinci who first considered the practical problems involved. From da Vinci to Colonel Frank Everest, Jr. , ‘the fastest man alive’, who in 1956 flew the Bell X-2 rocket plane at nearly two thousand miles an hour, this anthology of prose and poetry takes in its stride every conceivable branch of aviation, including the first faltering experiments, and the heyday of the balloon and the airship (there is an absorbing description taken from Nevil Shute’s autobiography of the testing of the R. 100, whose sister ship the R. 101 went to her doom so soon afterwards). Beside Bleriot’s exciting story are con-temporary newspaper accounts of Britain’s first air meetings and early flying clubs, and all else which has gone to make up the panorama of aviation through the ages. The First World War brought the greatest single challenge to the improvement of the aeroplane, and is seen here from the points of view of both Allied and German air aces. But flying was still in its infancy, at a time when the officer in command of the aeroplane gave the signal to descend by means of a smack on his pilot’s helmet! From the first World War to the second, with its roll of immortal names, among them Guy Gibson, Pierre Clostermann and Cheshire, V. C.; and finally to peace and the age of jet aircraft. In a section entitled Wings of Peace the editors show that to some, flying is an escape from the cares of the earth and a retreat that gives spiritual solace. So we come up-to-date with today’s test pilot, exploring new regions of speed and altitude, and developing test flying into a skilled and complicated science.

Here is a book to be dipped into again and again for its tales of high adventure, of the incredible audacity of men battling against the eternal forces of nature, and of the progress of aviation from its humble beginnings to its present vast complexity.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 421 pages. Tags: lanchbery aeronautics literature prose poetry aerial operations air fighting warfare aeronautical engineering fiction anthologies verse poems aircraft aeroplanes aviation fictional drama
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Brown on Resolution by C. S. [Cecil Scott] Forester (£33.00)Publisher: Guild — 1952Binding: Paperback First Edition. Condition: Good. Wraps rubbed at the edges. Single, heavy, reading crease to the spine. Pages gently age-tanned. Fragile.Description: Guild Books No. 449. The beginning of the 1914 War found Leading-Seaman Albert Brown at Singapore, aboard H.M.S. Charybdis, a third-class cruiser, one of the few scattered units faced with the task of hunting down a powerful German naval squadron wreaking havoc with merchant shipping in the Pacific. 1 to the traditions of the Royal Navy, Charybdis went down fighting against her much more powerful adversary, the German armoured cruiser, Ziethen, and fate decreed that Leading-Seaman Brown should be one of the two survivors taken aboard the damaged German ship as she set off to lick her wounds in the shelter of a small island in the Galapagos, Resolution Island. 159pp. Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 159 pages. Tags: h.m.s. charybdis third-class cruiser german naval squadron royal navy german armoured cruiser german ship galapagos resolution island german fighting ship
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Dress Regulations 1846: The Uniform of the British Army At the Beginning of the Crimean War by W. Y. [William Young] Carman (£28.00)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0853680582]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; A Facsimile reprint of the first edition of Regulations for the Dress of General, Staff, and Regimental Officers of the Army: Adjutant-General's Office, Horse Guards, 1st April, 1846 — published in London by Parker, Furnivall and Parker in 1846.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 160 pages. Tags: britain army uniforms history 19th century military officers dress regulations british fighting garments ackerman prints officers’ badges rank regulations
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October 1973: The Arab-Israeli War by Frank Aker (£28.00)Publisher: Archon Books — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0208020667]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Boards slightly sprung. Text complete, clean and tight but very slightly musty.Description: Illustrated with diagrams & maps. From the cover: “On October 6, 1973, the world was taken by surprise. Egypt sent troops and equipment across the Suez at the Bar Lev Line and the Syrians advanced through the rugged Golan Heights. Few military analysts thought that either country could succeed in a confrontation with Israel, considered a mini super power and famous for swift and devastating victories in war. But this did not happen. Israel instead found itself fighting for survival on two fronts.”Notes: Jacket designed by Marie-Louise Scull. Foreword or introduction by Maj. Gen. George S Patton. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Tags: israel-arab war 1973 956’.048 yom kippur war post-world war arab-israeli conflict israel occupied territories egyptian attack israeli counterattack israeli advance west bank israeli tank bricade arab tank division main battle tanks first-line aircraft israeli missile boats general hoffi major general laner gonen ral bar-lev mandler magen general yzhaki colonel granit
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A Game Called Survival: The Story of Betty di San Marzano and Her Children in Wartime Italy by Ian Reid (£23.00)Publisher: Evans Brothers — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0237455277]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is pulled and creased at the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “On 8 September 1943 Italy concluded an Armistice with the Allies and was officially no longer fighting on the side of the Germans. But the wartime troubles of Betty di San Marzano, an Englishwoman married to an Italian and living near Spoleto, and her four children were only just beginning. In danger from both the German forces and revengeful local fascists, they had to leave their home and take refuge in a cramped loft in a tiny hamlet, and live a hand-to-mouth existence with the local peasants. Only to her eldest son could Betty explain the danger they were in: to the other children it must appear to be only a game — a game called survival.

lan Reid follows the fortunes and vicissitudes of the San Marzano family throughout the turbulent events of 1943 and ‘44 and tells of their often amusing, sometimes dangerous adventures helping escaped prisoners-of-war to rejoin the Allied forces, their return home only to flee again to escape the retreating German army, and the part they played in the almost farcical liberation of Spoleto. How Betty managed to keep her family together, and safe, despite the very real difficulties and dangers makes a delightful and heart-warming story.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: san marzano betty contessa world war 1939-1945 biography italy history german occupation 1943-1945 spoleto region individual local pow umbria great britain second prisoners escapees evaders civilian internees evasion escape british biographical 1943-1944 ian reid 0237455277 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Captive of Zour by Marc Peyre (£23.00)Publisher: Alan Ross — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a couple of small, closed, tears. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted.Description: From the flap: “An administrative error has been committed, and a prisoner lies forgotten in one of the hundred dungeons of the prison at Zour. A curious stranger, dressed in black, tries to plead the captive's cause: he manages to awaken somewhat the town's conscience. A movement is begun. The Council decides to call the town's population to the big square to vote on whether the prisoner should be liberated. The order is given for him to be dug out from his underground dungeon and brought to face the people. As night falls, a stretcher is carried into the square…”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lawrence Durrell. Size: 7½" x 5". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Tags: prisoner fighting vigorously prisoner should liberated poetic pitiless public indifference bad faith incarcerated indefinitely conscience captif zour pz4.p4985 cap 66072775 2058218 french authors french writers
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Tom-Toms in the Night by Attilio Gatti (£23.00)Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. — 1932Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, a little tanned and soiled. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned and spotted.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. 3rd Impression.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5". Orange boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 285 pages. Tags: man-eating lions chief xipooso bantu-simba voodoo secret society the lion men smell ceremony african elephant gorilla country mambuti pygmies moami ngagi tuadekili kulumkulu wills zulu wedding commander attilio gam hunters indonas witch doctor sukumbana suakini assegai python bobojanni mtembos tarote fighting warriors knives scrapers points arrows spears wildebeeste zululand
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Attack on the Somme by Edward G. D. Living (£22.00)Publisher: SPA Books/Tom Donovan Military Books — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 090759011X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “Edward Living’s ‘Attack On The Somme’ was one of the earliest published books by a Serviceman recounting a personal tale of that terrible conflict. This is one man’s view of July 1st 1916, the first day of one of the most massive offensives in the history of modern war. The great struggle over the Somme was to drag on all through the summer of 1916 and was brought to a standstill by the winter weather in November. During these months the number of casualties incurred by both sides reached an incredible 1,300,000.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Masefield. Size: 8" x 5". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 90 pages. Tags: 12th 1916 56th abbeville accrington aisne alan alanbrooke albert alice allenby alley also america amiens ancre and andn anzac argyll armies army arras arrow artillery attack australian barnsley basil battalion battalions battle beach bertie bloch blunden bombardments border bottomley bouchavesnes bouzincourt bradford brigade brigades british brooke brophy brown buchan bucket bucquoy
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So Many: A Folio Dedicated to All Who Served with RAF Bomber Command 1939-45 by Edited by Bill Gunston (£22.00)Publisher: Cambridge: W. H. Smith Exclusive Books — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1857570219]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the spine. Bruised at the lower corners. Small ding to the front pastedown, offset and another small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise bar light creasing to the bottom corner of the leaves. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 13¼" x 9½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 276 pages. Tags: britain royal air force bomber command pilots military war operations genealogy aerial fighting warfare germany 1914-1918 1939-1945 second airmen offensive accounts bombing
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Sharks Among Minnows: Germany's First Fighter Pilots and the Fokker Eindecker Period, July 1915 to September 1916 by Norman Franks (£19.50)Publisher: London: Grub Street — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1902304926]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendices [4]; Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “In early 1915, with the world war in its infancy, the attention of Allied and German air strategists was focussed on trying to stop each other making reconnaissances and artillery observation sorties over the lines. Various ingenious schemes met with limited success, then suddenly in the summer of 1915 there was a breakthrough for the Germans — the arrival at the front of the Fokker Eindecker.

Its advantage was the synchronised machine gun firing through the whirling blades of the propeller — a revolution in contemporary air fighting. Those German pilots disposed to flying these first single-seat aeroplanes, if successful, soon became famous and the first aces. Names such as Boelcke, Immelmann, Wintgens, Parschau, Mulzer, Hohndorf, Frankl and von Althaus quickly became the first heroes to the German public and the first winners of the coveted Pour le Merits — the famed Blue Max.

These men and others caused havoc amongst British and French airmen over the Western Front for just over a year, something history has called the ‘Fokker Scourge’. Although comparatively small in numbers, they were deadly when attacking lightly armed, almost defenceless British and French aeroplanes; truly ‘sharks among minnows’.

Norman Franks has covered this period in detail, bringing to light new information and insights, and explaining how these early German fighter pilots achieved their kills, who they shot down, when and where. Contains many rare and previously unpublished photos.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 182 pages. Tags: fokker eindecker fighter planes aerial operations air fighting warfare aeronautical engineering western front 1914-1918 theatre first war aircraft aeroplanes aviation types manufacturer german pilots history 20th century
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Air War Korea 1950-1953 by Robert Jackson (£19.00)Publisher: Airlife — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853108804]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with an untidy nick to the head of the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “When eight divisions of North Korean troops slammed through the 38th Parallel on June 25, 1950, it heralded a battle for air superiority of unprecedented dimensions and unleashed a new age of aviation fighting technology. The first generation of fighting jets from the Soviet Union battled with America’s finest. Sabres and Migs fought their war high in the Asian sky while the older piston-powered warbirds with roots in WW2 battled it out around the contours of the hills below. Above all, the Air War over Korea is a story of men and courage — of World War II veterans, many of them already aces, volunteering for combat duty in the cockpit of a jet and proving their worth day after day in the stratosphere against the cream of Russia’s fighter planes. It is the story of the men who flew the United Nations’ ‘workhorses’ — the Thunderjets, Shooting Stars, Panthers, Corsairs and Skyraiders that turned North Korea into an economic desert, the B-29 crews who sacrificed themselves in MiG Alley during the first year of the war, and of the Meteor pilots of No 77 Squadron RAAF, whose first encounters with the MiG-15 proved disastrous. Robert Jackson captures the story of cold ruthless skill that turned thirty-year-old fighter aces from the piston era into jet aces of the new age.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: korean war 1950-1953 aerial operations the battle for pusan over yalu martyrdom b-29s october 1951 air transport forces aces orders robert jackson 1853108804 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Bomber Harris His Life and Times: The Biography of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris, the Wartime Chief of Bomber Command by Henry Probert (£19.00)Publisher: London: Greenhill Books — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1853674737]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “This is the definitive biography of one of the most controversial figures of World War II. Sir Arthur Harris remains the target of criticism and vilification by many, while others believe the contribution he and his men made to victory is grossly undervalued. Henry Probert’s critical but sympathetic new account draws on recent research and, for the first time, all of Harris’s own extensive papers, to give outstanding insight into a man who combined leadership, professionalism and decisiveness with kindness, humour and generosity.

Probert examines Harris’s life from youth in Rhodesia to fighting in World War I, the inter-war years, his two families and his post-war years in South Africa and England. He reveals and analyses how Harris did his job in RAF Bomber Command during World War II, how he led his men in the face of appalling casualties, his disagreements with higher authority, his dealings with Churchill, his close links with the Americans, his role in directing the bombing raids against Germany, most notably at Dresden, and the way he was treated afterwards.

Bomber Harris provides the most complete and rounded picture of one of the great high commanders of modern times and an outstanding military personality of World War II.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 432 pages. Tags: probert 1853674737 harris arthur sir britain royal command history officers war 1939-1945 aerial operations british marshals bombing air force bomber
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Great Battles of World War I by Anthony Livesey (£19.00)Publisher: Greenwich Editions — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0862880793]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers. Heavier art paper is slightly tacky in a couple of places. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “18 of the Greatest Battles of World War I Come Alive as Never Before.

For the first time, breakthrough computer graphics re-create every detail of World War Fs most important battles. A team of experts has researched every aspect of every battle — from topography to troop strength — and using the computer’s latest capabilities has reconstructed the battlefields in vivid detail and analysed how the winners won and why.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Major-General Sir Jeremy Moore. Size: 12" x 9¾". 200 pages. Tags: world war 1914-1918 campaigns military warfare conventional battles air fighting place the operations first aerial history 20th century anthony livesey major- sir jeremy moore 0862880793
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On the Roads of War: A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front by Ivan Yakushin (£18.00)Publisher: Pen & Sword — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1844151441]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The author survived the siege of Leningrad, fought at the Battle of Kursk and pursued the retreating German army through Russia, Belorussia, and Poland and into Germany itself. This is the story of his war. He tells the tale in his own words, with remarkable clarity of recall, and gives an authentic insight into what combat on the Eastern Front was like for the ordinary soldier.”Notes: Jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 180 pages. Tags: belorussia narratives vedernikov operations lieutenant volkssturm stalingrad cavalrymen bagration merciless artillery offensive leningrad campaigns patriotic operation fanatical 1939-1945 sergeant personal yakushin kotovski agafonov fighting veterans division balatski survivor cavalry kuchmar chernov russian academy glushan platoon germany private salient eastern german battle yakusl poland senior guards driver leader at-gun soviet world corps siege great union kursk tomsk nevel front army 57mm zozi ivan man the iii 5th war
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The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian (£18.00)Publisher: Harper Collins — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002257890]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: 'The Hundred Days' to most people calls to mind Napoleon's last, colossal gamble with the fate of his adopted country. But they also heralded a return to the long, long war which had at last ended in 1814. Yet in Patrick O'Brian's masterly imaginative recreation of the Nelsonic Navy there were, as in every war, fighting men whose sensibilities revolted from the slaughter. 281pp. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Jacket Designed by Geoff Hunt.
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Pictorial History of Ships by J. H. Martin & Geoffrey Bennett (£17.50)Publisher: Octopus — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0706406257]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Across the centuries, men have set out in ships designed for very different purposes-from discovery and war to trade and relaxation. This world-wide story ranges over more than 3000 years, from the earliest sailing vessels to the dramatic rise of steam and the advent of nuclear power. The principal types of ship are discussed and magnificently illustrated in full colour throughout. Special sections have been illustrated to show the detail of the great ships, routes to unknown parts of the globe by famous navigators and explorers, how battles were fought and won and how the design of ships has been altered and refined to meet man’s changing needs.”
Notes: Size: 13" x 9½". Pictorial boards. 192 pages. Tags: ships history navigation fighting sail modern warships ocean liners trade winds cargo container voyages ship design naval 1976 martin geoffrey bennett 0706406257 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Sporting Century: 50 Momentous Stories in Sports History by Edited by Alan English (£17.50)Publisher: CollinsWillow — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0723010447]Condition: Near Fine - in Very Good DJ. DJ has what appears to lots of tiny paint droplets in various places… attractive in an abstract sort of way but obviously detracts from the purists pleasure. Otherwise, a very nice copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Looks in detail at 50 of the most extraordinary and remarkable of events in all different sports and countries.Notes: Size: 12½" x 9¾". 224 pages. Tags: aerofoil aikido alpine amateurs aquaplane archery arrow ashes assist association athletics autocross back-heel backstop backstroke badminton baguette ballast ballooning barbell barrel baseball basketball batting beach bench biathlon billiards birdie bobsleigh boots boules bouncer bowler bowling bowls boxing brakeman bridging bronco bull's-eye bully-off bunker caddie camel cannon canoe canoeing catcher centre chanko-nabe
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The Post Captain by John Davis (£17.00)Publisher: Tops'l — 1984Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0906397146]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Upper wrapper slighty curled with creasing to the corners. A somewhat scuffed and faded appearance overall. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Introductory chapters and glossary by Colin Elliott. Cover design and sketches by Peter Stuckey. “The Post Captain” is different and unique among sailing navy novels in being funny. It is almost certainly the only surviving contemporary humorous sea story of the Nelson period. It first made its appearance while England was still agog with the news of Trafalgar and Nelson not yet buried.Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 160 pages. Tags: and comedy devotees english euphoria fighting glascock history literature manners merous nautical naval navy nelson nelson’s novels patriotic period sailing sea ship society story surviving the trafalgar view william
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The Young Cicero by James Barbary (£17.00)Publisher: Max Parrish — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: B0028UBKLI]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a snag at the head of the spine and a couple further short, closed, tears. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the flap: “Marcus Tullius Cicero, nicknamed ‘chickpea’ at school because of his funny surname, experienced from an early age the bitter feuds that split the Rome of his time. When he was sixteen, open hostility flared up between Rome and her allies. Eager as any boy to fight, Marcus rushed off to join the legions of Marius, Rome’s greatest general. Instead, he found that he was fighting with the patrician Sulla, who was feared by all his troops and gave no quarter to the enemy. There was no glory in the war for Marcus and on every dead ally he saw Cassius’ face. Sickened by the slaughter, in which men died whether their cause was good or evil, Marcus stumbled home. There he found the way to fight for what he felt was right, to defend what was good without bloodshed; he decided to become a lawyer.”Notes: Illustrated by Shirley Farrow. Size: 8" x 5¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Famous Childhoods series. 139 pages. Tags: citizenship childhoods patrician coxfimum children tullius legions shirley marius bitter people marcus famous lawyer cicero farrow feuds roman sulla rome full for
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Torment in eruption by Owen Gibson (£17.00)Publisher: Calvert Publishing Co. — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Good. An acceptable reading copy only. Heavily faded at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned and spotted, more tanned at the margins.Description: First in this edition. The island of Krell was one of the Japanese hell-holes of the Pacific War. Men held prisoner there had little prospect of surviving, and for women shipped to the camp from Singapore the prospect was worse. There was little future for any of them, so when the chance came they made their escape, taking advantage of the volcanic tremors that shook the island. They had nowhere to go, but they preferred to die fighting in the jungle, rather than to die at the hands of their sadistic captors.Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 128 pages. Tags: Gibson japanese midway singapore prisoners war pow escapee interns
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Gardening Made Easy: A Step-By-Step Guide To Planning, Preparing, Planting, Maintaining And Enjoying Your Garden by Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall (£16.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297833073]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little pulled at the edges. Small tear to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Gardening Made Easy will appeal equally to the experienced gardener and the beginner. Written by the internationally-renowned garden designer, this approachable and easy-to-follow manual explains everything you need to know to create and maintain a successful garden, whatever its si/e, shape and condition, its limitations and potential.

Her philosophy is simple: it is knowledge that transforms gardening from a chore to a pleasure. With its clear, step-by-step instructions, her Gardening Made Easy will double the satisfaction you get from gardening and your garden, while halving the work you put into it.

The book is divided into three major sections, ‘Making or Remaking a Garden , ‘Looking After Your Garden’ and ‘Becoming a Specialist’. The first part discusses the fundamentals of gardening: how to plan and design a garden, taking into account your needs and its soil, climate, location and sixe; how plants live and reproduce; how to choose the right plants, with imaginative suggestions for plant coordination; and how to create a garden from scratch, from clearing neglected waste ground, to planting/transplanting and laying a new lawn. The chapters in the second section outline the techniques vital for maintaining the garden: pruning, weeding, watering, feeding, fighting diseases and pests, and basic propagation. For the more confident gardener, the third section explains more specialized skills, with separate chapters on the kitchen garden, water gardening, containers, and tending plants with special needs: roses, alpines, herbs and wild flowers.

Drawing on thirty years’ experience in five gardens of her own, offering numerous tips and warnings, Jane is a sympathetic teacher who combines a designer’s eye for the potential of a garden with a profound practical knowledge. She answers all the questions a beginner could possibly ask, while at the same time offering an invaluable refresher course to more experienced gardeners.

This is a reference book to which gardeners will wish to return over and over again. With around eight hundred full-colour illustrations, including inspirational garden designs and step-by-step diagrams, and over a thousand plant profiles, this is the definitive gardening manual.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 287 pages. Tags: account acre advice answers anyone areas basic beginner's choosing climate colour confident co-ordination cultivating diseases don'ts do's engineering experienced explained feature fighting fundamental gardeners gardening gardens garden's given greenhouses guide handbooks included instructions kitchen knowledgeable manuals needs offered patio pests plot principles propagation provides pruning refresher rules rural skills specialize step-by-step suggestions suit taking tastes techniques tending texture till tips urban useful using weeding well-appointed
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Seapower Ashore: 200 Years of Royal Navy Operations on Land by Edited by Captain Peter Hore (£16.50)Publisher: Chatham Publishing — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861761554]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “For most of the age when the Royal Navy dominated the world's oceans, it actually did much of its fighting ashore. From supporting the army during the Napoleonic Wars with its heavy guns, to shore bombardments such as at Acre in 1840 and Sweaborg during the Crimean War, to the landing of naval brigades of marines and bluejackets in Queen Victoria's myriad ‘little wars’, the nineteenth century saw the Royal Navy playing a major part in land warfare. This extended into the twentieth century, with the Royal Naval Division fighting on the Western Front in the First World War, the men of HMS Hood landing their ship's field gun in the ill-fated Norwegian Campaign of 1940, and, very recently, when the submarine HMS Splendid fired Britain's first Tomahawk cruise missiles at land targets in the former Yugoslavia in 1999. A group of eminent naval historians has been assembled to describe this vital element of the Royal Navy's role which has so often been overshadowed by the fleet actions of Nelson's time, and of the First and Second World Wars.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: anglo-japanese contribution bombardment operations walcheren revisited 1899-1901 britannia encounter 1896-1900 1793-1815 division seapower campaign unlikely howcroft decisive tomahawk adriatic sweaborg 1780-97 admiral michael 1863-64 richard 1914-19 lucknow aliquid willett assault science lambert 1857-59 brooks beatty syrian cannon andrew france pocock labour norway ashore arthur relief second semper africa nelson water white
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Spirit of Asia by Michael Macintyre (£16.50)Publisher: London: British Broadcasting Corporation — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563177918]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed, tear to the head of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “South-East Asia is all too familiar as a battleground, but rarely has there been any intimation that the people caught up in the fighting were heirs to a splendid and ancient cultural tradition which produced many of the greatest artistic achievements of all time, and which continues to this day with remarkable vigour. To Asians, art is a natural part of daily life, an aspect of religious devotion, whether Hindu as in Ball, or Buddhist as in Burma and Thailand,

The photographs in this book, all reproduced in colour, were taken between July 1976 and May 1979, during preparation of the BBC Television series of documentary films Spirit of Asia. Like the films, they reflect the author’s interest in the artistic achievements and cultural life of the countries visited -from the magnificent temples of Angkor in Cambodia or Borobudur in Java, to the vivid and exciting dance-drama of Ball, the old and new forms of music and dance in Thailand, the water festivals of Burma, the great epic poems of India, and the effigies and rituals of animist tribes who still practise their ancient religion in remote corners of the Indonesian archipelago.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by David Attenborough. Size: 12" x 8½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: macintyre attenborough 0563177918 asia southeastern travel india civilization south-east asian culture southeast indonesia bali fava cambodia thailand burma irrawaddy salween mekong
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The Illustrated History of World War I by Andrew Wiest (£16.50)Publisher: Rochester: Grange Books — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1840134194]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the top edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Cutaways; Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; From the cover: “The Illustrated History of World War I describes a conflict that began with a naval arms race in the early 1900s, and ended in 1918 with the deaths of nearly 23 million soldiers of all nations as a direct result of military action. As many more would die m the great influenza pandemic that raged after the fighting had ceased. The war brought great social, political and military change in its wake. The innocence of the Victorian world was gone, replaced by an era of uncertainty.”Notes: Size: 12" x 9¼". Matching Pictorial boards. 256 pages. Tags: trench warfare industrialised war french policy bismarck wilhelm reinsurance treaty russia german history british empire triple alliance naval issues
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Modern Warfare 1851-Present by H. W. [Hannsjoachim Wolfgang] Koch (£16.00)Publisher: Bison Books — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0861241282]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a diagonal crease to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings; Maps;

From the cover: “The third and final volume of the trilogy beginning with Medieval Warfare, and continuing with The Rise of Modern Warfare, is Modern Warfare 1815-Present by H W Koch. Medieval Warfare covered the development of weapons, strategy and tactics from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Thirty Years’ War. The second volume, The Rise of Modern Warfare, covered the period from the end of the Thirty Years’ War in 1648 to the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. This volume carries the story forward from the Battle of Waterloo and the Congress of Vienna in 1815, through the development of heavy artillery, rapid-fire weapons, such as the machine gun, and other advances of the nineteenth century which presaged the wars of attrition such as World War I through World War II to the present day.

The year-long siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War and the Siege of Vicksburg during the American Civil War, as well as the Virginia campaigns of Robert E Lee, were precursors of modern total warfare to a far greater extent than Britain’s easy colonial victories in India and Africa fought during the same period. The rapid victories of the Prussian armies of von Moltke over Austria at Koniggratz in 1866 and the French at Sedan in 1870 were the results of a modern massed army fighting against traditional professional armies not greatly advanced from their eighteenth century counterparts. The introduction of the needle gun, the Maxim gun and the Lee-Enfield rifle, combined with the evolution of the tank as a replacement for armoured cavalry were developments bound to change the nature of warfare in the twentieth century.

The war of attrition fought by Britain in South Africa, including the long sieges of Ladysmith and Mafeking, as well as the six-month long siege of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War were portents of a new age in warfare for the warlords of Europe who were to launch World War I. They hoped for a war that would end in weeks. Millions of combatants and civilians alike were slaughtered in the four-year-long war of attrition in Europe between 1914 and 1918. The introduction of aerial warfare and naval blockades, which could starve a nation into submission, made twentieth century warfare unlike any previously encountered. By the time of World War II, whole nations, not merely their armies, found themselves locked in deadly combat for years until one side was worn down into helpless impotence. No one in Europe could escape the effect of the total war that was waged from 1939 to 1945.

The horrendous results of the holocaust which caused the deaths of tens of millions altered the character of warfare once again after World War II. The entire progression from “wars of gentlemen” through total war to the post-1945 age of limited war, including Korea, Algeria and Vietnam, as well as the four wars in the Middle East is described. The limited wars of the post-1945 period were perhaps the precursors of a new, even more terrible form of total conflict should a third world war ever occur.

Illustrated by hundreds of contemporary paintings, action photographs in both color and monochrome, and replete with technical drawings, maps and cutaway illustrations of the relevant weapons as well as special drawings of the uniforms of the period. Modern Warfare should become a classic and essential reading in the library of anyone interested in modern militarv historv.”
Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: military art and science europe history modern warfare army society france clausewitz total war the forgotten wars world nuclear age hannsjoachim wolfgang koch 0861241282
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The Wooden Fighting Ship in the Royal Navy AD 897-1860 by E. H. H. [Edward Hunter Holmes] Archibald (£16.00)Publisher: London: Blandford Press — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713713488]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper is a little age-tanned with the laminate rippling at the margin of the upper panel. Sticker ghost to the front flap. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This splendidly illustrated book presents the history of the development of the wooden fighting ship from the time of King Alfred until the third quarter of the nineteenth century, which saw the end of traditional wooden ship-building for the Royal Navy.

The author is the curator of oil paintings at the National Maritime Museum, and so is well placed to use its unique records and collections. He has worked in close collaboration with the artist, Ray Woodward, who has produced meticulous drawings, working from Admiralty builders’ draughts and from models and pictures.

Besides the general text, the book contains copious lists of establishments of ships and guns, a summary of British naval events to 1860, appendices on flags and types of shot, and a glossary of naval terms.

A companion volume will deal with the development of iron and steel-hulled warships from their first appearance in the middle of the last century until the present time.”
Notes: Illustrated by Ray Woodward. Size: 12¼" x 9". Blind-stamped Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 174 pages. Tags: britain royal navy history warships ships wooden fighting ship eighteenth century nineteenth-century battle fleet frigates cruising vessels british naval events flags pendants
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (£15.50)Publisher: Picador — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0330490230]Condition: Very Good — in Very 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. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 2002] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “In 1971, when Alexandra Fuller was two, her parents abandoned their life in England and returned to what was then Rhodesia, and to the beginning of a civil war. By the time she was eight, the war was at its height. While her father was away for long stretches, fighting on the side of the white government, her mother worked the family farm with a passionate determination fuelled by a ferociously deep love for Africa.

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is about living through a civil war and coming to a realization that the side you have been fighting for may well be the wrong one. It is a story of optimism and faith; of one family’s quixotic battle against nature and loss, and their unbreakable bond with a continent which came to define, shape, scar and heal them. Alexandra Fuller’s debut is tough and unflinching; in wry and sometimes hilarious prose she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at an extraordinary family and an extraordinary time.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: fuller alexandra 1969- childhood and youth english zimbabwe social conditions 20th century history chimurenga war 1966-1980 personal narratives british biography malawi zambia autobiography 0330490230
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Fanfare by Andrew Macallan (£15.50)Publisher: Headline — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747204764]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Pages very gently age-tanned, slightly more so at the margins.Description: From the cover: “The senseless slaughter of 40,000 in the retreat from Kabul sees just two survivors — Douglas Kintyre and the orphan baby he brings safely into the world at the expense of its mother’s life. Named Benjamin Fanfare Bannerman, because his birth coincides with a desperate bugle call to arms, the boy is unofficially adopted by Kintyre. They eventually return to Scotland where life takes an unexpected turn, and Ben clings to his mother’s only legacy , her ruby ring.”Notes: Jacket designed by Steve Crisp. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 376 pages. Tags: afghanistan and army band city’s company’s conjuror country courage danger dangerous east epic extraordinary fanfare fighting for foreign fortune from future has heart his india indian journey kabul land life lis madams makes most moving mutiny newgate notorious prison puti retreat ring romance ruby saga scotland secret set she showmen slaughter survivors that the tragic travelling upheaval wandering weapon
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Storming Eagles by James Lucas (£15.50)Publisher: Arms & Armour — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0853688796]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Top edges of text block dusty. Light spotting to the endpapers and pastedowns. Text bright and tight. A nice copy.Description: From the cover: “In that exclusive number of elite German fighting Formations of the Second World War, the paratroops rank high. During the blitzkrieg of 1940, they spearheaded the attack, dropping from the air to seize key points — and demonstrating that a new dimension had been added to the science of war. This book provides the first major account of these legendary soldiers, illustrated throughout with photographs collected from a wide range of sources. The author has researched deep into Allied and captured German archives, and has Interviewed many of the leading members of the Fallschirmjaeger units and formations who survived the war.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". 191 pages. Tags: sucha vola gulovska parachute ramcke brigade monte cassino 500th para battalion normandy arnhem brandenburg fallschirmjaeger der heydte nordwind parachute battalion
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B. R. 68 Manual of Seamanship Volume II 1932 by Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty (£14.50)Publisher: London: His Majesty's Stationery Office — 1941Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A little faded at the spine with marks to the boards. Damage to one of the fold-outs but complete.Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Cutaways; Fold-out plans; Plans;Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt & Blind-stamped titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 357 pages. Tags: superstructure quartermaster international miscellaneous parts-of-ship telegraph-man single-banked contamination gyro-compass organisation cableholders right-handed part-of-ship alphabetical athwartships life-jackets half-hitches precautions disengaging subdivision substitutes waterlogged carpenter's quarterdeck alternating transmitter description ventilation regulations lighthouses maintenance hawser-laid expressions windlasses visibility watertight discipline casualties revolution handsomely wheelhouse forecastle complaints waterborne protection overtaking chernikeef topgallant stanchions anti-flash describing
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Modern Warfare From 1939 to the Present Day by Ashley Brown (£14.50)Publisher: Orbis — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0517611848]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Very slightly ruffled edges of dustwrapper. Verso of dustwrapper stained over 5cm near tail of spine, invisible externally. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. Every major campaign is illustrated with a clear, full-colour map, the text is a lucid, historical account of the events and the photographs are a dramatic comment on the conflicts that have shaken the world since 1939.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lord Chalfont. Size: 12" x 9½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: polish campaign mediterranean theatre barbarossa battle for moscow japanese conquests pearl harbor western desert coral sea guadalcanal stauligrad alamein the atlantic kursk soviet offensives bomber offensive arnhem ardennes burma world war cold greek civil chinese british wars dutch portuguese revolt repression urban guerrillas arab-israeli biafra mechanized armies guderian
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The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World by Francis Crosby (£14.50)Publisher: Hermes House — 2006Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1846810000]Condition: Very Good. Single reading crease to the spine. Over-glued at the front hinge. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Features 1200 Wartime and Modern Identification Photographs.

Illustrated A-Z catalogues of over 300 fighters and bombers, from the pioneering days of air fighting in World War I through to the powerful, high-speed jet aircraft of the present day.

Describes all the truly classic aircraft, such as the Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Heinkel He111, F-14 Tomcat, MiGs, B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Features guides to the history of fighters and bombers, their technology and role in major conflicts around the world, including the first fighter aces, early bombing raids, Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, the Dambusters, the Cold War, the Falklands and the Gulf Wars.

Includes a glossary explaining key aviation terms and abbreviations”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 6¾". 512 pages. Tags: 9781846810008 arts photography collections catalogues exhibitions history military nonfiction foreign language spanish professional technical engineering aerospace francis crosby 1846810000
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The Hite Report on Women and Love: A Cultural Revolution in Progress by Shere Hite (£14.50)Publisher: Viking — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0670819271]Condition: Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little wrinkled at the edges. Edges of the text block lightly spotted and soiled. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but the first few pages are slightly wrinkled.Description: From the cover: “Women are questioning their love relationships in a way that has profound implications for our society.

In this culmination of The Hite Report trilogy 4,500 women provide eloquent testimony of the disturbingly unsatisfying nature of their emotional relationships and point to what they see as the causes.

Women and Love, the first major report on women since the assimilation of the women’s movement into our culture, presents a controversial analysis of contemporary society. In these pages women speak with honesty, clarity and deep feeling ranging from humour to anger. They talk about the emotional coldness and harassing behaviour of most men in dealing with the women they love. The majority believe that men are unsupportive, while at the same time they demand women’s emotional support; that men are getting much more from relationships than they are willing to give. The majority find themselves lonelier in marriages and relationships than they were when they were single; contrary to the view that women are often ‘left’ by men, the majority of divorces and break-ups are initiated and carried through by women.

Above all, Women and Love documents the anger of women of all social, economic and political backgrounds — anger so deep that they feel compelled to re-evaluate not only their relationships but the very cultural patterns upon which these relationships are based.

Women and Love reveals a new cultural perspective in formation: as women change the emotional structure of their lives, they are defining a fundamental debate over the future of our society.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. [XXVIII] 922 pages. Tags: about according affairs and another are arguing attitudes bad behind being between can caring culture dating debate describe different divorce extramarital feelings female fighting finances flourish for four friendships fun giving history housework how ideology inside interpersonal life lives love loving major make marriages married marry masochism mean men men's more myth passion problems psychology purpose relations relationships role roulette russian science seven sex single social states studies system ten the their they this time united way what whether which who womens women's world you
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RAF Operations, 1918-38 by Chaz Bowyer (£14.00)Publisher: London: William Kimber & Co., Ltd — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718306716]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Tables; Maps;Notes: Jacket designed by Pat Doyle. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: air force unit forces aerial operations fighting warfare civil wars colonial britain british royal war actions interwar military
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Sharpe's havoc : Richard Sharpe and the campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809 by Bernard Cornwell (£14.00)Publisher: HarperCollins — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007120109]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Leans very slightly.Description: Jacket illustration: The Battle of Fuentes d’Onoro, 1811. Illustrated by way of: Maps [1];

From the cover: “It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stationed in Lisbon when Marshal Soult begins the French invasion of northern Portugal. No one knows whether the British will fight or leave, but there is little choice for Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his squad of riflemen, who are sent into the beleaguered city of Oporto to rescue a British mother and daughter who have chosen to stay rather than flee southwards. But what seems like a straightforward mission becomes tangled in betrayal when Kate Savage disappears.

Sharpe, with Sergeant Patrick Harper and a score of riflemen, is cut off in the city when the bridge over the river Douro is broken. They join forces with a group of fugitive Portuguese soldiers and try to fight their way back to the British lines, but their orders are overridden by a mysterious English officer, who instructs them to remain in northern Portugal. Colonel Christopher excels in high diplomacy and low cunning, and his activities lead Sharpe and his riflemen into treacherous danger.

While the French are consolidating their hold on the north of the country, Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, arrives to take command in the south. He immediately mounts his own counter-attack in a brilliant campaign that will rout the French. Sharpe becomes the hunter instead of the hunted and seizes the chance to rescue the missing Kate Savage and pursue the man who thought to sacrifice Sharpe and his riflemen for his own ambition. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes a terrible revenge.

Sharpe’s Havoc is a classic Sharpe story, a return to Portugal with Richard Sharpe in fighting form in the company of Sergeant Patrick Harper, Captain Hogan and Sharpe’s beloved Greenjackets.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 380 pages. Tags: ~0007120109~ first editions firsts printings 1st sharpe richard fictitious character fiction soldiers napoleonic wars portugal history maria
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Storming Eagles: German Airborne Forces in World War Two by James Lucas (£14.00)Publisher: Arms & Armour Press — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0853688796]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The pilot throttled back — it would not be long now. The light on the bulkhead showed red. It was the signal “make ready!” Two minutes to go. The ‘dispatcher walked along the body of the machine checking that each man’s static line was firmly fixed to the jump wire. By the time he had completed his task the bulkhead light had changed to green. “Ready to jump!” and we moved forward to the exit door on the port side of the aircraft. Two of the Ju crew has already removed the door, and we could feel the air blowing in. Our sergeant would be the first to jump. He stood braced in the doorway looking slightly upwards as per the drill book. He would not have seen that the light on the bulkhead had changed to white, but at the sound of the klaxon horn he flung himself forward and out of the machine, to be followed by the rest of us in quick succession. When each man jumped the Junkers bounced upwards a little in the air as the aircraft load was lightened…

In that exclusive number of elite German fighting formations of the Second World War, the paratroops rank high. During the blitzkrieg of 1940, they spearheaded the attack, dropping from the air to sieze key points — and demonstrating that a new dimension had been added to the science of war.

Their most spectacular success was the invasion and capture of Crete in May 1941. But the cost was terrible: one in four of the paratroopers who dropped on to the island perished. For the rest of the war the parachute troops were used almost exclusively in a ground role. They remained, however, an elite, justifying again and again their great reputation for courage and hard fighting in Russia, North Africa and in Italy. Their dogged defence of Monte Cassino demonstrated their prowess as street fighting specialists; despite intensive bombing, bombardment and infantry assault, they held on to the monastery for more than three months, halting the Allied advance and withdrawing only when the position had been outflanked.

This book provides the first major account of these legendary soldiers, illustrated throughout with photographs collected from a wide range of sources. The author, James Lucas, has researched deep into Allied and captured German archives, and has interviewed many of the leading members of the Fallschirmjaeger units and formations who survived the war.”
Notes: Jacket designed by David Gibbons. Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: germany heer airborne troops fallschirmjaeger history parachute luftwaffe fallschirmja¨ger world war 1939-1945 aerial operations german armed forces military units 1935-1945 personnel land warfare james lucas 0853688796 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Sharpe's Havoc: Richard Sharpe and the Campaign in Northern Portugal, Spring 1809 by Bernard Cornwell (£13.50)Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007120109]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Jacket illustration: The Battle of Fuentes d’Onoro, 1811. Illustrated by way of: Maps [1];

From the cover: “It is the spring of 1809 and a small British army is stationed in Lisbon when Marshal Soult begins the French invasion of northern Portugal. No one knows whether the British will fight or leave, but there is little choice for Lieutenant Richard Sharpe and his squad of riflemen, who are sent into the beleaguered city of Oporto to rescue a British mother and daughter who have chosen to stay rather than flee southwards. But what seems like a straightforward mission becomes tangled in betrayal when Kate Savage disappears.

Sharpe, with Sergeant Patrick Harper and a score of riflemen, is cut off in the city when the bridge over the river Douro is broken. They join forces with a group of fugitive Portuguese soldiers and try to fight their way back to the British lines, but their orders are overridden by a mysterious English officer, who instructs them to remain in northern Portugal. Colonel Christopher excels in high diplomacy and low cunning, and his activities lead Sharpe and his riflemen into treacherous danger.

While the French are consolidating their hold on the north of the country, Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, arrives to take command in the south. He immediately mounts his own counter-attack in a brilliant campaign that will rout the French. Sharpe becomes the hunter instead of the hunted and seizes the chance to rescue the missing Kate Savage and pursue the man who thought to sacrifice Sharpe and his riflemen for his own ambition. Amidst the wreckage of a defeated army, in the storm lashed hills of the Portuguese frontier, Sharpe takes a terrible revenge.

Sharpe’s Havoc is a classic Sharpe story, a return to Portugal with Richard Sharpe in fighting form in the company of Sergeant Patrick Harper, Captain Hogan and Sharpe’s beloved Greenjackets.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 380 pages. Tags: 0007120109 first editions firsts printings 1st sharpe richard fictitious character fiction soldiers napoleonic wars portugal history maria
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KGB Calling Eve: A Documentary Novel by Einar Sanden (£13.00)Publisher: Boreas Publishing House — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.

From the cover: “Irja Parve was born in Tallinn, capital of Estonia, on May 20, 1935. In I960, on graduating from the Institute of Pedagogy, University of Tallinn, where she read modern languages, she was called to see Major Erik Liim, head of the Intourist office in Soviet Estonia.

An important Song Festival was shortly to take place in Tallinn and a Tourist Party was expected from the Free World — the first since the Russian occupation of Estonia in 1940. Irja was offered a post as guide and interpreter. As soon as she accepted the post, however, she found herself in the grip of the Soviet Secret Service — the KGB.

Eighteen months later, Irja married Mark Tarum — an exiled Estonian domiciled in Sweden and a member of this Tourist Party. In the summer of 1962, she joined her husband in Stockholm, becoming the first Estonian to be ‘married off’ to an exile by the KGB.

The following two summers, in 1963 and 1964, she was forced to revisit Tallinn in order to receive fresh instructions from the KGB for espionage work in Sweden. In 1964, the KGB suggested that she should get a divorce and marry a certain retired colonel of the Swedish army.

Juri Remmelgas, one of the most prominent Estonian publicists in the West, has called this book ‘A Handbook for every Western tourist who intends visiting the Soviet Union’.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". White boards with Red titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: estonians have been fighting for independence non aggression signed the ussr and nazi germany baltic states murder deportation siberian slave labour occupied red army soviet union was imposed estonia
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