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BATTLE COAST:  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF D-DAY, THE SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944., Hunter, R.H. and Brown, T.H.C.
341 Hunter, R.H. and Brown, T.H.C. BATTLE COAST: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF D-DAY, THE SIXTH OF JUNE, 1944.
Spurbooks, Bourne End, 1972. 
142 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. "....traces the development of amphibious assault from Dunkirk to D-Day, and illustrates with words, maps and photographs the event s leading up to D-Day and during the landings. Every phase of the assault, airborne and seaborne is covered and the actions of British, American, Canadian, French and German units, fully detailed and described." Contents: 1940-1944; The D e f e n c e s o f Normandy; The Plan of Attack; Operation NEPTUNE; The American Airdrops; The Red Devils; UTAH; Bloody OMAHA; The British and Canadian Beaches; Aftermath; Bibliography; Index. Top edge of front board, has color loss due to dampne ss , on e sl ig ht c o rn er bump, a few faint tiny foxing marks on edges of textblock. Dust jacket has heavy rubbing, discoloration/fading, foxing marks, edge wear/wrinkling. VG-/Fair 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
STALIN: THE HISTORY OF A DICTATOR., Hyde, H. Montgomery.  (Stalin.)
342 Hyde, H. Montgomery. (Stalin.) STALIN: THE HISTORY OF A DICTATOR.
London Rupert Hart-Davis 1971 0246640537 / 9780246640536 First Edition Very Good - Good+ 
679 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). Map endpapers, b&w plates. "The son of a drunken and poverty-stricken Georgian cobbler, Stalin was born in a wooden shack in a small town in Transcaucasia in 1879. When he died at his country villa outside Moscow in 1953, he was the absolute ruler of more than two hundred million Soviet subjects whom he had governed from his office in the Kremlin for upwards of a quarter of a century through the most brutal system of police terror. 'Like Peter the Great, Stalin fought barbarism with barbarism', said his henchman Nikita Khruschev, 'but he was a great man'. This book is largely an endorsement of that opinion. But it will also adjust the traditional view in many important respects. For instance, (the author) shows clearly that while working with the Bolshevik group led by Lenin, before being co-opted onto the party central committee in 1912, Stalin was also an informer for the Tsarist secret police. He describes how (Stalin) used his position as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party to build up his pattern of dictatorial rule, and eliminate all his opponents, real or supposed, including Trotsky and virtually the whole of the Bolshevik Old Guard. He examines his role as Commander-in-Chief of Soviet forces during the War, and shows that though he constantly interfered with the conduct of operations, he was by no means the military ignoramus portrayed by Kruschev. (Hyde ) traces in detail the means by which Stalin was able to outwit both Churchill and Roosevelt at their various wartime conferences. Finally he describes how Stalin, by now a paranoiac, was prevented only by sudden illness and death from slaughtering all his remaining close colleagues in the Politburo. Using a mass of little-known Russian language sources as well as such important manuscript collections as the Tsarist secret police archives, the Trotsky papers, and the confidential reports from the British Embassy in Moscow, (Hyde) has produced a biography which is not only readable, but likely to prove the definitive study of this most successful dictator of modern times." Previous owner's signature on half -title page, short light ink mark on verso of frontispiece - also tiny mark on title page, very small slub in paper on free front endpaper, large dog-ear crease on page 417, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light soiling to edges of textblock, light line rub down rear board, slight bump to three corners. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wear, moderate edge wrinkling, a few tiny/small chips and tears, a few tiny dints on panels, line rub down rear panel and also a tiny dent, very light rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
343 Infield, Glenn B. THE POLTAVA AFFAIR. A RUSSIAN WARNING: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
Macmillan, New York, (1973), Ist edition. 
265 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "On the night of June 21, 1944, the Luftwaffe attacked the American air base at Poltava. Unchallenged by the Red Air Force (who were to have provided all air defense), the Germans bombed the field for more than an hour, damaging or destroying more than sixty B-17s, along with virtually the entire supply of fuel, ammunition, and material at Poltava. Why did this tragedy occur? Infield has unearthed evidence that it probably happened on orders from the Kremlin. Stalin, he maintains, was looking not toward the immediate goal of defeating the Axis powers, but toward his own long-range plans for world domination: the Soviet dictator saw 'Operation Franti c' a s a wa y of ma ki ng U.S. forces look impotent, while still making possible the continued flow of American military equipment and know-how. As a result, the hard work of many courageous and resourceful men - captured in Infield's astute character sketches and vivid combat narratives - was largely wasted...(Infield also writes that) the Poltava affair was a clear warning of the rigid polarization that would mark the post-war world." Previous owner's name inked out on free front endpaper. Dust jacket is price clipped, light to moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears - some with creases, 1 1/2" x 1/4" chip at top of rear panel, very slight fading to spine, light rubbing, crease down front flap, stain at bottom inside edge of spine. VG/ G 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
344 Irving, David. THE WAR BETWEEN THE GENERALS.
Allen Lane, (London, 1981, 1st. British edition). 
446 pp, large 8vo (9" high), hard cover in dust jacket. The stories of the little band of military chiefs entrusted with an historic task: invading and liberating Nazi-occupied Europe. They were allies, but often they were antagonists, scrapping amongst themselves for power and prestige. They were supposed to be fighting the Germans, but some of their fiercest battles were fought against each other. Map eps. Illustrated with b&w photos. Previous owner's embossed blind stamp on one preliminary and two text pages, very small light stain on title page, very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top of spine, soft crease down spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wrinkling, very light edge wear, slight fading on spine, very light rubbing. VG/ VG- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
GREAT INTERRUPTION.  AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1939-45., Irving, Laurence.
345 Irving, Laurence. GREAT INTERRUPTION. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1939-45.
Shrewsbury Airlife 1983 0906393299 / 9780906393291 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good+ 
235 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w photographs. "As Senior Intelligence Officer of 35 Wing, Irving studied and furthered the technical and tactical resources of low level photographic reconnaissance and the prompt distribution of intelligence derived from it. The unacceptable casualties incurred by 35 Wing in supporting the raid on Dieppe were proof of the tardy recognition by Army/Air planning staffs of the need for total co-operation between the Services in action if the liberation of Europe was to be achieved. The theme of this book is the contribution of 35 Wing to the preparation and achievement of Operation Overlord, the reconnoitring of V1 missile sites in France that subsequent bombing rendered inoperable and, above all, its services to 1st Canadian Army throughout the ensuing campaign. This personal record reflects an abiding memory and admiration for the skills, the devotion to duty, the light hearted companionship and dauntless courage of pilots inspired by exemplary and discerning commanding officers." Slight bump to bottom corner of rear board, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE GREAT BADGE COLLECTION OF THE REGIMENTS AND CORPS OF THE CANADIAN ARMY.  VOLUME I., Irwin, Arthur Bruce.  Foreword by General J.A. Dextraze.  Introduction by Colonel  N.A. Buckingham.
346 Irwin, Arthur Bruce. Foreword by General J.A. Dextraze. Introduction by Colonel N.A. Buckingham. THE GREAT BADGE COLLECTION OF THE REGIMENTS AND CORPS OF THE CANADIAN ARMY. VOLUME I.
Scarborough, Ontario Military Badge Collections Inc. 1973 Good 
Three folding boards (12 1/2" H x 11" W), housing 60 facsimile cap badges of Canadian Army Regiments and Corps. The centre section contains stapled booklet (glued to the board by rear cover) with a foreword and introduction, followed by short histories of the Regiments/Corps - unpaginated (24 pp including both covers) - with b&w and colour illustrations, including centrefold showing badges included in Volume II). "This present volume, which is concerned exclusively with Armoured and Infantry Regiments contains replica badges of 60 units which were involved as a whole in active combat during the Second World War. (They) have been arranged in rows of five in order of precedence starting at the top row and reading from left to right. Although many of the Regiments and Corps whose badges appear here have either been amalgamated with other units or disbanded entirely, their badges have been accorded the precedence to which they would be entitled were they in existence." The badges included are: The Royal Canadian Dragoons; Lord Strathcona's Horse; 8th Canadian Hussars; The Governor General's Horse Guards; 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards; The Ontario Regiment; Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment; Le Regiment de Trois-Rivieres; 1st Hussars; 17th Duke of York's Royal Canadian Hussars; The British Columbia Regiment; 12th Manitoba Dragoons; South Alberta Regiment; 8th. (Reserve) Reconnaissance Regiment (14th. Canadian Hussars); Calgary Regiment; The British Columbia Dragoons; The Fort Garry Horse; The Royal Canadian Regiment; Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry; Royal 22e Regiment; Governor General's Foot Guards; The Canadian Grenadier Guards; The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada; The Black Watch of Canada; The Royal Rifles of Canada; The Royal Regiment of Canada; The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry; The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment; The Lincoln and Welland Regiment; Perth Regiment; The Highland Light Infantry of Canada; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders; Le Regiment de la Chaudiere; Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal; The Princess Louise Fusiliers; Carleton and York Regiment; South Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment; The West Nova Scotia Regiment; North Nova Scotia Highlanders; Cape Breton Highlanders; Le Regiment de Maisonneuve; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa; The Royal Winnipeg Rifles; The Essex and Kent Scottish; 48th Highlanders of Canada; The Algonquin Regiment; The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada; Lake Superior Regiment; Saskatoon Light Infantry; The Regina Rifle Regiment; The South Saskatchewan Regiment; The Loyal Edmonton Regiment; The Winnipeg Grenadiers; The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada; The Westminster Regiment; The Calgary Highlanders; The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada; The Canadian Scottish Regiment; The Irish Regiment of Canada; The Toronto Scottish Regiment. **Volume I Only.** Very light browning in margins of pages, small corner crease on front cover, text block is loose in covers as staple have become detached. fron covers. Folding boards have browning to edges and surfaces, moderate external edge wear, an area of scuffing at top inside of front board, several very small scuffs and two small dents on inside folded board. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
THE JEDBURGHS:  THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE ALLIED SPECIAL FORCES, FRANCE 1944., Irwin, Will, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.)
347 Irwin, Will, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.) THE JEDBURGHS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE ALLIED SPECIAL FORCES, FRANCE 1944.
New York PublicAffairs 2005 1586483072 / 9781586483074 First Edition Very Good- Very Good 
323 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "The Jedburghs were a pioneering Special Forces unit, uniquely made up of American, British, and French volunteers. They parachuted deep behind the German lines to assist in the recapture of France in 1944. Dropped in teams of three, the Jeds would rally local opposition to the Germans and conduct guerrilla warfare - sabotage, ambush, and intelligence gathering - ahead of the advancing Allied armies. In doing so, they contributed to the Allied breakout from the Normandy bridgehead and to the rapid advance to the German border. Above all, the Jedburgh teams were trained to survive. The three-man teams could not be certain that their communications with London would survive the drop or that any meaningful resupply would be possible. They had to operate alone against extraordinary odds in a country almost entirely occupied by a hostile force, prepared to survive pitched battles with the Wehrmacht and relentless manhunts by the Gestapo. Nor did they know how long they would have to wait before the Allied front line reached them. It was an enormous test of endurance, cunning, and strength of will." Small bump at top corner of front board, tiny bump at top corner of rear board, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at bottom of spine and front flap - also at top/bottom of flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE LUFTWAFFE IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN., Ishoven, Armand van.
348 Ishoven, Armand van. THE LUFTWAFFE IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN.
Shepperton Ian Allan 1998 1550680501 / 9781550680508 Reprint Near Fine 
128 pp, 4to (11 3/8" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "The Battle of Britain has always been seen as one of the major turning points of the war: the might of the Luftwaffe, devastator of half of Europe, turned towards the beleaguered British Isles to stamp out the RAF and prepare the way for Operation Sea Lion - the first proper invasion of Great Britain since 1066. (The author has) produced a fascinating collection of eyewitness accounts and reports - many produced while the heat of battle was still on the writers - and a staggering number of German photographs, few of which have been published before. All in all it is a dramatic account of what it was like to fight on the other side to 'the few' during the battle of Britain." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Fine 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE LUFTWAFFE IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN., Ishoven, Armand van.
349 Ishoven, Armand van. THE LUFTWAFFE IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN.
Shepperton Ian Allan 1998 1550680501 / 9781550680508 Reprint Near Fine 
128 pp, 4to (11 3/8" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "The Battle of Britain has always been seen as one of the major turning points of the war: the might of the Luftwaffe, devastator of half of Europe, turned towards the beleaguered British Isles to stamp out the RAF and prepare the way for Operation Sea Lion - the first proper invasion of Great Britain since 1066. (The author has) produced a fascinating collection of eyewitness accounts and reports - many produced while the heat of battle was still on the writers - and a staggering number of German photographs, few of which have been published before. All in all it is a dramatic account of what it was like to fight on the other side to 'the few' during the battle of Britain." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HIGH ENDEAVOUR:  THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC., Ivelaw-Chapman, John.  (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.)
350 Ivelaw-Chapman, John. (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.) HIGH ENDEAVOUR: THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC.
London Leo Cooper 1993 0850523168 / 9780850523164 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good 
164 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman was a remarkable man who had the good fortune to be born in an era when his particular talents were allowed to develop to the full. Just old enough to take part in the earliest days of aerial combat in the First World War, he was in uniform until well after the jet engine had taken command of the skies. His son John, who has edited his memoirs, makes clear that Sir Ronald was a typical Edwardian English Gentleman. This, he explains, is vital to the understanding of the man. The moral precepts of the Edwardian era remained with Sir Ronald throughout his life, and if some of them seem stiff and outdated in these more relaxed days, they certainly sustained him throughout a long and adventurous career. The book not only covers the most vital years in the development of the RAF in which Sir Ronald played a significant part but is also packed with drama at high level. Not many Englishmen, let alone future Air Marshals, were ever under sentence of death at the orders of Sir Winston Churchill himself. Sir Ronald has been well served by his editor. His son is never blinded by filial respect and, as he served in the Royal Air Force himself, he is familiar with the Service background. He is also qualified to explain what it was that made his father and the military men of that generation a unique band of Happy Warriors whose loyalty and service to the British Crown is already a fading memory." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, light rubbing, two tiny scuffs on spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HIGH ENDEAVOUR:  THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC., Ivelaw-Chapman, John.  (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.)
351 Ivelaw-Chapman, John. (Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman.) HIGH ENDEAVOUR: THE LIFE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR RONALD IVELAW-CHAPMAN, GCB, KBE, DFC, AFC.
London Leo Cooper 1993 0850523168 / 9780850523164 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good 
164 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs. "Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman was a remarkable man who had the good fortune to be born in an era when his particular talents were allowed to develop to the full. Just old enough to take part in the earliest days of aerial combat in the First World War, he was in uniform until well after the jet engine had taken command of the skies. His son John, who has edited his memoirs, makes clear that Sir Ronald was a typical Edwardian English Gentleman. This, he explains, is vital to the understanding of the man. The moral precepts of the Edwardian era remained with Sir Ronald throughout his life, and if some of them seem stiff and outdated in these more relaxed days, they certainly sustained him throughout a long and adventurous career. The book not only covers the most vital years in the development of the RAF in which Sir Ronald played a significant part but is also packed with drama at high level. Not many Englishmen, let alone future Air Marshals, were ever under sentence of death at the orders of Sir Winston Churchill himself. Sir Ronald has been well served by his editor. His son is never blinded by filial respect and, as he served in the Royal Air Force himself, he is familiar with the Service background. He is also qualified to explain what it was that made his father and the military men of that generation a unique band of Happy Warriors whose loyalty and service to the British Crown is already a fading memory." Minor wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light rubbing, two tiny dents on front hinge and one on rear hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE STORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN DENTAL CORPS., Jackson, H.M., Lieut.-Colonel.
352 Jackson, H.M., Lieut.-Colonel. THE STORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN DENTAL CORPS.
Royal Canadian Dental Corps 1956 First Edition Very Good 
475 pp, 9 1/4" H. Green cloth with gold lettering on spine, gold lettering/badge on front board - no dust jacket (as issued). B&w photographs. Contents: Foreword; Introduction; Military Dentistry and the Dental Surgeons of the C.A.M.C.; The Great War of 1914-19; The Post-War Period; The Reorganization of 1935; Reorganization in 1939 and the Outbreak of War; Organization in Canada; Dental Headquarters and Its Early Problems; Keeping Pace with Expanding Services; Training: Demobilization; The District Companies; ditto (ii); The Ist Divisional Dental Company, C.A.S.F.; Intermediate Overseas Base and Headquarters; Companies Prepare for Action; More Companies Are Alerted; Dental Services with the R.C.A.F.; ditto (ii); With the Royal Canadian Navy; North Africa, Sicily and Italy; Preparations for Operation "Overlord"; Normandy; North-West Europe; Germany; Through to the Finish; Special Forces; The Post-War Corps; Appendices. Light edge wear, wrinkling at top of spine, small tear at top corner of front board - repaired, tiny light stain on fore-edge of text block. 
Price: 60.00 USD
 
 
STRIKE FROM THE SEA: A SURVEY OF BRITISH NAVAL AIR OPERATIONS, 1909-69., Jackson, Robert.
353 Jackson, Robert. STRIKE FROM THE SEA: A SURVEY OF BRITISH NAVAL AIR OPERATIONS, 1909-69.
London Arthur Barker 1970 Good+ Good+ 
234 pp, 8vo 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs. "On 19 July 1918, six Sopwith Camels took off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier 'Furious' off the Schleswig coast. Their mission - to bomb the German Zeppelin sheds at Tondern. It was the first time in history that a force of aircraft had been launched against an enemy objective from an aircraft carrier: the first ever strike from the sea. In the half century that has elapsed since that historic day, the Royal Navy's airmen have carved out a reputation of courage and skill that is second to none. This is their story - a story of men and courage, of crews, aircraft and ships often hurled into battle against hopeless odds. The author has covered every major operation involving the Fleet Air Arm and its predecessor, the RNAS, including Korea, Suez, Malaya and forgotten 'backyard wars' such as the British naval operations against the Bolsheviks in the Baltic in 1919, when the Navy's airmen bombed the Red Fleet in Kronstadt. The Second World War is covered in detail, from the hunt for the 'Graf Spee' to the final assault on Japan and Kamikaze attacks on the carriers of the British Pacific Fleet." Water mark on top corner of text block with some small areas of dye migration into top corner of a few pages, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling, light browning on spine, two small edge tears with old tape. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE WORLD'S GREAT BATTLESHIPS: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT., Jackson, Robert.
354 Jackson, Robert. THE WORLD'S GREAT BATTLESHIPS: FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT.
London Brown 2000 1897884605 / 9781897884607 Very Good Very Good 
144 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H). Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w photographs, reproductions, profiles, cutaways. "Beginning with the age of sail and the Battle of Trafalgar, the book describes the development of the first primitive ironclads with traversing turrets, the battles of the American Civil War, and the heyday of the battleship in the decades before the outbreak of World War I. (It) shows how new technologies helped shape naval tactics and the advances in ship design during the nineteenth century, culminating in two new classes of ship, the dreadnought and the battlecruiser, that saw much action at the Battle of Jutland and the other naval encounters of World War I, and which are also discussed in depth here. By World War II the battleship, threatened by the submarine and difficult to protect from either underwater or aerial attack, had been usurped by the aircraft carrier from its position as prime naval weapon - as was dramatically demonstrated at Pearl Harbor. They remained potent threats, however, and (this book) covers the notable battles of the war, including the exploits of the Graf Spee, Bismarck and Tirpitz in the Atlantic and North Sea, and the Yamato in the Pacific. Finally the gradual postwar decommissioning of the last true battleships is described, along with the last swansongs of the American 'Iowa' class in the Vietnam and Gulf Wars before their final retirement." Previous owner's place, date and signature on free front endpaper; very small bump at bottom corner of boards, small bump at bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel, small indent mark on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
CHINDIT., James, Richard Rhodes.  Foreword by Bernard Fergusson.
355 James, Richard Rhodes. Foreword by Bernard Fergusson. CHINDIT.
London John Murray 1980 0719537460 / 9780719537462 First Edition Very Good Very Good 
214 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "In 1943 Major-General Orde Wingate startled the military world by his daring raid in command of 77 Brigade into the heart of Japanese-occupied Burma. In the following year Wingate master-minded an even more ambitious operation, which involved the flying in of about 10,000 men and 1,000 animals behind enemy lines to harass the Japanese and disrupt their communications, with the aid of close tactical support by USAAF No. 1 Air Commando under Colonel Philip Cochran. 'Chindit' was the name given to these operations and to the men who took part in them, derived from the Burmese word for the mythical beast that guards their pagodas from evil. This book is a personal account of the 1944 operation by an officer who served on the staff of 111 Brigade. It tells the story of the preparations in central India for this arduous form of warfare, which Wingate called Long Range Penetration, the flight deep into enemy territory and the subsequent campaign of guerrilla operations after the sudden death of Wingate." Cigarette odour, very light browning to edges of textblock, very small remainder dot on botttom of text block. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very light rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, light browning at top edge, tiny scuff on front flap-fold. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
BESIEGED:  THE WORLD WAR II ORDEAL OF MALTA, 1940-1942., Jellison, Charles A.
356 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.
357 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
 
 
358 Jewell, Brian. Series editor, Martin Windrow. BRITISH BATTLEDRESS 1937-61. OSPREY MEN-AT-ARMS SERIES 112.
London Osprey 1981 0850453879 / 9780850453874 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
 
 
BOMBERS:  THE WEAPON OF TOTAL WAR., Johnson, Brian and Cozens, H.I.
359 Johnson, Brian and Cozens, H.I. BOMBERS: THE WEAPON OF TOTAL WAR.
London Thames Methuen 1984 0423006304 / 9780423006308 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good+ 
301 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w plates. "(T)he authors lucidly and persuasivley take the reader through the intricacies of conceptual and technical developments in British strategic bombing up to 1945. They also graphically reveal the nature of the bombing campaign in World War II from the point of view of the crews involved. The reader thus sees the very nature of Bomber Command's effort in a way impossible from technical histories or first-hand accounts. (A)mply illustrated and captioned to give the reader considerable detail of the lives of crews flying mission after mission, against the hazards of enemy action, mechanical failure and weather." Small area of soiling in text on page 111, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
V FOR VENGEANCE:  THE SECOND BATTLE OF LONDON., Johnson, David.
360 Johnson, David. V FOR VENGEANCE: THE SECOND BATTLE OF LONDON.
London William Kimber 1981 0718301889 / 9780718301880 First Edition 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
 
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