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CHICKAMAUGA 1863: THE RIVER OF DEATH.  OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 17., Arnold, James R.
1 Arnold, James R. CHICKAMAUGA 1863: THE RIVER OF DEATH. OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 17.
Osprey, London, 1992 first edition. 
96 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1855322633 "Chickamauga - an Indian name meaning 'River of Death' - was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Fought in densely wooded terrain just south of Chattanooga, this was to be the great est western-theatre battle of the conflict, a hard-fought victory for the Confederates that halted the advance of Rosecrans' Union Army of the Cumberland into Tennessee." "Each volume (of the Campaign series) begins with an assessment of each comm a nder's campaign strategy, then recounts the progress of the fighting, blow-by-blow. More than 90 illustrations, including maps, charts and colour plates accompany the text, and a series of three-dimensional battle maps mark the critical stages of t he campaign. Each volume concludes with a brief guide to the battlefield today, and detailed notes for wargamers." Small Christmas notation, date and signature in pencil on title page; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. E xte rior - very light corner wear, light rubbing large soft corner crease on rear cover, two small soft corner creases. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
A LITERARY & HISTORICAL ATLAS OF ASIA.  EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY NO. 633., Bartholomew, J.G.
2 Bartholomew, J.G. A LITERARY & HISTORICAL ATLAS OF ASIA. EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY NO. 633.
London J.M. Dent & Sons Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
226 pp, 6 7/8" H. No publication date, but an early edition as there is no mention of the First World War. Map endpapers, decorated title page. Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w maps, plus 10 plates depicting coins. "(T)he present volume deals with the countries of Asia, whose history and geography, and whose possibilities great and grave, are alike reflected in the maps and charts that follow. When Queen Elizabeth (I) granted to certain merchants of London a charter that gave them a roving commission to trade in the East Indies, she could not foresee the immense developments that were to rise from that adventurous commerce between east and west. The successive maps of India with their frontier changes mark the gradual advance of an old world toward the new one knit by powerful mutual ties to the Isle of Britain; and recently we have seen what it is to be hoped will open a greater era for those regions, marked by a return to the old captial of Delhi, and a resuming of ancient rites which first gained their symbolism in those lands. But Asia, as Japan has taught us and as China will undoubtedly teach us again, has her own destiny to bear out, apart from our European interests and politics; and it is in that aspect we need to study her on the lines laid down and made clear and positive in this volume. It is not the military records, the charts of mutinies and battle-fields, interesting as they are, which are alone important; but those showing the conditions, physical and climatic, of the country; the dispersion of the tongues, the sites of the old religions, the wealth and tillage of the earth with its fruits, grain and minerals, its rice fields and tea plantations; the prevalance of rain, sun and trade-winds; and the course of the sea-roads that affect its human and industrial life...In this Asian Atlas, of small dimensions as it requires to be to fit its pocket, Irkutsk in the north, 'far Mandalay', the details of the East and West Indies, the route of Marco Polo, coasts like the Carnatic, towns like Lucknow and Cawnpore, Lhasa, 'the Forbidden City' of Tibet, and Matsuye, the old capital of Idzumo, which Lafcadio Hearn describes, all have their record." Includes "A Brief Survey of the Coinages of Asia from the Earliest Times to the Present Day" by J. Allan, "A Gazetteer of Towns and Places in Asia having an Historic Interest" and an Index. Slight fading to spine color, small are of minor color loss on top of text block, very light browning to edges of text block, minor edge wear, small dplit in paper of front inside hinge, browning to pages 110/111 due to laid in newspaper clipping, slight browning to free endpapers - tiny foxing mark on front endpaper. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light fading to spine and flap-fold color, small tear at botom of spine, very tiny white mark on front panel. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
BLACK MOSES:  THE REAL UNCLE TOM., Beattie, Jessie L.
3 Beattie, Jessie L. BLACK MOSES: THE REAL UNCLE TOM.
Toronto Ryerson Press 1957 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
215 pp, 8 5/8" H. B&w illustrations. "This is the story of the life of Josiah Henson, an ex-slave who escaped to Canada and founded the Negro refugee colony in Dawn, Ontario. Using his own memoirs and other contemporary sources, Miss Beattie has given us an authentic and exciting picture of this arresting figure in Canadian life, whose early years provided Harriet Beecher Stowe with material for her character of Uncle Tom. In its mixture of tragedy and happiness, of hope and despair, of grim struggle and triumphant achievement, this is the saga of an oppressed race in its slow and painful advance to freedom, in which Canada played so notable a part." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, light soiling - mainly on rear panel, a few small edge tears and tiny chips, scuffing at bottom part of spine, small light stain on front flap-fold - shows mainly on inside surface. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
4 Beaty, David. STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: MYSTERIES OF THE AIR.
London Methuen 1982 0413397602 / 9780413397607 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
160 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "Why did the airship R101 crash on her voyage to India? How did the great Australian pioneer aviatior, Charles Kingsford-Smith, leave such a trail of death behind him when he disappared in 'Lady Southern Cross' in 1935? How did the pilots of the Fairey Postal Mono-plane in 1929 know that they were going to die? Why did so many of the first women who tried to emulate Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic disappear in mysterious circumstances? What was the jinx that befell Stratocruiser propellers in the 1950s, and was it a coincidence that two Stratocruiser captains met in mid-Atlantic on Christmas Day 1957? What was the strange link between the Comet take-off accidents and the Comets that exploded in mid-air? Many flying mysteries of the past have since been explained by the advance of technology, but many remain, particularly those connected to time, coincidence and precognition of events. None of the aircraft disasters described in this book, which have taken place this century in uncertain and even mysterious circumstances, have ever been fully eplained." Very light browning to pages and edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very minor rubbing, very minor edge wrinkling, tiny scuff on rear flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
5 Braun, Lilian Jackson. THE CAT WHO KNEW A CARDINAL.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, (1991), uncorrected proof for limited distribution. 
240 pp, 8vo, soft cover. UNCORRECTED ADVANCE PROOF COPY. "Qwill, Koko, and Yum Yum return for another adventure '400 miles north of everywhere' in the twelfth episode of the extraordinarily popular Cat Who...series." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear/rubbing, small scuff at top of spine, spine flat and uncreased. VG+ 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
6 Brayley, Martin. Series editor, Martin Windrow. THE BRITISH ARMY 1939-45 (1) NORTH-WEST EUROPE. OSPREY MEN-AT-ARMS SERIES 354. (I)
Oxford Osprey 2001 1841760528 / 9781841760520 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Colour Plates By Mike Chappell. 
48 pp, 9 3/4" H. B&w photographs, drawings, diagrams, map. 8 pages of colour uniform studies. "The Second World War was Britain's last as a world power; it was a citizen's war, in which most British men and women were mobilised. For a year it saw Britain standing alone aginst the fascist dictatorships; and winning it cost the sacrifice of the entire national wealth. This first title of three describes and explains the uniforms developed for European service. It traces the appearance of the 'Tommy' from pre-war mobilisation, through the years of defeat and endurance, to the final return to Europe on D-Day and the long fighting advance to northern Germany by the spring of 1945. Uniform information is supported by a campaign summary, infantry organisation tables, lists of arms and services, and basic specifications of a number of heavy weapons." Interior - small ghost sticker mark at top inside corner of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - crease down front cover near spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY, Burland, C. A.
7 Burland, C. A. THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY
London Arthur Barker 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
196 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w illustrations. "From the earliest time man has been fascinated by visions and dreams, and by the discovery that there were men who could, by magical powers, improve a crop or foretell the weather. As civilization grew there were demands for knowledge which would give control over other men or protection from the wiles of enemies. The study of magic and counter magic became important in the policy of states. Later magic was denounced as a work of the Devil, and then the Devil himself was demoted to become a laughing stock. Yet even nowadays there exist in the most advanced nations societies devoted to magical practices, who deal in strange rituals, and promote the interests of their membership against all enemies. A careful study shows that there is a good deal of scientific knowledge involved in the vast and complex network of 'magical' practice today. This book sets out to show some of the main lines of influence which have led to the present traditions. It treats the subject as if if were a tapestry of many strands each of which has a line of origin from which it traverses like a weft thread on the warp of universal psychological experience. This book is a short history of a complex development. It is planned as a groundwork from which the interested reader can advance to further detailed studies." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small slight bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears, jacket has been laminated for protection and to prevent further deterioration over the center portion (panels, spine and flap-folds). 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
ADVANCE FORCE PEARL HARBOR: THE IMPERIAL NAVY'S UNDERWATER ASSAULT ON AMERICA., Burlingame, Burl.
8 Burlingame, Burl. ADVANCE FORCE PEARL HARBOR: THE IMPERIAL NAVY'S UNDERWATER ASSAULT ON AMERICA.
Pacific Monograph, Kailua, Hawaii, 1992. 
480 pp, 10" H, soft cover with self-flaps. ISBN 0962922714 B&w photographs, drawings, diagrams, maps. "Drawn from American and Japanese sources, (this) is the first comprehensive examination of the Imperial Navy's submarine assault on America. R elegated by most historians to a lesser role in the saga of Pearl Harbor, the role of Japanese submarines and the spirited and highly successful American defense against them is highlighted and placed in its proper perespective." - James P. Delg a l o . Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - bump at top of rear hinge/spine area - migrates into pages/gutter, small bump on rear edge of spine, light scuff across bottom of text block, tiny tear with slight cr ea se a t bottom edge of front cover. Very Good- 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
BIRMINGHAM PALS:  14th, 15th & 16th (SERVICE) BATTALIONS OF THE ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT.  A HISTORY OF THE THREE CITY BATTALIONS RAISED IN BIRMINGHAM IN WORLD WAR ONE., Carter, Terry.  Foreword by Dr Carl Chinn.
9 Carter, Terry. Foreword by Dr Carl Chinn. BIRMINGHAM PALS: 14th, 15th & 16th (SERVICE) BATTALIONS OF THE ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT. A HISTORY OF THE THREE CITY BATTALIONS RAISED IN BIRMINGHAM IN WORLD WAR ONE.
Pen & Sword, Barnsley, 1997. 
288 pp, 4to (12 7/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0850525470 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps, reproductions. Contents: Foreword; Prelude; Birmingham; Birmingham: August 1914; Birmingham Pals: The Turn of the Middle Class; Training Comme nces - 'Berlin via Sutton'; 14th, 15th & 16th Royal Warwicks: Birmingham Pals to France; The Arras Front; The Somme: July to October 1916; October 1916 to December 1917: La Bassee, Vimy Ridge, Arras and 3rd Ypres; December 1917 to November 1 9 1 8 : I t a ly, Nieppe Forest and the Advance to Victory; Conclusion; Gallantry Awards; Roll of Honour; Acknowledgements. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - Very light edge wear, light rubbing to glossy cove rs , ti ny co rn er creases. Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
GULLY RAVINE.  BATTLEGROUND EUROPE - GALLIPOLI., Chambers, Stephen.
10 Chambers, Stephen. GULLY RAVINE. BATTLEGROUND EUROPE - GALLIPOLI.
Leo Cooper, (Barnsley, 2003), Ist edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. B&w illustrations - photos, maps, reproductions. Contents: The Advance on Krithia; The Valley of Death - The Battle of the Fourth of June; The Plan; The Battle of Gully Ravine, 28 June - 5 July; The Aftermath; Trench Warfare at Gully Ravine; Gully Ravine Today; Tours; Appendices - Instructions and Order of 29 Division for 28 June 1915; Gully Ravine Order of Battle; Turkish units in action at Gully Ravine. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear and rubbing. NF 
Price: 16.95 USD
 
 
AUSTERLITZ 1805:  BATTLE OF THE THREE EMPERORS.  OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 2., Chandler, David G.
11 Chandler, David G. AUSTERLITZ 1805: BATTLE OF THE THREE EMPERORS. OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 2.
Osprey, Oxford, 1999, reprint. 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 0850459575 Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with maps/battle plans, reproductions, uniform studies. "Austerliz 1805 was the battle that established Napoleon's reputation: a classic example of th e general's masterly use of deception to lure his enemy into a carefully devised trap. Beginning with the bold and crushing advance of the French Army from the Rhine to the Danube, David Chandler describes the envelopment of Mack's army at U l m , t h e manoeuvres to Austerlitz and the brilliant counter-attack that resulted in decisive defeat for the Austro-Russian Army....concludes with a brief guide to the battlefield today, and detailed notes for wargamers." Interior - very sma ll i nk c i rc le a t top corner of first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor soiling on bottom of text block. Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
JENA 1806:  NAPOLEON DESTROYS PRUSSIA.  OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 20., Chandler, David G.
12 Chandler, David G. JENA 1806: NAPOLEON DESTROYS PRUSSIA. OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 20.
Osprey, London,1994, reprint. 
96 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1855322854 Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans, uniform studies. Contents: Descent to War - 1806; Plans and Preparations: Prussian War Plans - Napoleon's Op erational Plan; 'The Battalion Square' in Action; The Opposing Commanders: The French Commanders in 1806 - Prussian Commanders in 1806; The Opposing Armies: The Grande Armee of 1806 - The Prussian and Saxon Armies of 1806; The Battle of Jen a : T h e B a ttle Opens at Jena - The Struggle for Rodigen - The Blunders of Marshal Ney - Jena, The Coup de Grace; Auerstadt: The Growing Battle for Hassenhausen - The French Advance; Aftermath and an Accounting: An All-Out Exploitation - An Arm y El i mi na te d - A n Incomplete Achievement; The Battlefields Today; Chronology; A Guide to Further Reading; Wargaming Jena-Auerstadt. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE WAR: THE BATTLES OF IUKA & CORINTH., Cozzens, Peter.
13 Cozzens, Peter. THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE WAR: THE BATTLES OF IUKA & CORINTH.
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1997. 
390 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0807823201 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "During the late summer of 1862, Confederate forces launched a three-pronged strategic advance into the North in both major theaters of t he war. The results of this offensive - the only coordinated Confederate attempt to carry the conflict to the enemy - were disastrous. In the eastern theater, Lee was forced out of Maryland after his defeat at Antietam, and in the West, Bra g g w a g e d a dismal campaign and had to retreat from Kentucky. The third prong of the Confederate offensive, the northern Mississippi campaign, culminated in devastating defeats at Iuka and Corinth that ultimately opened the way for Grant's cam pa ig n a ga in st Vicksburg. Peter Cozzens here presents the first book-length study of the battles of Iuka and Corinth...(and) details the tactical aspects of each battle, analyzing troop movements down to the regimental level. In addition to a v ivi d and de tai led battle narrative, Cozzens provides compelling portraits of the campaign's key leaders: Generals Grant, Rosecrans, Van Dorn, and Price. He exposes the consequences of their clashing ambitions and antipathies....Finally, (h e) a naly ze s th e la rger , st rategic implications of the northern Mississippi campaign, exploring the repercussions of the Confederate defeat suffered at Iuka and Corinth." One slight small corner bump, very light wrinkling at op/bottom of spin e. D ust j ack et ha s ver y min or ed ge wrinkling. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GREEKS, ROMANS AND BARBARIANS: SPHERES OF INTERACTION., Cunliffe, Barry.
14 Cunliffe, Barry. GREEKS, ROMANS AND BARBARIANS: SPHERES OF INTERACTION.
B.T. Batsford, London, 1988, first edition. 
243 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0713452730 B&w maps, plans, graphs. "....uses 'hard' archaeological evidence to examine the social and economic systems of barbarian Europe in relation to Greco-Roman civilization. B eginning with the settlement of Greek colonists on the French Mediterranean coast in c.600 BC, this is a lucid study of the effects of trade in advance of the frontiers on the barbarian communities beyond. At the same time it is a chronic l e o f t h e march of Greco-Roman civilization across the face of Europe, ending in the great barbarian migrations of the 4th and 5th centuries AD." Heavy bump to top corner of boards and textblock - mainly at front less at rear, one or two pag es w i th t i ny c re a se at top edge, faint soiling mark on top of textblock. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has creasing at top of flap-folds and spine - light edge wrinkling elsewhere, light rubbing - a few very small dints on rear panel. Ve ry Goo d- /Ve ry Go od 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
SASKATOON:  A CENTURY IN PICTURES., Delainey, William P.; Duerkop, John D.; Sarjeant, William A.S.
15 Delainey, William P.; Duerkop, John D.; Sarjeant, William A.S. SASKATOON: A CENTURY IN PICTURES.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Western Producer Prairie Books 1982 0888330901 / 9780888330901 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
177 pp, 11 1/4" H. "Saskatoon began as a vision of the Temperance Colonization Society. Its members formulated a scheme for a colony in the West where a way of life free from the evils of alcohol might be fostered. Early in the spring of 1882, an advance party travelled by rail and wagon to examine their grant of land and to choose the administrative site for the settlement. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the temperance ideals had become secondary to boosterism. By 1905 discussions were underway to amalgamate the original Nutana settlement with 'Saskatoon' and Riversdale on the west side of the river. Their combined population of 4,500 allowed Saskatoon a charter under city status in 1906. By 1908 the city was served by three railway companies and the 'Hub City' station was one of the busiest in the West. (This book) brings the story of the city to life through nearly 300 photographs. It registers changes through two world wars, during the periods of prosperity and recession, into the optimism of the fifties and sixties and the more speculative expansion of the seventies." Christmas gift inscription in ink on front free endpaper, book is lightly cocked, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor glue residue at top edge of rear endpapers. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine ans flap-folds, light rubbing including faint scratches, 2" edge tear with old tape on inside, two tiny edge tears. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
DEFENCE OF THE NATION., Dewar, Michael.
16 Dewar, Michael. DEFENCE OF THE NATION.
Arms & Armour, London, 1989, first edition. 
144 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0853688362 B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "In this carefully structured explanatory volume, the author charts the history of the defence of Britain and the threats it has faced, befo re discussing the constituents of home defence policy, from the role of the armed forces, reservist units, police and local government, to the warning and monitory systems available, the means by which key points would be protected and the t r a i n i n g undertaken by those involved to maintain a state of readiness. As we enter an era where many previously perceived threats are thought to be reducing, the need for vigilance and preparation has not yet been removed. Whether, as has b ee n pr op os ed , f uture home defence practices become interwoven with an all hazards approach to the subject - where defence facilities could switch to non military emergencies and disasters - or the status quo is maintained, the protection of th e c ou ntr y a nd its p eo ple should be studied outside the boundaries of political debate and beyond biased viewpoints. This volume will benefit reasoned discussion and advance knowledge of this crucial subject." Very light wrinkling at top /bot tom of spin e, s lig ht w avi nes s to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has very light browning at edges, light to moderate edge wrinkling, light rubbing to panels. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SHERLOCK HOLMES: COMPLETE STORIES.  5 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE:  THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / HIS LAST BOW:  SOME REMINISCENCES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES., Doyle, Arthur Conan.  Introduced by Peter Cushing.
17 Doyle, Arthur Conan. Introduced by Peter Cushing. SHERLOCK HOLMES: COMPLETE STORIES. 5 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / HIS LAST BOW: SOME REMINISCENCES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES / THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.
London Folio Society 1993 Hard Cover Near Fine Francis Mosley. 
317 pp, 257 pp, 327 pp, 204 pp, 250 pp, 8 3/4" H in black five-volume slipcase with with lettering and illustration of a magnifying glass in gold on front panel. First printing. Bound in full green-brown cloth with design in black by David Eccles; dark brown endpapers. Eccles's binding design shows silhouettes of Holmes and Watson which advance across the binding with each volume. When the spines are lined up in order, the silhouette of Holmes, in deerstalker hat with pipe and magnifying glass, appears. B&w illustrations by Francis Mosley. The volumes comprise: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories); The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (11 short stories); The Return of Sherlock Holmes (13 short stories); His Last Bow, Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes (8 short stories; and, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (12 short stories). The Return of Sherlock Holmes has a very small mark of light glue on front board (probably from manufacturing process). Slipcase has a light bump/wrinkle on one rear edge, most panels have scattered light white rub marks - more on bottom panel. 
Price: 120.00 USD
 
 
THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT (THE 29th AND 36th REGIMENTS OF FOOT).  FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES., Gale, Richard.  Introduction by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks.
18 Gale, Richard. Introduction by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks. THE WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT (THE 29th AND 36th REGIMENTS OF FOOT). FAMOUS REGIMENTS SERIES.
London Leo Cooper 1970 0850520312 / 9780850520316 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
122 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. "Since their formation in 1694 as Farrington's Regiment the Worcestershire Regiment (bearing the numbers 29 and 36) has achieved almost unique status, being one of the only four British regiments to have an English motto and one of the only two to bear the elongated garter star as a badge as well as having a naval crown above it. This last distinction was awarded to them for the part they played whilst serving as Marines in the British fleet at the action known as 'the Glorious First of June'. Subsequently they distinguished themselves in the Peninsular War and the Sikh Wars, and they are remembered in more recent times for their superb action at Gheluvelt in 1914 when by closing the gap in the British line they saved Ypres and halted the German advance to the Channel ports. Later they fought doggedly at Neuve Chappelle and in all gained nine V.C.s during the Great Wa r. In the 1939-1945 War they raised twelve battalions and fought, as their nickname 'Guards of the Line' suggests, with great gallantry and steadiness all over the world. Gazala-Point 187, Normandy, Kohima and Mandalay are but a few of the names familiar to the Worcesters. Now the Regiment is to be amalgamated with the Sherwood Foresters. On the cap-badge of the new Regiment the motto 'Firm' stands out, permanently signifying the intention to continue the traditions of loyalty and service. General Gale, one of the Regiment's most distinguished sons, has here written a colourful account of the history of one of our great County Regiments." Includes a chapter on 'Traditions and Customs' and the music for 'Royal Windsor'. Previous owner's small stamp on front endpapers, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light fading to spine and at top/bottom edges of boards, tiny bump at top edge of front board, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light browning on spine and flap-folds, very small sicker pull on front panel, light edge wrinkling, light rubbing and soiling, two tiny edge tears, two small closed tears with creases - taped on inside. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
SECRET SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II's HEROIC ARMY OF DECEPTION., Gerard, Philip.
19 Gerard, Philip. SECRET SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II's HEROIC ARMY OF DECEPTION.
Dutton, New York, 2002, first edition. 
400 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 052596640 B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he incredible story of an extraordinary group of American artists, designers, and engineering wizards who became America's unsung heroes o f the Second World War....The men of the 23d Headquarters Special Troops were recruited to become phantom warriors in a ghost army to help win the Battle of Europe. They fought in more campaigns, from D-Day to the Rhine River, with more All i e d a r m i es, than any other unit in the European Theater of Operations - yet not even their fellow American soldiers were aware of their presence. After Douglas Fairbanks Jr., USNR, completed a tour of England and its special forces installat io ns , t he H ol ly wood star convinced the Navy brass to train an elite unit that eventually evolved into the only Army force of its kind - a top-secret band of unknown heroes. These elite soldiers counted among their number designer Bill Blass and pa in te r E lls wor th Kelly, and were inspired by Hilton Howell Railey, the 'P.T. Barnum of Deception'. The Special Troops' mission was twofold: to deceive the German army into believing that the Allies possessed more troops and materiel tha n th ey a ctu all y di d an d, e ven more heroically, to draw enemy fire on their position to allow other units to advance free of lethal resistance. Through the art of camouflage, sonic deception, and illusion this extraordinary troops of brave, ingen ious men save d cou ntles s Ame rica n lives - while sometimes losing their own. From the use of inflatable rubber tanks and howitzers to elaborate sound effects, fake radio transmissions, special effects artillery fire, and other elements of stage craft , th ese s hadow soldie rs put thei r lives on the line for their brother soldiers and for their country - only to disappear from history and memory." Remainder mark across bottom of book. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, s mall re mainde r mar k at b ottom edge of both p anels. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
20 Gilbert, Martin. THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME: THE HEROISM AND HORROR OF WAR.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2006 0771035470 / 9780771035470 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
332 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(O)n 1 July 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 733 of 801 men in the 1st Newfoundland Regiment were killed. From their starting position in a British support trench, the Newfoundlanders had to cross some 230 metres of fire-swept ground before they reached their own front line. In less than a half-hour, it was all over. The divisional commander wrote of the Newfoundland effort: 'It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault failed of success because dead men can advance no further.' Well might the Germans refer to the Battle of the Somme as das Blutbad - the bloodbath. From 1 July to 15 November 1916, a period of just 138 days, more than 310,000 soldiers from four great armies, the British, Canadian, French, and German, were killed. The German death toll on the Somme was larger than that of all the Allied forces combined. The heroism of the Dominion troops moved British prime minister David Lloyd George to write: 'The Canadians played a part of such distinction that thenceforth they were marked as storm troops. Coming into the line, they prepared for the worst.' After four and a half months of fighting, the Allied armies had not reached the line they set for themselves for the first day of battle. In this vivid, deeply researched account of one of history's most destructive battles, (the author) tracks (it) through the experiences of footsoldiers, generals, and everyone in between. Interwoven with photographs, journal entries, original maps, and documents from every stage and level of planning, (this book) is the most authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning point in the Great War." Slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
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