813 ACTION AMID RUINS 20.00 BRIGGS, DAVID. 1ST. ED. 1945. AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE. 174 PP. THE STORY OF AN AMERICAN SERVING IN THE RAMC AS AN AMBULANCE DRIVER WITH THE 8TH ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA AND LATER ITALY. THE AUTHOR HAS A SCARE HITTING A MINE NEAR MARETH, BUT DESCRIBES HIS EXPERIENCES WITH CANDOR AND SENSITIVITY. AT THE END OF HIS MEMOIRS HE ASKS QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT WAS LEARNED AND WILL THE WORLD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR IT. HE’S NOT SO SURE. PHOTOS AND MAPS. WAR QUALITY PAPER. CARD COVERS. LOWER FRONT EDGE HAD A SMALL BEND NOW STRAIGHTENED. small Book store stamp on flyleaf. GOOD CONDITION.
852 Alex – Life of Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis 25.00 Nicolson, Nigel. 1st. ed. 1973. Murray Printing, 346 pp. ISBN 0-689-10552-5 A comprehensive biography of one of the leading British generals in WW2. After a distinguished career in WW1, he rose steadily to command a division in France, later 8th Army in North Africa and in Italy. His reputation was one of unflappable confidence and leadership as well as his ability to make difficult generals and allies 'get along' and work together. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has very small rubs on spine. Excellent condition.
853 alexander 10.00 robinson, james. reprint 1946. banbridge chronicle press, 136 pp. a small portrait of alexander as he was about to take up his post as governor general of canada. mostly dwelling on his life in the irish guards it is a 'farewell to arms' portrait. photos and illustrations. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some losses on spine. very good condition.
856 alexander of tunis 20.00 hillson, norman. 1st.ed. 1952. W.H. Allen, 252 pp. an early biography of FM alexander. It covers his life and military career as well as his later appointment as Governor General of Canada, which he seemed to enjoy. the author covers most of the major campaigns and successes and leadership skills that alex was so famous for. photos. hardbound, no d/j. spine has small bumps top and bottom, but in very good condition.
855 ALEXANDER OF TUNIS - AS MILITARY COMMANDER 20.00 JACKSON, W.G.F. 1ST.ED. 1971. B.T. BATSFORD PRESS, 344 PP. THE AUTHOR EXAMINES ALEX FROM EVERY ANGLE PERSONALLY AND MILITARILY. ALTHOUGH NOT THE MOST BRILLIANT STRATEGIC COMMANDER, HE was OVERALL A VERY CAPABLE ONE WHO WAS ABLE TO GET THE BEST OUT OF SUBORDINATES AND ORDINARY SOLDIERs. HIS HANDLING OF MONTGOMERY AND MARK CLARK WHO PROVED DIFFICULT SUBORDINATES IS ALSO EXAMINED. PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. D/J SPINE HAS SOME SUN FADE, VERY GOOD CONDITION.
1291 allied commanders of world war ii 10.00 kemp, anthony. 1st. ed. 1982. osprey publicatoions, 40 pp. isbn 0-85045-420-4 an osprey book providing short bio's of the more prominent allied commanders in ww 2. british, american, russian, polish and free french leaders are covered. the author states these are 'his picks' for such a slim volume and omits others that could be included, but it is still a very good resourse. Photos and colour illustrations. card covers. slight yellowing on cover. excellent condition otherwise.
658 The Auk – The Victor of Alamein 25.00 Parkinson, Victor. 1st. ed. 1977. Granada Publishing, 272 pp. ISBN o-246-10933-5 The author uses newly released Cabinet documents to fill in new details of Auchinleck’s generalship and often overlooked achievements, especially stopping Rommel at El Alamein. More detail is provided into his relationships with Churchill and Montgomery. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
848 Benito Mussolini 20.00 Hibbert, Christopher. 1962, Reprint Society, 415 pp. An excellent biography of one of the two fascist dictators that brought war to Europe. Rising from a peasant background he managed to grab political power and convinced Italians they were destined to create a new Roman Empire under his leadership. All his strengths and insecurities are exposed along with his decisions that led Italy into a destructive war. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
499 Broken Plume – A Platoon Commander’s Story 1940-45 30.00 Craig, Norman. 1st.ed. 1982. Imperial War Museum, 191 pp. ISBN 0-901627-22-4 An interesting account of a young officer’s experience as a junior officer. Promoted from the ranks he served with 3 regiments in total and saw action in North Africa and Italy. He was wounded 2 weeks before the wars end. He details his fighting role and the more mundane chores of training, parades and other regimental duties. Photos and drawings by the author. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
835 Call to Arms 10.00 Pyman, Harold. 1st. ed. 1971. Leo Cooper ltd., 140 pp. ISBN 0-85052-063-0 The biography of Gen. Sir Harold Pyman. An early supporter of the tank, he joined the Royal Tank Regiment and served in various locations pre-war. He was with 3 RTR in North Africa at Alamein and in NW Europe and rose to Chief of Staff to 21 Army Group. He later became the youngest general in the British Army and commanded British forces in post war Germany. Hardbound with d/j. Photos. Excellent condition.
878 campaigns of wavell - 1939-1943 20.00 woollcombe, robert. 1st. ed. 1959. cassell & co. 228 pp. the author is an early biographer of wavell and does an excellent job of documenting his career and military successes and set backs. most times wavell was fighting with inferior forces with few reinforcements or resources. victories weren't always easy but he had notable ones. both his middle east and far east commands are covered. maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
877 the chief - field marshall lord wavell 20.00 lewin, ronald. 1st. ed. 1980, farrar, straus, giroux, 249 pp. a solid biography of an outstanding general by a respected military author. wavell's strengths and difficulties are examined fully along with his early victories with very limited resources. his later defeats at the hands of rommel can be laid at churchill's feet as he stripped away units for other theatres before the axis could be defeated. photos and maps. book club edition. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some rubs and small chips at top of spine, but no losses. excellent condition.
332 Churchill and the Montgomery Myth 20.00 Thompson, R.W. George Allen & Unwin Ltd. 1st. ed. 1967, 276 pp. A critical biography of Field Marshal Montgomery. The author is not a fan and goes into considerable depth about how images are created and fit into historical context. In this case, Churchill needed a successful general to offset increasing US power and their influence on strategy. Hardbound with d/j. Some sun fade on spine. Excellent condition.
936 conversations with montgomery 15.00 brett-james, antony. 1st. ed. 1984. wm. kimber & co., 160 pp. the little book is a result of a long series of conversations with montgomery in his later years that covers a long list of matters covering generalship, his career, contemporaries and other domestic matters. It helps softens monty's image and makes him more humane and vulnerable. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
967 Corps commander 25.00 horrocks, brian. 1st. ed. 1977. charles Scribner & sons, 256 pp. isbn 0-684-15324-6 a biography of one of the best corps commanders of ww2. an addition to his other bio "a full life' (see listing 965) this concentrates on 30 corps battles in normandy and holland and the overall strategic context. he describes his relationship with montgomery, eisenhower and others and the battle of arnhem is given a thorough examination. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. lower spine bumped, otherwise in very good condition.
775 Desert Generals 15.00 Barnett, Correlli. 1985, Allen and Unwin, 352 pp. ISBN 0-04-335018-5 Originally published in 1960, this book is updated with new commentary and gives keen observations on 5 British generals in North Africa. Starting with Richard O’Connor the victor over the Italians, to Alan Cunningham and Neil Richie of the Crusader battles, Auchinleck and finally Montgomery. The author was the first to challenge Montgomery’s memoirs version of events at Alamein that was then published. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
639 Desert Rats – 8th Army in World War II 20.00 Allen, Albert. 1st.ed. 1993. W.J. Ray and Co. 114 pp. A first hand account of an 8th Army soldier in North Africa and later Italy. Pre-war he worked on the railways and continued in that work in the army. Personal photographs and illustrations. Card covers. Excellent condition.
438 Eisenhower – Portrait of a Hero 40.00 Lyon, Peter. 1st.ed. 1974. Little, Brown & Co. 936 pp. A full examination of the military and political career of Eisenhower. The author describes his early life and many of the factors that led Eisenhower to be such a steadfast and committed leader. His early military career was unremarkable and was all but unknown at the outbreak of WW2. Things changed dramatically when Gen. Marshall chose him for greater things. He leadership attributes carried over to his political career that was so successful. Many photos throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Some chips on d/j, but protected by plastic covering. Excellent condition. Signed by author.
662 el Alamein to the Sangro 25.00 Montgomery, B.L. 1973, Arcadia Press, 421 pp. ISBN 0-214-66-901-7 An updated account from the original 1948 edition of the exploits of 8th Army under the command of Montgomery. It covers the campaigns in North Africa and Italy until he was recalled to Britain to prepare for the Normandy invasion. Montgomery discusses strategy and operations using his diaries as references. Many maps and photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
333 Escape to Action 25.00 Horrocks, Brian. St. Martin’s Press, 1960. 320 pp. A U.S. edition of his autobiography “A Full Life”. He was of one of the more successful British Generals in WW2. He became a Corps commander under Montgomery in Egypt and then again in Normandy. He enjoyed leading from the front and that caused him to be seriously wounded in North Africa. He recovered to resume command in time for normandy. Hardbound, no d/j. Very good condition.
411 FIRST IN THE FIELD – GAULT OF THE PATRICIA’S 25.00 WILLIAMS, JEFFREY. 1ST.ED. 1995. VANWELL PUBLISHING LTD. 269 PP. ISBN 1-55068-055-2 THIS IS THE FIRST BIOGRAPHY OF THE FOUNDER THE PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY. HAMILTON GAULT USED HIS OWN FORTUNE TO RAISE AND EQUIP THIS NOW FAMOUS REGIMENT at THE start OF WW1. HE SERVED WITH IT AND WAS WOUNDED 3 TIMES. HE persuasively ARGUED with the government TO PRESERVE THE REGIMENT POST WAR AND it became an elite unit. THE REGIMENTS HISTORY IS EXAMINED IN CONTEXT OF GAULT’S INVOLVEMENT. MANY PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. MINT CONDITION.
518 Flashback - A Soldier’s Story 20.00 Richardson, Gen. Sir Charles. 1st. ed. 1985, 224 pp. ISBN 0-7183-0567-1 A biography of General Charles Richardson who served as a General Staff Officer after Dunkirk in North Africa. Initially serving Auchinleck, he was kept by Montgomery and remained with 8th. Army until victory in Tunisia. Later he was planning the invasion of Sicily, Salerno and Anzio. He was then assigned to Mark Clark’s 5th. Army in Italy before returning to Montgomery for D-Day. His comparisons of command and working styles between the British and US Armies is enlightening. Many photos and maps throughout. Hardbound with d/j. 2 book dealers stickers on inside front cover. Excellent condition.
598 Foreign Assignment 15.00 Hearn, C.V. 1st.ed. 1961, Wm. Clowes and Sons, 191 pp. A fascinating biography and account of a British officer in the little known "Special Investigations Branch" of the Military Police in Italy. He and others helped maintain the peace behind the advancing allied armies. He arrested gangsters, prevented sabotage by fascists and the mafia all behind the advancing allied armies. Lots of cloak and dagger stuff along with routine police work. All these events are mostly unknown and thought provoking while sprinkled with some humour. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some chips and small losses. Otherwise in excellent condition.
682 FREYBERG, VC. – THE MAN 1939-45 30.00 STEVENS, W.G. 1ST. ED. 1965. REED PUBLISHERS, 130 PP. THE BIOGRAPHY OF NEW ZEALAND’S MOST FAMOUS GENERAL. HIGHLY DECORATED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR HE ROSE TO COMMAND THE NEW ZEALAND DIVISION IN NORTH AFRICA AND ITALY. DESPITE BEING WOUNDED SEVERAL TIMES, HE REMAINED A TOUGH AND RESPECTED COMMANDER. PHOTOS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
965 a full life 25.00 horrocks, Brian. 1st. ed. 1960. collins, 320 pp. the story of Gen. brian horrocks in his own words. an excellent writer he covers his early career and then experiences at dunkirk. picked by montgomery, he would rise to command 30 corps at alamein. severely wounded in Tunisia, he returned to duty to command 30 corps again in normandy. he also describes his role at arnhem and the eventual advance into germany. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some losses, otherwise book in excellent condition.
630 The Full Monty 35.00 Hamilton, Nigel. 1st. ed. 2001. Penguin Press, 902 pp ISBN 0-715-99334-0 The author announced that this book was going to produce a slimmed down single volume of his epic 3 volume biography of Montgomery (see listings 626,627,628) with new material. He did add additional material and some controversial speculation whether or not Monty was homosexual. however, it is still a large volume that was mostly based on Vol. 1 of the trilogy. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
809 Funny Kind of War 15.00 Briggs, Robert. 1st. ed. 1985. Arlington Books, 121 pp. A unique wartime log of a talented cartoonist sergeant. Captured in North Africa and sent to Italy, he escapes and is recaptured. He documents his experiences almost entirely with cartoons and drawings with some accompanying text. Highly entertaining material that was discovered and published after his death. Illustrations on every page. Laminated covers. Excellent condition.
452 General Ike – A Personal Reminiscence 20.00 Eisenhower, John. Free Press, 1st. ed. 2003, 277 pp. ISBN 0-7432-4474-5 An intimate portrait of Eisenhower written by his son who had a different and more personal perspective of events. Many insights are added to Ike’s relationships with Montgomery and other generals and how he grew into the role of Supreme Commander. A good addition to any biography of Ike. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition,
756 GENERAL LORD FREYBERG V.C. 25.00 SINGLETON- GATES, PETER. 1ST. ED. 1963, MICHAEL JOSEPH LTD., 328 PP. A FINE BIOGRAPHY OF ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S GREATEST SOLDIERS. HE WON A V.C. IN WW 1 AND WOUNDED SEVERAL TIMES HE WENT ON TO COMMAND THE NZ FORCES IN WW 2. HE COMMANDED FIRST IN CRETE AND THEN IN NORTH AFRICA WHERE HE WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED AGAIN. HE FINISHED THE WAR IN ITALY AND GAINED A WELL EARNED REPUTATION AS A FIGHTING SOLDIER AND COMMANDER. PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. TWO BOOK SELLERS LABELS IN FRONT COVER. FLYLEAF STAINED AND AN INK SIGNATURE OF PREVIOUS OWNER. SOME PAGES HAVE SLIGHT FOXING. GOOD CONDITION.
447 General Patton – A Soldier’s Life 40.00 Hirshson, Stanley. Harper Collins Ltd. 1st. ed. 2002, 826 pp. ISBN 0-06-000982-9 A newer and balanced biography of a complex and brilliant soldier. The author revisits old issues and controversies such as his fiery speeches possibly leading to the massacre of Italian civilians and “slapping incident” that did harm to his reputation. Patton’s own courage and personal motivation along with his inability to see and understand weaknesses in others is fully explored. His death resulted in others attempting to capitalize on his fame and reputation is also examined. It’s a thoughtful work that attempts to shed more light onto Patton as a man and soldier. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
466 The General Who Never Was 30.00 Galloway, Strome. 1st. ed. 1981, Mika Publishing, 295 pp. ISBN 0-919303-54-4 The biographical story of a distinguished Canadian soldier. he was seconded to the british army and Served in North Africa, Italy and Europe. he heavily involved in much of the reorganization of the Canadian Forces in the 1960’s and 70’s. A prolific writer (see other listings by him), he wrote extensively about the deterioration of the Canadian Army and the neglect the governments of the day had towards the servicemen and women serving. The book title refers to a letter he received addressed to “Brigadier General Galloway”, a rank he never achieved. That proved his point about the government not knowing who was in the Armed services. A great story teller of the events of the day. Photos throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition. Signed by the author and dedicated to “Rob Roy” (Also included are some newspaper clippings and a photocopy of a photo signed by the author and also dedicated to “Rob Roy”, presumably one of the 4 other men in the photo?). (see also 468, 473, 467 by same author)
789 Going to the Wars 25.00 Verney, John. 1957. Reprint Society, 253 pp. A very readable account of a civilian soldier describing his boredom and excitement when training and then in action. He focuses on the people he met and their reactions to different circumstances. His humour comes through very well. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has a small tear, but no losses. Very good condition. 234 THE GREAT DUKE 35.00 BRYANT, ARTHUR. WM. MORROW & CO. 1972. 492 PP. A FULL HISTORY OF ARTHUR WELLESLEY, DUKE OF WELLINGTON BY A RENOWNED AUTHOR. COVERS THE CAREER OF WELLESLEY FROM HIS EARLY BATTLES IN INDIA THROUGH THE PENINSULA CAMPAIGNS UP TO WATERLOO. MANY ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
512 Gunners- World War 2. 166th. Newfoundland Field Regt. RA. 55.00 Chafe, Edward. 1st. ed. 1987. Creative Printers. 162 pp A history of a Royal Artillery Regiment raised in Newfoundland that served in Tunis and later Italy. The book contains nearly 500 photos, mostly personal ones of the men and equipment used and includes some from a sister regiment, the 57th.Heavy Regt. There is also a of photos of headstones of those killed in action. A remarkable visual record. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
811 The Happy Hunted 25.00 Clifton, George. 1st. ed. 1952. Cassel and Co. Ltd. 392 pp. The remarkable adventures of A NZ Brigadier in North Africa. After some early action he was captured by the Afrika Korps, escaped, was captured again ending up in Italy, where he continued to escape yet again. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound, no d/j. Ex-lib copy with ink notations on flyleaf and lending card in rear of book. Some scuffs on spine. Good condition otherwise.
772 Heaven and Hell 30.00 Poppel, Martin. 1st.ed. (UK), 1998. Spellmount Books, 256 pp. ISBN 0-946771-27-8 An English translation of the war diary of a young German paratrooper. He trained pre-war after being in the Hitler Youth and participated in every major action where the paratroopers were deployed. He was shocked by the losses in Crete and then endured the Russian winter. He became cynical and war weary but nonetheless survived and was finally captured by the British on the Rhine. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
633 An Honourable Gentleman – Life of Hugh Trevor-Roper 25.00 Sisman, Alan. 1st. ed. Random House, 643 pp. ISBN 978-1-4000-6976-7 Trevor-Roper was a brilliant scholar and became an intelligence officer in WW2. He worked to protect the Enigma secret when bureaucratic infighting endangered British code-breaking efforts. His fluency in German was key to understanding Hitler and he wrote a highly acclaimed book on him. His private life is also examined from a loveless childhood to his affair with an older married woman whom he later married. In old age, Rupert Murdoch put him under extreme pressure to authenticate a recently discovered “Hitler diary”. When it was finally exposed as a fraud, Trevor-Roper’s reputation was tarnished. The author wants to correct that image. An excellent biography. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
966 horrocks 20.00 warner, philip. 1st. ed. 1984. hamish hamilton, 195 pp. isbn 0-241-11312-1 the author goes into considerable detail on the successes enjoyed by horrocks and his ability to inspire those under him. happiest when 'leading from the front' he was often sharing food with those in the front lines and that frequently exposed him to danger and that resulted in being seriously wounded in tunisia. he was considered one of the best corps commanders of ww 2. he also had a successful post war career as a bbc presenter and held the office of 'black rod'. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
497 How I won the War 15.00 Ryan, Patrick. 1st.ed. 1963. Frederick Muller Ltd. 255 pp. The subtitle reads “the memoirs of a heavily armed civilian” and gives the reader the context of this book. The author writes from the view of the common soldier and not from the General’s or politician’s perspective. He seems quite bemused with construction of ‘utility earthworks’ (latrines) construction and guarding of same. He is humourous while dealing with the serious concerns of serving soldiers conveying the day to day issues facing them. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some repairs, but complete. Very good condition.
935 i was monty's double 15.00 clifton-james, m.e.. 1957. popular book club, 215 pp. the remarkable and sometimes amusing story of an actor who is recruited by a certain col. david niven to play a role as a double for "monty" for the british intelligence service. this was orchestrated to confuse the germans as to his whereabouts prior to d-day. he looked similar enough and worked on monty's mannerisms to be convincing. a fascinating story. photos. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some chips and a small loss. very good condition.
439 Ike the Soldier – as They Knew Him 40.00 Miller, Merle. 1st.ed. 1987. Putnam Publishing. 857 pp. ISBN 0-399-13201-5 A major biography written by an author specializing in biographies of US Presidents. In this work, all the emphasis is on Eisenhower’s wartime achievements and challenges. He goes into great depth using sources from people or staff who knew or worked with Eisenhower to examine his complex personality. The biography deals with many issues that aren’t well known, including his shabby treatment of his wartime mistress, Kay Summersby, after he returned to the U.S. as he eyed a post war political career. A compelling read. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
533 Infantry Brigadier 20.00 Kippenberger, Howard. (Indian), 1986, Junior Publications, 360 pp. The biography of one of New Zealand’s outstanding commanders (orig. pub. 1960). In World War 2 he commanded a battalion in Crete establishing his reputation. He led a Brigade at El Alamein and across North Africa. Later in Italy he was at the forefront at Cassino. While On a personal recce, he stepped on a mine and lost both feet. Although after recovering from his wounds, he tried to regain his post, however, he wasn’t allowed to resume command. Postwar, he had an outstanding public service career. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some scuffs and staining. Excellent condition.
784 INTELLIGENCE IN THE DESERT 25.00 TOBLER, DOUGLAS H. 1ST. ED. 1978. MORRIS PRINTING, 85 PP. THE PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF AN OFFICER SERVING IN THE BLACK WATCH, 51ST. HIGHLAND DIV. IN NORTH AFRICA. HE DESCRIBES HIS EXPERIENCES AND HIS QUESTIONING OF PRISONERS AND HOW THE INFORMATION GATHERED WAS USED. VERY READABLE ACCOUNT OF A FRONT LINE SOLDIER. MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. D/J. HAS EVIDENCE OF REMOVED STICKERS AND HAS YELLOWED SLIGHTLY. OTHERWISE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
757 INSIDE THE CAGE 15.00 DUPREEZ, LAURIE. 1ST. ED. 1973, C. STRUIK LTD., 214 PP. ISBN 0-86977-024-1 CAPTURED AT TOBRUK with the South African forces, THE AUTHOR WRITES OF HIS EXPERIENCES IN A P.O.W. CAMP IN NORTH AFRICA AND ITALY. HE ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE SEVERAL TIMES AND FINALLY DID SO GETTING TO SWITZERLAND. HIS EXPERIENCES IN CAPTIVITY WITH THE HUNGER AND ILL HEALTH ARE FULLY COVERED. PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. SMALL BOOK SELLERS LABEL INSIDE FRONT COVER. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
643 Jock Lewes – Co-founder of the SAS 25.00 Lewes, John. 1st. ed. 2000. Leo Cooper Books, 266 pp. ISBN 085052 743 0 Lewes was a key figure in the organization of the SAS and developing tactics. He was a keen thinker and trainer developing tactics and some weapons put to good use by the SAS. His death on a deep penetration raid in 1941 has led to he becoming a bit of an unknown figure and this book outlines his contributions. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
804 A Keen Soldier 20.00 Clark, Harold. 1st. ed. 2002. Alfred Knopf, 342 pp. ISBN 0-676-97354-x The tragic story of Harold Pringle, the only Canadian soldier executed for desertion in W.W.2. Having been under extreme duress in Italy and having reached the breaking point, he ultimately deserted and was found in Rome. He was executed after the war ended WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE P.M., despite appeals to commute the sentence. The story was buried until the author researched his story. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition. Signed by author.
242 KILLING PATTON- THE STRANGE DEATH OF WW II’S MOST AUDACIOUS GENERAL 30.00 O’REILLY, BILL & MARTIN DUGARD. HENRY HOLT & CO.,1ST. ED. 2014. 352 PP. ISBN 987-0-8050-9668-2 WRITTEN BY THE CONTROVERSIAL ULTRA CONSERVATIVE TV POLITICAL COMMENTATOR and writer. THE BOOK neatly COVERS THE CAREER OF PATTON AND HIS VARIOUS DIFFICULTIES WITH MONTGOMERY AND OTHER US COMMANDERS. A CONVENTIONAL HISTORY UNTIL THE END WHEN O’REILLY POSTULATES ON WHETHER OR NOT PATTON WAS “ASSASSINATED” RATHER THAN SUCCUMBING TO INJURIES FROM A CAR ACCIDENT. AN INTERESTING READ. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. MINT CONDITION.
1003 knight's cross - life of field marshal erwin rommel 35.00 fraser, david. 1st. ed. 1993. harper collins ltd. 601 pp. isbn 0-00-215936-8 a definitive biography of one of the most celebrated generals of world war 2. rommel was noted for his boldness and intuitive leadership style that was so spectacular early on. however, it often was chaotic leaving staff officers scrambling to find out where he was to issue order. rising to high rank brought him into the political sphere where he was less comfortable and his attempts to convince hitler, whom he admired, of the military realities germany faced got him labelled as a defeatist. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
806 Letters from a Soldier 15.00 Robson, Walter. 1st. ed. 1960. Faber and Faber, 192 pp. The published letters of a soldier written to his wife whom he just married. Having survived the rigors of campaigns in North Africa and Italy, he died of disease in Greece in July, 1945, well after VE Day. His candor and observations are very moving. Hardbound with d/j. Ex Lib copy with stamps inside cover. D/j has small tears on the top of the spine. Otherwise in very good condition.
604 Long Road Home 15.00 Cederberg, Fred. 1st. ed. 1984, General publishing, 257 pp. ISBN 0-7736-0122-8 The autobiography of a Canadian soldier in Italy. he Joined the Cape Breton Highlanders and he landed at Naples fighting in many significant battles with the Canadian Army. He gives the reader an excellent feel for what it was like under fire and the fear he felt while ‘getting on with the job’. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Signature in ink on flyleaf, otherwise in excellent condition.
875 lord wavell - a military biography 1883-1941 20.00 collins, r.j. 1948. hodder & stoughton, 488 pp. an early biography of wavell from his earliest days to his replacement in the middle east in 1941. the author spends a lot of time on his early life and development as a professional soldier and in the later part of the book attempts to keep all five simultaneous campaigns that wavell kept going in an understandable chronology. an excellent reference. photos and maps (some in colour). hardbound, no d/j. lower edge of covers have been exposed to water at some point, but pages unaffected. Spine a bit loose. good condition otherwise.
787 Machine Gunner 20.00 Malloy, Tony. 1st. ed. 1944. Hutchison & Co. 127 pp. The remarkable escape of a British soldier in North Africa. Captured after the Gazala battles, he escaped despite wounds to his leg and foot and walked to freedom. Nearly recaptured several times, he seems to have led a charmed life as He later learned he had walked through several minefields without knowing! War quality paper. Hardbound, no d/j. Signature in ink on inside cover. Spine and corners have minor bumps. Good condition
070 Man of Armour – Study of Lt. Gen. Vyvyan Pope 25.00 Lewin Ronald. Leo Cooper. 1st. ed. 1976. 152 pp. ISBN 0 85052 050 9 A study of Lt. Gen. Pope an early exponent and developer of armoured warfare in the British Army. He was a driving force in the development of tanks and the Armoured Corps and armoured tactics. Tragically, he was killed in an air crash as he was about to take command of the armour in the Western Desert before Operation Crusader. Hardbound, d/j, in excellent condition.
305 Mark Clark – The Last of the Great World War II Commanders 30.00 Blumenson, Martin. 1st. ed. 1984. Congden & Weed, Inc. 306 pp. ISBN0-86553-123-4 A very sympathetic biography of a controversial general. Clark’s career started well being promoted the youngest Major General and Lieutenant General in the US Army. he was involved in clandestine landings in North Africa to convince the Vichy French to not to oppose Allied landings in French North Africa. He attracted negative reactions from his own generals for certain decisions and then chose to ignore orders from Gen. Alexander to cut off the German 10th Army and instead moved to capture Rome, a non-strategic and ultimately ‘open’ city. That allowed the Germans to regroup and delay the allies for months to come. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
851 MEMOIRS OF FIELD MARSHALL EARL ALEXANDER OF TUNIS 20.00 ALEXANDER, HAROLD. 1ST. ED. 1962. CASSELL & CO. 210 PP. THE MEMOIRS OF ONE OF THE FAMOUS BRITISH GENERALS. HE GIVES FULL ACCOUNT OF HIS EARLY LIFE AND EARLY DEFEATS IN FRANCE AND BURMA. DESPITE THESE SETBACKS HE WAS HIGHLY REGARDED AND WAS PROMOTED TO COMMAND IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST. HE PLAYS DOWN CONTROVERSIES WITH MONTGOMERY AND THE PROBLEMS THAT DEVELOPED WITH THE AMERICANS, BUT THAT WAS ALWAYS HIS STYLE. PHOTOS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. D/J HAS SMALL LOSS AT TOP OF SPINE, VERY GOOD CONDITION.
665 Memoirs -montogermy of Alamein 25.00 Montgomery, B.L. 1st. ed. 1958, Collins Press, 574 pp. The memoirs of Field Marshal Montgomery written from his diaries. Gives his insights from his youth and early days in the army to his eventual position as the most famous British general. He created controversy writing about Auchinleck that resulted in a law suit from the latter and a later revision. He also refers to his ‘intuition’ and ‘military mind’ for his being victorious in key battles which we now know were from Enigma decryptions. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound. No d/j. Original owners library label and signature on inside cover. Very good condition.
323 Montgomery 5.00 Thompson, R.W. Ballantine Press, 1st. ed. 1974. 159 pp. a Ballantine War Leaders Book, no. 29 in the series. Written by an author who is not an admirer. Nonetheless covers Montgomery’s career in full and provides good material for understanding Montogmery. Well illustrated with photos, maps and drawings. Card covers. Excellent condition.
664 Montgomery 10.00 Moorehead, Alan. 1st.ed. 1946. Hamish Hamilton, 255 pp. The first biography of Montgomery by a noted war correspondent (see other listings by the author) that still holds up well today. It covers his career and battles as well as capturing his personality. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound, no d/j. Corners bumped and spine has some sun fade, otherwise in good condition.
937 montgomery and the eighth army 30.00 brooks, stephen (ed.) 1st.ed. 1991. bodley head ltd. 418 pp. isbn 0-370-31723-8 this is a definitive compilation of the diaries and records covering the time from when montgomery took command of 8th. army until december 1943. it provides fascinating commentary on eighth army's historical evidence from montgomery's own documents and handwriting. Monty's references to others will give insights into his often controversial opinions. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
771 Montgomery of Alamein 20.00 Chalfont, Alun. 1st.ed. 1976. Atheneum Press, 365 pp. ISBN 0-689-10744-7 A solid biography by former soldier and BBC correspondent. Primarily focusing on Montgomery’s personality and professionalism that brought him to high command but polarized so many views of him. Generally loved by his men, not so much by contemporaries who thought him rude, arrogant and abrasive. The author tries to bring a balanced overview of the man. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
938 the montgomery legend, book 1 25.00 Thompson, R. W. 1st. ed. 1967. Allen and Unwin ltd., 276 pp. the author is not an admirer of montgomery and although he acknowledges his overall generalship skills, he is often critical of his actions and relationships with others. Monty's cultivation of an all knowing image and the need to always be right and criticize the work of others is a focus of this book. It covers his taking command of 8th army to his appointment to command the normandy invasion forces. a good alternate view of monty. photos. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some very small chips on spine. very good condition. (also see the ballantine book by the same author, no. 323)
769 Monty – A Biography of Field Marshall Montgomery 25.00 Sommerville, Donald. 1st. ed. 1992. Bison Books, 192 pp. ISBN 0-86124-980-1 A newer insight into Montgomery’s abilities and shortcomings as a commander in an oversized format book. His rise to high command and the inspiration of men under his command is examined along with his opinionated remarks that frequently got him into trouble with his superiors. Profusely illustrated with photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
770 MONTY – THE MAN BEHIND THE LEGEND 20.00 HAMILTON, NIGEL. 1ST. ED. 1987. BUTLER AND TANNER LTD. 140 PP. ISBN 1-85291-006-2 A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE KEY MOMENTS OF MONTGOMERY’S CAREER WITH MANY PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS, MANY IN ORIGINAL COLOUR THAT HIGHLIGHT HIS RISE TO HIGH COMMAND. A GOOD BACK UP TO MORE IN DEPTH BIOGRAPHIES ESPECIALLY WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION 626 monty- Making of a General 1882-1942 35.00 Hamilton, Nigel. 1st. ed. 1981. Hamish Hamilton Ltd. 871 pp. ISBN 0-241-10583-8 The first of three volumes of an immense and complete biography of Bernard Montgomery. The author had full access to his private papers and uses them to describe Montgomery’s personality, drives and ambition. Sometimes a controversial character he nevertheless was Britain’s most successful and well known general. This volume covers his early career up to El Alamein. An outstanding volume. Many photos and a full appendix of other documents. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
627 Monty- Master of the Battlefield 1942-1944 35.00 Hamilton, Nigel. 1st. ed. 1983. Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 864 pp. ISBN 0-241-11104-8 Volume 2 picks up the story at El Alamein and the remainder of the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns up to the Normandy invasion. His conflicts with the Americans begin in North Africa and continue in preparation for Sicily and Italy. Montgomery’s pettiness irritates Eisenhower and Patton and their relationship remains difficult. Photos and maps. Another outstanding volume.
628 Monty- The Field Marshal 1944-1976 35.00 Hamilton, Nigel. 1st. ed. 1986. Hamish Hamilton Ltd., 996 pp. ISBN 0-241-11838-7 The final volume on Montgomery at the height of his powers in France. However, again his pettiness to ‘help’ General Bradley sours relations with the Americans at the Ardennes. His airborne strike to Arnhem is examined and his frustration at the Americans for not being bolder, in his view, to strike for Berlin sooner are all examined. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
557 MORSHED – HERO OF TOBRUK AND ALAMEIN 30.00 COOMBES, DAVID. 1ST. ED. 2001, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 308 PP. ISBN 0-19-551398-3 A FINE BIOGRAPHY FROM THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY HISTORY OF THE MOST FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN GENERALS. NOT POPULAR WITH OTHER OFFICERS OR MEN HE COMMANDED he was dubbed "ming the Merciless". HE NEVERTHELESS PROVED TO BE A FINE AND DETERMINED COMMANDER. HIS DEFENCE OF TOBRUK that brought rommel to a halt CEMENTED HIS REPUTATION. MANY PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. MINT CONDITION. (SEE ALSO 555 FROM SAME SERIES)
545 Murder of Admiral Darlan 20.00 Tompkins, Peter. 1st. ed. 1965. Simon & Schuster, 287 pp. The story of the Vichy French Commander in Chief of the French fleet in North Africa. An important though controversial and complex individual up to and including the invasion of North Africa. He was prepared to negotiate with the Allies and still remain loyal to Vichy pleasing neither side fully. His assassination was viewed by some as a fitting end to his murky dealings. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Some chips to d/j, otherwise in very good condition.
849 Mussolini Unleashed 1939-41 30.00 Knox, MacGregor. 1st. ed. 1982, Cambridge Press, 385 pp. ISBN 0-521-23917-6 An exploration of the motives, political considerations and preparation by Mussolini of Italy’s war objectives. Mussolini’s own arrogance plus his control over the military hierarchy had a profound effect on his thinking and ultimately the failures to secure his goal of an “Mediterranean Empire”. The dominance of Germany, his Axis partner, didn’t help matters. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
999 neither fear nor hope 40.00 von senger und etterlin, frido. 1st. ed. 1960. macdonald & co. 368 pp. the war time memoirs of one of germany's leading generals. von senger was an intelligent and thoughtful man. a rhodes scholar with wide interests. after a strong campaign in france he became an armoured expert. he is best known for his handling of the defence at cassino that caused the allies a long delay reaching rome and very heavy casualties. he provides insightful analysis to the problems faced by the german's and those of the allies. the title of the book also relates his feelings about how he thought the war would turn out for germany. a scarce book. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. old booksellers sticker and an ink 'please return' on flyleaf. very good condition.
559 Nine Rivers from Jordan 30.00 Johnston, Denis. 1st. ed. 1953. Derek Verschoyle, 455 pp. The wartime experiences of a BBC correspondent covering the campaigns in North Africa and Italy with the British and later in France with the Americans. The book is unusual in that the author tells his story in both a physical and spiritual way inserting poetry and song lyrics trying to understand what war was trying to accomplish. Hardbound with d/j. Some chips to spine of d/j, but now protected. Very good condition.
807 Oliver Leese 30.00 Ryder, Roland. 1st. ed. 1987. Hamish Hamilton Ltd., 308 pp. ISBN 0-241-12024-1 One of the outstanding generals in WW2. He held key positions in the UK in 1940 and later sent to North Africa to command 30 Corps which played a key role at Alamein. Later in Italy, he secretly moved most of his forces from the Adriatic to the Tyrhennian coast across the Apennines surprising the Germans and was later knighted for his role in the capture of Cassino. He later moved to Burma and commanded an army group in the Far East capturing Rangoon. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
510 One Man’s War 15.00 Waters, Stuart. 1st.ed. 1981. Potlatch Publications. 172 pp. ISBN 0-919676-27-8 The autobiography of an RA officer who was involved in several intense battles in Norway, Tobruk, the Western Desert campaigns and the Middle East. The author describes his feelings and reactions when in convoys and in action. He also adds some humourous anecdotes and stories. Card covers. Spine has some rubbing and the front cover has a small bend in the top corner, but no losses. Good condition.
602 Orde Wingate 25.00 Sykes, Christopher. 1st. ed. 1959, Collins, 575 pp. The story of one of the more controversial and enigmatic British Generals in WW2. He was a devoted Zionist and his career was convinced he could create a reliable Jewish armed force in Palestine in the mid 1930’s. He was a darling of churchill who advocated for him with the general staff. he had a significant role in the Ethiopian campaign advising Emperor Haile Selassie, but is best remembered for creating the 'Chindits" who penetrated and operated well behind Japanese lines. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound, no d/j. Very good condition.
602a) Orde Wingate 25.00 Sykes, Christopher. 1st. ed. (US), 1959, World Publishing, 575 pp. A US edition of the above book. Hardbound with d/j. Spine of d/j has some fading. Excellent condition.
547 Out of the Sand – The Epic story of General LeClerc 30.00 Maule, Henry. 1st. ed. 1966. Odhams Books, 288 pp. A biography of one of the Free French’s best generals. Using an assumed name to protect his family in France, he raised an army in Chad that moved north to fight with the British and later the Americans. After Normandy, he liberated Paris as part of the American army angering DeGaulle who wanted a “French army” to be the liberators. He believed however, France’s long term interests would be better served with the allies. Many photos. Hardbound with d/j. Some chips to spine of d/j, otherwise in very good condition.
514 Out of Step – Memoirs of Field Marshal Lord Carver 35.00 Carver, Michael. 1st. ed. 1989. Hutchinson, Ltd. 581 pp. ISBN 0-09-173985-3 The biography of one of Britain’s finest soldiers from WW2. His war began in North Africa as a lieutenant with a swift rise to Brigadier at age 29, the youngest in the Army. He was skilled and opinionated which often rankled more senior officers. His insights into various battles and opinions of other more senior British and American officers are quite revealing. He retired as DCIGS as a Field Marshal. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
448 Patton – A Genius for War 35.00 D’Este, Carlo. Harper Collins. 1st. ed. 1995, 975 pp. A detailed and thoroughly researched biography by a noted US military historian who had access to all Patton’s private and public papers as well as his family. Covers all of Patton’s early doubts and struggles with dyslexia, his personal marital struggles and his personal courage and determination to be a great man. His military career is examined in detail and his battles and campaigns are analyzed. His brilliance and frequently controversial behavior puts his achievements and shortcomings into perspective. Many photos throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
449 Patton – The Man behind the Legend, 1885-1945 25.00 Blumenson, Martin. Wm. Morrow & Co. 1st. ed. 319 pp. ISBN 0-668-06082-X A solid biography of a brilliant and at times controversial general. His campaigns and command style are examined as well as his difficulties with other US and British generals. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition. 812 Peace and War – A Soldiers Life 20.00 Morgan, Frederick. 1st. ed. 1961. Hodder and Stoughton. 319 pp. An autobiography of a general who was instrumental in planning for the defence of Britain in 1940 and then working with the Americans planning “Overlord” and later operations in Europe. He was knighted for his work. Hardbound with d/j. Very good condition.
644 PHANTOM MAJOR 25.00 COWLES, VIRGINIA. 1958. COLLINS PRESS. 320 PP THE BIOGRAPHY OF THE FOUNDER OF THE SAS, DAVID STIRLING AND THE EXPLOITS OF THE SAS IN NORTH AFRICA. STIRLING, A VERY JUNIOR OFFICER AT THE TIME, MANAGED TO CONVINCE GENERAL WAVELL OF THE VALUE OF SMALL HIGHLY TRAINED UNITS WORKING BEHIND ENEMY LINES. THE SAS IS THE ONLY ‘PRIVATE ARMY’ THAT CONTINUED ON PAST WAR VALIDATING THE VALUE OF THE UNIT. MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. FLYLEAF HAS A PERSONAL LIBRARY SICKER AND A DEDICATION, IN INK, FROM THE GIVER OF THE BOOK. D/J HAS SOME MINOR CHIPS. OTHERWISE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
683 Pienaar of Alamein 30.00 Pollock, A.M. 1st. ed. 1944. Cape Times Ltd, 141 pp. The biography of South Africa’s most celebrated general. Commanding first in East Africa, he took command of the South African Division in the North African desert and at Alamein. Following the capture of South Africans at Tobruk, he was always aware of his governments pressure not lose any large formation of troops again, making their contributions limited in the overall effort to defeat Rommel. Pienaar managed to juggle both interests. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
930 Popski - a life of lt. col. vladimir peniakoff 30.00 willett, john. 1st. ed. 1954. adlard and son ltd. 222 pp. an interesting biography of the commander of "popski's Private army", a small special forces group operating in heavily armed jeeps who raided Rommel and later was employed in italy. written by a military associate it gives interesting insight into the russian emigre desire for action. he acquired the nickname 'popski' due to british difficulty pronouncing his surname. photos. hardbound with d/j. very good condition.
929 popski's private army 15.00 peniakoff, vladimir. 1953. butler & tanner ltd. 433 pp. an autobiography of one of the more colourful and daring officers who proposed to employ a small group of highly trained and self sufficient men to infiltrate and carry out raids well behind enemy lines. his was one of three "private armies" as they were termed (along with the LRDG and SAS) that started life in the western desert. Popski embraced the 'private army' moniker with delight and he called his unit that. he describes the concept, founding, training and various missions he conducted. photos. hardbound, no d/j. spine and one corner bumped. signatures of 2 previous owners on flyleaf. good condition
911 RIDGEWAY'S PARATROOPERS - AMERICAN AIRBORNE IN WORLD WAR 2 30.00 BLAIR, CLAY. 1ST. ED. 1985. DIAL PRESS, 588 PP. ISBN 0-385-27888-8 THE BIOGRAPHY OF GENERAL RIDGEWAY WHO COMMANDED THE FAMED 82ND. AIRBORNE AND LATER THE ENTIRE US AIRBORNE CORPS. THE FIRST DROP WITH THE 82ND IN SICILY WAS A DISASTER AND HE HAD TO MOUNT A MAJOR EFFORT TO PREVENT THE UNITS BEING DISBANDED. HIS DEDICATION TO BETTER TRAINING AND TACTICS PAID OFF AT THE SALERNO, NORMANDY AND ARNHAM BATTLES. PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION. 865 road past mandalay 20.00 masters, john. 1st. ed. 1961. harper press, 391 pp. the autobiography of a british officer in the indian army. he documents his war in iraq, syria and iran and then later in burma. He rose from Lieutenant to brigadier by war's end and his experiences left him tired and battle worn but still very positive about life. He became an author post war so this is easy to read. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition. 646 ROGUE WARRIOR OF THE SAS – BLAIR MAYNE STORY 20.00 DILLON, MARTIN & R. BRADFORD. 1ST.ED. MAINSTREAM PUBLISHING, 254 PP. THE STORY OF THE MOST DECORATED BRITISH SOLDIER IN WW2. “PADDY” MAYNE WAS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT OF THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARFARE THE SAS AND OTHER SPECIALIZED UNITS, BUT WAS ALSO INSUBORDINATE AND PRONE TO GETTING INTO DIFFICULTIES WITH AUTHORitIES. A SPORTSMAN WITH OUTSTANDING PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND ABILITIES MADE HIM AN OUTSTANDING SOLDIER. PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. A SMALL BUMP ON BOTTOM OF REAR COVER, OTHERWISE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1002 rommel 25.00 douglas-home, charles. 1973. excalibur books, 221 pp. isbn 0-525-701044 a new look at the tactical genius of rommel from his earliest exploits to the 'ghost division' advancing through france and his battles in north africa. rommel captured the imagination of the germans and allies alike. he had blindspots to strategic realities and often blamed others for overextending his armies that could no longer be supported. photos, many in original colour, maps and illustrations, hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
754 Rommel 10.00 Young, Desmond. 1950, Collins Publishing, 288 pp. The first biography of Rommel by an English writer who came to admire him. Although not benefiting from later sources and documentation that came available, this still stands up as a good overview of Rommel’s character, skills and abilities. Photos and maps. Hardbound, no d/j. Spine sun faded and a small tear. Front cover has some wrinkles at the top. Good copy.
1014 rommel as military commander 25.00 lewin, ronald. 1st. ed. 1968. wm. clowes and sons ltd. 260 pp. a solid biography by a military historian providing a balanced assessment of rommel as a commander. starting with his experiences in WW 1, he then covers rommel's rapid rise to command in france and then his finest days in north africa. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some small chips and repaired tears. dedication to original owner in ink on flyleaf. very good condition.
1019 rommel - battles and campaigns 20.00 macksey, kenneth. 1st. ed. 1979. thomas nelson & sons., 224 pp. isbn 0-17-600-741-5 a fine study of Rommel that takes into account his early career up to his death. his generalship was well developed with tactical flair and his instinctive 'smell of victory' served him well. he inspired his troops by regularly appearing in the front lines urging them on. Ambitious and an opportunist, he used his association with hitler he leveraged his successes to gain promotion, but that ambition ultimately led to his downfall. photos and maps. excellent condition.
753 The Rommel Papers 20.00 Liddle-Hart, Basil. 1st. ed. 1953. Collins, 545 pp. A solid biography from one of Britain’s foremost military strategists and author. Using personal papers and letters he draws a full picture of Rommel’s campaigns and thoughts revealing the pressures of command and frustrations with his masters in Rome and Berlin. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound, no d/j. Very good condition. 594 Secret Life of Laszlo Almasy 20.00 Bierman, John. 1st. ed. 2004, Viking Penguin Books, 288 pp. The fascinating story of a Hungarian aristocrat and adventurer who spent much time exploring the Sahara by car and airplane. When war broke out, he was forced to leave Egypt by the British as he was suspected of spying for the Italians, who in turn thought he was a British spy. He later worked for the Germans! He was the model for the novel “The English Patient” although his real story is much more interesting. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
781 Send for Freddie 20.00 Richardson, Charles. 1st. ed. 1987. Wm. Kimber, 263 pp. ISBN 0-7183-0641-4 The story of Sir General Sir Francis deGuingand who served mostly as montogomery's Chief of Staff. “Freddie” as he was called was extremely capable and respected by montgomery as was well liked by fellow officers and the Americans. he often mended relations between them and Montgomery. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Someone has neatly pasted a colour sheet of medals in the flyleaf, but they don’t fully correspond to deGuingand’s decorations. Otherwise in very good condition.
467 Sicily to the Siegfried Line. 25.00 Galloway, Strome. 1st. ed. 1996. Arnold Press, 99 pp. ISBN 0-9680325-0-8 A diary kept by a Canadian officer in Italy covering the period 1944-45. The author prefaces his diary with an overview of his career and his thoughts about Canada’s role in Sicily and Italy. An interesting perspective on the day to day activities of an infantry officer. The author had a long post war career and a frequent writer and critic on military affairs. Several pages of photos. Card covers. Excellent condition. (see also 466,468,473 by same author)
932 slow march of a regiment 15.00 ross, alexander. 1st.ed. 1992. vanwell press ltd. 235 pp. isbn o-920277-81-0 a memoir of a canadian artillery officer who served in the italian campaign and the netherlands. he describes his experiences left him feeling vulnerable and scared. he does this with clarity and sadness when he lost friends and others he had served with. card covers. excellent condition.
816 Something about a Soldier 20.00 Bulteel, Christopher. 1st. ed. 2000. Airlife Publishing. 228 pp. ISBN 1-84037-246-X The autobiography of a young officer in the Coldstream Guards. Joining 8th Army just after El Alamein, he was part of the long pursuit of Rommel to Tunis. Once there, he hitched a ride with a padre to find the British 1st. Army and blundered into a German patrol. He talked his way out of capture using his school boy French with a German corporal convincing his captor it would be better to let him and other prisoners go and save space for the Germans to evacuate Tunis. He then served throughout the Italian campaign. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
863 SPEAKING GENERALLY - WAVELL'S BROADCASTS, ORDERS AND ADDRESSES IN TIME OF WAR 10.00 WAVELL, ARCHIBALD. 1ST. ED. 1946. MACMILLAN AND CO. 166 PP. A NICE LITTLE BOOK WRITTEN BY WAVELL HIMSELF OF SPEECHES HE GAVE TO VARIOUS GROUPS WHEN SERVING AS A SOLDIER. NOT EDITED IN ANY WAY HE PRESENTS THEM, IN HIS OWN WORDS, "TO HELP GIVE A BACKGROUND TO HISTORY" AND "REFLECT THE FEELING OF THE MOMENT". HARDBOUND, NO D/J. SPINE HAS SOME SUN FADE, OTHERWISE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
783 Spearhead General 30.00 Maule, Henry. 1st. ed. 1961. Cox & Wyman, 384 pp frank Messervy was One of the more prominent british generals. he played a key role in defeating the italians in Ethiopia and then leading the 4th indian division in North africa. captured after the "gazala" battles, he posed as a private soldier to avoid being sent away as an officer and then promptly escaped. later he led british troops in india defeating the japanese at the "admin box" and carried out a long 250 mile assault into burma cutting off the japanese army. hardbound with d/j, very good condition.
991 to hell and back 20.00 murphy, audie. reprint 1977 (1949), mjf books, 274 pp. isbn 1-56731-116-4 the autobiography of the us army's most decorated soldier. coming from a poor family, murphy was rejected by the marines but persisted and enlisted in the army, age 18. he writes in an easy and modest style. he describes his introduction to battle in sicily in a reflective way and the shock of seeing men killed. he never mentions his medals in this book. he later became an hollywood actor, most realistically playing a frightened young soldier who matures quickly in "red badge of courage".. he gained fame in a bio film where he played himself. he struggled with fame and personal demons and died too young. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
614 Tomorrow to be Brave 15.00 Travers, Susan. 2000, Random House, 287 pp. ISBN 0-593-04685-4 The remarkable story of a British woman who served in the Foreign Legion. When she was young her parents moved to France. Trained as a nurse, she joined the French Red Cross and was stationed in Finland and later North Africa. Attached to the Foreign Legion at Bir Hakeim she served as General Koenig’s driver and she drove him leading a convoy when the Legion broke out and escaped. Called a heroine, she was awarded the Legion of Honour and Medaille Militare. Photos. Card covers. Near mint condition.
1001 trail of the fox - the search for the true field marshal rommel 20.00 irving, david. 1st. ed. 1977. clarke, irwin & co. 496 pp. isbn 0-525-22200-6 an outstanding biography of rommel that is well researched using mostly original documents. it details rommel's strengths and mistakes and his desire for fame and medals. he was an unstoppable general for a greater part of his career and had hitler's backing despite reservations and jealousy from those in higher command. the author is an admirer and this book was considered a tour de force of scholarship when if first appeared. however, when it later emerged he has pro-nazi tendencies, the book fell out of favour. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
1005 triumphant fox - erwin rommel and the afrika korps 15.00 mitcham, samuel. 1st. ed. 1984. stein & day, 224 pp. a good account and overview of rommel's rapid rise and successes in world war 1 to his spectacular victories in france and north africa. photos, maps and charts. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
997 trumpet in the hall 25.00 fergusson, bernard. 1970. collins. 286 pp. isbn 0-00-211825-4 an autobiography of an officer who joined the black watch and went on to have an unconventional and interesting career. he served as an intelligence officer in palestine, conducted a few clandestine missions in turkey and fought in syria against the vichy french. he went on to the chindits in burma. post war he served in nato and became a historian (see 998 and 1000 in reg. histories) and finally as governor general of new zealand. maps. hardbound with d/j. original owners 'happy birthday' wish on flyleaf. excellent condition.
632 War Diaries – Harold MacMillan, the Mediterranean 1943-45 20.00 MacMillan, Harold. 1985, Papermac, 804 pp. ISBN 0-333-3940406 A compilation of informal and formal diaries of Harold MacMillan who went to North Africa as the British 'Minister Resident' after the allied victory. He proved to be an inspired and capable statesman and by war’s end he was responsible for British policy throughout the Mediterranean theatre. His observations through crisis and routine matters between the British and Americans give insight behind the scenes. He also gained the skills that would later prove valuable as Prime Minister. Photos and maps. Card covers. Top of back cover has been ‘bumped. Otherwise in very good condition.
876 wavell - portrait of a soldier 15.00 fergusson, bernard. 1st. ed. 1961. Collins press, 96 pp. an intimate portrait of wavell from an officer serving as his ADC and later commanded the black watch. the author later wrote several other books, but this one conveys the admiration and respect for his subject. he details much of his work with wavell and describes the immense burden he was under. photos. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some numbers in ink on inside. excellent condition.
870 wavell - soldier and statesman 35.00 schofield, victoria. 1st. ed. 2006. john murray publishers, 512 pp. isbn 0-7195-6320-8 a newly published book that gives full credit to wavell as an outstanding general and his less well known role as statesman trying to negotiate the difficult and conflicting issues of the parties involved in indian independence. he spoke a couple of indian languages which made it easier to relate to gandhi and nehru but he couldn't solve the religious difficulties. he was noted for his reserve, his love of poetry and scholarship as well. his inability to completely get along with churchill was an unfortunate problem that sometimes clouded their relationship. Photos. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
868 wavell - a viceroy's journal 30.00 wavell, archibald. (penderel moon, ed.) 1st. ed. 1973. oxford university press, 528 pp. isbn 0-19-211723-8 the journal of wavell during his time as viceroy of india from 1943 to independence in 1947. fascinating to read his worries and problems during the war years, he then has to deal with post war political events that were frustrating and complicated. being an indian army officer, he had a great love of india and had high hopes for its future. photos. hardbound, no d/j. excellent condition.
642 Winged Dagger 25.00 Farran, Roy. 1951. Collins Publishing, 384 pp. The exploits of one of the more colourful SAS soldiers. Wounded and captured in Crete, he escaped and joined the SAS participating in daring long range Jeep raids in Italy. He was highly decorated and later forbidden to participate in further operations. He wouldn't sit still though and claimed to have ‘accidentaly’ fallen out of an airplane over France in order to fight with the Partisans. Post war he emigrated to Canada and had a distinguished political career in Alberta. Maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Very good condition.
854 WITH ALEX AT WAR – FROM THE IRRAWADDY TO THE PO 1941-45 35.00 CLARKE, RUPERT. 1ST. ED. 2000. LEO COOPER LTD. 242 PP. ISBN 0-85052-717-1 THE AUTHOR WAS A “TEMPORARY” ADC TO ALEXANDER IN BURMA BUT REMAINED WITH HIM UNTIL THE END OF THE WAR. BEING SO CLOSE TO THE DECISION MAKING EVENTS GIVES HIM VERY INSIGHTFUL OBSERVATIONS OF ALEX’S LEADERSHIP STYLE AND THE QUALITIES THAT MADE HIM A REVERED GENERAL BY OFFICER’S AND SOLDIER’S ALIKE. PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. NEAR MINT CONDITION.
473 WITH THE IRISH AGAINST ROMMEL 30.00 GALLOWAY, STROME. 1ST. ED. 1984, CALLI PRINTERS, 176 PP. A DIARY SECRETLY KEPT IN 1943 BY A CANADIAN OFFICER WHO WAS SECONDED TO THE LONDON IRISH, PART OF THE BRITISH 1ST. ARMY IN TUNISIA TO GAIN BATTLE EXPERIENCE TO BRING BACK TO THE CANADIAN ARMY IN BRITAIN. A COLOURFUL INDIVIDUAL, HE WRITES OF HIS EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS IN A CLEAR MANNER. HE WAS LATER AND OUTSPOKEN CRITIC OF GOVERNMENT POLICY POST WAR AND WAS COLONEL IN CHIEF TO THE CANADIAN GUARDS AND FOUNDER OF THE MONARCHIST LEAGUE OF CANADA. MANY PHOTOS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION. (SEE ALSO 466, 467, 468 BY SAME AUTHOR)
842 Yankee Fighter 15.00 Hasey, John. 1st. ed. 1944. Little, Brown & Co. 293 pp. An interesting story of an American serving in the French Foreign Legion. He had a busy war in Finland, France and later Syria fighting for the Free French. Wounded in the face and hand, he was decorated several times and promoted to Lieutenant. His story was told to drum up American support for the war. Photos. Hardbound, no d/j. Original owners name stamp and signature inside front cover. Otherwise in very good condition.