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THE MAN OF CONFIDENCE: A GREEK POW IN WORLD WAR II., Aslanis, Anastasios.
21 Aslanis, Anastasios. THE MAN OF CONFIDENCE: A GREEK POW IN WORLD WAR II.
Manhattan, Kansas Sunflower University Press 1995 089745183X / 9780897451833 Soft Cover Very Good 
259 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs, plans, maps. "(The author) enlisted in the Royal Air Force at the air base in Heracleion at the age of 16. During the German invasion of Crete in May 1941, he was evacuated with other soldiers to the HMS Hereward. When the Hereward was sunk by German warplanes, Aslanis was captured by the Italians and was interned in POW camps in Italy and Germany until early 1945, when he was repatriated by Allied forces and returned home." These are his reminiscences of his experiences as a prisoner of war. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing, very small scuffs on front hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE MAN OF CONFIDENCE: A GREEK POW IN WORLD WAR II., Aslanis, Anastasios.
22 Aslanis, Anastasios. THE MAN OF CONFIDENCE: A GREEK POW IN WORLD WAR II.
Manhattan, Kansas Sunflower University Press 1995 089745183X / 9780897451833 Soft Cover Very Good 
259 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs, plans, maps. "(The author) enlisted in the Royal Air Force at the air base in Heracleion at the age of 16. During the German invasion of Crete in May 1941, he was evacuated with other soldiers to the HMS Hereward. When the Hereward was sunk by German warplanes, Aslanis was captured by the Italians and was interned in POW camps in Italy and Germany until early 1945, when he was repatriated by Allied forces and returned home." These are his reminiscences of his experiences as a prisoner of war. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, very light rubbing on covers. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DIEPPE 1942:  THE JUBILEE DISASTER., Atkin, Ronald.
23 Atkin, Ronald. DIEPPE 1942: THE JUBILEE DISASTER.
Macmillan, London, 1980, first edition. 
306 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0333191870 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "At dawn on 19 August 1942, five thousand Allied soldiers landed at the French port of Dieppe in the first major test of the defence of the G erman-held coastline of Europe since Dunkirk. The codename given to the operation was 'Jubilee' and its aim was to capture Dieppe and the headlands which dominate the town, hold them for a few hours and provide the Allied war planners with t h e v i t a l information they needed about enemy preparedness for the Second Front demanded by the Russians to relieve their sorely-pressed armies in the East. In nine hours of carnage and horror 'Jubilee' became a disaster. A combination of ove r- ri g id p la nn ing, inadequate supporting firepower and - in the final hours before the raid - sheer bad luck, inflicted on the Allies one of their worst defeats in a war which was already going badly. British Commandos carried out the flank a tta cks a gai nst co ast al gun batteries which dominated the seaward approaches to Dieppe and one of these raids, led by Lord Lovat, was spectacularly successful. But the assault on the port itself and the beaches on either side of Dieppe, the t ask of t he Cana dian 2nd Div ision, was a disastrous and bloody failure....Ronald Atkin has pieced together the full story of that day at Dieppe from all sides - British, Canadian, German and French - and from sources which include official docu ment s and re ports and most graph ic of all, the reminiscences of the men of both sides who planned and fought in Operation 'Jubilee'. The result is a masterly account of one of the most extraordinary - and tragic - episodes of the Second World War." Mino r fi nger m ark o n fro nt fre e end paper, tiny fain stain on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. Very Good+/V ery Go od 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
24 Aubrac, Lucie. Translated by Konrad Bieber with the assistance of Betsy Wing. Introduction by Margaret Collins Weitz. OUTWITTING THE GESTAPO.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1993, book club edition. 
235 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Lucie Aubrac was a young woman of Catholic and peasant background, teaching history in a Lyon's girls' school and newly married to Raymond, a Jewish engineer, when World War II broke out and divided France. Lucie and Raymond, living in the Vichy zone, soon joined the resistance movement that formed in opposition to the Nazis and their collaborators. 'We had the incredible good fortune', writes Lucie Aubrac, 'to l i v e a s ourselves - we did not have to adopt false identities or go into hiding - until the spring of 1943'. (This) is her harrowing account of the months of her most audacious participation in the Resistance: the months when, pregnant with her s ec on d c hi l d, she planned and took part in raids to free captive comrades - including her own husband, under Nazi death sentence - from the prisons of Klaus Barbie, the infamous 'Butcher of Lyon'." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spin e, tin y s pe ck on re ar board. Dust jacket has one tiny edge tear, light wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, scattered tiny scuff marks, very light rubbing. Very Good/Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
25 Bacque, James. (Raoul Laporterie.) JUST RAOUL: THE PRIVATE WAR AGAINST THE NAZIS OF RAOUL LAPORTERIE, WHO SAVED OVER 1,600 LIVES IN FRANCE.
Prima, Rocklin, CA, 1992, first edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1559581425 Map endpapers, b&w illustrations. "In German-occupied France in 1940, only a few people refused to give up the great ideals of their country - liberty, equality, and fraternity. O ne of these was Raoul Laporterie. Starting right after the fall of France, he supplied false documents, money, transport, and shelter to more than 1,600 people. Those rescued were chiefly Sephardic Jews of Bordeaux, but also included a co v e y o f n uns, some French soldiers evading prison camps, and Allied flyers fleeing captivity. He was assisted by his wife, Laure, and his daughter, Irene, his employees in his clothing stores, and all the residents of the village of Bascons, ne ar t h e bo r de r between Occupied and Vichy France, where he was mayor. Risking death daily, Laporterie managed to outmaneuver and fool the Germans repeatedly. A true Christian, he loved others regardless of the consequences. Today, at ag e 9 4, he ha s rec ei ved m a ny honours from the governments of France and Israel. This is his dramatic story." Minor edge wear, minor browning on bottom front edge. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine, very light wrinkling/tin y te ar at bot to m of re ar f lap -f old, minor rubbing, very minor edge wear/wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
26 Baigent, Michael and Leigh, Richard. SECRET GERMANY: CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG AND THE MYSTICAL CRUSADE AGAINST HITLER.
London Penguin 1995 0140247165 / 9780140247169 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
337 pp, mass market paperback. B&w photographs, map, family tree. "In July 1944 a group of conspirators known as Secret Germany attempted to kill Hitler. The mastermind of the conspiracy was Count Claus von Stauffenberg. Who was this charismatic, dashing aristocrat, who was said to be the only man to stare the Fuhrer down? What were the secret teachings that inspired him to the audacious act of assassination? Forty-six serious but failed attempts on Hitler's life in twenty years reflect a strong anti-Nazi movement in Germany. For Stauffenberg, the bomb plot organized by his esoteric circle was more a moral and spiritual necessity than an act of political expediency. Had he succeeded, he might have become the saviour of the national soul. In this remarkable investigation (the authors) explain how Stauffenberg represents a resolution of the conflicting myths of German culture. In his courage and integrity he stands as an atonement for the barbarism of the Third Reich." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SECRET GERMANY: CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG AND THE MYSTICAL CRUSADE AGAINST HITLER., Baigent, Michael and Leigh, Richard.
27 Baigent, Michael and Leigh, Richard. SECRET GERMANY: CLAUS VON STAUFFENBERG AND THE MYSTICAL CRUSADE AGAINST HITLER.
London Jonathan Cape 1994 0224035258 / 9780224035255 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
337 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "At thirty-seven, Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg, Chief of Staff of the Reich Reserve Army, was a charismatic figure destined for supreme command. The group of conspirators with whom he conceived the plot to kill Hitler in July 1944 was called 'Secret Germany'. That was also the name of the esoteric circle in which Stauffenberg as a young man had been a disciple of the mystic anti-Nazi magus and poet Stefan George. What was it that motivated this extraordinary aristocratic soldier, with the looks of a Hollywood idol, who was said to be only man to stare the Fuhrer down until he averted his eyes? For Stauffenberg the bomb plot was not a political move but a moral and spiritual necessity. After forty-two serious attempts on Hitler's life in the previous twenty years, why did he too fail? Had he succeeded, some say he would have become the de Gaulle of Germany, saviour of the national soul. Even in failure, there can be no doubt of Stauffenberg's heroism. He stands as an atonement for the Third Reich and a resolution of the conflicting myths of German culture. In this remarkable investigation his whole life explains a troubled past to the present generation of Europeans as few have done in recent history." Tiny crease at bottom corner of pages 83 to 100. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, tiny dint on rear hinge, very light rubbing . 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
FIGHTER PILOT.  A SELF-PORTRAIT BY GEORGE BARCLAY., Barclay, George.  (Edited by Humphrey Wynn.)
28 Barclay, George. (Edited by Humphrey Wynn.) FIGHTER PILOT. A SELF-PORTRAIT BY GEORGE BARCLAY.
London Kimber 1976 071830294X / 9780718302948 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
224 pp, lg. 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 071830294X B&w photos. "This is the outstanding story of a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reservist who flew in the Battle of Britian and kept an exciting day-to-day diary of his experiences. Later, shot down over Northern France, he evaded capture and made his way home through Spain and Gibraltar with the help of the French Resistance Workers and the Allied escape organization. Again he wrote a vivid account of his exploits, but was unable to complete it because after a few months in the UK on fighter operations he was sent off to the Middle East in command of a squadron. There, after only a few weeks he was shot down and killed over El Alamein when leading his pilots on an operation on the evening of 17th July 1942. He was 22." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny foxing marks on top of text block. Dust jacket has light rubbing, light edge wrinkling - moderate at top/bottom of spine, very small tear at top of front flap-fold - archivally taped, a few line indentations on front panel. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
29 Barker, A.J. DUNKIRK: THE GREAT ESCAPE.
J.M. Dent, London, (1977) 
240 pp., sm 4to., 2nd reprint, hard cover in dust jacket. Complete and authoritative account of Dunkirk. Profusely illustrated. Map endpapers. Dj is price-clipped and has minor edge wear. NF/VG+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
CHILDREN OF THE BENARES:  A WAR CRIME AND ITS VICTIMS., Barker, Ralph.
30 Barker, Ralph. CHILDREN OF THE BENARES: A WAR CRIME AND ITS VICTIMS.
Methuen, London, 1987, first edition. 
172 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0413423107 B&w photographs. "When the passenger liner 'City of Benares' sailed from Liverpool on Friday, 13 September 1940 she was carrying 90 evacuee children from the bombed cities of Brit ain, bound under a government-sponsored scheme for a safe haven in Canada. Her sinking by U-boat four days later, without warning, in total disregard of the plight of survivors and in defiance of international law, shocked and horrified the c i v i l i s ed world. Of 406 people on board 256 were lost - including, at first count, 83 of the evacuee children. In Britain and the Commonwealth the reaction was one of righteous indignation, accompanied by an intense desire for retribution. N or w as t he propaganda value neglected, a broadcast by King George VI the day after the news broke being clearly directed at neutral America. 'The world,' he said, 'could have no clearer proof of the wickedness against which we fight than th is fou l d eed '. Su s picions subsequently arose, however, that the British authorities had quite as much to answer for as the Nazis. Parents who, despite many misgivings, had entrusted their children to the scheme when invasion threatened, began to ask que stio ns when t hey learned that the promised naval escort had abandoned the convoy twenty-one hours before the 'Benares' was sunk. Allegations that crew members rushed the boats, that emergency equipment had failed, and that the whol e vo yage had b een u nde rtake n u nder the blight of racial prejudice, demanded a formal investigation. But somehow this was avoided, and the scandal was successfully hushed up. Ralph Barker, after a vivid and poignant reconstruction of the disa ster, turn s his attent ion to wha t re ally happened behind the scenes at the Admiralty and the Ministry of Shipping. The result is a harrowing story of human fallibility and human survival." Light to moderate browning to pages and edges of text block , mino r wrin kling a t to p/botto m of spine. Dust jacket has two areas of light edge wrinkling, Very Good-/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES OF CANADA, 1860-1960:  ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CANADA., Barnard, W.T., Lieutenant-Colonel.
31 Barnard, W.T., Lieutenant-Colonel. THE QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES OF CANADA, 1860-1960: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CANADA.
Don Mills, Ontario Ontario Publishing Company 1960 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Maps drawn by Captain R.A. With. Inscribed By Author
398 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H), black boards with silver lettering on spine, silver insignia on front cover - no dust jacket (as issued). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, fold-out maps and diagrams. Inscribed by author on half title page: "To K____ A____ with all good wishes from the author W.T. Barnard Jan/85". Appendices include: The Victoria Cross; The Roll of Honour; Honours and Awards; Battle Honours; Succession Rolls; The Buffs; The King's Royal Rifle Corps; Characteristics of a Rifle Regiment; Rifles and Rifle Shooting; Dress; The Military Band; The Bugle Band; The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Association; Regimental Designations and Battalions; The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Chapter, Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire. Previous owner's small name stamp at top of front pastedown, tiny bump at bottom corner of rear board, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very minor browning to edges of text block. 
Price: 65.00 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
32 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.
33 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
 
 
DAYS OF VICTORY:  CANADIANS REMEMBER 1939-1945., Barris, Ted and Barris, Alex
34 Barris, Ted and Barris, Alex DAYS OF VICTORY: CANADIANS REMEMBER 1939-1945.
Macmillan, Toronto, (1995), first edition. 
304 pp., large 8vo (9 1/4"H), hard cover in dust jacket. Cartoon endpapers by Fran Dowie. B&w illustrations. ISBN 0771573014 "When VE Day finally came, it erupted with glorious celebrations, tears, and cries of victory. It was a sweet day and a bitter one for millions of people whose lives had been forever changed. This day, and long days of war that led to it, are brought to life in (this book). More than 300 Canadians tell their own stories of the Second World War - stories of cour a g e , sacrifice, tragedy, and glory. It was one of the most trying times in Canadian history, and these ordinary men and women rose to the extraordinary challenge laid before them. Their stories are celebrated here, woven into a compelling narra ti ve o f the Canadian wartime experience, bringing the past vividly to life. Here are tales from noted war correspondents Scott Young and Matthew Halton; stories of home-front rationing, shortages and endless bureaucracy; horrific memories of Buc hen wal d - and Canadian internment camps; hair-raising bomber command stories; revelations of the repatriation controversy; and hilarious accounts of wartime entertainers, including Wayne and Shuster and the crew of 'Meet The Navy'." Minor wrinkl ing at b otto m of spine; place date, and signature in ink on title page. Dust jacket has some very light edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BEHIND THE GLORY., Barris, Ted.
35 Barris, Ted. BEHIND THE GLORY.
Toronto Thomas Allen 1992 0887622127 / 9780887622120 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
358 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, map endpapers. "When war broke out in September 1939, the Allied air forces had few combat aircraft and even fewer military pilots ready to fight. It was clear that air superiority would determine the outcome of the war, so in December 1939, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada created the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Most of the aircrew training took place in Canada - ." Minor bump at bottom of front hinge, tiny light stain on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BEHIND THE GLORY., Barris, Ted.
36 Barris, Ted. BEHIND THE GLORY.
Toronto Macmillan Canada 1992 0771591764 / 9780771591761 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
358 pp, 9 1/4" H. Map endpapers, "When war broke out in September 1939, the Allied air forces had few combat aircraft and even fewer military pilots ready to fight. It was clear that air superiority would determine the outcome of the war, so in December 1939, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada created the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Most of the air crew training took place in Canada. The success of the plan depended on its instructors. At the beginning of the war bush pilots, barnstormers, commercial pilots, crop-dusters, amateur aviators, and First World War veterans were called up to begin the huge task of training. Most of their students went to the front, but some were kept in Canada to instruct the next generation of recruits. At its peak, the plan administered 107 schools and 184 other units at 231 sites across Canada, operated 11,000 aircraft, and employed 104,000 men and women. The BCATP trained 200,000 air crew in less than five years. FDR and Winston Churchill called their work 'the decisive factor' in the war." Book is Near Fine. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two corner creases on front flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
JUNO:  CANADIANS AT D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944., Barris, Ted.  Foreword by John Keegan.
37 Barris, Ted. Foreword by John Keegan. JUNO: CANADIANS AT D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944.
Thomas Allen, Toronto, 2004. 
311 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0887621333 Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians - at sea, in the air, and on the ground - joined the long-anticipated D-Day inva sion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground on which the Canadian fought so hard against heavily armed and entrenched German troops was code-named 'Juno'. On that day, the Canadians fought their way farther inland t h a n any other Allied troops. For Canada, this was an extraordinary moment of bravery, sacrifice, and coming of age in the nation's history....(This book) tells the story of Juno in the voices of the men who were there - young farmers from Manit ob a an d Saskatchewan, fresh-faced high-school graduates from Ontario, workers from mines and factories in the Maritimes, and eager recruits from Quebec and Newfoundland....In what might be described as 'Canada's longest day', we join the action ho ur by ho ur, minute by minute. We take to the skies with the airmen who flew fighters and bombers over the beaches. We ply the Channel with the sailors who swept the waters of German mines and navigated landing craft to the French coast line . We go in wit h troops who leapt off those craft into waters bristling with booby-trapped obstacles and raked by machinegun fire to establish a foothold on Juno Beach. Ted Barris has interviewed hundreds of veterans to piece together one of Canada's pro udes t day s , and one of the most significant battles of our time." Minor wrinkle at top of spine; place, date and initials on one preliminary page. Dust jacket has minor wrinkle at top of spine. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS., Bashow, David L.  Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson.
38 Bashow, David L. Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson. ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS.
Toronto Stoddart 1997 0773759131 / 9780773759138 First Paperback Edition. Soft Cover Very Good - 
384 pp, 9 3/16" H. B&w photographs. "From the Battle of France to the Normandy invasion, from the defence of Malta to victory in the Pacific, (young Canadian) airmen fought with great courage in all theatres of the war. Signing up in every province and territory, and serving with both the RAF and the RCAF, they flew many daring missions in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, Kittyhawks, Mustangs, Typhoons, and Mosquitos. (The author) tells the stories of Canada's fighter heroes, using their own wartime correspondence and later memoirs to capture the gripping atmosphere in the cockpit as they waged war in the air. Near-legendary names like Stocky Edwards, Buzz Beurling, and Moose Fumerton recount tales of fierce dog-fights, dramatic victories, and narrow escapes, as well as stories of squadron life, leave in London, budding romances, homesickness, and the tragic loss of cherished friends." Interior - light toning in margins of pages, small area of water marking/waviness at bottom corner of approx. pages 37 to 48, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, very light soiling to edges of text block. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS., Bashow, David L.  Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson.
39 Bashow, David L. Forewords by Lt.-Gen. A.M. DeQuetteville and Air Vice-Marshal J.E. Johnson. ALL THE FINE YOUNG EAGLES: IN THE COCKPIT WITH CANADA'S SECOND WORLD WAR FIGHTER PILOTS.
Toronto Stoddart 1996 0773729763 / 9780773729766 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
384 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "From the Battle of France to the Normandy invasion, from the defence of Malta to victory in the Pacific, (young Canadian) airmen fought with great courage in all theatres of the war. Signing up in every province and territory, and serving with both the RAF and the RCAF, they flew many daring missions in their Spitfires and Hurricanes, Kittyhawks, Mustangs, Typhoons, and Mosquitos. (The author) tells the stories of Canada's fighter heroes, using their own wartime correspondence and later memoirs to capture the gripping atmosphere in the cockpit as they waged war in the air. Near-legendary names like Stocky Edwards, Buzz Beurling, and Moose Fumerton recount tales of fierce dog-fights, dramatic victories, and narrow escapes, as well as stories of squadron life, leave in London, budding romances, homesickness, and the tragic loss of cherished friends." Small bump at bottom of front hinge, small light soiling mark on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has light rubbing, very light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two tiny edge tears archivally taped. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'., Bassett, Ronald.
40 Bassett, Ronald. HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'.
London Arms and Armour 1988 0853689113 / 9780853689119 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 15/16" H). 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 most 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 battleship'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 Sea, 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 carrier 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 turned 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 accurate 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 places but page signatures are holding firmly. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small edge tears (two taped) and chips, light rubbing with some slight colour loss on rear panel. 
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