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THE MAN OF CONFIDENCE: A GREEK POW IN WORLD WAR II., Aslanis, Anastasios.
1 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.
2 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
 
 
THE DESERT GENERALS., Barnett, Correlli.
3 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
 
 
AFTER THE WAR., Bruce, Jean.
4 Bruce, Jean. AFTER THE WAR.
Don Mills, Ontario Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1982 0889025878 / 9780889025875 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
192 pp, square large 8vo (9 1/4" H x 9 1/4" D). B&w photographs. "The immigrants who came to Canada in the ten years following the Second World War settled in a booming land with many new jobs to fill. The immigrants' reasons for coming here and their experiences in the new society were as varied as their own backgrounds. First were the war brides, some married after only a few weeks of courtship; there were refugees and displaced persons from e astern Europe and Russia; there were British and Dutch farm families, and thousands of others looking for a fresh start far from battle-scarred Europe. Then in the fifties came the Asians and blacks. Jean Bruce, herself an immigrant, tells through hundreds of in-depth intervies across Canada of these people as they fulfilled their dreams, and dispelled fears while establishing new roots. She has ranged the country in selecting photos from churches, ethnic organizations, private albums, the Public Archives, and diverse libraries and museums. In dealing not only with the immigrant experience, but also with changing attitudes towards immigration within Canadian society, (she) has raised issues which will continue to be important and controversial. But most importantly, she has created a portrait of Canada at a vibrant period in its history, a period which was to change the face of the nation forever." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, light browning. 
Price: 19.95 USD
 
 
THE WASHINGTON STING., Conconi, Charles and House, Toni.
5 Conconi, Charles and House, Toni. THE WASHINGTON STING.
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, New York, 1979, second impression. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "Here is the dramatic and only inside account of the undercover police-FBI fencing operation - featuring cops in the guise of syndicate soldiers - whose stunning success put the 'Washington Sting' in headlines across the nation. Word was out on the street in Washington, D.C., that one of the best fences in years was working out of a warehouse on 25th Place, NE. PFF Inc., run by 'mob-connected' Italians, was buying up stolen guns, office equipment, anything with resale value. Thieves all over the Washington area were soon submitting to the hard dealing of the gun-wielding Mafiosi, looking for quick cash and an association with the mighty aristocracy of crime. As the fence's main man, Pasquale Larocca, critically examined the typewriter or rifle offered across his bulletproof counter, and in one corner Mike Franzino cradled his shotgun in casual warning, there was no suspicion of a weapon deadly in a different way: a videotape machine which recorded every transaction from behind an unnoticed one-way mirror. 'Pasquale Larocca' and 'Mike Franzino' were the aliases of two of the undercover team of police and FBI men organized to fight Washington's high larceny statistics down at the underworld source. And five months after the opening of 'Police-FBI Fencing, Incognito' - five months of tense bargaining with suspicious professionals and comic encounters with fawning flunkies and prostitutes - the fence closed around more than 200 criminals invited to meet a New York 'Don' at a party hosted by Larocca. They met, instead, with police. The single account of the caper written with the cooperation of the police and FBI and with full access to the incriminating videotapes, here is a true story of police politics and mayhem, streetwise ingenuity and volatile temperaments, told to authentic narrative effect with complete, uncensored detail." Very light browning to edges of textblock, light wrinkling at top of spine, minor rubbing. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, slight fading to spine color, very light browning on flap-folds and edges of rear panel, minor soiling. Very Good/Very Good - 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
6 Gibbon, John Murray. CANADIAN MOSAIC: THE MAKING OF A NORTHERN NATION.
London J.M. Dent & Sons 1939 First British Edition Hard Cover Very Good Fair Kathleen Shackleton, W.J. Phillips, R.H. Palenske, Nicholas de Grandmaison, Ernest Neumann, James Crockart. 
455 pp, 9 3/8" H. Brick-coloured cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps, drawings, reproductions, plus 23 colour plates (collated), including 19 full-page portraits of 'types' (many in national costume) and 4 with two illustrations per page showing people, buildings and landscapes. "This is the first comprehensive account of the contributions made to Canadian history and culture by some twenty-five European races. The plan which the author has adopted is to trace the history of each racial group from its original home in Europe, accentuating those incidents that show relationships between such races in Europe previous to their coming to Canada. The history has been documented so far as possible with quotations from contemporary records. The text incorporates the words of the ballads recently broadcasted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the series of musical talks conducted by (the author)." Chapters cover United States, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia, Eastern Baltic, Poland, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, the Balkans, Hungary, Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Hebrew, concluding with "Cement for the Canadian Mosaic". Small soft crease at top corner of pages 279 to304, small crease at top corner of illustration page opposite page 280, minor shelf soiling on bottom of text block & boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/creasing, small tears with old tape on inside edges, light browning and foxing on spine, darkening to top edge, light soiling/rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
OPERATION COMPASS.  OSPREY HISTORY SERIES., Latimer, Jon.  Battlescene plates by Jim Laurier.
7 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
 
 
8 Ministry of Information. THE AIR BATTLE OF MALTA: THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF THE R.A.F. IN MALTA, JUNE 1940 TO NOVEMBER 1942.
London His Majesty's Stationery Office 1944 First Edition Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
95 pp, 9" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. Contents: An Outpost of the Brave; The Italians Try Their Hand; The Luck of the Illustrious; Second Assault: The Luftwaffe Comes and Goes; Malta's Flashing Sword; The Luftwaffe Returns for the Kill; Onslaught on the Convoys; Malta Fights for her Life; Climax of Battle: The Defenders' Triumph; The Fighters go out to Attack; Some Relief for the Garrision: The August Convoy; Offensive Against Rommel; The Last Blitz: The Siege is Raised. Interior - small bump to top/bottom corners of pages 1 to 40, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - two small corner creases, light wear on spine - minor edge wear elsewhere. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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