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The Hornblower Companion by C. S. [Cecil Scott] Forester (£68.00)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges with a few small nicks / tears but no loss. Book a little rubbed at extremities, slightly bumped at tail of spine. Internally bright and clean and generally a very pleasant copy.Description: How did Hornblower come to be thought of? How did it happen that this epic biography was begun in the middle? How did it come about that the midshipman grew into the captain? How were the plots constructed? Many more questions are answered in this exciting book. 140pp. Maps. Size: 4to Large Post (10½" x 8¼" approx.) Jacket Designed by Michael Harvey. Illustrated by Samuel H. Bryant. Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Tags: adventures destroyers napoleonic battleship submarine seafaring justinion cruisers novellas merchant maritime nautical stories sailing fiction battles cruiser frigate warship torpedo novels vessel marine dinghy ships royal craft naval liner boat wars navy ship sea
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Handley Page Aircraft Since 1907 Revised by Derek N. James by C. H. [Christopher Henry] Barnes (£56.00)Publisher: London: Putnam — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0851778038]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1976] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “First heard in aviation a few years before the 1914-18 war, the name of Handley Page became one to conjure with when strategic bombing of Rhineland armament factories began in 1917 as a counter-blow to the German submarine blockade of the British Isles. After the war an O/400 and a V/1500 were the first two aircraft to fly all the way from England to India, and soon afterwards Handley Page pioneered commercial air transport services across the English Channel and in China, India and South Africa.

A new generation of twin- and four-engined monoplane bombers — Hampden and Halifax — emerged to challenge Hitler’s ambition between 1935 and 1945, giving rise in turn to the Hastings and Hermes transports of the 1950s; finally the nuclear age produced the Victor transonic bomber, which remains in service as the RAF’s long-range flight refuelling tanker A new line of smaller civil transports began with the acquisition in 1948 of Miles Aircraft Ltd and from the Reading factory stemmed the very successful Dart-Herald.

This book contains photographs, three-view drawings and data of every type of Handley Page aircraft built and flown, as well as many historic project drawings not previously published, and completes the author’s trilogy, which already includes Bristol Aircraft since 1910 and Shorts Aircraft since 1900 in the series.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Putnam Aeronautical Books series. 664 pages. Tags: bombing aircraft hampden halifax handley page airplanes history aeroplanes aeronautical engineering trade industry manufacturing britain aviation air types manufacturer aeroplane manufacture firm united kingdom
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Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival by Frances Ashcroft (£54.50)Publisher: Flamingo — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006551254]Condition: Very Good. Extensive previous owners' inscription to the dedication page.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 326 pages. Tags: antarctica starvation underwater wind-chill polymerase saturation weightless endorphins spacesuits subsurface aborigines noureddine halophiles generation eustachian antifreeze metabolism adaptation uncoupling barotrauma atmosphere deficiency submarines centrifuge ice-diving definition astronauts spaceships alkalinity torricelli adrenaline barometric chilblains conditions conduction compressed heatstroke geothermal fahrenheit convection ballooning meteorites insulation tereshkova protective bullimore malignant institute formation transport infection
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Dardanelles Patrol: The Incredible Story of the E. 11 by Peter Shankland; Anthony Hunter; (£53.00)Publisher: Granada — 1978Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0583118615]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the cover and spine. Pages lightly age-tanned. Slightly fragile with age now.Description: From the cover: “This is one of the most exciting submarine stories ever written — a story of great courage against considerable odds. The E.11. was to be the spearhead of a mission to force the Dardanelles and give Allied Forces access to the Sea of Marmara — the proud harbour into which no enemy had sailed since the Turks had conquered it nearly 500 years previously, preserved inviolate by the 35-mile length of the treacherous narrow Dardanelles Straits. E.11., its commander, Lieutenant-Commander Nasmith, and his men against the combined hazards of mines, nets, shore-based guns, patrol-craft, destroyers, search-lights and, supremely, the perilously long dive up the Straits. From first to last the danger was acute and the odds long.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 159 pages. Tags: britain campaign campaigns dardanelles gallipoli naval navy operations peninsula royal straits submarine submarines turkey
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The Blood Price by Colin Stubbington (£43.00)Publisher: MacDonald & Co. — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780356086798]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Pages very gently age-tanned. A nice copy of an uncommon title.Description: A gripping saga of conflict at sea during World War I, a naval 'High Noon', which celebrates the extraordinary story of the unconventional Q-ships and the U-boats they hunted and were in turn hunted by - in that brutal period of sea warfare.Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". 308 pages. Tags: Stubbington Q-ships U-boats enigma submarine warfare navy atlantic
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Från Hajen 1904 Till Hajen 1954: Minnesskrift Till Ubåtsvapnets Femtioårsjubileum [redigerad Av Gustaf Halldin Utgiven I Anledning Av Ubåten Hajens Sjösättning Den 11 December 1954 Vid Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads Ab I Malmö] by Gustaf Halldin (£24.00)Publisher: Malmö: Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads — 1954Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. 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 heavier rubbing to the head of the spine and the top corners. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Swedish language text. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Charts; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Plans; Includes an English language summary pamphlet laid in.

From Jaws Jaws 1904 to 1954: Memory Writing For The Submarine Force Golden Jubilee [Edited by Gustav Halldin Published on account of the submarine Jaws Launching On 11 December 1954 at Kockums Mechanical Workshop AB in Malmö]
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¾". White Spine Strip with Gilt decorated Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 145 pages. Tags: halldin gustaf kockums mekaniska verkstads aktiebolag
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Modern Ships of War: With Supplementary Chapters and Notes by J. D. Jerrold Kelley by Sir Edward J. [James] Reed & Edward Simpson (£24.00)Publisher: London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington — 1888Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Binding shot with much tape repair to the joins of both boards. Hinges tape repaired. First and last blanks grubby. The text, whilst tanned, remains surprisingly tight. A good working copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Appendices [3]; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Plans;Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Illustrated Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [X] 284 pages. Tags: navies warships italian russian german austrian turkish british navy machine rapid-fire guns submarine warfare naval reserve forced battle trafalgar
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The German Submarine War 1914-1918 by R. H. [Richard Henry] Gibson & Maurice Prendergast (£24.00)Publisher: Uckfield: The Naval & Military Press in association with The Imperial War Museum — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: A facsimile printing of the 1931 edition, probably POD (print on demand) as the illustration lack definition as found with that method. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Admiral of the fleet Earl Jellicoe. Size: 8½" x 5½". 438 pages. Tags: war 1914-1918 naval operations submarine warfare germany actions sea unit navies oceans seas first german service boats submarines
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Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities by Wilder Perkins (£23.00)Publisher: St. Martin's Press — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0312192835]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “ALTHOUGH BARTHOLOMEW HOARE has acquitted himself nobly on ship-board and battle, and worked his way up to lieutenant in King George III’s Royal Navy, he cannot count his present life a satisfactory one. For one thing, he and his brother (as his father before him, all of them descended from Vikings) have always had to use their fists to defend their name and its implications from schoolboys, shipmates, and generally impolite Britons at every social level. That Bartholomew can handle. But a spent musket ball in the throat put a halt to a promising career at sea, and Hoare was left with a glowing recommendation and exclusively shore duties. Obviously, a captain whose orders could not be issued above a whisper could never command a ship. To Hoare, who loves the sea, it is a tragedy, as he is forced to do the land-based tasks assigned to him. His present mission is to discover what has happened to the ship that disappeared in nearby waters, and whether the strange contents of a small keg found in the sand are involved in the mystery. And it is a quest that begins Hoare’s acquaintance with the extraordinary Mrs. Eleanor Graves — by his saving her from attacking ruffians, with her active and enthusiastic assistance. It is a meeting that starts a dramatic train of events. For one thing, Hoare is asked to put his talents to work on behalf of a young officer charged with the murder of his captain, a fellow of questionable probity and brutal temper. Hoare’s investigation leads to evidence of criminal activity beyond the captain’s murder. It’s a chance for the lieutenant to further distinguish himself — if he isn’t killed first. But life is not all trouble. Hoare becomes close friends with Eleanor Graves and her retired, and much older, physician husband. He meets a rather suspect visitor from abroad, and encounters assorted townspeople, both high and low — including the Graveses’ dinner guest his first night in town, one Miss Jane Austen.”Notes: Jacket designed by Alan D. Dingman. Size: 8½" x 5¾". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages. Tags: adventures battles battleship boat craft cruisers destroyers dinghy fiction frigate liner marine maritime merchant nautical naval navies navy novellas novels sailing sea seafaring ships stories submarine torpedo vessel warship
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Warship Volume 49, January 1989 by Edited by Ian Grant (£23.00)Publisher: London: Conway Maritime Press — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 085177492X]Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7¾". 64 pages. Tags: canadian vickers-built class submarines royal navy part perkins hawkcraig experiments submarine minelayers rangefinders tsushima naval sinking bartolomeo colleoni german heavy cruiser prinz eugen british shipboard catapult s-boote war west e-boat campaign north sea channel
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Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare: Containing a Complete and Concise Account of the Rise and Progress of Submarine Warfare; Also a Detailed Description of All Matters Appertaining Thereto, Including the Latest Improvements by C. W. [Charles William] Sleeman (£22.50)Publisher: Uckfield: The Naval & Military Press — 2009Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1843429470]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Facsimile printing of the 2nd edition of 1889, Portsmouth: Griffin and Co. Illustrated by way of: Wood Cuts; Diagrams;Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 354 pages. Tags: sleeman 1843429470 history manual submarine mine warfare torpedoes
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Undersea Warriors: Submarines of the World by Captain Ernest Louis Schwab (£20.50)Publisher: Publications International — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0881769304]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the top corners of the boards with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper and a small nick at the tail of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Vice-Admiral Robert V. Kaufman. Size: 14" x 10¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 256 pages. Tags: strategic missile submarines cruise inventory the world submarine forces pivotal role any major naval confrontation torpedo significant use inwar german u-boats nuclear-powered classes leading navies cornelius van drebbel david john philip holland and simon lake gustav zede maxime laubeuf combustion engine designs weaponry navigation technology warfare tactics various nations class quietest nuclear attacks underwater duels captain ernest louis schwab 0881769304 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Submarines of World War Two by Erminio Bagnasco (£20.00)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 085368331X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily faded at the spine. Extensive presentation plate to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Tables; Plans;Notes: Jacket designed by Geoff Hunt. Size: 10" x 9¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: submarines ships history submarine boats war 1939-1945 naval operations marine engineering actions sea oceans seas second submersibles warfare
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The Times Atlas of the 20th Century: The Definitive Account of Our Century by Edited by Richard Overy (£19.50)Publisher: Times — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0723007667]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with heavier rubbing to the spine ends.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white with diagrams and maps. From the cover: “The Times Atlas of the 20th Century is a major new treatment of this century of paradox and progress. Its richly interwoven tapestry of text, maps and illustrations brings sharply into focus our century’s main themes and underlying problems. Richard Overy’s compelling and analytical text takes the world from the pomp of Europe’s colonial heyday and the cataclysm of the First World War through the Great Depression, the Second World War and the Cold War to the uncertain stumblings of the New World Order. Special attention is paid to the themes and challenges which have faced us throughout the century — the environment, health, science, leisure and technology. With over 200 full-colour maps and more than 300 photographs, the book is a visual feast and a work of substantial scholarship.”Notes: Size: 4to Royal (32 x 25cm Approx.). 239 pages. Tags: smoking-related austria-hungary democratization czechoslovakia russo-japanese reconstruction fundamentalism communications deforestation july-december modernization photochemical parliamentary confrontation mediterranean international concentration revolutionary organizations transcaucasus metropolitan super-powers unemployment affiliations bibliography tuberculosis land-holding commonwealth dam-building distribution peacekeeping dictatorship urbanization independence contributors motorization development eradication populations nationalism palestinian persecution afghanistan dissolution exploration nationalist performance consumption nazi-soviet convergence radioactive
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Escort: The Battle of the Atlantic by D. A. Rayner (£18.50)Publisher: Annapolis: Naval Institute Press — 1999Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1557506965]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Black & White Photographs; Maps;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Evan Davies. Size: 8½" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Classics of Naval Literature series. [XXXVI] 258 pages. Tags: naval operations british campaigns atlantic ocean english convoys ships anti submarine warfare royal volunteer reserve hms verbena escort shikari warwick pevensey castle loch tulla 1557506965
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A Modern Illustrated History of Sea Power by Antony Preston (£17.50)Publisher: London: Phoebus — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0702600466]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine. Leans very slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this edition. Illustrated by way of: Cutaways; Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Plans;Notes: Size: 12" x 9". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 392 pages. Tags: warships history 20th century naval aviation war operations actions sea marine engineering ships oceans seas battleships destroyers convoy escort vessels torpedo boats corvettes frigates submarine chasers fast attack craft motor gunboats steam e-boats navies equipment
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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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Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader by Edited by John Bradley (£13.00)Publisher: University of Arizona Press — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0816519560]Condition: Good+. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Atomic energy has been cloaked in secrecy by government, industry, and the military, but for many Americans the effects of radiation have been less than secret. Just ask the radium workers in Ottawa, Illinois, the “downwinders” of Utah, or unsuspecting veterans of the Gulf War. When told from the perspective of ordinary people, nuclear history takes on a much different tone from that of the tranquil voices of authority who always told us we had nothing to fear. In Learning to Glow, writers such as Scott Russell Sanders, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barbara Kingsolver reveal the psychic and emotional fallout of the Cold War and of subsequent developments in nuclear science. Here are stories of and by ordinary people who have suffered the consequences of the decisions made by those in power — stories that will challenge readers to re-examine their preconceptions about the way we deal with issues of nuclear arms and radioactive waste.”Notes: Size: 9" x 6". 317 pages. Tags: administration classification comprehensive justification environmental contamination unforgettable relationship installation alternatives exploitation contaminated anti-nuclear chernousenko spirituality technologies ibragimbekov levi-strauss condemnation downwinders radiophobia strangelove chelyabinsk reservation minneapolis holocaust's elimination anniversary preparation pro-nuclear underground deformities researchers engineering oppenheimer petrosyants environment radioactive aboveground experiments albuquerque corporation undeveloped children's propaganda radhabinod regulatory prometheus inhalation facilities vusamazulu
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Lost Subs: From the Hunley to the Kursk, the Greatest Submarines Ever Lost: and Found by Spencer Dunmore (£13.00)Publisher: Toronto: Da Capo Press — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0306811405]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. First blank has a vertical crease where it's been trapped under the upper board. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Technical consultant, J. David Perkins. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “In the summer of 2000, the fates of two very different submarines made headlines around the world. On August 8, the Confederate sub H. L. Hunley, sunk 136 years ago during the American Civil War, was raised at Charleston, South Carolina. Four days later, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk exploded and plunged to the floor of the Barents Sea. Between the stories of these two lost submarines lies most of the history of men and warfare under the seas.

In gripping text and powerful images, Lost Subs chronicles the evolution of the submarine — from Robert Fulton’s early experiments to the famous German U-boats of both world wars; from Imperial Japan’s I-52 to the Cold War nuclear subs Thresher and Scorpion. Thanks to revolutionary new technology, divers and deep-sea submersibles are giving scientists unprecedented access to these lost subs, and shedding new light on both their creation and their destruction.

With state-of-the-art underwater photography, this definitive illustrated history vividly brings to life an amazing underwater museum. Fascinating cutaway diagrams and a wealth of archival photographs and paintings re-create these vessels in their prime and help answer many of the questions that have surrounded their sinkings. Here is a saga as current as today’s headlines, filled with mystery, drama and daring.”
Notes: Illustrated by Jonathan Blair & Brian Skerry (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by Dr. Robert D. Ballard. Size: 9¼" x 10¼. Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 179 pages. Tags: submarines ships submarine disasters history world military war transportation naval shipbuilding spencer dunmore jonathan blair brian skerry photos robert ballard 0306811405 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Inventions That Changed the World by Reader's Digest Association (£12.50)Publisher: Reader's Digest — 2000Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0276422597]Condition: Very Good.Description: From the introduction: “Inventions That Changed the World traces the technological innovations that are now accelerating at such a pace that the sum of human knowledge is doubling every decade. More inventions have been devised and put to use since 1900 than in the rest of human history put together. A child born in 1900 entered a world where no one had yet flown in an aeroplane, used a vacuum cleaner or seen a television programme. Even a child born nearly half a century later, in the aftermath of World War II, was coming into a world where computers were known only to a handful of research scientists, the transistor had yet to be invented, and the vast majority of the people who crossed the Atlantic each year still did so by ship, not plane. Inventions That Changed the World explains what these key inventions were, illustrates how they worked, and describes how they have transformed our daily lives.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. In the The Eventful 20th Century series. 160 pages. Tags: epoch-making events technological innovations sum human knowledge george eastmans kodak frank hornby disposable razor blade vacuum lightweight tractor electrocardiograph powered flight offset printing artificial silk courtaulds radio broadcast reginald fessenden triode valve facsimile transmission helicopter comu brandenberger cellophane elmer sperry tungsten filament coolidge stainless steel automatic pilot flying karl fritsch
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Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders by Christine Noble (£12.50)Publisher: Reader's Digest — 1996Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0276422597]Condition: Very Good. Slight marking to the boards otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover; “Traces the technological innovations that are now accelerating at such a pace that the sum of human knowledge is doubling every decade. More inventions have been devised and put to use since 1900 than in the rest of human history put together. A child born in 1900 entered a world where no one had yet flown in an aeroplane, used a vacuum cleaner or seen a television programme. Even a child born nearly half a century later, in the aftermath of World War II, was coming into a world where computers were known only to a handful of research scientists, the transistor had yet to be invented, and the vast majority of the people who crossed the Atlantic each year still did so by ship, not plane. ‘Inventions That Changed the World’ explains what these key inventions were, illustrates how they worked, and describes how they have transformed our daily lives.”Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 160 pages. Tags: epoch-making events technological innovations sum human knowledge george eastmans kodak frank hornby disposable razor blade vacuum lightweight tractor electrocardiograph powered flight offset printing artificial silk courtaulds radio broadcast reginald fessenden triode valve facsimile transmission helicopter comu brandenberger cellophane elmer sperry tungsten filament coolidge stainless steel automatic pilot flying karl fritsch
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The 1 Glory — The Royal Navy 1914-1939 by Max Arthur (£12.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340623012]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the flap: “The author, an acclaimed historian, pays tribute to the Royal Navy from 1914 to 1939. Drawing on the personal stories of those who have served during this period, he has created a unique narrative history of the senior service. This book is a memorable and moving testament to the courage, spirit, skill and irrepressible humour of those who have served in the Navy in the first part of this century.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 292 pages. Tags: submarines surface fleet air arm royal marines women’s naval service navy anti-submarine helicopters long-range maritime patrol aircraft navies forces effective shipping protection war dockyard nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine polaris hms type frigates corvus broadband chaff rocket sea harriers 800 squadron king helicopter marine divers commando training offshore vessel fireman
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The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal: Exploring the Ghost Fleet of the South Pacific by Robert D. Ballard with Rick Archbold (£12.50)Publisher: New York: Warner Books — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0446516368]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily to the top corners which are near frayed, which is sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “IRON BOTTOM SOUND… IT GETS ITS NAME FROM ALL the ships that sank there. From August to November of 1942 the tropical waters off the small island of Guadalcanal were the scene of some of the fiercest sea battles of World War II. Fifty years later, Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic and the Bismarck, took his exploration team to Guadalcanal. Their goal was not one ship but an entire naval battlefield. On board were some of the men who had served on those ships that now lay beneath Iron Bottom Sound. The memories of these survivors help tell a powerful, poignant story of men and ships and war.

The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal re-creates the whole story of the campaign that changed the course of the Pacific war. For all the fame of its air and land battles, Guadalcanal is also a compelling story of sailors and warships. In fact, more Americans died in Guadalcanal waters than on land. The terror and confusion of night naval action is conveyed here in gripping chapters that describe first the bitter American defeat in the Battle of Savo Island and then the struggle to eventual victory in the climactic Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. We then descend in Ballard’s submarine to view scenes of American, Australian, and Japanese ships lying together on the ocean floor, their guns still eerily pointing at each other.

With over 300 illustrations, this book has all the pictorial richness that helped make bestsellers of Robert Ballard’s two previous books, The Discovery of the Titanic and The Discovery of the Bismarck. Haunting pictures of the wrecks are paired with photographs of the ships in their prime; a spectacular full-page foldout reveals the USS Quincy and the Canberra, painted in accurate detail by maritime artist Ken Marschall. Full-colour maps and diagrams plus a host of paintings and present-day photographs help to both re-create this extraordinary chapter in the history of the Pacific war and convey the excitement of modern underwater exploration.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 227 pages. Tags: underwater archaeology solomon islands guadalcanal island shipwrecks marine naval engineering ships operations actions pacific ocean second war salvage battle historic sites
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Broadsheet 1995/6 by ANON. (£11.50)Publisher: Unstated — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¼". 122 pages. Tags: 845 air argus asw carrier chatham command fost harrier hms marines military naval navy ocean power procurement programme recruiting reserve rfa rnas royal sea service squadron strategy submarine yeovilton
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Stalin's Silver by John Beasant (£11.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780747523444]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the upper panel notably ruffled otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: From the cover: “On the night of 28 August 1944 three torpedoes from the German submarine U-859 sank the American merchant ship USS John Barry in the Arabian Sea off the eastern seaboard of Oman. The holds of the Barry contained 3 million silver Saudi riyals worth $80 million and over $300 million in silver bullion. The 7200-ton ship broke into two pieces and sank to a depth of 8500 feet, more than one and a half miles. For forty-five years the great depth of the wreck ruled out any thoughts of salvage. However, in 1989 salvage rights were acquired by Sheikh Ahmed Farid al Aulaqi who engaged the French International Maritime Institute and Jean Roux, leader of the team which recovered artefacts from the Titanic. Roux and his team have developed technology which has resulted in an operation of deep-sea recovery never before possible. In Stalin’s Silver the story of the USS John Barry is recreated with the help of living survivors, including one of the German U-boat officers, and the mystery of the intended destination of $300 million in silver is resolved. Stalin’s Silver is as much a sensational story of politics and intrigue between governments during World War II as it is the story of the salvage of the world’s most valuable and mysterious sunken treasure.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 216 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 20th american arabian barry century combat covered dates east elite engineering forces history hydraulic john liberty merchant middle military naval operations role salvage sea second ships shipwrecks states stories submarine treasure troves true united war world
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The 1 Glory — The Royal Navy 1914-1939 by Max Arthur (£11.50)Publisher: Trafalgar Square — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340623012]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “Acclaimed historian Max Arthur pays tribute to the Royal Navy from 1914 to 1939. Drawing on the personal stories of those who have served during this period, he has created a unique narrative history of the senior service. Through extensive research he has sought out and interviewed over thirty survivors of the First World War Royal Navy — Jutland, Gallipoli, Zeebrugge, Q ships, K boats and flying in the RNAS are recalled in their own words. There are vivid accounts from ten men who fought at Jutland, where over 6000 were killed and from two privates of the Royal Naval Division who tell of the horrors of trench fighting at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. All recall the rigours of training and discipline during the early days of this century, including the oldest survivor of the Royal Navy at 103 years old.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 292 pages. Tags: hms admiralty send minelaying amphion mined gloucester birmingham sinks first enemy submarine british expeditionary force heligoland warship pathfinder armed merchant cruisers carmania trafalgar south atlantic pegasus sunk ships aboukir hogue cressy u-9 royal naval division undaunted destroyers hermes coronel good hope monmouth spee’s squadron admiral craddock dardanelles sms emden destroyed
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Twilight For The Gods by Ernest [Kellogg] Gann (£11.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1956Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with short tears at the spine ends and corners. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Issued on First Publication by the Book Society. From the cover: “Cannibal was an old, all but worn-out barquentine, though to her Master and Captain, David Bell, and others who loved the ways of sail, she still had beauty. When he put out from Tahiti in 1927 with a cargo of copra and a full complement of passengers in her four cabins, the Captain pinned his faith on his ship and on seamanship. Before long, and not without reason, there were those aboard who were saying he had pushed his luck too far.”Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 255 pages. Tags: battleship adventures destroyers submarine seafaring maritime merchant cruisers novellas nautical sailing fiction battles cruiser frigate warship torpedo stories novels vessel marine dinghy liner naval ships craft ship boat sea
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Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard H. O'Kane (£11.50)Publisher: Presidio Press — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0891415726]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “The career of the USS Wahoo in sinking Japanese ships in the farthest reaches of the Empire is legendary in submarine circles.

Christened three months after Pearl Harbor, Wahoo was commanded by the astonishing Dudley W. “Mush” Morton, whose originality and daring new techniques led to results unprecedented in naval history; among them, a successful “down the throat" barrage against an attacking Japanese destroyer, voracious surface-running gun attacks, and the sinking of a four-ship convoy in one day. Wahoo took the war to Japan’s front porch, and Morton became known as the Navy’s most aggressive and successful sea raider. Now, in a new quality paperback edition, her full story is told by the person most qualified to tell it — her executive officer Richard O’Kane, who went on to become the leading submarine captain of the Second World War.”
Notes: Size: 9" x 6". [X] 342 pages. Tags: naval unit histories kane richard hetherington 1911-1994 wahoo submarine ss-238 world war 1939-1945 operations american personal narratives sailors united states biography navies usa second individual submarines idividual uss history military campaigns pacific ocean autobiography 0891415726
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Black May: The Epic Story of the Allies' Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943 by Michael Gannon (£10.50)Publisher: Aurum Press — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854105884]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “This book is the story of the month in the spring of 1943, ‘Black May’ as the Germans called it, when the Allies finally and decisively gained the upper hand in the Battle of the Atlantic and it became clear that the submarine threat could and would be defeated.

In the course of that month the Allies, confronted with the largest submarine force yet sent out into the Atlantic, sunk 41 U-boats and damaged another 37 and Admiral Doenitz was forced to withdraw the surviving boats from the fray. Most significant of all, one major convoy, ONS. 5, which was targeted by several wolfpacks in rapid succession and should, in the light of past experience, have suffered severe losses, survived largely unscathed while the attacking wolfpacks were relentlessly hunted down by the escorting ships and aircraft.

Michael Gannon describes the hundreds of separate engagements that took place in the course of the month in vivid detail, drawing upon archive records on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the personal recollections of those involved on both sides. He shows us what it was like to see the battle from the bridge of a corvette in a North Atlantic gale, from the cockpit of a bomber on patrol over the Bay of Biscay, from the control room of a U-boat and, of course, from the offices of the opposing commanders. He also reproduces the transcripts of secretly recorded conversations between captured U-boat crewmen, which provide a fascinating insight into their attitudes and morale.

But although the courage and determination of the men who fought the battle was crucial, the Allied victory was also the result of improvements in strategy, tactics and technology that had been long in preparation and now, suddenly and dramatically, began to pay off. By putting increasing numbers of long-range aircraft out over the Bay of Biscay equipped with radar and Leigh lights, Coastal Command of the RAF (often in the face of bitter opposition from Bomber Command) was able to strike at U-boats en route to the North Atlantic battleground. Escort groups were drilled in new tactics, in the use of new weapons and in closer co-operation with land- and carrier-based aircraft. Moreover, the introduction of centimetric radar and radio-direction finding gear meant that escorts could, for the first time, go onto the attack against the wolfpacks, taking them by surprise and on the surface as they sought to get within range of their targets. All these factors, and many others, are examined and analysed in a book that will undoubtedly be recognised as a classic contribution to the history of World War II.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Don Macpherson. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XXVIII] 492 pages. Tags: world war naval operations submarine german campaigns atlantic ocean north michael gannon first editions firsts printings 1st
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Nautilus: The Story of Man Under the Sea by Roy Davies (£10.50)Publisher: London: BBC Books — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563370432]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel with a small ding at the join. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 236 pages. Tags: submarines ships history shipping shipbuilding technology engineering naval forces warfare maritime military science underwater exploration submarine boats submersibles
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Return to the Philippines by Rafael Steinberg (£10.50)Publisher: Time Life — 1980Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0809425165]Condition: Very Good.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “On January 2, 1942, less than a month after invading the Philippine Islands, triumphant Japanese forces occupied the capital city of Manila. The Japanese take-over ushered in a perplexing and paradoxical period for both the victor and the vanquished.

The Japanese authorities earnestly sought to enlist the cooperation of the Filipinos; a friendly populace would permit them to reap the benefits of their conquest without tying up troops needed elsewhere. They launched a showy program designed to transfer the Filipinos’ loyalty from the United States to Japan. In their propaganda, the Japanese linked themselves to the Filipinos as Oriental peoples with a common enemy — the arrogant, white-skinned American exploiters. They made glowing promises; the best was a pledge to give the Philippines complete national independence three years before the U.S. had planned to do so.

The Filipinos distrusted the Japanese and feared reprisals for having fought beside the ousted Americans. But they were animated by growing national ambitions, and the talk of early self-government had great appeal.

The Japanese worked hard at winning over the Filipinos. They released captured Filipino soldiers. They organized Japanese-Filipino cultural exchanges and established the local language, Tagalog, as the official language along with Japanese. In 1943 they declared the Philippines an independent republic.

But even as the Japanese officials pressed for good relations, they revealed themselves as callous oppressors. They controlled the press, made it a capital offense to listen to foreign broadcasts, curtailed religion, and beat and tortured civilians whom they suspected of subversive activities. They overlooked the excesses of the Japanese troops and issued worthless military scrip, triggering a ruinous inflation.

By May of 1942, when the Japanese completed their conquest of the islands, the people of Manila had made up their minds about the Japanese. Hundreds of them took to the hills to fight again as guerrillas or joined clandestine intelligence units in the city.”
Notes: Size: 11½" x 9½". 208 pages. Tags: admiral all american army assault atrocities battle biggest blackburn’s borneo breakneck carigara chick ciark company corregidor darter eichelberger field fight fire-bombing for formosa general grenades guerrillas gulf halsey hand harada iwabuchi japanese kamikazes last leyte lingayen macarthur manila mindanap moro myoko naval ormoc palawan parsons pass police ridge rifle river santo secret sixth stand strait submarine superbattleship surigao talakag the time tomas tribesman under warplanes woodpecker yamashita’s zigzag
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Stalin's Silver by John Beasant (£10.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0747523444]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper notably rubbed. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: 2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with colour photographs & maps. From the cover: “On the night of 28 August 1944 three torpedoes from the German submarine U-859 sank the American merchant ship USS John Barry in the Arabian Sea off the eastern seaboard of Oman. The holds of the Barry contained 3 million silver Saudi riyals worth $80 million and over $300 million in silver bullion. The 7200-ton ship broke into two pieces and sank to a depth of 8500 feet, more than one and a half miles. For forty-five years the great depth of the wreck ruled out any thoughts of salvage. However, in 1989 salvage rights were acquired by Sheikh Ahmed Farid al Aulaqi who engaged the French International Maritime Institute and Jean Roux, leader of the team which recovered artefacts from the Titanic. Roux and his team have developed technology which has resulted in an operation of deep-sea recovery never before possible. In Stalin’s Silver the story of the USS John Barry is recreated with the help of living survivors, including one of the German U-boat officers, and the mystery of the intended destination of $300 million in silver is resolved. Stalin’s Silver is as much a sensational story of politics and intrigue between governments during World War II as it is the story of the salvage of the world’s most valuable and mysterious sunken treasure.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 216 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 20th american arabian barry century combat covered dates east elite engineering forces history hydraulic john liberty merchant middle military naval operations role salvage sea second ships shipwrecks states stories submarine treasure troves true united war world
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The Beatles Files by Andy Davis (£10.50)Publisher: Bramley — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1858338573]Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dustwrapper. Edges of dustwrapper somewhat ruffled with an untidy 1½" tear to the head of the spine with further small frays. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: 11¾" x 10½". Pictorial boards. 158 pages. Tags: photo-journalists beatles-related transcendental personalities showbusiness photographed poll-winners rolls-royce beatlemania mccartney’s performance happenings merseyside meditation hippodrome rehearsals successful strawberry reeperbahn repainting supergrass nightclubs receptions publishing maharishi belgravia mccartney liverpool star-club musicians newspaper beginning submarine britain’s harrison airports concerts sullivan revolver holidays beatles’ pepper’s london’s edition epstein parties tribute sixties wedding variety filming
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The Shadow of Kuril by E. E. [Eugene Emile] Vielle (£10.50)Publisher: London: Collins — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002217694]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank, unfortunately in red felt tip. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: From the cover: “If a nuclear submarine disappeared without trace, the Admiralty would be unlikely to release the full details. One such unexplained disappearance forms the subject of E. E. Vielle’s gripping naval thriller.

H. M. S. Thunderer, one of the latest nuclear submarines, leaves her Plymouth base on a Top Secret exercise, the nature of which is not even known by her Commander until he is submerged. Object of the mission: to sail submerged under the North Pole with total radio silence all the way to a point in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia where she is to demonstrate before units of the U. S. fleet her revolutionary Polaris missiles.

Thunderer was shadowed into Plymouth by a Russian submarine. On her way out, suitable precautions were taken to shake off this pursuit. Two days later, comes an interrupted distress call from Thunderer. Submarine Command is baffled. But come what may, Thunderer must in no case fall into the hands of a potential enemy.

From then on the reader is made to share alternately the unrelieved drama of the submarine crew, of those in Submarine Command, and of those flying Britain’s latest sophisticated search-and-destroy planes, desperate to locate Thunderer and resolve the deepening mystery.

E. E. Vielle has written a story of heroism and seamanship so authentic in every detail that the reader will be forgiven if he fails to distinguish between fact and fiction.”
Notes: Jacket designed by D'Achille. Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 287 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st 0002217694 9780002217699
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Exclusion Zone by John Nichol (£9.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340671858]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “The Falklands, 1999 — a vital strategic stronghold in tire South Atlantic, and a prize gem in the oil-rich Antarctic. For RAF pilot Sean Riever it is a place of ghosts. For Jane Clark, the only female in the squadron, a place of tough decisions. An air of menace hangs over the desolate, battle-scarred landscape — present dangers and past mysteries lurk in the shadows on the skyline. And Sean’s compulsion to live up to a legendary hero leads him towards a woman whose loneliness matches his own. Then a Royal Navy nuclear submarine disappears, and Argentine jet fighters penetrate the Exclusion Zone. As Sean and his companions stave off wave after wave of enemy attacks, their fight to protect the islands becomes an epic battle for survival — in which victory can only be achieved at a terrible price…”Notes: 320 pages. Tags: hunter-killer sub-machine surrenders commanding capability adversary dangerous combatant commander situation armaments artillery munitions commandos firepower hardware military ambushed pressure opponent skirmish weaponry soldiers ordnance conflict fighting missiles struggle pistols hostile soldier officer special weapons warfare warrior martial arsenal militia defense forces battle senior combat patrol attack sailor rifles fight enemy armed rebel force rogue guns arms navy army team air war sas foe
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H.M. U-Boat by John D. Drummond (£9.50)Publisher: London: W. H. Allen — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed and torn with much loss and repair. Boards faded at the extremities. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Blue titling to the Spine. 228 pages. Tags: drummond war 1939-1945 naval operations submarine britain royal navy graph germany kriegsmarine u-570 north atlantic campaign submarines
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Kleber's Convoy by Antony Trew (£9.50)Publisher: London: Fontana/Collins — 1975Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006139868]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 191 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short war 1939-1945 naval operations british submarine actions sea unit navies north britain second convoys ships fictional hms vengeful military
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Nautilus 90 North by William R. Anderson (£9.50)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Dust wrapper now protected in a removable mylar sleeve. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 190 pages. Tags: anderson nautilus submarine ssn-571 arctic regions description travel
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New Inventions: A Comprehensive Survey of Scientific and Technical Progress in the Arts, Sciences and Manufactures as Published During the Reign Of Her Majesty by Edited & Presented by Maurice Rickards (£9.50)Publisher: Hugh Evelyn — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, a little faded.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & line drawings. From the cover: “This is a companion volume to Rickards’ first Victorian reprint, Engine-Driving Life. It is illustrated with authentic engravings from the scientific and popular press of the period, and presents contemporary accounts of the latest mechanical and electrical wonders. ‘The Telephone’, for example (an apparatus for the electrical transmission of distinctly articulate sounds to great distance), is here shown in elegantly engraved illustrations, with authoritative notes on the use of the instrument. There is also news of the latest trends in Photography (a portable 5 Ib. Hand Camera, and Sensitive Material on Rollers) and there is even talk of the remarkable shape of things to come, like the Submarine Railway Between France and England, and the new experiments in Aerial Locomotion. There are also details of the Patent Impulsoria and the Aerophon, not to mention the Pedal Zephyrion and a project for a Machine for Sensational Emotions. No aspect of daily life is neglected; also included are the Combined Chest Expander and Skirt Supporter, and Mr Raimes’ Apparatus for the Toilet. The review is completed with an outline of a novel theory: Aerial Propulsion by Explosion or Impulse — an entirely new concept, utilizing dynamite as fuel, for crossing the Atlantic in as little as a Few Hours.”Notes: Size: 7¼" x 8¾". White boards with Black titling to the Spine. 72 pages. Tags: apparatus contraption contrivance design device fabrication history inventions machinery mechanism science technology tools
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Okinawa 1945: The Stalingrad of the Pacific by George Feifer (£9.50)Publisher: Tempus — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0752433245]Condition: Near Fine.Description: From the cover: “As the siege of Stalingrad was the ultimate scene of carnage at the Eastern Front, the battle of Okinawa proved to be the bloodiest of the Pacific war. Almost the entire Japanese kamikaze effort of the Second World War was directed against the Americans at Okinawa. At the beginning of the battle on 1 April 1945, over one million Americans, Japanese and Okinawans were centred on the small Pacific island; by 23 June, when the Japanese commanders committed seppuku, 250,000 civilians and soldiers were dead. More people died during the battle of Okinawa than in the ensuing bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Okinawa 1945 offers a stunning account of the last major campaign of the Second World War and the largest land-sea-air engagement. Superbly researched and extraordinarily detailed, Okinawa 1945 is told at the level of the participants themselves, soldiers and civilians alike, with the dramatic stories of three individuals running through the entire account.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 447 pages. Tags: indefatigable westmoreland bougainville heichachiro guadalcanal yaeju-dake battleship fuyittsuki convention hackleback vandegrift enterprise horseshoe forrestal woodhouse hiroshima ikemiyagi troopship singapore doolittle yoshizumi steinbeck churchill chocolate freighter shigenori argentina peninsula korechika dereshuck blackburn zimmerman goncharov gushichan yoza-dake gushikawa yorichaka mitsumasa destroyer submarine yamaguchi bonaparte alexander hiromichi clarence minister tennozan decisive marshall thailand stebbins
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Sport Diving: The British Sub-Aqua Club Diving Manual by ANON. (£9.50)Publisher: Stanley Paul — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0091638313]Condition: Good. A reasonable reading copy only. Leans. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted.Description: From the cover: “The extraordinarily exhilarating sensation of weightlessness; the excitement of seeing -underwater life at close quarters; the sheer physical challenge and sense of adventure — all these things and more go to make up sport diving. It’s a sport which is attracting more and more people of all ages who, having learnt the correct techniques, can enjoy the element of risk without being in any way endangered by it.

In this invaluable book the distinguished contributors, each of whom backs theoretical knowledge with practical expertise, combine to provide all the essential information for the would-be sport diver. Every aspect of the sport is explained in straightforward language and illustrated with specially commissioned line drawings and photographs in colour and black and white.

A comprehensive guide to the required equipment, with full explanations of its use and maintenance, lead in to chapters on training, dive planning, seamanship, diving techniques, safety precautions and procedures and first aid. Finally there are notes on diving schools, special interests such as underwater photography, and British and world diving locations.

The British Sub-Aqua Club is diving’s governing body in the UK and this manual, which is used by their members in more than twenty-seven countries throughout the world, is the most authoritative work on the sport.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Mike Portelly. Size: 9¼" x 7¼". 255 pages. Tags: aqualung boats bsac buoyancy careers cliff club cold-water decompression dive diving drift drysuit equipment fresh-water hypoxia interests laws lifejackets locations low-visibility marine medical narcosis nitrogen open-water photography physics planning qualifications recreation regulator safety schools scuba seamanship shipwrecks shoal sickness snorkeling sports streams sub-aqua submarine sub-marine swimming techniques tidal tides training tropics underwater wetsuit wreck
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Wartime Courage: Stories of Extraordinary Courage by Ordinary People in World War Two by Gordon Brown (£9.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747596077]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly.Description: From the cover: “In these eleven stories of courage in the Second World War, Prime Minister Gordon Brown pays tribute to the heroism of that great generation of British men and women who took up arms against tyranny and overcame it. Some are accounts of decisive action taken in the searing heat of battle: early in the war Lieutenant Richard Stannard, RNR, showed steely calm and ingenuity during the retreat from Norway in 1940, winning a VC; while on D-Day, Company Sergeant Major Hollis of the Green Howards won his by storming a pillbox alone, paving the way for a crucial advance to higher ground. Other stories tell of great danger faced again and again: Graham Hayes and Geoffrey Appleyard of the Small Scale Raiding Force (forerunner of the SBS) carried out daring and innovative actions over many months off Africa and along the Normandy coast; while John Bridge, a physics teacher turned mine- and bomb-disposal officer, repeatedly practised his nerve-racking skills for six years, always aware that there were no second chances if things went wrong. Behind enemy lines the sangfroid and sheer endurance of clandestine operatives like Major Hugh Seagrim in occupied Burma and Violette Szabo in occupied France showed a daunting, almost mysterious form of courage; and on the home front two railwaymen risked their lives to save a small country town from devastation when their ammunition train caught fire.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 238 pages. Tags: thousand-bomber march-phillipps stoke-on-trent sub-lieutenant anti-submarine skellingthorpe sabbatarianism congregational pas-de-calais bergen-belsen buna-monowitz stirlingshire concentration warwickshire molenbeersel lincolnshire bedfordshire schopenhauer zig-zagging highlanders whissonsett afghanistan remembrance scharnhorst association ravensbruck mountbatten rolls-royce territorial marlborough arromanches corporation recruitment mesopotamia wallenberg lieutenant manchester cottesmore montgomery lighthouse simonstown sunderland commanders missionary madagascar baveystock submarines university casablanca bonhoeffer millennium
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Submarine by Jonathan Crane (£8.50)Publisher: London: British Broadcasting Corporation — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0563203269]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Sleek, secret, sinister. Submarines are the most formidable ships of the Royal Navy today. Traditionally, the world of submarines and submariners has been firmly closed to outsiders, partly because of the secret nature of submarine operations, but partly because such inscrutability serves to heighten the Submarine Service’s elite reputation.

For the BBC TV series Submarine producer Jonathan Crane spent one year negotiating with the Royal Navy before gaining unprecedented access to this unknown world. With a small film crew he spent many weeks on different types of British submarines during a variety of genuine operations. The series and this fully illustrated book trace the events as the nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine Warspite takes part in a major NATO exercise as an enemy submarine; investigate what life is like for the men who crew the giant Polaris submarines — and for their wives at home; and give a first-hand account of the extraordinary pressures on the ‘Perishers’, the group of experienced officers who must pass what has been described as the toughest course in the world in order to realise their ambition and command a submarine.

The book also traces the development of the submarine from the efforts of the brave and eccentric inventors who first went under the sea, and the British admiral who condemned it as ‘damned un-English’, through two world wars which were very nearly won by the submarine, and up to the present day when the next generation of submarine, to carry the Trident missile system, is under discussion.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: crane 0563203269 britain royal navy submarine forces submarines ships history boats naval operations
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The Last Mayday by Keith Wheeler (£8.50)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340042729]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a heavy, vertical, crease to the front flap. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.Description: Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾. Black boards with Red titling to the Spine. 333 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st english crew united states submarine distress signal international crisis russia usa america
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Kleber's Convoy by Antony Trew (£7.50)Publisher: Glasgow: Fontana/Collins — 1975Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006139868]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the covers and spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: First in this, paperback, edition.Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 191 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella short war 1939-1945 naval operations british submarine actions sea unit navies north britain second convoys ships fictional hms vengeful military
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Patriot Games by Tom Clancy (£7.00)Publisher: Harper Collins — 1993Binding: Paperback Condition: Good.Description: From the cover: “It is autumn. Years before the defection of the Soviet submarine Red October will pitch him against the Soviets, historian, ex-marine and CIA analyst Jack Ryan is enjoying a holiday in London with his wife and young daughter, when a savage terrorist attack takes place only yards from where he is standing. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved — the Prince and Princess of Wales and their baby son — and which enemies he has made — the Ulster Liberation Army, an ultra-left-wing splinter of the IRA.

His impulsive act and bravery have won him the gratitude of royalty and of the nation. But they have also roused the enmity and vengeance of that nation’s most dangerous men, men who do not sit on their hate. In the weeks and months to come, it is Jack Ryan and his family who will become the targets of that hatred.

Sweeping from England to Ireland to America with ever-growing momentum, its suspense steadily intensifying as Ryan summons all his skills to fight back against his fate, Patriot Games gives us a remarkable set of characters in the most desperate struggle of their lives. It puts us on the cutting edge of an insidious, deadly type of war: the international battle against terrorism.”
Tags: ~0425134350~ ryan jack fictitious character fiction international underground network terrorism intelligence service irish terrorists murky world counter english american writers texts
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Sea Leopard by Craig Thomas (£7.00)Publisher: Sphere — 1988Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0722184530]Condition: Very Good.Description: The British nuclear submarine HMS Proteus carries the most sophisticated anti-detection equipment in the world, codenamed Leopard. Her first mission is to chart the new Soviet underwater defence system which poses the most deadly threat to NATO's northern flank.Tags: Espionage and intrigue
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1918: The Year of Victories by Martin Marix Evans (£6.50)Publisher: Capella — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1841931144]Condition: Near Fine.Description: From the cover: “At the outset of 1918 Germany faced certain defeat as a result of Allied technical innovation in tanks and aircraft, and the American entry into the war. Victory could only be gained by the immediate application of overwhelming force in new tactical form; the ‘fire-waltz’ artillery barrage and the storm-trooper infantry attack. 1918 examines both the Germans’ tactics and the Allies’ preferred solution to fighting this war, the combination of artillery, tanks, infantry and aircraft, and argues that this reached a level of sophistication in command and control never before achieved. The war of attrition was far from over, but as more Americans arrived in France the ghastly cost became affordable. For the Germans, it became a question of whether they could negotiate an armistice before their armies were utterly destroyed.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 240 pages. Tags: blucher-yorck sophisticated unrestricted offensives submarine operation champagne americans ceorgette artillery destroyed soissons salient warfare western michael tactics french defeat months german allies somme front alone power final first world army tank air new and use war the act
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Attack & Sink: The Battle for Convoy SC42 by Bernard Edwards (£6.50)Publisher: New Guild — 1995Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1899694404]Condition: Very Good. Top corner of the upper wrap creased. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 199 pages. Tags: 9781899694402 merchantman 940.545941 destroyers operations submarine corvettes wolf-pack greenland 1939-1945 markgraf steaming canadian convoys edwards u-boats british bernard iceland history canada german enters convoy naval order royal arena world coast u-501 irish navy sc42 from war the
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Enemy in Sight by Alexander Kent (£6.50)Publisher: Arrow — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0099055201]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans slightly.Description: From the cover: “THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1793. Despite Britain’s successes, the outcome of the sea war is still in the balance. As soon as his ship’s refit is completed, Captain Richard Bolitho is ordered to join the blockade off the French coast. Hyperion’s new crew is still little better than a rabble. But if he is to be victorious, Bolitho must test them prematurely — and risk a court-martial if he fails…”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 376 pages. Tags: anglo-french fictitious operations historical battleship adventures destroyers seafaring character submarine admirals merchant cruisers novellas nautical maritime century sailing cruiser frigate warship fiction torpedo bolitho stories britain history battles modern marine vessel novels dinghy great liner naval ships craft ship boat war sea
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