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New York, 1963 US . first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4, 206 pages, illus, bibliog, appendice, index. VG/ good ( dj shows extensive wear and chips)------------------------------------Only todays atomic submarines have outstripped the fabulous twin-funneled K boats--the biggest, fastest submarines of World War I. But no other class of warship suffered so much calamity and controversy. Authorized by Churchill, these steam-powered submarines were the best-concealed debacle in British naval history. Their crews called themselves the suicide club and in this authoritative documentary their story is vividly reconstructed.---------------------------------------Built secretly to meet a threat that existed only in the minds of the flag officers, the so-called "submersible destroyers" suffered an unprecedented series of accidents from the day they began their trials. Six sank with an appalling death toll. The forty-seven men of K 13 were luckier. They were rescued after fifty-seven hours ... Read more

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DUAL GERMAN / ENGLISH TEXT. Friedberg 1984, Podzun, first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 7x10, glossy page stock, VG/VG condition, ( dj shows wear at extremities), 304 pages, over 500 photos. Detailed pictorial history of German armored forces in WW 2.

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KELLY BLUE

Bowen, Peter

New York 1991, Crown , First US edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, FINE/FINE CONDITION. author's 2nd novel in Yellowstone Kelly series. AUTOGRAPHED EDITION, signed by the author on a custom book plate on front free end paper. 268 pages. .......................................................................... Yellowstone Kelly, scout, scoundrel, Indian fighter, sometime member of the U. S. Army, seeks adventure-and finds it-when the West was young, the women were willing, and the going was rugged. Wildly comic, occasionally raunchy, and always entertaining, Kelly Blue opens with a hilarious account of the death of Buffalo Bill Cody, complete with enough card playing and whores to keep Buffalo Bill happy in spite of the circumstances. Kelly's story begins in earnest when he is caught in the hay with the agreeable daughter of a bishop. Joining the army, despite being only fourteen years old, seems advisable. ................... ... Read more

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Phoenix Mill 1998, Sutton, UK 1st editiohard bound n w/dj, VG/VG condition, 6 x 9, x, 182 pp, illus, maps, glossary, bibliog, index. -------------------------------------------The Kempeitai, Japan's secret military police and counter-espionage service, were held in justifiable dread in the military occupied territories of what the Japanese called the Dai Taa Kyozonken (Great East Asia Co-Existence Sphere - a euphemism for Japanese occupied territories) of the Second World War empire. They were a grimly efficient corps, possessing wide powers which they were trained to employ ruthlessly. Through sheer horror tactics the Kempeitai and their ethnic collaborators from Manchuria to Singapore, imposed submissiveness upon reluctant nations and planned brutality and processes to break the human spirit. -------------------------------------The origins of the Kempeitai are examined and its subsequent growth from out of the Japanese military police and Secret Service; its recruitment an ... Read more

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KILL THE TOFF

Creasey, John

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New York, 1966, Walker, lst US ed, r/p of the l950 UK ed, 5 1/2 7 8 w/dj, Good /Good ( Pages browning and DJ has two chips at edges. ) l92 pp. Another adventure of this British Dandy who solves crimes.

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New York 1989, Dorset, US reprint edition, hard bound in dust jacket, Fine/Fine condition. 6x9, 184 pages, illus. .................................... During the sweltering June of 1780, Lord Gordon led 50,000 rioters in a many day rampage thru the city, protesting a new act which granted Roman Catholics some relief. Over 700 people were killed as troops were called in to suppress the riots.

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KINGDOM OF SUMMER

Bradshaw, Gillian

New York, 1981, Simon & Schuster, lst US ed w/DJ, VG/VG cond. 2nd in trilogy about King Arthur, follows Hawk of Mary.

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Annapolis 1984, Naval Institute, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, FINE/FINE condition ( dj has very light wear on dj edge), xviii, 356 pages, illus, maps, bibliog, index. ------------------------------------------------------------The first six months of naval operations during World War I are significant for what they reveal of initial British and German reactions to the challenge of war. Furthermore, those months represent the beginning of modern naval warfare. Until this study by James Goldrick, however, no book has offered a thoroughly detailed and balanced examination of the period. Unlike official histories that often present a stilted, biased viewpoint, The Kings Ships Were at Sea provides an engrossing and objective account of the action from both sides. Unlike popular histories that focus merely on the major battles, this book takes a close look at the day-to-day events that brought abou ... Read more

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KIPLING'S INDIA

Munson, Arley

New Delhi 1994, Aryan Books Intl, First Indian edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 7x10, VG/VG condition, 168 pages, illustrated. -------------------------------------- Rudyard Kipling has been one of the most highly acclaimed writer poets of the world. His works are widely read, not only in India but all across the globe. India-its people and culture, its geography and landscapes-has been a central aspect of his creative aesthetic. The object of the present volume is to describe those bits of India which have served as a background for Kipling's songs and stories. From Bombay, the birth place of Kipling and the threshold of India from the West, the scribe will attempt to take the reader in imagination first to Simla, far up on the northeastern border among the Himalaya Mountains which separate India from mysterious Tibet; on into the heart of Himalaya; thence southwest to the Great Rajputana Desert; northward again to the Border Country; from the Border down through India to Burma; and al ... Read more

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Tunbridge Wells, 1989, Nutshell publishing, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 8 1/4 x 11, Fine/Fine condition, glossy page stock, 176 pages, prof. illustrated. ......................The history and war service of the New Army Divisions. The text is supported by, primarily unpublished photographs depicting recruiting, training, uniforms, badges and actual front line service.

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New York 1959, E.P. Dutton, US 1st edition, hard bound w/dj, Fine / Fine condition, 6x9, 410 pages, illus & maps. ------------------------------Life of British Soldier / Imperialist, Horatio Herbert Kitchener, from his early military career incl the campaign in Egypt 1882-85, reconquest of the Sudan in 1898, service in India, and his role as Secretary of State for War in the early period of WW One until his death at sea in 1915, when the cruiser Hampshire was sunk by mines.

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New York, 2001, Carroll & Graf, first US edition, hard bound w/dj, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 6x9, xxii, 598 pages, illus & maps, notes, bibliog. & index. ............................................................ This major new biography of Kitchener reveals the man behind the legend and re-establishes his reputation as a hero of the Empire, showing him to be the principal architect of victory in World War 1. Using official accounts and private letters, John Pollock has produced an enlightening and sympathetic portrait of a giant figure who straddled the age of Empire and the onset of Armageddon. The first volume was previously published as The Road to Omdurman. The second is now published for the first time, making the complete biography available in this one book. ............................................... Mingling historical narrative with his subject's life, John Pollock ingeniously tells the story of the age and the man, beginning with a youngster of ... Read more

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New York 1986, Atheneum, US FIRST edition, hard bound w/dj, 6x9, VG/VG condition, viii, 247 pp, illus, maps, -------------------------------------- Good biography of British Field Marshal Herbert Lord Kitchener, from his early campaigns in Africa in the 1898 Soudan campaign to crush the Dervish Empire, to his reorganizing the British Army in the early months of World War I to his death when H.M.S. HAMPSHIRE was lost in 1916.

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London 2002 Grub Street, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 183 pages, illus, appendice, index. -----------------------------------------------------------------JACK RAE gained his wings in New Zealand in 1940 and was posted to Britain as a Sergeant Pilot. He converted to Spitfires in early 1941, becoming an 'ace' and completing more than 50 operational sorties with 485 (NZ) Squadron. He was subsequently posted to Malta as part of a group of fighter pilots reinforcing the island's defenders. In Malta Rae served with the famous 'Screwball' Beurling, Buck McNair, Ray Hesslyn, 'Laddie' Lucas and 'Jumbo' Gracie among others. At the height of the Luftwaffe's all-out onslaught designed to neutralise the island in preparation for invasion, more than 90% of the Squadron's aircraft were lost to the Luftwaffe. Rae was shot down and wounded, although he recovered to fly once more. Having completed his t ... Read more

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KLEBER'S CONVOY

Trew, Anthony

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New York, 1973, St Martin's, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4, FINE/FINE CONDITION, 222 pages, end paper maps. ------------------------------------------------------------It was the custom of the German Naval Command in the Second World War to name Allied Convoys after the U-Boat commander who made the first sighting report. Kapitanleutnant Johan Kleber sighted convoy JW 137, Murmansk bound, as it battered its way through the freezing storms and gloom of an Arctic winter; and so Kleber's Convoy it became. The U-Boat's signals were intercepted by the Admiralty in London and passed back to the commanders of the British escort vessels; notably to Lieutenant-Commander Redman of the destroyer Vengeful. The name of the U-Boat commander was for him a painful shock: years before a Hans Kleber had saved his life on a Swiss ski-slope, he had fallen in love with the German's sister and still reproached himself for her accidental death. Could this be the same man ? Was ... Read more

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London 1964, Victor Gollancz, 1st UK edition, hard bound w/dj, Good/Good condition ( slight wear to dj, pages browning, some light foxing to page edges. readable copy - but not collectible grade), 6x9, 224 pp, frontispiece, bibliog, maps, index. -----------------------Life of this famous British Naval Officer, who served through out the Napoleonic Wars, especially noted for his superb defence of Acre in Palestine during Napoleon's invasion in 1799.

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New York 1994, Harper Collins, later printing, hard bound in dust jacket, 6x9, VG./VG condition, xv, 601 pages, numerous illus & maps, chronology, bibliog, notes, index. ---------------------------------------------In any numbering of the great captains of history, the name of Erwin Rommel must stand in the first rank. He was the outstanding Axis field commander of the Second World War, and was respected, even admired, as well as feared by his opponents. Here, it seemed to the Allies, was a supremely professional soldier: chivalrous, decent, untainted by the crimes of the Nazi regime, carrying out his duty with often dazzling success. ------------------------------------------David Fraser's book-surely the definitive study-brings to Rommel's career not only the perceptions of an acclaimed biographer, but those of a distinguished soldier too: his insights into Rommel's mind and methods carry the authority of experience. He shows how inspiringly spontaneous and superficially hap ... Read more

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St. Martin's Press, 1986, N Y, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, VG/VG condition( light dj edge wear), 266 pages, illus., maps, bibliog., appendices, index. ----------------------------The German Armored Corps—the Panzerwaffe — was instrumental in the mighty Conquests of the Nazis between 1939 and 1942, and in the remaining years of the war it provided the very backbone of German defense. Although its strength never exceeded one-fifth of the German army, the commitment of the Panzerwaffe's officers to the traditional Annihilation Concept made an enormous impact on the Second World War, particularly on the Eastern Front. The titanic struggles that took place there, after the early victories in Poland, the West, and the Balkans, demonstrated the German tank soldiers' superior tactical abilities and provided the basis of Soviet war theories to this day. Bryan Perrett's meticulously researched and incisive account tells the story of this remarkable ... Read more

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Robert Hale 1986, LONDON, UK first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, Fine/Fine condition, 266 pages, illus., maps, bibliog., appendices, index. ----------------------------The German Armored Corps—the Panzerwaffe — was instrumental in the mighty Conquests of the Nazis between 1939 and 1942, and in the remaining years of the war it provided the very backbone of German defense. Although its strength never exceeded one-fifth of the German army, the commitment of the Panzerwaffe's officers to the traditional Annihilation Concept made an enormous impact on the Second World War, particularly on the Eastern Front. The titanic struggles that took place there, after the early victories in Poland, the West, and the Balkans, demonstrated the German tank soldiers' superior tactical abilities and provided the basis of Soviet war theories to this day. Bryan Perrett's meticulously researched and incisive account tells the story of this remarkable band of soldiers and the ... Read more

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Toronto: Macmillan, reprinted 1960 2nd Canadian edition, , HARD BOUND IN DUST JACKET, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, FINE/FINE CONDITION, ( dj price clipped + very small prev. owners name on frt. free end paper)160 pages, many drawings. -----------------------------------High above the mud and slaughter of the trenches, the little wood and fabric airplanes looped, rolled, banked, in mortal duel. Some of the soldiers who stared at them in the skies of France and Flanders in 1915 were Canadians. They had not dreamt when they joined the army that they would ever leave the ground. Yet within three years Canadians had proved themselves masters of this new form of fighting and a dozen Canadians ranked among the top aces of the world. This book is about those Canadian masters of the aerial dogfight. Barker of Manitoba is here—incredibly daring hero of the French and Italian fronts who, with both legs and one arm shattered by enemy bullets, shot down four attackers and drove off the rest before he crashed behind his ... Read more

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