094 Armies of Rommel 20.00 Forty, George. Arms and Armour, 1999, 254 pp. ISBN 1-85409-503-X A complete examination of Armies Rommel and units commanded from France to North Africa, Italy and Normandy. Units and order of battle are included with each army, key commanders, photos, charts. Card covers. excellent condition.
446 Armies of George S. Patton 35.00 Forty, George. Arms and Armour, 1st. ed. 1996, 268 pp. ISBN 1-85409-295-2 A comprehensive study of all units commanded by Patton starting in WW1 and ending with those armies in WW2. Units and order of battle at each stage are listed. Many photos, charts and maps. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
910 beyond valor 20.00 o'donnell, patrick. 1st. ed. 2001. free press, 366 pp. isbn 0=684-87384-2 A compilation of stories of us soldiers where the author has solicited them to ensure their stories are told. he concentrates on elite units of the US army, rangers, airborne and the 1st. special service force (that included canadians). he uses these stories to tell the story or the war in europe. photos. hardbound with d/j. d/j has small tear on spine. "review copy" stamp on title page. excellent condition.
782 British Soldier 20.00 Lucas, James. 1st. ed. 1989. Arms and Armour Press, 146 pp. ISBN 0-85368-992-X This book captures the personal memories and accounts of British soldiers fighting on the various theatres of operation around the Empire while putting into context the campaigns they were fighting in. Impressions of the men they fought against are also captured. Photos. Hardbound with d/j. Sticker with previous owners name on flyleaf and one page has two sentences underlined in pen. Otherwise in very good condition.
011 c/o Postmaster 5.00 St. George, Thomas. 1st. ed. 1943. crowell. 56 pp. An instructive book written by a U.S. soldier stationed in Australia trying to come to terms with the culture, weather and language barriers. Humourous observations and comments. Illustrated with cartoons throughout. Hardbound with d/j. Spine has bump on lower end. D/j has some chips to spine, but otherwise a good copy.
881 CIANO DIARIES 1939-1945 20.00 GIBSON, HUGH (ED.) 1ST. ED. 1946, DOUBLEDAY & CO. 584 PP. THE COMPLETE DIARIES OF COUNT CIANO, THE ITALIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. A LAWYER BY TRAINING, HE MARRIED MUSSOLINI'S DAUGHTER AND WAS DRAWN INTO THE FASCIST MOVEMENT DESPITE MISGIVINGS. HIS DIARIES GIVE FULL 'BEHIND THE SCENES' OF THE RISE AND FALL OF MUSSOLINI. A COMPLEX MAN HE WAS EASILY SWAYED BY MUSSOLINI SERVING HIS GOVERNMENT AND WAS THE FINANCIAL ARCHITECT SOLIDIFYING FASCIST POWER. HE DOCUMENTS ALL THE POLITICAL DRAMA AND IS SUSPICIOUS OF THE RISE OF GERMAN INFLUENCE. HE WAS UNDER NO ILLUSION OF WHAT THAT MEANT TO ITALY, BUT SEEMED TOO WEAK AND POWERLESS TO STOP MUSSOLINI'S AMBITIONS. HE LATER HELPED OVERTHROW MUSSOLINI, BUT CAME AT THE COST OF BEING EXECUTED BY THE GESTAPO. HARDBOUND, NO D/J. SOME WEAR ON SPINE. GOOD CONDITION.
862 Deceivers ever - memoirs of a camouflage officer 25.00 Sykes, Steven. 1st .ed. 1990. kpg group, 219 pp. isbn 0-946771-54-5 a very interesting account of various deception techniques used to disguise defensive positions, tanks and vehicles or the creation of fictional installations and vehicles to fool the axis. some were small scale others on a vast scale such as at alamein and for the normandy invasion. photos, illustrations and colour reproductions of paintings. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
863 desert rats - alamein to basra 25.00 parker, john. 1st. ed. 2004. headline books, 376 pp. isbn 0-7553-1288-0 an updated history of the british 7th. armoured brigade, the famous desert rats. originally the 7th armoured division in north africa, it continued serving into europe and germany. the 7th armoured brigade still maintains the traditions of this famous unit and includes their latest campaign in the gulf war. photos. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition.
879 from oasis to italy - war poems and diaries from africa & italy 15.00 selwyn, victor, et al. (ed.). 1st. ed. 1983, shepheard-walwyn publishers, 267 pp. isbn o-85683-063-1 an interesting collection of poems and documents from soldiers serving in north africa and italy. the editors purpose is to document and publish these ww2 poems to preserve them. the originals have been donated to the imperial war museum. many illustrations and some colour reproductions of paintings. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition. 841 Germany’s Lightning War 25.00 Gilbert, Adrian. 1st.ed. 2000. MBI Publsihing, 256 pp. isbn 0-7603-0845-4 An overview of the German successes with ‘blitzkrieg’ covering the period from the invasion of Poland up to El Alamein. Equipment and tactics are examined as the German’s re-evaluated their WW1 Schlieffen Plan failures and became whole hearted supporters of armoured warfare. Profusely illustrated with photos, many in colour, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
597 The Great Escape – A Canadian Story 15.00 Barris, Ted. 1st. ed. 2013. Thomas Allen, 288 pp. The story of the role of the many Canadians who planned, had key roles and participated in the “Great Escape”. The old movie staring Steve McQueen never mentions any Canadians and indeed Americans are featured, whereas in real life they were in a separate camp. The author sets about correcting the false impressions created by the movie and telling their story. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with d/j. Mint condition.
239 History of the Second World War 25.00 Liddell-Hart, B.H. Putnam & Son’s. 1970. 776 pp. The last book published by a revolutionary military thinker and historian of his day. He took almost 23 years to write this work to ensure its accuracy and his analysis was sound. Many maps of the campaigns and various battles. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has a few scuffs, but otherwise in excellent condition.
331 Invaders – British and American Experience of Seaborne Landings 1939-45 30.00 Bruce, Colin J. Chatham Publishing, 1st. ed. 1999, 286 pp. ISBN 1-86176-045-0 An interesting examination of the development and evolution of amphibious operations by Britain and the US in Europe and the Pacific. Many first-hand accounts of operations and lessons learned. Many b/w photos. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
914 leadership in war 1939-1945 20.00 smyth, john. 1st. ed. 1974. st. martin's press, 247 pp. an excellent overview of the main and less familiar generals and admirals of ww2. the author examines the campaigns in europe, north africa and the far east covering the qualities of the victorious and those who didn't succeed. he goes on to discuss personality strengths and weaknesses and the logistical problems these generals faced. no one is spared and this one book covers a lot of leaders. photos. hardbound with d/j. excellent condition.
969 the man who never was 20.00 montegu, ewan. 1st. ed. 1953. lippincott, 160pp. the remarkable story of a bizarre deception plot by british intelligence. the author was responsible for devising a plan to make the germans believe that the allies would not invade sicily, the obvious target, but go to sardinia and greece instead. they used a dead body, created a false identity and cover story to make him 'real'. they placed 'secret' papers addressed to eisenhower on him and the body was launched from a submarine washing up in spain in an area with active german agents. the papers were examined by the germans before returned to the british. they were believed and acted upon. written before 'ultra' was revealed, confirmation that their plan had succeeded is given a cover story of its own. photos. hardbound with d/j. very minor chips to d/j. excellent condition.
629 Monty – Battles of the Field Marshal B.L. Montgomery 35.00 Hamilton, Nigel. 1st. ed. 1994. Hodder and Stoughton, 653 pp. The author wrote a definitive 3 volume biography of Montgomery (see 626,627, 628 in Biographies). This volume concentrates only on the battles fought by Monty and his extensive preparation, professionalism and his drive to succeed. His excellent qualities and weaknesses are examined in context of each of the battles he commanded. A complimentary work that doesn’t take away from the biographical work. Hardbound with d/j/ Excellent condition.
968 operation mincemeat 25.00 macintyre, ben. 1st. ed. 2010. harmony books. 400 pp. isbn 978-0-307-45327-3 the full story of one of the most unusual and improbable spy stories of ww2. two british mi 5 agents concocted a simple and yet complicated scheme to place a dead body with a false identity carrying 'secret' papers into the sea off spain with the intention of them falling into german hands. they were hoping to deceive the germans into thinking that the allies would not be invading sicily but would attack sardinia and greece instead. it worked. the germans removed troops from sicily. it's a remarkable story with all the twists and turns. photos. hardbound with d/j. near mint condition. (see also 969)
667 The Path to Leadership 20.00 Montgomery, B.L. 1st. ed. 1961, Collins Press, 255 pp. An interesting book aimed and a young generation on what constitutes leadership in individuals and countries by Field Marshal Montgomery. He comments on some of his contemporaries, including Churchill and Stalin on their strengths and failings from his viewpoint of course. Hardbound with d/j. Signed by author. Very good condition.
773 Turn of the Tide 15.00 Bryant, Arthur. Reprint 1958. Richard Clay and Co., 637 pp. One of the finest examinations of the dynamics between politicians and military leaders in a world war. The author uses the diaries of Field Marshal Viscount Alanbrooke, a most able soldier, who was instrumental in describing how he guided British military strategy as CIGS and keeping Churchill from his wild schemes and demands. Alanbrooke was under incredible pressure, but was able to appear calm and remained as Churchill's best advisor. Photos and maps. Hardbound with d/j. D/j has some chips and a small loss on the rear. Otherwise in very good condition. (see 774 for full diaries)
235 The World at War. 20.00 Arnold-Foster, Mark. William Collins and Son. 1st. ed., 1973. 340 pp. ISBN 0-00-211952-8 A companion book to accompany the BBC series of the same name. Follows the TV programs with expanded information of each episode. Well illustrated and a good overview of WW2 in general and excellent book to go with the series. Hardbound with d/j. Excellent condition.
Ballantine Illustrated Books
338 Bir Hakim 5.00 Holmes, Richard. Ballantine Books, 1st. ed. 1971. 160 pp. Ballantine Battle book, no. 23. The story of the Free French army’s defense of a key position in the Gazala Line. After bitter fighting with the Afrika Korps the force was able to withdraw along with the rest of the British Army and restore some of France’s military honour. Many photos, maps and illustrations. Card covers. Some scuffs and fold on front cover. Tape on bottom of spine with a marking dot. (not a repair). Good condition.
323 Montgomery 5.00 Thompson, R.W. Ballantine Press, 1st. ed. 1974. 159 pp. Ballantine War Leaders Book, no. 29 in the series. Written by an author who is not an admirer. Nonetheless covers Montgomery’s career in full. Well illustrated with photos, maps and drawings. Card covers. Excellent 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.
326 Raiders – Desert Strike Force 5.00 Swinson, Arthur, 1st. ed. 1968, 160 pp. Ballantine Campaign Book, no. 2 in the series. A solid overview of the various ‘private armies’ that operated in North Africa and beyond. Card covers. Spine slightly sun faded. Very good condition.
336 Rape of Ethiopia 1936 5.00 Barker, A.J. 1st. ed. 1971, 160 pp. Ballantine politics in action Book, no. 4. An interesting account of an oft forgotten war. The Italians expected an easy victory given their technological advantages but found the Ethiopians stubborn and skillful opponents. Only by resorting to use of mustard gas and heavy aerial bombardment did the Italians finally subdue the Ethiopians. Well illustrated with photos, maps and drawings. Card covers. Very slight scuffs on bottom of spine, otherwise in very good condition.