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HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'., Bassett, Ronald.
1 Bassett, Ronald. HMS SHEFFIELD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF 'OLD SHINY'.
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. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE GUNS OF EVENING., Bassett, Ronald.  Wraparound dust jacket art by Paul Wright.
2 Bassett, Ronald. Wraparound dust jacket art by Paul Wright. THE GUNS OF EVENING.
Macmillan, London, 1980, first edition. 
201 pp, + postscript, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0333262816 "The battle-cruiser 'Invincible', Rear-Admiral Hood's flagship at the battle of Jutland, and the pride of the Royal Navy, was hit and blew up at 6:33 p.m. on the evening of 31 May 1916 with the loss of 1026 officers and men. There were only six survivors. In his brilliant new novel, Ronald Bassett takes four fictional characters who served in her - a wealthy Australian, the son of a country parson, an ex-professio nal boxer from the East End of London and a boy from the slums of Leith - and traces their lives from before they joined up to their ultimate fate. (This) is a brilliant evocation of naval and civilian life immediately before and during the e a r l y y ears of the First World War. It reaches a terrifying climax with the battle-cruiser's action in the battle of Jutland that shattered so many illusions." Top edge of first 20 pages have been roughly trimmed - a few closed tears have b e en a rc hi va l ly taped, slight browning to text block edges, faint cigarette odor, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light browning at edges and on spine, two tiny dints on front hinge. Very Good-/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SWAMP SAILORS:  RIVERINE WARFARE IN THE EVERGLADES 1835-1842., Buker, George E.
3 Buker, George E. SWAMP SAILORS: RIVERINE WARFARE IN THE EVERGLADES 1835-1842.
University of Florida, Gainesville, 1975. 
152 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0813003520 Map endpapers, b&w illustrations. "Until the Second Seminole War the United States Navy had generally employed the Federalist doctrine (cruiser-commerce-raiding), but the un iqueness of this Indian conflict caused the navy to adopt a new offensive strategy. For the first time in history the American Navy was pitted against a nonmaritime foe. There were no single merchantmen to attack; there were no cruisers t o e n g a g e in single-ship combat; there were no enemy fleets to be repelled from the nation's harbors. Instead, there were Indians practicing guerilla tactics in a watery environment - the Everglades of Florida. Athough it was not apparent at t h e be gi nn in g o f the war, the navy's only hope for victory lay in the development of a strategy for riverine warfare. It was a kind of warfare that demanded specially trained combat groups, organized for sustained land/sea operations. I t r equ ir ed jo int ac tio n wi th the army. It called for a naval command familiar with setting up and directing complex operations and diverse forces to achieve an overall objective. In developing a strategy of riverine warfare, United States Nav y po lic y e volv ed f rom a de fe nsi ve to an offensive position, from a society of highly individualistic and inflexible sea captains into a well-meshed cooperative unit capable of working not only alone but also with the army. Between 1835 and 1842, the nav y cam e of age. Her e i s a dramatic account of that vital time, enhanced by an awesome setting, which will engage and enlighten both the scholar of naval history and the armchair sailor." Previous owner's small stamp on fron t pas tedown . Du st ja cket h as ve ry li ght ed ge w ear/ wrinkling, two very small closed tears with crease, light browning, very light soiling on rear panel and spine, tiny light stain on front panel. Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
BRITISH AND AMERICAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR II:  THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITISH, AMERICAN AND COMMONWEALTH TANKS, GUN MOTOR CARRIAGES AND SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES, 1939-1945., Chamberlain, Peter and Ellis, Chris.
4 Chamberlain, Peter and Ellis, Chris. BRITISH AND AMERICAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR II: THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITISH, AMERICAN AND COMMONWEALTH TANKS, GUN MOTOR CARRIAGES AND SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES, 1939-1945.
Arco, New York, 1975, second U.S. edition. 
222 pp, 4to (11 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0668018674 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings. "(T)he first comprehensive reference book devoted to the history and development of the tanks used by the Allied nations, w ith the exception of Russia, during the years 1939-1945. It not only gives a detailed history of each type, but also provides full pictorial coverage of the many variants, sometimes running into dozens, which were produced on each chassis. W i t h a very few minor and insignificant exceptions every tank type produced in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand is fully written up - more than 2,000 vehicles in all. There are over 500 photographs, many of them v e ry r ar e a nd never previously published. In addition to the text and the photographs that describe each vehicle, concise specifications are given. In the appendices will be found pictures, brief histories and specifications of the principal t a nk gun s, en gi nes and suspension systems used on the tanks of the United Kingdom and the United States of the period 1939-1945. There is also an appendix containing scale drawings of the principal tank types; this gives a ready comparison o f t he si zes of the di ffer e nt models." Faint cigarette odor, very light browning to pages, light browning and slight waviness to edges of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling and edge wear, a fe w t iny tear s, one 1/2" clos ed tear, minor rubbing, light to moderate browning to some edges. Very Good/Good 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
SILENT MARAUDERS.  BRITISH SUBMARINES IN THE TWO WORLD WARS., Cook, Graeme.
5 Cook, Graeme. SILENT MARAUDERS. BRITISH SUBMARINES IN THE TWO WORLD WARS.
Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, London, (1976), first edition. 
159 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0246107847 "Until the German U-21 sank the British light cruiser 'Pathfinder' in the early days of the First World War, British submarines had been used only as forward scouts on naval missio ns. But from that day 'attack' was the watchword of the submariner - and attack they did throughout the two world wars, with such dazzling success that they became one of Britain's most potent tactical weapons...The deeds of many unsung he r o e s a r e recorded (in this book), but especially those of the colourful and valiant commanders whose names are etched in history: Commander Max Horton, hero of the Baltic campaign, Lieutenant Commander Martin Nasmith, 'The Terror of the Marm ar a' , Li e ut en an t Commander Wanklyn , who scored a record number of hits in World War Two before his 'Upholder' was tragically lost with all hands aboard; Lieutenants Donald Cameron and B.C.G. Place, who with incredible courage led the highly da nge ro us mi dge t s ubm ar ine attack on the famous German battleship 'Tirpitz'. Here is breath-stopping, action-packed true life adventure as only Graeme Cook can tell it." Light cigarette odor, small pencil erasure mark on free front endpap er, mino r b row nin g in mar gins of pages, very light browning to edges of textblock, minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wear and very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning at top edge - a f ew fo xing mar ks a t top edge of f laps . Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DAUNTLESS., Evans, Alan.
6 Evans, Alan. DAUNTLESS.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1980, 1st. edition. 
252 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0340253053 "If you were Commander David Smith of the British Navy, what would you do? Off the coast of Palestine in Octovber, 1917, he is put in charge of the light cruiser 'Dauntless', the seaplane tender 'Blackbird', and two monitors with 6-inch guns. The small force is expected to elude U-boats while somehow stopping a German troop train on its way to shore up the Turks' defenses against the British Army. Lurking somewhere over th e horizon is the sinister German cruiser 'Walkure', a heavily armed ship commanded by an officer as wily as Smith himself..." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, faint cigarette odor. Dust jacket is price clipped, has minor edge wear/wrin k l i n g , v e ry light browning - mainly on spine and at edges, very minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD., Forty, George.
7 Forty, George. THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD.
London Hermes House 2005 184477743X / 9781844777433 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
256 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs. "(A)n authoritative directory of tanks and their immediate derivatives, such as ARVs (armoured recovery vehicles), tank destroyers, command versions, bridgelayers, mine-clearers and other Funnies. It begins with a guide to the history of the tank and its evolution: the first tank action at Flers during World War I, the Blitzkrieg of 1940, the desert war in North Africa, the D-Day Funnies of the Normandy beaches, tanks used in the jungles of Korea and Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli wars and the two desert wars of the Persian Gulf. Next, there are two A-Z directories focusing on over 230 tanks, the first covering World War I and II and the inter-war years, and the second covering the post-war years. From the world's first tank, the No. 1 Lincoln Machine 'Little Willie', to the contemporary M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, with its state-of-the- art weapons systems, the book covers a vast range of armoured fighting vehicles. Each entry includes a lively description and history, with a specification panel detailing the tank's official name, date, crew, weight, dimensions, armament, armour, powerplant and performance. All the tanks are accompanied by identification photographs, many of which are full-colour and have never previously been published together in one volume." This is a new unread book. Fine/Fine 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD., Forty, George.
8 Forty, George. THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO TANKS OF THE WORLD.
London Hermes House 2005 184477743X / 9781844777433 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good- 
256 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs. "(A)n authoritative directory of tanks and their immediate derivatives, such as ARVs (armoured recovery vehicles), tank destroyers, command versions, bridgelayers, mine-clearers and other Funnies. It begins with a guide to the history of the tank and its evolution: the first tank action at Flers during World War I, the Blitzkrieg of 1940, the desert war in North Africa, the D-Day Funnies of the Normandy beaches, tanks used in the jungles of Korea and Vietnam, the Arab-Israeli wars and the two desert wars of the Persian Gulf. Next, there are two A-Z directories focusing on over 230 tanks, the first covering World War I and II and the inter-war years, and the second covering the post-war years. From the world's first tank, the No. 1 Lincoln Machine 'Little Willie', to the contemporary M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, with its state-of-the- art weapons systems, the book covers a vast range of armoured fighting vehicles. Each entry includes a lively description and history, with a specification panel detailing the tank's official name, date, crew, weight, dimensions, armament, armour, powerplant and performance. All the tanks are accompanied by identification photographs, many of which are full-colour and have never previously been published together in one volume." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has large crease and some associated wrinkles at bottom of rear panel, otherwise clean and bright. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
M3 "GRANT" AND M4 "SHERMAN".  MILITARIA IN DETAIL 3., Gawrych, Wojciech J.  Illustrated by Krzysztof M. Zurek and Grzegorz Jackowski.
9 Gawrych, Wojciech J. Illustrated by Krzysztof M. Zurek and Grzegorz Jackowski. M3 "GRANT" AND M4 "SHERMAN". MILITARIA IN DETAIL 3.
Warsaw Wydawnictwo Militaria 2000 8372190828 / 9788372190826 Soft Cover Very Good+ Krzysztof M. Zurek and Grzegorz Jackowski. 
50 pp, oblong (8 11/16" H x 9 7/16" D). Profusely illustrated with colour photographs and profiles, b&w scale drawings. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor curl at bottom corner of covers. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
10 Jones, Ken, editor. MILITARY MODELLING. VOLUME 27 NO. 6 1997
Hemel Hempstead Nexus 1997 008198277 Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
66 pp, 11 5/8" H. Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs, drawings. Contents: Cleaning Up 'A' Gun: Scratch built Royal Navy warship gun crew diorama; Modelling a Toy Soldier: The first part of a trilogy on producing miniature figures at home; The Second Battle Group: German WWII historical re-enactors; Did Somebody Call?: Figure conversion - a 120mm WWI German telephone linesman; The Tank Modelling Course: Cromwell Models' A10 Cruiser - part two; IFOR Armour in Bosnia: Second part of a three-part feature on AFVs of the International Force; Britain's Red Navy: Uniforms of William IV's Royal Navy; 'Accurizing' Testor's/Italeri LAV-AD: Making changes to the 1:35 scale plastic kit; The CDC Armour Collection: News of a range of new diecast model armoured vehicles; Euro's Flat Figure Classes: A resume of last year's Euro Militaire competition; Notice Board: All the latest news for military modellers; Observation Post: The monthly news column for wargarmers; On Parade!: Books Reviewed; Soldier Box: A monthly column for collectors of toy soldiers; Readers' Models: A chance to see your model in colour in the world's leading military modelling magazine; Despatch: Readers' letters; Small Scale Scene: Monthly column for military vehicle modellers; "ATTEN-SHUN!": New products reviewed. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, minor soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
STUKA PILOT HANS-ULRICH RUDEL:  HIS LIFE STORY IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS., Just, Gunther.  Translated from the German by David Johnston.  Foreword by Pierre Clostermann.
11 Just, Gunther. Translated from the German by David Johnston. Foreword by Pierre Clostermann. STUKA PILOT HANS-ULRICH RUDEL: HIS LIFE STORY IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS.
West Chester, PA Schiffer 1990 0887402526 / 9780887402524 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
278 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "Hans-Ulrich Rudel was called 'the Eagle of the Eastern Front'. This pastor's son from Silesia, born in 1916, Colonel and last Commodore of the successful Stuka squadron 'Immelmann', was the only soldier in World War II to receive the highest German decoration for bravery. The Golden Oak Leaves with Swords and Jewels to the Knight's Cross recognized his unique number of superlative achievements. With 2530 combat missions and his total of successes, unbeaten in all times and nations, he stands far in the front of the world's renowned aerial aces. In low-level attacks, often in the heaviest defensive fire, in his slow 'Cannon-bird' he destroyed 519 Soviet tanks - 17 of them on a single day! On the list of scores achieved by this Stuka combat pilot, who became a living legend to the soldiers of the Eastern Front, there stood at war's end, among others, 1 battleship, 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer, 70 landing craft and nine attested aircraft, plus hundreds of motor vehicles, numerous artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft postions, as well as armored convoys and bridges. Twelve comrades - six Stuka crews - were saved by him from capture or death. When he tried to rescue another crash-landed crew from Russian territory in 1944, he was taken prisoner, fled with a bullet in his shoulder, covered some 50 kilometers through the Soviet hinterlands, and reached the German lines again. Shortly after this audacious, exhausting flight, the wounded man was flying in combat again. Shot more than thirty times by ground fire - but never once by a fighter plane - wounded five times, the fervent sportsman took a direct anti-aircraft hit on the Odor front and lost his right leg. Just six weeks later the 'Bravest of the Brave', as the soldiers also called him, was flying again despite being forbidden to ---" This is a heavy book and may require extra postage, depending on destination. Small bump at three corners, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling and minor wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Kemp, Paul.
12 Kemp, Paul. MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
London Caxton 2003 1840675217 / 9781840675214 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Fine David J Hill, plans and drawings. 
125 pp, 4to (11 9/16" H). B&w photographs, drawings, diagrams - folded plans in pocket at rear. "The history of midget submarines, submersibles and human torpedoes is one of the most fascinating areas of naval warfare in the Second World War. Originating with the Italian 'Mignatta' human torpedo of the First World War, designed to attack enemy ships lying in defended harbours, by 1945 almost all the major combatants had made some use of craft of th is type, ranging from the British 'X-Craft', which crippled the German battleship 'Tirpitz' in a Norwegian fjord and sank the Japanese cruiser 'Takao', to the Japanese 'Kaiten' suicide weapon, the equally desperate German submersibles the 'Neger' and 'Marder', and the slightly more successful 'Seehund' midget submarine. This book deals with each type of craft separately, dividing them into human torpedoes (Italian 'Maiale', British 'Chariot'), submersibles (German 'Biber' and Japanese 'Kaiten'), and true midget submarines (British 'X-Craft' and Japanese 'Ko-Hyoteki'). The author examines the reasons why the belligerents engaged in midget submarine construction and operations, and details all the classes of craft that were built, also examining postwar developments. Together with its superb plans and drawings, this book is essential reference for all naval historians, enthusiasts and modelmakers with an interest in one of the most daring and dangerous forms of naval warfare." 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Kemp, Paul.
13 Kemp, Paul. MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
London Caxton 2003 1840675217 / 9781840675214 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Near Fine David J Hill, plans and drawings. 
125 pp, 4to (11 9/16" H). B&w photographs, drawings, diagrams - folded plans in pocket at rear. "The history of midget submarines, submersibles and human torpedoes is one of the most fascinating areas of naval warfare in the Second World War. Originating with the Italian 'Mignatta' human torpedo of the First World War, designed to attack enemy ships lying in defended harbours, by 1945 almost all the major combatants had made some use of craft of th is type, ranging from the British 'X-Craft', which crippled the German battleship 'Tirpitz' in a Norwegian fjord and sank the Japanese cruiser 'Takao', to the Japanese 'Kaiten' suicide weapon, the equally desperate German submersibles the 'Neger' and 'Marder', and the slightly more successful 'Seehund' midget submarine. This book deals with each type of craft separately, dividing them into human torpedoes (Italian 'Maiale', British 'Chariot'), submersibles (German 'Biber' and Japanese 'Kaiten'), and true midget submarines (British 'X-Craft' and Japanese 'Ko-Hyoteki'). The author examines the reasons why the belligerents engaged in midget submarine construction and operations, and details all the classes of craft that were built, also examining postwar developments. Together with its superb plans and drawings, this book is essential reference for all naval historians, enthusiasts and modelmakers with an interest in one of the most daring and dangerous forms of naval warfare." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
14 Langsford, A.E. HMS MARATHON.
Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1989, reprint. 
240 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0712620036 "1942: The Mediterranean Operation Stonehenge gets under way - a convoy laden with desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition for the besieged island of Malta sets sail. C aptain Robert Thurston commands the cruiser HMS Marathon, one of the escort vessels, on this Malta run. Thurston is a career officer with a record of conspicuous gallantry under fire, from Jutland to the North Atlantic convoys. But he is al s o a m a n under stress - in the last three years he has seen one ship go to the bottom, leaving pitifully few survivors; he has seen his closest friends and shipmates killed and maimed; he has carried the impossibly heavy burden of responsibilit y fo r h i s me n's welfare in the bloody destruction of war at sea. And soon another cause for concern is added to his worries - Marathon is crippled by enemy action and forced to limp towards Alexandria, a constant target for attack by sea and a ir , v ul ner ab le to the weather and to the enemy alike. Men and machines are stretched to their limit - but the most deadly threat to Thurston's own life and career is yet to be faced. (This) marks the debut of a superb storyteller in A.E. La ngs ford , a nov eli st to i nvite comparison with Patrick O'Brian and Nicholas Monsarrat." Very light browning to top of edge block. Dust jacket has some minor edge wrinkling, slight browning at top edge and on spine. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
OPERATION COMPASS.  OSPREY HISTORY SERIES., Latimer, Jon.  Battlescene plates by Jim Laurier.
15 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
 
 
16 Macdonnell, J.E. Cover art by Ray Sternbergh. ENEMY IN SIGHT.
Pyramid, New York, 1959. 
144 pp, mass market paperback. "That boat back there is a complete submarine - in miniature. About fifty feet long - including propeller, rudder and hydroplanes. That reduces your living space to something nearer thirty-five feet. You have no to rpedo tubes, no armaments. You're not meant to be found or to fight a battle. From now on you're a sneaker. Inoffensive - until you release your side cargoes. Each one of those holds four tons of amatol explosive and a time clock. You d r o p t h o s e under that Jap cruiser's bottom and then run for your life....Peter Bentley had three weeks to learn to handle the midget submarine - three weeks to accomplish the secret and deadly mission that could be the turning point of the w ho le w ar . " In te rior - previous owner's name stamp on first page, light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, minor browning on rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE ESSENTIAL VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION GUIDE: WESTERN ALLIED TANKS 1939-45., Porter, David.
17 Porter, David. THE ESSENTIAL VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION GUIDE: WESTERN ALLIED TANKS 1939-45.
London Amber 2010 1906626324 / 9781906626327 Reprint. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
192 pp, large 8vo (9 11/16" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, colour profiles, insignia. "(O)ffers a highly-illustrated guide to the main armored fighting vehicles used by the Western Allies in the European theater during World War II. Organized chronologically by campaign, the book features a wide range of vehicles from every Allied country, including Poland, Holland, Belgium, France, Canada, Australia, the UK, and the U.S.A. (I)ncludes all the major and many minor tank types, with variants of the M4 Sherman, Stuart, Churchill, and Matilda, as well as mat-laying, engineering, and mine-clearing versions. Lesser-known models from the early years of the war, armored cars, halftracks, trucks, and amphibious vehicles make this a rounded compendium of Western Allied armored fighting vehicles. Sample unit structures and orders of battle from company up to corps level provide an organizational context for key campaigns, such as the Battle of France and the Normandy Landings." Previous owner's place, date and signature in ink on front free endpaper; old price 'blacked out' on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has some minor edgfe wrinlkling, small soft crease at top of front hinge. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
ENSIGN 2 - DIDO CLASS CRUISERS., Raven, Alan and Lenton, H. Trevor.
18 Raven, Alan and Lenton, H. Trevor. ENSIGN 2 - DIDO CLASS CRUISERS.
Bivouac, n.p., 1973. 
Unpaginated (approx. 58 pp.), 10" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings/diagrams, double-page fold-out colour section showing camouflage patterns. Contents; Design background, Construction; First T rials; Armament on completion; Radar; Wartime armament modifications; Modifications to second group; Armament modification; Gun and blast trials; General; War service; Camouflage; Post-war modifications; Transfers and disposals; Other desig n s ; A c t i o n damage. Interior - small museaum sticker on first page, small area of waviness at fore-edge of first half of pages. Exterior - 3" dia. light stain with tiny areas of surface paper loss on rear cover, a few small soft wrinkles on c ov er s , ve ry l ig ht rubbing, minor edge wear - mainly on rear cover, two tiny corner creases. Good 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
633 SQUADRON: OPERATION VALKYRIE, Smith, Frederick E.
19 Smith, Frederick E. 633 SQUADRON: OPERATION VALKYRIE
Cassell, London, 1978, first edition. 
235 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0304300551 "It is now February 1944 and Air Commodore Davies and General Staines of the American 8th Air Force have just received one of Churchill's most feared ACTION THIS DAY directives. A you ng Norwegian officer, Paul Lindstrom, has arrived in England with the news that the Germans are shipping out a large consignment of heavy water in less than two weeks. Once in Germany it will be processed in a bomb-proof installation. The t h r e a t i s overwhelming: the stocks must be destroyed in transit. Davies is visibly shaken. 633 Squadron's cruel sacrifice the previous spring to kill the heavy water threat has left its mark on him, and the thought of having to send his crews b ac k in to No rway subdues his characteristic elan. He and Staines learn that a group of Norwegian freedom fighters led by Captain Haukelid intend trying to sabotage the consignment when it is in transit on the ferryboat 'Hydro'. What Haukelid do es no t k now , ho wever, is that the Germans intend to hedge their bets by sending half the consignment to a cruiser berthed at the head of the Hardanger Fjord. Because of elaborate security precautions, Lindstrom informs S.O.E. that these st ocks ca nno t be sab ot aged in transit: the cruiser itself must be sunk when the stocks are aboard. It sounds simple, but for all kinds of cogent reasons it is in fact an insoluble problem for 633 Squadron - until Frank Adams, the squadron's In telli genc e Of ficer , com es up wi th a bizarre suggestion that will involve Norwegian and American assistance. It will put the squadron in great peril, but with no other option open to Davies, the magnitude of the threat forces him to act. The extrao rdina ry mi ssion that f oll ows, w hich graphically illustrates the scacrifices and tragedies of war, makes a climax as vivid and compelling as anything the author has yet written about this famous Special Service Unit of Mosquitoes." Light cigare tte od or, fa int er ased pe ncil marks on free front end paper, book slightly cracked at title page - pages holding firmly, light browning to pages and edges of text block, slight wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor ed ge wear, soft c reases at top of rear panel , light rubbing, three tiny dints on hinges, light browning at top edge - very light on spine and flap-folds, two small areas of surface paper loss on front panel due to sticker removal. Good/Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND BANK, MAY 31 - JUNE 1, 1916.  THE DISPATCHES OF ADMIRAL SIR JOHN JELLICOE AND VICE-ADMIRAL SIR DAVID BEATTY., Terry, C. Sanford, editor.  (Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty.)
20 Terry, C. Sanford, editor. (Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty.) THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND BANK, MAY 31 - JUNE 1, 1916. THE DISPATCHES OF ADMIRAL SIR JOHN JELLICOE AND VICE-ADMIRAL SIR DAVID BEATTY.
London Oxford University Press 1916 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good - 
95 pp, 7 1/4" H. B&w maps/battle plans, small diagrams showing positions/directions of ships. "On May 31, 1916, the German High Sea Fleet was brought to an engagement off Jutland Bank, on the coast of Denmark. Earlier in the day Admirals von Scheer and Hipper had put out from their bases upon 'an enterprise directed northward', in the language of the German Admiralty. The phrase, if it does not conceal indefinite purpose, certainly connotes an enterprise other than the engagement of May 31, though the semi-official narrative of the battle, published on June 5, announced Admiral von Scheer to have left port 'to engage portions of the British Fleet, which were repeatedly reported recently to be off the coast of Norway'. Having regard to the patent facts of the naval situation, the statement is merely bombastic, except in so far a the surprise and destructiion of a scouting battle-cruiser squadron may have been hoped for." Fom the Introductory Note. Interior - small wrinkle at fore-edge of pages 1 to 6, tiny soft bump to top corner of approx. last 25 pages. Exterior - three corners with very small crease, very light browning to spine and edges of covers, minor edge wear/wrinkling. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
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