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FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, ESTABLISHED OCTOBER EIGHTEEENTH MD CCC LXIX:  A RECORD OF ITS PROGRESS DURING THE PAST HALF CENTURY, 1869-1919.
1 FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA, ESTABLISHED OCTOBER EIGHTEEENTH MD CCC LXIX: A RECORD OF ITS PROGRESS DURING THE PAST HALF CENTURY, 1869-1919.
Montreal The Royal Bank of Canada 1920 First Edition Soft Cover Good 
154 pp, 10 5/8" H. Dark grey textured paper covers with black banding, white title label with black banding/lettering/crest on front cover. B&w illustrations. Contents: Introduction; Summary of the Bank's History from 1869; Chronology; Original Shareholders of the Merchants Bank of Halifax; Officers, 1869-1919; Present Officers; General Statement, November 29, 1919; Comparative Statement Shewing Progress of the Bank since 1869; Branches, 1869-1919, and Recapitulation, November 30, 1919; List of Branches and Managers; Roll of Honour; Act to Incorporate the Merchants Bank of Halifax; Act Respecting the Merchants Bank of Halifax and to Change its Name to "The Royal Bank of Canada"; Act to Amend the above Act; Act Respecting the Removal of the Head Office of The Royal Bank of Canada from Halifax to Montreal. Interior - light color offset on free endpapers from inside of covers, previous owner's name in ink on front free endpaper, very small soft crease or curl at top/bottom corners of first few and last few pages. Exterior - darkening to spine and edges of covers, moderate shelf soiling on bottom of text block, very small corner creases on front cover, light soiling on covers, a few tiny light stains on front cover label, tiny piece missing from top of spine, minor edge wear. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
RULES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA WITH APPENDIX, APRIL 23, 1913.
2 RULES OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA WITH APPENDIX, APRIL 23, 1913.
Ottawa C.H. Parelee 1913 Hard Cover Very Good - 
90 pp, 6 1/2" H. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering on front board. Contents: General Rule / Sittings of the House / Quorum / Order in the House / Casting vote of Speaker / Divisions / Yeas and Nays / Internal Economy Report / Select Standing Committees / Quorum of Committess / Deputy Speaker / Rules of Debate / Question of Order / Decorum in Debate / Reading the Question / Members not to speak twice / Conduct of Members as to Voting - Personal interest / Decorum in the House / Attendance of Members / Business of the House / Officers of the House / General Regulations / Intercourse between the two Houses / Private Bill Business / The Library of Parliament. A few small light finger marks on free rear endpaper, very light wear at corners and top/bottom of spine, tiny corner bumps, a few small indentations and scratches on front board, light wrinkling on spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE CANADIAN ALMANAC, AND REPOSITORY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, FOR THE YEAR 1861.  (WITH FOLD-OUT MAP.)
3 THE CANADIAN ALMANAC, AND REPOSITORY OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, FOR THE YEAR 1861. (WITH FOLD-OUT MAP.)
Toronto Maclear 1861 Soft Cover Good- 
95 pp, 8 15/16" H. Stitched in original paper cover, the first pagebeing the title page. Fold-out map - "Map of Part of Canada West Engraved Expressly for the Canadian Almanac 1861" (approx. 17" W x 16" H), printed in b&w. Title page continues: "Containing Full and Authentic Commercial, Statistical, Astronomical, Departmental, Ecclesiastical, Educational, Financial and General Information. The Astronomical Calculations Have Been Made Expressly For This Publication At The Provincial Observatory in Toronto." Includes sections about: Holydays, Disastrous Occurences, &c.; Remarkable Occurrences in 1859; Exports and Imports; Our Municipal System; Legislative Assembly of Canada; An Index to the Statutes; Tariff of Customs; Canadian Patents; Post Office Department; The Clergy of Canada; Judiciary; Banks in Canada with their Agencies, &c.; County and Judicial Officers - Canada West; Township Municipalities, Canada West; Cities, Towns and Villages; Masonic Lodges; Provincial Land Surveyors, Upper Canada; Colleges, etc., etc. Pages 85 to (96) contain advertisements. Interior - light toning in page margins, some soft corner wrinkles, some creasing and light edge wear to fold-out map. Exterior - light browning to edges of text block, light toning to edges of covers, soft wrinkling/creases on covers, very light edge wear with a few tiny chips/tears, small tear at bottom of front hinge - archivally taped. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
4 THE CROW'S NEST FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY, 1942-1982.
Crow's Nest Board of Directors, n.p., (1982). 
107 pp, 8vo, soft cover. Profusely illus with b&w photos of the club and its members/visitors, etc. The forty year history of the Newfoundland Officers Club, St. John's Newfoundland. Gives list of Executive Members for each year. Includes a brochure outlining history and membership requirements. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear/rubbing. VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 THE ROYAL MILITARY CALENDAR, OR ARMY SERVICE AND COMMISSION BOOK. 5 VOLUME SET. FACSIMILE OF THE 1820 THIRD EDITION.
Privately Printed in an edition of 100 sets of which this is No.3. 
400 pp, 424 pp, 416 pp, 496 pp, 508 pp, 8vo, hard covers with simulated leather spines (gilt lettering and bands) and biege cloth boards. "CONTAINING THE SERVICES AND PROGRESS OF PROMOTION OF THE GENERALS, LIEUTENANT-GENERALS, MAJOR-GENERALS, COLONELS, LIEU TENANT-COLONELS, AND MAJORS OF THE ARMY, ACCORDING TO SENIORITY: WITH DETAILS OF THE PRINCIPAL MILITARY EVENTS OF THE LAST CENTURY." (The Duke of Wellington accounts for almost half of the first volume.) "This Edition embraces the actual services of above two thousand Officers, and the progress of promotion of 2,872." Index to the set given in Volume V. Minor bumping/soiling to boards, bump to fore edge of textblock of Volume III, causing light creasing to the bottom corner of approx. pages 50-130, pen line and correction on page 459 of index, some very slight darkening to top edges of textblocks. A few pages throughout have tiny/small ink smudges (appear to be result of the manufacturing process). VG+ 
Price: 600.00 USD
 
 
6 THIS IS CANADAIR. A PICTORIAL VISIT THROUGH ONE OF CANADA'S GREAT AIRCRAFT PLANTS.
Montreal Canadair Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
Unpaginated (20 pp, including covers), 11" H. No date, but circa 1955. B&w photographs. Section headings: This is Canadair; The Royal Canadian Air Force; F-86 Sabre Jet; T-33 Silver Star Trainer; CL-28 Maritime Reconnaissance; Canadair Transports; Engineering; At a Glance; Production; Pre-Flight and Delivery; Spare Parts; Canadair Officers and Senior Executives; Engineering Department; Manufacturing Department; Sales Department. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small soft crease at top corner of rear cover, minor soiling on rear cover, minor edge wear. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
7 Alexander, Bevin. HOW GREAT GENERALS WIN.
Avon, New York, 1995. 
320 pp, 7 7/8" H, soft cover. ISBN 0380724367 B&w photographs, maps. "Undaunted by Hannibal's elephants, Scipio Africanus ordered his outnumbered cavlary to charge directly toward the massive beasts - and, by doing so, saved Rome. Stonewall Jack son struck like l ightning throughout the Shenandoah Valley, with occasional feints toward Washington - and so frustrated a numerically superior Union Army. Despite few resouces and even less support from the German High Command, The 'Desert F o x ' , Erwin Rommel, cond ucted one of the most spectacular and successful campaigns in military history. In wars throughout the centuries, the fortunes of great armies have turned on surprise tactics and audacious maneuvers brilliantly conceiv ed b y un co n ventional officers. In this remarkable work, acclaimed historian Bevin Alexander examines some of the most astonishing campaigns and engagements of all time - providing a uniquely insightful look at the battlefield genius of Napole on, Sh er man , L aw rence of Arabia, Mac Arthur, and other military strategists who transformed rout into victory time and time again." Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - mi nor edge we ar. Ver y G ood 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
ROYAL CANADIAN MILITARY INSTITUTE YEAR BOOK 1990., Allinson, Sidney, editor.  Murray E. Buckstein, Gregory Loughton.  President's Report by LCol G.I. Mathieson.
8 Allinson, Sidney, editor. Murray E. Buckstein, Gregory Loughton. President's Report by LCol G.I. Mathieson. ROYAL CANADIAN MILITARY INSTITUTE YEAR BOOK 1990.
Toronto Royal Canadian Military Institute 1991 Stapled in Wraps Very Good+ 
48 pp, 10 15/16" H. B&w and colour photographs. Contents: Patrons, Officers, Directors, Committee Chairmen, and Trustees; Past Presidents, 1890-1990; President's Report; Board of Directors 1990; 1990: A Momentous Year at the RCMI; History of the RCMI Museum; Lt Col G.K. (Ken) Bell; Our Centenary Year in Photos; Committee Reports (Centenary / House / Library / Functions / Membership / Museum / Communications / Sports and Recreation / Speakers); Membership Lists (Honorary Life / Life / Resident / Non-Resident / Associate Officers - Resident / Associate Officers - Non-Resident / Associate Members - ditto / Continuing Members - ditto / In Memoriam). Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very soft crease on front cover, minor browning on rear hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CANADIAN WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM.  2 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE., Allodi, Mary.  Forword by Donald Blake Webster.
9 Allodi, Mary. Forword by Donald Blake Webster. CANADIAN WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS IN THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM. 2 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE.
Toronto Royal Ontario Museum 1974 0888541597 / 9780888541598 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine 
Unpaginated, oblong (8 7/8" H x 12 1/4" D) - medium brown cloth with gilt lettering on spines and front boards. Slipcase covered in matching brown cloth with gilt lettering and colour pastedown on front panel. 2220 reproductions in b&w and colour. Volume One: Foreword; Introduction; Notes on Procedure; Abbreviations; Artists A to K. Volume Two: Artists K to Y; Anonymous Artists; Geographic Index; Subject Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spines. Slipcase has very minor rubbing. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
10 Anderson, Frank W. SHERIFFS AND OUTLAWS OF WESTERN CANADA.
(Frontier Publishing, Calgary, Alberta, 1973). 
100 pp, 10 1/2" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "In response to numerous requests for a book dealing exclusively with western Canadian gunmen and law enforcement officers, we have taken 39 of the best stories from 'Sagas of the Canadian West' and reproduced them here." Contents include: The First Shootout; Town Tamers; The McLean Gang; Ernest Chashel; Bulldog Kelly; The Wood Mountain Mob; Crackerbox Bill; Vigilante Action; Cariboo Killers; Cariboo Rowlands Caper; Manitoba's Krafchenko Problem; Ben Hales, Badman; Gus Brede, Smuggler; The Last Highwayman; The Dog and Big Rib, etc., etc. Interior - light browning to page edges, two pages with top corner crease, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - previous owners name address on front cover, small ink doodle on rear cover, cover edges browning. G+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24th FOOT 1689-1937., Atkinson, C.T.
11 Atkinson, C.T. THE SOUTH WALES BORDERERS 24th FOOT 1689-1937.
Regimental History Committee, n.p., 1937 (printed by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge). 
601 pp + 4 fold-out maps at rear, small 4to (10" H), hard cover (dark green cloth with gold lettering/decoration on spine/front board) - no dust jacket. Map on front endpapers, tissue-covered frontispiece, b&w and colour plates (including colour un iform studies by Simkin), b&w illustrations, maps throughout text + 4 fold-out maps at rear - collated. Contents: Foreword; Preface; List of Colonels; The Raising of the Regiment - Ireland; Service at Sea - Camaret Bay and Catalonia; Marl b o r o u g h ' s Wars - The Earlier Campaigns and Blenheim; Marlborough's Wars - Ramillies: Oudenarde: Lille; Marlborough's Wars: Malplaquet and after; Ireland - Vigo - A Long Peace; Cartagena; Home Service - Minorca; The Second Battalion - Coasta l Ex pe di ti on s; T he Seven Years War - Westphalia; Gibraltar - Ireland - The American Rebellion - Saratoga; Reconstruction - Home Service - Canada again - Egypt; War renewed - Another Second Battalion - The Cape; The Second Battalion at Home - O rde red to th e P eni nsu la - Talavera; The Peninsular War - Torres Vedras - Fuentes; The Peninsular War - Salamanca - Burgos; The Peninsular War - Vittoria - The Pyrenees; The Peninsular War - France - The Second Battalion Disbanded; The Unlu cky Voy age - In dia - Th e Ne apul Wa r; Home Service - Canada again - Back to India; The Second Sikh War - Chilianwala; India - The Mutiny - Another Second Battalion formed - Peace-time Services; South Africa: The Kaffir War; South Africa - Isan dhlw ana; Sout h Afr ica - Ror ke's Drift : Th e Recovery of the Colour; The South Wales Borderers - Burma; South Africa - To the Occupation of Johannesburg; South Africa Concluded; From South Africa to the Great War; The Great War 1914-1918 - The R egula rs, S pecia l Rese ves and Te rrito rials; The Great War - The Service Battalions; Since the Conclusion of the Great War; Appendices: Roll of Officers; War Memorials; The 18th and 24th Battalions, Australian Military Forces; Index of higher f ormati ons an d unit s; Inde x of person s and places; Gene ral Index. This volume was in the signet Library Edinburgh. It has "Signet Library" and a small number written in pen on front pastedown, oval library stamp on verso of free front endpa per and on hal f-title page wi th so me very light ink offs et on adjacent page (light erasure marks in center of the stamps), small 5 digit number written in ink on copyright page, minor soiling to endpapers, small soft crease at top corner of ap prox. pa ges 290 to 390, light rub bing a nd a few light soiling marks on boards, bump to top corner of front board - very small bump at bottom corner, three small shallow bumps on edges of rear board, light edge wear and wrinkling at top/bottom o f spine, light we ar at co rners, des crete " Signet Li brary" in gold l etteri ng on spine, light browning and minor soiling on fore-edge of textblock, shelf soiling on bottom of textblock. Good+ 
Price: 365.00 USD
 
 
OTHER LOSSES:  AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MASS DEATHS OF GERMAN PRISONERS AT THE HANDS OF THE FRENCH AND AMERICANS AFTER WORLD WAR II., Bacque, James.
12 Bacque, James. OTHER LOSSES: AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MASS DEATHS OF GERMAN PRISONERS AT THE HANDS OF THE FRENCH AND AMERICANS AFTER WORLD WAR II.
Toronto Stoddart 1989 0773722696 / 9780773722699 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
248 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs and drawings. "In the U.S. Army prison camps of western Germany at the end of World War II, almost four million German soldiers were held prisoner outdoors, in barbed-wire enclosures, with little or no food and water, for many months. The French Army, which took some 630,000 prisoners from the Americans to use as reparations labor, starved and mistreated them so badly that likely 250,000 died. In the American camps, at least 750,000 died. Most were soldiers of the Wehrmacht who surrendered on May 8, 1945, but many scores of thousands were women, children and old men. The deaths were simply listed as 'OTHER LOSSES". In painstaking, wide-ranging research, the author has interviewed hundreds of prisoners, guards and army officers and has amassed many thousands of pages of evidence from Army archives in Paris, Koblenz, London, Washington and Ottawa. He was ably assisted by senior U.S. Army historian Col. Ernest F. Fisher. How the public was fooled, the U.S. State Department co-opted, the International Committee of the Red Cross deceived, the press negated, the U.S. Senate neutered, books censored, archives destroyed and senior officials inveigled into the coverup - all this is outlined in a work that destroys the genial myths about Allied war aims and exposes the sources of cynical Cold War propaganda that blamed the Russians for all the deaths among these prisoners." Slight bump at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light browning at top/bottom edges of flaps, very light rubbing, tiny scuff on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HISTORY OF SCARBOROUGH, FROM THE EARLIEST DATE., Baker, Joseph Brogden.
13 Baker, Joseph Brogden. THE HISTORY OF SCARBOROUGH, FROM THE EARLIEST DATE.
London Longmans, Green 1882 Hard Cover Good 
527 pp, 10" H. Dark green cloth with gilt lettering/decoration, black banding on spine/front board, black endpapers. B&w illustrations (some fold-out). ***Please note: the illustration titled "Drawbridge of the Castle" is missing.*** Section headings: Introduction; Charters; The Castle; Siege of the Town; Religious Houses and Ancient Churches; St. Mary's; Modern Churches; Governing Body of the Borough; Parliamentary History of the Borough; Corporate History; Charities and Public Schools; Markets, Fairs, and Commerce; Harbour and Shipping; Recreations and Amusements; Biography; Folk Lore; Footpaths five miles from Scarborough; Published Works on Scarborough. Some splitting to paper on inside hinges - hinges holding well, scattered tiny foxing marks on pages and illustrations, darkening and tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, light to moderate edge wear to boards - moderate at corners and at top/bottom of spine, a few small areas of discoloration on boards and spine, light rubbing, slight fading to spine color. Book is protected in a stiff mylar jacket 
Price: 130.00 USD
 
 
THE EMPIRE IS MARCHING: A STUDY OF THE MILITARY EFFORT OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1800-1945., Barclay, Glen St. J.
14 Barclay, Glen St. J. THE EMPIRE IS MARCHING: A STUDY OF THE MILITARY EFFORT OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1800-1945.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1976, first edition. 
276 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297771256 B&w plates. "(A) study of the military strength of Britain and her Empire during the Boer War, First World War and Second World War. Dr Barclay evaluates the contributions of Aus tralia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, and the changing roles played by the colonies during times of crisis. He explains British attitudes to colonial troops - Australian indiscipline and New Zealand thoroughness - and the lack of diplomacy on the part of British military leaders when dealing with their colonial counterparts. After the South Africa War the British government should have seen clearly the advantages of an Empire Military Force, but reports on empire defence from eminen t naval officers such as Fanshawe and Jellicoe were repeatedly ignored. The colonies themselves all reacted differently to the threat of war. Australia was often at odds with New Zealand - the former worried about defending her own vulnerable coa st line, the latter primarily concerned to maintain friendly relationships with Britain; Canada was slow to become involved - but Canadian troops were a stirring sight, well-disciplined fighting men who obeyed their superiors without question; South Af rica made little contribution to the war effort, although her Prime Minister, Jan Smuts, gained great favour with the British Government by always agreeing, in principle, to every new plan put forward by the British. Dr Barclay has written an o utst anding account of the achievements of the British Empire during the late nineteenth and twentieth century, using a vast number of published and unpublished sources." Previous owner's place, date and signature in ink on free front endpaper; lig ht ed ge wear; tiny bump on top edge of front board; light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear with some tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, light edge w rinkling at top edge and bottom of spine. Very Good-/Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE SOLDIERS OF LONDON.  IMPERIAL SERVICES LIBRARY VOLUME VI., Barnes, R. Money, Major.
15 Barnes, R. Money, Major. THE SOLDIERS OF LONDON. IMPERIAL SERVICES LIBRARY VOLUME VI.
London Seeley, Service 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
376 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w drawings, color plates. "(N)ot only a military history of every regiment which was first formed in London, but also describes the uniforms they wore and the various changes and modifications introduced from time to time during more than three hundred years of service. The story of these many regiments is of absorbing interest, whether it is about volunteers, territorials or regular troops, and is enhanced by sixty-six full page illustrations in line in the text, eight in sepia, and twelve superb plates in full colour. There is also an exhaustive index to the many regiments, the date of their formation, colour of their uniforms, and many other details, such as how they got their names, and nicknames. During their long history many famous British regiments whose names are always associated with London have had a continuous and unbroken military record dating from the time of Charles I to the present day, and the story of the part they have played in campaigns all over the world are our British heritage. In studying this lucid and accurate history of regiments which were first formed in London, we can appreciate the important role they have always filled in the pageantry of state occasions and ceremonial parades in which the Guards, Household Cavalry, and the Yeomen of the Guard are part of the London scene." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear, slight small bump to top corner of pages 197 to 314. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling, rubbing and soiling; very light browning on inside. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE SOLDIERS OF LONDON.  IMPERIAL SERVICES LIBRARY VOLUME VI., Barnes, R. Money, Major.
16 Barnes, R. Money, Major. THE SOLDIERS OF LONDON. IMPERIAL SERVICES LIBRARY VOLUME VI.
London Seeley, Service 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
376 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w drawings, color plates. "(N)ot only a military history of every regiment which was first formed in London, but also describes the uniforms they wore and the various changes and modifications introduced from time to time during more than three hundred years of service. The story of these many regiments is of absorbing interest, whether it is about volunteers, territorials or regular troops, and is enhanced by sixty-six full page illustrations in line in the text, eight in sepia, and twelve superb plates in full colour. There is also an exhaustive index to the many regiments, the date of their formation, colour of their uniforms, and many other details, such as how they got their names, and nicknames. During their long history many famous British regiments whose names are always associated with London have had a continuous and unbroken military record dating from the time of Charles I to the present day, and the story of the part they have played in campaigns all over the world are our British heritage. In studying this lucid and accurate history of regiments which were first formed in London, we can appreciate the important role they have always filled in the pageantry of state occasions and ceremonial parades in which the Guards, Household Cavalry, and the Yeomen of the Guard are part of the London scene." One color plate has tiny corner crease, minor rubbing to boards, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear - moderate with creases at top/bottom of spine, light to moderate rubbing, light edge wrinkling, a few very small edge tears and tiny chips. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
HITLER'S GENERALS., Barnett, Correlli, editor.  (Robert O'Neill, Klaus-Jurgen Muller, Brian Bond, Barry A. Leach, Walter Gorlitz, Earl F. Ziemke, Field-Marshal Lord Carver, Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., Shelford Bidwell, Martin Blumenson, Carlo D'Este, Martin Middlebrook, et
17 Barnett, Correlli, editor. (Robert O'Neill, Klaus-Jurgen Muller, Brian Bond, Barry A. Leach, Walter Gorlitz, Earl F. Ziemke, Field-Marshal Lord Carver, Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., Shelford Bidwell, Martin Blumenson, Carlo D'Este, Martin Middlebrook, et HITLER'S GENERALS.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, (1989). 
497 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, maps. "...(gathers) todgether an outstanding team of military historians to write about the characters and careers of twenty-six generals - the men in field-grey and carmine-red whose expertise enabled the Wehrmacht to win the early dazzling victories of 1939-41 and then to endure so long against such heavy odds...probes the central mystery of why a generation of able commanders and staff officers from the most deeply professional officer corps in the world became subservient to Hitler's purposes and why even the best of them failed to deflect Hitler from his disastrous decisions..." Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, minor edge wear and rubbing. Dust jacket has light edge wear, moderate soft wrinkling - mainly on spine and top edge, small closed tear at top of rear hinge, a few soiling specks on inside surface. VG/VG- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE DESERT GENERALS., Barnett, Correlli.
18 Barnett, Correlli. THE DESERT GENERALS.
William Kimber, London, 1960, second edition. 
320 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "The first portrait is of Sir Richard O'Connor, who won the fantastic victories over Graziani's Italians in 1940. The author shows that th e credit for the daring and unorthodox planning is due to O'Connor and not to Wavell; he puts forward a convincing argument to show that Tripoli could have been taken - and the North African campaign ended - in February, 1941, if the Prime Mi n i s t e r had not diverted forces to Greece. Of Sir Alan Cunningham, first commander of 8th Army, there is a picture of imaginative insight. The author shows that the crisis in the 'Crusader' battle of November, 1941, was caused by twenty years o f ne gl ec t a nd traditionalism, although the brunt fell on Cunningham, then a sick man. In Sir Neil Ritchie, next 8th Army commander, the author sees personified the characteristics of the Establishment - rigidity, social charm and professiona l c on ser vat ism . H e shows how Ritchie was beaten in the summer battles of 1942 by the dynamism of German leadership. With 8th Army in danger of complete collapse, the C.-in-C., Sir Claude Auchinleck, took over direct command in order to try t o sa ve the Midd le E as t a nd its vital oil. In the next few weeks he won a great but never officially acknowledged victory in the First Battle of Alamein. The author believes that this was the true turning point of the war, making possible the ' Torch ' l andi ngs i n Fre nch Nor th Africa. Auchinleck's reward was dismissal - as, the author shows, a political scapegoat. Although Field-Marshal Montgomery has recounted his own story, there is another side to it, told here for the first tim e. Th e au thor discus ses th e pl ans f or Montgomery's first victory of Alam Halfa which had been made by Auchinleck and his officers; he submits that the Battle of Alamein was not impeccably handled, and that Rommel's escape afterwards was not o wing to rain , but to the hesita nt, ' broad front' pursuit - the very error of which Montgomery was to accuse Eisenhower in 1944." Previous owner's small bookplate and small light stain on front pastedown, light browning to edges of text block, minor w rinkli ng at top/bott om of sp ine, o ne pag e with tiny edge tear and crease. Dust jacket has wear/wrinkles/tiny chips at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, small surface paper loss at top of spine, light browning on spine and flap-fold s, two ed ge tear s with creases - old tap e repai r, one tiny edge tear, light wear on flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
CRATER TO THE CREGGAN:  A HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ANGLIAN REGIMENT 1964-1974., Barthorp, Michael.
19 Barthorp, Michael. CRATER TO THE CREGGAN: A HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ANGLIAN REGIMENT 1964-1974.
Leo Cooper, London, 1976, first edition. 
160 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. ISBN 085052229 Color frontispiece, b&w photographs, maps, 'family tree'. "In the early 1960s a new concept for the organisation of the Infantry was devised - the voluntary formation of Large Regiments. This is the story of the first: the Royal Anglian Regiment, with four regular battalions, formed from the seven county regiments of East Anglia and the East Midlands. These regiments, each with long and highly individual histories and tradition s , m a d e a decision to unite, a step which required goodwill, tolerance, trust and determination to made the union succeed. In some quarters, the Large Regiment concept was a nail in the coffin of the treasured regimental system; to others, i t wa s a m ea ns of retaining the essential features of that system while withstanding the stresses of change in the Army as a whole. The Royal Anglians have had ten years in which to test their experiment, years of futher reductions in the Arm y, of t rai nin g a s a i rpo r table and mechanized infantry, keeping the peace in distant garrisons, as United Nations troops, and above all the years of bullet and bomb in Aden and Ulster. This book describes how the dangers and difficulties o f t hose ye ars have wel ded to geth er a new regiment of modern infantry, highly trained and professional yet still conscious of inherited traditions. Chiefly, it is a picture of the contemporary British infantryman, disciplined and brave in ac tion , pat ient and chee rful in a dve rsity , a new breed in many ways but with all the best qualities of his forefathers and, in a confused world, a figure of hope and reassurance." Very faint cigarette odor, small soft bump to top corner of p ages, light wear at t op of front hing e/sp ine, l ight rubbing, fore-edge of front cover is lightly faded, minor soiling to bottom of textblock, very light browning to edges of textblock, tiny speck on top of textblock, very faint crease and s light fading on spi ne. V ery Go od- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'., Bassett, Ronald.
20 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
 
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