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New York, 1978, Scribner's, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 7x10, VG/VG condition, 112 pages, illus, maps, index. ////.................................................On Sunday, November 8, 1942, a great combined force of British and American troops landed on the beaches of French North Africa to seize the vital ports of Algiers, Oran, and Casablanca. This was Operation Torch, an expedition that was to rank as one of the great strategic enterprises of World War II. Though very largely a gamble, sometimes favored by remarkable fortune, at other times dogged by mishap or bad weather, the operation resulted in complete success. It was to give the Allies control of the coast of northwest Africa from Tunis to Dakar and in due course open up the Mediterranean Sea from Gibraltar to Alexandria. It brought an increasing realization of defeat to the Italians and gave to defeated France a renewed hope of freedom. ......................................................But the opera ... Read more

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Hippocrene Books, New York, 1977. first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 9, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 186 pages, numerous illustrations and maps, bibliog., appendices, index. .............................. The Allied objectives of 'Husky', the first strike at the enemy in his own land, were clear: to make the Mediterranean safe for shipping; to divert enemy strength from Russia; and to knock Italy out of the war. It was a massive combined operation, first seriously planned only six months before it took place, and by senior commanders in headquarters widely dispersed, from Washington and London to Algiers and Cairo. There were ten Allied divisions and additional units of airborne forces. .................................................................... The first landings were made on 10 July, 1943 and by 16 August all Axis resistance ceased. Two days later Italy capitulated. The operation has been recounted as part of the history of World War II but now Captain Pack p ... Read more

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KING EDWARD III

Packe, Michael

Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1983, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, VG/VG CONDITION, xvii, 318 pages, notes, index. ---------------------------------------Edward III (1312-77) was one of the greatest English kings, and his fifty-year reign was rich in dramatic events and vivid contrasts. He waged a fierce campaign against the Scots, and his claim to the throne of France started the Hundred Years War, in which the spectacular victories of Sluys, Crecy and Poitiers made the king and his eldest son, the Black Prince, into figures of legend. This was the age of chivalry, symbolized by Edward's founding of the Order of the Garter. It was also the age of the Black Death, the greatest catastrophe of the Middle Ages.No full-scale biography of Edward has appeared since Victorian times, and the standard work has remained that by Dr Joshua Barnes, printed in 1688. The present book is the only complete account of the reign of Edward III, from its violent beginnings as he aven ... Read more

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London, Eyre Methuen, 1976. UK first edition, hard bound in dj, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, VG/VG cond, ( dj is price clipped), light corner bump and prev. owners name written on front end paper , 246 pages, illustrated. -----------------`A man was made to fight and love. They are the two big things in his life.' Deep as the Sea is the life of a tough, determined fighter. Throughout his career in the Royal Navy from 1907 to 1953, Bertie Packer always put his country and the Navy first but his family came a close second. In 1925 he married Joy Petersen. In the years that followed their marriage was constantly interrupted by the Navy's implacable demands, yet their letters kept them together. Joy Packer now tells her husband's story partly through extracts from his logs and letters and partly from her own diaries of their lives together and apart. To read this book is to observe the human side of two world wars and the years between. Bertie Packer was in Australia in 1914, at the Battle of ... Read more

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Annapolis, 1988, Naval Institute, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 9 x 12, glossy page stock, 208 pages, prof illustrated in B&W and c0lor, VG/VG condition, notes, bibliog, index. ************************************************* To mark the 400th anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, the distinguished naval historian Peter Padfield has written a comprehensive account of the greatest sea battle of the Tudor age. This sumptuously illustrated book has been meticulously researched and gives new insights afforded by hitherto unexploited documents and unpublished archive material. A particular feature of the book are the specially commissioned colour paintings by Lionel Willis of the National Maritime Museum showing the construction and equipment of typical ships from the opposing fleets . The bulk of the book concerns the 1587-8 campaign, its preparation, course and conclusion. But the scene is set with the events of the two turbulent preceding decade ... Read more

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Harper & Row, New York, 1984. Hard Cover w/ dj, first edition, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, VG/VG- condition ( light dj edge wear), xiv, 524 pages , illus, notes, bibliog., index. --------------------------------Grand Admiral Karl Donitz was a major military commander in the Second World War. His name will always be associated with his attempt to cut Britain’s supply lines with U-boats deployed in mass ‘pack’ attacks on convoys in the Atlantic. Research in the German naval archives has allowed Peter Padfield to describe the evolution of the strategy and the demands Donitz placed on his commanders and crews. Triumphant in the early war years, Allied countermeasures eventually turned the tables and the hunters became the hunted. Yet, as the life expectancy of U-boat men on operations fell to a matter of weeks Donitz continued to send out his young men to probable violent death. ---------------------Just why is the theme of this book: far more than a study of war at sea, it is a portrait of a ... Read more

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New York, 1998, John Wiley, first US edition, VG CONDITION, paper covers, 6 x 9 , xvi, 560 pages, illus, maps, appendices, bibliog, index. ---------------------------------------------------- Critically acclaimed military historian Peter Padfield has created the definitive account of one of the most turbulent—and crucial—chapters of World War II. Sweeping from the frigid waters of the North Atlantic to the steaming South Pacific, War Beneath the Sea is a riveting chronicle of submarine warfare. It is the first book to cover all the major submarine campaigns of the war, describing, in detail, the operations of the British, American, Japanese, Italian, and German submarine and antisubmarine forces. ----------------------------------------------------------Beginning with a vivid re-creation of the sinking of the passenger liner Athenia by a German U-boat in September 1939, Padfield's compelling narrative casts an unflinching eye on the devastating consequences of maritime warf ... Read more

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HIMMLER - REICHSFUHRER-SS

Padfield, Peter

New York, 1991, Holt, first edition, 2nd printing, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG.VG condition, xiv, 656 pages, illustrations, notes, bibliog, index. ---------------------In a small museum in Munich there is a photograph of what might be taken for a benevolent, myopic clerk, were it not. for a peaked cap bearing the death's head insignia of the SS. It is Heinrich Himmler. In this darkly enthralling study of the life and mind of Hitler's SS and police chief, Peter Padfield shows how this unlikely figure turned into a mass murderer. Padfield argues that Himmler's tortured and sexually perverted nature arose partly from his perception that he lacked the "Aryan" appearance and martial virtues held up as ideals to Germans. Feeling himself to be outside the inner circle of power and privilege, he drove himself to become harder and more ruthless. Padfield demonstrates that Himmler, like Hitler, was a politician of guile, using alliances rather than force to outmaneuver his r ... Read more

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HIMMLER - REICHSFUHRER-SS

Padfield, Peter

New York, 1991, Holt, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG.VG condition, xiv, 656 pages, illustrations, notes, bibliog, index. I n a small museum in Munich there is a photograph of what might be taken for a benevolent, myopic clerk, were it not. for a peaked cap bearing the death's head insignia of the SS. It is Heinrich Himmler. In this darkly enthralling study of the life and mind of Hitler's SS and police chief, Peter Padfield shows how this unlikely figure turned into a mass murderer. Padfield argues that Himmler's tortured and sexually perverted nature arose partly from his perception that he lacked the "Aryan" appearance and martial virtues held up as ideals to Germans. Feeling himself to be outside the inner circle of power and privilege, he drove himself to become harder and more ruthless. Padfield demonstrates that Himmler, like Hitler, was a politician of guile, using alliances rather than force to outmaneuver his rivals at the fuhrer's court and ... Read more

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London, 1988, Victor Gollancz, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 9 x 12, glossy page stock, 208 pages, prof illustrated in B&W and color, VG/VG condition, notes, bibliog, index. ************************************************* To mark the 400th anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, the distinguished naval historian Peter Padfield has written a comprehensive account of the greatest sea battle of the Tudor age. This sumptuously illustrated book has been meticulously researched and gives new insights afforded by hitherto unexploited documents and unpublished archive material. A particular feature of the book are the specially commissioned colour paintings by Lionel Willis of the National Maritime Museum showing the construction and equipment of typical ships from the opposing fleets . The bulk of the book concerns the 1587-8 campaign, its preparation, course and conclusion. But the scene is set with the events of the two turbulent preceding decades ... Read more

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Wingham Press, Kent, UK, 1991. Hardcover w/ dj, 6 x 9, VG/VG condition, 2nd printing, 221 pages, illustrations, list of confirmed victories, index. -------------------------Stories by fighter pilots of their experiences, especially during the Battle of Britain, have been numerous. With this thought in mind Geoffrey Page has written a book that not only tells of his wartime exploits but also dwells on the mental effects of severe injuries to a pilot, both during his hospital treatment and on his return to flying duties. Geoffrey Page spent two years in hospital suffering from severe burns and gunshot wounds. It was during this period that he and other badly burnt aircrew formed the Guinea Pig Club. The Guinea Pig Club was formed with the idea of consuming quantities of beer in each other's company but out of this was to grow a more serious side which was to develop under the presidency of their plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald Mclndoe. This more sober aspect of the club was that, as a band o ... Read more

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London 1976, Granada, hard bound in laminated color covers, 7x10, VG condition, 190 pages, illus by line drawings by Bill Tidy. Songs, verses e & more, from ex-servicemen in Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa.

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THE STORY OF THE GUARDS

Paget, Julian

London 1988, Michael Joseph/Julian Paget, 3rd UK printing, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/VG condition, 8 1/2 x 11, 304 pages, prof illustrated in B&W and color photos. ............................................................................... In a concise, lavishly illustrated narrative, Julian Paget traces the three-century history of the most superbly trained soldiers in the world, the British Guards. They are shown in their world renowned pageantry and as the standard of excellence in almost every battle campaign fought by the British Army from 1642 to the present day. Never before has this story been -told. There have been histories of individual regiments, but never of the British Guards as a whole: The Grenadier Guards, The Coldstream Guards, Life Guards, The Blues and Royals, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. This is not only a definitive record of all seven Guards Regiments, but also a highly readable story of outstanding military achievement in more than ... Read more

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THE STORY OF THE GUARDS

Paget, Julian

Novato 1977, Presidio Pr, 2nd printing, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/VG condition, 8 1/2 x 11, 304 pages, prof illustrated in B&W and color photos. -------------------In a concise, lavishly illustrated narrative, Julian Paget traces the three-century history of the most superbly trained soldiers in the world, the British Guards. They are shown in their world renowned pageantry and as the standard of excellence in almost every battle campaign fought by the British Army from 1642 to the present day. Never before has this story been -told. There have been histories of individual regiments, but never of the British Guards as a whole: The Grenadier Guards, The Coldstream Guards, Life Guards, The Blues and Royals, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards. This is not only a definitive record of all seven Guards Regiments, but also a highly readable story of outstanding military achievement in more than three centuries of peace and war. The book has over one hundred illustrations ... Read more

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London 2008, Phoenix/Orion, first UK paper edition, FINE CONDITION, 5 1/4 x 8 1/2, 39 & 488 pages, illus, maps, orders of battle, notes, bibliog. index, ----------------------------------------------------In the aftermath of the Great War the East Africa campaign was destined to be dismissed by many in Britain as a remote 'sideshow' in which only a handful of names and episodes - the Konigsberg, von Lettow-Vorbeck, the 'Naval Expedition to Lake Tanganyika' - achieved any lasting notoriety. But to the other combatant powers - Germany, South Africa, India, Belgium and Portugal - it was, and would remain, a campaign of huge importance. Africa quite simply mattered. A 'small war', consisting of a few 'local affairs', was all that was expected in August 1914 as Britain moved to eliminate the threat to the high seas of German naval bases in Africa. But two weeks after the Armistice was signed in Europe British and German troops were still fighting in Africa after four ... Read more

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London, Leo Cooper, hard bound in dust jacket, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 1999, 6 1/2 X 9 1/2, , xxv, 174 pages, illus & maps, ..............................................................The Fourteenth Army was once called the Forgotten Army. This description, however, can no longer be used for the campaign in Burma has been well chronicled not only by those who served in the theatre but by numerous later historians some who were not even born at the time. .......................................................... Robin Painter was very much 'there', taking part in the legendary Chindit operations under Orde Wingate's inspirational leadership with 77 Brigade during the 1943 operation, as well as the bitter fighting at Imphal with 80 Brigade of 20th Indian division. His vivid account of fighting in the ghastly terrain and appalling climate against an enemy who gave no quarter and who had never even heard of the Geneva Convention is certainly an epic of its kind. Derived m ... Read more

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New York 1967, Simon & Schuster, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, , Fine/Fine condition , 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, 318 pages, illus, maps, notes, bibliog., index. ------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR NAPOLEON 1812 was the beginning of the end. The invasion of Russia, the stroke that was to be the crowning glory of his Empire, ended in disaster, defeat and humiliation. Tsar Alexander I, who only six months before had been an undisciplined ally, became the saviour of Europe, the vanquisher of the French. Later historians have judged the Russian expedition to be a monumental folly, doomed from its inception. It is Alan Palmer's thesis that Napoleon's defeat owed less to the commonly accepted factors — the vastness of the Tsar's Empire, the rigours of the Russian winter — than to the personalities involved. Napoleon was defeated because of the gulf between his conception of a quick war, decisively won, and the reality created by an ... Read more

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John Murray., 1996. first edition, hardbound w/dj, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, VG/VG condition, 395 pages, maps. --------------------Contains 650 entries in alphabetical order on the British Imperial past & Commonwealth present. A reference companion to the political, cultural, religious, military & economic events that have shaped the transformation of a Victorian Empire into a world community of 51 sovereign states & 26 dependencies, still linked in free association. It looks back to the beginning of British maritime expansion, but concentrates chiefly on the last 2 centuries. As well as providing outline histories of individual states, it offers guidance to the many Commonwealth organizations which link them. Includes biographical sketches; entries on cinema & theater, sports, natural disasters, railways, hill stations, & hotels.

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VICTORY 1918.

Palmer, Alan

Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 2000. Hardcover w/dj, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, Fine/Fine condition, First Edition., 368 pages, illus., maps, bibliog., index. ---------------------------The veteran British historian and biographer summarizes the causes, battles, and results of WWI. Palmer begins by declaring that this war ``determined the political and social character of the twentieth century'' and, like any other war, ``must never be romanticized. His chronicle is far from romantic. With plodding sobriety, Palmer takes readers from country to country, battle to battle, strategy session to surrender, always displaying his firm grasp of the facts, and just the facts, of relevant geography, culture, and character. Determined not to mythologize, he mentions only in passing such notables as Sergeant York (a corporal at the time), and manages to make the exploits of T. E. Lawrence (``Lawrence of Arabia'') rather ordinary. Only occasionally do details sparkle: In 1917 an Ottoman leader defending Jeru ... Read more

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The Crimean War

Palmer, Alan

New York 1992, Dorset, US reprint edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 8 1/2, FINE/FINE condition, xiv, 289 pages, maps, illus, notes, bibliog, index. In this invaluable new account of the Crimean War, Alan Palmer puts the myths and preconceptions about The Charge of the Light Brigade, Florence Nightingale, the war guilt of Stratford de Redcliffe, the rivalry between Lord Cardigan and Lord Lucan and the patriotic fervor of the English into perspective. Military and naval events are woven into the context of Great Power politics and diplomacy. The Crimean War, often viewed simply as a dramatic incident in the Eastern Question, emerges as a decisive campaign which lowered the stature of both defeated Russia and nonbelligerent Austria, thereby changing the power structure of Europe. Making extensive use of Russian, French and Italian sources, and hitherto untapped material from British archives, Palmer takes the viewpoints of each country involved. The comparisons are fascinating as t ... Read more

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