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New York 1966, Dutton, US First edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG/VG , illus, end paper maps, order of battle of RAF & Luftwaffe, list of eyewitnesses., bibliog. ---------------------------------August 13, 1940 - Eagle Day - was the day chosen by Hermann Göring, Air Marshal of Hitler's Luftwaffe, to launch a crushing air attack which would annihilate the Royal Air Force and prepare the way for Nazi Germany's invasion of Britain. With this abortive attack, the Battle of Britain began, a battle in which a few hundred men and airplanes ( many of which were obsolete) struggled against staggering odds, against fear, fatigue and desperation, to turn the tide against Germany. It was this battle which moved Churchill to say, "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few." ----------------------------------------To compile this definitive study of the Battle of Britain, Richard Collier employed a staff of thirteen, traveling 30 ... Read more

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New York, 1979, Ziff-Davis, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 6x9, 206 pages, illus, list of KIA, index. .........................................THE MONTHS after Dunkirk, weathering the onslaughts of the Luftwaffe and bracing for a German invasion, Britain and her Commonwealth nations stood alone. America watched, armed in neutrality, as the Royal Air Force struggled through its finest hour. But not entirely aloof. From all over the United States, some 240 pilots made theirwayto England to fly for King George in the name of freedom and adventure. Many of them had to evade the vigilance of the FBI to get there. Many of them became leading aces of the RAF and then the United States Army Air Force. Many of them died in serving the cause. Their units became known as the Eagle Squadrons, and in quick time they were embraced by their fellow RAF pilots and the entire free world as heroes and symbols of young American courage, skill and dedication. They were celebra ... Read more

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New York, 1979, Ziff-Davis, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/Good+ condition, ( dj shows medium chipping and wear ) 6x9, 206 pages, illus, list of KIA, index. .........................................THE MONTHS after Dunkirk, weathering the onslaughts of the Luftwaffe and bracing for a German invasion, Britain and her Commonwealth nations stood alone. America watched, armed in neutrality, as the Royal Air Force struggled through its finest hour. But not entirely aloof. From all over the United States, some 240 pilots made theirwayto England to fly for King George in the name of freedom and adventure. Many of them had to evade the vigilance of the FBI to get there. Many of them became leading aces of the RAF and then the United States Army Air Force. Many of them died in serving the cause. Their units became known as the Eagle Squadrons, and in quick time they were embraced by their fellow RAF pilots and the entire free world as heroes and symbols of young American courage, s ... Read more

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Cambridge 1972, Harvard Univ Pr, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, VG/.VG condition, , 5 1/2 x 8, xiv, 242 pp. extensive notes, glossary, bibliog & index. ----------------------------------------------------Here is the first detailed study of the British government's late eighteenth-century attempt to reorganize the East India Company's army. The defeat of that attempt by the Company's officers involved the ruin of the governor-general, Sir John Shore, whose "failure" in dealing with the officers has been held against him by generations of historians. -------------------------------------------------------------------------Tracing the events from three points of view—those of the British government, the Company's government in Calcutta, and the officers of the Company's service—Raymond Callahan shows that the aspects of the Company's service which struck observers in London as inefficient and corrupt were, in the officers ... Read more

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London 1987, Viking, First UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG/VG condition, 235 pages, l map and l drawing on an Italian medium tank. ------------------- On Easter Day, 1941, four men in a captured Italian tank - thin-plated, underpowered, rumbling towards breakdown - make their way back across the Libyan desert, after the collapse of the Second Armoured Division. Somewhere far to the east lie Egypt and the British lines. The crew - two Londoners and a Scotsman - is led by a mysterious American expatriate. A veteran of the Spanish Civil War, he has already endured the bitter experiences of political betrayal by the communists and military defeat by the Germans - lessons that have made him a practised soldier who can kill with chilling confidence and efficiency. Now, isolated behind German lines and surrounded on all sides by enemy troops, he is leading his men towards the sanctuary of the besieged city of Tobruk. Their retreat through the North African desert is a bloody dri ... Read more

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1998, London,John Murray, first UK edition, Fine/Fine condition, hard bound w/dj, 6x9, cover art by Paul Wright. 247 pages. AUTOGRAPHED EDITION - SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON A CUSTOM BOOK PLATE ........................................................... # 14 in this series. ( the Last Book)., It is 1843 and Captain Sir Nathaniel Drinkwater embarks on the paddle-steamer Vestal for an inspection of lighthouses on the west coast of England. Bowed with age and honours, the old sea-officer has been drawn from retirement on half-pay to fulfill his public duty. The following day, tragedy strikes, and Drinkwater is confronted with his past life: his sins and follies, his triumphs and his disasters. Drawing on a true incident, Richard Woodman deftly concludes the career of his sea-hero. Both punctilious sea-officer and sympathetic libertarian, Drinkwater's complex character is revealed in its entirety. Far from being the reminiscences of an old man, the novel skilfully weaves the past with the pres ... Read more

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Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1996. first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, FINE/FINE CONDITION, xvi, 286 pages, illus., maps, notes, glossary, bibliog., index. ------------------------------------- Combining newly released top-secret Admiralty reports, rare photographic materials, and extensive interviews with eyewitnesses from three nations, James Tent has produced a comprehensive study of a little-known episode of World War II—the campaign to defend the Normandy invasion fleet from Germany's high-performance motor torpedo boats or Schnellboote, known to the Allies as "E-boats:' This true story offers a tale of mounting suspense as the German navy, emboldened by the E-boats' successful torpedoing of three American tank landing ships off Slapton Sands in April 1944, fed reinforcements into the invasion area in hopes of disrupting the Allied buildup. ----------------------------------------------- Simultaneously, the Allies searched for innovative ways to ... Read more

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ECCLESIA MILITANS : The Inquisition

Hroch, Miroslav & Anna Skybova

New York 1990, Dorset, 10 x 11, US edition, hard bound with dj, in cardboard slip case, Fine/Fine cond. 264 pages, massively illustrated in B&W and color. -------------------------- A detailed account of the Counter-Reformation begun by the Roman Catholic Church in 1487, to combat the heresy of Jews, Protestants and Moors in the Catholic World. A period which saw unbelievable cruelty and torture inflicted in obtaining confessions of guilt.

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EDDIE RICKENBACKER

Adamson, Hans Christian

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Macmillan Company, NY, 1946. US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 8 1/2, VG/VG condition ( light lower board edge wear, light dj wear and chipping, price clipped), 309 pages, several illustrations. ---------------------As a hero inspiring to all young Americans,' Captain Eddie Rickenbacker has few peers. As a chapter in American history, his story covers the most thrilling years in the development of modern power transportation on highways and airways. Throughout, Eddie Rickenbacker's life has been one of action and adventure. From his childhood, which ended when the sudden death of his father left him a man's responsibility, we watch him grow with the jobs and experiences of youth. His career as an automobile racer, and his subsequent climb to fame as Ace of American Aces in World War I, will catch the imagination of those whose memories go back to the nostalgic days of the Vanderbilt Cup races as well as of younger enthusiasts for high speed. Captain Rickenbacker's ... Read more

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EDGE OF DANGER

Higgins, Jack

New York 2001, Putnam's, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 273 PAGES. AUTOGRAPHED EDITION, signed by the author on front free end paper. A murderous vendetta places not only lives at stake but also the fate of nations, in Jack Higgins's powerful new thriller. "I always return." For centuries, that had been the Rashid family motto. Over the years, the family's British and Arab ancestries had interwoven to produce a remarkable family of warriors, as at home under the pitiless desert sun as in the streets of London. But it is to neither of these places that the Rashids now direct their rage. It is to the United States, whose president they hold accountable for a series of attacks against their power and their honor. From opposite ends of the world, hints are picked up by Blake Johnson, head of the clandestine White House operation known as The Basement, and his Irish colleague, Sean Dillon, but hints ... Read more

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Kineton, 1967, Roundwood, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Good ( dust jacket has several repaired tears & light wear to edges, former owner's book plate on front free end paper & price clipped ), 6 1/2 9 1/2, 344 pages, numerous illus & maps, bibliog, index. --------------------------------------------------------The battle of Edgehill was the first major clash of the English Civil Wars. In 1642 both Royalists and Parliamentarians expected that one great contest of arms would see the crushing of their enemies. When their field armies blundered into contact on the evening of 22 October 1642, Prince Rupert urged King Charles to array his army on the great ridge of Edgehill and give battle. The next day, amidst abject cowardice and absolute courage, the tide of battle swept Rupert’s cavalry to triumph, but saw victory snatched away as the Royalist infantry was hurled back by the defiant Parliamentarians.

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Pittsburgh 1984, Univ. of Pittsburgh Pr, US first edition, hard bound, no dj as issued, original orange cloth, Fine condition , 6x9, xv. 283 pp, illus, charts, notes, bibliog, index. --------------------------------A detailed account of the rise and fall of the rulers, the Khedives of Egypt, under the old Ottoman Empire, who ruled until Egypt's annexation by Britain in 1882.

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EISENHOWER AT WAR 1943-45

Eisenhower, David

The General's grandson has through the use of primary sources fashioned an important reappraisal of Eisenhower's role in WW 2. By showing the decisive impact of Soviet strength not only on the outcome of the war but on the strategic thinking of the Allied leaders, he shows how the Allied High Command functioned. Collins / Random, 1986, 6 x 9, lst UK /or US ed , hard bound in dust jacket, VG/VG cond, xvii, 977 pp, maps, illus, notes, bibliog, index.

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St Martins , NY, 1974. Hard bound in dj, 7 x 10, VG/VG condition , xiii, 421 pages, illus, maps ( some in color,) index. US first edition. ----------------Montgomery commanded the Eighth Army from 13th August 1942 until the 31st December 1943, and the 21st Army Group from 1st January 1944 until the German surrender on 5th May, 1945. These 2 accounts (concerned with the victorious campaigns of both Armies during the periods they were under his command) were written by him shortly after the end of the war, when they were published as separate books. The texts are taken from his personal war diaries and are distinguished by his incisive style. The whole strategy and course of these two campaigns are presented to the reader with great clarity and accuracy. There are 80 pages of 2-colour maps and diagrams

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Barrie & Jenkins/The Arcadia Press, London, 1973. Hard bound in dj, 7 x 10, VG/VG condition ( very minor dj edge wear), xiii, 421 pages, illus, maps ( some in color, index. ----------------Montgomery commanded the Eighth Army from 13th August 1942 until the 31st December 1943, and the 21st Army Group from 1st January 1944 until the German surrender on 5th May, 1945. These 2 accounts (concerned with the victorious campaigns of both Armies during the periods they were under his command) were written by him shortly after the end of the war, when they were published as separate books. The texts are taken from his personal war diaries and are distinguished by his incisive style. The whole strategy and course of these two campaigns are presented to the reader with great clarity and accuracy. There are 80 pages of 2-colour maps and diagrams

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ELECTRONICS AND SEA POWER

Hezlet, Vice Admiral Sir Arthur, KBE,CB, DSO, DSC, RN

New York 1975, Stein & Day, US First edition, hardbound w/dj, 6x9, VG/VG condition, x, 318 pages, illus, maps, notes, bibliog, index. ---------------------------------------------- The author's distinguished books already published, The Submarine and Sea Power and Aircraft and Sea Power, have traced two most important influences in contemporary naval strategy, both of which have arisen from 19th and 20th century technical discoveries. To these is now added a highly significant third influence - the electron - to complete the picture of the fundamentals of modern sea power. In the course of the Second World War there was the extraordinary advance in equipment from the time of the Battle of Cape Matapan, which was fought almost entirely visually, to the sinking of the Scharnhorst and the Battle of Surigao in the Pacific when the antagonists scarcely saw each other and the engagements were fought electronically. Cables, controlled mine fields, searchlights and electric firing of guns were a ... Read more

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THE ELEVENTH PLAGUE - A Novel of Medical Terror

Marr, John S, MD, and John Baldwin

Cliff Street Book ( Harper-Collins) New York, 1998, First edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition, 6x9, 398 pages. What if the ten plagues predicted by Moses in the Book of Exodus were coming true in America today? What if they were not acts of God but the brilliantly fiendish creations of an evil genius? In this galvanizing novel of medical terror, death stalks the land, and the only hope of preventing a cataclysm beyond biblical proportions lies with one maverick virologist who is himself in danger of becoming either a suspect or a victim. In present-day Southern California, two children die of a disease thought to be nonexistent in the United States. Within hours, Thoroughbreds at the legendary Churchill Downs are dying of a virus that cannot be identified, even by the most expert veterinarians. Called in to help shed light on these gruesome enigmas, noted virologist Jack Bryne discovers that the two events are not only connected, they are deliberate acts of bioterrorism. ... Read more

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The Johns Hopkins Press, BALTIMORE, 1970. US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, VG/VG condition ( dj price clipped), xi, 354 pages, portrait, index. --------------------------------------------Lord admiral for thirty years and commander of the fleet against the Spanish Armada, successful politician, high-born, rich, powerful, working bureaucrat, corrupt, loyal servant of two monarchs, preeminently a man of his times—Charles Howard was all of these. His career as a courtier-politician—spanning most of the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and James I—reveals more about the government and mores of Tudor and Stuart England than do the lives of such contemporaries as Hawkins, Drake, Frobisher, and Elizabeth herself. ---------------------------------------------In addition to commanding the navy in the most notable victories of the Elizabethan age, Howard presided over both the consolidation of naval strength under Elizabeth and the dissipation of that strength unde ... Read more

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New York, 1928, Harcourt Brace, first US regular edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, VG/VG- condition (former owner's book pate on front paste down, dj price clipped , light chipping and light soiling to tan dj ), 296 pages, illustrated. ........................................ Six years after his "Queen Victoria" made the writing of biography a new art, Lytton Strachey turns to England's golden age and creates from the enigmatic figure of the Virgin Queen a passionate, lonely, hesitating woman, moulded by her superb intellect and by the long use of power into a majestic symbol of sovereignty. ...................... It is Mr. Strachev's accomplishment to have given life to this image of regality, to have found a woman under the piercing eyes, the red dyed hair, the huge hoop and ruff, the powdered pearls, the spreading gilded gauzes. Through this drama of the conflict of the crown with the powerful group who sought to revive feudalism, a drama m ... Read more

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ELKHORN TAVERN

Jones, Douglas C

New York, 1980, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, first US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, FINE/FINE CONDITION, ( price clipped), 311 pages, 1 map. ....................................................................... The drama of the Civil War has long been a mainstay of American fiction, but never more affectingly, or with greater fidelity to the wages of human survival, than in this vibrant new novel by Douglas C. Jones. The family of Martin Hasford, himself away fighting with the Confederate army, consists of his wife Ora, their fifteen-year-old son Roman, and seventeen-year-old daughter Calpurnia. Their story represents a heroic and little-known saga of American grit. Hill-country farmers of western Arkansas, the Hasfords must contend with hardships far beyond questions of political interest or sectional allegiance in an area still frontier-wild. Prey to civilian marauders from both sides, Ora Hasford holds her home together—farming the land with her children's help, ... Read more

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