(for books on generals in north africa - see "biography" listings)
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. Good condition.
634 Afrika Korps 25.00 BARKER, A.J. 1ST. ED. 1978. BISON BOOKS, 192 PP. ISBN 0-78-70063 AN EXTENSIVE OVERVIEW IN AN OVERSIZE FORMAT OF THE FORMATION, ORGANIZATION AND BATTLES OF THE AFRIKA KORPS UP TO THE DEFEAT IN TUNIS. THE AUTHOR MAKES USE OF MANY PHOTOS INCLUDING ORIGINAL COLOUR PRINTS. MANY OTHER MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. A GOOD REFERENCE BOOK. PHOTOS, SOME IN COLOUR, MAPS, ILLUSTRATIONS AND TANK AND AIRCRAFT PROFILES. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
697 Afrika Korps 1941-42 10.00 Chamberlain, Peter & Chris Ellis. 1st. ed. 1971. Almark Publishing, 32 pp. A small booklet giving an overall history of the Afrika Korps and providing many photos of men and vehicles. There are also maps and colour illustrations. Card covers. Very good condition.
1297 afrikakorps soldier 1941-43 10.00 battistelli, Pier paolo. 1st. ed. 2010. osprey publishing, 64 pp. isbn 978-1-84603-688-0 an osprey book written by a noted italian historian. this covers the living conditions, training, equipment and battle experience of this unique german formation that had no previous desert experience, but still managed to defeat the british. many photos throughout, colour illustrations. card covers. near mint conditon.
641 Afrikakorps – Tropical uniforms of the German Army 1940-45 15.00 Scipion, Jacques & Yves Bastien. No date (c. 1980?), 142 pp. A recreation of uniforms worn by German military personnel in the Mediterranean, North Africa, Eritrea and the Balkans. Insignia and equipment is also covered in some detail. All photos in full colour. A handy reference book. Laminated covers. A small tear on lower spine, now repaired. Corners bumped. Good condition.
916 Al-Alamein revisited 5.00 Edwards, jill,(ed.) 1st. ed. 2000. American university of cairo press, 104 pp. isbn 0-977-424-571-1 A collection of the proceedings of a symposium held in 1988 at the American university in cairo. It examines various historical perspectives of the north african campaign from the perspectives of all the participant. A scholarly overview from an unusual source looking at some overlooked issues and political ramifications of the campaigns. Maps and illustrations. card covers. excellent condition.
817 Alamein 20.00 Bungay, Stephen. 1st. ed. 2002. Aurum Press. 266 pp. ISBN 1-85410-842-5 A fresh examination of the battle of Alamein tackling the myths and personalities that shaped the defeat of Rommel. The role played by the unattractive side of Montgomery’s personality is argued is what 8th Army needed to mold it into a formidable fighting force is strongly argued. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
838 Alamein 20.00 Lucas-Phillips, C.E., 1st. ed. 1962, Windmill Press, 434 pp. The author was one of the first to analyse the battle from all perspectives that changed the course of the war for Britain. Starting with the defeat at Gazala, he recalls the stopping of Rommel’s advance Auchinleck and eventual defeat by Montgomery. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound, no d/j. Excellent condition.
818 Alamein 30.00 Latimer, Jon. 1st. ed. 2002. John Murray Ltd. 400 pp ISBN 0-7195-6203-1 A newer analysis of a decisive battle that changed British tactics and the way it fought the rest of the war. The author also provides an overview of the strategic backdrop to the battle and the often overlooked roles of the RAF and Royal Navy on preventing supplies reaching the Axis forces. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
555 Alamein – The Australian Story 30.00 Johnston, Mark & Peter Stanley. 1st.ed. 2002, Oxford University Press, 314 pp. ISBN 0 19 551630 3 An official history published by the Australian Army History Series of the role played by the Australian 9th. Division at Alamein. Well documented and every aspect of the battle is covered. Also a section on whether Gen. Morshed should have been given the command of 30 Corps instead of Leese which became an irritant with Montgomery. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j, near mint condition. (see also 557, Morshed from the same series.)
650 Alamein to Zem Zem 15.00 Douglas, Keith. 1966. Faber and Faber, 152 pp. An account of a tank officer fighting in North Africa who kept a journal of his experiences. The immediacy of battle comes through in this well written work. The author was killed in Normandy and this book and also his poetry were published post war. Illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Book has library reference code on publishing page in ink. Book is likely an ex-lib copy. Front and rear flyleaf cut out and expertly glued to cover, possibly to remove library stamps and loan card? Good condition.
509 Battle of Egypt 15.00 No author. 1st. ed. 1943. HMSO. 32 pp. A wartime publication following the German surrender in Tunis. Oversize booklet (8x10) with photos throughout with text. Captures the feel of battle and the destruction resulting. Map of El Alamein battle in centre fold. Has been folded (possibly for mailing?) and now flat. Getting hard to find now. Scuffs to spine and some rub and small tear on rear cover but no losses. Front is unmarked. Good condition.
496 Battle of El Alamein - Fortress in the Sand 20.00 Majdalany, Fred. 1965. Lippincott Co. 168 pp. A full examination of the defining battle in North Africa. The author served in North Africa so brings a personal perspective to the events. The book is focused on the Second battle conducted by Montgomery and Alexander. Several maps and the order of battle included. Hardbound with d/j. Very good condition.
660 Battle of Alamein – Turning Point, World War II 25.00 Bierman, John and Colin Smith. 1st. ed. 2002. Viking Penguin Press, 477 pp. ISBN 0-670-03040-6 A new examination of the North Africa campaign culminating in the decisive defeat of the Afrika korps and the long retreat to Tunisia. Other factors such as the role of Malta, shadowy figures like Laszlo Almany (see other book listings), German Jewish volunteers and role of intelligence gathering are explored. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
776 Battle for North Africa 10.00 Jackson, W.G.F. 1st. ed. (US) 1975. Mason Charter, 500 pp. A fine overview of the British political and military considerations in the campaigns in North and East Africa. Misjudgements and military mistakes at the beginning of war lead to German involvement that prolong the campaigns. Other considerations including the Russians near Iran and Iraq are covered as is growing American involvement an power. Book Club edition. Hardbound with d/j. Some scuffs to lower spine, otherwise in very good condition.
989 battle for north africa 15.00 strawson, john. 1st, ed, 1969. Bonanza books, 226 pp. the author draws on all the political and military issues that unfolded in the north african campaign. churchill badgered his commanders to take the offensive while also stripping away resources to support greece, palestine and then the far east. a good strategic overview of the campaign along with analysis of the battles, new tactics and the costly lessons involved with all these decisions. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
1288 british army 1939-45 (vol. 2) middle east & mediterranean 10.00 brayley, martin. 1st. ed. 2002. osprey publications, 48 pp. isbn 1-84176-237-7 This osprey 'men-at-arms' book covers the scope of the british middle east command. it was an active command where the bulk of the british army was actively fighting the axis. the north african desert gets most of the attention, but greece, iraq, persia, sicily and italy are covered. many photos throughout, colour illustrations. card covers. near mint condition.
1281 british eighth army - north africa 1940-43 10.00 adair, robin. 1st. ed. 1974. arcp publishing co. 32 pp. isbn 0-668-03363-0 a mostly pictorial book in the publishers 'key uniform guides' series. it does give a concise overview of the battles, but the main focus is on uniforms and unit badges. An excellent reference to identify infantry and armoured units from photographs. photos and colour illustrations. card covers. excellent condition.
517 Campaigns in Egypt and Libya 1940-1942 10.00 Braddock, D.W. 1st. ed. 1964. Gale & Polden, 184 pp. A book written for British officers studying at the Staff College. Outlines in considerable scholarly detail the battles, leaders and political situation in the North African campaigns. Many maps, a chronological list of events, a who’s who of generals and their overall careers. A ‘one-stop’ reference. Card covers. A small water stain on last page (index page), otherwise in very good condition. 651 Checkmate at Ruweisat – Auchinleck’s Finest Hour 30.00 Brownlow, Donald. 1st. ed. 1977. Christopher Publishing, 209 pp. ISBN 0-8158-0356-7 This is a fine study of Auchinleck and Rommel and their generalship styles leading up to the decisive battle where Rommel was halted at El Alamein. The political backdrop of pressure from Churchill is also examined. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition
550 Conquest of North Africa 1940-43 15.00 Clifford, Alexander. 1st. ed. 1943, Little, Brown &Co. 450 pp. The story of the entire North African campaign shortly after it ended by a distinguished war correspondent. A keen observer of events and his analysis still stands up to modern historical examination. Several maps and diagrams drawn by the author. Hardbound, no d/j. Some bumps to spine and ex-library copy with Discard stamp on title page. Also a sticker of a later owner on flyleaf. Otherwise in very good condition. (see 551 by same author)
1272 crusader - relief of tobruk 10.00 sanders, john. 1st. ed. 1976. almark publishing co. 48 pp. isbn 0-85524-245-0 a small book that outlines a pivotal battle to relieve the tobruk that had been beseiged for three months. the battle quickly became confused costly for the british, but did achieve the primary goal although the bigger target of destroying rommel was unsuccessful. photos and colour illustrations. card covers. top corner of spine has been bent. 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.
1027 desert rats at war 25.00 forty, george. 1st. ed. 1975. ian allen ltd. 192 pp. isbn 0-7110-0661-x a mostly photographic history of the 8th army in north africa with some accompanying text. lots of photos, colour reproductions of art work and diagrams and other illustrations. a good overview of the campaign and the troops involved. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
945 the desert my dwelling place 25.00 lloyd owen, david. 1986. arms and armour press, 271 pp. isbn 0-85368-754-4 this reprint of the 1957 classic details the story of "y patrol" (Yeomanry) of the lrdg. the author joined the unit in 1941 and he gives insightful detail into the often tedious and sometimes nerve wracking intelligence work, the long drives covering hundreds of miles and the raids carried out. he also describes the intersting and motivated men that made up the unit. photos. hardbound with d/j excellent condition.
685 DESERT RAT SKETCH BOOk 125.00 Saber, Clifford. 1st. ed. 1956, Sketchbook Press, 187 pp. A stunning collection of full colour water colours and b/w drawings by an American artist and volunteer ambulance driver with the British 8th. Army in North Africa. He depicted the every day life of a soldier in his paintings. He was seriously wounded at the Mareth Line near the end of the campaign. Some text and descriptions of events accompany the drawings. Hardbound. Protected in a cardboard case. Excellent condition.
861 desert rats 20.00 Holden, Matthew. 1st.ed. 1973. wayland publishers, 96 pp isbn 0-85340-217-5 one of the 'sentinel books' series covering military subjects. it gives an general overview of the war in the desert, tactics and key battles. many photos in this book have not been printed elsewhere. several maps and other illustrations. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some spots of sun fading. excellent condition.
1274 Desert Rats - British 8th Army in north Africa 1941-43 15.00 Moreman, Tim. 1st. ed. 2007. osprey publishing ltd. 96 pp. isbn 978-1-84603-144-1 this osprey book starts with the creation of 8th army in 1941 and follows its battles ending in tunis in 1943. Covers the order of battle, units, equipment, commanders and other material. a good reference on a famous formation. lots of photos, charts and maps. card covers. slight sun fade on part of covers, otherwise in very good condition. 996 desert war 1940-1942 (Imperial war museum book) 25.00 gilbert, adrian. 1st.ed. 1992. sidgwick & jackson ltd., 208 pp. isbn 0-283-06129-4 an excellent reference of the british army in north africa. drawing on first hand accounts from letters and diaries it brings the human side of the battles to life. the Royal Navy and raf contributions are also covered very well. profusely illustrated with b/w photos along with several in original colour from the imperial war museum archives. there are also maps and other illustrations. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
970 early battles of eighth army - crusader to alamein line 1941-42 20.00 stewart, adrian. 1st. ed. 2002. leo cooper. 182 pp. isbn 0-85052-851-8 the author examines the early battles of eighth army under the command of auchinleck. he holds auchinleck responsible for the failure to select the right subordinates and his own failure to grasp armoured mobile warfare. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. mint condition. (see 971 for companion volume)
932 the 8:15 to war - memoirs of a desert rat 20.00 roach, peter. 1st. ed. 1982. leo cooper, 184 pp. isbn 0-436-41700-6 the personal record of a man who served all six years of the war. starting life in the merchant navy, he transferred to the army and found himself in the royal tank regiment attached to the 7th. armoured div., the 'desert rats'. he participated in all the main armoured battles and served for a time as a driver for then col. (later field marshal) michael carver. he later served in italy and normandy where he was wounded. a very vivid account. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
833 Eighth Army 25.00 Neillands, Robin. 1st. ed. 2004. John Murray Publishers, 452 pp. ISBN 0-7195-5642-2 The story of 8th Army from its beginnings as “Western Desert Force” to its rise to victory at Alamein. After victory in Africa the story continues to Italy where it becomes a very cosmopolitan force up to the final battles in the Alps. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
971 eighth army's greatest victories - alam halfa to tunis 1942-43 20.00 stewart, adrian. 1st. ed. 1999. leo cooper. 216 pp. isbn 0-85052-666-3 a new examination of the key battles in north africa that have been ignored or downplayed but ultimately led to final victory in tunis. the role of the desert air force, so key in destroying rommel's supply lines is given greater strength as is the role played by 'ultra'. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition. (see 970 for companion volume)
815 El Alamein 25.00 Carver, Michael. 1963. B.T. Bateford Ltd. 216 pp. The author, later a Field Marshal, writes an early but full and impartial account of the battle of Alamein. The battle was a turning point for Britain in the war and this analysis is still relevant in light of “Ultra” still being secret at the time. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some scuffs on spine, but no losses. Very good condition.
983 el alamein - 1942 15.00 ford, ken. 1st. ed. 2005. osprey publishing, 96 pp. isbn 1-84176-867-7 a campaign edition of the familiar osprey series. double the size of the usual volumes it goes into greater detail on the battle that turned the tide against the afrika korps soundly defeating them in the process. lots of illustrations, photos, maps and colour illustrations. card covers. spine slightly yellowed, otherwise in excellent condition.
085 End of the Beginning 35.00 Clayton, Tim & Phil Craig. Free Press, 2003. 368 pp. ISBN 0-7432-2325-X A comprehensive look and the military and political decisions that were made to turn the tide for the Allies. The story is told in part by the people who fought the battles to the generals who made the decisions. The period from Malta to Alamein is fully covered. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
1023 first victory - o'connor's desert triumph, dec. 1940 feb. 1941 25.00 forty, george. 1st. ed. 1990. nutshell publishing, 191 pp. isbn 0-871876-20-6 a large format book full of photos that examine general o'connor's overwhelming defeat of a much larger italian army in egypt. o'connor took the initiative with his small armoured and motorized units and quickly forced the mainly immobile italian infantry to surrender in vast numbers. this victory helped raise morale in britain which was much needed after the defeats in france. photos, maps and illustrations. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
844 FIVE VENTURES 15.00 BUCKLEY, CHRISTOPHER. REPRINT 1977. HMSO, 254 PP. ISBN 0-11-772196-4 A REPRINT OF AN EARLY 1954 RECOUNTING OF FIVE EARLY AND OFTEN OVERLOOKED CAMPAIGNS IN WW2. THE BOOK COVERS IRAQ, SYRIA, PERSIA, MADAGASCAR AND THE DODECANESE BATTLES. ALL BUT THE LAST WERE SUCCESSFUL FOR THE BRITISH USING MINIMAL AND OFTEN IMPROVISED FORCES TO ACHIEVE THE VICTORIES. PHOTOS AND MAPS. EX.LIB. COPY WITH DISCARD STAMPS. HARDBOUND WITH OLD D/J GLUED TO END BOARDS. GOOD CONDITION.
611 FIGHTERS OVER THE DESERT 30.00 SHORES, CHRISTOPHER & HANS RING. 1ST. ED. 1969, ARCO PUBLISHING, 256 PP. ISBN 0-668-02070-9 A DETAILED DAY BY DAY HISTORY OF THE FIGHTER AND BOMBER BATTLES OVER NORTH AFRICA BY A NOTED AUTHOR. THE ALLIES AND THE GERMANS BOTH SUFFERED HEAVY LOSSES IN THE PROCESS UNTIL THE ALLIES FOUND THE FINDING THE WINNING FORMULA. HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS AND A MUST FOR COLLECTORS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. D/J HAS SOME CHIPS AND SOME LOSSES ON SPINE. NOW PROTECTED. EVIDENCE OF CELLOPHANE TAPE ON FRONT AND REAR FLYLEAF. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
640 Fighting the Desert Fox – Rommel’s Campaigns in N. Africa 25.00 Delaney, John. 1999, Cassell & Co. 160 pp. ISBN 0-304-35297-7 A concise overview in this oversize book of the key battles fought by Rommel from the formation of the Afrika Korps to the final advance to El Alamein. Many photos and maps throughout. Card covers. Excellent condition
786 Foxes of the Desert 25.00 Carell, Paul. Reprint 1994. Schiffer Publishing, 379 pp. ISBN 0-88740-659-9 A fine work by a well known German historian who presents the Axis view of the Afrika Korps participation in event in North Africa and analysis of key battles. He also covers the bigger strategic view of Malta’s role and other events in the Mediterranean. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
942 G PATROL - STORY OF THE GUARDS PATROL OF THE LRDG 35.00 CRICHTON-STUART, MICHAEL. 1ST. ED. 1958, WM. KIMBER & CO. 206 PP. THE STORY OF THE GUARDS PATROL IN THE LRDG. G PATROL CARRIED OUT TWO OF THE LONGEST MISSIONS ONE OF WHICH WAS TO LINK UP WITH THE FREE FRENCH IN CHAD. THEY CARRIED AGENTS BACK AND FORTH AND WERE HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE RISKY "ROAD WATCH" OBSERVING ENEMY MOVEMENTS ON THE ONLY PAVED ROAD IN LIBYA WHERE DISCOVERY BY THE ENEMY WAS MORE LIKELY. PHOTOS, MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. SOME MINOR STAINS ON REAR OF D/J AND A SMALL TEAR ON THE FRONT. EXCELLENT CONDITION. (SEE OTHER LRDG TITLES)
984 gazala - 1942 15.00 FORD, KEN. 1ST. ED. 2008. OSPREY PUBLISHING, 96 PP. ISBN 1--84603-264-6 A CAMPAIGN EDITION OF THE FAMILIAR OSPREY SERIES. DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE USUAL VOLUMES IT GOES INTO GREATER DETAIL ON THE BATTLE THAT reversed the fortunes of the AFRIKA KORPS by DEFEATING 8th army and pushing them back to el alamein. LOTS OF ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOS, MAPS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. excellent condition.
1295 german army 1939-45 (2) north africa & balkans 10.00 Thomas, nigel. 1st. ed. 1998. osprey publishing, 56 pp. 1sbn 1-85532-64--x an osprey 'men-at-arms' book covering the units and uniforms of the german army and its allies in north africa and the balkans. The foreign units that were raised, arabs, croats and get good coverage here as they are often forgotten. lots of photos throughout, colour illustrations. card covers, near mint condition.
086 Inside the Afrikakorps: The Crusader Battles 1941-42 30.00 Kriebel, R. & Gudmunson, Bruce (ed.) Greenhill Books, 1999. 332 pp. ISBN 1-853-322-6 This book compiles the view of the Crusader battles from the eyes of a German staff officer in the Afrikakorps. Kriebel analyses the Allied offensive and their unit commanders and German countermoves in detail. An excellent view of what was happening on the ‘other side’. Hardbound with d/j. Mint 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.
805 Knight’s Cross Winners of the Afrikakorps 25.00 Kurowski, Franz. 1st. ed. 1996. Schiffer Publishing, 344 pp. ISBN 0-7643-0066-0 A very detailed book listing every Knight’s Cross winner in North Africa. There is a short biography of each winner with a photo. An excellent reference. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
490 A Late Education 15.00 Moorehead, Alan. 1st. ed. 1970. Hamish Hamilton, 175 pp. ISBN 0-241-01986-9 A poignant story by Moorehead, one of the best war correspondent’s and his association with another excellent correspondent, Alexander Clifford. They worked in North Africa, Italy and Europe and associated post war until Clifford’s early death from cancer in 1951. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
939 LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP 10.00 JENNER, ROBIN & DAVID LIST. 1ST. ED. 1983. OSPREY PUBLISHING., 40 PP. ISBN 0-850045-484-0 ONE OF THE OSPREY SERIES DESCRIBING KEY UNITS IN WW2. THE LRDG BECAME LEGENDARY FOR THEIR ABILITY TO INFILTRATE HUNDREDS OF MILES BEHIND ENEMY LINES TO GAIN INTELLIGENCE ON VEHICLE TRAFFIC AND CARRY OUT RAIDS. THEY SET THE EXAMPLE FOR SIMILAR UNITS TODAY. PHOTOS THROUGHOUT. COLOUR DRAWINGS AND MARKINGS. CARD COVERS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
943 long range desert group 25.00 kennedy shaw, w.b. 1st. ed. 1945. collins, 256 pp. an early but still excellent history of the lrdg. the author was on operations and later as an intelligence officer with the unit so he has good oversight of the units achievements and difficulties. he writes of the patrols and lessons learned from all the operations. photos and maps. hardbound, no d/j. spine sunfaded and corners bumped. good copy.
655 Lost Oasis- The Desert War and the search for Zerzura 25.00 Kelly, Saul. 1st. ed. 2002. Westview Press, 302 pp. The true story behind “The English Patient” (see other books on Almany) and the early exploration of the Sahara by a group of adventurers who later served the British forming the LRDG and also the Germans Ritter Kommando. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
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 LED A CHARMED LIFE. 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.
1290 montgomery'sDESERT ARMY 10.00 wilkinson-latham, john. 1ST. ED. 1977. OSPREY PUBLISHING, 40 PP. ISBN 0-85045-250-3 AN OSPREY MEN-AT-ARMS SERIES THAT DESCRIBES THE MAKE UP OF THE FORCES, GERMAN AND ITALIAN, THAT MADE UP HIS ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA. MANY PHOTOS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. (A COMPANION TO "rommel'S DESERT ARMY", SEE NO. 1293 below). CARD COVERS. SLIGHT YELLOWING ON COVERS. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1012 north african war 20.00 tute, warren. 1st. ed. 1976. griffin press, 222 pp. isbn 0-88760-080-8 a solid and comprehensive study of the war in north africa. the author takes a larger strategic view of the campaign examining italian political motivations, the role of malta, vichy france's involvement and the whole mediterranean theatre. he then discusses the armies, the generals and what it was like to fight in such extreme conditions. b/w photos and many pages of photos in original colour, maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
974 operation compass 15.00 latimer, jon. 1st. ed. 2000. osprey publications, 96 pp. isbn 1-85532-967-0 A CAMPAIGN EDITION OF THE FAMILIAR OSPREY SERIES. DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE USUAL VOLUMES IT GOES INTO GREATER DETAIL ON THE BATTLE THAT led to a total rout of the italian army. conceived as a 'raid'. wavell took advantage of the success and pushed the italians back 500 miles and captured nearly 130,000 troops. the british success however led to germany sending rommel to assist and the fortunes were reversed. LOTS OF ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOS, MAPS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. spine slightly yellowed. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1275 operation crusader 1941 15.00 ford, ken. 1st. ed. 2010. osprey publications, 96 pp. isbn 1-978-1-84603-500-5 A CAMPAIGN EDITION OF THE FAMILIAR OSPREY SERIES. DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE USUAL VOLUMES IT GOES INTO GREATER DETAIL ON THE BATTLE launched in November 1941 to destroy the afrika korps and relieve tobruk. after some initial gains, rommel counterattacked and nearly defeated the british. direct intervention by the C. in C. Auchinleck saved the situation and rommel retreated. pHOTOS, MAPS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. near mint condition.
847 Pendulum of War – Three Battles of Alamein 30.00 Barr, Niall. 1st ed. 2004, Jonathan Cape, 531 pp. ISBN 0-224-06195-X A critical new examination of the 3 battles at Alamein where the author puts the record straight on old controversies. The British retreating from Gazala are rallied by Auchinleck and then decisively halts Rommel. Montgomery then stopped a major attempt by Rommel to breakthrough and then defeats Rommel leading to eventual victory in North Africa. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
836 Pipeline to Battle 15.00 Rainer, Peter. 1944. Random House, 302 pp. An interesting account of a Royal Engineer in North Africa. He was 50 years old and working in Egypt when the war broke out. He was rejected for service making several attempts to enlist. He finally managed by personally contacting the CO of the Engineers in Cairo! He served in Wavell's original army and finally under Montgomery primarily n keeping the railway working while building and operating water pipelines to the front. Water was key to keeping the army moving. Hardbound, no d/j. Very good condition
843 Poems from the Desert 10.00 Various authors. 1944. George Harrup & Co., 46 pp. A collection of poems written by soldiers in the Eighth Army in North Africa. Originally submitted for competition for the Army newspaper, The poems talk of home, loves and battle and are quite moving at times. Hardbound with d/j. Book covers have been wet at some point and are discoloured, but no mold or damp smell. D/j has some small tears and small losses on spine. Good condition otherwise.
945 PROVIDENCE THEIR GUIDE - LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP 1940-45 45.00 LLOYD-OWEN, DAVID. 1ST. ED. 1980. GEORGE HARRAP & CO. 238 PP. ISBN 0-245-53603-5 THE FULL STORY OF THE LRDG FROM THE AUTHOR WHO SERVED WITH THE UNIT FROM EARLY IN ITS EXISTENCE AND LATER COMMANDING. HE DESCRIBES THE RECRUITING AND TRAINING OF THE MEN WHO HAD TO BE SELF SUFFICIENT AND RESILIENT. ITS COMMAND STRUCTURE WAS RELATIVELY INFORMAL AS IT HAD TO RELY ON A GREAT DEAL OF SELF DISCIPLINE, COOPERATION AND PLANNING. NO ONE WANTED TO DISAPPOINT AND BE "RTU" (RETURNED TO UNIT). PHOTOS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1016 rommel - a narrative and pictorial history 35.00 law, richard d. & C. luther. 1st. ed. 1980. james bender publishing, 368 pp. isbn 0- 912138-20-3 a well researched book on rommel's career. it covers his early life and rise to command a panzer division in france. he gained huge success in north africa, but later commanding in normandy, he became disillusioned and frustrated when subject to control from higher command. profusely illustrated with photos throughout along with maps and other illustrations. hardbound, no d.j. bottom of book has some slight rubs. excellent condition.
1006 rommel and the secret war in north africa - 1941-43 30.00 piekalkiewicz, janusz. 1st. ed. 1992. schiffer books, 239 pp. isbn 0-88740-340-9 an interesting account of how the british and germans gathered intelligence to try and defeat the other. in addition to the allies using 'ultra' along with photo reconnaissance and reports from the lrdg, the germans had a highly sophisticated radio intercept program they used to good effect until the principal unit was captured. interrogation of prisoners also played a role for both sides. photos, maps and illustration. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
481 Rommel Papers 15.00 Liddell-Hart (ed.) 1953 (reprint), Da Capo Press, 545 pp. ISBN 0-306-80157-4 A reprint of the Rommel Papers edited by the British military strategist Basil Liddell-Hart. Rommel’s notes and observations of his various battles and campaigns are examined and in places notes from Liddell-Hart add context. Photos, maps and illustrations. Paperback edition in good condition.
1274 rommel's afrika korps - tobruk to el alamein 15.00 battistelli, Pier, P. 1st. ed. 2006. osprey publishing, 96 pp. isbn 1-84176-901-0 An osprey book covering the creation of the afrika korps explaining the complex and ever changing structure of the german forces that were officially supporting the italians but carrying the main load of battles against the british forces. el alamein was the beginning of the end for the dak and this ends the story in this book. photos, charts, order of battle and other illustrations. card covers. slight sun fade on spine and part of cover. otherwise in excellent condition.
1028 rommel's army in africa 30.00 mcGuirk, dan. 1987. butler & tanner ltd. 192 pp. isbn 0-09-166450-0 a very interesting book as it contains over 200 b/w photos from private collections not previously published. the author is the collector of the photos and other artifacrs. he has also included many colour photos of various uniforms, rank badges, equipment and other material carried by the afrika korps. the text gives a good account of the battles and has added material from letters and interviews of former dak soldiers. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
1293 rommel's desert army 10.00 windrow, martin. 1st. ed. 1976. osprey publishing, 40 pp. isbn 0-85045-095-0 an osprey men-at-arms series that describes the make up of the forces, german and italian, that made up his army in north africa. many photos and colour illustrations. (a companion to "Montgomerys desert army", see no. 1290 above). card covers. slight yellowing on covers. Excellent condition.
1004 rommel's desert war 30.00 kitchen, martin. 1st. ed. 2009. cambridge university press, 598 pp. isbn 978-0-521-50971-8 an outstanding and balanced account of rommel's war in africa. many original sources highlight the political and complex situation between the axis and allied armies as they fought it out in the desert. the author delves deeply into the axis motives and failings along with rommel's own performance, especially in his failure to follow orders dragging the germans into a larger strategic campaign in the mediterranean they couldn't supply. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
493 Rommel’s Desert War -Life and Death of the Afrika Korps 15.00 Mitcham, Samuel. 1st. ed. 1982, Stein and Day Publishers, 219 pp. ISBN 0-8128-2784-8 A full history of the battles and campaigns of the Afrika Korps. Covers mostly Rommel’s perspective on what was going well and his interpretation of the setbacks. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
494 Rommel’s Greatest Victory – Fall of Tobruk 1942. 15.00 Mitcham, Samuel. 1st. ed. 1998. Presidio Press. 243 pp. ISBN 0-89141-656-0 A detailed account of the battles on the Gazala line and the retreat of the British army and Rommel’s capture of Tobruk. Although the British weren’t initially intending to defend Tobruk a second time, Churchill’s interference led to troops remaining in Tobruk to be captured giving Rommel his triumph. Many photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
1020 ROMMEL IN THE DESERT - VICTORIES AND DEFEAT OF THE AFRIKA KORPS, 1941-43 35.00 KUHN, VOLKMAR. 1ST. ED. 1991, SCHIFFER PUBLISHING LTD., 224 PP. ISBN0-88740-292-5 AN EXCELLENT REFERENCE FROM A GERMAN AUTHOR WHO EXPLORES THE BATTLES IN THE DESERT FROM A GERMAN PERSPECTIVE. HE POSTULATES ON SOME OF THE STRATEGIC AND TACTICAL REASONS BEHIND SOME OF ROMMEL'S DECISIONS THAT LED TO VICTORIES AND THEN THOSE WHICH LED TO FINAL DEFEAT IN TUNIS. MANY PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. NEAR MINT CONDITION.
1020 ROMMEL IN NORTH AFRICA 20.00 LANDE, D.A. 1ST .ED. 1999. MBI PUBLISHING, 160 PP. ISBN 0-7603-0591-9 A SYMPATHETIC LOOK AT ROMMEL AND THE AFRIKA KORPS IN NORTH AFRICA. THE AUTHOR PROVIDES A GENERAL OVERVIEW OF ROMMEL'S ROLE, THE CONDITIONS HE FACED IN THE DESERT AND HIS ITALIAN ALLIES. THE BRITISH GENERALS WHO OPPOSED HIM AND THE PRINCIPAL BATTLES ARE COVERED. MOST OF THE PHOTOS ARE DRAWN FROM GERMAN ARCHIVES AND MANY NOT SEEN ELSEWHERE. LAMINATED CARD COVERS, EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1007 rommel's intelligence in the desert campaigns 25.00 behrendt, hans-otto. 1st. english ed. 1985. wm. kimber & co., 256 pp. isbn 0-7183-0515-9 the author was a senior member of rommel\s intelligence staff. he explains the often painstaking and detailed work to build up a picture of british forces from different sources. the radio intercepts from lax british wireless traffic was of key importance in this and played into rommel's hands and as was the bigger picture from 'the good source', an american officer sending detailed information to washington. photos, maps and charts. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
1008 rommel's north african campaign - sept. 1940 nov. 1942 15.00 greene, jack & alessandro massignani. 1999. combined publishing, 272 pp. isbn 1-58097-018-4 a view of the north african campaign from the axis point of view. drawing on the records of rommel's italian translator, it covers the strategy and axis tactics. the objectives of the italians and germans were not matched up. there is the orders of battle for both armies and comparisons of italian and german armour and other vehicles. almost all the photos are from the axis forces. photos, maps and illustrations. card covers. excellent condition.
1011 rommel's war in africa 20.00 heckman, wolf. 1st. U.s. 1981 ed. doubleday & co. 366 pp. isbn 0-385-14420-2 an examination of rommel's personality and generalship. much has been made of his brilliance on a tactical level and leadership skills which are fully covered. the author also examines his less favourable attributes of being ruthless with subordinates, even when not deserved, his ambition and desire for publicity. his frequent habit of leading from the front led to confusion at his hq. and he was often out of touch to the bigger strategic picture. he also failed to grasp logistical issues that he always blamed on others. a balanced picture of the man. photos, maps and illustrations. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
1017 rommel's year of victory : Wartime illustrations of kurt caesar 30.00 lucas, james (ed. and text). 1st. ed. 1998. greenhill books, 176 pp. isbn 1-85367-302-1 a remarkable collections of drawings by a german artist with the afrika korps in 1941 and 1942. the artist's sketches are so detailed and finely drawn, they appear almost like photographs. a well known british historian provides some text help to put the pictures into perspective of the events they portray. the drawings give a unique perspective of the afrika korps in battle and is a must have for anyone interested in rommel and the afrika korps. illustrations. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
680 sIDI REZEG BATTLES 1941 100.00 AGAR-HAMILTON, J. & L. TURNER. 1ST. ED. 1957, OXFORD PRESS, 505 PP. AN OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE 1ST. SOUTH AFRICAN DIVISION AND SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE DURING THE “CRUSADER” OFFENSIVE TO RELIEVE TOBRUK. IT COVERS THE MILITARY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE COMBATANTS AND THE LEADERSHIP ISSUES WITH EMPHASIS ON THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE SOUTH AFRICANS IN THE BATTLES. PHOTOS AND MAPS. A RARE BOOK. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. FRONT FLYLEAF HAS A SPLIT AND ORIGINAL OWNER’S SIGNATURE IN INK. VERY GOOD CONDITION
612 SPEAKING FROM THE DESERT 15.00 TALBOT, GODFREY. C.1943, HUTCHISON & CO., 153 PP. A RECORD OF THE BRITISH 8TH. ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA BY A BBC REPORTER. THIS DOCUMENTS HIS HASTY ASSIGNMENT TO NORTH AFRICA AND HIS VARIOUS BROADCASTS STARTING WITH ALEXANDER AND MONTGOMERY AT EL ALAMEIN UP TO FINAL VICTORY IN TUNISIA. PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. SPINE DARKENED AND LETTERING VERY FADED. TOP AND BOTTOM OF SPINE HAVE SOME SMALL BUMPS. GOOD CONDITION.
947 sting of the scorpion - story of the lrdg 30.00 morgan, mike. 1st .ed. 2000. sutton publishing, 202 pp. isbn 0-7509-2481-0 a newer history of the lrdg, one of the most effective 'special forces' units in north africa. they carried out long range reconnaissance missions pioneering driving ans navigation techniques over vast distances. they carried sas members to carry out raids or picking them up again while avoiding detection. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. mint condition.
988 sound of history - el alamein 1942 25.00 doherty, richard. 1st. ed. 2002. spellmount ltd. 254 pp. isbn 1-86227-164-x a new account of the battle of el alamein from a prolific historian. he re-examines the accounts of the battle, one of the most pivotal in ww 2 that virtually destroyed the afrika korps and spelled the end to german domination of europe. he draws on many witnesses and first hand accounts to fill in the story. both the british and german sides are included to give perspective. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
551 Three Against Rommel 15.00 Clifford, Alexander. Reprint 1944, Harrop & Co. 427 pp. A distinguished war correspondents examination of the campaigns of three generals, Wavell, Auchinleck and Alexander in North Africa. He was very much in the heat of the action and tells of his escapes from the Germans adding personal drama to the larger events. Hardbound, no d/j. Spine has some soiling and slight fading. Flyleaf has stamps of ownership from the Amalgamated Press and a pen notation “I Was There Library” on flyleaf. Very good condition. (see also 550 by same author)
595 The Tiger Kills 20.00 No author, 1944. Government of India. 354 pp. A history of the 4th and 5th Indian Divisions and their campaigns in Africa and later Italy. Both were excellent and highly regarded formations that participated in many of the key battles that were vital to Allied victory. An honour roll is included in the appendices. Many photos and maps. Hardbound, no d/j. Spine and corners are bumped, cover has a few stains and fading. Good condition.
648 THE TIGER KILLS 15.00 NO AUTHOR, 1944. GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, 354 PP. A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE ABOVE BOOK. SOME CHIPS TO SPINE AND A SMALL LOSS TO THE LOWER FRONT COVER. OTHERWISE IN GOOD CONDITION.
979 tobruk - 1941 15.00 latimer, jon. reprint 2002. osprey publications, 96 pp. isbn 1-84176-092-7 A CAMPAIGN EDITION OF THE FAMILIAR OSPREY SERIES. DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE USUAL VOLUMES IT GOES INTO GREATER DETAIL ON THE BATTLE THAT was a thorn in rommel's side and prevented him from reaching suez.. stubbornly defended by australian troops they took the battle to the axis despite being under siege. LOTS OF ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOS, MAPS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. SPINE SLIGHTLY YELLOWED. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
872 tobruk - the great siege reassessed 35.00 harrison, frank. 1st. ed. 1996, arms and armour press, 349 pp. isbn 1-85409-361-4 a fresh look at the longest siege in british military history. the author looks at it from three viewpoints. the initial australian effort of prevent rommel from capturing the port, the breakout of the 70th division to link up with the relief force and the appraisal of rommel and his forces. the role of the royal navy supplying the garrison is also covered along with the raf's efforts to keep the luftwaffe at bay and strike back at the afrika korps. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
874 Tobruk - the story of a siege 20.00 Heckstall-smith, anthony. reprint 1960. Anthony blond ltd., 255 pp. an analysis of the siege of tobruk from a ROYAL NAVY officer who was commanding an "A" lighter that ferried food and ammunition to the garrison. often under attack by stukas, the "A" lighters were vulnerable but did the job. He also does a good job of covering the land battles and has his opinions about why the garrison fell following the gazala battles. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. very good condition.
917 together we stand - north africa 1942-1943: turning of the tide 30.00 holland, james. 1st. ed. 2005. harper collins, 806 pp. isbn 0-00-717647-3 this book covers the final victory in tunisia in north africa and the growing relationship between the british and american armies who were rising in power. the experiences gained would lead to the invasion of europe under eisenhower. the rise of the war winning generals is examined as well. personal stories of the soldiers from various nations are woven into the story. photos, maps and illustrations. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
516 Trafalgar and Alamein 10.00 Bryant, Arthur & E. Shanks. 1948, Withy Grove Press. 32 pp. A volume of three reprinted articles from a noted historian in the “Daily Graphic” magazine where the two battles that changed British history are compared and examined. A poem from Edward Shanks and Montgomery’s speech at the Alamein reunion complete the book. Hardbound, no d/j. Spine bumped top and bottom. No losses. Good condition.
1277 unknown alamein 10.00 messenger, charles. 1st. ed. 1982. ian allen, 64 pp. isbn 0-7110-118609 a monograph of the first battle of alamein fought by auchinleck that brought rommel's advance into egypt to a halt. often overshadowed by second alamein fought by montgomery, in no small part by montgomery's self promotion. lots of photos, maps, order of battle and a day by day analysis of the fighting. card covers. slight rub on spine, otherwise in very good condition.
1022 WAR IN THE DESERT - WORLD WAR II 15.00 COLLIER, RICHARD. 1ST. ED. 1977. TIME LIFE BOOKS INC., 208 PP. ONE OF THE VOLUMES IN A SERIES OF PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED BOOKS ABOUT THE SECOND WORLD WAR. THERE IS SOME ACCOMPANYING TEXT TO EXPLAIN THE WAR IN THE DESERT AND THE CONTEXT OF THE BATTLES. PHOTOS, MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND IN LAMINATED COVERS. VERY SMALL BUMP OF LOWER SPINE, OTHERWISE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
780 War in the Desert – Eighth Army at El Alamein 15.00 Lucas, James. 1st. ed. 1982. Beaufort Press, 284 pp. ISBN 0-8253-0153-X A newer examination of a pivotal battle in WW2. Rommel was systematically defeated and the Afrika Korps began its long retreat to Tunisia. The author focuses on the four principal services who fought the battle – Infantry, Armour, Artillery and Sappers focusing on the men who served and fought. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
562 WHILE SHEPHEARD’S WATCHED 30.00 HUGHES, PENNETHORNE, 1ST. ED. 1949. CHATTO AND WINDIS, 207 PP. SHEPHEARD’S WAS THE “GO TO” HOTEL FOR BRITISH OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS IN CAIRO. WHILE THE WAR RAGED IN THE WESTERN DESERT, THE HOTEL CONTINUED TO ENTERTAIN. THIS BOOK TALKS ABOUT THE EVENTS WITH THE BACKDROP OF EGYPTIAN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE. A FASCINATING INSIGHT BEHIND THE SCENES. ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. SOME SMALL CHIPS AND LOSSES TO D/J, NOW PROTECTED. SIGNATURE OF ORIGINAL OWNER ON FLYLEAF. BOOK IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
560 Year of Alamein 1942 30.00 Pitt, Barrie. 1st. ed. 1990, Paragon House, 478 pp. ISBN 1-55778-233-4 This is volume 2 of a two volume series. It covers the lead up to the disastrous retreat from the Gazala battles to El Alamein and then an in depth analysis of the allied army preparation under Montgomery and axis armies attempt to repel the attack that became the decisive battle in North Africa. Hardbound with d/j. Many photos, maps and illustrations. Excellent condition.
912 an army at dawn - war in north africa 1942-1943 30.00 atkinson, rick. 1st. e.d 2002. henry holt & co. 681 pp. isbn 0-8050-6288-2 volume 1 of 3 is a new assessment of the allied efforts to liberate europe starting with the invasion of french north africa. after some early success, the german's react quickly and the american's learn they are unprepared for the fight against a professional army hardened by combat. leadership is tested and winning generals come to the fore. very readable but still scholarly. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j near mint condition. (see also 913 under italian campaign).
922 the battle is the payoff 15.00 ingersoll, ralph. 1st. ed. 1943. harcourt, brace & co. 217 pp. a firsthand account by an american officer in tunisia. the author was a newspaper reporter so the narrative flows quickly as he describes night march and attack on el guettar, an early american success. as it is a war time story, there is a bit of self censorship where only the generals are named and other soldiers are given aliases. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some minor chips, otherwise in very good condition.
440 Battleaxe Division: From Africa to Italy with the 78th. Division 25.00 Ford, Ken. 1st. ed. Sutton Publishing, 1999. 218 pp. ISBN 0 7509 1893 4 The complete history of the British 78th Division created as an assault division in 1942. Covers its deployment from landing in North Africa in 1942 to the long and bloody Italy campaign. Many photos and maps. Hardbound edition in mint condition. Signed by author. (see also no. 531 and 553 on 78th. Div.))
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 A PAPERBACK EDITION of the above listed book. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
568 Birth of an Army 15.00 Austin, A.B. 1st. ed. 1943, Victor Golllancz Ltd. 160 pp. A wartime account of the creation of the British 1st. Army that invaded Tunisia in 1942. Told in a conversational style it tells the story of the common soldier and the sense that victory was coming soon. Many photos and maps. Hardbound, no d/j. Library sticker of original owner on flyleaf. Very good condition.
552 Bloody Road to Tunis 30.00 Rolf, David. 1st. ed. 2001. Greenhill Books, 320 pp. ISBN 1-85367-445-1 A complete history of the Tunisian campaign that covers both the Allied and Axis perspective. Following the landings in North Africa, Rommel had to retreat all the way to Tunis to counter this threat. The Germans initially inflicted setbacks on the Allies, but eventually they were overpowered and surrendered. Many photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
531 JORDAN’S TUNIS DIARY 15.00 JORDAN, PHILLIP. 1ST. ED. 1943. COLLINS PRESS, 256 PP. A WARTIME PUBLICATION BY A JOURNALIST WORKING FOR THE NEWS CHRONICLE. HE WAS ATTACHED TO THE BRITISH 78TH. DIVISION (TO WHOM HE DEDICATED HIS BOOK) DURING THE TUNISIAN CAMPAIGN AND GIVES AN OFTEN CAUSTIC AND CRITICAL VIEWPOINT ON THE POLITICAL PLAYERS INCLUDING THE BRITISH, AMERICANS, THE VICHY FRENCH AND THEIR LEADERS. THE BOOK PUBLISHERS NOTE THAT IT HAS BEEN ‘CENSORED’ PRIOR TO BEING ISSUED, SO WHAT WAS REMOVED?? HARDBOUND, NO D/J. PRINTED ON POORER QUALITY PAPER AND COVERS HAVE BEEN BUMPED AND ARE A BIT FADED. GOOD CONDITION. (also see no. 440 and 553 on 78th. Div).
976 KASSERINE PASS - 1943 15.00 ZALOGA, STEVEN. 1ST. ED. 2005. OSPREY PUBLISHING, 96 PP. ISBN 1-84176-914-2 A CAMPAIGN EDITION OF THE FAMILIAR OSPREY SERIES. DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE USUAL VOLUMES IT GOES INTO GREATER DETAIL ON THE BATTLE THAT WAS THE LAST VICTORY FOR ROMMEL AND AFRIKA KORPS IN NORTH AFRICA WHEN THEY DEFEATED AN OVEREXTENDED AND INEXPERIENCED US ARMY. LOTS OF ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOS, MAPS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. SPINE SLIGHTLY YELLOWED. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
934 kasserine - first blood 20.00 whiting, charles. 1st.ed. 1984. military heritage press, 262 pp. isbn 0-88029-213-x an examination of the the first serious defeat of overconfident and inexperienced american troops in tunisia at the hands of the afrika korps and what went wrong. the americans were left confused and their confidence was shaken, however with changes in command they learned quickly and rebounded to be a formidable force. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
919 mercy in hell 25.00 geer, andrew. 1st. ed. 1943. whittlesey house, 264 pp. the story of an american volunteer who served as an ambulance driver in the American field service with the 8th. army. he was not paid and they brought their own vehicles he describes the difficulties of evacuating casualties at the front while under fire being bombed and shelled and on occasion being blown up by a mine. he brings this story primarily to an american audience newly involved in the war. photos. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some chips on spine. original owners signature on flyleaf. very good condition.
920 "my god, soldiers". from alamein to vienna 20.00 howarth, patrick. 1st. ed. 1989. century hutchinson press, 278 pp. isbn 0-09-173554-8 The author served with 8th army from alamein up to the surrender of germany ending their campaign in vienna. he documents the changes in nationality of the soldiers as the campaign extends into italy and the comradeship and fierce pride in the 8th army that developed along the way. maps, photos and illustrations. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
907 north african campaign 1940 -43 10.00 liddle-hart, b.h. reprint 1983. natraj publishers, 231 pp. a comprehensive overview and analysis of the campaigns in the western desert by a noted military strategist. he covers the early successes against the italians and the reverses and ultimate victory. maps. laminated card covers. book seller sticker inside front cover. good condition.
543 North African Landings 1942 15.00 Sainsbury, Keith. 1st.ed. 1976. Davis-Poynter Printing, 215 pp. ISBN 0-7067-0186-0 A full analysis of the political and military pressures leading to the decisions in Britain and the USA to invade French North Africa. The complicated dealings with the Vichy French and deGaulle are also examined. An excellent account of strategy as a crucial point in the war. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
567 North African Story 25.00 Coon, Carleton. 1st. ed. 1980, Gambit Press, 146 pp. ISBN 0-87645-108-3 The author was a distinguished archeologist and at the outbreak of WW2, joined the OSS under General Donovan. His knowledge of Arabic got him assigned to Tunisia which resulted in several adventures in espionage. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
552 Operation Torch 25.00 Breuer, William. 1st. ed. 1985. St. Martin’s Press, 272 pp. ISBN 0-312-58685-X A newer examination of the landings in North Africa primarily focusing on the American Army. The intrigue and plotting of the French is also covered in detail. This was the first large scale American and British amphibious landing and things didn’t always go smoothly. Luckily, the French didn’t put up much resistance. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Near mint condition.
337 Operation Torch 5.00 Jones, Vincent. Ballantine Books, 1st. ed. 1972. 160 pp. Ballantine Campaign book. A complete examination of the first allied amphibious landings. An army consisting of British and untested Americans landed in Morocco and Algeria to trap the Italian/German army in North Africa. Well illustrated with photos, maps and drawings. Card covers. Near mint condition.
553 Over to Tunis 15.00 Marshall, Howard. 1st. ed. 1943 Eyre & Spottiswoode. 168 pp. A wartime book covering the Tunisian campaign and primarily the role of 78th. Division to which the author was attached. Due to wartime censorship this is more a general overview of the campaign rather than a detailed analysis. However, many of the events are well covered giving a first hand flavour to the resulting victory. Hardbound, no d/j. Some pages at the back of the book have brown stain spots. Edges bumped and some surface stains. Good condition otherwise. (see other titles 531, 058, 440 on 78th. Div.)
334 TUNISIAN CAMPAIGN 30.00 MESSENGER, CHARLES. 1ST. ED. 1982, ian allen. 128 PP. ISBN 0-7110-1192-3 A DETAILED HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGN IN TUNIS AND EVENTUAL VICTORY IN NORTH AFRICA. PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH B/W PHOTOS THROUGHOUT, MAPS AND CHARTS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. SLIGHT SUN FADE ON SPINE. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
293 US AIRBORNE UNITS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN THEATRE 10.00 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 10.00 ZALOGA, STEVEN. OSPREY PUBLICATIONS. 1ST. ED. 2006, 96 PP. 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 10.00 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.
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.
1015 with rommel in the desert 15.00 schmidt, heinz W. 1951. george harrop & co. 240 pp. an early memoir of a young officer assigned to north africa and served on rommel's staff. he gives his impressions of rommel and other generals as well as their italian allies. although very junior at the time, he tells the story well and adds colour to events he witnessed first hand. photos and maps. hardbound, no d/j. corners are lightly bumped. original owners signature inside cover. very good 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
middle east - iraq , palestine
674 FIRST VICTORY 30.00 LYMAN, ROBERT. 1ST. ED. 2006, CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON LTD., 336 PP. ISBN 1-84529-108-5 A FULL EXAMINATION OF THE EARLY AND MOSTLY FORGOTTEN BRITISH VICTORIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN LEBANON, SYRIA AGAINST THE VICHY FRENCH AND THE PRO-AXIS MOVEMENT IN IRAQ AND IRAN. THESE CAMPAIGNS WERE WAGED WITH MEAGRE RESOURCES WHERE CONTROL OF THE OIL RESERVES WAS VITAL TO BRITAIN’S WAR EFFORT. DESPITE THESE PROBLEMS THEY SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED THE RESULTS NEEDED. MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. NEAR MINT CONDITION.
1010 golden carpet 20.00 de chair, somerset. 1st. ed. 1944, faber and faber, 224 pp. a unique volume on the british force 'kingcol' written during the war. the column attacked from the mediterranean and captured baghdad following the iraqi insurrection of 1941. the raf training base at habbaniya near baghdad was surrounded, but went on the attack and supplied reconnaissance photos to assist kingcol's advance. the iraqi forces were demoralized and soundly defeated despite having qualitative and numerical superiority along with help from the germans. photos, maps and illustrations. hardbound, no d/j. spine has darkened and top rear edge of cover has a dent. otherwise in good condition.
982 IRAQ - 1941 15.00 LYMAN, ROBERT. 1ST. ED. 2006. OSPREY PUBLICATIONS, 96 PP. ISBN 1-84176-991-6 A CAMPAIGN EDITION OF THE FAMILIAR OSPREY SERIES. DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE USUAL VOLUMES IT GOES INTO GREATER DETAIL ON THE BATTLES THAT OCCURRED IN A LESSER THEATRE. PROMPTED BY GERMANY AND WITH LUFTWAFFE SUPPORT, THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT TRIED TO SEIZE THE BRITISH AIR BASE AT HABBANIYA. THE BRITISH FOUGHT BACK SUCCESSFULLY UNTIL RELIEVED BY A HASTILY FORMED FORCE DEFEATING THE IRAQI ARMY AND AIRFORCE THUS PROTECTING THE STRATEGIC OIL FIELDS. A LITTLE KNOW BUT FASCINATING STORY. LOTS OF ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOS, MAPS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1009 paiforce - official story of the persia and iraq command 20.00 no author listed. 1st. ed. 1948, hmso., 137 pp. an interesting account of 'paiforce' that was established after the iraq insurrection to guard the strategic oil pipelines essential to britain's war effort and to potentially stop a german invasion through russia. in the event, the russians halted the germans and paiforce remained to guard the oil pipelines and funnel war supplies into russia. photos and maps. war grade paper. hardbound with d/j. d/j has some foxing and minor chips. very good condition.
673 WAR THAT NEVER WAS 25.00 DUDGEON, A.G. 1ST. ED. 1991. AIRLIFE PUBLISHING, 186 PP. THE AUTHOR EXAMINES A KEY BATTLE IN IRAQ IN 1941 WHERE A PRO-AXIS GOVERNMENT COUP PRECIPITATED A SIEGE OF A MAJOR BRITISH TRAINING FACILITY AT HABBANIYA. DESPITE BEING CUT OFF FROM REINFORCEMENTS AND SUPPLIES AND ONLY HAVING TRAINING AIRCRAFT TO USE AND A RAG-TAG ASSORTMENT OF SOLDIERS, AIRMAN, CIVILIANS WITH ANCIENT GUNS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES, THE BETTER ARMED IRAQI’S WERE SOUNDLY DEFEATED AND DEMORALIZED. MAPS. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. THE PREVIOUS OWNER HAS A LIBRARY STICKER ON THE FLYLEAF. VERY GOOD CONDITION