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Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 1998, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, FINE/FINE CONDITION,( slight scrape to top page edges - very minor and short ) xii, 500 pages, illus, maps, notes, bibliog, index. ---------------------------------------------------------------Francis Adams Donaldson, full of idealistic enthusiasm in the early days of the Civil War, enlisted in the 71st Pennsylvania Regiment. After recovering from a wound incurred at Ball's Bluff, he quickly joined the 118th Pennsylvania. As the realities of campaigns, battles, and infighting among his fellow soldiers begin to press down on him, however, his letters and diary betray a growing disenchantment that leads to a startling climax. Donaldson's fiercely candid observations reveal much about the political life of the Army of the Potomac, and his letters contribute unforgettable descriptions of action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

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SANDCATCHER

Jackman, Stuart

New York, 1980, Atheneum, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 6x9, 218 pages. ..........1944: In the heart of the Saudi Arabian desert, in that desolate section called the Empty Quarter, something is very wrong. A band of marauding Bedouins led by a renegade sheik named Abu Marak has been terrorizing the scattered Bedu tribes, descending like wolves, looting, murdering, then vanishing. Military Intelligence in Cairo is worried: such anarchy is dangerous enough, but what if it is something more—the prelude to a jihad, a holy war, instigated by the Germans against the Allies? A four-man commando unit is quickly formed to find out, codenamed Sandcatcher. Its mission: to penetrate deep into the Empty Quarter, locate Marak and bring him in for questioning. Its men: Jack Blade, group leader, at the age of twenty-three already desert-hard and used to command; Corporal "Chaff" Finch, tough, easy, dangerous, a knife worn strapped to his wrist the way ... Read more

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A GAME OF SOLDIERS

Jackman, Stuart

New York 1982, Atheneum, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, FINE/VG CONDITION ( several light creases in dj flaps ), 303 pages, map. ----------------------------------------------October 15, 1944: an ominous silence emanates from the 87th Maintenance Unit in the Nile delta town of Marazag. Then the message comes, more ominous than the silence: WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY SITUATION. ADJUTANT HAS BEEN SHOT AND IS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. MEN ARE BARRICADED IN CINEMA. THIS IS A MAYDAY. I SAY AGAIN, THIS IS A MAYA relief force leaves immediately for Marazag, fifty veteran men under the command of Squadron Leader H. Hobey, but even they are not prepared for what they find: a story of murder, mutiny and military collapse bloodcurdling in its detail and threatening to erupt again at any moment. From its first page to the hair-trigger climax, A Game of Soldiers is a fast-moving, sharply authentic novel of adventure and character, filled with the smell and grit of the desert, the violence of the ... Read more

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WITHDRAWAL FROM EMPIRE - A Military View

Jackson, General Sir William, GBE, KCB, MC

London 1986, Batsford, UK First edition , hard bound in dust jacket ,( dj price clipped), 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 , Fine/Fine condition, xvii, 285 pages, 19 maps, illus, notes, bibliog, index. ------------------------------------------------------- The evolution of Britain's military role as an imperial power and its adjustment to modern conditions is the theme of this masterly survey. A prologue outlines the early accumulation of imperial riches, the luxury of Victorian and Edwardian evangelism and liberal morality, imperial growth in the first two decades of this century, the rise of new rivals for world power, the factors leading to the idea of the Commonwealth, and the cost of victory of the Second World War. Thus the scene is set for the central drama of the book: first the attempts to maintain an imperial role, and the influence of events in India, the Middle East, and the Far East; the riding of the Communist tide-the Berlin blockade, the Malayan emergency and the Korean War; the b ... Read more

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THE BERLIN AIRLIFT

Jackson, Robert

Patrick Stephens, 1988. 2nd printing, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, . 160 pages. Numerous b/w photographs throughout. VG/VG condition. --------------------------------In this graphic account, former RAFVR Squadron Leader Robert Jackson recreates vividly those tense days forty years ago when the Iron Curtain came down with a vengeance. All links between Berlin and the West were severed. The Berlin Airlift began, a vital lifeline for the people of Berlin. For ten months the RAF, the USA Air Force and many chartered airlines supplied food, fuel, household goods, etc., operating round the clock, in all weather, being constantly harrassed by Russian fighters. Included in this book are detailed appendices of aircraft and crew casualties, tables of individual craft performances, monthly tonnages. A story of true courage and ingenuity.

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Shrewsbury, 1994, Airlife, First UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 7 x 10, 154 pages , many illus, index. This is a narrative history of the operational use of the legendary F-86 Sabre jet from its inception in the Korean War thru its later use by the USAF, RAF, Commonwealth & Pakistan in the post Korean War era. Korean War coverage is good, plus post wear coverage of the later F 100 Super Sabre and the F-107 prototype. ...............Throughout the 1950s, the distinctive wail of the North American F-86 Sabre was as familiar a sound in the skies of the free world as the crackle of the Rolls Royce Merlin had been a decade earlier. Most of all, the Sabre is remembered for its air superiority role in the Korean War, when, high over the Yalu River, it tangled with Russia's MiG-15 in the world's first jet-versus-jet combats close to the speed of sound. It was in the cut-and-thrust of high-speed air battle over Korea that the Sabre captured the imag ... Read more

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Brown Books, London, 1999. UK edition, hard bound in dj, 8 1/2 x 11 1/2, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 160 pages, prof illustrated with B&W photos, plus a few color profiles, index. ----------------------------------The German Navy, the Kriegsmarine, of the Third Reich fought a valiant campaign in World War II, both on the surface and under the waves. The Navy lost her fleet after World War I, so in the 1920s and 1930s, a new generation of vessels was constructed in Germany's shipyards, under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy, Admiral Erich Raeder, and, from 1933, Adolf Hitler, Nazi Chancellor of Germany. These vessels included pocket battleships, battlecruisers, U-boats and heavy cruisers and, though Germany's surface fleet was small, her ships such as the Graf Spee, Bismarck and Tirpitz, tied down a substantial amount of Allied naval resources when World War II broke out in September 1939 and the U-boat fleet almost starved Britain into surrender. The German Navy in W ... Read more

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Univ. of Delaware Press 1979., US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, VG/VG- condition ( dj shows some cover wear & is price clipped), 250 pages, maps, bibliog., index. ---------------------------------------Much has been written about D-Day, the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944. But far less is known about the planning and strategic arguments that occurred on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as those that governed German military thinking on the likelihood, and projected defence, of an Allied invasion of Festung Europa. On Churchills initiative, planning for the re-conquest of Western Europe started as the last British soldiers returned from Dunkirk. Four years later, his vision bore fruit as the greatest amhibious operation since Xerxes crossed the Hellespont on his bridge of boats in 481BC. But was it all necessary? Was there not a quicker and more effective way of bringing Germany to her knees without, as was to happen, surrendering ... Read more

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN ILLUSTRATED

Jacobs, Paul & Lightsey, Robert

McGraw-Hill Professional, NY, , 2002. US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 352 pages, 7 x 10, prof. illustrated in B&W and color. -------------------------------------"The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization—upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institution and our Empire." —Winston Churchill, June 18, 1940, from his "Finest Hour" speech Below them, London was a firestorm. In the air in front of them were hundreds of Hitler's bombers and fighters bent on the complete destruction of Britain. This was daily life for the undertrained young pilots and crews defending Britain in the first major air battle in history, the Battle of Britain. Had the Royal Air Force failed, as many expected they would, Hitler's sweep of Europe would have been complete. But they did not fail. This dram ... Read more

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Lincoln , University Nebraska Press 1994, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 9, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 300 pages, illus, notes, bibliog., index. ------------------------------------------------------ During the 1870s a group of merchants and their allies, known as "The House," gained control over the economy of Lincoln County, New Mexico. In 1877 this control was challenged by an English entrepreneur, John Tunstall. The House violently resisted the interloper, eventually killing him; Tunstall's employees and supporters, known as the Regulators, sought to take vengeance on the House by killing those responsible for Tunstall's death. Among the Regulators was a young man known as Billy the Kid. This story of greed, violence, and death has entered American folklore through the mythologizing of the career of Billy the Kid and also through a tendency to see the Lincoln County War as an archetype of Western history. As are Dodge City, Boot Hill, and the OK Corral, the Lincoln ... Read more

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New York, 1993, Macmillan, BOMC edition ( regular size book) 6x9, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/VG condition, xiii, 282 pages, illus, notes, bibliog, index. --------------------------- Now, during the 40th anniversary of the Korean War, distinguished historian D. Clayton James offers a brilliant reinterpretation of that conflict. Focusing on the critical issue of command, he shows how the Korean War is a key to understanding American decision-making in all military encounters since World War II. Korea, the first of America's limited wars to stem the tide of world communism, was fought on unfamiliar terrain and against peasant soldiers and would become a template for subsequent American military engagements, especially Vietnam. And yet, the strategic and tactical doctrines employed in Korea, as well as the weapons and equipment, were largely left over from World War II. Each time a war is fought, D. Clayton James reveals, the lessons of the last war are applied in the new context, ... Read more

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Boston. Little, Brown, and Company. 1925, reprint of 1913 edition, hard bound in original orange cloth, VG CONDITION, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, 260 pages, illustrated. .................................... "The story of the Old Missions of California is perennially new. The interest in the ancient and dilapidated buildings and their history increases with each year. Today a thousand visit them where ten saw them twenty years ago, and twenty years hence, hundreds of thousands will stand in their sacred precincts, and unconsciously absorb beautiful and unselfish lessons of life as they hear some part of their history recited." Includes many Black and white photographs depicting the California Missions at the time of the writing of this excellent resource from 1913.

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Boston 1925, Little Brown, 2nd edition, hard bound in orignal orange cloth, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, VG condition, 260 pages, illustrated. ................................a detailed account of the old Spanish missions in California

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London 1989, Leo Cooper, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, 134 pages, illus, maps, index. ----------------------------------------------------The biography of this amazing Scots soldier, Brigadier Pearson served in the Parachute regiment in WW 2, including service in North Africa, Sicily and North West Europe. Alastair Pearson, the subject of this biography, is one of the very small band of men to have achieve the distinction of winning the DSO and three bars Add to this the fact that he also won the Military Cross and is further entitled to the post-nominal letters CB, OBE, TD and HML and it will be readily understood that this is a book about a very remarkable man. In his early years Pearson gave little indication of those outstanding qualities of leadership he was later to display. Born in Scotland, educated at Sedburgh and apprenticed to the family firm in Glasgow, his life followed a pattern of respectable middle-class normality. ... Read more

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New York, 1993, Paragon, US 1st edition, hard bound in dust jacket, , FINE/FINE CONDITION, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, 406 pages. , illus, maps. -------------------------------------------------------- One of the best accounts of the life of T. E. Lawrence, ' Lawrence of Arabia ". the British officer who played a prominent part in the Arab Revolt in WW I and the campaign against the Turks in the Middle East. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- T. E. Lawrence was a true scholar, a man of irresistible charm who genuinely cared for the Arabs. He was also a shocking fabricator who invented, embellished, and used his own legend. This controversial and provocative biography overturns the mythology that surrounds this enigmatic man. Using previously unavailable sources as well as published material, Lawrence James reconstructs T. E. Lawrence's wartime career, examining how it was translated into legend during the 1920s and '30s. -- ... Read more

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THE BRITISH REVOLUTION 1880-1939

James, Robert Rhodes

Alfred A Knopf, NY, 1977. US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, FINE/FINE CONDITION,XIV, 653 PAGES, ILLUS., BIBLIOG., INDEX. -----------------------------------They were sixty of the most turbulent and complex years in the history of Great Britain—a nation almost completely transformed, as it moved from the relative confidence and security of the late Victorian era into the storms and perils of the twentieth century. Although Britain was still a dominating factor in world affairs, a great empire was in decline. -----------------------------------------------As Robert Rhodes James explains in his remarkable and convincing history of those times, Britain underwent a series of revolutions in a strikingly short period. Abroad, wars in South Africa and Europe and the perceived necessity of maintaining a colonial empire drained her strength. Internally, full democracy was finally achieved and a welfare state begun, the "Irish Question" was settled at last, an ... Read more

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The original five volumes were published in 1822-24, with a six-volume edition appearing in 1826. Previously, the work has only been available to scholars through specialist libraries. This new hardcover edition, with an introduction by the noted naval historian Andrew Lambert as well as an index for each volume, provides both scholars and maritime enthusiasts an accessible and affordable edition of this important work. Illustrated with charts, diagrams, and images, the work remains an essential source for all those who are interested in the operation of the Royal Navy in this period. The fourth volume covers the years 1805-1807. 1805 remains the most famous of years for the Royal Navy. The narrative in this volume provides a detailed and in depth account of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson. However, the examination of the subsequent years proves that naval history did not end in 1805. In 1806 Duckworth gained a notable victory off San Domingo while Sir Sidney Smith annoyed the French (a ... Read more

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London 1965, Hart-Davis, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/VBG- ( ligh dj edge wear ), 6x9, illus, maps, notes, bibliog, index. The submarine was first used on a large scale in the1914-18 war. Its development, since it had become a practical proposition at the turn of the century, had been carried out against the contemptuous opposition of conventional naval opinion. Then, quite unexpectedly, it proved to be "the most formidable thing", a weapon, like the atom bomb, of potentially decisive power. Admiral Jameson here traces the development of this sinister weapon, from the first solution of the problem of underwater navigation to its emergence as the means by which a weaker naval power almost succeeded in denying its stronger enemy's command of the sea. He also deals with the severe divisions of opinion within the German command as to whether submarines should be used against merchant shipping-the resolution of which altered the course of history-and with the ... Read more

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Rupert Hart-Davies, , 1962, UK first edition, hard bound ( no dj) 6x9, Good only CONDITION, (cover wear and spine fading, contents sound) , 344 pages, illus, bibliog., index. -------------------------------------------------- IN 1868 the first ironclad battleship was launched. In 1918 the German Fleet surrendered at Scapa Flow. In the intervening fifty years the Royal Navy, which had remained unchanged for more than half a century, was completely revolutionised in ships, guns and fighting technique. Sir William Jameson has chosen to tell this dramatic and complex story in terms of the men responsible for the revolution in the Fleet and the war-leaders who fought with it. Harry Keppel took the mid-nineteenth century navy as he found it and happily fought Victoria's little wars with it. 'Tug' Wilson taught the Navy that her ships were for fighting and not for show. Charlie Beresford, a fine leader in war and peace, ruined himself by his excursions into politics and his disastrous quarrel ... Read more

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introd. by Anthony Preston. London, Conway, 1997 reprint of 1912 edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 6x9, xvi, 406 pages, numerous B&W and color plates, and line drawings of warship plans. index. ................................................ Originally published in 1912, when the naval arms race with Germany was nearing its climax, this title is read as much for its views on the future of naval warfare as its detailed statistics. It fully covers British naval history, from Alfred the Great to the "Dreadnought" era. Fred T. Jane (1865-1916) is often regarded the father of modern naval journalism. He produced his first reference book inn 1882 at the time of the Royal Navy's bombardment of Alexandria, a collection of his own pen-and-ink sketches informed the public about the ships taking part. Then followed his "All the World's Fighting Ships" in 1897, published since then as an annual reference book covering the worl ... Read more

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