allied (american, canadian, british, special forces, commandos)
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 IN 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.
909 climb to conquer - untold story of the 10th mountain division 20.00 shelton, peter. 1st. ed. 2003. scribner, 275 pp. the us army realized at the start of ww 2 that they might need mountain troops in certain theatres. they recruited experienced and enthusiastic sport skiers and rock climbers that provided a key core for the unit as more men were trained to ski, climb and survive in mountainous terrain. this division an 'elite' status and was employed in italy towards the end of the war. it suffered a high disproportion number of casualties. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition. (see also 908 below)
951 darby's rangers 1942-45 10.00 bahnmanyar, mir. 1st. ed. 2003. osprey publishing, 64 pp. isbn 1-84176-627-5 a typical osprey book account of the foundation, organization and operational deployments are described. as the unit gained experience, it became more effective and took on bigger missions. lots of photos and colour illustrations. card covers. excellent 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 information, PHOTOS, COLOUR DRAWINGs OF UNIFORMS, BADGES AND WEAPONS. CARD COVERS. MINT CONDITION.
908 last ridge 20.00 jenkins, mckay. 1st. ed. 2001, random house. 294 pp. isbn 0-375-50771-x the story of one of the us army's elite units, the 10th mountain division. the unit was recruited from an unlikely group of professional athletes, college students, mountaineers and adventurers. trained to a very high standard they made a name for themselves in italy scaling a sheer ridge in a nighttime mountain attack that turned the german line. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition. (see also 909 above)
948 no mission too difficult 25.00 finke, blythe. (ed) 1st. ed. 1995. cantigny books., 298 pp. isbn 0-8092-3259-6 a collection of stories from the soldiers who served in the us 1st. infantry division knows as the "big red one". in action throughout the war, the 1st. div. fought in every campaign in africa and europe establishing the best record of any us division in ww2. the stories capture the difficulties of battle, long period of boredom, homesickness along with the fear of being shot at and feats of bravery. photos. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
950 spearheaders 25.00 altieri, james, 1st. ed. 1960. bobbs-merrill co. 318 pp. an early memoir of a us army ranger who served from the beginning of the unit until war's end. he describes his experiences in north africa and later in italy. he details his introduction to the rigorous training with the british and the desire to prove themselves as good as or better than their british counterparts. he also relates the excitement and fear once in combat. photos. hardbound, no d/j. spine has some minor bumps top and bottom, but otherwise in very good condition.
949 we led the way - darby's rangers 25.00 darby, william. & wm. baumer. 1st. ed. 1980, presidio press, 199 pp. a comprehensive story of the formation, recruiting and experiences of one of the us army's elite units. gen. marshall wanted to form a 'hit and run' unit to harass the enemy and named them after roger's rangers from the french and indian wars of the 1700's. commanded by the author, he based his ideas on the british commandos and worked closely with the british to gain experience. their first action was a small role in the dieppe raid, but it boosted confidence and proved their worth. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
599 WE JUMPED TO FIGHT 25.00 RAFF, EDSON. 1ST. ED. 1944. NO PUBLISHER LISTED. 207 PP. THE STORY OF THE US 503RD. AIRBORNE INFANTRY REGIMENT WRITTEN BY THEIR COMMANDER IN TUNISIA. THEY WERE THE FIRST PARACHUTE TROOPS DROPPED BY THE US ARMY. THE UNIT WAS LATER RETITLED THE 509TH AND REMAINED AN INDEPENDENT UNIT UNTIL LATE IN 1944. PHOTOS AND MAPS. CARD COVERS. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
442 DRAGOON – THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS 80.00 GREENHOUS, BRERETON. 1ST. ED. 1983, CAMPBELL CORP. 557 PP. ISBN 0-9691281-0-X THE FULL STORY OF ONE OF CANADA’S STORIED CAVALRY REGIMENTS ON IT’S 100TH. ANNIVERSARY. PUBLISHED BY THE REGIMENT IT COVERS EVERY CAMPAIGN IT FOUGHT IN FROM THE NORTH-WEST REBELLION TO ITS RECCE ROLE IN WW2 WITH ARMOURED CARS TO NATO PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS. MANY PHOTOS AND FOLD OUT MAPS AS WELL AS COLOUR RENDERINGS OF ITS GUIDON’S. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT 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 ON THE EVE OF WW1. HE SERVED WITH IT AND WAS WOUNDED 3 TIMES. HE ARGUED TO PRESERVE THE REGIMENT POST WAR AND THE REGIMENTS HISTORY IS EXAMINED IN CONTEXT OF GAULT’S INVOLVEMENT. MANY PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. MINT CONDITION.
495 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S HORSE GUARDS 65.00 MARTEINSON, JOHN, 1ST. ED. 2002. ROBIN BRASS STUDIOS, 320 PP. ISBN 1-896941-28-1 AN EXCELLENT HISTORY OF A PREMIER CANADIAN CAVALRY / ARMOURED REGIMENT. FORMED ORIGINALLY IN MARKHAM, ONTARIO AS MAJOR BUTTON’S TROOP, IT EVOLVED AND MERGED WITH THE MISSISSAUGA HORSE, ANOTHER OLD REGIMENT. IT COVERS ITS FULL HISTORY TO THE PRESENT DAY. PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WITH B/W AND COLOUR PHOTOS, CAP BADGES AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS. LIKE THE REGIMENTS MOTTO, IT IS SECOND TO NONE. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. NEAR MINT CONDITION.
470 HISTORY OF THE ONTARIO REGIMENT 1866-1951 75.00 SCHRAGG, LEX. 1ST. ED. C.1951. GENERAL PRINTERS, 286 PP. A PRIVATELY PUBLISHED HISTORY OF ONE OF CANADA’S LONGEST SERVING REGIMENTS. NAMED AFTER THE COUNTY AND NOT THE PROVINCE IT STARTED LIFE AS THE “34TH. MILITIA”. IT SERVED IN THE WAR OF 1812 AND LATER IN THE NW REBELLION. WHEN THE REGIMENTS WERE LOSING THEIR NUMBERS, A NEW BADGE WITH A DISTINCTIVE AND UNIQUE ARCH BACKED CAT WAS SELECTED SURROUNDED BY 7 MAPLE LEAVES, A REFERENCE TO THE 3 AND 4 IN THEIR ORIGINAL NAME. SERVED IN WW 1 AS INFANTRY AND LATER CONVERTED TO ARMOUR (STILL ITS CURRENT ROLE) FOR SERVICE IN WW2. MANY PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. HARD TO FIND VOLUME. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. SIGNATURES IN INK OF 2 PREVIOUS OWNERS INSIDE COVER. VERY GOOD CONDITION.
451 LORD STRATHCONA’S HORSE (ROYAL CANADIANS) 85.00 MCAVITY, J.M. 1ST.ED. BRIGDENS LTD. 1947. 280 pp. THE FULL HISTORY OF A FAMOUS CAVALRY REGIMENT SERVING IN AN ARMOURED ROLE IN WW2. WRITTEN BY ITS COMMANDING OFFICER IT COVERS ALL ITS CAMPAIGNS THROUGH ITALY AND FINALLY INTO FRANCE AND GERMANY. MANY PHOTOS AND MAPS. A RARE EDITION. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. SPINE HAS SOME MINOR SCUFFS AT TOP AND BOTTOM, OTHERWISE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
525 PERHAPS THEY LEFT US UP THERE? 20.00 LAKE, HAROLD, 1ST.ED. 1995. HARRY CUFF PUBLICATIONS. 205 PP. ISBN 0-921191-96-0 A PERSONAL REMINISCENCE OF NEWFOUNDLANDER’S CONTRIBUTION IN WW2. THIS BOOK DETAILS THE HISTORY OF THE 166TH. (NEWFOUNDLAND) FIELD REG’T. ROYAL ARTILLERY. PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. (SEE ALSO LISTING 512 ON THE SAME UNIT). CARD COVERS. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
436 PRINCESS PATRICIA’S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY, VOL. 3 - 1919-1957 80.00 STEVENS, G.R., 1ST. ED. SOUTHAM PRESS, N.D. (C. 1957). 411 pp. VOLUME 3 OF THE HISTORY OF A FAMOUS CANADIAN REGIMENT. PRIVATELY PUBLISHED BY THE REGIMENTAL COMMITTEE COVERING THE REGIMENT FOLLOWING WW1 AND THEN A FULL DESCRIPTION OF ITS ACTIVITIES IN WW2 AND LATER KOREA. MANY PHOTOS, INCLUDING OF VARIOUS C.O.’S, MANY ILLUSTRATIONS AND FOLD OUT MAPS. HARD TO FIND NOW. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
398 1st. Argylls 1939-1945 85.00 Graham, F.C.C. 1st. ed. 1948, Thomas Nelson & Sons, 260 pp. A full history of the 1st. Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in WW2. The regiment saw service in Palestine, Egypt including El Alamein and Italy until the end of the war. Photos with several maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some losses on top and bottom of spine and a scuff on the front. Flyleaf has a portion cut out removing owners name(?). Protected by a mylar cover. Very good condition. A rare, hard to find edition. (see other books about this regiment)
475 Eleventh At War – Story of the 11th. Hussars 1934-45 100.00 Clarke, Dudley. 1st. ed. 1952. Michael Joseph Ltd., 504 pp. An excellent history of a famous cavalry regiment serving in armoured cars in WW2. (The author was a general in WW2 responsible for Deception and creating misinformation about the invasions of Sicily, Italy and Normandy). Many photos and maps throughout. This book is a pre-publication release from the publisher sent to be reviewed by General G.L. Verney, the former commander of the 7th Armoured Division. The 11th. were the armoured reconnaissance regiment for the division. A publisher’s note to Verney is pasted inside the front cover, Verney signed and dated the book and pasted in a favourable press review from the Irish Times. He also made several notations in the margins lightly in pencil (left in place for historical interest). A unique book. Hardbound, no d/j. A few bumps on the spine, otherwise in very good condition.
288 Arab Legion 10.00 Young, Peter. Osprey Publishing, 1972. 40 pp. ISBN 0 85045 084 5 An Osprey monograph of famous units. Founded by Capt. F. Peake following WW 1 in Transjordan and later commanded by Lt. Gen. John Glubb (“Glubb Pasha”) through WW 2 until forming the basis of the Royal Jordanian Army. Photos, uniform drawings. Card covers. Excellent condition.
946 bearded brigands 35.00 o'carroll, brendan (ed.) 1st. ed. 2003. pen & sword books, 216 pp. isbn 0-85052-955-7 this book on the lrdg is based on the diary of one of the nz "Y patrol" members, frank jopling. it gives the day to day workings of the unit and their activities. the photos in the book are jopling's and provide the intimate story of this unit. photos. hardbound with d/j. mint condition.
998 the black watch and the king's enemies 30.00 fergusson, bernard. reprint 1950. collins. 384 pp. a fine unit history of the black watch by a former officer and later historian and governor general of new zealand. he gives a brief history of the foundation of the regiment but concentrates on its battles in world war 2. after reforming following its capture in france, the campaigns in north africa, italy, and europe are fully covered. hard to find book now. hardbound, no d/j. signature in ink of former owner on flyleaf. rear binding slightly detached and some marks on covers. good copy.
297 Buffs, The 10.00 Blaxland, Gregory. Osprey Publishing, 1972. 40 pp. ISBN 0 85045 064 0 An Osprey monograph of famous regiments. Dating back to at least 1667, it is one of the oldest and more storied units in the British Army. Photos and colour uniform drawings, regimental colours. Card covers, slightly yellowed. Otherwise in excellent 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.
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. Photos and maps. Paperback edition of above book. excellent condition.
422 British Airborne Troops 25.00 Gregory, Barry. 1st. ed. 1974. Doubleday, 160 pp. ISBN 0-385-04247-7 A full history of the founding and expansion of British Airborne units including parachute and glider troops. Fully illustrated with photos, unit formations and maps throughout. Also an examination of weapons, troop carrying aircraft and gliders are detailed. An excellent reference. Hardbound with d/j. A small chip on d/j, otherwise in excellent condition. (see other airborne titles)
522 Charlie Company 1940-1944 30.00 Cochrane, Peter. 1st. ed. 1977. Chatto & Windus, 179 pp. ISBN 0-7011-2280-3 A personal account of a young 2nd. Lieutenant in the 2nd, Battalion, Cameron Highlanders serving in this company for the entire war, hence the title. He covers all the actions of his unit at part of 4th. Indian Div. in the Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and later Italy. Photos. Hardbound, no d/j. Original owner had placed an ownership sticker inside front cover. Very good 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.
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 MAKE UP IN THE DESERT WAS 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.
387 FIRST LONDON’S (ROYAL FUSILIERS) 60.00 HANDLEY, R.E. 1ST. ED. 1986, LITTLEDOWN PUBLISHING, 246 PP. ISBN0 9511707 0 8 A COMPREHENSIVE HISTORY OF THE REGIMENT FROM ITS EARLIEST INCARNATION AS A VOLUNTEER CORPS AND LATER AFFILIATIONS ENDING WITH THE ROYAL FUSILIERS. THEY SUFFERED VERY HEAVY CASUALTIES IN WW1 AND AGAIN IN WW2 IN ITALY. MANY PHOTOS, MAPS, EXAMPLES OF CAP BADGES AND UNIFORMS. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. A HARD TO COME BY VOLUME. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. D/J SCUFFED ON TOP AND BOTTOM OF SPINE. EXCELLENT 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" duties 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)
420 Gliders, The – Story of the Wooden Chariots of World War 2 20.00 Lloyd, Alan. 1st. ed. 1982. Leo Cooper, 208 pp. ISBN 0-436-25470-0 An interesting account of the development and deployment of glider troops in WW2. Initially it focuses on German innovations that assisted in the conquest of the Netherlands and Crete and then on the Allies who utilized gliders in their reconquest of Europe. Many photos and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition. (see also other airborne histories.)
429 Green Howards – Three Hundred Years of Service 30.00 Powell, Geoffrey & Powell, J. , 1st.ed. 1992. Leo Cooper Ltd. 316 pp. ISBN 0 85052 857-7 A full history of one of the most famous British infantry regiments. Raised in 1668, it has served in all major campaigns in North America, Crimea, the two world wars and up to Bosnia and Kosovo. Profusely illustrated with b/w and colour photos and uniform drawings. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
433 The Gurkhas 15.00 Chappell, Mike. Osprey Publications, 1996. 64 pp. ISBN 1-85532-357-5 An Osprey book that covers the uniforms and insignia of the Gurkha regiments. A short but complete history of each regiment is included in the text. Many photos and illustrations as well as colour plates of the uniforms. Card covers. Mint condition.
435 The Gurkhas 25.00 James, Harold & Denis Sheil-Small. 1st. ed. 1965. 284 pp. A full and detailed history of the Gurkhas and includes many stories of courage and sacrifice of these formidable warriors. The authors served with the Gurkhas and their admiration for them comes through in each story. Most of the book covers the two world wars. Many photos throughout. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some minor chips. Very good condition.
431 Heat of Battle – 16th.Bn. Durham Light Infantry – 1939-45 30.00 Hart, Peter. 1st.ed. 1999. Leo Cooper Ltd. 224 pp. ISBN 0-85052-690-6 One of the “Pen & Sword Regimental Action” books covering specific units in WW2. The DLI landed at Salerno in Italy and fought there to the end of the war and then in Greece during the civil war in 1945. Many anecdotal stories included that bring perspective to the battles. Photos throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
393 History of the 16th./5th. Queen’s Royal Lancers – 1925 to 1961 100.00 Barcley, C.N. 1st.ed. 1963, Gale & Polden, 235 pp. An interesting account of a cavalry regiment still training with horses until converted to armour at the beginning of the second world war, (always reluctantly it seems!). Covers its service in Tunisia and Italy until war’s end. The book ends with its deployment in Germany equipped with Centurian tanks. Many photos, maps and illustrations. Colour pages with guidon and the Queen. Hardbound, no d/j. Bindings have slight warp due to manufacture and not caused by damage. Hard to find volume.
405 HISTORY OF THE CHESHIRE REGIMENT IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945 90.00 CROOKENDEN, ARTHUR. 1ST. ED. 1949. W.H. EVANS AND SONS, 371 PP. A COMMISSIONED HISTORY OF ONE OF THE MORE FAMOUS ENGLISH REGIMENTS COVERING ITS PARTICIPATION IN WW2. ALL THE BATTALIONS ARE COVERED AND ALL THEATRES OF WAR HAD AT LEAST ONE BATTALION IN ACTION. A ROLL OF HONOUR IS INCLUDED IN THE APPENDICES ALONG WITH PHOTOS AND BIOGRAPHIES OF OFFICERS LOST. ALSO THE EQUIPMENT, MACHINE GUNS AND MOTORS THEY OPERATED. A HARD TO FIND VOLUME. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
400 Kaffrarian Rifles, 1876-1986 100.00 Coleman, Francis L. 1st. ed. 1988, Rustica Press, 327 pp. An unusual history of a South African regiment founded in 1876 for service in the Transkei. Later fought in SW Africa in WW1 and in WW2 was in Libya and took part in the capture of Bardia. It was later captured with the fall of Tobruk. The regiment was suspended for the remainder of the war, but some escapees and those not present in Tobruk for various reasons went on to interesting careers. The regiment was re-raised post war and saw service in Angola. It provides interesting insights into the South African view of history. A rare, hard to find book. Signed by author. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
287 King’s Regiment 10.00 Shepperd, Alan. Osprey Publishing, 1973, 40 pp. ISBN 0 85045 120 5 An Osprey monograph detailing the history and campaigns of famous regiments of the British Army from its founding until amalgamation in 1958. Many photos, maps. Card covers, slightly yellowed. Excellent condition otherwise.
403 Life of a Regiment- History of the Gordon Highlanders 1919-1945 75.00 Miles, Wilfred. 1st.ed. 1961. University Press, 422 pp. This is volume 5 of a full history of the Gordon’s. This book covers the interwar years to the end of WW2 with most of the emphasis on WW2. Various battalions served in every theatre from France in 1940, North Africa at El Alamein, Tunisia, Italy and Normandy and well as Malaya and the Far East. An indispensable resource on the Regiment. Hardbound, no d/j. Slight scuffs on top of spine, otherwise 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.
441 Mailed Fist – 6th Armoured Division at War 1940-1945 25.00 Ford, Ken. 1st. ed. Sutton Publishing, 2005. 213 pp. ISBN 0-7509-3515-6 Formed in 1940, the division was first employed in the Tunisian Campaign where it helped stabilize the Allied line following the US defeat at Kasserine and then played a major role in defeating the Axis forces in North Africa. It was later employed in Italy taking a major role in Operation Diadem in 1944 and breaking through the Gustav and Hitler lines. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j, mint condition.
990 noble crusade - history of the eighth army 1941-45 25.00 doherty, richard. 1st. ed. 1999. spellmount press, 368 pp. isbn 1-86227-045-7 a complete account of one of the storied armies in ww2. formed in 1941 in north africa, it fought from operation crusader to relieve tobruk to final victory over the afrika korps in tunisia. it then fought in sicily and italy where it became a cosmopolitan army made up of soldiers from many nations. its final battle was in lombardy where the last german army was defeated opening the way past the last german defences in italy. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
427 Monty’s Highlander’s 30.00 Delaforce, Patrick. Chancellor Press, 2000. 240 pp. ISBN 0-75370-352-1 This monograph focuses on WW2 and the Highland Division’s major role. After resisting and later surrendering in St. Valery essentially diverting German attention away from Dunkirk, the Division was re-raised and served primarily under Montgomery’s command, hence the title. Well documented and many photos and illustrations throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
428 North Irish Horse – A Hundred Years of Service 30.00 Docherty, Richard. 1st ed. 2002. Spellmount Ltd. 276 pp An interesting history of one of the “Yeomanry” cavalry regiments formed or reorganized in the early 1900’s that went on serve in the armoured role. In WW1, it remained horsed and used in secondary communications roles. In WW2, it was armoured with Churchills and deployed first to Tunisia and then Italy. It formed a bond supporting the Canadian Army and was given the honour to display a maple leaf on its tactical badge. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
426 None Braver – History of the 51st. Highland Division in WW2 35.00 Doherty, Richard. 1st. ed. 2006, Spellmount Ltd. 304 pp. ISBN 1-86227-317-0 The full story of a famous division that represents the best of Scotland. After its capture at St. Valery, it was a particularly hard blow to the Scots. Many members made their escape and rejoined the reconstituted division in Britain. The 51st. were famous for painting their HD shoulder patch on signs and buildings everywhere they went as a show of esprit de corps, and became known as the “Highway Decorators” to others. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent near mint condition.
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.
421 Red Beret – The Story of the Parachute Regiment at War 1940-45 30.00 Sanders, H. St.G. 1st. ed. 1985, Battery Press. 336 pp. ISBN 0-89839-087-7 A full history of the foundation and development of the Parachute Regiment in WW2. Covers its early training and all operations. Well illustrated with photos, maps and unit descriptions. Photos and illustrations throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Some scuffs on d/j, otherwise in excellent condition. (see also no. 419,420,422 for other airborne titles)
397 Regimental History – Royal Hampshire Regiment, vol.3 1918-1954 85.00 Daniell, David S., 1st. ed. 1955, Gale and Polden, 294 pp. A volume of the history of the Hampshires. This volume picks up the story after the end of WW1 with interwar service in the Middle East and then its battles in Egypt and Tunisia and later in Italy and Normandy. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has a small clip in inside. Signature of original owner on flyleaf. Excellent condition. A rare, hard to find volume.
315 Scottish Regiments 25.00 Henderson, Diana. 1993. Harper Collins, 183 pp. ISBN 0-470011-2 An authoritative survey of the origins and history of each regiment from their beginnings up to the Falklands War. Many illustrations and photos, many in colour. Examples of tartans, plus full listing of all battle honours for each regiment. Card covers. Excellent 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.
437 Tales from the King’s African Rifles. 30.00 Nunneley, John. Cassel & Co. 2000. 230 pp. ISBN 0-304-35349-3 A fascinating story of one of the more famous ‘colonial’ British regiments in WW2 that are rarely covered. Written by a then junior officer, he details the early campaigns in Ethiopia and Somalia and then its deployment to Burma for the remainder of the war. His descriptions of the fear and terror experienced in Burma fighting the elusive Japanese is a very real and compelling story. He was wounded and suffered from malaria in this campaign. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
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 very good condition
430 To the Last Round – South Notts Hussars 1939-45 30.00 Hart, Peter. 1st. ed. 1996. Leo Cooper Ltd. 223 pp. ISBN 0-85052-514-4 The story of a Yeomanry Regiment first raised in 1794. In WW1 it was serving as cavalry in Egypt and Palestine, later being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. By WW2, it was an artillery regiment. It fought in North Africa and was all but wiped out during the Gazala battles in 1942 being ordered to "fight to the last round" in an attempt to stop Rommel’s panzers. A few men escaped, but most were taken as POW’s. The regiment was reformed in 1944 as a medium artillery regiment. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
478 Welsh Guards at War 65.00 Ellis, L.F. 1st. ed. 1946, Gale and Polden Ltd. 386 pp. This is the official history of the Welsh Guards in WW2 printed for the regiment by a Guardsman. It covers the early campaigns in France and the evacuation from Dunkirk to North Africa and then Italy and Europe. Many maps and illustrations throughout along with reproductions of painting by the author. Several pages of photographs at the rear of the book along with a roll of honour. Hardbound, no d/j. Evidence of something taped inside front cover at one time. Small bump on lower spine, otherwise in very good condition.
615 Wings in the Wind 20.00 Stainforth, Peter. 1st. ed. 1985. Arms and Armour Press. 263 pp. ISBN 0-85368-729-3 The story of the Parachute Brigade from inception in 1940 and the authors role in the actions in Tunisia, Sicily and finally Arnhem. Many illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
615a Wings in the Wind 20.00 A second copy of the above book. Same condition except original owner’s signature on flyleaf.
british commandos, Special forces
618 Army Commandos 1940-1945 10.00 Chappell, Mike. 1st.ed. 1996. Osprey Publishing, 64 pp. ISBN 1-85532-579-9 An overview of the Commando units formed by the British Army. Covers many of the key operations and equipment and weapons used. Lots of photos and maps as well as colour illustrations of uniforms in typical Osprey format. Card covers. Excellent condition.
616 Foreign Volunteers of the Allied Forces 1939-45 10.00 Thomas, Nigel & Simon McCouaig. Reprint 1998. Osprey Publishing, 47 pp. ISBN 1-85532-136X An examination of various nationalities that the continued the fight against Germany within the British Army. Poles, Czechs, French, Belgians, Danes, Norwegians, Dutch, Yugoslavs and Greeks were formed into units generally under their own generals or joined specialized units like the SAS and Commandos. Many photos, illustrations and colour plates of uniforms. Card covers. Excellent condition.
621 Geoffrey Keyes V.C. 15.00 Keyes, Elizabeth. 1st. ed. 1956. George Newnes & Co. 277 pp. A memorial written by his sister of Lt. Col. Keyes, the son of Admiral Sir Roger Keyes. The author covers his career up to his final action in North Africa. He joined the Commandos from the Royal Scots Greys and commanded 11th. (Scottish) Commando in many early raids into Norway and Crete. He was killed in a raid on what was thought to be Rommel’s HQ in Libya, the only British soldier killed in the action. Although a failure in its original objective as Rommel never actually used the buildings as an HQ, it did cause the German’s to keep looking over their shoulder for future raids. Photos and maps. Hardbound, no d/j. Corners and spine have bumps. Good copy.
477 HISTORY OF THE SAS REGIMENT 25.00 STRAWSON, JOHN. 1ST.ED. 1984, MARTIN SECKER & WARBURG LTD., 292 PP. ISBN 0-436-49992-4 THE SAS IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS REGIMENTS KNOWN FOR ITS DARING ACTIONS AND THE TOUGH MEN WHO CARRY THEM OUT. COVERS ITS FOUNDING IN NORTH AFRICA UNDER DAVID STERLING IN WW2 AND ALL ITS CAMPAIGNS UP TO THE FALKLANDS WAR. MANY PHOTOS AND MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. 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. 619 Marine Commando 20.00 Mitchell, Raymond. 1st. ed. 1988. Robt. Hale Ltd. 223 pp. ISBN 0-7090-3521-7 This is a dramatic first person account of a Royal Marine in 41 Royal Marine Commando. He landed at Salerno unopposed and supported the 1st. Canadian Div. This relationship continued into the Italian campaign. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Signature of original owner on flyleaf, otherwise in excellent condition.
624 Massacre at Tobruk 25.00 Smith, Peter C. 1st. ed. 1987. Wm. Kimber & Co. 214 pp. ISBN 0-7183-0664-3 The story of the raid on Tobruk in September 1942 to deny Rommel a larger port to build up his resources when at his height of success. The RN, SAS and Royal Marines were involved. The raid was a total failure with heavy losses to army and navy. Many photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition. (see also no. 625)
623 Middle East Commando 30.00 Messenger, Charles, et.al. 1st. ed. 1988. Wm. Kimber & Co. 176 pp. ISBN 0-7183-0645-7 Three units, 50, 51 and 52 Commando were raised in Egypt in 1940 from a variety of nationalities to play roles in various Middle Eastern and African engagements. In early 1941 they were in Eritrea and Ethopia and then in an abortive raid on Crete. Largely an untold story compared to their European comrades. Photo throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent 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.
647 Raiders – Great Exploits of the Second World War 20.00 Laffin, John. 1st.ed. 1999. Sutton Publishing, 194 pp. ISBN 0-7509-1525-0 An examination of some of the most daring raids by specialized units, commandos and airborne troops. Most of the book focusses on British operations of the SAS, SBS, LRDG and Commandos. The Germans are mentioned for the capture of Eben Emael and the rescue of Mussolini from a mountain top. Also, the Italian ‘chariot’ attacks on British warships are examined. Photos and illustrations. 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 authories. 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.
659 SPECIAL FORCES IN THE DESERT WAR – 1940-43 25.00 WYNTER, H.W. 1ST.ED. 2001. IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, 440 PP. ISBN 1-903365-29-5 THIS IS A REPRINT OF OFFICIAL WARTIME DOCUMENTS RECORDING THE FORMATION AND USE OF THE LRDG AND THE COMMANDOS AND OTHER SPECIAL FORCES (SAS, ETC.). THE DATES OF OPERATIONS, UNITS INVOLVED AND OUTCOMES ARE FULLY COVERED. AN EXCELLENT REFERENCE. MAPS. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. NEAR MINT CONDITION.
622 Storm from the Sea 25.00 Young, Brig. Peter. Reprint 1965. Wm. Kimber & Co. 221 pp. ISBN 0-7183-0161-7 The full story of No. 3 Commando by the man who eventually became its commanding officer. As an early formation it worked on ideas that led the way to be the proving ground for other units. Took part in raids in Norway, Dieppe and in Sicily. On D-Day captured the Merville battery. It later served in the Far East. Maps and illustrations. Laminated hardbound covers. Spine has some small bumps. Very good condition.
617 Ten Commando 1942-1945 30.00 Dear, Ian. 1st. ed. 1987. Leo Cooper Ltd. 208 pp ISBN 0-85052-1211 This unit was surrounded in secrecy at it was composed entirely by men from occupied countries. They faced great danger personally, but also any family members should they be identified. Much of their activity was in Italy and later France. Photos throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
625 Tobruk Commando 20.00 Landsborough, Gordon. Reprint 1989. 216 pp. ISBN 1-85367-025-1 An early account (1956) of the failure of Operation Agreement, a large raid on Tobruk to destroy German facilities. The raid went wrong from the beginning resulting in 3 ships, a light cruiser and 2 modern destroyers lost and over 300 men as well as the participation of the LRDG and SAS coming out of the desert. Many photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition (see also no. 624)
620 War Behind Enemy Lines (Imperial War Museum Book) 25.00 Thompson Julian. Reprint 2001. Brassey’s Inc. 476 pp. ISBN 1-57488-381-X The full story of British special forces in WW2 that were formed following the evacuation of France. Commandos, the SAS, SBS, LRDG, Chindits and Popski’s Private Army are covered. An exhaustive study of these famous units. Many photos and illustrations. Card covers. Near mint condition.
1000 the watery maze - the story of combined operations 25.00 fergusson, bernard. 1st. ed. 1961. collins. 437pp. the author lays out the long process of testing ideas, trial and error and raids that led to the formation of combined operations. the personalities doing the planningand clashes between them, especially with mountbatten, is discussed with his analysis. his description and support of the 'lessons' from the dieppe raid may not resonate with canadians, but this is only one of the operations he highlights. photos and maps. hardbound with d/j. d/j has a small chip on spine. 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. However, he ‘accidentally’ fell out of an airplane into France 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.
AXIS unit histories (GERMAN, ITALIAN OTHER AXIS POWERS)
454 GERMAN AIRBORNE DIVISIONS: MEDITERRANEAN THEATRE 1942-45 10.00 QUARRIE, BRUCE. 1ST. ED. OSPREY PUBLICATIONS, 96 PP. ISBN 1-84176-828-6 AN EXPANDED OSPREY BOOK THAT COVERS ALL THE UNITS DEPLOYED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN THEATRE AND THEIR INCREASED ROLE AS GROUND TROOPS. MANY ILLUSTRATIONS, MAPS, ORDER OF BATTLE CHARTS THROUGHOUT. AN EXCELLENT REFERENCE. CARD COVERS. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
456 GERMAN AIRBORNE TROOPS 1939-45 10.00 QUARRIE, BRUCE. 1ST. ED. 1983. OSPREY PUBLISHING, 40 PP ISBN 0-85045 480 8 A FAMILIAR OSPREY MONOGRAPH OF THE FORMATION AND HISTORY OF THE FALLSCHIRMJAGER. COVERS THE FORMATION, TRAINING AND VARIOUS CAMPAIGNS. MANY PHOTOS THROUGHOUT AND EIGHT PAGES OF COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS OF UNIFORMS. CARD COVERS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
458 GERMAN PARATROOPERS – ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE FALLSCHIRMJAGER IN WW2 35.00 MCNAB, CHRIS (ED.). 1ST. ED. 2000. MBI PUBLISHING, 176 PP. ISBN 0 7603 0932 9 A VERY WELL ILLUSTRATED VOLUME ON THE HISTORY OF GERMAN AIRBORNE UNITS. COVERS ALL PHASES FROM FORMATION TO ITS EARLY SUCCESSES IN EUROPE, TO THE NEAR DISASTER IN CRETE AND LATER OPERATIONS IN AFRICA, ITALY AND RUSSIA. THERE IS SUPPORTING TEXT, BUT THE PHOTOS ARE STORY. HARDBOUND WITH D/J. EXCELLENT CONDITION.
444 HERMAN GOERING DIVISION 10.00 WILLIAMSON, GORDON. 1ST. ED. 2003, OSPREY PRESS. 48 PP. ISBN 1-84176-406-X AN OSPREY MONOGRAPH DETAILING THE GROWTH OF THE ORIGINAL PRE-WAR POLICE UNIT TO ITS EVENTUAL TITLE OF PARACHUTE ARMOUR CORPS. ALWAYS CONSIDERED AN ELITE UNIT BECAUSE OF ITS NAMESAKE FOUNDER, IT HAD A ROUGH TIME IN SICILY, BUT AFTER REFORMING, THE UNIT GREW IN SIZE AND EXPERIENCE. IT FOUGHT IN VARIOUS GUISES IN FRANCE, SICILY, ITALY AND RUSSIA. MANY PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS INCLUDING COLOUR UNIFORM PROFILES. CARD COVERS. IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
455 LUFTWAFFE AIRBORNE AND FIELD UNITS 10.00 WINDROW, MARTIN. 1ST. ED. OSPREY PUBLICATIONS, 40 PP. ISBN 85045 114 0 AN OSPREY BOOK THAT GIVES AN OVERVIEW OF THE VARIOUS AIRBORNE AND FIELD UNITS (EG. FLAK AND INFANTRY), INCLUDING THE HERMAN GOERING DIVISION, THAT WERE FORMED UNDER LUFTWAFFE CONTROL. MANY PHOTOS AND COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. SLIGHTLY YELLOWED IN SPOTS, OTHERWISE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
1283 ITALIAN ARMY 1940-45 - VOL. 1 - EUROPE 1940-43 10.00 JOWETT, PHILIP & S. ANDREW. 1ST. ED. 2000. OSPREY PUBLICATIONS. 48 PP. PART ONE OF A 'MEN-AT ARMS' OSPREY SERIES COVERING THE ITALIAN ARMY'S OPERATIONS IN EUROPE, THE BALKANS AND RUSSIA. MORE MEN SERVED IN EUROPEAN THEATRES THAN IN NORTH AFRICA WHERE THEY WERE BETTER KNOWN. LOTS OF PHOTOS, CHARTS, COLOUR DRAWINGS AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. NEAR MINT CONDITION.
1283 ITALIAN ARMY 1940-45 - VOL. 2 - AFRICA 1940-43 10.00 JOWETT, PHILIP & S. ANDREW. REPRINT. 2001. OSPREY PUBLICATIONS. 48 PP. PART ONE OF A 'MEN-AT ARMS' OSPREY SERIES COVERING THE ITALIAN ARMY'S BETTER KNOWN OPERATIONS IN NORTH AFRICA, ETHIOPIA AND SOMALILAND. AFRICA WAS WHERE MUSSOLINI TRIED TO CARVE OUT A NEW ROMAN EMPIRE, BUT SOON LOST EAST AFRICA TO THE BRITISH AND WERE PROPPED UP BY THE GERMANS IN NORTH AFRICA. ALL THESE CAMPAIGNS ARE COVERED WELL. LOTS OF PHOTOS, CHARTS, COLOUR DRAWINGS AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS. CARD COVERS. SLIGHT SUN FADE ON SPINE AND PART OF FRONT COVER. EXCELLENT CONDITION OTHERWISE.
519 MOSTRINE FREGI DISTINTIVI (ITALIAN RANKS AND BRANCH OF SERVICE BADGES) 15.00 TARLAO, GUIDO. 1ST. ED. 1975. INTERGEST, 53 PP. A USEFUL BOOK ON THE ITALIAN ARMED FORCES (ONE OF A SERIES) THAT COVERS CAP, UNIT AND BRANCH OF SERVICE BADGES AS WELL AS UNIFORMS. MANY PAGES OF COLOUR ILLUSTRATION OF THE BADGES AND SOME OF UNIFORMS AND CAPS. MANY B/W PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS. TEXT IN ITALIAN BUT EASY TO FOLLOW. CARD COVERS. VERY SMALL BUMPS ON EDGES OF COVERS, BUT OTHERWISE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.