Capricorn Books

Quick Search

Author
Title
Description
Keyword
Seller Id
ISBN
Advanced Search
 
 
Browse By Category
American History & Travel
Animation, Cartoons & Comics
Antiques & Collectibles
Architecture/Interior Design
Art - Book Illustration/Illustrators
Art - Canadian
Art - First Nations/Indigenous Art
Art - General
Art Instruction (Incl. Woodworking)
Books About Books
British History
Business, Finance
Canada - Architecture
Canada - Biography
Canada - British Columbia
Canada - Folklore/Mythology
Canada - General
Canada - Maritime Provinces
Canada - Native Peoples
Canada - Natural History

View all Categories
 
Gift Card
Checkout a Gift Card


 
Go To:

Global Book Town
The independent online bookstores on Global Book Town have nearly a million used, rare and out of print books.

 

 
 
 

Search

 - 21 items found in your search

Click on Title to view full description

 
THE MONS STAR:  THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 5th AUG.-22nd NOV. 1914., Ascoli, David.
1 Ascoli, David. THE MONS STAR: THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 5th AUG.-22nd NOV. 1914.
Harrap, London, 1981, first edition. 
250 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0245537856 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "The first campaign medal of the Great War - the 1914 Star - was struck in 1917. In October 1919, by command of the King, a bar bearing the dates '5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914' was awarded to all holders of the medal who had been under fire - i.e., 'within range of enemy mobile artillery' - in France and Flanders between the qualifying dates. Fewer than 230,000 bars were awarded. The r ecipients - and only they - were and are the Old Contemptibles. Their very special medal has come to be known, by hallowed tradition, as the 'Mons Star'; and this is their story...." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, 11 digit numbe r w r i t t e n in ink on back of free rear endpaper. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several tiny/small chips and tears along top edge, light rubbing. VG+/VG- 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
1812: NAPOLEON IN MOSCOW., Austin, Paul Britten.
2 Austin, Paul Britten. 1812: NAPOLEON IN MOSCOW.
Greenhill, London, 1995, first edition. 
264 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1853671959 B&w plates, maps. "Napoleon's Grand Armee waits at the gates of Moscow, preparing to enter in triumphal procession. But it finds a city abandoned by its inhabitants - save only the men who emerge to fan the flames as incediary fuzes hidden throughout the empty buildings of Moscow set the city alight. For three days Moscow burns, while looters dodge the fires to plunder and pillage. And so beings '1812: Napoleon in M oscow', Paul Britten Austin's atmospheric 'word-film' presented through the testimony of more than 100 of the people who witnessed and took part in the campaign. A large proportion of these close-up accounts have never been seen in English bef o r e . " Rubbing on fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, soft crease on spine, three minor dints on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
3 Barthorp, Michael. Series editor, Martin Windrow. THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES: THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, ITS CREATION AND EXPLOITS, 1902-14. OSPREY MILITARY ELITE SERIES 24.
London Osprey 1989 0850458986 / 9780850458985 Soft Cover Very Good Colour Plates By Pierre Turner. 
64 pp, 9 3/4" H. B&w photos, reproductions, map, 12 plates of uniform studies in full color. Contents: Preface; The Army and Reform 1902-14; The Expeditionary Force; The BEF in Action. Interior - previous owner's ink name stamp on inside of front cover, book lightly cracked at pages 14/15, otherwise clean with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very small light bump at bottom corner of covers and text block, book slightly cocked. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
4 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 SANDS OF DUNKIRK., Collier, Richard.
5 Collier, Richard. THE SANDS OF DUNKIRK.
London Collins 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
319 pp, 8 1/2" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs. "In May 1940, the German army and Luftwaffe drove a beaten army back across northern France to the Channel coast, cut off all lines of retreat and smashed the only port within reach; even Churchill feared 'the greatest military disaster of our long history'. Everybody knows that a third of a million British troops did escape to fight again another day. Many know at what a cost in ships and lives the rescue operation was carried out. But the whole astonishing story of Dunkirk as a human experience, of what it really meant to be there, has never yet been told. Now Richard Collier has written a vivid and authentic account based on exhaustive research and hundreds of interviews in England, France and Germany. For the first time we have, not the verdict of a military historian nor the creation of a novelist, but a narrative based on the experiences of those who were there as the enemy drew closer and the bombardment intensified - the bewildered skipper of a Thames barge, the helpless civilian, the soldier on the beach, the exhausted Stuka pilot, the stoical and the terrified." Previous owner's name stamp and date on free front endpaper, book is very slightly cocked, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, one small edge tear, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY:  THE LOST LEGACY OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE., Countess of Carnarvon.  (Lady Fiona Carnarvon.)
6 Countess of Carnarvon. (Lady Fiona Carnarvon.) LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY: THE LOST LEGACY OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE.
London Hodder & Stoughton 2011 1444730827 / 9781444730821 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Signed by Author
310 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w and colour photographs, reproductions. Signed by author on title page (signature only). "Almina was the illegitimate daughter of banking tycoon Alfred de Rothschild. She was his only daughter and he doted on her. She married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, at 19, with an enormous dowry. At first, life at Highclere was a dizzying mix of sumptuous banquets for 500 and even the occasional royal visitor. Almina oversaw 80 members of staff - many of whom came from families who had worked at Highclere for generations. But when the First World War broke out, life at Highclere, both upstairs and downstairs, changed forever. History intervened and Almina and the staff of Highclere were thrown into one of the most turbulent times of the last century. Almina was forced to draw on her deepest reserves of courage in order to ensure her family, the staff and the castle survived. This is the remarkable story of a lost time. But Highclere remains and in this book, Lady Carnarvon weaves Almina's journey and those of her family into the heritage and history of one of England's most exquisite Victorian stately homes." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor to very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LUCILLE TEASDALE:  DOCTOR OF COURAGE., Cowley, Deborah.  Inscribed by author.
7 Cowley, Deborah. Inscribed by author. LUCILLE TEASDALE: DOCTOR OF COURAGE.
XYZ Publishing, Montreal, 2005. 
177 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 1894852168 B&w photographs, map. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON FIRST PAGE. "Lucille Teasdale was determined to become a doctor and help children in need. She entered medical school in 1950 and was one of the f irst women in Quebec to receive a diploma as a surgeon. In 1961, she married an Italian doctor, Piero Conti, and went to northern Uganda with him. There, they established St. Mary's-Lacor Hospital. For over 35 years, they treated people w i t h c o n t agious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS. They continually expanded the services of the hospital and trained Ugandans to staff it. Dr. Lucille performed thousands of operations under extremely difficult conditions. W he n ci v il w ar b roke out in Uganda in the early 1970s, she was forced to become a war surgeon. Even though repeated rebel attacks on the hospital put their lives in constant peril, the couple stayed on to help the people who depended on th em for m edi ca l c are . Bef ore the world knew about HIV, Dr. Lucille contracted the virus when sharp bone fragments penetrated her rubber gloves in the course of performing an operation on a wounded soldier. She took precautions but contined to wo rk f or anot her ten yea rs to save lives and raise funds for the hospital. She spoke out boldly on HIV/AIDS and became an inspiring example to people living with the disease. She died of AIDS in 1996 and is buried in Uganda, on the grounds of Lacor Ho spita l." Inte rior - c lean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Near Fine 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
8 Dyer, Gwynne. IGNORANT ARMIES: SLIDING INTO WAR IN IRAQ.
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 2003, 2nd printing. 
189 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 0771029772 "Around the world thoughtful people are asking one vital question: How could an unspeakable terrorist act carried out by a small group of Islamist zealots, most of them Saudi Arabian, result in w ar being declared on Iraq, a country with a brutal but firmly secular government that had no known connection with 9/11? Is it a grotesque mistake, a sinister plot, or just the strategic equivalent of a highway pileup? Far too many politician s a n d journalists who should know better have swallowed the story that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the West, that his weapons of mass destruction are about to fall into the hands of suicidal terrorist fanatics, and that we must invade Iraq bef or e t he B east of Baghdad eats us, hair and all. And too few observers have pointed out that the weapons are not very dangerous, that Saddam has been successfully contained for over a decade without a war, and that the emperor has not clothes - --" Int eri or - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
DUNKIRK: 'THE STORMS OF WAR'., Harris, John.
9 Harris, John. DUNKIRK: 'THE STORMS OF WAR'.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1980. 
160 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0715378570 B&w photographs. "Packed with authentic atmosphere, the retreat and the desperate lifting of the weary soldiers is seen in its tragic entirety, often through first-hand reco llections of the men who were there. The story of Dunkirk is a dramatic epic of courage and confusion, resulting in a successful and often heroic evacuation....(Harris) describes in vivid detail how the evacuation developed, on a day-by-d a y b a s i s , and destroys more than one of the myths that have come to be associated with Dunkirk. However, the spirit, humour and drama that epitomised what came to be known as the 'spirit of Dunkirk' was, and is, undeniable. Illustrated wit h ma n y co nt em po ra r y photographs, this book provides a complete historical account of the lifting of the British expeditionary force in the first week of June 1940...." Tiny light stain in margin of pages 110/111, light edge wear, light wrin kl ing a t top /bo tto m o f s pi ne, faint finger marks on front endpapers. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, moderate wrinkling along top edge, very light rubbing, tiny tear at bottom of spine, small tear - taped on inside, old price sticker on fro nt fl ap. Ver y Go od/V ery Goo d 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE WESTERN FRONT.  ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I., Holmes, Richard.
10 Holmes, Richard. THE WESTERN FRONT. ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I.
TV Books, New York, 2000. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1575001470 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "The Western Front in World War I was the scene of devastating trench warfare and astonishing human loss: nearly 750,000 soldiers perished in the battles fought in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918. (This book) traces the path those soldiers took, and presents the political, military, and human dilemmas of a bitter and bloody war. (It) takes us through the major and most costly battles of the Western Front, many of which garnered dubious gains at best, and all of which were won only with great human sacrifice. The first battle of Ypres was not only a scene of heavy Allied losses, but was dubbed by the Germ ans the 'Massacre of the Innocents'; Verdun was a scene of astonishing casualties, where the professed goal of the German commander was to bleed the French forces to death; the fighting in the trenches of the Somme - a battle of attrition tha t l a s t e d six months - proved a turning point for the morale of the British Army and 'the muddy grave of the German field Army, and of the confidence in the infallibility of German leadership'; while the long wearing slog toward Passchendaele w as pa ve d wi th inept leadership and mutinies in the French forces before dreadful conditions simply ground the battle to a halt. Portraying the Western Front in stark and moving terms, Holmes draws not only from current scholarship, but also fr om l ett ers w rit ten by the soldiers and the stories of the survivors themselves." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, slight fading to color on spine. Very Good +/V er y Go od 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
MONS.  BATTLEGROUND EUROPE., Horsfall, Jack and Cave, Nigel.
11 Horsfall, Jack and Cave, Nigel. MONS. BATTLEGROUND EUROPE.
Leo Cooper, (Barnsley, 2000), Ist edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. B&w illustrations - photos, maps, reproductions. Contents: Elements of the German First Army at Mons; Elements of the BEF at Mons and in the Borinage; The Legend of the Angel of Mons; The Road to Mons; Sunday 23 August - The Morning; Mons - The afternoon of 23 August; Monday, 24 August - The Last Day; Tours. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Fine. 
Price: 16.95 USD
 
 
HITLER ON THE DOORSTEP.  OPERATION 'SEA LION': THE GERMAN PLAN TO INVADE BRITAIN, 1940., Kieser, Egbert.  Translated by Helmut Bogler.
12 Kieser, Egbert. Translated by Helmut Bogler. HITLER ON THE DOORSTEP. OPERATION 'SEA LION': THE GERMAN PLAN TO INVADE BRITAIN, 1940.
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 1997. 
287 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1557503907 B&w photographs, maps. "During the summer of 1940, the world held its breath. The greatest operation in German military history thus far - an invasion of the British Isles - was Hitler's next logical step. After the rapid overthrow of France, Great Britain was the only opponent still left. In London, the invasion was considered absolutely inevitable. Joseph Kennedy, the American Ambassador, described an even darker scenario in his reports to Washington. He not only questioned the effectiveness of the military defence, but considered the island kingdom to be in such a state of decadence and decay that any moral resistance would collapse under a German a s s a u l t . All Britain was convinced that the Germans would come. They had nothing left with which to oppose the German panzers. In only five weeks the Germans had crushed France and expelled the BEF from Belgium. Now those panzers stood on t he C ha nn el c oast, waiting for the order to send them to England. But it was remarkably difficult for the German military leadership to come to a decision. Greatest haste appeared to be called for if the unique opportunity were to be seized a nd the wa r e nde d w ith a short campaign in England. The Kriegsmarine had already converted all available ship space for the transportation of troops and brought it to the Channel coast. By day and by night, German bomber and fighter formations fl ew i nto Engl and to b reak British resistance. The Luftwaffe was to create the primary condition for Operation 'Sea Lion' - gaining command of the air, without which a landing on the English coast was impossible. The fight developed into the 'Bat tle o f Br itain ', i n whi ch the very existence of Great Britain was at stake. If the German squadrons could not only gain the upper hand in the air battles, but also destroy the major ports and paralyse British aircaft industry, nothing mor e wou ld sta nd in the w ay of the i nvasion. Those events and the decision made during Britian's nightmare summer of 1940 receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this book." Minor wrinkling at top of spine and tiny dint at bottom edge of fr ont bo ard. D ust ja cket ha s mino r rubbi ng, areas of light wrinkling along top edge. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MONS 1914:  THE BEF's TACTICAL TRIUMPH.  OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 49., Lomas, David and Dovey, Ed..  General editor David G. Chandler.
13 Lomas, David and Dovey, Ed.. General editor David G. Chandler. MONS 1914: THE BEF's TACTICAL TRIUMPH. OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 49.
(Osprey, London, 1997). 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated in b&w and color with photos, maps, battle plans, drawings. "The first major clash of the Great War, Mons came as a nasty shock to the Imperial German Army. Assured by their command that they would sweep through the French and their British allies in the BEF - 'that contemptible little army', into the sea in a matter of weeks; they were stopped in their tracks at Mons by a numerically inferior British force. Eventually forced to fall back by overwhelming German numbers, the British carried out a masterful fighting retreat across Belgium and northern France." "The Osprey Campaign Series presents concise, authoritative accounts of the great conflicts of history. Each volume begins with an assessment of each commander'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 the campaign. Each volume concludes with a brief guide to the battlefield today, and detailed notes for wargamers." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine. NF 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
FIRST YPRES 1914:  THE GRAVEYARD OF THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES.  OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 58., Lomas, David.  Battlescene plates by Ed Dovey..  General editor David G. Chandler.
14 Lomas, David. Battlescene plates by Ed Dovey.. General editor David G. Chandler. FIRST YPRES 1914: THE GRAVEYARD OF THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES. OSPREY MILITARY CAMPAIGN SERIES 58.
(Osprey, Oxford, 1998), Ist edition. 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated in b&w and color with photos, maps, battle plans, drawings. "In the Autumn of 1914 the professional BEF fought its last battle, aided by French troops under Foch, against a heavily reinforced German drive for the channel ports. Although the Germans failed to break through, the death knell had rung for the 'Old Contemptibles' as they were virtually wiped out in this brave defence. The names of the towns of La Bassee, Armentieres, Messines and Ypres first became known in this campaign and their echoes would be heard for the next four years." "The Osprey Campaign Series presents concise, authoritative accounts of the great conflicts of history. Each volume begins with an assessment of each commander'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 the campaign. Each volume concludes with a brief guide to the battlefield today, and detailed notes for wargamers." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine. NF 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
CALL TO ARMS: THE BRITISH ARMY 1914-18., Messenger, Charles.
15 Messenger, Charles. CALL TO ARMS: THE BRITISH ARMY 1914-18.
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005 0297846957 / 9780297846956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
574 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "(B)y the end of the war, over 8.5 million men had been recruited by Britain and the average field strength of its armies was 3.3 million men. For the first time, Britain found itself obliged to field land forces equal to those of its Continental neighbours. Moreover, however uncertain its beginnings, by 1918 this was an army that had become the most effective fighting force on the Western Front. In this exceptional account of the administration of the British Army in the First World War, Messenger charts how this unprecedented new force was raised, trained and deployed. He looks in detail at the problems of recruitment and training and at the difficulties of integrating regular troops with volunteers, and, later, conscripted men. The central question of manpower, both on the home front and in the trenches, above all after the first enthusiastic flood of volunteers had dried up, is examined in illuminating depth. He decribes how morale was sustained among men wholly unused to military life but fighting a war in which death was dealt out on an industrial scale. He looks, too, at the role of women, who for the first time played a significant role in a major conflict. Discipline, courts martial, the treatment of the wounded, the provision of clothing, the huge difficulties of feeding such a vast force, the awarding of medals and other honours, officer selection and the training of the Staff are just some of the themes in this magisterial new survey of the organization of Britain's Army in the First World War. Very slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
16 Mosier, John. THE MYTH OF THE GREAT WAR: A NEW MILITARY HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I
New York HarperCollins 2001 0060196769 / 9780060196769 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
381 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w maps. "Based on a decade of research into previously unused French and German sources, (this book) shows what actually happened at the front as the participants perceived it at the time, as opposed to what French and British commanders and governments claimed. John Mosier, who visited all the major battlefields, describes and analyzes campaigns that are routinely neglected or ignored and shows why conventional accounts of such major battles as Verdun are incorrect. He explains how German tactics, weapons, training and leadership were consistently superior, and why the endless, ineffective attacks of the French and British with inferior weapons and battle tactics of the previous century resulted in mindless slaughter and defeat. Mosier also discusses the major military leaders on both sides - including Joffre, Petain, Foch, Gallieni, French, Haig, Wilson, Moltke, Ludendorff, Falkenhayn, Mudra, and Pershing. The French and British military controlled, suppressed, and manipulated all battlefield reports. German losses were magnified; failures became successes, defeats victories. Allied intelligence was grossly inaccurate and inadequate, and the result was a distorted picture of what was really happening. Absorbing and persuasive, 'The Myth of the Great War' is a striking new assessment of the military realities of World War I." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, faint finger print at fore-edge of free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
17 Neillands, Robin. THE GREAT WAR GENERALS ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-18.
London Robinson 1999 1854879006 / 9781854879004 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
549 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(C)hallenges the popular myth about the incompetence and callousness of the Great War generals and examines the events that took place on the Western Front through the eyes of these same officers to explain the circumstances that led them to plan and fight as they did. (Asks) the questions: Why was Britain so unprepared for a European war in 1914?; What role did the British politicians play?; What was the truth behind Anglo-French relations?; Can the Australians and Canadians really take credit for the great victories of the War?; Was the arrival of the American army really decisive?; Was any general really equipped with the knowledge and information to deal with the horrors of trench warfare?; How much of what we now believe about the Great War is true? This thoroughly researched and controversial book shatters many assumptions about the leadership of the Great War and the myth of the Great War generals. It must be read by anyone seeking the real story of the First World War." Tiny bump at corner of boards, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top, very slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has kight to moderate edge wrinkling, soft crease down spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
1940:  MYTH AND REALITY., Ponting, Clive.
18 Ponting, Clive. 1940: MYTH AND REALITY.
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1990, first edition. 
263 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0241126681 "(Ponting's) historical detective work uncovers, with devastating effect, the often disturbing facts which have been deliberately hidden until now. He reveals governmental b lunders and incompetence and the subsequent attempts at covering them up. This is the story of a bankrupt and virtually powerless Britain, its population low in morale and forced to suffer squalid makeshift conditions. Even the closely gua r d e d s e c ret of Britain's attempts at appeasement at a late stage, after Churchill had become Prime Minister, has been carefully reconstructed. On the edge of defeat, the country had to rely on the United States to enable it to continue in th e wa r. ( He ) do es not denigrate the heroism of individuals remembered for their bravery, but he gives a startling account of Dunkirk, of the British government's stormy relations with France, the RAF's role in the Battle of Britain and Churchill 's le ade r sh ip. We see the government on the brink of forcing Ulster into a united Ireland, and the use of an actor to impersonate Churchill in his famous broadcasts over the radio...." Slight wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light soiling ma rk on t op o f tex t bl o ck. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, slight fading to spine color, one tiny closed tear at bottom for front flap-fold. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FIRST WORLD WAR (3).  THE WESTERN FRONT 1917-1918.  OSPREY ESSENTIAL HISTORIES 22., Simkins, Peter.
19 Simkins, Peter. THE FIRST WORLD WAR (3). THE WESTERN FRONT 1917-1918. OSPREY ESSENTIAL HISTORIES 22.
Osprey, Oxford, 2002. 
95 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 1841763489 B&w photographs, color maps/battle plans. "...describes the last great battles of attrition at Arras, on the Aisne and at Passchendaele in 1917. Then (Simkins) moves on to relate the succe ssive offensives launched by Germany in the spring and summer of 1918 in an effort to achieve victory or a favourable peace before American manpower proved decisive. Again, questioning and correcting several myths and long-held assumptions a b o u t t h e nature and conduct of war on the Western Front, the author also looks at the aftermath and legacy of the 'war to end wars'." Interior - very small # 0 in ink on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Ex te ri or - ve ry minor rubbing, bump to bottom rear corner - migrates into last half of pages. Very Good 
Price: 9.95 USD
 
 
20 Sumner, Ian. Series Editor, Marcus Cowper. THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE MARNE 1914: THE FRENCH 'MIRACLE' HALTS THE GERMANS. OSPREY CAMPAIGN SERIES 221,
Oxford Osprey 2010 1846035023 / 9781846035029 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ Graham Turner. 
96 pp, 9 3/4" H. B&w and colour illustrations (photographs, maps, battlescenes). Contents: Opening Moves; Chronology; Opposing Commanders (Allied commanders - German commanders); Opposing Forces (Allied forces - German forces - Orders of battle); Opposing Plans; The First Battle of the Marne (The battle of the Ourcq, 5-9 September - The battle of the Saint-Gond marshes, 6-10 September - The battle of the two Morins, 6-11 September); Aftermath (conclusion); The Battlefield Today; Further Reading; Index. "The battle of the Marne was one of the decisive encounters of World War I, in which France's victory almost certainly saved her from being knocked out of the war. Following the German invasion of Belgium and northern France, the French were defeated in a series of battles along the frontiers between 14 and 25 August. However, the German right flank had become overextended, enabling the French commander General Joffre to launch a series of counter-attacks. After six days of fighting the Germans realized that their plan to defeat France quickly had failed and they retreated to the Noyon-Verdun line, where the trench warfare of the Western Front began." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light wear at corners of front cover, two very small ddints on fron cover. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
  1  2  NEXT >  


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to [email protected]
Copyright©2019. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie