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London, 1969, Batsford / Seaby, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 7 x 10, VG/VG condition,( dj price clipped), semi-glossy page stock, 120 pages, 102 photos. -------------------------------- When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, the prospects of the royal houses of Europe had perhaps never looked brighter, yet just 70 years later the power of majesty was on the wane, and some dynasties fell and others were forced to become constitutional monarchies. During this eventful period changes were often violent, as a Tsar of Russia was assassinated, a Crown Prince of Austria committed suicide and an Empress was stabbed, a King of Portugal and his son were blown up and a King and Queen of Serbia were murdered. At the same time, new kingdoms were created in Greece, Norway and Belgium and the balance of power shifted a s marriage links were forged between old and new. ------------------------------------------------ The timely invention of photography captured many of the ... Read more

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London, 1976, Batsford, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket (price clipped), 7x10, VG/VG condition, 144 pages, 172 illustrations. The earliest pictures in this book are of sailors who had fought at Trafalgar. Included in the latest are men who were to take part in World War I. The period covered by these old photographs in fact witnessed greater and more widespread naval changes than any before or since. It is this fact which makes the pictures so valuable historically, as a graphic source, apart altogether from their obvious pictorial attractiveness. Life at Sea, Work at Sea, Training, Campaigns, The Royal Marines, Leisure, Personalities, and Uniforms are some of the themes into which the material has been divided.In an expert Introduction, Dr A. P. McGowan, Deputy Keeper of the National Maritime Museum, summarises the technological and social changes in the Royal Navy during these years. The pictures themselves and the commentaries on them have been contributed by John Fabb,

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Regimental HQ, Queen's Own Highlanders, 1983. , first UK edition, paper covers, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2, VG CONDITION ( slight bump on 1 corner, glossy page stock, 172 pages, many B&W photos, and a 2 page color fold out of uniforms. A nice overview history of these 2 Scottish regiments from the 18th century to amalgamation in 1961.

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London 1993, Ian Allan, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2, glossy page stock, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 128 pages, well illustrated. ------------------------------------------------It was Winston Churchill who summed up the importance of the role of Fighter Command during the dark days of the Battle of Britain, when all that stood between Britain and potential defeat were the squadrons of Fighter Command, when he commented that 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few'. The 'Few', the men of Fighter Command, whose careers were graphically portrayed in the film 'The Battle of Britain' were based at airfields, like Tangmere and Biggin Hill, that have entered into legend. ----------------------------------------------------In his latest book, which complements ideally his earlier volume of RAF bomber airfields of World War 2, Jonathan Falconer examines the history of the various Fighter Command bases occupied by ... Read more

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ORDEAL BY BATTLE

Falls, Cyril

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New York 1943, Oxford Univ. Press, First US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, VG/VG- ( dj shows light wear and chipping at extremities & price clipped ), 186 pages, index. Captain Cyril Falls, Military Correspondent of the London Times and author of The Nature o f Modern Warfare, here discusses those elements of strategy, tactics, and logistics by which man has waged warfare since the Stone Age. Contending that consideration of the present war, or any specific war, cannot be divorced from war as a whole, Captain Falls deals with the whole subject of war chiefly in terms of strategy, and with the present war in terms of tactics. In great detail Captain Falls discusses five principles of warfare: concentration, or economy of force; protection; surprise; aggressive reconnaissance, or readiness to fight for information; and the undeviating thrust, sometimes called maintenance of the objective. This discussion leads to a survey of five elements or characteristics of warfar ... Read more

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New York 1971, D. McKay, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket , 696 pages, 6 X 9, VG/VG CONDITION ( small red stain top of a number of pages toward rear of book) AUTOGRAPHED COPY, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON FRONT FREE END PAPER. -------------------------------------------------------------- More exciting than any spy thriller, here at last is the whole story of German espionage in the United States and Great Britain before and during World War II. At the end of the War the U.S. forces captured the German State Archives. Buried and unopened in this overwhelming mass of documents was a metal footlocker containing on microfilm the secret records of the Abwehr organizations conducting these operations. Inscribed therein was every name-real and cover-of every agent, every mark spent, every report received, every order given. Ladislas Farago, a lifelong student of espionage and an important figure in U.S. Naval Intelligence in World War II, stumbled across this treasure tro ... Read more

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New York, 1954, Funk & Wagnalls, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 8 1/2, VG/VG- ( dj is very slightly chipped edges ), ix, 379 pages, illus, notes, ibliog, index. ---------------------------------------------One central aspect of the contemporary struggle for the future of the world is the war of wits—the strategy of nation against nation to obtain vital information, hamper hostile preparations, and mold the opinions and feel- ings of citizens at home and abroad. In this book, Ladislas Farago gives the reader a complete panorama of a subject which is of vital importance. More than twenty years of firsthand experience lie behind its writing, and the author's deep conviction that the struggle he analyzes should be familiar to every informed person gives his pages an engrossing urgency. The basic purpose of this book is to acquaint citizens with the over-all picture of intelligence and its allied subjects—counter-intelligence, espionage, sabotage, and propag ... Read more

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New York 1971, D. McKay, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket , 696 pages, 6 X 9, VG/VG CONDITION AUTOGRAPHED COPY, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON FRONT FREE END PAPER. -------------------------------------------------------------- More exciting than any spy thriller, here at last is the whole story of German espionage in the United States and Great Britain before and during World War II. At the end of the War the U.S. forces captured the German State Archives. Buried and unopened in this overwhelming mass of documents was a metal footlocker containing on microfilm the secret records of the Abwehr organizations conducting these operations. Inscribed therein was every name-real and cover-of every agent, every mark spent, every report received, every order given. Ladislas Farago, a lifelong student of espionage and an important figure in U.S. Naval Intelligence in World War II, stumbled across this treasure trove, which had remained untouched in a dark loft of the National A ... Read more

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Vandemere 2000, first edition, 6x9, Hardbound w/dj, Fine/Fine condition, 345 pp, 1 map, bibliog. ------------------------------------------Set against the rich and colorful background of Emperor Maximilian and Empress Charlotte's short-lived but exciting reign in 1860's Mexico combined with the politics of W.W.I in Europe, A Little Empire of Their Own is a fast-paced and cleverly wicked combination of several of history's little known but fascinating footnotes. ------------------------------Meet the Empress Charlotte, one of fiction's most formidable elderly ladies since Miss Marple- a seemingly a mad royal recluse, who in 1914 is living in a shabby Belgian palace that has seen better days. Charlotte hatches a plot of revenge that will ultimately bring destruction to one of Europe's great dynasties for having betrayed and abandoned her "dear Max" decades before in Mexico. She is ably assisted by Maria, her sultry lady-in-waiting; a handful of loyal retain ... Read more

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THE ARMY IN THE AIR - THE HISTORY OF THE ARMY AIR CORPS

Farrar-Hockley, General Sir Anthony GBE, KCB, DSO & Bar, MC

Alan Sutton, Stroud, UK first edition, , 1994. hard bound in dust jacket, 7 1/2 x 10, Fine/Fine condition, 268 pages, prof. illustrated, maps, appendices, index. ----------------------------------------------From military ballooning in the Sudan in the nineteenth century to helicopter assignments in the Gulf in the late twentieth, Army aviation has been at the forefront of Britain's military operations. Here, for the first time, the remarkable story of the Army Air Corps is compellingly told by General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, one of the foremost military historians writing today. ---------------------------------------------------The British Army was first involved in airborne operations as early as the 1880s, when it established a Balloon Section in the Corps of Royal Engineers. Subsequently, it was among the first armies in the world to recognize the military implications of the invention of the aeroplane and, following the success of the Air Battalion, which replaced the Ball ... Read more

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THE GURKHAS

Farwell, Byron

New York, 1984, Norton, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, , VG/VG condition , 6 x 9, 317 pages, illus. , bibliog, index. ----------------------------------------------------------The Gurkha regiments in the British army are, quite simply, the finest infantrymen in the world. Recruited in the kingdom of Nepal since the early nineteenth century, these short, wiry hillmen have served the kings and queens of Britain with such loyalty, tenacity, and incredible bravery that often the sound of their battle cry Ayo Gurkhali! (roughly translated as "Here come the Gurkhas!") has caused enemy soldiers to flee. ------------------------------------------------------------The Gurkhas fought beside the British in the Indian Mutiny, in France and Mesopotamia during World War I, and in every theater during World War II. They have fought as well in countless small wars-"the savage wars of peace"-including the Northwest Frontier of India, Malaya, Borneo, and, most recent ... Read more

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THE GURKHAS

Farwell, Byron

New York, 1984, Norton, 2nd US printing, , hard bound in dust jacket, , VG/VG condition , 6 x 9, 317 pages, illus. , bibliog, index. ---------------------------------The Gurkha regiments in the British army are, quite simply, the finest infantrymen in the world. Recruited in the kingdom of Nepal since the early nineteenth century, these short, wiry hillmen have served the kings and queens of Britain with such loyalty, tenacity, and incredible bravery that often the sound of their battle cry Ayo Gurkhali! (roughly translated as "Here come the Gurkhas!") has caused enemy soldiers to flee. -------------------------------------------- The Gurkhas fought beside the British in the Indian Mutiny, in France and Mesopotamia during World War I, and in every theater during World War II. They have fought as well in countless small wars- "the savage wars of peace" -including the Northwest Frontier of India, Malaya, Borneo, and, most recently, the Falkland Islands. Their courage is ... Read more

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New York 1981, Norton, First US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG/VG cond , ( dj price clipped and prev. owners book plate ), 256 pp, well illustrated. This is an Upstairs-Downstiars view of the old British Victorian / Edwardian era army, this book explores the lives of the officers and enlisted men, their foibles, follies and gallantry, their diversions, food & drink, women, discipline and rewards.

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London 1992, Cassell, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, , 8 1/2 x 11, 160 pp, over 100 illus & maps. A comprehensive review of all colonial campaigns in India. The rich and exotic sub-continent of India - the jewel in Britain's Imperial Crown - fascinated Victorian England. A handful of the nineteenth century's greatest adventurers made their names and fortunes there, while many thousands at home avidly read the first-hand accounts reproduced in the pages of this book, describing the battles and gruelling campaigns which secured Britain's busy but relatively short tenure of the continent. From the conquest of Sind in 1843, when Sir Charles Napier defeated the Baluchi army and annexed the kingdom, to the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58 that outraged world opinion, Donald Featherstone has constructed a revealing account of the British Empire's most complex and fascinating period. The text is illustrated with 100 engravings, taken from maga ... Read more

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FAERIE TALE

Feist, Raymond E

New York 1988, Doubleday, First US ed w/dj, 6x9, 420 pages, VG/VG condition. Clive Barker. . . Whitley Strieber. . . Peter Straub... their fathomless imaginations and brilliant storytelling powers have already made them living legends. Now Raymond E. Feist joins the ranks of these illustrious grand masters with a modern tale of exquisite terror, a spellbinding work about an ordinary world hellishly transformed. The town records have it as Elf King Hill, "Hill of the Elf King." But it's better known as the Old Kessler Place. A great ramshackle house, it stands among the deep woods of upstate New York, full of memories and myth. There are peculiar stories about the old homestead: talk of haunted forests, strange lights that dance like fox fire, buried treasure, and lost children, now long-forgotten. But for the Hastings family, the Old Kessler Place is the stuff of dreams. Gloria and Philip Hastings, their eight-year-old twins, Sean and Patrick, and Phil's teenage daughter ... Read more

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Annapolis 2002 Naval Institute, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2,FINE/FINE CONDITION xv, 270 pages, illus, maps, notes, bibliog, index. -----------------------------------------------According to legend, Lord Nelson disregarded a fatally flawed order to withdraw from a devastating cannon barrage off Copenhagen by monitoring battle signals through a telescope with his blind eye. Instead of retreating, he ordered his ship, HMS Elephant, to hoist the engage-more-closely signal flag, and transformed certain defeat into a mythic triumph for both England and himself. Written by the leading Danish authority on the period, this splendid work brings to life Nelson’s historic 1801 victory, immortalized by his famous "turning a blind eye" to his superior’s orders. As well as describing the brilliance of the British tactics, the work reveals the desperate action, great bravery, and appalling casualties suffered by the Danish defenders. This fresh perspective is sure to please Ne ... Read more

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Annapolis, 1998 first US edition, VG/VG condition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 , xviii, 362 pages, illus, glossary, bibliog, index. -------------------------------------------- As the U.S. Merchant Marine has declined over the last several decades, so too has the memory of the countless acts of unflinching courage and patriotism performed by its civilian officers and seamen in America's armed struggles. Scouring long-out-of-print books and dusty archives, veteran writer and merchant marine officer Bruce Felknor has collected the most dramatic of these stories from all of America's wars through World War II into a single comprehensive illustrated volume. Excerpts from such authors as Winston Churchill, Samuel Eliot Morison, and Lowell Thomas are combined with eyewitness accounts—many never before published—by heroes, victims, and survivors. Those profiled include Capt. Thomas Boyle and the crew of his Baltimore schooner, Capt. Jonathan Haraden and the cr ... Read more

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BEYOND THE CHINDWIN

Fergusson, Bernhard

A reprint of this detailed account by a Black Watch officer, who commanded # 5 column of Wingate's 'Chindits' during the first 1943 expedition behind Japanese lins in Burma. The first use of Long Range Penetration. Leo Cooper, London, 1995 paper r/p of 1945 ed, VG cond., 5 1/2 x 8, 256 pp, illus, maps, index.

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1974, for the regt by Woods of Perth, paper, 3rd revised edition, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, 138 pages, prof. illustrated FINE CONDITION -------------------------------This book is intended as a short summary of the long and stirring history of The Black Watch ( 42nd Highlanders ). It has been impossible to include more than a few of the many brave deeds which have been performed all over the world by individual Black Watch soldiers on many fields of war - but here a least will be found some account of most of the Regiment's battles and campaigns, and it is for the honour of the Regiment that the individual fights. The author was a famous WW 2 officer who served in the Chindits in Burma under Wingate.

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Thames & Hudson, 1986, NY, First US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, 192 pages, numerous illus & maps. VG /VG condition. (very minor dj edge wear).--------------------------------------------------- What caused the fall of Rome? Since Gibbon's day scholars have hotly debated the question and come up with answers ranging from blood poisoning to rampant immorality and excessive bureaucratization. In recent years, however, the most likely explanation has been neglected: was it not above all else a military collapse? Professor Ferrill believes it was, and sets out his case in this provocative book.------------------------------------------------------In the last decade of the fourth century AD one emperor - Theodosius - still ruled over an Empire larger than that of the great Augustus, and commanded a massive army of several hundred thousand men. Less than eighty years later, both Empire and army in the West had been wiped out. How did this happen? Barbarian invasions certainly played t ... Read more

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