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BOMBER COMMAND / COSTAL COMMAND / FLEET AIR ARM / ARK ROYAL / ATLANTIC BRIDGE - 5 ITEMS., Air Ministry / Admiralty.
1 Air Ministry / Admiralty. BOMBER COMMAND / COSTAL COMMAND / FLEET AIR ARM / ARK ROYAL / ATLANTIC BRIDGE - 5 ITEMS.
London His Majesty's Stationery Office Stapled in Wraps Very Good - 
Five World War II publications issued for the Air Ministry and the Admiralty by the Ministry of Information between 1941 and 1945, 9" H. 1. Bomber Command: The Air Ministry Account of Bomber Command's Offensive Against the Axis September, 1939 - July, 1941 - 128 pp, 1941, b&w photographs (including aerial), maps - Contents: War Telegram; Captains and Crews; First Blood: Attacks on the German Fleet; White Bombs: The Leaflet Raids; Campaign Against Odds: Norway; Western Front: The Battle of Flanders; Long Distance Attack: Italy; Mining the Enemy's Coast; Why the Invasion Armada Never Sailed; Day Offensive in the North Sea; The Battle of the Atlantic; The Mind that Plans: Operations Control; The Crew that Strikes: Night Raid; The Attack on Nazi Industry; The Damage in Germany; One Thing is Certain. 2. Coastal Command: The Air Ministry's Account of the Part Played by Coastal Command in the Battle of the Seas, 1939-1942 - 143 pp, 1943, b&w photographs (including aerial), maps - Contents: "It's the 'Bismarck'!"; Plot of Operations; The Men and the Aircraft; Flying Start: September 1939; The Fight for Norway; Heinkel-haunted Skies: the Attack on the West; Seeking the Raider in his Lair; Ten Million Miles of Sea; Ocean Rendezvous; The Attack on the U-Boats; The Big Bad Wulf; Rescue Missions and Secret Missions; Blockade by Mine and Bomb; Torpedoes Running Strongly; Their Spirit is Serene. 3. Fleet Air Arm - 127 pp, 1943, b&w photographs (including aerial), maps - Contents: The Swordfish Strike in Bomba Bay; Afirfields Afloat: The Carriers; The Aircraft of the Fleet; When a Sailor Learns to Fly; "Those in Whose Work They Trust"; Frigates of the Air; Spotting for the Fleet; The Triumph at Taranto; Find, Fix and Strike; "We Will Go Up and Fight"; Roof Over the Convoy; Long Odds: From Dunkirk to Crete; Desert Squadrons; In Support of the Army: Norway to Madagascar; The Shape of Things to Come: North Africa; In the Great Company of the Navy. 4. Ark Royal - 63 pp, 1942, b&w photographs, map - Contents: "Where is the Ark Royal?"; The Building of the Ark; The Ark Goes to War; Ocean Search: The Hunt for the Graf Spee; Norway: At Grips with the Luftwaffe; "This Melancholy Action"; The Long Arm of Force H; "The Convoy Must Go Through"; The Hazard That Beat the Bismark; The Spirit of the Ark. 5. Atlantic Bridge - 75 pp, 1945, b&w photographs, map endpapers - Contents: Overture and Beginners; First to Go: The Hudsons; The Crossing of the Catalinas; The Ferry Service Grows; Over the Top of the World; A Search Party Went Out; The Spans of the Flying Bridge; "Round the Parish": a North Atlantic Tour; A Great Black Rock in the Arctic; Records of the Northern Route; Cargoes and Supercargoes; A Dispatch for Mr. Churchill; Three Thousand Miles to Africa; "Up the Line": Middle East Supply Routes. Interiors - clean and tight, ArkRoyal has small soft creasesa top/bottom corners of first twenty pages. Exteriors - Bomber Command: light lean to spine, light edge wear - a little more on spine, light curl to front corners which migrates into pages, wrinkling on spine. Coastal Command: ight lean to spine, light edge wear - a little more on spine, light small curl to front corners which migrates into adjacent pages, moderate wrinkling on spine and hinges, several small foxing marks on spine. Fleet Air Arm: very small cut at top of rear hinge - migrates into adjacent pages. Ark Royal: very light wear at top/bottom of spine. Atlantic Bridge: very light wear on spine, minor soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'., Bassett, Ronald.
2 Bassett, Ronald. HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'.
Arms and Armour, London, 1988, first edition. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 15/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0853689113 B&w maps and photographs. "The first HMS Sheffield was launched in 1936 to serve her flag bravely for thirty years. During World War Two, the cruiser became one of the mo st illustrious warships of all time, achieving twelve honours. In 1940, she fought in the action off Cape Spartivento; in the following year she shared in the audacious bombardment of Genoa, exchanged salvoes with Bismarck and sank one of that bat t leship's supply tankers, Friedrich Breme. In the Arctic a mine blew a 22-foot hole in her stern, but in an Icelandic fjord her crew fashioned a makeshift timber patch before steaming her back to Britain to fight again. In 1942, in the Barents Se a, Sheffield was in action against the 'pocket battleships' Admiral Hipper and Lutzow, and sank the German destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt. In 1943 she shared in the destruction of the battlecruiser Scharnhorst off North Cape and later supported carri er attacks upon Tirpitz. These, however, were but the highlights of this distinguished ship's wartime service. This book tells the story of her entire life and of her crews before, during and after World War Two - not from the detached perspective of an 'armchair historian', but from that of a writer who served at that time in a similar cruiser. Ronald Bassett was entrusted with research material accumulated over many years by an officer of Sheffield who died before those records could be turn ed into a book. Hundreds of her crew members, including several of her commanding officers, have contributed to this chronicle by means of their memoirs, diaries, letters, newspaper cuttings and photographs, enabling (the author) to paint an a ccura te and powerfully evocative portrait of a famous ship." Slight bump at bottom of spine, slight waviness to edges of text block, previous owner's label on free front endpaper, book cracked in several palces but page signatures are holding firm ly. D ust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small edge tears (two taped) and chips, light rubbing with some slight color loss on rear panel. Very Good-/Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
3 Berthold, Will. Translated from the German by Michael Bullock. THE SINKING OF THE BISMARCK.
Longmans, Green, London, (1958), Ist English edition. 
191 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover (red boards with gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. B&w illustrations, map. A German perspective on the sinking of the famed battleship 'Bismarck' during World War II. Interior - previous owner's name/info. on front pastedown, minor soiling on three pages. Exterior - very light edge wear, tiny bump to top corners of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small shallow bump to bottom edge of front board. VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
NAPOLEON III AND HIS CARNIVAL EMPIRE., Bierman, John.
4 Bierman, John. NAPOLEON III AND HIS CARNIVAL EMPIRE.
New York St. Martin's Press 1988 0312018274 / 9780312018276 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
439 pp, lg 8vo (9 1/2" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w photographs, reproductions. "Louis Napoleon, nephew of the famous Bonaparte, is one of the most colorful historical actors of the nineteenth century. Bohemian, adventurer and compulsive Don Juan, he managed to the astonishment of virtually everyone to be elected President of France in 1848 and within three years staged the coup d'etat that made him emperor." Previous owner's name/date in ink on free front endpaper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight fading at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling; light browning at some edges; some light fading to front panel (top edge and at front flap-fold area) and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
5 Chandler, David G., McIntryre, Colin and Tagg, Michael C. CHRONICLES OF WORLD WAR II.
CLB, (Godalming, Surrey, 1997). 
320 pp, square 4to, hard cover in dust jacket. "Whether on land, sea or in the air, this volume provides a clear account of some of the principle engagements of the Second World War (Blitzkrieg, Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, Sinking of the Bismarck, Pearl Harbor, Barbarossa, Leningrad, Doolittle Raid, Corregidor, Midway, El Alamein, Guadalcanal, Stalingrad, Operation Torch, Dambusters, Attack on Schweinfurt, Battle of the Atlantic, D-Day, Arnhem and more). Profusely illustrated in b&w with pho tos and maps. Very minor edgewear to boards and dj. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
6 Clay, Catrine. KING, KAISER, TSAR: THREE ROYAL COUSINS WHO LED THE WORLD TO WAR.
London John Murray 2007 0719565375 / 9780719565373 Soft Cover Very Good 
416 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar - George V, Wilhelm II and Nicholas II - were close cousins who knew each other as Georgie, Willy and Nicky. Between them they ruled half the world. Their lives had overlapped since childhood, in palaces of unimaginable opulence, surrounded by flattery and political intrigue. They saw themselves as a trade union of kings, standing firm against Socialism, Republicanism and revolution. But behind the friendliness lurked quarrels and, as the First World War loomed, they turned on each other. Ultimately, when Nicholas II begged for exile in the midst of Russia's revolution, his cousins denied him. This compelling tale of privilege, power and political machination explores whether their blunders caused the lead-up to war and the end of autocratic monarchy." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - book is very slightly cocked, spine has light creases and is slightly concave. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
IN GREAT WATERS:  THE EPIC STORY OF THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC., Dunmore, Spencer.
7 Dunmore, Spencer. IN GREAT WATERS: THE EPIC STORY OF THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC.
McClelland & Stewart, (Toronto, 1999), Ist printing. 
342 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771029292 B&w photographs. "It was probably the most important battle of the Second World War. The German attempt to stem the vital trans-Atlantic flow of men and supplies to Britian would cost the Allies more than 2,600 merchant ships, 30,000 merchant seamen's lives, 5,000 aircrew, and about 2,500 aircraft. The battle ranged across the ocean: from the waters of the St. Lawrence, throught the treacherous open sea of the North Atlantic, to the fjords of Norway and the Bay of Biscay. Spencer Dunmore traces the complete history of the Battle of the Atlantic, giving equal time to all aspects of the conflict: in the air, on the water, and below its surface...tells the story from the perspective of both sides, and includes the first-hand accounts of individual participants, both Allied and German..." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, remainder mark on bottom of texblock (and at bottom of rear flap on DJ). Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
8 Feldt, Eric A. Foreword by General Douglas A. MacArthur. THE COAST WATCHERS.
Garden City, New York Nelson Doubleday 1979 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Greg Beecham drawings. Maps by Alan McKnight. 
240 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w drawings, maps. "They watched and waited in nervewracking silence attack-ing only when stung. From treetops, from hostile beaches, from jungle camps, they saw it all and radioed what they saw - their network covering more than a half million square miles of island and ocean in the Japanese-held South Pacific. Hunted by enemy patrols, hounded by disease, starvation and sweltering heat, they risked torture and death from the heart of a Japanese-occupied tropical hell. Here are stories of incredible daring and brilliant leadership - of a hand-picked and highly unorthodox band of heroes who preferred the teeming jungle to the crowded regimentation of camp and office - told with gripping immediacy by the officer who led them. Follow the exploits of men like C.L. Page, the Australian planter whose reporting of the Japanese landing of Rabaul saved Allied lives, yet sealed his own fate - Lieutanant D.C. Horton, who hid 2,000 feet up on the mountainside overlooking the Japanese airfield at Munda and reported every aircraft that landed or took off - Blue Harris, a leader whose cool resourcefulness and legendary escapes were known throughout the islands." A few very faint tiny foxing marks on top of text block, light wrinkling and wear at bottom edge of spine, remainder spray on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, one tiny tear with old tape - two others archivally taped, very light browning to spine, light soiling and rubbing marks - mainly on rear panel, light remainder spray at bottom edge of flaps. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ST NAZAIRE 1942:  THE GREAT COMMANDO RAID.  OSPREY CAMPAIGN SERIES 92., Ford, Ken.  Illustrated by Howard Gerrard.  General editor David G. Chandler.
9 Ford, Ken. Illustrated by Howard Gerrard. General editor David G. Chandler. ST NAZAIRE 1942: THE GREAT COMMANDO RAID. OSPREY CAMPAIGN SERIES 92.
(Osprey, Oxford, 2001), 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. "The raid on the port of St Naziare in March 1942 by a sea-borne task force from British Combined Operations, remains one of the most daring actions of the Second World War. The port lies at the mouth of the River Loire and in 1942, as well as a U-boat base, contained the massive 'Normandie' dock, the only facility on the Atlantic coast large enough to accommodate the German battleship 'Tirpitz'. This book tells the story of the raid on St Nazaire that denied the use of the dock to the 'Tirpitz', the sister ship of the 'Bismarck', and constituted a crucial victory in the Battle of the Atlantic." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright, flat uncreased spine. Fine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
KAISER BILL., Garrett, Richard.
10 Garrett, Richard. KAISER BILL.
Wayland, (Hove, 1978), first edition. 
96 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, reproductions, map. "Commonly blamed as the man who started World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany is often seen as a tough aggressor; a man, as Bismarck might have said, 'of blood and iron'. As leader of the world's strongest army, he wielded great power. When, at the beginning of this century, he built up an almost equally strong navy, it seemed as if nothing could stop Germany's advances. But was he really the strong man of popular legend? Richard Garrett argues that, behind the stern appearance and the flamboyant moustache, Kaiser Bill was a failure. He believed that God had appointed him Emperor of Germany and that God would tell him what to do. His talent for making enemies was enormous. He had grown up as a spoilt child with a wide knowledge of many things and a deep understanding of almost nothing; and yet his arrogant faith in himself never faltered. This is the story of the effect of one man on thirty years of world history, culminating in a monstrous clash of arms and ending in the quietness of exile. Out of the story a picture of the real man emerges, and the events which led up to the disaster are put in to their true perspective. Was it the Kaiser, more than anyone else, who unwittingly prepared the way for Hitler? This book may suggest an answer." Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, very light browning, small corner crease on front flap. VG+/VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
LA FOLLE GUERRE DE 1870., Guerin, Andre.
11 Guerin, Andre. LA FOLLE GUERRE DE 1870.
Hachette, France, 1970. 
333 pp, 8vo (8 7/8" H), hard cover (dark red coth with white lettering on spine, pictorial pastedown on front board) in clear plastic dust jacket. Integral red ribbon bookmark. Maps. Table des matieres: Bismarck et son roi; Napoleon III et ses il lusions; La depeche d'Ems et le sabre de Bourbaki; Des generaux surclasses; Gravelotte, Saint-Privat; Sedan: l'empereur prisonnier; La Republique du 4 septembre; Entre l'ennemi et l'emeute; Bazaine capitule; Gambetta, tete de la resistance; L a j o u r n ee du 31 octobre; Trochu: d'un plan a l'autre; L'echec de la grande sortie sur la Marne; Les armees de province: triple desillusion; Jules Favre negocie l'armistice; Thiers et le pacte de Bordeaux; Les preliminaires de paix; Francfort e t l es s ui te s; Et les personnages du drame que devinrent-ils? Faint erased pencil mark on front free endpaper. Dust jacket has has moderate rubbing, one large chip, five small chips, and one small tear. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE PRUSSIAN COURT., H.R.H. Princess Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein.  (Louise Sophie.)  Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Major Desmond Chapman-Huston.
12 H.R.H. Princess Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein. (Louise Sophie.) Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Major Desmond Chapman-Huston. BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE PRUSSIAN COURT.
London John Murray 1939 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket 
314 pp, 8 3/4" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering on spine, gilt initials/crown on front board. B&w photo-graphs (including frontispiece) & genealogical table - collated. Contents: Dedication; List of Illustrations; Editor's Preface; Chronology of Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia; Pedigree Showing Relationships between Prince Friedrich Leopold and King Friedrich Wilhelm IV., and theEmperors Wilhelm I., Friedrich III. and Wilhelm II.; Home and Childhood, 1866-1872; Girlhood, 1873-1880; Life in Dresden, 1881-1889; Early Years at the Prussian Court and a Visit to Italy, 1890-1891; Two Arrivals and a Retrospect, 1892-1893; The Emperor Wilhelm II. places us under Arrest, 1894-1895; Breslau - Postdam - Berlin - England, 1896-1898; Cassel - My English Relations - Balmoral - Oxford, 1899-1900; Bicycling in the Thames Valley - London - More Imperial Tyranny, 1901-1902; Our Fight with the Emperor Wilhelm II. for our Children, 1903-1904; My Prince at the Russo-Japanese War - and a House at Twickenham, 1905-1906; Our Children grow up and Agra Marries, 1907-1913; Our Silver Wedding - War, 1914-1916; The Emperor Wilhelm the Second's Persecution of my Youngest Son, 1917; The German Revolution, 1918; Epilogue; Appendices; Index. Light toning to edges of text block along with some scattered tiny light foxing marks, light fading to spine color and small areas of light color fading on boards, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light shelf soiling on bottom of text block, very small slight bump at corners. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
MODELING THE SECOND WORLD WAR:  A 50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE.  FINESCALE MODELER. 1995., Hayden, Bob, editor.  Mike Dobrzelecki, James T. Green, Bob Bracci, Tom Graham, Rusty White, Gerard Deygas, Bob Steinbrunn, Steve Zaloga, Paul Budzik, Doug Emmons, Michael Bedard, Paul Boyer, Glenn Bartolotti.
13 Hayden, Bob, editor. Mike Dobrzelecki, James T. Green, Bob Bracci, Tom Graham, Rusty White, Gerard Deygas, Bob Steinbrunn, Steve Zaloga, Paul Budzik, Doug Emmons, Michael Bedard, Paul Boyer, Glenn Bartolotti. MODELING THE SECOND WORLD WAR: A 50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE. FINESCALE MODELER. 1995.
Waukesha, WI Kalmbach 1995 10778969 Soft Cover Very Good - 
102 pp, 10 11/16" H. Magazine format. Color and b&w photographs. Contents: The first air battle; Howard Hill's Hawker Hurricane; Building a Type VII-B U-boat in 1/125 scale; Bob Bracci's 1/4100 scale Pearl Harbor; Aurora's colorful WWII fighters; Modeling the Bismarck; Detailing Tamiya's 1/35 scale T-34/85; Painting checkerboard patterns on model aircraft; Brian Wells' 1/35 scale German armor; History in Scale: WWII Models on Parade; Modeling Germany's V1 buzz bomb and launcher in 1/35 scale; King of the Strafers: James Goodson's first P-51B; Resurrecting a World War II-vintage recognition model; Kamikaze!; Detailing a 1/35 scale Sherman; History in Scale: The Contest Campaign; World War II model paint guide; Applying Zimmerit. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - wear/wrinkling at bottom of spine, small tear at bottom of rear hinge - repaired, light wrinkling at bottom edge of covers, minor wear at top of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MODELING THE SECOND WORLD WAR:  A 50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE.  FINESCALE MODELER. 1995., Hayden, Bob, editor.  Mike Dobrzelecki, James T. Green, Bob Bracci, Tom Graham, Rusty White, Gerard Deygas, Bob Steinbrunn, Steve Zaloga, Paul Budzik, Doug Emmons, Michael Bedard, Paul Boyer, Glenn Bartolotti.
14 Hayden, Bob, editor. Mike Dobrzelecki, James T. Green, Bob Bracci, Tom Graham, Rusty White, Gerard Deygas, Bob Steinbrunn, Steve Zaloga, Paul Budzik, Doug Emmons, Michael Bedard, Paul Boyer, Glenn Bartolotti. MODELING THE SECOND WORLD WAR: A 50th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE. FINESCALE MODELER. 1995.
Waukesha, WI Kalmbach 1995 10778969 Soft Cover Very Good 
102 pp, 10 11/16" H. Magazine format. Color and b&w photographs. Contents: The first air battle; Howard Hill's Hawker Hurricane; Building a Type VII-B U-boat in 1/125 scale; Bob Bracci's 1/4100 scale Pearl Harbor; Aurora's colorful WWII fighters; Modeling the Bismarck; Detailing Tamiya's 1/35 scale T-34/85; Painting checkerboard patterns on model aircraft; Brian Wells' 1/35 scale German armor; History in Scale: WWII Models on Parade; Modeling Germany's V1 buzz bomb and launcher in 1/35 scale; King of the Strafers: James Goodson's first P-51B; Resurrecting a World War II-vintage recognition model; Kamikaze!; Detailing a 1/35 scale Sherman; History in Scale: The Contest Campaign; World War II model paint guide; Applying Zimmerit. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - slight lean to spine, minor wear at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
101 GREAT WARSHIPS: LEGENDARY WARSHIPS FROM WWI TO THE PRESENT., Jackson, Robert.
15 Jackson, Robert. 101 GREAT WARSHIPS: LEGENDARY WARSHIPS FROM WWI TO THE PRESENT.
Amber, London, 2008. 
112 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 9781905704729 B&w and colour photographs, profiles. "In World War I, the battleship still ruled the seas, but the launch of HMS Furious, the first aircraft carrier, and the activities of the German U-boat fleet showed how sea warfare would change. From early vessels such as the Dreadnought and Invincible, through World War II legends like the Bismarck and Formidable to modern-day leviathans including the Nimitz and Ohio class e s , (this book) covers the key naval vessels of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Containing developmental history, full specifications giving details of the vessel's dimensions, weight, range, speed, armament, crew and country of origin an d a photograph and profile artwork, (it) showcases the great naval vessels of the last 100 years." Previous owner's place, date and signature along with liquid paper over small notation on half-title page; book very slightly cocked. Dust jacket ha s one tiny chip, some minor edge wrinkling, faint two-word hand writing impression on front panel, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE WORLD'S GREAT BATTLESHIPS: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT., Jackson, Robert.
16 Jackson, Robert. THE WORLD'S GREAT BATTLESHIPS: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT.
Brown, London, 2000. 
144 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1897884605 Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photograph, reproductions, profiles, cutaways. "Beginning with the age of sail and the Battle of Trafalgar, the book describes the devel opment of the first primitive ironclads with traversing turrets, the battles of the American Civil War, and the heyday of the battleship in the decades before the outbreak of World War I. (It) shows how new technologies helped shape naval tactics a n d the advances in ship design during the nineteenth century, culminating in two new classes of ship, the dreadnought and the battlecruiser, that saw much action at the Battle of Jutland and the other naval encounters of World War I, and which ar e al so discussed in depth here. By World War II the battleship, threatened by the submarine and difficult to protect from either underwater or aerial attack, had been usurped by the aircraft carrier from its position as prime naval weapon - as was d ram atically demonstrated at Pearl Harbor. They remained potent threats, however, and (this book) covers the notable battles of the war, including the exploits of the Graf Spee, Bismarck and Tirpitz in the Atlantic and North Sea, and the Yamato in the Pacific. Finally the gradual postwar decommissioning of the last true battleships is described, along with the last swansongs of the American 'Iowa' class in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars before their final retirement." Previous owner's place, dat e an d sigature on free front endpaper; very small bump at bottom corner of boards, small bump at bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing - mainly on re ar p anel, small indent mark on rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TIN HATS, OILSKINS & SEABOOTS:  A NAVAL JOURNEY, 1938-1945., Jenson, Latham B.  Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas.
17 Jenson, Latham B. Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas. TIN HATS, OILSKINS & SEABOOTS: A NAVAL JOURNEY, 1938-1945.
Robin Brass Studio, Toronto, 2000, reprint. 
312 pp, oblong 8vo (8" H x 9" D), soft cover. ISBN 1896941141 B&w drawings by the author/artist. "As a boy growing up on the Prairies in the Depression, (the author) dreamed of going to sea, became a sea cadet at HMS Undaunted in Calgary, and in 1938 joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer cadet, training with the Royal Navy in Britain until 1941. His wartime service began on HMS Renown in the South Atlantic, searching for the Graf Spee, and off Norway engaging the battleships Scharnh orst and Gneisenau. He lost all his possessions when Renown was damaged by shellfire. He served on HMS Matabele and HMS Hood, leaving that ship weeks before she was sunk with all hands in battle with the Bismarck. Returning to Canada in la t e 1 9 4 1 , he was appointed to HMCS Ottawa, a destroyer on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic. A year later she was sunk with great loss of life in a battle with German submarines. Jenson was among the lucky ones plucked from the Atlant ic b y a B ri ti sh corvette. He joined HMCS Niagara as executive officer, and in late 1943 briefly commanded the corvette Long Branch before going on to the destroyer Algonquin as executive officer, taking part in raids on German ships, includi ng the T irp itz , a nd being one of the ships to open fire on the shore defences in the invasion of Normandy. Algonquin completed the war raiding German shipping and escorting Allied convoys to Murmansk. The book is illustrated with L.B. Jenson' s l umin ous lin e dr awin gs, as well as sketches and diagrams illustrating uniforms, insignia and so on. His book is a valuable record not only of how ships fought the battles of the Atlantic, but of life on board, where men had to live under d iffi cult cond ition s for week s on end - all seen through the eyes of an energetic and engaging young officer." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny crease at bottom edge of front cover. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MENACE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE TIRPITZ., Kennedy, Ludovic.
18 Kennedy, Ludovic. MENACE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE TIRPITZ.
Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1979, first edition. 
176 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0283984945 B&w photographs, maps. "This is the first book on the 'Tirpitz' to draw on the rich store of 'Ultra' signals, the German top secret coded naval signals that were decrypted by t he famous code-breakers of Bletchley Park and are only now being released to the Public Records Office. The transcripts of these intercepted signals put the story of the 'Tirpitz' in a fascinating new perspective, not only in revealing how th e y h e l ped the British to locate 'Tirpitz' and attack her, but also how faulty appreciation of them led to the disastrous scattering of Convoy PQ 17 in the false belief that 'Tirpitz' was about to attack it. The 'Tirpitz' and her sister-ship 'B is ma r ck ' we re the largest and fastest European battleships ever built. They were also the last. After a brief operation in the Atlantic, the 'Bismarck' was destroyed by British forces, and Hitler, worried that 'Tirpitz' would suffer a similar fa te, d ete rm ine d that she should be stationed out of harm's way, in a strategic position in the Norwegian fjords. There she acted as a fleet-in-being, presenting a continuing threat to the covoys carrying vital British war supplies to northe rn R ussi a w hich ra n a gauntlet on every voyage. With his considerable narrative gifts (the author) describes the devastating effects of the presence of this menace in the Norwegian fjords and the many heroic and ingenious attempts to sink her. " Sl ight bump ing a t to p/bo ttom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, light wrinkling at top edge of rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE KAISER: A LIFE OF WILHELM II, LAST EMPEROR OF GERMANY., Kurenberg, Joachim von.  Translated by H.T. Russell and Herta Hagen.
19 Kurenberg, Joachim von. Translated by H.T. Russell and Herta Hagen. THE KAISER: A LIFE OF WILHELM II, LAST EMPEROR OF GERMANY.
Cassell, London, 1954, first British edition. 
370 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "(The author) first met Kaiser Wilhelm when serving as a Guards officer in Potsdam. His associations at this time and his subsequent life in the German Embassies at Constantinople, Rome and Vienna, provided him with experience of Court circles which enables him to reproduce, in all essentials, the atmosphere of the pre-1914 period of the Kaiser's life. Appointed as biographer by the Kaiser at Doorn, he was able to consult his subject frequently, and the results of these numerous interviews are incorporated in the text of the work, so that the Kaiser's point of view is given in juxtaposition to the judgement of others. To assist the reader further in passing judg e m e n t o n the man, the opinions of the Kaiser's colleagues, his friends, relatives and enemies, are also interwoven. This life is primarily a personal biography, the intention being to provide a full portrait of the man rather than a study of hi s ti me s. T he author had full access to the State Archives in Berlin and Potsdam, and his work is fully documented." Minor edge wear, slight bump at bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few small edge t ear s - o ne wit h cr ease, light rubbing/soiling - mostly on rear panel, a few tiny scuffs, one or two foxing marks on flaps. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
20 Kurtz, Harold. THE SECOND REICH: KAISER WILHELM II AND HIS GERMANY.
Macdonald, London, 1970. 
127 pp, 8 1/2" H, soft cover. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, reproductions. Contents: In a Railway Carriage; Born to a Mission; Inheriting Germany; A Life of his Own; Getting Rid of Bismarck; The Summit of the German Vol cano; Foreign Relations; Downfall and Retirement. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - Light damage due to label removal on front cover, book slightly cocked, light creases on spine, very light browning to e d g e s of text block, slight waviness to fore-edge of text block, very light rubbing. Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
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