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Peacemakers  -  The Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End the War
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Peacemakers - The Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End the War

By Macmillan, Margaret

London: John Murray, 2019. A near Fine unmarked copy. 574 pages. 30 illustrations. Between January and July 1919, after the war to end all wars, men and women from all over the world converged on Paris for the Peace Conference. At its heart were the leaders of the three great powers - Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George and Clemenceau. Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes - from Armenian independence to women's rights. Everyone had business in Paris that year - T.E. Lawrence, Queen Marie of Romania, Maynard Keynes, Ho Chi Minh. There had never been anything like it before, and there never has been since. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China and dismissed the Arabs, struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews. The peacemakers, so it has been said, failed dismally; failed above all to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have unfairly been made scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. They tried to be evenhanded, but their goals - to make defeated countries pay without destroying them, to satisfy impossible nationalist dreams, to prevent the spread of Bolshevism and to establish a world order based on democracy and reason - could not be achieved by diplomacy. This book offers a prismatic view of the moment when much of the modern world was first sketched out.. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$10.78

Living With the Enemy  - An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First-Hand Accounts By People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945
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Living With the Enemy - An Outline of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands with First-Hand Accounts By People Who Remember the Years 1940-1945

By Mcloughlin, Roy

Jersey, Channel Islands: Seeker, 2015. An As New copy. 222 pages. Photographic illustrations throughout. During World War II the Channel Islands were the only part of Britain to be overrun by the Germans. The book shows that Islanders learned how to contend with Nazi regulations, how to survive and how to trust those Germans whose human side was often in contrast to the brutality of Hitler's regime. 117. Soft Cover. As New/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.54

Churchill's Desert Rats  -  From Normandy to Berlin with the 7th Armoured Division
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Churchill's Desert Rats - From Normandy to Berlin with the 7th Armoured Division

By Delaforce, Patrick

Stroud, Gloucestershie: Chancellor Press, 2001. An As New copy in pictoial laminated boards with dustjacket which has a minor taped repair to lower front flap edge and which is not price clipped. 200 pages. Illustrated throughout. The Desert Rats, the 7th Armoured Division, wore its famouse insignia of the jerboa, the long-tailed rodent, with pride. It was Winston Churchill's favourite division and was widely recognised as being among the most powerful in Europe during the second world war. This book tells the story of the division's final campaign, from Normandy to Berlin, in the words of the soldiers who fought with it.. Hard Cover. As New/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

Lancaster Down  -  The Extraordinary Tale of Seven Young Airmen at War
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Lancaster Down - The Extraordinary Tale of Seven Young Airmen at War

By Darlow, Stephen

London: Bounty, 2007. An As New copy in pictorial laminated boards with a dustjacket which has a close repaired tear and a stain (not visible to front) and is price clipped. 215 pages. 27 illustrations. Over 55,000 men from Bomber Command lost their lives in World War II. On one raid alone, Nuremburg in March 1944, more airmen lost their lives than were lost in the Battle of Britain. Historytells of nations of these men, mobilised to answer their country's call, fighting for ideals, living, dying, possibly returning home. One such man was Arthur Darlow, grandfather of the author, who was a pilot of a Lancaster crew in 405 RCAF Squadron, made up of British and Canadians. They were one of the legions of RAF bomber crews that took the offensive against Germany or most of the war. Their story, vividly recreated by Stephen Darlow is a special one. 116. Hard Cover. As New/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

The Victors  -  The Men of World War II
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The Victors - The Men of World War II

By Ambrose, Stephen E.

London: Simon and Schuster, 2004. A near Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 396 pages. The eminent Second World War historian Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose book follows the momentous events of the war from D-Day, 6 June 1944, through to the final days when the Allied soldiers pushed the German troops out of France, chased them across Germany, and, on 7 May 1945, destroyed the Nazi regime. 116. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

Marked for Death  -  The First War in the Air
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Marked for Death - The First War in the Air

By Hamilton-Paterson, James

London: Head of Zeus, 2015. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 356 pages. 34 illustrations. Little more than 10 years after the first powered flight, aircraft were pressed into service in World War I. Nearly forgotten in the war's massive overall death toll, some 50,000 aircrew would die in the combatant nations' fledgling air forces. The romance of aviation had a remarkable grip on the public imagination, propaganda focusing on gallant air 'aces' who become national heroes. The reality was horribly different. Marked for Death debunks popular myth to explore the brutal truths of wartime aviation: of flimsy aircraft and unprotected pilots who had no parachutes; of burning 19-year-olds falling screaming to their deaths; of pilots freezing and disorientated as they flew across enemy lines at 15,000 feet. James Hamilton-Paterson also reveals how four years of war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves and in military attitudes and strategy. By 1918 it was widely accepted that domination of the air above the battlefield was crucial to military success, a realization that would change the nature of warfare for ever. Box 116. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

Where Poppies Blow  -  The British Soldier, Nature , The Great War
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Where Poppies Blow - The British Soldier, Nature , The Great War

By Lewis-Stempel, John

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2016. A Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has a small repaired tear and loss to back and which is not price clipped. xxii + 374 pages. During the Great War, soldiers lived inside the ground, closer to nature than many humans had lived for centuries. Animals provided comfort and interest to fill the blank hours in the trenches - bird-watching, for instance, was probably the single most popular hobby among officers. Soldiers went fishing in flooded shell holes, shot hares in no-man's land for the pot, and planted gardens in their trenches and billets. Nature was also sometimes a curse - rats, spiders and lice abounded, and disease could be biblical. But above all, nature healed, and, despite the bullets and blood, it inspired men to endure. Where Poppies Blow is the unique story of how nature gave the British soldiers of the Great War a reason to fight, and the will to go on. 116. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The Pacific
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The Pacific

By Ambrose, Hugh

Edinburgh: Canongate, 2010. A Fine unmarked copy in a Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xviii + 489 pages. 68 photographs. Historian Hugh Ambrose deepens the experience of the HBO miniseries The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and broadcast on the Seven Network. These are the true stories of the men who put their lives on the line for their country, who were dispatched to the other side of the world to fight an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender; men who suffered hardship and humiliation in POW camps; men who witnessed casualties among soldier and civilian alike; and men whose medals came at a shocking price. Covering nearly four years of combat, with unprecedented access to military records, letters, journals, memoirs, photographs and interviews, this volume offers a unique historical perspective on the war against Japan-and ultimately the triumphant yet uneasy return home. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.88 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 116. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

Soldiers  -  Fighting Men's Lives, 1901-2001
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Soldiers - Fighting Men's Lives, 1901-2001

By Ziegler, Philip

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket. Stated First American Edition. xi + 331 pages. 18 photographs. The book explores the lives of nine British soldiers or 'Chelsea Pensioners', whose wartime experiences span the 20th century. A particularly British institution, the Royal Hospital Chelsea was opened in 1692 and, like Les Invalides in Paris, it was designed to provide a secure home for indigent veterans. Three hundred years later, it is still serving its original purpose, and its residents - who have seen action from Passchendaele to Anzio, from the Malayan emergency to the Mau Mau uprising, from Aden to Indonesia - are perhaps a more traditional breed of soldier than can be found anywhere else. L. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.93

Spitfire  -  A Very British Love Story
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Spitfire - A Very British Love Story

By Nichol, John

London: Simon and Schuster, 2018. A Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which has a small stain to the inside (not noticeable outside) and which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing 434 pages. 23 photographs and many others in the text. Coloured paintings of spitfires to endpapers. A rich and heartfelt tribute to this most iconic British machine. By focussing on the men (and women) who flew the Spitfire, John Nichol has brought a fresh and powerful perspective to the story. Here are edge-of-the-seat tales and heart-stopping first hand accounts: of battling pilots, some forced to bail out over enemy territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers; of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. 116. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The Imperial War Museum  Book of the First World War
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The Imperial War Museum Book of the First World War

By Brown, Malcolm and Adamson, June

London: Pan Books, 2002. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. a large format volume of 288 pages. Lavishly illustrated throughout. The first of the distinguished series of books about the two world wars published in association with the Imperial War Museum, this flagship work opens a window on to the wealth of material acquired by the museum since its inception in 1917. It includes extracts from diaries, letters, memoirs, taped interviews, service magazines and journals, together with a wide range of illustrations including photographs, posters, documents, cartoons, works of art and clips of film. The scope is enormous. The war of the trenches, the great battles of the western Front, the war at sea, the war in the air, 'sideshows' such as Gallipoli, Salonika and Kut, the contribution of women, the experience of civilians and children. PLEASE NOTE: A LARGE HEAVY BOOK OF 1.1 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COSTS 117. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$16.17

The Few  -  July - October 1940
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The Few - July - October 1940

By Kershaw, Alex

London: Michael Joseph, 2007. An As New copy in an As New dustjacket which is not price clipped. xiv + 314 pages. 62 photographs. In the bleak, early days of the Second World War Britain stood alone against the terror of Hitler's all-conquering Third Reich. Our future and the future of the free world hung in the balance; our defence rested in the hands of the men flying the Spitfires and Hurricanes of Royal Air Force Fighter Command - They were Churchill's Few. A powerful human tale of courage and sacrifice based on diaries, first-hand accounts and new interviews with veterans. 116. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.93

The Fighting Captain  -  Frederic John Walker RN and The Battle of the Atlantic
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The Fighting Captain - Frederic John Walker RN and The Battle of the Atlantic

By Burn, Alan

London: Leo Cooper, 1994. A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from two very small marks to rear endpapers) with a near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xix + 204 pages.3 maps. 24 illustrations. It is not generally realised how close, how very close, the toll on the Atlantic convoys from 1940 until early 1943 came to bringing Britain to her knees. Without the convoys no supplies; without supplies certainly no Second Front. Captain Frederic Walker RN devised and employed tactics which were the only sure means of combating and ultimately defeating the U-boat wolf packs, but it was only when the Lords of the Admiralty came to employ these tactics that the U-boats were finally defeated. No one did more to regain control of the North Atlantic than Captain Walker. His relentless battle with the U-boat wolf packs, amounting to a personal duel with Admiral Donitz, is an epic saga which has long deserved a larger page in the story of Britain's history. The author, who served under Walker, recaptures the feeling of those dramatic days. 116. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

The Normandy Battlefields  -  Bocage and Breakout
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The Normandy Battlefields - Bocage and Breakout

By Forty, Simon and George and Marriott, Leo

Oxford: Casemate, 2017. An As New copy in pictorial laminated boards with As New dustjacket. First Edition, First Edition. A large format book printed on glossy paper of 192 pages. Mixing texts, maps, and images, many of them specially commissioned including aerial photography. The book examines the three months after the successful invasion of France - the battle of Normandy. It starts with the advance into the Cotentin and the taking of Cherbourg on June 29, before the attack bogged down in face of determined German defense and the bocage countryside - innumerable small fields surrounded by hedgerows, each one hiding anti-tank weapons, mortars, and machine guns. As the US First Army fought its way south, on the eastern edges of the bridgehead British and Canadian forces were fighting a war of attrition around Caen facing the bulk of the German armor. Like a pressure cooker, the fighting intensified until, seven weeks after D-Day, Operation Cobra broke the German line. Quickly Patton's Third Army, operational from August 1, flooded through the gap exploiting the German confusion, encircling what was left of the German armies in the Falaise Pocket and advancing quickly into Brittany. PLEASE NOTE: A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.13 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 117. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$16.17

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park  -  The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Were There
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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park - The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre and the Men and Women Who Were There

By McKay, Sinclair

London: Aurum Press, 2010. A near Fine unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which is not price clipped. 336 pages. 26 photographs. At a rambling Victorian country house in the Buckingham countryside thousands of young men and women had spent the last war working arduously long hours minding deafening Bombe machines, decoding and translating intercepted messages, while some of Britain's most brilliant mathematical minds effectively invented modern computing. The result, and their greatest collective achievement, was the cracking of Germany's 'Enigma' code, in which its most important military communications were couched. Now for the first time the history of Bletchley Park from the point of view of the ordinary men and women who worked there is written. 304. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

Eight Lives Down  -  THe Story of a Counter-Terrorist Bomb-Disposal Operator's Tour in Iraq
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Eight Lives Down - THe Story of a Counter-Terrorist Bomb-Disposal Operator's Tour in Iraq

By Hunter, Chris

London: Bantam, 2007. An As New copy in an As New Dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 369 pages. Colour photographs. The job is the most dangerous in the world - to make safe the British sector in Iraq against some of the most hardened and technically advanced terrorists in the world. The job of a bonb disposal officer in Iraq is a lonely one. You are alone with the sound of your own breathing and the drumming of your heart in a protective suit in forty plus degrees of heat. It's just you and the bomb. 200. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

A Short History of the Royal Marines
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A Short History of the Royal Marines

By Carter, Colonel B.L.

Southsea, Hants.: Royal Marines Historical Society, 2013. An As New copy. Special Publication No. 39. Fourth Revised edition. This fourth revised edition has been updated to include the most recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya and maritime counter piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. This history traces rthe development from soldiers who served at sea to the modern day commando force, providing the manpower for amphibious operations. It also has a wide range of appendices covering colours, traditions, memorable dates, music and a comprehensive chronology, including over 16 pages of colour illustrations. 200. Soft Cover. As New/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.62

Lie in the Dark and Listen  -  The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper
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Lie in the Dark and Listen - The Remarkable Exploits of a WWII Bomber Pilot and Great Escaper

By Rees, Wing Commander Ken

London: Grub Street, 2004. An As New copy in an As New Dustjacket which is not price clipped. 224 pages. 44 illustrations. Life is pretty dull for Ken Rees these days. At seventeen he craved danger and excitement; fast planes and cars, rugby, speed and women. Then war came and by the age of twenty-one he had already trained to be a pilot officer; flown 56 hair-raising missions by night over Germany; taken part in the Siege of Malta; got married; been shot down into a remote Norwegian lake; been captured, questioned by the Gestapo, the sent to Stalag Luft III, whre he participated in and survived the Great Escape and terrible forced march to Bremen.. First. Hard Cover. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.93

Cables from Kabul  -  The Inside Story of the West's Afghanistan Campaign
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Cables from Kabul - The Inside Story of the West's Afghanistan Campaign

By Cowper-Coles, Sherard

London: Harper Press, 2011. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition, First Printing. 312 pages. 34 photographs. For three years Sherard Cowper-Coles was on the front line in Kabul as the West's mission in Afghanistan sank deeper into crisis. First as British Ambassador and, later. as the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative, he witnessed at first hand a struggle that by the time he left was swallowing billions of pounds of taxpayers' money a year, and had already cost the lives of more than 2,000 coalition troops, including 350 British soldiers, as well as tens of thousands of Afghans, in and out of uniform..With his unique, high-level insight into the West's policy he raises fundamental questions about the viability of the whole Afghanistan project, even after the death of Bin Laden. A1C. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

A Dorset Rifleman  -  The Recollections of Bemjamin Harris
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A Dorset Rifleman - The Recollections of Bemjamin Harris

By Hathaway, Eileen (edited by)

Swanage: Shinglepicker Publications, 1995. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 158 pages. 14 illustrations. 6 maps. Foreword by Bernard Cornwell. Benjamin Harris from Stalbridge in Dorset was recruited into the army in Blandford in 1803. He served as a private until 1814, mostly in the 95th Rifles. He saw action in the Peninsular War and was in the retreat to Corunna. In 1835, while working as a civilian cobbler in Richmond Street, Soho, he told his story to Henry Curling. It was published in 1848 a The Recollections of Rifleman Harris. A Dorset Rifleman is a completely new edition of those recollections and Eileen Hathaway has not only clarified Harris' account with historical notes, but has also enhanced it with maps and illustrations, and with quotations from the memoirs and diaries of his contemporaries in the 95th. A1C. First. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$10.78

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