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ORDRE DE BATAILLE OF THE TURKISH ARMY.  CORRECTED TO AUGUST 16, 1915.  FIFTH EDITION.
1 ORDRE DE BATAILLE OF THE TURKISH ARMY. CORRECTED TO AUGUST 16, 1915. FIFTH EDITION.
Facsimile Reprint. Fine 
Pagination runs 119 to 164. 8 1/4" H. Facsimile reprint of the edition of 1915, "Prepared at the Intelligence Department, General Staff, Cairo." Contents: Introduction; Composition of Regiments; Turkish Local Armies; Army Corps; Irregular Formations; Gendarmerie; Mesopotamian Army; Fortress Troops; Regimental Index. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
QUEEN'S 1919.  1919 YEAR BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE GRADUATING CLASS IN ARTS AND SCIENCE, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, KINGSTON, ONT.
2 QUEEN'S 1919. 1919 YEAR BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE GRADUATING CLASS IN ARTS AND SCIENCE, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY, KINGSTON, ONT.
Kingston, Ont. Graduating Class, Arts and Science, Queen's University 1919 Good+ 
155 pp, oblong (99 3/8" H x 11 5/8" D), dark brown pebbled cloth with blind stamped borders and gold lettering/crest on front board, floral patterned endpapers. Many b&w photographs of University buildings, professors, sports teams, etc. Head shots and short biographies of students. Information on students who served/died in the First World War. Honour rolls. Light browning and a few very tiny stains on endpapers, small area of printing ink offset in top margin of pages 22 & 23, light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light browning to edges of text block, light wear at corners, soiling to cloth on boards. 
Price: 100.00 USD
 
 
3 'McScotch'. (Lt. William MacLanachan.) FIGHTER PILOT.
London George Routledge 1936 First Edition Good 
248 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs (some aerial), fold-out map at rear (collated). "This book consists of the reminiscences of an ordinary fighter pilot of the R.F.C. who had the privilege of serving with one of the leading Fighter Squadrons and who had the honour of being the friend of the supreme fighter of all the Air Forces, that indomitable and lovable patriot, 'Mick' Mannock, V.C., D.S.O., M.C." Faint erased pencil marks at top corner of free front endpaper. book is very slightly cocked, browning to edges of text block, a few faint soiling marks on top of text block ad at top of fore-edge of text block, small light bump to bottom corner of rear board, light wrinkling and very light wear at top/bottom of spine, slight fading/browning to spine color, 5" thin light rub/soiling mark down spine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 
 
4 Alexander, Bevin. HOW GREAT GENERALS WIN.
New York Avon 1995 0380724367 / 9780380724369 Very Good 
320 pp, 7 7/8" H. B&w photographs, maps. "Undaunted by Hannibal's elephants, Scipio Africanus ordered his outnumbered cavlary to charge directly toward the massive beasts - and, by doing so, saved Rome. Stonewall Jackson struck like lightning throughout the Shenandoah Valley, with occasional feints toward Washington - and so frustrated a numerically superior Union Army. Despite few resouces and even less support from the German High Command, The 'Desert Fox', Erwin Rommel, conducted one of the most spectacular and successful campaigns in military history. In wars throughout the centuries, the fortunes of great armies have turned on surprise tactics and audacious maneuvers brilliantly conceived by unconventional officers. In this remarkable work, acclaimed historian Bevin Alexander examines some of the most astonishing campaigns and engagements of all time - providing a uniquely insightful look at the battlefield genius of Napoleon, Sherman, Lawrence of Arabia, MacArthur, and other military strategists who transformed rout into victory time and time again." Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edgewear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE BANTAMS:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF WORLD WAR I., Allinson, Sidney.
5 Allinson, Sidney. THE BANTAMS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WORLD WAR I.
Mosaic, (Oakville, 1982). 
287 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. B&w photos. "At the outset of the 1914-18 War, no recruiting officer would look at any young man who was in less than the prime and peak of physical condition...Any volunteer who was less than the regulation five feet three inches in height got very short shrift...But the war was not very old before the official reaction to undersized volunteers had to change dramatically. Britain's Regular Army, the Expeditionary Force, was virtually wiped out in the first months of fighting...This book relates the history of the Bantam Battalions from beginning to bloody end - one might almost say 'out of nowhere, back into obscurity', for it is suprising how many official histories of the Great War have ignored the very real part these little men played..." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of textblock, tiny stain of fore-edge of textblock, light browning to edges of covers, very light wear at top of spine, slight curling to fore-edge of covers. VG- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BANTAMS:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF WORLD WAR I., Allinson, Sidney.
6 Allinson, Sidney. THE BANTAMS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WORLD WAR I.
Howard Baker, London, (1981), Ist edition. 
287 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "At the outset of the 1914-18 War, no recruiting officer would look at any young man who was in less than the prime and peak of physical condition...Any volunteer who was less than the regulation five feet three inches in height got very short shrift...But the war was not very old before the official reaction to undersized volunteers had to change dramatically. Britain's Regular Army, the Expeditionary Force, was virtually wiped out in the first months of fighting...This book relates the history of the Bantam Battalions from beginning to bloody end - one might almost say 'out of nowhere, back into obscurity', for it is suprising how many official histories of the Great War have ignored the very real part these little men played..." Previous owner's embossed blindstamp on dedication page, p.63 and free rear endpaper, very small faint mark on pages 65-68. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight darkening to spine, 1" triangular piece missing from bottom of rear panel, tiny stain at top of rear flap. VG/G 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE ROLL OF HONOUR OF THE ONTARIO TEACHERS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918., Anglin, R.W., preface by.
7 Anglin, R.W., preface by. THE ROLL OF HONOUR OF THE ONTARIO TEACHERS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.
Toronto Minister of Education / Ryerson Press 1922 First Edition Good+ 
72 pp, 9 3/16" H. Dark blue cloth with gold lettering/decoration on front board. "The information given in the Roll is arranged in the same order for all names entered. The information concerning each is written in two parts. The first part in roman type gives the name in full, the home address, the certificate held, and the professional position at the time of enlistment. The remainder in italics gives the record of miliary service in the following order: date of enlistment, final military rank and the last military unit, the country in which the teacher served outside of Canada, casualties and decorations, if any, with the dates and names of the engagements associated therewith, and finally the date of discharge (or death)." "In addition, a special list will be found at page 67 of 226 other returned men who have been prepared for the teaching profession by special courses arranged for them by the Department during the summer of 1919, and the winters of 1918-19, 1919-20 and 1920-21." Also included: 'The Honoured Dead' and 'Military Honours' lists. Very small, light "676" stamped on title page under Ontario crest, tiny scuff on title page, minor browning mark on free front endpaper, light edge wear to boards/corners, wrinkling in cloth on spine. Rear board has tiny corner bump, small air bubble under cloth, scattered tiny soiling marks, light crease in cloth at bottom. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL AIR FORCE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY., Armitage, Michael.
8 Armitage, Michael. THE ROYAL AIR FORCE: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY.
London Brockhampton 1996 1860198511 / 9781860198519 Reprint Near Fine Very Good+ 
288 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps. "Created in 1918 from the former Royal Flying Corps, the RAF forged its own traditions as it developed the tactics and weap- onry of aerial warfare. It ended the First World War with a strength of 300,000 personnel and 23,000 aircraft, but there was the immediate threat of stringent post-war defence budgets and an Army and Navy that demanded that air power be under their control. The Chief of Air Staff, Trenchard, needed a successful example of the potential of air power in order to guarantee future funding, and it came in the RAF air-policing role in the Near East. The RAF was perhaps the most neglected armed force during the 'appeasement years', despite vocal opposition and foreign militarization. After desperate rearm-ament in both aircraft and ground forces, the RAF stemmed the tide of German expansion in the Battle of Britain. The author devotes one third of the book to the superb record of the RAF throughout the Second World War, acknowledging the problems in command, strategy and aircraft equipment that appeared in all theatres during the fight against the Axis forces. Chapters cover the lean years from 1940 to 1942 with the RAF over-committed on all fronts, through the gradual build-up with improved aircraft and on to the heavy bombing campaign and the final, comprehensive air assault on Germany. The years 1944-1945 mark the high point of RAF history, but the factual framework continues with details of the appearance of jet aircraft, the deployments worldwide as the British Empire evolved into the Commonwealth and the RAF's changing tactical and strategic roles as Britain declined from 'superpower' status. This period also includes an appraisal of the V-bomber force, the slow decline in British research and development, the emergence of the RAF role in NATO and the balance of power during the Cold War. The history of the RAF is fully detailed up to the present as one receding threat causes significant change in the number and type of aircraft needed to face the perceived new problems posed by developing nations." Tiny scuff on bottom of rear board. Dust jacket has minor wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, one tiny edge tear, very small dint on rear hinge, two tiny dints on rear panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE MONS STAR:  THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 5th AUG.-22nd NOV. 1914., Ascoli, David.
9 Ascoli, David. THE MONS STAR: THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, 5th AUG.-22nd NOV. 1914.
London Harrap 1981 0245537856 / 9780245537851 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good- 
250 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "The first campaign medal of the Great War - the 1914 Star - was struck in 1917. In October 1919, by command of the King, a bar bearing the dates '5th Aug.-22nd Nov. 1914' was awarded to all holders of the medal who had been under fire - i.e., 'within range of enemy mobile artillery' - in France and Flanders between the qualifying dates. Fewer than 230,000 bars were awarded. The recipients - and only they - were and are the Old Contemptibles. Their very special medal has come to be known, by hallowed tradition, as the 'Mons Star'; and this is their story." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, 11 digit number written in ink on back of rear free endpaper. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several tiny/small chips and tears along top edge, light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
10 Asquith, Herbert. MOMENTS OF MEMORY: RECOLLECTIONS AND IMPRESSIONS.
London Hutchinson 1937 Second Impression. Very Good - 
382 pp, 9 1/2" H. Green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. B&w illustrations. The author's memories of his father, Herbert H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1908-1916. Contents: Cricket at Keats Grove; Early Friends; Grasmere and London; The Journey to Scotland; Fact and Fancy; A New Outlook; Winchester; Some Oxford Characters; A Generous Settlement; Asquith and Balfour; Force and Ferment; A Poet in Revolt; The Outbreak of War; Flanders in 1915; Men and Problems; The Somme and Whitehall; Arras and Passchendaele; The Battle in the Mist; Lord Oxford in Later Years; Index. Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small bump at three corners, tiny dent on fore-edge of front board. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
11 Bailey, Catherine. THE SECRET ROOMS: A TRUE GOTHIC MYSTERY.
London Viking 2012 0670917559 / 9780670917556 Near Fine Very Good+ 
466 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, floor plans, map, family tree. "At 6 a.m. on 21 April 1940 John, the 9th Duke of Rutland, and one of Britain's wealthiest men, ended his days, virtually alone, lying on a makeshift bed in a dank, cramped suite of rooms in the servants' quarters of his own home, Belvoir Castle. For weeks, as his health deteriorated, his family, his servants - even the King's doctor - had pleaded with him to come out, but he had refused. After his death, his son and heir, Charles, the 10th Duke of Rutland, ordered that the rooms be locked up and they remained untouched for sixty years. What lay behind this extraordinary set of circumstances? (The author) unravels a complex and compelling tale of love, honour and betrayal, played out in the grand salons of Britain's stately homes at the turn of the twentieth century, and on the battlefields of the Western Front." Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
12 Banting, D.R. and Embleton, G.A. THE WESTERN FRONT 1914-1918.
Almark, London, 1974. 
80 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 85524173X B&w photographs, maps/battle plans, reproductions, colour uniform studies, reproductions. An overview of the countries and leaders involved, the weapons, tactics and uniforms, and the aftermath of "the war to end all wars". Interior - light cigarette odor, slight browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - two tiny corner creases, minor edge wear, crease and small scratch on rear cover, light brownin g to top and fore-edge of text block. Good+ 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
ARMISTICE 1918., Barclay, C.N., Brigadier.
13 Barclay, C.N., Brigadier. ARMISTICE 1918.
A.S. Barnes, New York, (1969). 
155 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, maps. "After more than four years of the most fearful war in the world's history, the end came almost unexpectedly, with dramatic suddenness. At five o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918, Marshal Foch and Admiral Wemyss, representing the Allies, concluded an armistice with German civil and military representatives. There had been a general expectation that the war would last well into 1919. The author...examines the various factors that led to the earlier conclusion of the war. He analyzes conditions in the summer of 1918 following Ludendorff's massive offensive in March...also probes the plans of the Central Powers, the Allies, and the American Expeditionary Forces, emphasizing the range of disagreements on the methods by which German could be defeated. He then goes on to consider the first and second phases of the Allied offensives of August 1918, which at last cracked German resistance. Finally the Armistice itself is studied in detail. The penultimate chapter, which comments on military operations, includes the bizarre account of the Kaiser's unheralded arrival in Holland..." Tiny marks and faint ghost marks on endpapers from old tape (removed), thin ink line smudge on page 117, a few pages with soft or full corner creases, slight bubbling to front pastedown. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, some faint writing indentations on front panel, two small closed tears. VG-/VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE EMPIRE IS MARCHING: A STUDY OF THE MILITARY EFFORT OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1800-1945., Barclay, Glen St. J.
14 Barclay, Glen St. J. THE EMPIRE IS MARCHING: A STUDY OF THE MILITARY EFFORT OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1800-1945.
London Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1976 0297771256 / 9780297771258 First Edition Very Good - Good 
276 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w plates. "(A) study of the military strength of Britain and her Empire during the Boer War, First World War and Second World War. Dr Barclay evaluates the contributions of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, and the changing roles played by the colonies during times of crisis. He explains British attitudes to colonial troops - Australian indiscipline and New Zealand thoroughness - and the lack of diplomacy on the part of British military leaders when dealing with their colonial counterparts. After the South Africa War the British government should have seen clearly the advantages of an Empire Military Force, but reports on empire defence from eminent naval officers such as Fanshawe and Jellicoe were repeatedly ignored. The colonies themselves all reacted differently to the threat of war. Australia was often at odds with New Zealand - the former worried about defending her own vulnerable coastline, the latter primarily concerned to maintain friendly relationships with Britain; Canada was slow to become involved - but Canadian troops were a stirring sight, well-disciplined fighting men who obeyed their superiors without question; South Africa made little contribution to the war effort, although her Prime Minister, Jan Smuts, gained great favour with the British Government by always agreeing, in principle, to every new plan put forward by the British. Dr Barclay has written an outstanding account of the achievements of the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, using a vast number of published and unpublished sources." Previous owner's place, date and signature in ink on free front endpaper; light edge wear; tiny bump on top edge of front board; light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear with some tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing, light edge wrinkling at top edge and bottom of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I., Barker, Ralph.
15 Barker, Ralph. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I.
London Robinson 2002 1841194700 / 9781841194707 Reprint Very Good 
507 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he compelling story of the vital role played by the pioneer pilots and observers of the Royal Flying Corps who served their apprenticeships in the unforgiving skies of World War I. The RFC took part in all the major battles from Mons to the Somme, from Bloody April 1917, when the airmen suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele, up to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive and on to the threshold of victory. Drawing from letters and diaries of the men who took part, Ralph Barker successfully recreates an overview of the battlegrounds from the menacing skies above France and brings fresh off the pages the exhilaration of aerial combat in the little open-cockpit biplanes. Risking their lives for their country, suffering the strain of low-level flying, the debility of the 'shakes', and the ever-present fear that they would not return from a mission, these brave young men nevertheless enjoyed comradeship and a true sense of bonding, between pilots and ground mechanics, observers and gunners." Interior - place, date and initials in ink on title page; a few pages with tiny bump/crease at bottom corner; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, faint crease on spine, small corner crease on rear cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES OF CANADA, 1860-1960:  ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CANADA., Barnard, W.T., Lieutenant-Colonel.
16 Barnard, W.T., Lieutenant-Colonel. THE QUEEN'S OWN RIFLES OF CANADA, 1860-1960: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF CANADA.
Don Mills, Ontario Ontario Publishing Company 1960 First Edition Very Good+ Maps drawn by Captain R.A. With. Inscribed By Author
398 pp, 8vo (9 1/4" H), black boards with silver lettering on spine, silver insignia on front cover - no dust jacket (as issued). Map endpapers, b&w photographs, fold-out maps and diagrams. Inscribed by author on half title page: "To K____ A____ with all good wishes from the author W.T. Barnard Jan/85". Appendices include: The Victoria Cross; The Roll of Honour; Honours and Awards; Battle Honours; Succession Rolls; The Buffs; The King's Royal Rifle Corps; Characteristics of a Rifle Regiment; Rifles and Rifle Shooting; Dress; The Military Band; The Bugle Band; The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Association; Regimental Designations and Battalions; The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Chapter, Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire. Previous owner's small name stamp at top of front pastedown, tiny bump at bottom corner of rear board, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very minor browning to edges of text block. 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
THE UNIFORMS & HISTORY OF THE SCOTTISH REGIMENTS:  BRITAIN - CANADA - AUSTRALIA - NEW ZEALAND - SOUTH AFRICA.  1625 TO THE PRESENT DAY., Barnes, R. Money, Major.  In collaboration with C. Kennedy Allen & Lieut. Thomas B. Beatty, Jnr.  Foreword by Gen Sir Neil Methuen Ritchie.
17 Barnes, R. Money, Major. In collaboration with C. Kennedy Allen & Lieut. Thomas B. Beatty, Jnr. Foreword by Gen Sir Neil Methuen Ritchie. THE UNIFORMS & HISTORY OF THE SCOTTISH REGIMENTS: BRITAIN - CANADA - AUSTRALIA - NEW ZEALAND - SOUTH AFRICA. 1625 TO THE PRESENT DAY.
London Seeley Service 1969 Reprint Very Good No Jacket 
351 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H) - red cloth with black title block/gold lettering on spine. Colour plates and b&w drawings. Contents: Introduction; 1625-89. The Lowland Regiments. Killiecrankie. Dunkeld; 1690-1745. Marlborough's Battles. The Union. The '15 and the '45. The Black Watch. Fontenoy; 1755-83. North America. Highland Regiments. Canadian Militia. Minden. American Independence; 1778-99. Highland Regiments. Fencibles. Yeomanry. India. Napoleonic Wars; 1800-14. American War; 1815. Waterloo; 1815-56. Small Wars. India. S. Africa. Canadian Militia. The Crimea; 1857-81. Indian Mutiny. Afghanistan. First Boer War. The Volunteers. Canadian and S. African Scottish Regiments; 1881-1902. Cardwell. North Africa. India. Second Boer War. Dominion Scottish Regiments; 1903-18. World War I. Scottish Regiments of the Empire; 1919-44. World War II. Scottish Regiments of the Empire; 1944-54. 'D' Day. Peace with Menaces. Scottish Regiments of the Commonwealth; Early Scottish Weapons; The Pipes; Uniforms of the Scottish Regiments - Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; Uniforms of the Scottish Regiments - Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; Appendices (Abbreviated Regimental Histories) - Scottish Regiments of Britain; Scottish Regiments of Canada; Australian Scottish Regiments; Scottish Regiments of New Zealand; South African Scottish Regiments; Indian and Colonial Scottish Units - Existing and Disbanded; Index. Previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small area of wrinkling at top edge of pages 87 to 90 - near gutter. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
18 Barthorp, Michael. Series editor, Martin Windrow. THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES: THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, ITS CREATION AND EXPLOITS, 1902-14. OSPREY MILITARY ELITE SERIES 24.
London Osprey 1989 0850458986 / 9780850458985 Very Good Colour Plates By Pierre Turner. 
64 pp, 9 3/4" H. B&w photos, reproductions, map, 12 plates of uniform studies in full color. Contents: Preface; The Army and Reform 1902-14; The Expeditionary Force; The BEF in Action. Interior - previous owner's ink name stamp on inside of front cover, book lightly cracked at pages 14/15, otherwise clean with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very small light bump at bottom corner of covers and text block, book slightly cocked. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
19 Berry, W.H. Foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. AIRCRAFT IN WAR AND COMMERCE.
New York George H. Doran 1918 First American Edition Good 
292 pp, 8" H. Orange cloth with black lettering on spine, black lettering/biplane silhouette on front board. B&w photographs, reproductions (collated). Contents: Historical; The Aeroplane and its Development in England up to 1914; Development on the Continent before 1914; The Influence of War on the Aeroplane; Bombing, Reconnaissance, Spotting and Photography; The Seaplane and Airship and their Uses; The Construction of the Modern Aeroplane; Engines; Accessories; Raids; Future Commercial Development; Great Britain Mistress of the Air and Sea. 1919 gift inscription on free front endpaper, two staple holes at top of free front endpaper (staple indents on adjacent pages), one picture plate has light wrinkling at top edge, dust soiling to edges of text block - heavier on top of text block, light soiling to boards, light wrinkling to top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MARCHING AS TO WAR:  CANADA'S TURBULENT YEARS, 1899-1953., Berton, Pierre.
20 Berton, Pierre. MARCHING AS TO WAR: CANADA'S TURBULENT YEARS, 1899-1953.
Doubleday Canada 2001 0385257252 / 9780385257251 First Edition Near Fine Near Fine 
632 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H). Pictorial endpapers, b&w maps. "The first war of the century, which took Canadian soldiers to South Africa, and the last, which sent them to Korea, bracket the tumultuous years of the (20th) century's first half like bookends on the shelf of history. They have a good deal in common, these two minor conflicts, whose chronicles pale when compared to the bloodbaths of the two world wars. Canada's wartime days are long past, and for many, the scars of war have healed. Vimy has been manicured clean, its pockmarked slopes softened by a green mantle of Canadian pines. Dieppe has reverted to a resort town, its beaches long since washed free of Canadian blood. Now a days, Canadians are proud of their role as Peacekeepers, from which they have gained a modicum of the international acclaim the nation has always craved, with precious little blood wasted in the process. In this monumental work, Pierre Berton brings Canadian history to life once again, relying on a host of sources, including newspaper accounts and first-hand reports, to tell the story of these four wars through the eyes of the privates in the trenches, the generals at the front, and the politicians and families back home. By profiling the interwar years, Berton traces how one war led to the next, and how the country was changed in the process. Illustrated with maps and line drawings, 'Marching as to War' describes how the experience of war helped to bind Canada together as a nation and chronicles the transformation of Canada's dependence upon Great Britain and its slow emergence as an independent nation caught in a love-hate relationship with the United States." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling and very minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
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