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SMOKE TRAILS IN THE SKY., Bartley, Tony.
1 Bartley, Tony. SMOKE TRAILS IN THE SKY.
Wilmslow Crecy 1997 0947554637 / 9780947554637 New Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good 
208 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, frontispiece portrait. "(Tony Bartley) joined the RAF at the outbreak of war and flew Spitfires with 92 Squadron from RAF Hornchurch, first in the Battle of France, then covering the Dunkirk evacuation. Later in 1940 the Squadron moved to RAF Biggin Hill which bore the brunt of attacks from German fighters and bombers. At the height of the Battle of Britain he flew daily over London alongside several 92 Squadron pilots who went on to fame such as Robert Stanford Tuck, Brian Kingcome and Don Kingaby. Bartley went on to test-fly Spitfires, then led 65 Squadron at Debden and 111 Squardron in North Africa. He flew with 70th Fighter Wing of the American 9th Air Force covering the Normandy landings at Omaha beach. (His) account relives the atmosphere of close knit fighter Squadrons, and also the respite offered by the London social life. Here he met the actress Deborah Kerr, who he married immediately after the war." Place, date and initials in ink on front free endpaper; book is slightly cocked; areas of light discoloration on boards; small shallow bump on fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds - one tiny tear, light rubbing, a few faint line indentations on panels. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
2 Davis, Kenneth S. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER: SOLDIER OF DEMOCRACY.
New York Konecky & Konecky 156852059X / 9781568520599 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
566 pp, 9 1/2" H. Undated reprint of the 1945 edition, c1999. A volume in the "Leaders of Our Time" series. "On June 6, 1944, a decisive day in the history of the Western World, the radio had been blaring reports of the progress of American troops on the Normandy beachhead since long before dawn. The man whose portrait is examined in this book had reached the supreme moment of his career. This work is a first hand account of Dwight D. Eisenhower from his early years in Texas through his military service in World War II. It documents his training at West Point, his tour of duty in WWI and then his meteoric rise as war leader and stateman in World War II. Extensive interviews that the author conducted with Eisenhower in London in the days leading up to the Normandy invasion shed new light on the strategic thinking that lay behind the momentous plans that were then being formulated. They also provide an intimate look at Eisenhower the man and the deeply held sense of values that would see him through the war and then later inform his tenure as president of the United States." Minor browning at top edge of spine, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very small dent on front hinge. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
3 Delve, Ken. D-DAY: THE AIR BATTLE.
Ramsbury Crowood Press 2004 1861267045 / 9781861267047 Revised and Enlarged Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
192 pp, 10" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, maps/plans. "6 June 1944 saw the Allied invasion of occupied Europe - one of the riskiest military operations of World War Two. The part played by air power in the success of the operation was crucial. This was the greatest concentration of striking power ever seen: 12,000 combat aircraft. Fighter-bombers such as the P-47 Thunderbolt and Hawker Typhoon bombed, strafed and rocketed tactical targets with great accuracy, while strategic bombers, escorted by hundreds of fighters, targeted bridges, marshalling yards, coastal guns and military stores. Other aircraft flew sophisticated decoy operations and hundreds of transports dropped paratroops or released gliders. In this, the only full-length book on the subject, Ken Delve examines the air campaign from the pre-invasion bombing strategy that prepared the battlefield to the massive air effort that accompanied the actual assault and the air umbrella during the vital weeks following the landings. Originally published in 1994, (it) has been substantially enlarged, re-illustrated and completely reset (providing) comprehensive coverage of this vital air campaign." Small bump at top of front hinge. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top of front hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
4 Evans, David. Foreword by Rt. Hon. Sir Tasker Watkins, VC. A GUIDE TO THE BEACHES AND BATTLEFIELDS OF NORMANDY.
London Michael Joseph 1994 0718138007 / 9780718138004 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
187 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps, reproductions, cartoons. "(P)rovides both an accessible background to the momentous events of 6 June 1944 as well as a complete guide to each and every town, village, beach, battery and cemetery that figured in the battle. (C)ontains a wealth of detail that charts the heroism, poignancy and tragedy of events that were to alter the course of history. With stories, poems and illustrations, David Evans pays a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives as the price of victory. Accompanied by photographs, maps and drawings, this guide is aimed primarily at the thousands of veterans, relatives and tourists who visit Normandy each year, but it will also be an endless source of (information) to those who wish to recall the details and monuments of the battle in the comfort of their own homes." Dust jacket has light to moderate top edge wrinkling, very minor dint to rear panel. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
A GUIDE TO THE BEACHES AND BATTLEFIELDS OF NORMANDY., Evans, David.  Foreword by Rt. Hon. Sir Tasker Watkins, VC.
5 Evans, David. Foreword by Rt. Hon. Sir Tasker Watkins, VC. A GUIDE TO THE BEACHES AND BATTLEFIELDS OF NORMANDY.
London Michael Joseph 1994 0718138007 / 9780718138004 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
187 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps, reproductions, cartoons. "(P)rovides both an accessible background to the momentous events of 6 June 1944 as well as a complete guide to each and every town, village, beach, battery and cemetery that figured in the battle. (C)ontains a wealth of detail that charts the heroism, poignancy and tragedy of events that were to alter the course of history. With stories, poems and illustrations, David Evans pays a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives as the price of victory. Accompanied by photographs, maps and drawings, this guide is aimed primarily at the thousands of veterans, relatives and tourists who visit Normandy each year, but it will also be an endless source of (information) to those who wish to recall the details and monuments of the battle in the comfort of their own homes." Light wrinkling at top of rear hinge, slight toning to bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, minor toning at top edge of flaps. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BATTLE COAST:  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF D-DAY, THE SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944., Hunter, R.H. and Brown, T.H.C.
6 Hunter, R.H. and Brown, T.H.C. BATTLE COAST: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF D-DAY, THE SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944.
Spurbooks, Bourne End, 1972. 
142 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. "....traces the development of amphibious assault from Dunkirk to D-Day, and illustrates with words, maps and photographs the event s leading up to D-Day and during the landings. Every phase of the assault, airborne and seaborne is covered and the actions of British, American, Canadian, French and German units, fully detailed and described." Contents: 1940-1944; The D e f e n c e s o f Normandy; The Plan of Attack; Operation NEPTUNE; The American Airdrops; The Red Devils; UTAH; Bloody OMAHA; The British and Canadian Beaches; Aftermath; Bibliography; Index. Top edge of front board, has color loss due to dampne ss , on e sl ig ht c o rn er bump, a few faint tiny foxing marks on edges of textblock. Dust jacket has heavy rubbing, discoloration/fading, foxing marks, edge wear/wrinkling. VG-/Fair 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 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
 
 
8 Michie, Allan A. THE INVASION OF EUROPE: THE STORY BEHIND D-DAY.
Dodd, Mead, New York, 1964, first edition. 
203 pp, 8vo (8 1/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, map. "An experienced journalist assigned to General Eisenhower's forward headquarters to report how and when the D-Day decision was made tells the story of the developing strategy that led to the momentous events of June 6, 1944 and the awesome decisions that brought them about...." Faint erased pencil marks on free front endpaper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small shallow bump to bottom edge of f r o n t b o a r d . Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling, several small chips and tears - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very small hole on front flap-fold, minor soiling, spine is browned and has a few tiny s cu ff s, n o w in a m ylar sleeve. Very Good/Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
NOTHING LESS THAN VICTORY: AN ORAL HISTORY OF D-DAY., Miller, Russell.
9 Miller, Russell. NOTHING LESS THAN VICTORY: AN ORAL HISTORY OF D-DAY.
Penguin, London, 1994. 
496 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 0140178465 B&w photographs, maps. "The Normandy Landings, the largest amphibious operation the world has ever seen, marked 'the beginning of the end of the Second World War'. Russell Miller's superb book offers a definitive account of 'being alive in 1944, being young, and being at war'. Letters, diaries, memos and dozens of interviews with veterans from all sides recreate the deception plans and dry runs, the desperate German wait behind the Atlan t i c W a ll, the disagreements between Allies, the ghastly ordeal of Omaha Beach, Resistance sabotage operations and the first day of battle. Throughout, Russell Miller has enticed from his old soldiers not only astonishingly vivid memories of ev en ts b u t th eir feelings as participants. Here, he writes, we find 'hysteria and horror interspersed with flashes of heroism and humour - these are the true voices of D-Day'." Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no pre vio us o wne rship marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, one tiny corner crease minor browning to edges of text block. Very Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
IMPOSSIBLE VICTORIES: TEN UNLIKELY BATTLEFIELD SUCCESSES., Perrett, Bryan.
10 Perrett, Bryan. IMPOSSIBLE VICTORIES: TEN UNLIKELY BATTLEFIELD SUCCESSES.
Arms and Armour, London, 1996. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1854093142 B&w plates, maps/battle plans. "(O)n the battlefield unlikely success will occasionally come from a daring counter-attack, a small force charge against large forces, unexpec ted storming of apparently secure positions. In the ten examples in this volume (the author) takes the reader from the Peninsular War of 1811 to Vietnam in 1967, via colonial action and events from the World Wars." Includes: Albuera Counter - A t t a c k ; Battles of Chippewa and Lundy's Lane; Reliefs of Lucknow; Taking of theTaku Forts; Dargai; Storming of San Juan Ridge; Charges at Beersheba and Huj, Palestine; US Rangers at the Pointe du Hoe and Omaha Beach, D-Day; Struggle for Hill 1 12 ; Ng ok K om Leat and Hill 875 - South Vietnam. "The accounts portray the natural drama of warfare whilst incorporating all the detail required for a study of the strategies and tactics deployed." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. D ust ja ck et has mi nor edge wrinkling, small tear (archivally taped) at top of rear hinge, creasing at top of spine. Near Fine/Very good 
Price: 12.50 USD
 


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