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1 'McScotch'. (Lt. William MacLanachan.) FIGHTER PILOT.
London George Routledge 1936 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
248 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs (some aerial), fold-out map at rear (collated). "This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving with one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honour of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, 'Mick' Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C." Faint erased pencil marks at top corner of free front endpaper. book is very slightly cocked, browning to edges of text block, a few faint soiling marks on top of text block ad at top of fore-edge of text block, small light bump to bottom corner of rear board, light wrinkling and very light wear at top/bottom of spine, slight fading/browning to spine color, 5" thin light rub/soiling mark down spine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
"OVER THE TOP" BY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER WHO WENT.  TOGETHER WITH TOMMY'S DICTIONARY OF THE TRENCHES., Empey, Arthur Guy, machine gunner serving in France.
2 Empey, Arthur Guy, machine gunner serving in France. "OVER THE TOP" BY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER WHO WENT. TOGETHER WITH TOMMY'S DICTIONARY OF THE TRENCHES.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1917, 34th printing. 
315 pp + ads, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. B&w plates - collated. Contents: From Mufti to Khaki; Blighty to Rest Billets; I Go to Church; "Into the Trench"; Mud, Rats, and Shells; "Back of the Line"; Rations; The Little Wooden Cross; Suicide Annex; "The Day's Work"; Over the Top; Bombing; My First Official Bath; Picks and Shovels; Listening Post; Battery D 238; Out in Front; Staged Under Fire; On His Own; "Chats w ith Fritz"; About Turn; Punishments and Machine-Gun Stunts; Gas Attacks and Spies; The Firing Squad; Preparing for the Big Push; All Quiet (?) on the Western Front; Blighty; "Tommy's Dictionary of the Trenches". Three pin holes on title page , t i n y dint on frontispiece and preliminary pages, book lightly cracked at two places, light browning on pages, browning on edges of text block, light soiling on bottom of text block and on boards, light edge wear, slight fading on spine, light w r in kl in g a t top/bottom of spine, tiny dint on rear board. Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME., Gardner, Brian.
3 Gardner, Brian. THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME.
Cassell, London, 1961, first edition. 
177 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps. "At half past seven on the morning of the first of July 1916, along a front extending for eighteen miles in the valley of the Somme, an intensive bombardment which had conti nued since dawn lifted, and fourteen divisions of British troops stumbled out of their trenches to attack the enemy. This was the climax of Sir Douglas Haig's carefully conceived plan to break the interminable deadlock of trench warfare on th e W e s t ern Front, and score a resounding and dramatic victory over the German forces. Haig's design foundered within a few hours among the defences of Fricourt, La Boisells, and Thiepval, at the appalling cost of twenty thousand British soldier s k il le d an d thirty-five thousand wounded. - But the official dates for The Battle of the Somme are from 1st July to 18th, November 1916. The 'Big Push' went on, the preliminary bombardments, the attacks, the horrifying slaughter - every single c as ual ty be ing measured in terms of individual pain, misery, and sacrifice. Belief in the High Command that prolonged shelling must reduce an entrenched enemy to inertia and impotence, easy prey for advancing infantry, died hard. It persiste d t hro ugho ut the aut umn and into the following year, when the same ghastly pattern was repeated at Passchendaele. It was not fully discredited till the full potential of armoured vehicles was realized and military concepts, bred in minor theat res of w ar be for e th e tur n of the century, were rejected. - (This book) provides a critical, and immensely readable analysis of the policy, planning, and action of the British and French armies at the Battle of the Somme, a battle in which the cas ualti es of the Briti sh arm y alone exceeded those suffered by it during the whole of the Second World War. An important historical account of a great military blunder, it is also a vivid portrait of the tragedy, the unspeakable horror, and t he co urage, which are commo n to an y war at any time, but which were peculiarly intensified in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1918." Book is lightly cocked, has light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light wrinkling at top/bo ttom o f spine , light brow ning on edges o f text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has moderate edge wear, tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light soiling at top/bottom edges, two scuffs on rear panel, old tape on inside of top/ bottom o f spin e. Very Good-/Go od+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
4 Mabell, Countess of Airlie. (Strange Jocelyn.) WITH THE GUARDS WE SHALL GO: A GUARDSMAN'S LETTERS IN THE CRIMEA, 1854-1855.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1933 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ 
322 pp, 8 3/4" H. Dark brown cloth with gilt lettering/banding on spine, gilt insignia on front board. Colour frontispiece and 16 b&w plates (collated). Countess Airlie uses the letters of her great-uncle, Colonel Strange Jocelyn, to tell a highly personal history of the Crimean War. Some old glue residue and small areas of surface paper loss on front pastedown, small light stain in top margin of page 25, small light foxing mark in margin of page 32, book is slightly cracked in a few places - all pages are holding firmly, one slight corner bump, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight fading to color on spine and at top of front board, light staining on spine, light edge wear, very light rubbing. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
PEACEKEEPER:  THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO., MacKenzie, Lewis.
5 MacKenzie, Lewis. PEACEKEEPER: THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO.
Vancouver Douglas & McIntyre 1993 155054098X / 9781550540987 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
345 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "Brave, tough, resourceful, and, rarest of all, blessed with an irreverent sense of humour, (Major-General Lewis) MacKenzie needed all those qualities for the biggest assignment of his military career: striving for peace among the warring factions in the former Yugoslavia. In this riveting memoir, MacKenzie describes how he created Sector Sarajevo, and with a 30-nation UN force set out to liberate the airport to receive desperately needed food and medical supplies. MacKenzie's outstanding and unorthodox leadership catapulted him to the status of an international celebrity, as he used the media - 'the only weapon I had' - to maximum advantage. Against the daily drama of shelling, sabotage, murder and shameless propaganda, motivated by ethnic hatreds, MacKenzie's adventures in Sarajevo read like a war novel - except that it is all tragically true. With the verve of a natural storyteller, (he) also recounts the often bizarre highlights of eight previous peacekeeping tours in the Middle East, Cyprus and Vietnam. From bluffing his way through the Turkish-Cypriot lines to boisterous forays into Saigon's netherworld; from basketball in the Gaza Strip to dodging sniper fire in Sarajevo; from daring diplomatic improvisations to bluntly outspoken criticisms of the UN bureaucracy: here is a veteran peackeeper's frank, funny and unforgettable story." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine/front hinge. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, tiny tear and wrinkling at bottom of front hinge/front panel. 
Price: 16.00 USD
 
 
PEACEKEEPER:  THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO., MacKenzie, Lewis.
6 MacKenzie, Lewis. PEACEKEEPER: THE ROAD TO SARAJEVO.
Vancouver Douglas & McIntyre 1993 155054098X / 9781550540987 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
345 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "Brave, tough, resourceful, and, rarest of all, blessed with an irreverent sense of humour, (Major-General Lewis) MacKenzie needed all those qualities for the biggest assignment of his military career: striving for peace among the warring factions in the former Yugoslavia. In this riveting memoir, MacKenzie describes how he created Sector Sarajevo, and with a 30-nation UN force set out to liberate the airport to receive desperately needed food and medical supplies. MacKenzie's outstanding and unorthodox leadership catapulted him to the status of an international celebrity, as he used the media - 'the only weapon I had' - to maximum advantage. Against the daily drama of shelling, sabotage, murder and shameless propaganda, motivated by ethnic hatreds, MacKenzie's adventures in Sarajevo read like a war novel - except that it is all tragically true. With the verve of a natural storyteller, (he) also recounts the often bizarre highlights of eight previous peacekeeping tours in the Middle East, Cyprus and Vietnam. From bluffing his way through the Turkish-Cypriot lines to boisterous forays into Saigon's netherworld; from basketball in the Gaza Strip to dodging sniper fire in Sarajevo; from daring diplomatic improvisations to bluntly outspoken criticisms of the UN bureaucracy: here is a veteran peackeeper's frank, funny and unforgettable story." Slight bump at bottom of spine with a tiny tear at bottom of rear hinge. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor crease at bottom of front flap. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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