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BUCK McNAIR: CANADIAN SPITFIRE ACE.  THE STORY OF GROUP CAPTAIN R W McNAIR DSO, DFC & 2 Bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF., Franks, Norman.
201 Franks, Norman. BUCK McNAIR: CANADIAN SPITFIRE ACE. THE STORY OF GROUP CAPTAIN R W McNAIR DSO, DFC & 2 Bars, Ld'H, CdG, RCAF.
London Grub Street 2001 1902304748 / 9781902304748 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
179 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, Spitfire profiles. "Robert 'Buck' McNair came from Nova Scotia, the second of three sons born of a mix of Scottish and German parents. As a young man he became interested in flight, and was lucky enough to be able to fly floatplanes off the Canadian lakes. When war came, he went through flight training in Canada, sailed to England, and in the summer of 1941 found himself in the newly formed 411 Squadron RCAF. Eventually this unit began flying sweeps over Northern France and he saw his first combat actions during that autumn. An aggressive fighter pilot, he was chosen by his Canadian CO to accompany him to the besieged island of Malta in the spring of 1942, to coincide with the arrival on that island of the first Spitfires." McNair went on to win three DFCs and a DSO among other awards and although he was twice wounded, his score of victories reached 16, "with others probably destroyed and damaged. This is a remarkable story of courage and heroism by one of the Second World War's top-scoring fighter pilots who inspired his men and fellow pilots in actions above the skies of France and Malta, and who, despite being almost blind in one eye, continued to lead and spur his men onto greater actions." Tiny wrinkle at top of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
AND WE SHALL SHOCK THEM:  THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Fraser, David.
202 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.
203 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
 
 
ALWAYS A STRATHCONA., Fraser, W.B.
204 Fraser, W.B. ALWAYS A STRATHCONA.
Calgary, Alberta Comprint 1986 Second Printing Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
252 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, colour uniform studies, maps. A history of the Regiment from its inception in 1885 to the mid-1970s. Contents: Foreword; Battle Honours; Introduction; Strathcona's Horse; Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians); The Outbreak of the First World War; The Search for Mobility; Moreuil Wood; Canada's Hundred Days; The Long Armistice; Wartime Training and Service; Italy; Melfa River Crossing; Up the Italian Boot; To Northern Europe; Peace and War; Keeping the Peace; Genealogy; Chronological Historical Outline; Honorary Appointments; Commanding Officers and Regimental Sergeant Majors; Roll of Honour; Index. Very minor edgewear to bottom of boards. Dust jacket has very minor edgewear. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
ALWAYS A STRATHCONA., Fraser, W.B.
205 Fraser, W.B. ALWAYS A STRATHCONA.
Calgary, Alberta Comprint 1986 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
252 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, colour uniform studies, maps. A history of the Regiment from its inception in 1885 to the mid-1970s. Contents: Foreword; Battle Honours; Introduction; Strathcona's Horse; Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians); The Outbreak of the First World War; The Search for Mobility; Moreuil Wood; Canada's Hundred Days; The Long Armistice; Wartime Training and Service; Italy; Melfa River Crossing; Up the Italian Boot; To Northern Europe; Peace and War; Keeping the Peace; Genealogy; Chronological Historical Outline; Honorary Appointments; Commanding Officers and Regimental Sergeant Majors; Roll of Honour; Index. Small taped tear with creases at fore-edge of two illustration page leaves - edges are unevenly trimmed, faint erased pencil marks on frent free endpaper. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing, small dent on rear hinge, area of very small indentations on rear panel. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
206 Fromm, Bella. Foreword by Judith Rossner. Introduction by Frederick T. Birchall. BLOOD AND BANQUETS: A BERLIN SOCIAL DIARY.
New York Birch Lane / Carol Publishing 1990 1559720557 / 9781559720557 Book Club Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
338 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "Bella Fromm (a Jewish reporter) wrote a social column for a liberal Berlin newspaper. Attending luncheons, teas and dinners during the 1930's 'Frau Bella' met everybody of importance and gauged accurately what each person counted for in the developing storm. Among the many German leaders she knew wre General von Hindenberg, Franz von Papen, Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, filmaker Leni Riefenstahl and countless other political and social figures. In this secret journal, smuggled out piecemeal before she left Germany, Fromm describes her experiences and conversations with this cast of characters that would soon play shocking roles in Hitler's Third Reich. The gossip, dark secrets and Nazi maneuverings she discovered or intuited - but never reported in her column - appear here with startling immediacy." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges. Dust jacket has light fading to color on rear hinge/spine area. 
Price: 14.00 USD
 
 
207 Frost, C. Sydney, Colonel. ONCE A PATRICIA. (MEMOIRS OF A JUNIOR INFANTRY OFFICER IN WORLD WAR II)
Vanwell, St. Catharines, Ontario, [1988]. 
564 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, maps, reproductions. "...a gripping personal account about the Second World War. From The Royal Military College, Wartime Training Centres, through Sicily and Italy with the Eighth Army, and finally to Holland, Sydney Frost brings together a fascinating and absorbing story. He tells it exactly 'as it was' and we see what it all meant - at the time - to this gallant young officer. With sensitivity and percepton he records the gamut of emotions through courage to sorrow to triumph that became the reality of a fighting soldier's life. And through it all runs the consuming passion for his Regiment (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) - his home." Dust jacket has very minor rubbing. Fine/NF 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
THE HURRICANE STORY., Gallico, Paul.
208 Gallico, Paul. THE HURRICANE STORY.
London Michael Joseph. 1959 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- 
144 pp, 7 1/2" H. Dark blue cloth with silver lettering/propellers on spine, silver aircraft on front board. B&w photographs. "Paul Gallico has written the whole exciting and inspiring life story of the greatest British fighter plane, from the drawing board through the battles of World War II. It is a story of great daring, imagination, and unparalleled human courage - the biography of an aircraft which came to personify toughness and audacity." Minor browning to edges of text block, tiny bump at top/bottom of spine, bump to fore-edge of rear board. Dust jacket has light wear and tiny tear (archivally taped) at top/bottom of spine and top of rear flap-fold - very light elsewhere, minor edge browning on flaps, soft crease on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
209 Galloway, Strome, Colonel. A REGIMENT AT WAR: THE STORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT, 1939-1945.
Privately Printed 1979 Soft Cover Very Good 
238 pp, 8vo (8" H). (First published in 1946 under the title, "55 AXIS"). B&w photographs. Contents: "Gentlemen, The Regiment!"; Mobilization to the Fall of France; The Defence of Britain; The Conquest of Sicily; The Fighting Pursuit From Reggio; The Moro River and Ortona Road; The Adriatic Barricade; The Liri Valley Campaign; The Battles of the Gothic Line; The Po Valley Denial; Victory in the Netherlands; The Return of the Warriors; The Kiska Connection; Appendices - The Commanding Officers, 1939-1945; Itinerary of The Royal Canadian Regiment; Roll of Honour. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny dent, faint sticker mark and very soft small corner creases on rear cover, very light rubbing, soft crease across bottom of front cover. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
THE GENERAL WHO NEVER WAS., Galloway, Strome.
210 Galloway, Strome. THE GENERAL WHO NEVER WAS.
Mika, Belleville, Ontario, 1981. 
295 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0919303544 Ex-library. B&w photographs. A large part of the book focuses on the author's experiences with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Italy/Sicily during WWII. Contents: The Gene ral Speaks Out; Amateur Soldier Between the Wars; When England Stood Alone; Low Point at Dieppe; Drinking The King's Red Rum; Naked Bayonets at Stuka Farm; The Irish Brigade Fought On; "Down Doors!"; They Died in Sicily's Sunshine; The Poin t o f T h e Arrow; The Gates of Hell; Vineyards of Death; The Road to Rome; A Holiday for Heroes; "Rimini by Noon!"; Rivers of Blood; In the Valley of The Po; Finally, The Siegfried Line; Soldier No More. Ex-libray copy with very small ink notat io n i n t he m ar g in of pages 160 & 174, old tape residue on pastedowns and pocket removal marks/remnants on free rear endpaper, stamps on edges of text block, wrinkling and wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, minor soiling. Dust jacke t h as li gh t mod era te wr inkling old tape marks on inside surface, no label on spine, minor browning. Good reading copy. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AMERICAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR 2.  AIRFIX MAGAZINE GUIDE 26., Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter.
211 Gander, Terry and Chamberlain, Peter. AMERICAN TANKS OF WORLD WAR 2. AIRFIX MAGAZINE GUIDE 26.
Cambridge Patrick Stephens 1977 0850592607 / 9780850592603 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
64 pp, 8 3/4" H, pictorial boards. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, data tables. "During the last war the Americans built twice as many tanks as Britain and Germany combined, and the M4 Sherman in particular can rightly be acclaimed as one of the weapons which won the war. (The authors) give a concise but detailed guide to American tank theory and design before and during the war, together with descriptions and data on the tanks themselves, notes on armament, camouflage and markings, four-view scale plans and extensive exciting photographic coverage." Light fading to spine color, very light wear at top of front hinge, minor rubbing, minor wrinkling on spine, two small faint foxing marks on copyright and contents page. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BLACK MAY., Gannon, Michael.
212 Gannon, Michael. BLACK MAY.
HarperCollins, New York, 1998, first edition. 
492 pp, large 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0060178191 B&w photographs. "In May 1943, Allied sea and air forces won a stunning, dramatic, and vital victory over the largest and most powerful submarine force ever sent to sea, sin king forty-one German U-boats and damaging thirty-seven others. It was the forty-fifth month of World War II, and by the end of May the Germans were forced to acknowledge defeat and recall almost all of their remaining U-boats from the major t r a f f i c lanes of the North Atlantic. At U-Boat Headquarters in Berlin, despondent naval officers spoke of 'Black May'. It was a defeat from which the German U-boat fleet never recovered. 'Black May' is a triumph of scholarship and narrativ e , an i mp or ta nt work of history, and a great sea story. (The author) has done enormous research and produced the most thoroughly documented study ever done of these battles. In his compelling historical saga, the people are as significant as t he te chn ica l i nfo rmation. Given the strategic importance of the events of May 1943, it is natural to ask, How did Black may happen and why? Who or what was responsible? Were new Allied tactics adopted or new weapons employed? This book ans wer s th ose ques tion s an d many others. Drawing on original documents in German, British, U.S., and Canadian archives, as well as interviews with surviving participants, Gannon describes the exciting sea and air battles, frequently taking th e re ader insi de t he U- boats them selves, aboard British warshps, onto the decks of torpedoed merchant ships, and into the cockpits of British and U.S. aircraft. Throughout, Gannon tells the Black May story from both the German and Allied pers pecti ves, often using the a ctual words of captains and crew. Finally he allows the reader to 'listen in' on secretly recorded conversations of captured U-boat men in POW quarters during the same incredible month, giving intimate and moving acces s to t he th oughts and e motions of se amen t hat is unparalleled in naval literature." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small slight bump at top edge of front board and at top of rear hinge, minor browning at some edges, short remainder mark on botto m of te xt bloc k. Dust jacket has mi nor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, three small marks (color pencil) on inside surface. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
LANCASTER AT WAR 2., Garbett, Mike and Goulding, Brian.
213 Garbett, Mike and Goulding, Brian. LANCASTER AT WAR 2.
London Ian Allan 1985 071100966X / 9780711009660 4th Impression Hard Cover Very Good Good 
160 pp, 4to (11 11/16" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, diagram endpapers. "(A) totally new collection of Lancaster stories and photographs; (this book) complements the earlier book, it does not duplicate it - much of its material has been, in many instances, inspired by the readers of the first 'Lancaster at War'. The only change is that this book tends to look rather more closely at the men who flew the Lancaster and the men and women who kept it in the air. It is nonetheless a further expansion of the celebrated Lancaster legend and will delight Lanc veterans, air historians and enthusiasts alike." Slight waviness to fore-edge of pages, small faint soiling mark on fore-edge of free front endpaper, slight bump to top corners, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light edge wear to boards - one small corner scuff. Dust jacket has light edge wear, moderate edge wrinkling, creasing at top of spine and flap- folds, a few tiny chips, two small tears, faint watermark at top/bottom of inside spine and bottom of inside front panel, tiny scuff on front panel, a few wrinkles in laminate. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
LANCASTER AT WAR., Garbett, Mike and Goulding, Brian.  Foreword by Sir Arthur T. Harris.  With Contributions By Jack Currie, Lettice Curtis, Rod Rodley, Carl Olsson, Stan Wells, John Shelton, Lance Connery, Jimmy Griffiths, Edward Cook, Bill Breckenridge, W.B. Baker, et al.
214 Garbett, Mike and Goulding, Brian. Foreword by Sir Arthur T. Harris. With Contributions By Jack Currie, Lettice Curtis, Rod Rodley, Carl Olsson, Stan Wells, John Shelton, Lance Connery, Jimmy Griffiths, Edward Cook, Bill Breckenridge, W.B. Baker, et al. LANCASTER AT WAR.
London Ian Allan 1983 0711002258 / 9780711002258 Ninth Impression Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
144 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. Contents: Photo Credits; Foreword; Introduction; The early days; In production; The shining sword; (A)nd the woman's view; Entry into service; The tip-off; Panorama of power; Making ready; Bombing up; Twenty Lancasters; Fuelling; Ready at dispersal; The unsung heroes; Not all had wings; Briefing; Prelude to Hell; Out to the kites; Interiors; Start up; First flight on ops; Taxying and marshalling; Take-off; Pilotless bomber; En route; Late guests; On target; Lightning strike; The way back; The Cathedral and I survived; Seven more for the Goldfish Club; Safely home; We "died" three times; Caterpillars Extraordinaire; After the raid; A cool welcome; Battle damage; Prangs; Insignia; 100 not out; Wings for Victory; Mercy missions; Lancs from Canada; Graveyards; Airfields - then and now; By Ermine Street to yesterday; The Dam Busters - fact and film; In memoriam. Small bump at all corners and at top/bottom of spine.. Dust jacket has moderate wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - light edge wrinkling elsewhere, slight fading to spine color, tiny dent on front hinge. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
LETTERS HOME:  THE WARTIME CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY OF JOHN EDWIN GARDINER RCAF (1919-1942)., Gardiner, John Edwin.  Edited by David E. Smith.
215 Gardiner, John Edwin. Edited by David E. Smith. LETTERS HOME: THE WARTIME CORRESPONDENCE AND DIARY OF JOHN EDWIN GARDINER RCAF (1919-1942).
Regina, Saskatchewan University of Regina / Canadian Plains Research Center 2004 088977157X / 9780889771574 Soft Cover Near Fine 
197 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs. "John Edwin Gardiner was the eldest son of James 'Jimmy' Gardiner, the most prominent Liberal politician of his day in western Canada. Edwin was called up by the RCAF in November 1940, received his Wings in October 1941, and travelled to England in early November 1941. On August 18, 1942, on the eve of the Dieppe Raid, Edwin wrote to his father: 'At long last we're going to take part in something big which you will read all about in the papers long before you get this letter'. Edwin Gardiner was killed when his plane went down on the following day. James Gardiner, who had lost two brothers in the First World War, had now lost his son to war. His wife, Violet, found the grief unbearable and took her own life in October 1944, yet another casualty of war. Gardiner kept all of Edwin's letters to the family. He investigated the circumstances of his son's death, visiting the graveyard at St. Aubin Le Cauf on several occasions and writing a thorough record of his findings. To the end of his life, he maintained contact with the family of the Canadian pilot who died at the same time as Edwin and with the French family who cared for their graves. John Edwin Gardiner's voice in 'Letters Home' is engaging, humorous, and intelligent. Like so many others of his generation, he exudes confidence and optimism despite the dangers of his situation. Perhaps most striking, and most touching, however, is the genuine family affection that pervades these letters." 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SECRET SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II's HEROIC ARMY OF DECEPTION., Gerard, Philip.
216 Gerard, Philip. SECRET SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II's HEROIC ARMY OF DECEPTION.
Dutton, New York, 2002, first edition. 
400 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 052596640 B&w photographs, reproductions. "(T)he incredible story of an extraordinary group of American artists, designers, and engineering wizards who became America's unsung heroes o f the Second World War....The men of the 23d Headquarters Special Troops were recruited to become phantom warriors in a ghost army to help win the Battle of Europe. They fought in more campaigns, from D-Day to the Rhine River, with more All i e d a r m i es, than any other unit in the European Theater of Operations - yet not even their fellow American soldiers were aware of their presence. After Douglas Fairbanks Jr., USNR, completed a tour of England and its special forces installat io ns , t he H ol ly wood star convinced the Navy brass to train an elite unit that eventually evolved into the only Army force of its kind - a top-secret band of unknown heroes. These elite soldiers counted among their number designer Bill Blass and pa in te r E lls wor th Kelly, and were inspired by Hilton Howell Railey, the 'P.T. Barnum of Deception'. The Special Troops' mission was twofold: to deceive the German army into believing that the Allies possessed more troops and materiel tha n th ey a ctu all y di d an d, e ven more heroically, to draw enemy fire on their position to allow other units to advance free of lethal resistance. Through the art of camouflage, sonic deception, and illusion this extraordinary troops of brave, ingen ious men save d cou ntles s Ame rica n lives - while sometimes losing their own. From the use of inflatable rubber tanks and howitzers to elaborate sound effects, fake radio transmissions, special effects artillery fire, and other elements of stage craft , th ese s hadow soldie rs put thei r lives on the line for their brother soldiers and for their country - only to disappear from history and memory." Remainder mark across bottom of book. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, s mall re mainde r mar k at b ottom edge of both p anels. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD., Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander.
217 Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander. NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD.
London Grub Street 1993 0948817682 / 9780948817687 Revised Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Chris Thomas, cover art. 
256 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "After a short spell in a light bomber squadron flying Hawker Harts, (Gibbs) was transferred to the Fleet Air Arm, serving on the aircraft carriers 'Furious' and 'Courageous' , mastering the Shark and Swordfish. Another move took Gibbs to Gosport as a flying instructor, before he eventually joined a torpedo squadron. His readable and entertaining narrative describes a rapid and eventful progression from cadet to Flight Commander of a Beaufort squadron, whilst also giving a clear impression of the society he lived in and the RAF itself, struggling to come to terms with the dramatic changes war wrought upon a once peaceful country. (A)lso illustrates Gibbs' increasing dedication to the airborne torpedo as a means for attacking coastal shipping. His articulate account - the vivid impression of a young airman at war - conveys a clear picture of the evolving tactics of Beaufort squadrons as they adapted swiftly to changing circumstances and demands." Soft crease at top corner of free rear endpaper. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing to glossy surfaces. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD., Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander.
218 Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander. NOT PEACE BUT A SWORD.
London Grub Street 1993 0948817682 / 9780948817687 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Chris Thomas, cover art. 
256 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "After a short spell in a light bomber squadron flying Hawker Harts, (Gibbs) was transferred to the Fleet Air Arm, serving on the aircraft carriers 'Furious' and 'Courageous' , mastering the Shark and Swordfish. Another move took Gibbs to Gosport as a flying instructor, before he eventually joined a torpedo squadron. His readable and entertaining narrative describes a rapid and eventful progression from cadet to Flight Commander of a Beaufort squadron, whilst also giving a clear impression of the society he lived in and the RAF itself, struggling to come to terms with the dramatic changes war wrought upon a once peaceful country. (A)lso illustrates Gibbs' increasing dedication to the airborne torpedo as a means for attacking coastal shipping. His articulate account - the vivid impression of a young airman at war - conveys a clear picture of the evolving tactics of Beaufort squadrons as they adapted swiftly to changing circumstances and demands." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very tiny dent on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
TORPEDO LEADER., Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander.
219 Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander. TORPEDO LEADER.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817569 / 9780948817564 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. "A first-hand and very personal story, its lucid, exciting and readable narrative describes firstly the author's frustration as a Staff Officer in Cairo, then more significantly his triumphs and disasters as a Beaufort Flight Commander on anti-shipping operations from Malta in that crucial summer of 1942. Fighting uphill battles against 'the powers that be', Gibbs remained utterly dedicated to the airborne torpedoes as a weapon of war against shipping, and succeeded in changing not only tactical but also strategic policy - very rare indeed for a junior officer. But his book also gives new insight into the often haphazard way war was waged in the Mediterranean, the daily dangers, the inveitable losses." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and very light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TORPEDO LEADER., Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander.
220 Gibbs, Patrick, Wing Commander. TORPEDO LEADER.
London Grub Street 1992 0948817569 / 9780948817564 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 
206 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, map. "A first-hand and very personal story, its lucid, exciting and readable narrative describes firstly the author's frustration as a Staff Officer in Cairo, then more significantly his triumphs and disasters as a Beaufort Flight Commander on anti-shipping operations from Malta in that crucial summer of 1942. Fighting uphill battles against 'the powers that be', Gibbs remained utterly dedicated to the airborne torpedoes as a weapon of war against shipping, and succeeded in changing not only tactical but also strategic policy - very rare indeed for a junior officer. But his book also gives new insight into the often haphazard way war was waged in the Mediterranean, the daily dangers, the inveitable losses." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkle at bottom of spine. 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
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FIRST IN LAST OUT:  THE RCAF, WOMEN'S DIVISION AND NURSING SISTERS IN WORLD WAR II., Bryce, Glad.  Foreword by Roberta Bondar.  With messages by  Margaret Couture, Norm Miller and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Susan Beharriell.
FIRST IN LAST OUT: THE RCAF, WOMEN'S DIVISION AND NURSING SISTERS IN WORLD WAR II.
Bryce, Glad. Foreword by Roberta Bondar. With messages by Margaret Couture, Norm Miller and Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Susan Beharriell.
35.00 USD
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HARMFUL AND UNDESIRABLE:  BOOK CENSORSHIP IN NAZI GERMANY., Lewy, Guenter.
HARMFUL AND UNDESIRABLE: BOOK CENSORSHIP IN NAZI GERMANY.
Lewy, Guenter.
20.00 USD
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LIES AS ALLIES OR HITLER AT WAR., Maugham, Viscount.  (Frederic Herbert Maugham.)
LIES AS ALLIES OR HITLER AT WAR.
Maugham, Viscount. (Frederic Herbert Maugham.)
15.00 USD
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THE BATTLE OF MATAPAN.  BRITISH BATTLE SERIES., Pack, S.W.C.
THE BATTLE OF MATAPAN. BRITISH BATTLE SERIES.
Pack, S.W.C.
15.00 USD
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BEE HIVE AEROPLANE PICTURES.  ST. LAWRENCE STARCH COMPANY WWII PHOTO CARD PROMOTION.  48 CARDS INCLUDING SOME DUPLICATES, 1 FLYER & 1 MAILING ENVELOPE.  (BEEHIVE / BEEHIVES.), St. Lawrence Starch Company Ltd.
BEE HIVE AEROPLANE PICTURES. ST. LAWRENCE STARCH COMPANY WWII PHOTO CARD PROMOTION. 48 CARDS INCLUDING SOME DUPLICATES, 1 FLYER & 1 MAILING ENVELOPE. (BEEHIVE / BEEHIVES.)
St. Lawrence Starch Company Ltd.
325.00 USD
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F.S.P. - AN N.C.O.'s DESCRIPTION OF HIS AND OTHERS' FIRST SIX MONTHS OF WAR, JANUARY 1st - JUNE 1st 1940.  (FIELD SECURITY PERSONNEL.), Gwynn-Browne, Arthur.
F.S.P. - AN N.C.O.'s DESCRIPTION OF HIS AND OTHERS' FIRST SIX MONTHS OF WAR, JANUARY 1st - JUNE 1st 1940. (FIELD SECURITY PERSONNEL.)
Gwynn-Browne, Arthur.
17.50 USD
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