Titles relating to the Military and War - Antiquarian and Modern.

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"NAVAL WARFARE IN THE AGE OF SAIL; War at Sea 1756-1815" by Barnard Ireland

Hardcover First Edition in pictorial glossy hardcovers with original dustcover, published by Ted Smart, London in 2000. Dimensions: 29cm x 23cm approx. An extremely well illustrated volume that covers The Seven Years War, The American Revolution, The Royal Navy and Exploration, The Napoleonic Wars, and Britain v. the USA 1812-15.

240 pages full of colour illustrations.

Condition: Fine. Dustcover fine (not price clipped). Hardcovers fine. Internal pages fine. Binding tight.

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"ECHOES OF RESISTANCE: British Involvement with the Italian Partisans" by Laurence Lewis.

Hardcover First Edition in brown hardcovers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Costello, Kent in 1985. Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx.

143 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition: Dustcover good with some fading to spine and front top edge. Hardcovers good with very slight fading. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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BATTLES IN BRITAIN - and their Political Background 1066-1746. 2 Vols. by William Seymour.

Hardcover volume in blue hardcovers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Book Club Associates, London in 1975. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

232 pages with numerous black and white illustrations, battle plans and photographs.

Condition: Dustcover good with just minor wear and slight marking (now in protective sleeve). Hardcovers very good. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"SOMERSET AT WAR 1939-1945" by Mac Hawkins.

Hardcover First Edition in green hardcovers with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Dovecote Press, Ltd, Dorset in 1988. Dimensions: 26.5cm x 20.5cm approx. "The first book to document the history of Somerset during the Second World War..."

216 pages with numerous black and white photographs and maps.

Condition: Dustcover near fine with just the slightest of wear. Hardcovers near fine. Internal pages fine. Binding tight.

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"JOURNEY TO THE TRENCHES - The Life of Isaac Rosenberg, 1890-1918." by Joseph Cohen. 1975.

Hardcover First Edition in brown hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Robson Books, London in 1975. Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

An extremely interesting book that describes the life of "war poet" and painter, Isaac Rosenberg.

224 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good in good dustcover. Dustcover has slight fading and is covered in sticky backed plastic to protect it. Hardcovers good with slight fading to spine. Internal pages good with bookplate to front paste-down and inscription to front free endpaper. Binding tight.

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"DIE LIKE THE CARP" by Harry Gordon. 1978.

Hardcover First Edition (first re-print) in red hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Cassell, Australia in 1978. Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx.

The story of the escape by 1,100 Japanese prisoners of war from a prisoner of war camp outside the small Australian township of Cowra in August 1944. A fascinating and somewhat bizarre story.

240 pages with a number of black and white photographs and plans of the camp to front and rear paste-downs.

Condition:  Good in very good dustcover. Dustcover very good with just some very minor wear to extreme edges (protected in plastic sleeve). Hardcover good. Corners slightly bumped. Internal pages good with some very minor yellowing and light foxing to extreme page edges. Neat inscription to front free endpaper. Binding tight.

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"THE HISTORY OF THE GREAT WAR - 6 Vols" Edited by Newman Flower. Undated.

6 x Uniform Hardcover volumes in red cloth covers with red gilt decoration, published by The Waverley Book Company, Ltd, London. The volumes are undated but, we believe them to be c.1920. These copies are the "subscribers" edition. Dimensions: 26.5cm x 19.5cm approx.

The six volumes are volumes 1-6 of what we believe to be a 9 volume set. Each volume contains between 150 and 350 pages and is illustrated with a combination of black and white photographs, colour plates, drawings and maps.

Please note that the packaged weight of these volumes will be in the region of 8Kg - hence the high postal cost.

Condition:  Good in Fair hardcovers. All hardcovers have some shelf wear, bumped corners, wear/fading/rubbing (fading more to spines than covers). Internal pages are generally good with some yellowing, a few minor marks and some very light foxing. Bindings are tight.

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"TO WIN A WAR - 1918, The Year of Victory." by John Terraine. First. 1978.

Hardcover First Edition in brown hardcover with original dustcover, published by Sidgwick & Jackson, London in 1978. Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

A interesting account of the last year of World War I.

284 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Fair in Fair dustcover. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Dustcover has been covered in protective plastic. Lacks front free endpaper. Internal pages show some light library wear. Binding tight. A reasonable copy for not much money !!

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"SOMME" by Lyn Macdonald. First. 1983.

Hardcover First Edition in light brown hardcover, published by Michael Joseph, London in 1983. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

A fascinating account of the battle of the Somme and the virtual destruction of Kitchener's Army.

366 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good. Lacks dustcover but otherwise in very good condition. Binding tight.

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"THE SMOKE AND THE FIRE - Myths and Anti-Myths of War 1861-1945." by John Terraine. 1980.

Hardcover First Edition in green hardcover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Sidgwick and Jackson, London in 1980. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. Signed to first title page; "With best wishes, John Terraine. Sept, 1994".

An extremely interesting look at the mythology surrounding the American Civil War, the First World War and the Second World War.

240 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Very Good in Very Good dustcover. Just slight wear to dustcover and very slight yellowing of internal pages. Binding tight.

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"1915 THE DEATH OF INNOCENCE" by Lyn Macdonald. 1993.

Hardcover Edition in original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Book Club Associates, London in 1993. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

"The story of 1915 is stark, brutal, frank, sometimes painfully funny, always human. Above all it is told from the viewpoint of the men themselves."

625 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good in Very Good dustcover. The only blemish is that the internal pages are yellowed. Binding tight.

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"THE PARAS - The History of the Parachute Regiment" by Theodore Rowland-Entwhistle. First. 1997.

Hardcover First edition in glossy hardcover with originla dustcover (not price clipped), published by Parragon, Bristol in 1997.

An interesting history of the Parachute Regiment with over 80 illustrations in both blacck and white and colour.

96 pages.

Condition:  Fine in very good dustcover. Dustcover just has a small sticker mark to top right of front cover and some very light rubbing. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"THE NINE DAYS WONDER (The Operation Dynamo)" by John Masefield. 1941.

Hardcover First Edition (Second reprint) in blue hardcovers, published by William Heinemann, Ltd, London in 1941. Dimensions: 19.5cm x 13.5cm approx.

An interesting little book about Dunkirk - the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and the First French Army. Includes a number of black and white photographs and a fold-out map of the routes between Dover and Dunkirk.

57 pages plus a number of poems.

Condition:  Fair. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to hardcovers. Spine cracked at front hinge and binding becoming a bit brittle. Internal pages quite good with some yellowing and light foxing.

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"JACKETS OF GREEN" by Arthur Bryant. 1972.

Hardcover Edition in green hardcovers with embossed rifle brigade crest and original dustcover, published by The History Book Club, London in 1972. Dimensions: 23.5cm x 15.5cm approx.

A highly detailed and wide-ranging account of the history of the Rifle Brigade.

478 pages with a number of full page black and white plates.

Condition:  Good in good dustcover. Some wear/rubbing to dustcover (which is not price clipped) and hardcover. Internal pages good with some foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"MARSHAL TURENNE" by Thomas Longueville. 1907.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcovers, published by Longmans, Green, and Co, London in 1907. Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16.5cm approx.

An interesting study of Turenne. Whilst the title page of the book simply states "by the author of "A Life of Sir Kenelm Digby", "The Adventures of James II", "The Life of a Prig", etc", it was, in fact, written by Thomas Longueville. Contains an introduction by Brigadier-General Francis Lloyd and 20 black and white plates (a number of which show battle plans).

401 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding quite tight.

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"RASPLATA (The Reckoning)" by Commander Wladimir Semenoff. First. 1909.

Hardcover First UK Edition in black hardcover, published by John Murray, London in 1909. Dimensions: 21cm x 14.5cm approx.

A very scarce volume written from the diary notes made by the author "during the blockade of Port Arthur and the voyage of Admiral Rojestvensky's fleet" at the time of the Russo-Japanese war in 1904/5. Semenoff provides a first-hand account of the Naval battle of Tsushima which eventually gave the Japanese the upper hand.

489 pages.

Condition:  A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers (spine covering in particular). Spine lightly cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with some yellowing and some foxing throughout (mainly to extreme page edges). Binding tight.

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"THE MARNE - AND AFTER." by A. Corbett-Smith. 1917.

Hardcover First Edition (First Re-print) in red hardcover, published by Cassell & Company, London in 1917. Dimensions: 16cm x 12cm approx.

A rather interesting account of the battle of the Marne and subsequent action during World War I. The book is a sequel to "The Retreat from Mons" by the same author.

324 pages with 4 black and white plates, 2 fold-out maps and 3 maps in the text.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy that has been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to hardcovers. Spine slightly skewed. Internal pages have some wear and slight yellowing. Both fold-out maps have a tear of approximately half their height. Some taped repairs to gutters. Binding quite tight.

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"BRITAIN'S MERCHANT NAVY" Edited by Sir Archibold Hurd  c.1943.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcovers, published by Odhams Press, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1943. Dimensions: 23cm x 15.5cm approx. 

One of a series of similar volumes published by Odhams that cover the roles, organisation, equipment and other subjects relating to the British armed forces during the Second World War.

This volume covers the Merchant Navy and contains chapters on Ships of the Merchant Navy, Shipbuilding & Repairing, The Merchant Navy in Wartime, and much more.

256 pages with countless black and white photographs and illustrations. 

Condition:  Reasonable. Covers are a bit tatty with a fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading.  Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages quite good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. One page is slightly creased. Binding fairly tight.

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"BRITAIN'S GLORIOUS NAVY" Edited by Admiral Sir Reginald H. S. Bacon, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., D.S.O.  c.1943.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcovers, published by Odhams Press, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1943. Dimensions: 23cm x 15.5cm approx. 

One of a series of similar volumes published by Odhams that cover the roles, organisation, equipment and other subjects relating o the British armed forces during the Second World War.

This volume covers the Royal Navy and contains chapters on Personnel, Material, Operations, and much more.

320 pages with countless black and white photographs and illustrations. 

Condition:  Reasonable. Covers are a bit tatty with a fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading.  Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages quite good with some yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding fairly tight.

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"BRITAIN'S WONDERFUL AIR FORCE" Edited by Air Commodore P. F. M. Fellowes, D.S.O.  c.1943.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcovers, published by Odhams Press, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1943. Dimensions: 23cm x 15.5cm approx. 

One of a series of similar volumes published by Odhams that cover the roles, organisation, equipment and other subjects relating o the British armed forces during the Second World War.

This volume covers the Air Force and contains chapters on Aerial Strategy, Tactics, Pilot Training, Bomber Aircraft, Fighter Aircraft, Coastal Command, and much more.

320 pages with countless black and white photographs and illustrations. 

Condition:  Reasonable. Covers are a bit tatty with a fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading.  Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages quite good with some yellowing and a damp mark to bottom inside corner throughout. Binding fairly tight.

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"COMMISSIONED OFFICERS IN THE MEDICAL SERVICES OF THE BRITSH ARMY. 1660-1960" Vol II - Roll of Officers in the Royal Army Medical Corps 1898 - 1960. By Sir Robert Drew.  1968.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth covers, published by The Wellcome Historical Medical Library, London in 1967.  Dimensions: 25.5cm x 20cm approx. 

A large and comprehensive reference that continues to "record biographical details of all permanent Regular officers who were commissioned in the Royal Army Medical Corps between 23 June 1898, the date of its formation, and the year 1960."

452 pages.

Condition: Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing/fading/marking to cloth covers (covered in non-adhesive plastic). Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"BELGIUM - The Official Account of What Happened 1939-1940"  1941.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by for The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Evans Brothers, Ltd, London in 1941.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

A comprehensive and fairly detailed account of the German invasion of Belgium and the events that led up to it.

110 pages with a number of black and white fold-out maps.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and some very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"AMERICA CAN WIN"  by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.  1941.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth cover, published by The Macmillan Company, New York in 1941.  Dimensions: 21cm x 14cm approx.

An extremely interesting contemporary view of the United States at the start of its involvement in World War Two. Looks at all aspects of the threats faced  by the country in 1941. A scarce title.

246 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and some very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"ULTIMATE RISK - SAS Contact Al Qaeda"  by Mark Nicol.  2003.

Hardcover First Edition in black hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Macmillan, London in 2003.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx. 

An exhilarating account of the biggest and most destructive mission in recent SAS history in 2001.

304 pages with a number of photographs.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing to dustcover. Hard cover good. Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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"THE GREAT WAR"  by John Terraine.  1999.

Paperback Edition in glossy covers, published by Wordsworth Editions, Ltd, London in 1999 as part of their "Military Library" Series.  Dimensions: 24.5cm x 19cm approx. 

"....perhaps the best single-volume history of the first mechanised war of the industrial age that left at least 12 million dead and twice as many wounded." Profusely illustrated with black and white photographs.

401 pages.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with a slight printing fault about three quarters of the way through. Binding tight.

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"BELGIUM IN BONDAGE"  by Jan-Albert Goris.  1943.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth cover, published by L. B. Fischer, New york in 1943.  Dimensions: 21cm x 13cm approx.

An interesting contemporary view of Belgium during the Nazi occupation of the country.

259 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and some very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"ARMY UNIFORMS SINCE 1945"  by Digby Smith.  1980.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Blandford Press, Poole in 1980. Dimensions: 20cm x 14cm approx.

A well illustrated volume which looks at the uniforms of the armies of the world.  Features 48 pages of clour plates.  Also details much regarding equipment, weapons and "buttons and bows".  Interesting historically and for modelling.

165 pages with numerous illustrations.  

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover has some wear/fading and chipping to top and bottom edges. Some wear/rubbing/fading to hardcovers. Internal pages good if a bit yellowed with some edge wear. Binding tight.

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"THE SECOND WORLD WAR - A PEOPLE'S HISTORY" by Joanna Bourke. 2001.

Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Oxford University Press in 2001.  Dimensions: 19.5cm x 14cm approx.

A short but uncompromising book that highlights the human side of the second world war.  Showing strategic decisions and how they were implemented, Bourke details the human, individual cost as well.  Highly readable and quite an achievement in such a short space!!

270 pages with a number of black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Very Good. Slight wear/rubbing to the dustcover and covers. Dustcover has one slight dent to the rear and title page to 5 have a pin-prick hole. Internal pages very good.   Binding tight. Looks unread.

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"IN THE COMBAT ZONE - SPECIAL FORCES SINCE 1945"  by Robin Neillands.  1997.

Hardcover First Edition in green hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London in 1997.  Dimensions: 24cm x 1.5cm approx. 

An extremely interesting account of the development of the world's Special Forces. Often narrated by the soldiers themselves, the book describes the phases of expansion and contraction of Special Forces, their successes and failures, their changing role at the end of the twentieth century and the developments in military technology.

350 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing to dustcover. Hard cover good. Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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"THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY from the Indian Mutiny to the Great War" by Major-General Sir Charles Callwell and Major-General Sir John Headlam. 1931.

2 x Uniform Hardcover First Editions in blue cloth covers, published by The Royal Military Institution, Woolwich, London in 1931.    Dimensions: 22.5cm x 16cm approx.  Ex-Libris copies from the King Edward VII Convalescent Home for Officers.

Two superb and extremely scarce parts of a 3 volume set which looks in detail at the history of the Royal Artillery.  The books cover the Organization, Armament, Training, The War Years (1899-1902), the Field Army Artillery, the Siege Artillery, the Coast Artillery, the Auxiliary Artillery, and the Regimental Institutions.  Illustrated with a number of black and white plates and portrait photographs.

Vol I = 352 pages.  Vol II = 475 pages 

Condition:  Good. Normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers.  Spines cracked at front and rear hinges. Corners bumped. Internal pages very good with just slight yellowing and some very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"THE WIND IS RISING" by H. M. Tomlinson. 1941.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd, London in 1941.  Dimensions: 18cm x 13cm approx. 

An interesting and highly personal view of the first years of World War II. Arranged almost in a diary format, each comment is quite short. 

234 pages.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good with slight yellowing. Binding tight.

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"BEYOND THE CHINDWIN" by Bernard Fergusson. 1945.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth cover, published by Collins, London in 1945.  Dimensions: 20.5cm x 14cm approx. 

The "account of the Adventures of Number Five Column of the Wingate Expedition into Burma, 1943." With a foreword by Field-Marshall The Viscount Wavell. 

255 pages with a number of black and white plates and maps.

Condition:   Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Corners slightly bumped. Internal pages good with slight yellowing.  Binding fairly tight.

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"R.A.M.C." by Anthony Cotterell. 1943.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover, published by Hutchinson & Co, Ltd, London in 1943.  Dimensions: 21cm x 14cm approx. 

An extremely interesting look at the role of the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War II and, in particular, the care of the wounded.  

116 pages with 24 black and white plates.

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Has been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages good but quite yellowed with some rippling to inner edges of photographic plate pages. Binding tight.

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"BACKWATER - Oflag IX A/H Lower Camp" Edited by D. Guy Adams. Lieutenant-Colonel, The East Surrey Regiment. 1944.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Frederick Muller, Ltd, London in 1944.  Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A fascinating little book which is a collection of Poems and Articles written by the prisoners of the camp of the title. The book was published at the suggestion of the European Student Relief Fund of Geneva to raise funds for a charity devoted to the welfare of Prisoners-of-War. All the contents (including 6 water colour illustrations) were contributed by Officers in camp.

29 un-trimmed pages with 6 coloured plates.

Condition:  Reasonable. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages reasonable with some yellowing, a bit of a ripple and a damp mark to the outside bottom corner of the first 10 pages. Binding tight.

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"WITH THE FLAG TO PRETORIA" Vol I by H. W. Wilson.  1900.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover, published by Harmsworth Brothers, London in 1900.  Dimensions: 34cm x 25cm approx.  Please note that this is Volume I only of a two volume set.

A nice copy of this well known volume - part of a two volume set that gave a "blow by blow" account of the Boer War 1899-1900. The volume is profusely illustrated with "photographs and authentic sketches taken in Africa" and gives a real flavour of the war.

364 pages with numerous black and white illustrations and photographs as well as a mapof South Africa. 

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at rear hinge. Internal pages good with some minor marks and a few old sellotape repairs to some pages and the map. Binding tight.

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"MARITIME STRATEGY"  by Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Gretton.  1965.

Hardback published by Cassell 1965 - 1st Edition. Full title is 'Maritime Strategy - A Study of British Defence Problems' By Vice Admiral Sir Peter Gretton KCB DSO OBE DSC. An in depth look at the issues of Naval defence of Britain post-war and in the Nuclear age.

Condition: Near mint condition other than some slight scuffing and tears to edges of Dustcover, sound throughout.

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"HISTORY OF THE WAR IN THE PENINSULA AND IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, FROM THE YEAR 1807 TO THE YEAR 1814." Vol II by W. F. P. Napier. 1829.

Hardcover First Edition in one third calf and black cloth cover, published by Thomas and William Boone, London in 1829.  Dimensions: 23cm x 15.5cm approx.  Please note that this is Volume II only of a six-volume set. Ex-libris copy from the London Library, St. James's Square.

A nice copy of this well known volume - part of a set of six volumes that completed the history.

534 pages with 8 plates of maps and battlefield plans. 

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers (particularly to the spine which has minor loss to top and bottom edges). Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Usual library markings. Internal pages good and complete although the maps/plans are browned as are facing pages due to the nature of the paper used. Binding tight.

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"CLEAR THE WAY" by Richard T. Bass.  1996.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Lee Publishing, Exeter in 1996.  Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm approx. Signed by author to title page "Richard T. Bass".

A fascinating book by Devon Military historian, Richard T. Bass. The book provides the unit history of the U.S. Army 146th Engineer Combat Battalion - from formation to England and the Assault Training Centre, through the hell of D-Day ahead of the infantry on Omaha beach. Bridge building and fighting their way across Europe into Berlin and eastern Europe. Told from veteran's recollections, documents and photographs.

76 pages with a number of black and white photographs and appendix.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"THE BRIGADES OF NEPTUNE" by Richard T. Bass.  1994.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Lee Publishing, Exeter in 1994.  Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm approx. Signed by author to title page "Richard T. Bass".

A fascinating book by Devon Military historian, Richard T. Bass. The book gives a comprehensive history of the WWII U.S. Army Engineer Special Brigades and their component units. From formation and training in England to D-Day itself as told by surviving veterans. For six months the Brigades brought supplies, men, vehicles, and equipment across the beaches of Normandy. A story never told before told using the archive material, personal documents, photographs and statistical data.

297 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"PRECIOUS CARGO" by Richard T. Bass.  1993.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Lee Publishing, Exeter in 1993.    Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm approx. Signed by author to title page "Richard T. Bass".

A fascinating book by Devon Military historian, Richard T. Bass. The book looks at the wartime history of the U.S. Army 146th QM Truck Company - from peacetime formation as a National Guard outfit. The book traces their chase across North Africa with the British 8th Army. To England and their significant part in the aftermath of the Excercise Tiger disaster. In the front lines of Normandy and Brittany, the race across Europe, running the Red Ball Highway, and rushing reinforcements into the front line when the Battle of the Bulge exploded. Crossing the bridge at Remagen and into Berlin. Told exclusively from veterans recollections, archive and personal documents.

188 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"SPIRITS OF THE SANDS - FIELD EDITION" by Richard T. Bass.  2005.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Lee Publishing in 2005. Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm approx. Signed by author to title page "Richard T. Bass".

A fascinating book by Devon Military historian, Richard T. Bass. The book is a follow-up to "Spirits of the Sands" that looked at the history of the U.S. Army WWII Assault Training Centre in North Devon. This volume looks at the practical research carried out to locate, identify and record all American Wartime constructions on the Training Centre site. Most have been found an this book records them.

126 pages with a number of colour and black and white photographs, maps and plans.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"SPIRITS OF THE SANDS" by Richard T. Bass.  1992.

Softcover First Edition in printed covers, published by Lee Publishing in 1992.    Dimensions: 30cm x 21cm approx. Signed by author to title page "Richard T. Bass".

A fascinating book by Devon Military historian, Richard T. Bass. The book looks at the history of the U.S. Army WWII Assault Training Centre in North Devon. From formation of the centre and creation of the American assault doctrine for Normandy, the book includes training details of the combat troops who would spearhead the American amphibious assault on the beaches of Normandy. The ATC is an area overshadowed by the very event that made it possible - D-Day, June 6th, 1944. A story never before told - from archive documents, maps and the recollections of those who served and trained there.

170 pages with a number of black and white photographs, maps and plans.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"BUGLES AND A TIGER"  by John Masters.  1956.

Hardcover First Edition in brown cloth covers, published by Michael Joseph, London in 1956.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

Masters recounts his quite extraordinary experiences as a professional soldier in the Indian Army in the lead-up to the Second World War. The book also gives a fascinating insight into India in the last days of the Empire.

335 pages with a number of black and white illustrations.

Condition:  Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight though spine is becoming a bit brittle.

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"THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WORLD'S TANKS AND FIGHTING VEHICLES"  by Christopher F. Foss.  1978.

Hardcover First Edition (second impression) in green cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Salamander Books, London in 1978.    Dimensions: 32cm x 22.5cm approx.

"A technical directory of major combat vehicles from World War I to the present day."  An interesting and well illustrated volume which looks at over 220 of the most significant combat vehicles from World War I to the time that the book was written.

248 pages with a large number of colour and black and white photographs and illustrations.

Condition:  Good. Some minor damage to the top and bottom edges of dustcover. Hardcover good. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"SAHIB - THE BRITISH SOLDIER IN INDIA" by Richard Holmes.  2005.

Hardcover First Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by HarperCollins in 2005.  Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

A broad and sweeping military history of the men who served in India and the women who followed them across the vast and dusty continent. Begins with India's rise from commercial enclave to great Empire. The book examines Indian soldiering in peace and war, from Kipling's "snoring barrack room" to storming parties assaulting mughty fortresses. Quite fascinating.

572 pages with a number of colour and black and white photographs and plates.

R.R.P. £20.00.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"THE VICTORIANS AT WAR" by Ian F. W. Beckett.  2003.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Hambledon and London, London in 2003.    Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

An extremely interesting account of the men of the Victorian army - rulers of a large part of the world.  The book looks at the men and their leaders from a variety of different angles, using particular incidents and battles to show how the army lived and fought.

272 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"BARBAROSSA TO BERLIN - A Chronology of the Campaigns on the Eastern Front 1941 to 1945" Vol II  by Brian Taylor.  2004.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Spellmount, Kent in 2004.    Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

The second volume in this two part set, this is an extremely detailed analysis of the period between November 1942 and May 1945.  Looks at the Soviet counter-attack around Stalingrad and moves through the Eastern front campaign right up until the fall of Germany.

341 pages with a number of black and white photographs and numerous maps/plans.

R.R.P. £25.00  

Condition:  Brand new.

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"WELLINGTON - The Crossing of the Gaves and the Battle of Orthez"  by Major-General F. C. Beatson.  1925.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Heath Cranton, London in 1925.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx. 

A scarce volume which is recognised as being one of the definitive accounts of Wellington and his battlefield tactics.  Looks in depth at the Battle of Orthez and the Crossing of the Gaves including Wellington's advantages and difficulties, his plans for the campaign and even includes his battlefield orders.

288 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

This volume is selling for in excess of £50 elsewhere on the internet so, grab yourself a bargain!!

Condition:  A bit tatty. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and spine covering very tatty. Internal pages good with slight yellowing, some foxing and some edge wear. Binding a bit loose. Still an exceptionally interesting volume which deserves a re-bind.

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"CLIVE - The Heaven-Born General"  by Michael Edwardes.  1977.

Hardcover Edition in brown hardcover, published by The Book Club, London in 1977.    Dimensions: 24cm x 16.5cm approx.

An interesting account of Robert Clive and his conquest of Madras and Bombay during the 18th Century.

211 pages with numerous illustrations.  

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing to hardcovers. Internal pages very good with just a couple of minor marks. Binding tight.

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"THE TWINS PLATOON" by Christy W. Sauro. Jr.  2006.

Hardcover Edition in black cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Zenith Press, U.S.A. in 2006.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

Described as "An epic story of young marines a war in Vietnam".  The book follows 150 young Americans who, on June 28th, 1967, were sworn into the Marine Corps at a Minnesota Twins Baseball game.  Before the end of the Fourth innings, they were on their way to Boot Camp.  Before the end of the year they were in Vietnam.

288 pages with a number of black and white photographs.

R.R.P. £16.99.

Condition:  Brand new.

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"MIDDLE EAST 1940 - 1942.  A Study in Air Power"  by Philip Guedalla.  1944.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover, published by Hodder and Stoughton, London in 1944.  Dimensions: 23cm x 15.5cm approx.

An interesting and vivid account of the important role the R.A.F. had to play in the battles throughout the Middle East during World War Two.  The achievement was the first time a complete Air Force had been brought to bear on every problem of war and is described by the author as "a classic in the art of war".  Follows the air war through The Desert, East Africa, Greece, Crete, Iraq, Syria, Persia, Malta and Egypt.

237 pages with two black and white potrait illustrations and a number of maps.

Condition:  Good. Some wear/rubbing/marking and fading to covers. Internal pages good.  Binding tight.

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"EUROPEAN VICTORY" by John D'arcy-Dawson.  c.1946.

Hardcover First Edition in blue cloth cover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Macdonald & Co, Ltd, London.  The volume is undated but I would guess it to be c.1946.  Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

An extremely interesting volume which tells the story of the Victory in Europe from D-Day to the fall of Berlin.  The author was attached to the British Armies in North-West Europe as War Correspondent and his story is primarily that of Field-Marshal Montgomery's Twenty-first Army Group. 

299 pages with a number of black and white photographs.  

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover has a fair bit of wear/rubbing and is a bit grubby with a small tear to top of the front cover. Has obviously been stored in damp conditions at some time as the front of the dustcover is now stuck to the cloth boards. Also a fair bit of wear/fading/rubbing to cloth covers which are slighty warped. Internal pages good with some very minor yellowing. Binding tight. Description is deliberately "picky" and the book is still a very interesting one.

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"THE BATTLEFIELDS OF ENGLAND"  by Lt-Colonel Alfred H. Burne.  1950.

Hardcover First Edition in red hardcover with original dustcover (not price clipped), published by Methuen & Co, Ltd, London in 1950.    Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx.

A really interesting book that looks at the twenty principal battlefield of England - those that have shaped English history. Includes Sedgemoor, Hastings, Shrewsbury, Marston Moor and others.

315 pages with 32 maps.  

Condition:  Reasonably Good. Dustcover has a lot of wear/fading/rubbing and some damage and loss to top and bottom edges (I would describe it as tatty). Some wear/rubbing/fading to hardcovers. Internal pages good but quite yellowed with some light foxing to extreme page edges. Binding tight.

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"MARLBOROUGH AND THE RISE OF THE BRITISH ARMY" by C. T. Atkinson. 1924.

Hardcover "New" Edition in red cloth cover, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, London in 1924.    Dimensions: 19cm x 14cm approx.

An extremely interesting and detailed account of the life of the Duke of Marborough which is heavily biased towards accounts of his military campaigns and his life as a soldier.  Contains numerous pull-out plans of the campaigns and the lines occupied.

546 pages. 

Condition:  Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers which have slight damage to the spine. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and a number of places inside.  Spine is getting a bit brittle. Internal pages good with just slight yellowing and some very minor foxing. Binding tight.

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"CLUBS TO CANNON - Warfare and Weapons Before the Introduction of Gunpowder"  by Brigadier O. F. G. Hogg.  1968.

Hardcover First Edition in orange hardcover with original dustcover (price clipped), published by Gerald Duckworth & Co, London in 1968.    Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

An expert military historian describes and catalogues military and naval weapons, tactics and strategy from the earliest days down to the invention of gunpowder and the battle of Crecy - the first in which cannon played a decisive role.

264 pages with numerous illustrations.  

Condition:  Good. Dustcover has some wear/fading/rubbing and minor chipping to top and bottom edges. Some wear/rubbing/fading to hardcovers. Internal pages very good with just a couple of minor marks. Binding tight.

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