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BESIEGED:  THE WORLD WAR II ORDEAL OF MALTA, 1940-1942., Jellison, Charles A.
321 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
 
 
TIN HATS, OILSKINS & SEABOOTS:  A NAVAL JOURNEY, 1938-1945., Jenson, Latham B.  Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas.
322 Jenson, Latham B. Foreword by W.A.B. Douglas. TIN HATS, OILSKINS & SEABOOTS: A NAVAL JOURNEY, 1938-1945.
Robin Brass Studio, Toronto, 2000, reprint. 
312 pp, oblong 8vo (8" H x 9" D), soft cover. ISBN 1896941141 B&w drawings by the author/artist. "As a boy growing up on the Prairies in the Depression, (the author) dreamed of going to sea, became a sea cadet at HMS Undaunted in Calgary, and in 1938 joined the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer cadet, training with the Royal Navy in Britain until 1941. His wartime service began on HMS Renown in the South Atlantic, searching for the Graf Spee, and off Norway engaging the battleships Scharnh orst and Gneisenau. He lost all his possessions when Renown was damaged by shellfire. He served on HMS Matabele and HMS Hood, leaving that ship weeks before she was sunk with all hands in battle with the Bismarck. Returning to Canada in la t e 1 9 4 1 , he was appointed to HMCS Ottawa, a destroyer on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic. A year later she was sunk with great loss of life in a battle with German submarines. Jenson was among the lucky ones plucked from the Atlant ic b y a B ri ti sh corvette. He joined HMCS Niagara as executive officer, and in late 1943 briefly commanded the corvette Long Branch before going on to the destroyer Algonquin as executive officer, taking part in raids on German ships, includi ng the T irp itz , a nd being one of the ships to open fire on the shore defences in the invasion of Normandy. Algonquin completed the war raiding German shipping and escorting Allied convoys to Murmansk. The book is illustrated with L.B. Jenson' s l umin ous lin e dr awin gs, as well as sketches and diagrams illustrating uniforms, insignia and so on. His book is a valuable record not only of how ships fought the battles of the Atlantic, but of life on board, where men had to live under d iffi cult cond ition s for week s on end - all seen through the eyes of an energetic and engaging young officer." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny crease at bottom edge of front cover. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
323 Jewell, Brian. Series editor, Martin Windrow. BRITISH BATTLEDRESS 1937-61. OSPREY MEN-AT-ARMS SERIES 112.
London Osprey 1981 0850453879 / 9780850453874 Soft Cover Very Good - Colour Plates By Mike Chappell. 
40 pp, 9 3/4" H. B&w photographs, diagrams. 8 pages of colour uniform studies. Contents: Introduction; The Arrival of Battledress; Evolution in Design; Materials and Sizes; Departures from Basic; Applied Insignia; The Plates. Interior - previous owner's ink name stamp on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very small bump/crease at top corner of covers and text block, small scuff/indent line at top of fore-edge of text block, tiny crease at bottom corner of front cover - migrates into some adjacent pages, very light browning to spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
V FOR VENGEANCE:  THE SECOND BATTLE OF LONDON., Johnson, David.
324 Johnson, David. V FOR VENGEANCE: THE SECOND BATTLE OF LONDON.
London William Kimber 1981 0718301889 / 9780718301880 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good+ 
203 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "Only five minutes from launch to impact: not even enough time to give an air raid alert. They could not be tracked: they travelled too high and too fast to be shot down. These were the rocket 'Vengeance Weapons', launched in addition to the flying bombs in retaliation for British and American bombing raids on German cities. Damage inflicted upon London was considerable: 198 were killed by a flying bomb in the Aldwych, hundreds died at New Cross, and over one hundred civilians lost their lives in Smithfield Market. (The author) examines the effects of the V-1 flying bombs and V-2 rockets on a capital still showing the scars of the 1940-41 blitz. On 6th June 1944, only a few hours after the D-Day landings, orders were passed down from German High Command to prepare the 'Vengeance Weapons' for an immediate assault on Britain." Previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, previous owner's embossed stamp on half-title page, a few light soiling marks on pages 34, 35 & 90, book is slightly cracked at a few places, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, area of soft wrinkles on rear panel, light rubbing, light fading to spine colors, minor indentations, small area of delamination on rear panel. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
325 Johnson, David. V-1, V-2: HITLER'S VENGEANCE ON LONDON.
New York Stein and Day 1982 0812828585 / 9780812828580 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
203 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps. "The full story of the year Hitler's guided missiles fell on London. Only five minutes from launch to impact - not even enough time to sound an air raid alert. They could not be tracked and they traveled too high and too fast to be shot down. - This is no scenario of World War III, but the story of the development of the Nazi's secret weapons and the devastation they wrought that, given a little more time, might have turned the tide of World War II. Seen through the eyes of the Germans who devised and launched these weapons, as well as the people on the receiving end, here is an unprecedented 'you are there' reconstruction of those times when the death throes of the Nazi empire claimed tens of thousands of Allied civilian casualties. (The author) interviewed eyewitnesses on both sides of the Atlantic while researching 'V-1/V-2', and he was given access to previously classified documents and photographs." Light creasing on spine, one tiny corner bump. Dust jacket has very light browning on inside of flaps and spine, two small tears archivally taped - one on edge and one on front hinge, very light rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THIRTEEN DESPERATE HOURS:  A LIBERTY SHIP'S CREW AND THEIR NAVY ARMED GUARD FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL WHILE GROUNDED ON A JAPANESE-HELD ISLAND., Johnson, Marill.  (Will and Marilyn Rayment.)
326 Johnson, Marill. (Will and Marilyn Rayment.) THIRTEEN DESPERATE HOURS: A LIBERTY SHIP'S CREW AND THEIR NAVY ARMED GUARD FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL WHILE GROUNDED ON A JAPANESE-HELD ISLAND.
Sunflower University Press, Manhattan, Kansas, 2001. 
178 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 0897452585 "In 36 moths of sea duty as Radio Operator on five Merchant Marine ships, co-author Will Rayment encountered air bombings, typhoons and a tsunami while transporting volatile petroleum, munitions, lan ding craft, and troops. His tours on the Tanker 'Santa Cruz', the Liberty ships 'Gilbert M. Hitchcock' and 'Albert A. Robinson', the Refrigeration ship 'Grommet Reefer', and the Victory ship 'Fenn Victory' - along with his fellow seamen - wer e p a r t of the contribution to America's war effort by much-overlooked and unsung heroes. The men of the Merchant Marine, and the U.S. Navy Armed Guard that accompanied them, endured extreme danger and hardship in their efforts to protect Ameri ca ' s fr ee do m s. Some 733 Merchant ships were sunk in the attempts to deliver America's war supplies for Allied troops. (This book) is a historically based tale of an unheralded part of World War II that needs to be remembered." Interior - cl ean a nd ti ght wi th no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edgewear. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
327 Johnston, S. Paul. FLYING SQUADRONS: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES.
New York Duell, Sloan and Pearce 1942 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Fair 
234 pp, 9 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "(C)ombines rare and startling pictures with a thoroughly authoritative text to tell the story (of the 'Flying Squadrons'). (Johnston) points out how, from the very earliest flights of man, people foresaw the military possibilities of aviation: Franklin, in his letters after he watched the Montgolfier ascensions; Napoleon, in his Egyptian campaign; the Danes, during the Swedish conflict of 1830. Briefly but penetratingly he tells the story of the early twentieth-century experiments, and of what happened to aviation in the first World War. He shows what position of our air power was in 1919, and how that position changed in the Twenties and Thirties: experimentation, discouragement, retrogression, new ideas, organization, the attitude of the army leaders, of government leaders, of industry. Finally, he presents the whole picture of our Army Air Force as it was constituted on December 7th, 1941. He describes all types of airplanes that have been developed - the interceptor and convoying pursuit plane, the light, medium, and heavy bomber, the transports, the reconnaissance, liaison, trainer planes. He then tells of the make-up of Army Air Force personnel and of the training courses. He gives data on the size of our Air Force, on the programs mapped out, on lessons learned from the Nazis and from the British, and how these lessons are being applied. Finally, he presents the all-over strategy of our military aviation, explaining where it is weak, what it must plan for, how it can be the keystone of victory." Light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two small corner bumps. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has edge tears/chips, edge wrinkling/creasing, rubbing, slight fading to spine color, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
CAMOUFLAGE & MARKINGS: RAF NORTHERN EUROPE 1936-45.  NUMBER 6: DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO., Jones, R.C.
328 Jones, R.C. CAMOUFLAGE & MARKINGS: RAF NORTHERN EUROPE 1936-45. NUMBER 6: DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO.
London Ducimus Stapled in Wraps Very Good Richard Leask Ward 
Pagination runs 122 to144 (24 pages in total including front cover), 9 7/8" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs and drawings plus 2 pages of colour drawings. Interior - slight browning to edges of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of rear cover, one tiny corner crease, minor edge wear and rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE FLYING SAILOR., Jubelin, Andre, Rear Admiral.  Translated from the French by James Cleugh.
329 Jubelin, Andre, Rear Admiral. Translated from the French by James Cleugh. THE FLYING SAILOR.
London Hurst and Blackett 1954 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket 
276 pp, 8 5/8" H. Dark blue cloth with gilt lettering/banding on spine. B&w photographs. The author's reminiscences of the Second World War and "those young men of the Royal Air Force who served with me in the skies of France and England and went smiling into battle." Book is slightly cocked, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny bump at top corners of boards, scattered tiny areas odf faint scuffing on boards, minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
STUKA PILOT HANS-ULRICH RUDEL:  HIS LIFE STORY IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS., Just, Gunther.  Translated from the German by David Johnston.  Foreword by Pierre Clostermann.
330 Just, Gunther. Translated from the German by David Johnston. Foreword by Pierre Clostermann. STUKA PILOT HANS-ULRICH RUDEL: HIS LIFE STORY IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS.
West Chester, PA Schiffer 1990 0887402526 / 9780887402524 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
278 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. "Hans-Ulrich Rudel was called 'the Eagle of the Eastern Front'. This pastor's son from Silesia, born in 1916, Colonel and last Commodore of the successful Stuka squadron 'Immelmann', was the only soldier in World War II to receive the highest German decoration for bravery. The Golden Oak Leaves with Swords and Jewels to the Knight's Cross recognized his unique number of superlative achievements. With 2530 combat missions and his total of successes, unbeaten in all times and nations, he stands far in the front of the world's renowned aerial aces. In low-level attacks, often in the heaviest defensive fire, in his slow 'Cannon-bird' he destroyed 519 Soviet tanks - 17 of them on a single day! On the list of scores achieved by this Stuka combat pilot, who became a living legend to the soldiers of the Eastern Front, there stood at war's end, among others, 1 battleship, 1 cruiser, 1 destroyer, 70 landing craft and nine attested aircraft, plus hundreds of motor vehicles, numerous artillery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft postions, as well as armored convoys and bridges. Twelve comrades - six Stuka crews - were saved by him from capture or death. When he tried to rescue another crash-landed crew from Russian territory in 1944, he was taken prisoner, fled with a bullet in his shoulder, covered some 50 kilometers through the Soviet hinterlands, and reached the German lines again. Shortly after this audacious, exhausting flight, the wounded man was flying in combat again. Shot more than thirty times by ground fire - but never once by a fighter plane - wounded five times, the fervent sportsman took a direct anti-aircraft hit on the Odor front and lost his right leg. Just six weeks later the 'Bravest of the Brave', as the soldiers also called him, was flying again despite being forbidden to ---" This is a heavy book and may require extra postage, depending on destination. Small bump at three corners, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling and minor wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
MY 56 MONTHS IN THE R.C.A.F.:  A DIARY, JULY 1, 1941 TO FEBRUARY 20, 1946., Keen, George F., F/Lt., D.F.C.
331 Keen, George F., F/Lt., D.F.C. MY 56 MONTHS IN THE R.C.A.F.: A DIARY, JULY 1, 1941 TO FEBRUARY 20, 1946.
Langton, ON George F. Keen 2003 0973358009 / 9780973358001 First Edition Soft Cover Near Fine Signed by Author
115 pp, 4to (11" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. Signed by author on title page. Contents: Induction and Guard Duty; Initial Training School Number Five in Belleville; Training at No. 5 Air Observer School, Winnipeg; Number 7 Bombing and Gunnery School, Paulson, Manitoba; No. One Advanced Navigation School, Rivers, Manitoba; Embarkation Leave to Penrhos, Wales; No. 23 Operational Training Unit at Pershore; Operations With 426 Thunderbird Squadron; Operations With 420 Snowy Owl Squadron; Instructing at Long Marston; Training for My Second Tour; Operations With 431 Iroquois Squadron; 428 Ghost Squadron and The Trip Home; Epilogue. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - slight twist to spine, otherwise clean and bright. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
MY 56 MONTHS IN THE R.C.A.F.:  A DIARY, JULY 1, 1941 TO FEBRUARY 20, 1946., Keen, George F., F/Lt., D.F.C.
332 Keen, George F., F/Lt., D.F.C. MY 56 MONTHS IN THE R.C.A.F.: A DIARY, JULY 1, 1941 TO FEBRUARY 20, 1946.
Langton, ON George F. Keen 2003 0973358009 / 9780973358001 First Edition Soft Cover Fine Signed by Author
115 pp, 4to (11" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. Signed by author on title page. Contents: Induction and Guard Duty; Initial Training School Number Five in Belleville; Training at No. 5 Air Observer School, Winnipeg; Number 7 Bombing and Gunnery School, Paulson, Manitoba; No. One Advanced Navigation School, Rivers, Manitoba; Embarkation Leave to Penrhos, Wales; No. 23 Operational Training Unit at Pershore; Operations With 426 Thunderbird Squadron; Operations With 420 Snowy Owl Squadron; Instructing at Long Marston; Training for My Second Tour; Operations With 431 Iroquois Squadron; 428 Ghost Squadron and The Trip Home; Epilogue. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Kemp, Paul.
333 Kemp, Paul. MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
London Caxton 2003 1840675217 / 9781840675214 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Fine David J Hill, plans and drawings. 
125 pp, 4to (11 9/16" H). B&w photographs, drawings, diagrams - folded plans in pocket at rear. "The history of midget submarines, submersibles and human torpedoes is one of the most fascinating areas of naval warfare in the Second World War. Originating with the Italian 'Mignatta' human torpedo of the First World War, designed to attack enemy ships lying in defended harbours, by 1945 almost all the major combatants had made some use of craft of th is type, ranging from the British 'X-Craft', which crippled the German battleship 'Tirpitz' in a Norwegian fjord and sank the Japanese cruiser 'Takao', to the Japanese 'Kaiten' suicide weapon, the equally desperate German submersibles the 'Neger' and 'Marder', and the slightly more successful 'Seehund' midget submarine. This book deals with each type of craft separately, dividing them into human torpedoes (Italian 'Maiale', British 'Chariot'), submersibles (German 'Biber' and Japanese 'Kaiten'), and true midget submarines (British 'X-Craft' and Japanese 'Ko-Hyoteki'). The author examines the reasons why the belligerents engaged in midget submarine construction and operations, and details all the classes of craft that were built, also examining postwar developments. Together with its superb plans and drawings, this book is essential reference for all naval historians, enthusiasts and modelmakers with an interest in one of the most daring and dangerous forms of naval warfare." 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Kemp, Paul.
334 Kemp, Paul. MIDGET SUBMARINES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
London Caxton 2003 1840675217 / 9781840675214 Reprint Hard Cover Fine Near Fine David J Hill, plans and drawings. 
125 pp, 4to (11 9/16" H). B&w photographs, drawings, diagrams - folded plans in pocket at rear. "The history of midget submarines, submersibles and human torpedoes is one of the most fascinating areas of naval warfare in the Second World War. Originating with the Italian 'Mignatta' human torpedo of the First World War, designed to attack enemy ships lying in defended harbours, by 1945 almost all the major combatants had made some use of craft of th is type, ranging from the British 'X-Craft', which crippled the German battleship 'Tirpitz' in a Norwegian fjord and sank the Japanese cruiser 'Takao', to the Japanese 'Kaiten' suicide weapon, the equally desperate German submersibles the 'Neger' and 'Marder', and the slightly more successful 'Seehund' midget submarine. This book deals with each type of craft separately, dividing them into human torpedoes (Italian 'Maiale', British 'Chariot'), submersibles (German 'Biber' and Japanese 'Kaiten'), and true midget submarines (British 'X-Craft' and Japanese 'Ko-Hyoteki'). The author examines the reasons why the belligerents engaged in midget submarine construction and operations, and details all the classes of craft that were built, also examining postwar developments. Together with its superb plans and drawings, this book is essential reference for all naval historians, enthusiasts and modelmakers with an interest in one of the most daring and dangerous forms of naval warfare." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
335 Kennedy, Paul. PACIFIC ONSLAUGHT: 7TH DEC. 1941/7TH FEB. 1943. BALLANTINE'S ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE VIOLENT CENTURY. CAMPAIGN BOOK NO 21.
Ballantine, (New York, 1972), Ist Ballantine printing. 
160 pp, 8vo, soft cover. "Japan needed to conquor every country and foreign possession of importance in the Western Pacific. China would be cut off from Allied supplies, and Japan would have access to oil. Few Japanese stopped to think that they were about to attack a nation with ten times their own war potential..." Profusely illus. with b&w photos, drawings and maps. Interior - previous owner's ink stamp and embossed stamp on contents page, otherwise clean and tight with no other owners hip marks. Exterior - book slightly cocked, previous owner's ink stamp on bottom of text block, light browning on spine, very light edge wear, faint creases on spine. Very Good 
Price: 7.50 USD
 
 
KENT AIRFIELDS IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN., Kent Aviation Historical Research Society.  (Roy S. Humphreys, Philip MacDougall, Len Pilkington, Robin J. Brooks, David G. Collyer, Ray Munday.)
336 Kent Aviation Historical Research Society. (Roy S. Humphreys, Philip MacDougall, Len Pilkington, Robin J. Brooks, David G. Collyer, Ray Munday.) KENT AIRFIELDS IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN.
Gillingham Meresborough 1981 0905270363 / 9780905270364 Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket - (as issued) 
192 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). B&w photographs (some German reconnaissance), drawings, profiles. "Biggin Hill, Manston, Hawkinge and West Malling are just a few of those historic Battle of Britain airfields covered in this book. Written by members of the Kent Aviation Historical Research Society, it contains much new material which will be of interest both to aviation enthusiasts and those living in Kent. As the title suggests, it is not an attempt at re-telling the Battle of Britain story for, unlike many previous publications, it concentrates entirely upon the airfields. An introductory chapter though, deals with the effects of the Battle upon the County of Kent whilst subsequent sections deal with each airfield in turn. Apart from those already mentioned, the book has sections on Gravesend, Rochester, Detling, (Eastchurch), and Lympne whilst a further chapter deals with airfield defences. Using personal accounts, official records and many rarely seen photographs, the book aims to be a useful contribution to the history of Kent." Light bump to bottom of spine, spine heavily sun-faded - mainly on top half and lettering is still legible, minor rubbing - tiny scuff on front board. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
HITLER.  1889-1936: HUBRIS., Kershaw, Ian.
337 Kershaw, Ian. HITLER. 1889-1936: HUBRIS.
W.W. Norton, New York, 1999, book club edition. 
845 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "From his birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in this century....In an account drawing on many previously untapped so u r c e s - including Joseph Goebbels's diaries, recently discovered in Moscow - Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a 'drummer' sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of the infamous failed putsch , to t he l e ad ership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing bullies and fanatics whose fusion created the Nazi party - the movement that would enthrall and invigorate a disillusioned people desperate to be rescued from the economic privation of pos tw ar Ger man y. W ith nuanced care, Kershaw assesses the response of ordinary Germans to Hitler the man and to his message of a new dawn for a country hemmed in by old foes, a message shot through with racist fantasies. This volume, the first of tw o, ends wit h t he prom ulgation of the infamous Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the outer fringes of society, and with the march of the German army into the Rhineland - Hitler's first steps toward the abyss of war. Fascinating and d istu rbi ng, r ich w ith ins ight and analysis whose implications remain all too relevant as we near the end of Hitler's century." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, v ery l ight rubbi ng, sc ratc h ac ross bottom of rear panel with two small areas of laminate loss. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
MAKING FRIENDS WITH HITLER: LORD LONDONDERRY, THE NAZIS AND THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR II., Kershaw, Ian.
338 Kershaw, Ian. MAKING FRIENDS WITH HITLER: LORD LONDONDERRY, THE NAZIS AND THE ROAD TO WORLD WAR II.
Penguin, New York, 2004, first American edition. 
488 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1594200300 B&w map, plates. "Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of Britain's most aristocratic fa milies, cousin of Churchill and confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene, Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the population who still owned 3 0 p e r c ent of England's wealth as late as 1930. But history has not been kind to 'Charley', as the king called him, because, in his own words, he 'backed the wrong horse', and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party. Londonde rr y w as h ar dly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in the blitz. Ian Keshaw is not out to rehabilit ate L ord Lo ndo nde rry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think." Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HITLER ON THE DOORSTEP.  OPERATION 'SEA LION': THE GERMAN PLAN TO INVADE BRITAIN, 1940., Kieser, Egbert.  Translated by Helmut Bogler.
339 Kieser, Egbert. Translated by Helmut Bogler. HITLER ON THE DOORSTEP. OPERATION 'SEA LION': THE GERMAN PLAN TO INVADE BRITAIN, 1940.
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 1997. 
287 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1557503907 B&w photographs, maps. "During the summer of 1940, the world held its breath. The greatest operation in German military history thus far - an invasion of the British Isles - was Hitler's next logical step. After the rapid overthrow of France, Great Britain was the only opponent still left. In London, the invasion was considered absolutely inevitable. Joseph Kennedy, the American Ambassador, described an even darker scenario in his reports to Washington. He not only questioned the effectiveness of the military defence, but considered the island kingdom to be in such a state of decadence and decay that any moral resistance would collapse under a German a s s a u l t . All Britain was convinced that the Germans would come. They had nothing left with which to oppose the German panzers. In only five weeks the Germans had crushed France and expelled the BEF from Belgium. Now those panzers stood on t he C ha nn el c oast, waiting for the order to send them to England. But it was remarkably difficult for the German military leadership to come to a decision. Greatest haste appeared to be called for if the unique opportunity were to be seized a nd the wa r e nde d w ith a short campaign in England. The Kriegsmarine had already converted all available ship space for the transportation of troops and brought it to the Channel coast. By day and by night, German bomber and fighter formations fl ew i nto Engl and to b reak British resistance. The Luftwaffe was to create the primary condition for Operation 'Sea Lion' - gaining command of the air, without which a landing on the English coast was impossible. The fight developed into the 'Bat tle o f Br itain ', i n whi ch the very existence of Great Britain was at stake. If the German squadrons could not only gain the upper hand in the air battles, but also destroy the major ports and paralyse British aircaft industry, nothing mor e wou ld sta nd in the w ay of the i nvasion. Those events and the decision made during Britian's nightmare summer of 1940 receive a fresh and penetrating analysis in this book." Minor wrinkling at top of spine and tiny dint at bottom edge of fr ont bo ard. D ust ja cket ha s mino r rubbi ng, areas of light wrinkling along top edge. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
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MUD AND GREEN FIELDS:  THE MEMOIRS OF MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE KITCHING., Kitching, George, Major General.  Introduction by Colonel Charles P. Stacey.
340 Kitching, George, Major General. Introduction by Colonel Charles P. Stacey. MUD AND GREEN FIELDS: THE MEMOIRS OF MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE KITCHING.
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 1993 092027773X / 9780920277737 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
292 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w maps. Autobiography of Canadian Major General George Kitching, largely covering his experiences in World War II. Contents: Early Days; Sandhurst; Gravesend, My First Commission; Posting to Singapore; Mhow; Back to England; Canada and Mobilization; Preparations for Action; Meeting with General George Pearkes VC; Beginnings with Crerar and Simonds; My First Command; Sicily, the Planning and the Battle; Invasion of Italy; Totalize, Tractable, and The Gap; Italy Again, and on to Holland; The German Surrender; Ottawa and Washington; Life and Death of an Army. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny closed tear at bottom of front hinge. 
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