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HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'., Bassett, Ronald.
1 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
 
 
2 Boulton, D'Arcy. Edited and with introduction by John Gellner. SKETCH OF HIS MAJESTY'S PROVINCE OF UPPER CANADA.
Toronto Baxter Publishing 1961 Numbered, Limited Reprint Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Signed by publisher & editor.
91 pp, 10 1/2" H. Red simulated leather boards with gilt lettering/banding on spine and gilt lettering in oval border on front cover. Green cloth covered slipcase. No. 532 of an unspecified limited edition, signed by the publisher and editor on the limitation page. Volume 1 of The Canadian Heritage Series Library Edition. B&w map and tipped-in frontispiece. Originally published in London in 1805. This volume includes an "Introduction to the First Modern Edition". Contents: Dedication; Preface; General View of the Country; On the Produce and Value of Land; Advantages of this Traffic; Particular Account of Upper Canada; Particular Account of the Townships of Lancaster, Charlottenburgh, Cornwall, and Osnaburgh; Townships of Williamsburgh, Edwardsburgh, Johnstown, Augusta, Elizabethtown, Yonge, Lansdowne, Leeds; Townships of Pittsburgh, Kingston, Ernest-town, Kent, Ec.; Account of York, the Seat of Government; Holland River, Lake Simcoe, Ec.; Niagara River, Detroit, Thamses, Fort Erie, Ec.; Lake Erie, Woodhouse, Charlotteville, Detroit, Sandwich, Chatham, Ec.; Appendix, or, List of Town-ships not mentioned in the preceding Chapters. Tiny scuff on top edge of rear board. Slipcase has light to moderate rubbing and dust soiling. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE DIARY OF COLOUR-SERJEANT GEORGE CALLADINE, 19TH FOOT, 1793-1837., Calladine, George.  Edited by Major M.L. Ferrar.
3 Calladine, George. Edited by Major M.L. Ferrar. THE DIARY OF COLOUR-SERJEANT GEORGE CALLADINE, 19TH FOOT, 1793-1837.
Eden Fisher, London, 1922, first edition. 
210 pp, 8vo (8 7/8" H), hard cover (dark green cloth with gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. George Calladine was born in 1793 and lived to be 83 years old. His wife predeceased him by thirty years and of his 13 children, only one outlived him. In 1810, he enlisted in the Derbyshire Militia and embarked on a military life that saw him posted to Ceylon and Ireland. His diary gives details of a soldier's life, the military and the social aspects, promotions, postings, famil y i n c i d e n t s, travels, observations of unfamiliar customs and wildlife, marches and engagements. Previous owners small stamp on front endpapers, small bookstore label on front pastedown, very light browning to pages and endpapers, light bro wn i ng t o ed ge s of t extblock, a very light scuff and two small very light stains on top of textblock, light edge wear to boards, wrinkling and light wear at top/bottom of spine, small chip/rub through cloth on rear spine edge, minor rubbing t o c lo th, a fe w s mal l fai nt liquid splash marks on spine. VG 
Price: 275.00 USD
 
 
WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874., Campey, Lucille H.
4 Campey, Lucille H. WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874.
Toronto Natural Heritage 2007 1897045220 / 9781897045220 First Edition Soft Cover Fine 
206 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "New Brunswick's enormous timber trade attracted the first wave of Scots in the late 18th century. As economic conditions in Scotland worsened, the flow of emigrants increased, creating distinctive Scottish communities along the province's major timber bays and river frontages. While Scots relied on the timber trade for economic sustenance, their religion offered another form of support, sustaining them in a spiritual and cultural sense. These two themes, the axe and the bible, underpin their story. Using wide-ranging documentary sources, includ-ing passenger lists and newspaper shipping reports, (this book) traces the progress of Scottish colon- ization and its ramifications for the province's early development. Who were these Scots? What factors caused them to select their various locations? What problems did they face? Were they successful pioneers? Why was the Scottish Church so important to them? In tracing the process of emigration, (the author) offers new insights on where Scots settled, their overall impact and the cultural legacy they left behind. (It) is the first fully documented account of Scottish emigration to New Brunswick." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874., Campey, Lucille H.
5 Campey, Lucille H. WITH AXE AND BIBLE: THE SCOTTISH PIONEERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK, 1784-1874.
Toronto Natural Heritage 2007 1897045220 / 9781897045220 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 
206 pp, 9" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "New Brunswick's enormous timber trade attracted the first wave of Scots in the late 18th century. As economic conditions in Scotland worsened, the flow of emigrants increased, creating distinctive Scottish communities along the province's major timber bays and river frontages. While Scots relied on the timber trade for economic sustenance, their religion offered another form of support, sustaining them in a spiritual and cultural sense. These two themes, the axe and the bible, underpin their story. Using wide-ranging documentary sources, includ-ing passenger lists and newspaper shipping reports, (this book) traces the progress of Scottish colon- ization and its ramifications for the province's early development. Who were these Scots? What factors caused them to select their various locations? What problems did they face? Were they successful pioneers? Why was the Scottish Church so important to them? In tracing the process of emigration, (the author) offers new insights on where Scots settled, their overall impact and the cultural legacy they left behind. (It) is the first fully documented account of Scottish emigration to New Brunswick." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small faint rub mark on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE ROYAL NAVY:  AN INTRODUCTION., Coad, J.G. (Jonathan)
6 Coad, J.G. (Jonathan) HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE ROYAL NAVY: AN INTRODUCTION.
London Victor Gollancz, London, 1983. 1983 0575032774 / 9780575032774 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
160 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, reproductions, plans, elevations, maps. "From the 1690s to the First World War, British maritime power, though often challenged, ruled supreme. It was a key factor in the nation's commercial growth which fuelled and underpinned industrial and imperial expansion. Central to the creation and maintenance of that supremacy were the royal dockyards, and the naval hospitals. Without these there could have been no Royal Navy, and Britain's modern history would have been very different. (This book) concentrates on the period from 1700 to 1900, with particular emphasis on the dockyards built to service the sailing navy. They are rich in naval and architectural history and were industrial centres in England well before the Industrial Revolution. They go far towards explaining how it was that Britain was able to maintain and sustain one of the greatest navies the world has seen. With numerous illustrations featuring surviving buildings in Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth, Devonport, Harwich, Gibraltar, Minorca, Malta, Bermuda and Antigua, (it) is a fascinating and important book." Tiny corner bumps, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
JOHN PRINCE:  A COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS., Douglas, R. Alan, edited and with introduction by.  Foreword by William G. Davis.
7 Douglas, R. Alan, edited and with introduction by. Foreword by William G. Davis. JOHN PRINCE: A COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS.
Toronto The Champlain Society 1980 Limited Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ 
229 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H) - red cloth with gilt lettering/crest on spine. No. 844 of Twelve Hundred and Fifty Copies of this Volume prnted for the Champlain Society. B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. "John Prince was undoubtedly one of the most colourful individuals to reside in Upper Canada during the half century that preceded Confederation. (The mythology that had grown up around his memory in southwestern Ontario identified him as the product of an illegal marriage between George IV and Maria Anne Fitzherbert.) His eventful career as an attorney, politician, soldier, entrepreneur, and jurist caused him to become a legend in his own lifetime both in Essex County, where he resided at Sandwich from his arrival in 1833 until 1860, and in Sault Ste Marie where he spent the last ten years of his life as Judge of the Algoma District. In the legislature his independence and erratic individualism soon earned him the reputation of a political maverick. Business interests and entrepreneurial instincts attracted him to railway and banking ventures as early as the 1830s. Individualist and eccentric though he was, John Prince was still very much a man of his age." Minor wear at corners. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
8 Due, John F. THE INTERCITY ELECTRIC RAILWAY INDUSTRY IN CANADA.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
118 pp, 10 1/8" H. Canadian Studies in Economics No.18. B&w photographs, maps, tables, graphs. "The intercity electric railway industry in Canada, which began in 1887, ended in 1959. Peak interest in the industry was between 1910 and 1920, the era of Sir Adam Beck's projected radial network that would have covered much of the southern portion of Ontario. But the plans came too late and the radial system was never built. The Canadian electric lines developed later than their United States counterparts, but lasted somewhat longer, and for a time in the 1950's there were more electric passenger-carrying trains in Canada than in the United States. This study describes the rise and decline of the electric railway industry in Canada. It includes a general history of the industry, the development of the lines, their financing and control, and a brief but fascinating account of the 25 individual companies which operated the roads." Tiny wrinkle at bottom of front hinge, tiny ink mark on rear board. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, small tear at top of front hinge - archivally taped. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
SHADOW OF HEAVEN: THE LIFE OF LESTER PEARSON.  VOLUME ONE: 1897-1948., English, John.
9 English, John. SHADOW OF HEAVEN: THE LIFE OF LESTER PEARSON. VOLUME ONE: 1897-1948.
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1989 0886191653 / 9780886191658 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
414 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "Lester Pearson - Canada's 14th prime minister, and foremost diplomat - was a man of deep and passionate convictions. His vision of Canada as a force for international peace, mediation, and good will helped redefine our view of ourselves. But how did this seemingly mild and easy-going man develop such a powerful and unswerving vision - and how did he win the political clout to put his beliefs into practice? In this formidable and fascinating first volume, John English casts new light on the private and publice life of this remarkable Canadian." Very light edge wear, very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing, minor browning at top edge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
10 English, John. THE LIFE OF LESTER PEARSON. VOLUME ONE: SHADOW OF HEAVEN, 1897-1948. VOLUME TWO: THE WORLDLY YEARS, 1949-1972. (VOLUMES I & II).
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1989 0886191653 / 9780886191658 First Editions Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
414 pp, 473 pp, 9 1/4" H - 2 volume set. B&w photographs. 'Shadow of Heaven' - ISBN 0886191653 - published 1989. 'The Worldly Years' - ISBN 0394227298 - published 1992. "Lester Pearson - Canada's 14th prime minister, and foremost diplomat - was a man of deep and passionate convictions. His vision of Canada as a force for international peace, mediation, and good will helped redefine our view of ourselves. But how did this seemingly mild and easy-going man develop such a powerful and unswerving vision - and how did he win the political clout to put his beliefs into practice?" 'Shadow of Heaven' has minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing. 'The Worldly Years' has very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light winkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
11 Gardiner, Roger F. ART OF THE LOOM: A LOAN EXHIBITION OF ORIENTAL RUGS. REVISED AND CORRECTED EDITION.
Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario, 1974. 
Unpaginated (approx. 64 pp.) 8vo, stapled in wraps. B&w photos of 26 artifacts plus small drawings of patterns/motifs, map on back cover. The catalog of an exhibition of oriental rugs with descriptions of 63 items, a four page introductory essay, a two page bibliography of rug literature and a glossary of rug terms. Interior - soft bump to bottom corner of most pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, soft crease to bottom corner of front cover, tiny scuff at bottom of front cover, two faint brown marks on rear cover. VG- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
12 Godwin, George. VANCOUVER: A LIFE, 1757-1798.
London Philip Allan 1930 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
308 pp, 9 1/8" H. Pale lilac/gray cloth with dark blue lettering/banding on spine. B&w reproductions, charts - all present, including large folded map in pocket at rear. Contents: Preface; Early Days; With Cook to Hawaii; With Rodney and Gardner; The Nootka Affair; Start of the Great Voyages; Otahiti; The Fabled Coast; Quadra and Vancouver; The Spanish Settlements; The Lawgiver; Northward Again; The Southern Track; King George Men; Alaska; Homeward Bound; Work and Worry; The Last Year; Appendix; Bibliography; Index. Tiny scuffs to fore-edge of pages 277 to 298, rear map has one tiny tear archivally taped and one or two wrinkles, very light browning to edges of text block, a few tiny foxing marks and faint small stains on boards, light fading to spine color. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
O.P.P.:  THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE., Higley, Dahn D.
13 Higley, Dahn D. O.P.P.: THE HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE FORCE.
Toronto Queen's Printer 1984 0774389648 / 9780774389648 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
668 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "The OPP came into existence (in 1909) with a total strength of fifty-one men, of whom forty-four were constables deployed across the vast province. By the end of World War I in 1918, only twenty-six constables were still serving with the force, but returning veterans were sought for enlistment with the provincials and the force grew, assuming every-increasing responsibilities for policing the province. Liquor law enforcement during the rumrunning days of the 1920s, and the creation of a highway patrol in 1930 played major parts in the evolution of the provincial police. The story of the OPP includes tales of murder, sabotage, corruption, and political influences. There were relief expeditions to the north in the wake of devastating forest fires, and confrontations with hoboes, harvesters, and loafers. Violent crimes, jail-breaks, war services, and industrial disputes all had to be contended with, and not a few members of the provincial police were killed in the performance of their duties over the years. 'Hepburn's Private Army' and 'Drew's Gestapo' gave rise to much criticism of the provincials, and embarrassing Royal Commissions did little to enhance the image or the morale of Ontario's finest. Despite the challenges to its continued existence, the OPP has emerged today as one of the finest, best equipped, and most brilliantly led police forces in the world." Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top edge.. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
14 Jameson, Mrs. (Anna Jameson). WINTER STUDIES AND SUMMER RAMBLES IN CANADA. 3 VOLUME SET.
Toronto Coles 1972 Facsimile Edition. Soft Cover Near Fine 
315 pp, 341 pp, 356 pp, 8 3/8" H - 3 volume set, without the original slipcase. Part of the Coles Canadiana Collection - a facsimile reprint of the Saunders and Otley, London, 1838 edition. The journals of Anna Jameson. "While in Canada, I was thrown into scenes and regions hitherto undescribed by any traveller, (for the northern shores of Lake Huron are almost new ground,) and into relations with the Indian tribes, such as few European women of refined and civilised habits have ever risked, and none have recorded. My intention was to have given the result of what I had seen, and the reflections and comparisons excited by so much novel experience." Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
15 Jameson, Mrs. (Anna) WINTER STUDIES AND SUMMER RAMBLES IN CANADA. (3 VOLUMES IN 1)
Toronto Coles 1972 Facsimile Reprint of John Murray 1912 Ed Hard Cover Very Good 
315 pp, 341 pp, 356 pp - 3 volumes in 1, 8 1/2" H. Originally published in 1838 by Saunders and Otley, London, England, this facsimile reprint is part of the Coles Canadiana Collection. Maroon boards with black title block, gold lettering/banding on spine, golde lettering/banding on front board. Anna Jameson's account of her travels in Upper Canada, by sleigh, steamboat, canoe, stage coach, etc., gives firsthand impressions of the people and places, including much information on the native people she encountered. Light wrinkling at top of spine, minor corner wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
ROMANTIC KENT:  MORE THAN THREE CENTURIES OF HISTORY, 1626-1952., Lauriston, Victor.
16 Lauriston, Victor. ROMANTIC KENT: MORE THAN THREE CENTURIES OF HISTORY, 1626-1952.
Chatham, Ontario Corporation of the County of Kent 1952 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
784 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Maroon faux leather covers with gilt lettering on spine and front board. B&w photographs, maps, reproductions. A history of Kent County, in southwestern Ontario, covering the early pioneering days, Lord Selkirk's Baldoon Settlement, Tecumseh and Brock, the War of 1812, Rebellion of 1837, Shipbuilding on the Thames, the towns and villages, the Underground Railway, schooling, politics, the electric railway, roads, agriculture, military history, etc. etc. Old sticker glue residue at top corner of front pastedown, two small soiling marks at top corner of free front endpaper, minor edge wear, minor browning to edges of text block. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO., Martin, Virgil.  Foreword by Gordon Nelson.
17 Martin, Virgil. Foreword by Gordon Nelson. CHANGING LANDSCAPES OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO.
Erin, Ontario Boston Mills 1988 0919783775 / 9780919783775 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ No Jacket - (as issued) 
243 pp, oblong (8 1/2" H x 11 1/4" D). Glazed pictorial boards. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "In this unusual book, carefully matched before-and-after photographs are used to explore Southern Ontario's landscapes. As might be expected, the photos depict a dramatic reworking of the urban environment, particularly on the 'urban frontier' where the countryside is disappearing under a wave of development. But even our seemingly changeless rural scenery, when viewed with the aid of time-lapse photography, is shown to be evolving - and in some unexpected ways." Contents: Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Foundations; Agriculture; Urban Frontier; Hamlets and Villages; Towns; Cities; Industry; Transportation; Special Places; Future Landscapes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index of Place-names. Very small bump at top corner of boards. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
SPLENDID HERITAGE:  HISTORICAL BUILDINGS OF ONTARIO., Mika, Nick and Mika, Helma.  Introduction by Beth Hanna.  Foreword By W. John McIntyre.
18 Mika, Nick and Mika, Helma. Introduction by Beth Hanna. Foreword By W. John McIntyre. SPLENDID HERITAGE: HISTORICAL BUILDINGS OF ONTARIO.
Belleville, Ontario Mika 1992 0921341504 / 9780921341505 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
144 pp, square (10 3/8" x 10 3/8"). Colour photographs. "(A) celebration of Ontario's heritage. Its many pictures provide a panoramic view of the province's architecture from the late 18th century to the Victorian era. Its text combines architectural description with the story of some of the people who built and used these buildings, including (no doubt) some local folkore along the way. In other words, it is not a book for scholars; but rather, a book intended for all people who love old buildings and a book which may help to inspire interest among those who may never have stopped to look at an old building before." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE SKY'S NO LIMIT., Munro, Raymond Z.
19 Munro, Raymond Z. THE SKY'S NO LIMIT.
Toronto Key Porter 1985 0919493696 / 9780919493698 First Edition Hard Cover Good Very Good- 
288 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "Munro has had enough adventures and brushes with death to fill ten lifetimes - like the time a cannon shell exploded off the wing of his Spitfire over the English Channel; or the time he took on the Vancouver Police Department and exposed corruption in its ranks; or the time his hot air balloon crashed in gale force winds in the wintry Irish Sea; or the time he caroused with movie great Errol Flynn in Mexico. He draws vivid portraits of the many people and personalities he has known throughout his action-filled life, including Gary Cooper, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, air ace Sir Douglas Bader and Eleanor Roosevelt." Very small bump to top corner of pages, bump to top corner of boards, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light to moderate wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
RUNNING THE GAUNTLET:  HOW THREE GIANT LINERS CARRIED A MILLION MEN TO WAR, 1942-1945., Satchell, Alister.
20 Satchell, Alister. RUNNING THE GAUNTLET: HOW THREE GIANT LINERS CARRIED A MILLION MEN TO WAR, 1942-1945.
Chatham, London, 2001. 
256 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1861761643 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "The use of the great Cunard liners 'Queen Elizabeth', 'Queen Mary' and 'Aquitania' as fast transatlantic troop tra nsports was one of the great high-risk operations of the Second World War, yet it was vital to the build-up of U.S. troops in the British Isles in preparation for D-Day. Sailing unescorted, and carrying up to 15,000 men at a time, a single t o r p e d o from a U-boat could have resulted in one of the greatest military disasters in history. This book, written by the former cipher officer of the 'Aquitania', gives a unique insight into this unprecedented wartime 'shuttle service', with g ra ph ic a cc ou n ts of the dangers faced not only from U-boats and enemy aircraft but also from the elements, as the liners crossed the stormy North Atlantic overloaded to an extent never anticipated by their designers. Most importantly, the aut hor re vea ls for th e first time how decoded 'Enigma' signals were central to the success of this opration, enabling the troops for the invasion of Europe to cross the Atlantic in time for the 1944 deadline. Based on the author's diaries, th is i nsid er's vie w o f on e of t he most fascinating, and dangerous, naval operations in history is an important contribution to our understanding of the Battle of the Atlantic, and of the Second World War as a whole." Small bump at top edge of both boar ds. Dust jack et ha s ver y s mall bump att op edge of front panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
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