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THE TARTAN PIMPERNEL., Caskie, Donald C.
1 Caskie, Donald C. THE TARTAN PIMPERNEL.
Oldbourne, London, 1959, reprint. 
270 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "On Sunday, 10 June 1940, the Rev. Donald C. Caskie, Minister of the Scottish Kirk in Paris, preached for the last time in four years, said goodbye to his congregation, locked the chur ch and joined the mass-exodus from the city. A Highlander, he denounced Hitler from his pulpit. He was on the Gestapo 'Black List'. After a perilous journey - he was mobbed by French villagers who thought him a German paratrooper and machi n e - g u n n ed from the air - he arrived in Marseilles and commandeered the British Seamen's Mission near the Old Harbour. There the adventures of 'The Tartan Pimpernel' began. Immediately contacted by Allied Intelligence Officers he was conscri pt ed t o se rv ic e. The Seamen's Mission became a vital link on the escape route for prisoners-of-war and soldiers escaping from Dunkirk. He fed, clothed and gave the men shelter before sending them through the Pyrenees with forged papers to Sp ain . He co lle cte d m ilitary information for the Allies. Denounced by a British traitor, Dr. Caskie was banished to Grenoble where he continued his work as an 'underground padre'. Arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to death in a Nazi Court h e pa ss ed thr ough sev en p risons and was saved from death by a German padre. Throughout all his perils (he) was sustained by the Christian Faith and inspired by native patriotism. Still the Scottish Minister to Paris, he has saved the books in whic h h e r ecor ded t he na mes o f his guests of war. Among the legion of men he helped were Whitney Straight, the millionaire sportsman and R.A.F. ace, and Redvers Prior, M.P. His story is enlivened by Scottish humour and brilliant character studie s of his comr ades a nd ene mies." Areas of light browning/foxing on end papers, one corner with a slight small bump, light wrinkling and color fading at top/bottom of spine, some light color fading on top edge of rear board, light browni ng on b ottom edge of bo ards, b rowning and fa int tiny foxing marks on edges of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has small chips and tears (some with old tape on inside), light rubbing/soiling - mainly on rear panel, edge crease s, very light edge w ear, ne wspaper clipping tipped in on front flap. Good+/Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
2 Dominy, John. Foreword by Airey Neave. THE SERGEANT ESCAPERS.
Ian Allan, London, (1974), Ist edition. 
136 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "Less well known (than stories of the Colditz and Stalag III escapers) but equally heroic were those of the large numbers of Royal Air Force NCO pilots, observers and air gunners who fell into German hands...A particularly notorius NCO camp was Heydekrug on the Baltic coast in what was East Prussia - the scene of one of the most remarkable POW exploits of the war. A tough, daring and resourceful escaper, Warrant Officer George Grimson, succeeded in establishing an escape route within Nazi Germany itself. Destined to be one of the great classic escape books, 'Sergeant Escapers' tells the story of George Grimson and his fellow NCOs and their attempt, successful and unsuccessful, to outwit their captors, frequently in conditions that made Colditz look like a rest camp. The author...was himself a POW and an eye-witness to the unfolding drama of the Grimson escape saga." Previous owner's bookplate on free front endpaper, minor edge wear to boards, spine has glossy finish, front and rear boards are matt with some overspray from spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear, light rubbing, small closed tear on front hinge. VG-/VG- 
Price: 16.00 USD
 
 
PAST TENSE: CHARLIE'S STORY., Hobbs, Charlie.
3 Hobbs, Charlie. PAST TENSE: CHARLIE'S STORY.
Burnstown, Ontario General Store Publishing House 1994 1896182119 / 9781896182117 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine 
208 pp, large 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs, map. "Like many of his friends, Charlie Hobbs was eager to join up when (WWII) broke out in 1939. Who wanted to take a bank manager's course when you could fly with the RCAF? After qualifying as an airgunner, Charlie sailed for England in 1941 and spent the next two years flying over Europe with the #83 and #207 squadrons. Leaves spent in London and with Aunt Jennie in Scotland provided welcome respites from the terrors of war for Charlie and his chum, Cam, and both looked as if they would be two of the lucky ones. Then Cam was shot down. Six months later, Charlie, too, was shot down in a fiery crash that killed his pilot. Reunited in the same POW camp, Charlie and Cam found themselves forced to plumb depths of resourcefulness they never knew they had, in circumstances they never knew existed. 'Charlie's Story' is all about hope, friendship and the strength of the human spirit." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PAST TENSE: CHARLIE'S STORY., Hobbs, Charlie.
4 Hobbs, Charlie. PAST TENSE: CHARLIE'S STORY.
Burnstown, Ontario General Store Publishing House 1994 1896182119 / 9781896182117 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
208 pp, large 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs, map. "Like many of his friends, Charlie Hobbs was eager to join up when (WWII) broke out in 1939. Who wanted to take a bank manager's course when you could fly with the RCAF? After qualifying as an airgunner, Charlie sailed for England in 1941 and spent the next two years flying over Europe with the #83 and #207 squadrons. Leaves spent in London and with Aunt Jennie in Scotland provided welcome respites from the terrors of war for Charlie and his chum, Cam, and both looked as if they would be two of the lucky ones. Then Cam was shot down. Six months later, Charlie, too, was shot down in a fiery crash that killed his pilot. Reunited in the same POW camp, Charlie and Cam found themselves forced to plumb depths of resourcefulness they never knew they had, in circumstances they never knew existed. 'Charlie's Story' is all about hope, friendship and the strength of the human spirit." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
5 Melady, John. ESCAPE FROM CANADA! THE UNTOLD STORY OF GERMAN POWs IN CANADA, 1939-1945.
Macmillan, Toronto, (1981). 
210 pp, paperback. ISBN 0771592566 B&w photos. "Captured on the battlefields of Europe and Africa, or on the open sea, 25,000 German officers and other ranks were sent to camps across this country, to live out the duration of the war behind barbe d wire. Many of these men were the cream of Hitler's fighting troops, and they regarded it as their duty to escape imprisonment and return to Germany to fight again..." The story of these escapers and escape attempts, as well as of murders, r i o t s , etc. that occured in at some of the camps. Interior - pages have light to moderate browning, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - browning to edges of text block, small publisher label on front cover, a f ew m in or soft edge creases, small scuff on rear cover, very faint crease on spine. Very Good 
Price: 9.95 USD
 
 
ROAD TO RESISTANCE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY., Millar, George.
6 Millar, George. ROAD TO RESISTANCE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
Bodley Head, London, 1979, first edition. 
412 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0370302052 B&w photographs, map. "In this remarkable autobiography, one of the universally recognised and most individual heroes of the Second World War retravels the course of the first thi rty-four years of his life, a road that led from his childhood amid two wealthy Scottish families to his war-time exploits as an escaper and as a terrorist in the Resistance. Just as the war came to an end George Millar wrote two books about hi s e x periences, 'Maquis' and 'Horned Pigeon'. Both were best-sellers, but both were bridled by the Official Secrets Act. It is only now that his full story can be told. 'Josh' Millar's real education was accomplished on the hunting field, in Fr an c e, a nd at his London base in Jermyn Street, the Cavendish, under the kindly eye of Rosa Lewis. He trained as an architect at Cambridge but then joined the merchant navy as an ordinary seaman. Persuaded to try his hand at journalism, he engi nee re d a sc oop aboard the 'Nahlin' and joined the 'Express', where he became of one 'Lord Beaverbrook's young men'. The outbreak of war found him as a member of an elite Paris 'Express' team that included Alan Moorehead, Geoffrey Cox and Sefton Del mer . E vacu ated after the fall of France, he joined the Rifle Brigade, was captured in the Western Desert and interned in an Italian POW camp. After many escape attempts he jumped a prison train, spent months being passed secretly from cont act t o co ntact with in France and finally got away via Gibraltar. Joining the SOE, he parachuted back into Eastern France just before D-Day, his instructions being to organise local Resistance groups and to sabotage German communications. It pr oved t o be, in pe rsonal terms, one of the happiest periods of his life." Book slightly cocked, a few minor light foxing marks and minor browning on edges of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good/V ery Goo d 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TICKET TO HELL VIA DIEPPE: FROM A PRISONER'S WARTIME LOG 1942-1945., Prouse, A. Robert.
7 Prouse, A. Robert. TICKET TO HELL VIA DIEPPE: FROM A PRISONER'S WARTIME LOG 1942-1945.
Toronto Van Nostrand Reinhold 1982 0770600093 / 9780770600099 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
192 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). Pictorial endpapers. "This fascinating memoir of three years spent in Stalag IXC deep within the Third Reich recreates in rich detail what life was like behind barbed wire. Prouse has drawn on the rich resources of his wartime log, secreted all those years beneath the barracks floor, to portray those struggles as well as the thrill of short-lived freedom, the humour of plays and dances, the terror of air raids, and the hope for liberation. The stories are told with warmth and humour and are illustrated with photographs rifled from camp files, mementoes looted after liberation, camp posters, cartoons, maps, newspapers and poetic doggerel that captures the spirit of the time." 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
AFTER THE BATTLE.  NUMBER 63:  COLDITZ., Ramsey, Winston G., editor.  (Jim Beedle, Wilf Nicoll, Peter Corbell, Peter Halliday, Robin J. Brooks, Group Captain H.T. Sutton, Roy Humphreys, Ray Munday, F.O. W. Fraser, Bill Gent, Peter Norris, Keith Braybrooke, Alister Ruby, Michael Payne et al
8 Ramsey, Winston G., editor. (Jim Beedle, Wilf Nicoll, Peter Corbell, Peter Halliday, Robin J. Brooks, Group Captain H.T. Sutton, Roy Humphreys, Ray Munday, F.O. W. Fraser, Bill Gent, Peter Norris, Keith Braybrooke, Alister Ruby, Michael Payne et al AFTER THE BATTLE. NUMBER 63: COLDITZ.
London Battle of Britain Prints International 1989 0306154X Stapled in Wraps Very Good - 
53 pp, 11 11/16" H (magazine format). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, maps, plans. Contents: Colditz; John Gillespie Magee (High Flight). Interior - bump at top corner of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light edge wear, two tiny edge tears with creases (archivally taped) on front cover, very small corner creases on covers, small old price sticker on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DOUGLAS BADER: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE LEGENDARY WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT., Turner, John Fraynd.
9 Turner, John Fraynd. DOUGLAS BADER: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE LEGENDARY WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1995 1853105465 / 9781853105463 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
252 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "Based on extensive interviews which the author had with Douglas Bader during the last thirteen years of his life, it tells the full story from his childhood to his work with the disabled in later life. After a flying accident in which he lost his legs, Douglas Bader was invalided out of the RAF. At the outbreak of war in 1939 he was recalled to the RAF and returned to flying. He fought in the Battle of Britain and later in nearly one hundred offensive fighter patrols. Follow-ing a mid-air collision he was captured and became a prisoner-of-war and was imprisoned in Colditz. The story of his war-time activities, both in the air and as a POW , is told in some detail and makes fascinating reading. These activities helped him to achieve celebrity status and in later life much of his time was given to promoting causes for the disabled." Very small faint soiling mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, tiny dent on front panel, minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
DOUGLAS BADER: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE LEGENDARY WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT., Turner, John Fraynd.
10 Turner, John Fraynd. DOUGLAS BADER: A BIOGRAPHY OF THE LEGENDARY WORLD WAR II FIGHTER PILOT.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1995 1853105465 / 9781853105463 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
252 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "Based on extensive interviews which the author had with Douglas Bader during the last thirteen years of his life, it tells the full story from his childhood to his work with the disabled in later life. After a flying accident in which he lost his legs, Douglas Bader was invalided out of the RAF. At the outbreak of war in 1939 he was recalled to the RAF and returned to flying. He fought in the Battle of Britain and later in nearly one hundred offensive fighter patrols. Follow-ing a mid-air collision he was captured and became a prisoner-of-war and was imprisoned in Colditz. The story of his war-time activities, both in the air and as a POW , is told in some detail and makes fascinating reading. These activities helped him to achieve celebrity status and in later life much of his time was given to promoting causes for the disabled." Large gift inscription on free front endpaper, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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