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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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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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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 Merchant Venturers of Bristol: A History of the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol from Its Origin to the Present Day by Patrick McGrath (£43.00)Publisher: Bristol: The Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0950428108]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; List of abbreviations; Appendices [6];

From the cover: “The Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol received its first charter from Edward VI in 1552, and for over 250 years it played a major part in the commercial and economic life of Bristol. It was a powerful pressure-front fighting at local and national level for the interests of the merchant community and it had an influence far beyond the confines of the city. It also exercised control over the river and the port and it was responsible for the management of the pilots. From an early date it had its own almshouse and its own school, and its interest in educational and charitable activity increased as it gradually lost its economic functions in the course of the nineteenth century.

This study, based on a detailed examination of the Society’s records, has many new things to say about the Merchant Venturers. It considers, for example, the role of the Society as a property-developer, particularly in the manor of Clifton, its attempt to develop the Hotwell spa, and the part it played in preserving the Downs as an open space. It investigates the way in which the Society managed the Seamen’s Hospital Fund for the benefit of mariners and their dependents, and it discusses the Society’s efforts in the mid-nineteenth century to provide a water supply for Bristol.

Education was a very important part of its work, and the book has much to say about Golston’s Hospital, the Merchant Venturers’ remarkable technical college, and the fascinating love-hate relationship with University College Bristol, in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the Society hoped that there would be established a federal West of England University with its Technical College as one of the constituents.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 613 pages. Tags: society merchant venturers city bristol history, bristol england history, history merchants bristol, commerce history, guilds history, avon bristol, history trading companies, first edition books, books written patrick mcgrath, 0950428108
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Shoot to Kill by Richard Miers (£41.00)Publisher: London: Faber & Faber — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss at the head of the spine. Tanning to the blanks. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Fold-out maps [1];

From the cover: “For eleven years this country has been engaged in a war- a war against the Communist terrorists, the ‘CTs’, of Malaya. And though it is a war in which by now the enemy is contained and trapped, it is not yet over; the CTs are still a determined and active force, a hard-core army of fanatics who are fighting for survival with the cunning of cornered vermin. Like all wars which are limited in scope, go on for a long time, and happen far away, the war in Malaya has gradually faded from the newspapers, the wireless bulletins, the magazines. It is all too easy to forget that at this very moment, over thousands of square miles of jungle, British soldiers are in action – for although Malaya is an independent country, British and British-led soldiers, at the invitation of its Government, are still fighting there alongside their Malayan comrades.

Richard Miers — Brigadier R. C. H. Miers, D. S. O. and Bar, O. B. E. — is a born soldier who is a born writer. In Malaya he commanded the 1st Battalion of the South Wales Borderers with conspicuous gallantry and success; and his book recaptures the very feel and pulse of the operations in which he — and the officers and men who fought with and under him — played a part. The painstaking planning, the waiting, the swift pounce at precisely the right moment — all these are here. And here, too, are the times of frustration and tedium, the times when nothing went right. But the dominant note throughout is the note of excitement -of exhilaration almost — at the doing superbly well of a difficult and often dangerous job.

It is a story we can all be proud of; and so exciting in itself and so grippingly told that it is un-put-down-able.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Charles Mozley. Foreword or introduction by General Sir Francis Festing. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Tags: jungle warfare, malaya history, civil wars, colonial wars, guerilla counter surgency operations, resistance, military unit histories, armies great britain, malaysia, malaya, malayan emergency, british army infantry regiments, south wales borderers, 1st battalion borderers, first edition books, books written richard miers, books introduced general sir francis festing
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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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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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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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Attack on the Somme by Edward G. D. Living (£21.00)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 cover: “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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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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Contraband Cargoes: Seven Centuries of Smuggling by Neville Williams (£17.00)Publisher: London, New York & Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co. — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine which has a little loss at the ends. Boards faded at the spine ends. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Signed by the author on the title page with a dedication to the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white plates [10];

From the cover: “Seven hundred years of smuggling in Britain are covered in this unusual book on a little-known facet of history.

From the nefarious dealings in wool in medieval days, through the cloth frauds of Tudor times and the wholesale running of tea and spirits in the eighteenth century to the tobacco smuggling in the nineteenth, the story is enlivened with many anecdotes derived from historic documents, memoirs, and other sources.

The book reveals the corruption that used to pervade the Customs Service when even the highest officials could be bribed to turn a blind eye on the activities of smugglers; it tells too of the time when, in parts of England, the population of whole areas assisted in the concealment of contraband goods, and armed bands escorted convoys of smuggled tea and spirits from the coast to London, terrorising the countryside and fighting pitched battles with preventive officers and troops; and it describes the extraordinarily ingenious ways in which contraband goods have been concealed.

To the detailed account of contraband in Britain are added two exciting chapters in which the author glances at the world problems of smuggling in recent times: the traffic in opium with China, the slave traffic (‘black’ and ‘white’), the running of arms and liquor to primitive peoples (and the fantastic happenings during the period of Prohibition in the U. S. A. ), the trade in obscene publications, and the two best-organized rackets in international smuggling today — drugs and diamonds.

Contraband Cargoes is the fruit of widespread research, and makes an enthralling contribution to British social history.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 301 pages. Tags: illicit trade, customs house, hawkhurst gang, smuggling cutter, revenue men, smuggling great britain history, great britain, first edition books, books written neville williams
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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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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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The Post Captain by John Davis (£16.00)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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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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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.”
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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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Some Sunny Day by Dame Vera Lynn (£13.00)Publisher: HarperCollins — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780007876600]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the half-title page. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Born Vera Welch in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn’s career began at just seven years old when she sang professionally in East End Working Men’s Clubs. A successful radio career with Joe Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and ‘30s followed — but it was with World War II that she became famous.

With her radio show ‘sincere!} Yours’, Vera connected emotionally with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, and became known as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’. Performing the songs she will forever be associated with — ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ among others -Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma with the Entertainment National Sen ices Association, bringing the troops a sense of ‘back home’. But what she saw out there affected her profoundly.

Her career after the war flourished, but Vera never left behind her wartime role. Still heavily involved with veteran and other charities, this is Dame Vera’s extraordinary story of her life and her war — from bombs and rations to broadcasts and air raids, and the searing heat of her appearances abroad.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 311 pages. Tags: lynn vera world war 1939-1945 personal narratives british social aspects great britain women singers biography history george 1936-1952 dame first editions firsts printings 1st
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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down by Jack Fishman (£12.50)Publisher: Souvenir Press — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0285625195]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper tanned at the spine and the margins of the panels. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 448 pages. Tags: world war france amiens operation jericho prisoners and prisons german underground movements history bombardment great britain prison organised mass escapes secret service operations allied forces air fighting warfare aerial over western front clandestine raids second intelligence services resistance occupation
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Battle Stations: Decisive Weapons of World War Two by Taylor Downing; Andrew Johnston; (£12.50)Publisher: Pen & Sword — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780850527490]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ.Description: The Second World War, fought so bitterly on land, sea and in the air, produced a number of exceptional weapons which have become legendary. Battle Stations examines four of these superb fighting machines; the Spitfire, the C-47 (DC-3 Dakota), the Sherman Tank and the amphibious DUKW.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¾". 223 pages. Tags: spitfire dukw sherma c-47 dakota
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Combat Kill: The Drama of Aerial Warfare in World War 2 and the Controversy Surrounding Victories by Hugh Morgan & Jürgen Seibel (£12.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852605367]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Jacket illustration: Stills taken from RAF gun camera footage illustrating the final moments leading to the destruction of a Bf 109. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Drawings; Tables;

From the cover: “Just how did fighter pilots make their claims for the destruction of enemy aircraft and by what process were these claims submitted and verified? How were young pilots trained to fly fighters and what training in combat tactics did they receive? Was any account taken of the immense psychological stress faced by fighter pilots, and by what guidelines were awards and decorations made? These, and many other intriguing aspects of aerial combat, are exhaustively explored here, with answers drawn from primary sources, both from the Allied and the Axis powers’ points of view.

Combat Kill is a revealing ‘from the cockpit’ account of aerial warfare from the fighter pilot’s perspective. British, American, German, Italian, Soviet and Finnish aces from all theatres of action in the Second World War detail their experiences, with particular reference to how their claims to have shot down enemy aircraft were established. The psychological impact of deadly combat, and the awards process for those that proved successful against their adversaries are also examined.

More than a hundred contemporary photographs from official archives as well as private collections are included. A superb set of colour three-view drawings by John Weal, one of the world’s leading profile artists, illustrates a selection of aircraft flown by the aces.”
Notes: Illustrated by John Weal. Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 pages. Tags: world war aerial operations fighter plane combat history pilots air fighting warfare force unit histories military training and education medicine place the britain germany second forces psychiatry shell shock british royal biographical
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Fighter Pilot: A History and a Celebration by Philip Kaplan (£12.50)Publisher: Aurum Press — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854106147]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “In an age in which warfare has been dominated by mass armies the fighter pilot is a unique figure, a warrior who fights a duel, one-to-one, against a single opponent. His success or failure-his life or death-depend very largely upon his own courage and skills and upon the quality of the machine that he flies, a machine which has, at every stage of its development, represented the glamorous peak of contemporary technology. It is hardly surprising, then, that the young and dashing fighter ace has become the twentieth-century equivalent of the dragon-slaying knight or the hero of Homeric legend.

In this book Philip Kaplan has created a splendid record and celebration of fighter pilots of many nations, from the First World War aces in their fragile contrivances of fabric and wood to the men and, increasingly, women, who fly the sleek, titanium-clad fighters of today. He examines the reality behind the myths-the chivalrous pilots who refused to shoot at an enemy who had bailed out, the flyers who, out of ammunition, saluted their foe before turning for home — and considers the way in which the media glamorised the image of the fighter pilot. He explains why only a tiny minority of pilots — those in whom the desire for combat overrode everything — accounted for so large a proportion of the victories. He surveys the skills that a successful pilot must have — a natural aptitude for flying, marksmanship, keen eye-sight-and the way in which fighter tactics have developed. He also relates the history of some of the great fighter planes whose names-Spad, Spitfire, Mustang, Me 109, Zero, Sabre, Phantom — have gone down in aviation history.

Fighter Pilot is illustrated throughout with photographs, paintings and memorabilia which evoke the atmosphere in which fighter pilots of the past lived and fought. These pictures, many of them previously unpublished, are in themselves a unique archive. To them Philip Kaplan has added a mass of written material — memoirs, diaries, letters and, in the case of surviving veterans and contemporary pilots, many extensive interviews — which make Fighter Pilot a treasure trove of material for those interested in the history of war and aviation.

But, ultimately, it is the way in which Philip Kaplan has succeeded in capturing the soul of the fighter pilot which makes this book a worthy tribute to the men who lived and died amid that lonely tumult in the skies.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 10". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: fighter pilots anecdotes history air fighting warfare autobiography collective place the world present day aerial operations airmen biographical
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Great Battle Fleets by Oliver Warner (£12.50)Publisher: London, New York, Sydney, Totonto: Hamlyn — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600339130]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded at the spine and somewhat dull overall. Boards faded at the margins. Text complete, clean and tight. Price Clipped. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “The era of the battle fleet is over. Never again will mighty surface fleets clash on the high seas. From the sixteenth century to the Second World War, when battle fleets faced each other, the fate of nations hung in the balance. The westward thrust of Islam was checked by the Spanish and Venetians at Lepanto in 1571; the United States owes her emergence as a nation in part to the action of the French fleet off Chesapeake Bay in 1781; in 1942 at Midway the fate of Japan was sealed in a titanic struggle between the two most powerful fleets ever to oppose each other.

In this book the distinguished naval historian Oliver Warner tells the stories of the Spanish, Elizabethan, Dutch and Swedish fleets, of the fleet of France and Nelson’s fleet, of the Imperial Japanese fleet, the British Grand Fleet, the German High Seas Fleet and the United States fleet. He describes each at its zenith, detailing also its origins and later history. He tells of the commanders, the fighting men, the engagements and above all of the ships themselves: the Venetian galleasses, Nelson’s ships of the line, the early ironclads and the revolutionary Dreadnoughts.

The wide range of illustrations in colour and black-and-white capture the drama and heroics of the battles and the majesty of the great ships and fleets at sea. Together, text and pictures combine to make this an important and highly attractive book, presenting as it does a broad view of the distribution of sea power over the last five hundred years.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: naval history warships navies operations elizabethan fleet british grand german high seas nelson’s corsairs spanish galleys armada flagship battle engagement sea bombarding port cruisers sea power
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Portsmouth: In Defence of the Realm by John Sadden (£12.50)Publisher: Phillimore & Co. — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1860771653]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the reverse of the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Black & White Drawings; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR has offered a secure anchorage for fighting fleets since Roman times. The growth of ‘Pompey’ from an adjunct to the ancient military centre at Portchester to the world’s premier naval base in Britain’s imperial heyday is fully explained and described in this new book, which, for the first time, brings together the history of the harbour’s fortifications, military garrison, dockyard, naval and air defence establishments.

Portsmouth was an important naval base by the early Middle Ages, but it was not until the 18th century and the beginning of the long series of wars with France and Spain that it began its rapid rise to pre-eminence. Many establishments sprang up to support this growth, on both sides of the harbour. Naval, military and Marine barracks, the Gunwharf, the great Dockyard, Haslar Hospital, Priddy’s Hard, Clarence Victualling Yard and the Gunnery School, HMS Excellent. All are fully featured in this comprehensive, yet compelling, condensation of tons of archives into a very readable book.

Not confined to the evolution of facilities and fortifications, the author’s narrative highlights the many defensive and offensive innovations that were developed locally, and the parts played by such individuals as Jonas Hanway, Agnes Weston, Sarah Robinson, Admiral Sir Jacky Fisher, Dr. James Lind and William and Robert Froude. Well illustrated by carefully selected engravings and rare photographs, many never previously published, this book will undoubtedly become the standard work; essential to interested residents and visitors and of great value to naval and military historians everywhere.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VII] 152 pages. Tags: navy yards and naval stations england portsmouth history great britain military hampshire
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Screaming Eagles by Patrick H.F. Allen (£12.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600568091]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ. Text bright and tight if very slightly tanned at the margins.Description: In Action With The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). From the cover: “This lavishly illustrated book documents one of the Western worlds most illustrious fighting units the U.S. Army’s ‘Screaming Eagles’, known more formally as the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The unit history traces The 101st Airborne Divisions lineage back to the 101st Division, formed in 1918 as part of the mobilization for World War I. The 101st saw action through World War II and the theatres of Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. In Vietnam, Operation ‘Eagle Thrust’ was the largest and longest military airlift ever attempted. Throughout the Tet Offensive the 101st was engaged in combat operations from Saigon in the south to Quang Tri in the north. This action was followed by numerous operations including ‘Nevada Eagle’, ‘Apache Snow’, ‘Hamburger Hill’ and ‘Lam Son’.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by W. C. Westmoreland. Size: 12" x 8¾". Green boards with Black titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: brigadier general william lee 101st airborne division air-assault division infantry anti-tank aviation mobile unit fort campbell glider regiments parachute regiment old abe airborne troops army aviation air assault concepts rapid deployment force ardennes bastogne normandy tet counteroffensive world war
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Surprise Attack by Peter Darman (£12.50)Publisher: Blitz — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1856052281]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges, ¼" nick to the foot of the lower panel.Description: With the aid of 120 well-crafted full-colour maps, each with a comprehensive supporting text, Surprise Attack features the most famous and decisive actions fought by the world's outstanding units in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, Africa and Central America.Notes: Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 176 pages. Tags: marine corps guadalcanal tarawa iwo jima inchon khe sanh and hue rangers sened pass d-day grenada airborne forces bastogne corregidor dak hamburger hill panama waffen demyansk pocket kursk cherkassy normandy french foreign legipn dien bien phu kolwezi british parachute regiment bruneval arnhem suez goose green israeli paras mitla
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