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1 Alexander, Bevin. HOW GREAT GENERALS WIN.
Avon, New York, 1995. 
320 pp, 7 7/8" H, soft cover. ISBN 0380724367 B&w photographs, maps. "Undaunted by Hannibal's elephants, Scipio Africanus ordered his outnumbered cavlary to charge directly toward the massive beasts - and, by doing so, saved Rome. Stonewall Jack son struck like l ightning throughout the Shenandoah Valley, with occasional feints toward Washington - and so frustrated a numerically superior Union Army. Despite few resouces and even less support from the German High Command, The 'Desert F o x ' , Erwin Rommel, cond ucted one of the most spectacular and successful campaigns in military history. In wars throughout the centuries, the fortunes of great armies have turned on surprise tactics and audacious maneuvers brilliantly conceiv ed b y un co n ventional officers. In this remarkable work, acclaimed historian Bevin Alexander examines some of the most astonishing campaigns and engagements of all time - providing a uniquely insightful look at the battlefield genius of Napole on, Sh er man , L aw rence of Arabia, Mac Arthur, and other military strategists who transformed rout into victory time and time again." Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - mi nor edge we ar. Ver y G ood 
Price: 10.00 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
2 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.
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
 
 
SHARK SQUADRON:  THE HISTORY OF NO 112 SQUADRON R.F.C., R.A.F. 1917-1975., Brown, Robin A.  Foreword by Squadron Leader Neville Duke.
4 Brown, Robin A. Foreword by Squadron Leader Neville Duke. SHARK SQUADRON: THE HISTORY OF NO 112 SQUADRON R.F.C., R.A.F. 1917-1975.
England Crecy 1994 0947554335 / 9780947554330 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
304 pp, large 8vo (10" H). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "(A) magnificent tribute to the men and machines of 112 recording their history from the First World War to the mid-Seventies when the Squadron was disbanded. Included in the book are appendices that list the squadron's 'victory' claims, its aircrew losses in the air, known serial numbers and aircraft destroyed or damaged as a result of enemy action. The book is complemented by over 150 photographs most of which were taken from private albums and will, no doubt, provide an invaluable source for researcher, historian and enthusiast alike. The Squadron was probably the most publicised RAF unit of the war not only because of its distinctive 'sharks mouth' markings but also for its remarkable combat record." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has a tiny corner crease on each flap, very minor wrinkling at top of spine 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
SHARK SQUADRON:  THE HISTORY OF NO 112 SQUADRON R.F.C., R.A.F. 1917-1975., Brown, Robin A.  Foreword by Squadron Leader Neville Duke.
5 Brown, Robin A. Foreword by Squadron Leader Neville Duke. SHARK SQUADRON: THE HISTORY OF NO 112 SQUADRON R.F.C., R.A.F. 1917-1975.
England Crecy 1994 0947554335 / 9780947554330 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
304 pp, large 8vo (10" H). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "(A) magnificent tribute to the men and machines of 112 recording their history from the First World War to the mid-Seventies when the Squadron was disbanded. Included in the book are appendices that list the squadron's 'victory' claims, its aircrew losses in the air, known serial numbers and aircraft destroyed or damaged as a result of enemy action. The book is complemented by over 150 photographs most of which were taken from private albums and will, no doubt, provide an invaluable source for researcher, historian and enthusiast alike. The Squadron was probably the most publicised RAF unit of the war not only because of its distinctive 'sharks mouth' markings but also for its remarkable combat record." Book is Fine. Dust jacket is clean and bright. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
WELLINGTON WINGS:  AN RAF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER IN THE WESTERN DESERT., Chappell, F.R.  Foreword by Air Commodore C.J. Mount.
6 Chappell, F.R. Foreword by Air Commodore C.J. Mount. WELLINGTON WINGS: AN RAF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER IN THE WESTERN DESERT.
Somerton, Somerset Crecy 1992 0947554270 / 9780947554279 Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
282 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps. "The author was a squadron and wing intelligence officer and kept long and detailed diaries of the day to day life in the Desert Group, and on these the book is largely based. The result is a vivid and realistic picture of the Desert atmosphere; he communicates the tenseness during the nights when the Wellingtons were away on missions, the crashes, the accidents, the debriefings, and the dreaded sandstorms. He recaptures the excitement of the perilous operations, some of which he flew on himself, as well as the lighter moments during stand downs and leave periods. This is an outstanding contribution to aviation history, conveying as it does not only individual heroisms but the corporateness of a squadron in wartime." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, one or two minor shallow dents on rear panel. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
WELLINGTON WINGS:  AN RAF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER IN THE WESTERN DESERT., Chappell, F.R.  Foreword by Air Commodore C.J. Mount.
7 Chappell, F.R. Foreword by Air Commodore C.J. Mount. WELLINGTON WINGS: AN RAF INTELLIGENCE OFFICER IN THE WESTERN DESERT.
Somerton, Somerset Crecy 1992 0947554270 / 9780947554279 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
282 pp, lg 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The author was a squadron and wing intelligence officer and kept long and detailed diaries of the day to day life in the Desert Group, and on these the book is largely based. The result is a vivid and realistic picture of the Desert atmosphere; he communicates the tenseness during the nights when the Wellingtons were away on missions, the crashes, the accidents, the debriefings, and the dreaded sandstorms. He recaptures the excitement of the perilous operations, some of which he flew on himself, as well as the lighter moments during stand downs and leave periods. This is an outstanding contribution to aviation history, conveying as it does not only individual heroisms but the corporateness of a squadron in wartime." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE ENEMY IS LISTENING.  THE STORY OF THE Y SERVICE., Clayton, Aileen.  Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier.
8 Clayton, Aileen. Foreword by Air Chief Marshal Sir Frederick Rosier. THE ENEMY IS LISTENING. THE STORY OF THE Y SERVICE.
Crecy 1993 0947554289 / 9780947554286 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
381 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "The story is told by Aileen Clayton who was selected to work with the Y-Service, the branch of the RAF responsible for the interception of enemy communications, at the beginning of the war. Known at the time as 'Mike' Morris, she was the first WAAF to be commissioned as an intelligence officer and was the first to be awarded the MBE for her service in this field. Her account of the development of the Y-Service and its activities in the Battle of Britain, in the Western Desert, the Middle East and the Mediterranean is a major contribution to our knowledge of the intelligence aspects of the Second World War. It is also the dramatic and frequently moving story of a very young woman doing often dangerous and increasingly complex work in what was then very much a man's world, and of a body of talented, devoted and courageous men and women whose work frequently took them into front line conditions, whether they were suffering aerial bombardment on the South Coast of England, or advancing with the tanks in the Western Desert, or taking part in the landings at Salerno and Anzio. Because of the secrecy in which their work was shrouded during the war and for years afterwards their contribution to the Allied war effort has gone largely unrecognised. (This) is finally and above all a tribute by a remarkable woman to a tenacious and gifted band of men and women." A line of very small creases on front free endpaper, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two corner creases on rear flap, rubbing on panels, three timy edge tears. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
9 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
 
 
10 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
 
 
TEST PILOT., Duke, Neville.  In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell.
11 Duke, Neville. In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell. TEST PILOT.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817631 / 9780948817632 New Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
195 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). First published in 1953, "(T)his new edition has an additional chapter covering Neville Duke's flying life from that date, and also has appendices and index, not included in the earlier book, together with a completely new selection of photographs." "The name of Neville Duke is well-known in aviation circles, not only as a successful wartime fighter pilot, but also as a peacetime test pilot with the Hawker Aviation Company. Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, he found himself as a young fighter pilot with the crack 93 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, in 1941. Towards the end of the war he became an RAF test pilot and later a member of the RAF's High Speed Flight. This was the start of a successful career as a test pilot after leaving the Service in 1948, having been awarded the AFC. Working for Hawkers, he became Chief Test Pilot and did all the major flight development on one of the most famous of all RAF peacetime aircraft - the Hawker Hunter, and with it took the world speed record in 1953. Injured in a Hunter crash two years later, he was forced to leave Hawkers but continued to fly and later set up his own test flying business, as well as becoming the personal pilot of Sir George Dowty. He is now a freelance and still a highly respected test pilot, working on the Optica, Fieldmaster and Firemaster aeroplanes." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TEST PILOT., Duke, Neville.  In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell.
12 Duke, Neville. In collaboration with Alan W. Mitchell. TEST PILOT.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817631 / 9780948817632 New Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 
195 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). First published in 1953, "(T)his new edition has an additional chapter covering Neville Duke's flying life from that date, and also has appendices and index, not included in the earlier book, together with a completely new selection of photographs." "The name of Neville Duke is well-known in aviation circles, not only as a successful wartime fighter pilot, but also as a peacetime test pilot with the Hawker Aviation Company. Joining the RAF at the beginning of the war, he found himself as a young fighter pilot with the crack 93 Squadron at RAF Biggin Hill, in 1941. Towards the end of the war he became an RAF test pilot and later a member of the RAF's High Speed Flight. This was the start of a successful career as a test pilot after leaving the Service in 1948, having been awarded the AFC. Working for Hawkers, he became Chief Test Pilot and did all the major flight development on one of the most famous of all RAF peacetime aircraft - the Hawker Hunter, and with it took the world speed record in 1953. Injured in a Hunter crash two years later, he was forced to leave Hawkers but continued to fly and later set up his own test flying business, as well as becoming the personal pilot of Sir George Dowty. He is now a freelance and still a highly respected test pilot, working on the Optica, Fieldmaster and Firemaster aeroplanes." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AND WE SHALL SHOCK THEM:  THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Fraser, David.
13 Fraser, David. AND WE SHALL SHOCK THEM: THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, (1983). 
429 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0340270853 B&w photographs, maps. "How the British Army contributed to the Allies' eventual victory against the Axis powers is a remarkable story of apparent defeat turned into ultimat e victory...David Fraser discusses every major campagin fought by the British Army in the Second World War. As a young serving officer during the war, and ultimately reaching the highest reaches of the army, he has been able to bring pers o n a l e x p e rience to his account as well as drawing on many hitherto unpublished sources. The narrative has been enriched by critical and pungent comment..." Slight cigarette odor, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has min or e dg e w ea r/ wr in kling - light at bottom of spine, minor rubbing, small closed tear at bottom of front hinge, tiny scuff on front panel, minor browning at top of flaps. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
KNIGHT'S CROSS: A LIFE OF FIELD MARSHAL ERWIN ROMMEL., Fraser, David.
14 Fraser, David. KNIGHT'S CROSS: A LIFE OF FIELD MARSHAL ERWIN ROMMEL.
HarperCollins, New York, 1993, book club edition. 
601 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0060182229 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "(S)hows how inspiringly spontaneous and superficially haphazard Rommel's style of leadership could be: 'Rommel believed that war is a re ckless, untidy business, and that the habits of mind of a methodical manager are alien to what is required'. Instead, his hallmarks were boldness of manoeuvre, ferocity of attack, and tenacity in pursuit. These were the qualities he display e d i n h is great battles in the North African desert; they were, David Fraser demonstrates, evident from his earliest battles in the First World War to his last, defending Fortress Europe from the Allied invasion of 1944....Rommel reached a posi ti on in w h ic h he almost inevitably became embroiled in politics. When he realized that the Allied invasion was going to succeed, he realized also that the only way to save Germany was somehow to negotiate a peace settlement. He tried to pres ent Hi t ler - to wh om he had always been devoted, and who had always shown him a particular respect and affection - with the military realities: he was branded a defeatist and ignored. But his opinions, and his apparent links (meticulously dis cuss ed b y Fras er) wi th t he Stauffenberg plotters of July 1944 - one of them, under interrogation, mentioned Rommel as a possible head of post-Hilterian Gemany - condemned him is the eyes of the Fuhrer he had served so loyally. He was offered the c hoice o f tri al b y a Peopl e's Court - a sham of course - or suicide, a state funeral and protection for his family. He chose the latter. Rommel is not, to David Fraser, a flawless hero: his failings as well as his genius are recorded here . But he ha d t hat in stinc t fo r batt le and leadership which set him apart from his contemporaries and places him among the great commanders." Light browning at bottom edge of rear board, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has lig ht rubb ing on rear panel , lig ht wrin kling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, tiny tear with wrinkles at bottom edge of rear flap. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
TOBRUK:  THE GREAT SIEGE REASSESSED., Harrison, Frank.
15 Harrison, Frank. TOBRUK: THE GREAT SIEGE REASSESSED.
Brockhampton Press, (London, 1999), reprint. 
352 pp, lg 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1860199860 B&w photos, maps. "...has three principal sections: the siege, in which the Australian 9th Division held out so manfully against Rommel's Afrika Korps; the breakout, where the British 70 th Division broke clear of the fortress to create a corridor towards an intended rendezvous with the Eighth Army; and an important appraisal of the main opponent the Allies faced - the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel. The understated role of the Br i t i s h d ivision, the awesome battles they faced in opening and maintaining the corridor and the support to the action provided by the Royal Navy and RAF is clearly demonstrated and fully described..." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. Th is i s a n ew, unread book. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
16 Hart, W.E. HITLER'S GENERALS.
Books for Libraries Press, Plainview, New York, 1976, reprint. 
222 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover (dark blue cloth with silver lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. ISBN 0518101657 "The author served as an officer in the Reichswehr under the German Republic, and had the advantage of undergoing several Gener al Staff courses. That service having become impossible to him under Hitler, he lived in Germany for a time in active opposition to the government before finding his way as a volunteer, after the war began, into the ranks of the British A r m y , f r o m which he was invalided out. Here he reviews the careers of Hitler's generals in the light of their environment and their mental training, portraying most of them from personal contact either with the men themselves or with officer s of t he i r im me di a te circle. He presents their history under Hitler and in Hitler's war with intimate glimpses that should make clearer the governing influence upon the nation and the results, all unforeseen, of Hitler's rise upon them." C on ten ts: P re fa ce; Co lon el General Baron Werner von Fritsch; Field Marshal Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt; Field Marshal Erwin Eugen Johannes Rommel; Field Marshal Erhard Milch; Field Marshal Walther Heinrich Alfred Herman von Brauchitsch; Fi eld Mars hal Wil hel m Ke itel ; Fi eld Marshal Fedor von Bock; Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz; Admiral Erich Raeder; Index. Small faint erased pencil marks at top of half-title and title pages, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light r ubbi ng o n boa rds, ver y fa int s oilin g on top/ bottom of textblock. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
17 Hooton, E.R. EAGLES IN FLAMES: THE FALL OF THE LUFTWAFFE.
London Arms and Armour 1997 1854093436 / 9781854093431 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
352 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, tables. "How close did the Luftwaffe come to winning the war for Germany? Did command errors contribute to the downfall? Could more, newer and better equipped aircraft have beaten the Allies, even after the failures of 1940? Could the Luftwaffe ever have survived the unreasonable dictates of the Fuhrer? By means of deeply researched analytical text and extensive appendices, the reader is guided through the complexities of the war from 1940 to D-Day and will gain an new understanding of how the Luftwaffe snatched defeat from the jaws of victory." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, remainder mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling and tiny chip at top/bottom of flap-folds also a tiny tear at top of rear flap-fold - archivally taped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DESERT COMMANDO., Jackson, Robert.  Dust jacket art by Brian Sweet.
18 Jackson, Robert. Dust jacket art by Brian Sweet. DESERT COMMANDO.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1986, first edition. 
175 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0297788213 "It is the autumn of 1942. At El Alamein, General Montgomery's Eighth Army is preparing for the big push that will drive Rommel's Afrika Korps back through the Libyan Desert. But a vital initial task has to be undertaken: the destruction of Rommel's communications and supply dumps far behind the enemy lines. The mission is entrusted to two elite forces, the Long Range Desert Group and the Special Air Service. The e x p l o i t s of the SAS, less than two years old, have already become legendary. Lieutenant Callum Douglas, fresh from the desert battles as a tank commander with the 20th Hussars, counts himself fortunate to be selected to join this tough band o f fi gh te rs - a nd soon proves himself in action. Beaten in Libya, the Germans plan to make a formidable last stand in Tunisia, and Douglas finds that the work of the SAS is only just beginning. By boat, the SAS commandos infiltrate into ene my te rri tor y t o s tri ke hard at the headquarters of Germany's own elite, the Brandenburg Division. With only a handful of men, Douglas cannot afford to lose the advantage of surprise, but the route to Tunis is hampered by betrayal, and the ing enu ity and cou rage of the hig hly-trained men is tested even beyond their expectations...." Faint cigarette odor, light browning on pages - moderate on edges of text block, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spne. Dust jacket has very light edg e wr inkl ing, light brow ning at edge s. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
BESIEGED:  THE WORLD WAR II ORDEAL OF MALTA, 1940-1942., Jellison, Charles A.
19 Jellison, Charles A. BESIEGED: THE WORLD WAR II ORDEAL OF MALTA, 1940-1942.
University of New Hampshire / University Press of New England, (Hanover, NH), 1984, first edition. 
288 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w photos, map. ISBN 0874513138 "During the early years of the Second World War, the tiny island of Malta withstood months of incessant heavy bombing and blockade by the Axis powers. Because of its strategic location and excellent harbor facilities, retention of Malta was of utmost importance for the British. Conversely, its surrender or neutralization as an offensive base was given the highest priority by the enemy. For more than two years this lonely outpost (the sole British base between Gibraltar and Alexandria) was subjected to the heaviest sustained bombing ever unleashed upon so small an area, while its people were increasingly deprived of food, medicine, and virtually all other necessities of life by the ever-tightening stranglehold of the Axis blockade. This fine narrative conveys in a lively, moving fashion the effects of that extraordinary period on the populace of Malta. This is not a military history, but rather extremely readable social history set against the backdrop of military events. It deals principally with the effect of the blockade upon island life, and is the first book to present the Maltese war experience from a Maltese point of view. It recounts the story of how a simple, deeply religious people who had never experienced modern warfare reacted to the brutal, grueling ordeal of a war that was none of their making. Growing out of the author's interest in and extended visits to Malta, the book's special features include extensive use of material from diaries and personal recollections extracted from dozens of interviews with actual participants in the drama. " Small faint scuff to fore-edge of textblock, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine, a few tiny soiling marks on rear board. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, tiny scuff on front panel. VG+/V G 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
20 Laffin, John. RAIDERS: ELITE FORCES ATTACKS.
Chancellor, London, 2000, reprint. 
194 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0753703629 B&w photographs, reproductions. "During the Second World War a number of daring military actions were carried out by Allied and Axis land, sea and air forces against targets carefully selected for their strategic or propaganda values. These raids were as individual in character as the men who carried them out and equally unique in their objectives. (The author) relates more than twenty such operations mounted b y B r i t ish, German, American, Australian, Italian and Canadian forces. Raiding appealed to British military men's psyche - and on the whole, they were good at it. Therefore, 'Raiders' emphasizes attacks mounted by the British because they we re i n vo lv ed i n more theatres of war than any other combatant. (Laffin) examines the qualities of successful raiders, as well as their selection and training, before looking in detail at individual missions. The exploits recorded here range fro m a B rit ish co mma ndo strike against Rommel's supposed HQ in the North African desert in 1941, to the daring surveys of the Normandy beaches in preparation for Operation 'Overlord'; from the German glider-borne assault on the great Belgian fort ress of Ebe n Em ael in 1 940, to SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny's dramatic mission to snatch Mussolini from imprisonment on an Italian mountaintop in 1943. Here are the Gironde river exploit of the Special Boat Service in 1942 when frogmen comman dos c aused ser ious damag e to four large enemy ships, and Operation 'Jericho' in 1944 when a low-level attack by RAF Mosquito bombers blasted a huge hole in the wall of a Gestapo prison in France." Faint erased pencil marks on free front end p aper, book c racke d at pages 80/81 - pag es holding firmly. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very minor wrinkling at top of spine. Very Good/Near Fine 
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