445 85TH. INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II 40.00 SCHULTZ, PAUL. 1ST. ED. BATTERY PRESS, 1979. 276 PP. ISBN 0-89839-019-2 THE FULL HISTORY OF THE US ARMY 85TH. DIVISION. NICKNAMED THE “CUSTER DIVISION” AS IT WAS FORMED IN CAMP CUSTER, MICHIGAN ADOPTING THE LETTERS “CD” IN ITS DIVISIONAL BADGE. IT WAS RAISED IN 1942 AND SERVED ITS ENTIRE EXISTENCE IN ITALY EARNING SEVERAL HONOURS IN THAT CAMPAIGN. 30 PAGES OF PHOTOS IN TOTAL. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
480 And No Birds Sang 15.00 Mowat, Farley. 1st.ed. 1979, McClelland and Stewart, 250 pp. The wartime memoir of a now famous Canadian author and environmentalist. He outlines the hard fighting, fears and human reactions to difficult conditions he experienced in Sicily and Italy. He rose from the rank of private to Captain. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
846 Anzio 25.00 Vaughan-Thomas, Wynford. 1961, Longman’s Press, 243 pp. The full story of the Anzio beach head by a BBC correspondent who was on the beach throughout the four month ordeal. He examines the early success with the road to Rome open only to be bogged down by indecision and over caution allowing the Germans to rally and pin the Allies to the beach. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some chips on spine, but no losses. Otherwise in very good condition.
303 Anzio 1944 20.00 Zaloga, Steven. Osprey Publications, 1st. ed. 2005, 96 pp. A detailed examination of the controversial landing behind German lines that started so promisingly and sunk into a bitter three month campaign of trench warfare and lost opportunities. An Osprey “Campaign” monograph. Profusely illustrated with photos, colour maps and overviews, order of battle for each side, etc. Card covers. Some sun fading on spine, otherwise in excellent condition.
845 Bandits of Cisterna 20.00 Pickering, W. & A. Hart. 1st. ed. 1991, Leo Cooper, 167 pp. ISBN 0-85052-333-8 An interesting story of a young soldier who volunteered for “Special Duties” and found himself in the SOE. He was dropped by parachute into northern Italy to help the resistance movement fight the Fascists until the Allies fought their way north. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
395 Battle for Italy 35.00 Jackson, W.G.F. 1st. ed. 1967, Batsford Ltd. 371 pp. A comprehensive examination of the Italian campaign, successes and failures on both sides, the units involved and the tensions between American and British commanders. An excellent reference to understand the entire campaign. Hardbound with d/j. Some chips on d/j. Excellent condition.
394 Battle for Rome 35.00 Jackson, W.G.F. 1970, Wm. Clowes and Son, 224 pp. The author covers the events leading up to Operation Diadem and the desire to tie up as many German divisions as possible to prevent them reinforcing Normandy where invasion was expected. Operation Diadem was successful, but Normandy overshadowed this success as did Gen. Mark Clark’s controversial dash for Rome rather than cut off the retreating German armies. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
933 battle for rome - germans, allies, partisans and the pope 25.00 katz, robert. 1st. ed. 2003. simon & schuster, 418 pp. isbn 0-7432-1642-3 this covers an interesting backstory to the allies conquest of italy and the capture of rome. while the allies were closing in on rome, the germans were busy rounding up jews which the italians had not troubled with while partisan groups were becoming more effective. in all this the pope was using his authority to protect the vatican and was more worried about the partisans, mostly communists, than the germans. the pope didn't intervene to prevent massacres and vatican documents are used to show his true leanings. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
413 Battle of Sicily 25.00 Mitchum, Samuel & F. von Stauffenberg. 1st. ed. 1991,Orion Press, 366 pp. ISBN 0-517-57525-6 An account of the Battle for Sicily primarily from the German perspective that describes the weakness of the Italian and German defenders, the good and bad decisions made by their generals and the failures of the Allies to cut off the evacuation of the Axis troops to Italy. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
058 Battleax Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78th. Division 10.00 Ford, Ken. Sutton Publishing, 2003. 280 pp. ISBN 0 7509 3199 X The complete history of the British 78th Division from landing in North Africa in 1942 to the long and bloody Italy campaign. Photos and maps. Paperback edition in excellent condition.
570 Bloody River – Real Tragedy of the Rapido 20.00 Blumenson, Martin. 1st. ed. 1970, Haughton and Mifflin, 157 pp. This examines the relationship between General Mark Clark, the American commander, and his relationship with Gen. Walker of the 36th. Texas Division given the task to storm the Rapido River and hasten the capture of Rome. It was a disaster and a serious defeat. Afterward,much finger pointing ensued. Post war the State of Texas tried to sue Clark as well. This book tries to understand all the issues. Hardbound with d/j. Photos, maps and illustrations. D/j has some chips, but no losses. Very good condition.
808 Campaign in Italy 30.00 Linklater, Eric. 1st. ed. 1951. HMSO. 480 pp One of a series of volumes to ‘furnish the general reader with a short military history’ of WW2 pending the publication of the Official Histories. A comprehensive overview of the Italian campaign covering the British, American and other allies. Photos and maps. Hardbound, no d/j. A date written in ink on flyleaf, otherwise in very good condition.
396 Canadians in Italy, Vol.2, 1943-1945 70.00 Nicholson, G.W.L. 1958, Queen’s Printer, 807 pp. The Official History of the Canadian Army in Italy written by the Deputy Director of the Historical Section of the General Staff. The book covers every aspect of the Canadian participation in the campaign and is a vital reference. Profusely illustrated with photos and colour maps. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some small loss at top of spine and some chips and staining. Otherwise in excellent condition. Getting harder to find this book. Rare.
972 cassino 1944 15.00 ford, ken. 1st. ed. 2004. osprey publishing ltd. 96 pp. isbn 1-84176-623-2 an expanded format osprey book that goes into greater detail than the usual books of this publisher. one of the bitterest battles in the italian campaign, it took months to finally capture monte cassino at a great cost. the monastery was bombed in the hope of removing it from dominating the valley below, but only made it worse. key commanders are given a short bio and orders of battle are listed. very well illustrated with photos, colour illustrations, colour contour maps. card covers. near mint condition.
980 cassino - the hollow victory 35.00 ellis, john. 1994. andre deutsch ltd. 587 pp. isbn 0-233-97569-1 a newer examination of one of the most difficult battles in italy. it took six months of fighting in terrible conditions with high casualties on all sides. one german compared it to being worse than the russian front! the author is generally critical of all the allied commanders, with the exception of french general juin so is interesting reading. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
973 cassino - portrait of a battle 10.00 majdalany, fred. reprint 2001 (1957), cassell & co., 270 pp. an early book that looks at the costly and controversial issues around the battles of cassino. the author, a noted historian also fought in this battle so brings a unique and personal interpretation of events including the bombing of the monastery. it still stands up to modern understanding of the battles. photos and maps. paperback. excellent condition.
605 D-DAY DODGER 30.00 J.M. LEE HARVEY. 1ST. ED. 1979. WM. KIMBER AND CO., 189 PP. ISBN 0-7183-0286-9 THE STORY OF A BRITISH SOLDIER AND HIS EXPERIENCES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BUT PRINCIPALLY IN THE ITALIAN CAMPAIGN. HIS DESCRIPTION OF THE DARK HUMOUR AND FRIENDSHIP OF HIS COMPATRIOTS AND THE HORROR OF THE ITALIAN BATTLES IS WELL DOCUMENTED. HE IS ALSO STRUCK BY THE BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRYSIDE WHILE THE HORRORS OF BATTLE ARE NOT FAR REMOVED FROM ALL OF IT. A THOUGHTFUL MEMOIR. PHOTOS AND MAP. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
913 day of battle - war in sicily and italy 1943-1944 30.00 atkinson, rick. 1st. ed. 2007. henry holt & co. 791 pp. isbn 0-8050-6289-0 volume 2 of 3 of a fresh assessment of the allied effort to liberate europe. this volume covers the campaigns in sicily and italy. the americans weren't keen on this and wanted to attack france across the channel in 1942. churchill prevailed and the italian campaign went ahead. despite some overconfidence the allies still had some learning to do fighting a determined enemy. mark clark's role is reexamined as he was a controversial general very much concerned with his own image. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
472 Drop Zone Sicily 25.00 Breuer, William. 1st.ed. 1983. Presidio Press, 239 pp. This book primarily covers the American airborne role in the invasion of Sicily. Despite gale force winds that were contrary to tactics as any force would be scattered, the attack went ahead anyway. Compounding the problems, the Americans were fired upon by Allied ships thinking they were German. Twenty-three aircraft were lost along with their highly trained paratroopers. Despite this, the scattered groups caused enough concern to distract the German and Italian defenders. Hardbound with d/j. Book club edition. Many photos and maps. Excellent condition.
443 EIGHTH ARMY IN ITALY – 1943-45. 30.00 DOHERTY, RICHARD. 1ST. ED. 2007. PEN & SWORD BOOKS. 259 PP. ISBN 987-1-84415-637-5 AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE STORY OF THE 8TH. ARMY IN ITALY. IT’S ORIGINAL COMPOSITION IN THE DESERT TRANSFORMED TO AN EVEN MORE COSMOPOLITAN FORCE WITH CANADIAN, POLISH, GURKHA, INDIAN AND OTHER NATIONALITIES IN ITS RANKS. IT COMPARES THE GENERALSHIP OF MONTGOMERY, LEESE AND FINALLY MCCREERY WHO RESTORED MORALE IN THE FINAL YEAR OF THE WAR. PHOTOS AND MAPS THROUGHOUT. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. MINT CONDITION.
631 Fifth army at war 25.00 Forty, George. 1st. ed. 1980. Scrivener’s and Sons, 144 pp. ISBN 79-93178 An oversize volume detailing the battles and organization of the 5th. US Army commanded by Mark Clark in Italy. Although primarily an American army it had various units of British, South African, French, Brazilian and other nationalities attached at various times. Many photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
289 First Special Service Force 1942-44 20.00 Werner, Bert. Osprey Publishing. 2006, 64 pp. ISBN 1-84176-968-1 The story of the joint US / Canadian commando styled unit formed initially for service in Alaska and eventually in Italy. They formed the basis for specialized units (eg. Green Berets) that exist today. An Osprey monograph with lots of photos, colour drawing of uniforms, badges and weapons. Card covers. Mint condition.
274 Gothic Line 40.00 Zuehlke, Mark. 1st. ed. 2003. Douglas and McIntyre. 550 pp. ISBN 1-55365-023-9 A thorough account of the I Canadian Corps operations in Italy. The Gothic Line was the last major defensive line in Italy and proved to be the most costly battle the Corps suffered in the entire campaign, but they were successful. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition. (see also: Ortona and Liri Valley by same author)
635 Impossible Victory 20.00 Harpur, Brian. 1981, Hippocrene Books, 202 pp. The observations of a young officer in the British Army on the diverse makeup of the armies in Italy in the lead up to the climatic battle on the River Po. He later interviewed the leading generals, Alexander, Clark and Anders after the war to gain more insight for the decision making involved. The battle wasn’t intended to be fought but ended up with a major surrender of German forces. Book Club edition. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has small tears and scratches, 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. JOINING THE CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDERS HE LANDED AT NAPLES AND FOUGHT 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.
977 monte cassino 25.00 hapgood, david & david richardson. 1st. ed. 1984. cogden and weed inc. 269 pp. isbn 0-312-925237-9 this book concentrates primarily on the controversial bombing of the abbey by american bombers. the abbey became a symbol of frustration to the allies and the hope was to deny it as an observation point by the germans. ironically, the germans went to great pains not to occupy the abbey as they feared it might result in the destruction of an historic building. once bombed it, the germans were able to move in making it harder for the allies to capture it. all the reasoning good and bad is examined and the roles of the generals making the decision. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
981 monte cassino - story of the hardest fought battle of ww 2 10.00 parker, matthew. 2004. headline books, 456 pp. isbn 0-7553-1176-0 the story of desperate battles to capture monte cassino against a determined and skillful defenders. one of the bloodiest encounters of the war. the author captures the mood of the appalling conditions of the battlefield and the sacrifices made by those who fought there. many first hand accounts help round out the story. photos and maps. paperback. rear cover has small tear, otherwise in excellent condition.
985 monte cassino - the historic battle 20.00 connell, charles. 1st. ed. 1963. elek books, 206 pp. a vivid description of determined but often costly attacks to seize monte cassino over a 6 month period. americans, british, new zealand, french and polish troops were all committed to the battles to open the road to rome. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. original owners signature in ink on flyleaf. very good condition. 090 Monte Cassino: The Story of the Most Controversial Battle of WW2 20.00 Hapgood, David & D. Richardson. Da Capo Press, 2002. 275 pp. ISBN 0-306-81121-9 A fine description of one of the most costly and controversial battles in the Italian campaign. The bombing of Monte Cassino was a result of Allied belief the Germans were using it as a strongpoint. They were not, but the bombing allowed them to thus negating the Allied bombing effort. Photos. Card covers in excellent condition.
964 mutiny at salerno 25.00 david, saul. 1st. ed. 1995. brassey's. 240 pp. isbn 1-85753-146-9 the fascinating little known story of the conviction of 200 british soldiers for mutiny for refusing to join the 5th army in italy. all veterans of north africa, some were wounded or sick, they were expecting to be sent home. instead they were deliberately deceived as to their destination and needlessly sent in as reinforcements to salerno. the author presents all the evidence and makes their case for pardon given the rapid trials, lack of proper defence and a hostile court. photos. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
483 Not All of Us Were Brave 15.00 Scislowski, Stanley. 1st.ed. 1997. Dundurn Press, 368 pp. Mostly a first person account of his experiences in Italy, it also serves as an unofficial history of the Perth Regiment (11th. Inf. Brig., 5th Cdn. Arm. Div.) as an official one was never published. Many photos. Card covers, near mint condition.
414 ONCE A PATRICIA 25.00 FROST, C. SYDNEY. VANWELL PRESS, 1ST. ED. 1988, 563 PP. ISBN 0-920277-19-5 AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND UNIT HISTORY OF THE AUTHOR AS A JUNIOR OFFICER SERVING IN THE PPCLI IN ITALY AND LATER EUROPE. IT IS A COMPELLING STORY OF HIS PERSONAL FIRST HAND EXPERIENCES AND THAT OF THE REGIMENT. HE WAS BADLY WOUNDED IN THE FACE LOSING PART OF HIS JAW AND SOME TEETH. HE UNDERWENT RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY (VERY NEW FOR THE TIME) AND LATER RETURNED TO DUTY IN 1944. MANY PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND, MINT CONDITION.
272 Ortona 40.00 Zuehlke, Mark. 1st. ed. 1999. Stoddart Publishing. 443 pp. ISBN 0-7737-3198-9 A definitive account of the exhaustive and bloody battle by the Canadian Army to capture Ortona from the elite German airborne troops. New ways of house to house fighting were developed in this battle that are still employed today. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition. (see also: Liri Valley and Gothic Line by same author)
292 Panzers in the Balkans and Italy 15.00 Quarrie, Bruce. Patrick Stevens, 1st. ed. 1981, 96 pp. ISBN 0 85059 457 X Primarily a photographic history of panzers and captured tanks used by the Germans against partisans and later the Allied landings. Profusely illustrated with some descriptive text. Card covers. Name of original owner stamped in small letters inside front cover. A small scuff on lower spine, otherwise in very good condition.
335 ROME ’44 – THE BATTLE FOR THE ETERNAL CITY 25.00 TREVELYAN, RALEIGH, VIKING PRESS. 1ST. ED. 1982, 366 PP. ISBN 0-670-60604-9 A DETAILED EXAMINATION OF THE ANZIO AND CASSINO BATTLES AND REASONS FOR THE LONG DELAY IN REACHING ROME. THE AUTHOR SERVED AT ANZIO SO HAD AN EXCELLENT PERSPECTIVE AS A SOLDIER AND LATER AS A HISTORIAN. HARDBOUND WITH D/J AND MYLAR COVER. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
963 salerno 25.00 pond, hugh. 1st. ed. 1961. wm. kimber & co. 256 pp. a full story of the landings at salerno and the near failure of the assault. the roles of the key commanders on both sides are examined with some critical analysis of some of them. this was mark clark first active command and it revealed he had much to learn and at one point wanted to evacuate. alexander refused and brought in more air and naval support to achieve victory. there was also a mutiny by some british troops to deal with too. photos. hardbound with d/j. very good condition.
987 up the boot 15.00 fish, lawrence. 1st. ed. 1995. privately published, 197 pp. an interesting memoir of a british soldier of the east surrey regiment in the 78th division who fought in tunisia and all of the italian campaign. he describes his experiences with candor and some humour. photos and illustrations. signed dedication the by author. card covers, excellent condition.
293 US Airborne Units in the Mediterranean Theatre 20.00 Rottman, Gordon. Osprey Publications, 1st. ed. 2006, 94 pp. ISBN 1-84176-920-7 Covers all units and operations in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Outlines evolving doctrines and tactics used throughout the campaigns in this theatre. An Osprey monograph. Photos, unit organization charts and maps, many in colour. Card covers. Slight yellowing on back cover spine, otherwise in near mint condition.
290 US Armoured Units in the North African and Italian Campaigns 1942-45 20.00 Zaloga, Steven. Osprey Publications. 1st. ed. 2006, 96 pp. ISBN 1-84176-966-5 An Osprey monograph describing the formation and deployment of US armour in its first real test and the evolution of formations in light of early battles. Photos, some in colour, maps, organization diagrams. Card covers. Some sun fading on spine, otherwise in excellent condition.
291 US Army in WW II (2) - The Mediterranean 15.00 Henry, Chris. Osprey Publications, 1st. ed. 2000, 48 pp. ISBN 1-84176-085-4 An Osprey ‘Men at War’ monograph covering the US Army. Examines uniforms, equipment, unit markings and some interesting units in this theatre. Photographs and colour drawings of uniforms. Card covers. Slight yellowing on spine otherwise in excellent condition.
840 War in Italy – 1943-1945 25.00 Carver, Michael. 1st. ed. 2001, Sidgwich Jackson. 350 pp. ISBN 0-283-07294-6 A detailed analysis of the war in Italy by the author who was serving in the RTR. Now a Field Marshal, he brings a broader strategic perspective to that of when he was fighting. He feels the sacrifice was worth it overall as the Germans had to keep forces in Italy that were then unavailable to resist the Normandy landings. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
596 World War II in the Mediterranean 1942-1945 20.00 D’Este, Carlo. 1st.ed. 1990. Workman Press, 218 pp. ISBN 0-945575-04-1 A study of the American participation in the North African and Mediterranean campaigns. It begins with the US involvement in the North African landings and the sorting out of capable commanders as well as the relationship with the British. The Sicilian and Italian campaigns are also covered. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Signature of original owner on flyleaf. Excellent condition.