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DIE LIKE THE CARP!  THE STORY OF THE GREATEST PRISON ESCAPE EVER ..., Gordon, Harry.
41 Gordon, Harry. DIE LIKE THE CARP! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST PRISON ESCAPE EVER ...
Cassell Australia, (Stanmore, New South Wales, 1979), reprint. 
240 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0726932434 Map/plan endpapers, b&w photos. "In the early morning of 5 August 1944, outside the little Australian township of Cowra, the greatest prison break in world history took place. Mo re than 1100 Japanese prisoners of war took part, and 231 of them were killed; 334 of them actually escaped, and were captured over the ensuing nine days by posses of police, soldiers and local farmers. During the outbreak and the events w h i c h f o l l owed, four Australian soldiers were killed and another four were wounded. The whole bizarre episode was cloaked in secrecy at the time, and for many years afterwards..." Minor browning to pages, light browning to edges of textbloc k, l ig ht ed ge w ea r to boards. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small tear archivally taped at top of rear hinge, very light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
42 Green, David. BLENHEIM.
London Collins 1974 0002111772 / 9780002111775 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good 
162 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w and color photographs, maps, reproductions, details from Blenheim tapestries. "(S)kilfully draw(s) on contemporary records and illustrations to create this vivid evocation of the battle - Marlborough's attack on the fortified village of Blenheim, the courageous and generous action of his ally, Prince Eugene, the capture of Marshal Tallard and the rout of the French cavalry, many of whom perished in the Danube. Nor has the cost to the Allies been forgotten. Unpublished letter-books at Blenheim have been drawn upon to show Marlborough's care for the wounded and their nursing. Finally the author traces Marlborough's triumphal return to London and the building of Blenheim Palace before taking the reader on a brief stroll through the battlefield as it is today." Light cigarette odor, light browning to pages, browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, moderate edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, three small closed tears, browning to inside surface. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE BOOK OF WAR LETTERS:  100 YEARS OF PRIVATE CANADIAN CORRESPONDENCE., Grescoe, Audrey and Grescoe, Paul, editors.
43 Grescoe, Audrey and Grescoe, Paul, editors. THE BOOK OF WAR LETTERS: 100 YEARS OF PRIVATE CANADIAN CORRESPONDENCE.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2003 1551991055 / 9781551991054 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Fine 
455 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "(I)ncludes private correspondence from the battle and home fronts during a century of war and peacekeeping, from South Africa in 1899 to Afghanistan in 2002. These are letters that truly illuminate - that explore the deepest feelings and frankest opinions and describe the bitter reality of battle and the often appalling conditions of combat zones. They are the authentic voices of soldiers, sailors, and air crew; privates and generals; military doctors and nurses; heroic warriors and courageous prisoners of war; and their loved ones who wrote from home. This is some of the most powerful writing that Canadians have ever committed to the page." Small pen notation in margin of page 315, slight fading to bottom edge of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MANITOBA LINKS: A KALEIDOSCOPIC HISTORY OF GOLF., Hackett, J. Alan.  Signed.
44 Hackett, J. Alan. Signed. MANITOBA LINKS: A KALEIDOSCOPIC HISTORY OF GOLF.
Winnipeg, MB Gold Quill 1998 0969905416 / 9780969905417 Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket (as issued) Signed by Author
281 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), glazed pictorial boards. **SIGNED ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER** B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "Absorbed by this fascinating pastime, (J. Alan Hackett) delved into Manitoba's early golf history, recording by means of word and old photographs, forgotten information of that bygone era. In (this book, he) takes us back to early courses such as the Stony Mountain course built by prisoners around 1889 and golf clubs, beginning with the first established club in Virden in 1892. And, of course, Manitoba golf history would not be complete without the Scots who brought the game to the keystone province." Very minor rubbing to glossy boards. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
ARNHEM LIFT - AND THE GERMAN VERSION.  (NEW AND EXPANDED EDITION)., Hagen, Louis.  Foreword by Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick A.M. Browning.  (Winrich Behr.)
45 Hagen, Louis. Foreword by Lieutenant-General Sir Frederick A.M. Browning. (Winrich Behr.) ARNHEM LIFT - AND THE GERMAN VERSION. (NEW AND EXPANDED EDITION).
Leo Cooper, London, 1993, new, expanded and revised edition. 
118 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850523753 B&w photographs, maps. "The airborne troops who landed at Arnhem in September 1944 suffered appalling casualties in the course of the nine-day battle; of some 10,000 men who went into action, 1,400 were killed and more than 6,000 - about a thrid of them wounded - were captured. British accounts have almost invariably praised the Germans' humane treatment of these prisoners. Had the young Sergeant 'Lewis Haig' b e e n c a ptured, however, his fate would have been markedly different, for the Nazis would have reacted with characteristic savagery to a German of Jewish extraction fighting against them as a member of the elite Glider Pilot Regiment. But 'Hai g' - L ou i s Ha gen - was one of the few who got back, to write the first and, as is widely accepted, one of the very best personal accounts of the battle....Forty-five years after the battle, at a dinner party in Germany, the author found himsel f n ext to a ma n of about his own age, the former Major Winrich Behr who had been Adjutant to Field-Marshal Model during the Arnhem battle. The two men became friends. Louis Hagen's interest in the battle was rekindled and Behr told him his own sid e of the st ory , whi ch is included here. Here, too, are balanced assessments of the planning and strategy of the operation, of the remarkable German reaction to the airborne incursion, and of the reasons for its failure." Very slight bump at b ottom of r ear hing e. Du st jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE SHILLING SHOCKERS:  STORIES OF TERROR FROM THE GOTHIC BLUEBOOKS., Haining, Peter, editor.  (Isaac Crookenden, Sarah Wilkinson, Dr Nathan Drake, et al.)
46 Haining, Peter, editor. (Isaac Crookenden, Sarah Wilkinson, Dr Nathan Drake, et al.) THE SHILLING SHOCKERS: STORIES OF TERROR FROM THE GOTHIC BLUEBOOKS.
Victor Gollancz, London, 1978. 
183 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0575024178 6 b&w illustrations. "The Shilling Shockers came about in the great days of the Gothic novels, at around the turn of the nineteenth century, many of which were enormously long three-d eckers. In those days, before copyright existed, such titles....were plagiarised and abridged by hacks into what were known as 'Bluebooks', paper-covered pamphlets retailing at between 6d and 1s....when the supply of three-decker Gothic no v e l s r a n thin, a good trade was done in Bluebooks comprising original short stories in the macabre field. It is on these short stories that Peter Haining has largely drawn for this collection....The book has a general introduction which expl ai ns t he de ve lo p ment, success and eventual demise of the Bluebooks, and in addition each story is introduced with details of its provenance and other relevant information." Contents: The Vindictive Monk: Or, The Fatal Ring; The Mysterious Nov ice : O r, C onv ent of t he Grey Penitents; Captive of the Banditti: A Terrific Tale Concluded; The Spectre Mother: Or, the Haunted Tower; The Life and Horrid Adventures of the Celebrated Dr Faustus; The Old Tower of Frankenstein; The Bride o f th e Is les: A Ta le F ound ed o n t he Popular Legend of the Vampire; The Lunatic and His Turkey: A Tale of Witchcraft; The Severed Arm, Or, The Wehr-wolf of Limousin; Five Hundred Years Hence!; Bibliography. Faint cigarette odor, very light br ownin g to edges of te xtblo ck, t iny b ump at tbottom of spine, light wrinkling at top of spine, tiny bump to bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear and very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing, light browning at top of fl ap-fo lds. Very Goo d/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
NORTH STRIKE.  A NOVEL OF THE NARVIK CAMPAIGN., Harris, John.  Wraparound jacket illustration by Terry Hadler.
47 Harris, John. Wraparound jacket illustration by Terry Hadler. NORTH STRIKE. A NOVEL OF THE NARVIK CAMPAIGN.
Hutchinson, London, 1981, first edition. 
272 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0091444306 Map endpapers. "Transformed almost overnight from third mate on a tanker into a Royal Naval Reserve lieutenant, Murdoch Murray Magnusson found that with 1939 drawing to a close ne ither he nor the war itself seemed to be getting anywhere. But then a summons to London from Admiral Sir James Cockayne radically changed all that. The admiral wanted to know about Magnusson's knowledge of certain Scandinavian languages a n d a b o u t his apprenticeship in sail. The Navy needed information about German raiders and blockade runners operating in northern waters, and one of the places to get it was the neutral port of Narvik. Magnusson was to go there in a windjamm er : t he b ar qu e ' Oulu' which, furthermore, was to sail under false colours. On arrival, he was startled to find that 'Oulu' was not the only windjammer in the northern fjord. Soon he and the crew of the old sailing ship were to play a key ro le in t he his tor ic re sc ue of British prisoners from the notorious prison-ship 'Altmark', and then to plunge into the maelstrom of the German invasion of Norway...." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, and minor browning at top edge. Very G ood +/V ery Go od 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
48 Hibbert, Joyce. Foreword by Earle Birney. FRAGMENTS OF WAR: STORIES FROM SURVIVORS OF WORLD WAR II.
Toronto Dundurn Press 1985 0919760946 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 
267 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "The young girl from the Ottawa Valley who served as a nurse in North Africa with only a helmet of fresh water a day, the teenage soldier from Fredericton who stole pig swill to survive in a Hong Kong prisoner of war camp, the English woman who survived the skinking of the 'Athenia' to become a war bride, and an Alberta airman who crashed off the icy coast of Greenland, these are but only four of the thirty compelling personal accounts of war experiences. Many private photographs from their own albums illustrate these stories which reflect the world wide aspects of the war from the Indian Ocean to the North Atlantic, from Poland to the Middle East, adn the varied activities and duties of these young men and women. Their hardships, their adventures, frustrations, fears, joys and romances are chronicled in a poignant and often humorous manner." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - soft crease at top corner of front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PAST TENSE: CHARLIE'S STORY., Hobbs, Charlie.
49 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.
50 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
 
 
FROM GETTYSBURG TO RAPIDAN:  THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC JULY, 1863 TO APRIL, 1864., Humphreys, Andrew A.
51 Humphreys, Andrew A. FROM GETTYSBURG TO RAPIDAN: THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC JULY, 1863 TO APRIL, 1864.
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1883 First Edition Hard Cover Good- 
86 pp, 7 1/2" H. 3 maps at rear. Bookplate of David Wepman on front pastedown. 1" split in paper of inside front hinge, two tiny scuffs and small glue residue mark oh free front endpaper, light browning to pages, browning to edges of text block - darker on top of text block, two tiny tears at bottom of page leaf 83/84 - archivally taped, tear on two maps archivally taped, light edge wear, light wrinkling/wear at top/bottom of spine, light soiling on boards, a few tiny rub marks on rear board, slight fading to spine color. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
HIGH ENDEAVOUR:  THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC., Ivelaw-Chapman, John.  (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.)
52 Ivelaw-Chapman, John. (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.) HIGH ENDEAVOUR: THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC.
London Leo Cooper 1993 0850523168 / 9780850523164 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
164 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman was a remarkable man who had the good fortune to be born in an era when his particular talents were allowed to develop to the full. Just old enough to take part in the earliest days of aerial combat in the First World War, he was in uniform until well after the jet engine had taken command of the skies. His son John, who has edited his memoirs, makes clear that Sir Ronald was a typical Edwardian English Gentleman. This, he explains, is vital to the understanding of the man. The moral precepts of the Edwardian era remained with Sir Ronald throughout his life, and if some of them seem stiff and outdated in these more relaxed days, they certainly sustained him throughout a long and adventurous career. The book not only covers the most vital years in the development of the RAF in which Sir Ronald played a significant part but is also packed with drama at high level. Not many Englishmen, let alone future Air Marshals, were ever under sentence of death at the orders of Sir Winston Churchill himself. Sir Ronald has been well served by his editor. His son is never blinded by filial respect and, as he served in the Royal Air Force himself, he is familiar with the Service background. He is also qualified to explain what it was that made his father and the military men of that generation a unique band of Happy Warriors whose loyalty and service to the British Crown is already a fading memory." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, light rubbing, two tiny scuffs on spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HIGH ENDEAVOUR:  THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC., Ivelaw-Chapman, John.  (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.)
53 Ivelaw-Chapman, John. (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.) HIGH ENDEAVOUR: THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC.
London Leo Cooper 1993 0850523168 / 9780850523164 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
164 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman was a remarkable man who had the good fortune to be born in an era when his particular talents were allowed to develop to the full. Just old enough to take part in the earliest days of aerial combat in the First World War, he was in uniform until well after the jet engine had taken command of the skies. His son John, who has edited his memoirs, makes clear that Sir Ronald was a typical Edwardian English Gentleman. This, he explains, is vital to the understanding of the man. The moral precepts of the Edwardian era remained with Sir Ronald throughout his life, and if some of them seem stiff and outdated in these more relaxed days, they certainly sustained him throughout a long and adventurous career. The book not only covers the most vital years in the development of the RAF in which Sir Ronald played a significant part but is also packed with drama at high level. Not many Englishmen, let alone future Air Marshals, were ever under sentence of death at the orders of Sir Winston Churchill himself. Sir Ronald has been well served by his editor. His son is never blinded by filial respect and, as he served in the Royal Air Force himself, he is familiar with the Service background. He is also qualified to explain what it was that made his father and the military men of that generation a unique band of Happy Warriors whose loyalty and service to the British Crown is already a fading memory." Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light rubbing, two tiny dents on front hinge and one on rear hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
GROUNDED IN EIRE: THE STORY OF TWO RAF FLIERS INTERNED IN IRELAND DURING WORLD WAR II., Keefer, Ralph.
54 Keefer, Ralph. GROUNDED IN EIRE: THE STORY OF TWO RAF FLIERS INTERNED IN IRELAND DURING WORLD WAR II.
McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2001. 
263 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" h), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0773577423 B&w photographs, drawings, maps. "Off-course after a failed mission over Frankfurt in 1941, Bobby Keefer and his best friend Jack Calder found themselves forced to bail out of their twin-engine Wellington over Southern Ireland. Much to their surprise, rather than being returned to their squadron in England, they were interned for having violated Ireland's neutral airspace. After an unusual interrogation at the hands of the Local Defence Force, the two Canadian flyers wre transferred to a makeshift prison camp in County Kidare - right next to a similar camp for German prisoners. There they found themselves subject to a surreal honour system that allowed them da ily parole away from their internment camp - free to golf, meet women, and drink beer - without supervision. This system forbid escape when they were on parole but bound them, as RAF officers, to attempt to do so upon their return to camp." M i n o r wrinkling at top of spine, large Christmas gift inscription on free front end paper. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
CANADIAN FORCES MEDICAL SERVICE: INTRODUCTION TO ITS HISTORY & HERITAGE.  SERVICE DE SANTE DES FORCES CANADIENNES: INTRODUCTION A SON HISTOIRE & A SON PATRIMOINE., Lanoue, Carole, editor.  Colonel (Rtd) Peter Green; Colonel (Rtd) Frank Kellerman; Lt-Col. (Rtd) Christianne Charron; Chief Warrant Officer Michael McBride.
55 Lanoue, Carole, editor. Colonel (Rtd) Peter Green; Colonel (Rtd) Frank Kellerman; Lt-Col. (Rtd) Christianne Charron; Chief Warrant Officer Michael McBride. CANADIAN FORCES MEDICAL SERVICE: INTRODUCTION TO ITS HISTORY & HERITAGE. SERVICE DE SANTE DES FORCES CANADIENNES: INTRODUCTION A SON HISTOIRE & A SON PATRIMOINE.
Director General Health Service, Canadian Forces Medical Group, Ottawa, 2003, second edition. 
87 pp (English text), 89 pp (French text), 9" H, soft cover. ISBN 0662663977 B&w and colour illustrations. Bilingual text sections. Contents: Foreword; Origins and Development of the Canadian Forces Medical Service; Medicine on the Battlefield; Vision, Mission, Values - Director General Health Service; Military Medical Ethics; Military Doctrine; The Geneva Conventions: The Laws of Armed Conflict; Military Life: Standards of Conduct; Medical Heritage; Military Traditions; Dress and Deportme nt; Symbols of Service; Home Station; Doctor and Poet; On the Battlefields of Spain and China; The Father of Aviation Medicine; The Inventor of the Anti-Gravity Flight Suit; The Hospital Orderly; A Colonel Commandant's Story; Prisoners of War in H o n g Kong; Recipients of the Victoria Cross; For the Bravest: The Queen's Scarf; What's In a Name?: Annexes: Chronological Highlights; CFMS Military Occupations; Decorations and Degrees; Suggested Reading and Websites. Interior - gift inscripti o n on f irst page, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
OPERATION COMPASS.  OSPREY HISTORY SERIES., Latimer, Jon.  Battlescene plates by Jim Laurier.
56 Latimer, Jon. Battlescene plates by Jim Laurier. OPERATION COMPASS. OSPREY HISTORY SERIES.
Osprey, Oxford, 2000. 
96 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1841762806 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, colour maps/battle plans, plates. "The first battle of the desert war, Operation Compass was originally envisaged as a spoiling attack, combined with a recon naissance in force to disrupt Italian forces that had advanced into Egypt in September 1940. Lt Gen. Richard O'Connor launched what amounted to a British 'Blitzkrieg'. In less than two months the British forces swept 500 miles along the coa s t o f N orth Africa. 7th Armoured Division raced across the desert to cut off the retreating Italians, and O'Connor's men destroyed nine Italian divisions, and took 130,000 prisoners. This title guides the reader in full detail through the sta ge s o f th e r apid advance, and the hard fighting in an unforgiving environment, as well as examining the consequences of the clash. This victory would lead to the arrival of General Rommel and his Afrikakorps at Tripoli in March 1941." Interio r - t in y let te r w ritten in ink on half-title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing, light soiling on bottom of text block. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
57 Lawrence, Hal; Lamb, James B.; Mellor, Jack; Holmes, John. CANADIANS AT WAR. 4 VOLUMES IN SLIPCASE. CONTAINS: A BLOODY WAR: ONE MAN'S MEMORIES OF THE CANADIAN NAVY 1939-1945 / THE CORVETTE NAVY: TRUE STORIES FROM CANADA'S ATLANTIC WAR / DIEPPE - CANADA'S FORGOTTEN HEROES / ON TARGET: A NOVEL.
Signet, Scarborough, Ontario, 1980, 4th printing/1979, 6th printing/1979, 8th printing/1982, 1st Signet printing. 
210 pp, 180 pp, 200 pp, 213 pp - mass market paperbacks - 4 volumes in slipcase. B&w illustrations in 'A Bloody War' and 'Dieppe'. This boxed set includes two volumes about Canada's contribution to the war in the North Atlantic, one on the experie nces of Canada's soldiers at Dieppe, and a novel about a fictional Canadian heavy bomber crew. One vol. with minor edge wrinkling at top corner of front cover and tiny crease at bottom corner, minor wear at top of spines. Slipcase has ve r y l i g h t r ubbing, minor soiling, and browning, small bump to one lower rear corner. VG+/VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
58 Le Naour, Jean-Yves. Translated By Penny Allen. THE LIVING UNKNOWN SOLDIER: A STORY OF GRIEF AND THE GREAT WAR.
New York Metropolitan Books 2004 0805075224 / 9780805075229 First American Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
233 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "In February 1918, a derelict soldier was discovered wandering the railway station in Lyon, France. With no memory of his name or his past, no identifying possessions, marks, or documents, the soldier - given the name Anthelme Mangin - was sent to an asylum for the insane. When, after the Great War ended, the authorities placed the soldier's image in advertisements to locate his family, hundreds of 'relatives' claimed him - as their father or son, husband or brother who had failed to return from the front. Marshalling a vast array of original material, from letters and newspaper articles to accounts of battlefield deaths, hospital reports, and police files, (the author) meticulously re-creates the long-forgotten story of the single soldier who came to stand for a lost generation. With humane sympathy and the skill of a novelist, he recounts the twenty-year court battles waged by the families competing to take the amnesiac soldier home. In the process, he portrays not just the fate of one individual but the rank and file's experience in the trenches, as well as an entire nation's inconsolable grief at the loss of more than one million of its men. Dramatic, taut, and powerfully relevant to our own times, this heartrending history depicts the pain and turmoil of a society that, without bodies to bury, is caught between holding on and letting go." Dust jacket has very minor rubbing. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
59 Leckie, Robert. DELIVERED FROM EVIL: THE SAGA OF WORLD WAR II.
New York Harper & Row 1987 0060158123 / 9780060158125 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
998 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). Map endpapers. B&w maps. "World War II eventually involved every major power in the world, and before it was over some fifty million people lost their lives. (This) is a complete political and military history of World War II. Written with the pace and sweep of a fine novel, it makes the period, its major leaders, and the events not only comprehensible but also alive and real. Robert Leckie begins his book with the punitive treaty of Versailles and the fumbling efforts of the Western democracies to cope with the rise of Mussolini and Hitler. He draws vivid profiles of the political leaders, generals, and admirals who created and fought the war; describes the battles; analyzes the military strategy; considers the economic and political factors; and tells of the daily lives of those who were engaged on the far-flung fronts and those who endured at home. Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, MacArthur, Tojo, Eisenhower, Montgomery, Rommel and many other fascinating individuals become live protagonists on the stage sets of such dramatic sites as Stalingrad, Tobruk, Guadalcanal, Dunkirk, Leningrad, Monte Cassino, Midway, Omaha Beach, and Iwo Jima. Readers of all ages will find Leckie's powerful, action-packed narrative both compelling and comprehensive, and they will gain fascinating insights into one of the greatest and most awful events in human history." Minor browning on top of text block, minor soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light fading to spine color, light edge wear, a few tiny edge tears - one with crease and taped, minor browning at edges. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
ROSAMOND FANE, OR THE PRISONERS OF ST. JAMES'S.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 29., Lee, M. and C.  Introduction by Gillian Avery.
60 Lee, M. and C. Introduction by Gillian Avery. ROSAMOND FANE, OR THE PRISONERS OF ST. JAMES'S. OXFORD CHILDREN'S LIBRARY NO. 29.
London Oxford University Press 1963 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Heather Standring. 
195 pp, 7 7/8" H. Dust jacket art by William Stobbs. B&w illustrations. First printing in the Oxford Children's Library series - first published in 1870. "The seventeenth-century Civil War was a time of intrigues and divided loyalties in which, against her will, Rosamond Fane found herself taking part. Her own sympathies, like those of all the Fanes, were for the King, yet her guardian, Colonel Carewe, had just been appointed Commander of the Guard at St. James's Palace where the royal children were confined. The children were allowed to play with Rosamond and her cousins and she soon became a close friend of the unhappy Princess Elizabeth. Rosamond's loyalties were put to the test when her brother Henry arrived secretly in England with a plan to help the Duke of York to escape to the Continent - a plan in which Rosamond was required to play a leading part. Should she be disloyal to her uncle, who trusted her, or to the heir to the Throne? This was a question only Rosamond could answer - and her final decision was not an easy one." School presentation bookplate on half-title page, small light liquid mark on top of text block, tiny bump at top corners and on fore edge of boards, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
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