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Kitchener's Last Volunteer  -  The Life of Henry Allingham, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Great War, Allingham, Henry with Goodwin, Dennis
1 Allingham, Henry with Goodwin, Dennis Kitchener's Last Volunteer - The Life of Henry Allingham, the Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Great War
Edinburgh Mainstream 2008 1845964160 / 9781845964160 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 240 pages. 63 illustrations. 2 maps. Henry Allingham (1896-2009) was the last British serviceman alive in 2008 to have volunteered for active duty in the First World War and vividly recaptures his experiences. His story is unique in that he saw action on land, sea and in the air with the Royal Naval Air Service; he was present at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 with the British Grand Fleet and went on to serve on the Western Front. In his very long and extraordinary life he outlived 6 monarchs and 21 prime ministers. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Last of the Few  -  The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It, Arthur, Max
2 Arthur, Max Last of the Few - The Battle of Britain in the Words of the Pilots Who Won It
London Virgin Publishing 2010 0753522276 / 9780753522271 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy apart from a small stamp to title page with dustjacket which has two very small close tears to lower edges and one to rear top edge. xi + 290 pages. Photographic illustrations. The Battle of Britain lasted thirteen terrifying weeks, involved 2,500 young Royal Air Force pilots pitted against the larger and more experienced German Luftwaffe, high above the English Channel. Despite being vastly outnumbered, by October 1940, the multiple daily sorties and dogfights were over - the 'Few' had succeeded and though the Luftwaffe continued to attack it was never again in large numbers. Hitler's invasion would not now take place and this was his first major defeat. More than a fifth of the British and Allied pilots died during the Battle of Britain. The book is based on the surviving pilots' interviews, sound archives and written testaments. 
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We Will Remember Them  -  Voices from the Aftermath of the Great War, Arthur, Max
3 Arthur, Max We Will Remember Them - Voices from the Aftermath of the Great War
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2009 9780297753299 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, first printing. xii + 276 pages. 20 illustrations. For Britain and her empire, the human cost of the First World War was worse than any other conflict in history, as almost a million British were killed and almost twice as many were injured, forced to live the rest of their lives with missing limbs, damaged lungs and mental disorders. The legacy of the Great War was just as deeply felt as the war itself and longer lasting, as an entire generation of children grew up without fathers. The book is the story of these men and their families, told in their own words, and depicts the dying months of the war, when victory was close , but would still claim the lives of tens of thousands. 
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Russia's Heroes 1941-45  -  An Epic Account of Struggle and Survival on the Eastern Front, Axell, Albert
4 Axell, Albert Russia's Heroes 1941-45 - An Epic Account of Struggle and Survival on the Eastern Front
London Constable 2001 1841193127 / 9781841193120 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xv + 264 pages. 8 maps and 27 illustrations. When Hitler invaded Russia 22 June 1941, politicians and generals around the world predicyed the swift annihilation of the Soviet armies. Nazi Germany threw men and equipment against Russia in unprecedented numbers: 190 divisions, over 4,000 tanks, almost 5,000 aircraft and more than 200 warships. A total of 5 million men took part in the blitz attack along the entire Russian frontier.This is the story of the ordinary and extraordinary men and women soldiers of Russia: the snipers who engaged in duels in No Man's Land; Cossack cavalry regiments crossing the ice at night to raid ammunition dumps; pilots out of ammunition using their propellers to cut off the tailplanes of enemy aircraft... soldiers who fought in an insane giant conflict - the largest theatre of war the world has ever seen in which 27 million died. 
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The Shape of Wars to Come, Baker, David
5 Baker, David The Shape of Wars to Come
Cambridge Patrick Stephens 1981 0850594839 / 9780850594836 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy with price clipped dustjacket. Foreword by General George Keegan, retired Chief, US Air Force Intelligence. The author has an impressive array of academic qualifications including a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a Diploma in Aeronautics and has worked with NASA. In this book he predicts that the next world war will start in space and that equipment has already been developed and is being tested. The most frightening part of this book lies in its informed examination of future developments, laser weapons and particle beam weapons are no longer in the realms of science fiction, they already exist. Illustrated throughout with photographs and diagrams. 
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Barefoot Soldier  -  A Story of Extreme Valour, Beharry, Johnson   (VC)    with Cook, Nick
6 Beharry, Johnson (VC) with Cook, Nick Barefoot Soldier - A Story of Extreme Valour
London Sphere 2006 0316733210 / 9780316733212 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with dustjacket which is not price clipped. Johnson Harry was a private with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment who received Britain's highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross, in 2005, becoming the first living recipient for nearly 40 years. Born in an isolated on the island of Grenada, he arrived in England aged 19 and enlisted. As driver of a Warrior armoured fighting vehicle, he carried out two acts of outstanding heroism in Southern Iraq, saving the lives of 30 of his companions, aged just 24. In the second action, a rocket propelled grenade exploded 6 inches from his head, yet he managed to reverse his vehicle out of an ambush zone before collapsing. Nobody thought he would survive, but against all odds he emerged from his coma and endured a series of complex operations to remove shrapnel from his brain. 
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Holy War, Inc.  -  Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden, Bergen, Peter L.
7 Bergen, Peter L. Holy War, Inc. - Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2001 0297829122 / 9780297829126 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The journalist author's complete story of bin Laden's remarkable life, career and influence, told for the first time. Bergen has been following bin Laden for years and in 1997 he produced and reported bin Laden's first television interview, and in the course of researching the book, interviewed scores of sources familiar with bin Laden, from the Saudi exile's friends and associates, to the CIA officials tracking him. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Vietnam War Diary, Bishop, Chris       (edited by)
8 Bishop, Chris (edited by) Vietnam War Diary
London Hamlyn 1990 0600556355 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A Very Good+ unmarked copy which has shelf rubbing to lower edge with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. A large format volume of 256 pages. Over 100 colour and 220 black and white photographs. Told in the words of those who fought the war and those who reported on it, the book provides a startling, inside look at the war. The longest conflict in American history, the Vietnam War arouses more controversy than almost any other experience - a complicated range of emotions that are still strongly felt today. To the people of Southeast Asia, it is a continuing tragedy, for their country has endured years of foreign occupation, and suffered irreparable damage. The book takes the form of a month-by-month diary of the US forces' war in Southeast Asia. Hundreds of news stories, personal accounts and extracts from official reports are accompanied by photos that cover the range of experience in Vietnam. PLEASE NOTE: A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.34 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Chronicle of Youth  -  Vera Brittains War Diary 1913-1917, Brittain, Vera    (Edited By Bishop, Alan and Smart, Terry)
9 Brittain, Vera (Edited By Bishop, Alan and Smart, Terry) Chronicle of Youth - Vera Brittains War Diary 1913-1917
London Victor Gollancz 1981 0575028882 / 9780575028883 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good + unmarked copy which has some light foxing to top edge with VG+ price clipped dustjacket. A vivid account of the First World War, of Oxford, the death of her first love, Roland Leighton, and the many other deaths, her training as a nurse, movingly documented in her diaries, now published for the first time and sympathetically edited. Foreword by Clare Leighton the artist (Roland's sister). 15 illustrations. 
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The Imperial Museum Book of the Western Front, Brown, Malcolm
10 Brown, Malcolm The Imperial Museum Book of the Western Front
London Pan/Imperial Museum 2001 0330484753 / 9780330484756 Soft Fine 12mo - over 6 
A Fine unmarked copy. xxiii + 367 pages. 33 illustrations. It was on the Western Front that the First World War was lost and won - in France and Belgium, where the horrific nature of trench warfare scarred not only the landscape and those who fought there, but also the imagination of succeeding generations. Covering the whole war, from the guns of August 1914 to the sudden silence of the November 1918 armistice, the book reveals what life was really like for the men - and women - who took part. This edition has been comprehensively revised and updated, introducing new, hitherto unpublished evidence on a wide range of themes. Uniform with the Pan Grand Strategy Series. 
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The Imperial War Museum Book of 1918  -  Year of Victory, Brown, Malcolm
11 Brown, Malcolm The Imperial War Museum Book of 1918 - Year of Victory
London Pan/Imperial War Museum 1999 0330376721 / 9780330376723 Soft Near Fine 12mo - over 6 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a small corner crease to lower front). xxxiii + 392 pages. 35 illustrations. Uniform with Pan Grand Strategy Series. 1918 was probably the most dramatic and decisive year in British military history. In the spring there was a fear that Britain might have to evacuate her troops from the continent and lose the war. In the summer came the great turnaround, and by autumn the German armies began to retreat. In November 1918 the First World War was over. The military historian author relates the story of the year through the authentic voice of the British soldier, a year in which, remarkably, the casualty rates were even higher than those of 1916 and 1917, the years of the Somme and Paschendaele. 
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Battledress, Bedblocks, and Bashas  -  The Random Jottings of a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer National Service Subaltern 1958-1960, Caffyn, Anthony
12 Caffyn, Anthony Battledress, Bedblocks, and Bashas - The Random Jottings of a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineer National Service Subaltern 1958-1960
Horam, East Sussex Owlers 2006 0955383811 / 9780955383816 Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR and dated Dec 07 to half title page. A clean, tight and unmarked copy. 476 pages. 81 photographs and other illustrations in the text. A 'warts and all' account of National Service, of a REME craftsman in the UK and Malaya in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Soldiers will readily recognise and chuckle at the wickedly accurate portraits of army drill instructors and the pithy badinage that passes for barrack room humour. 
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Servants of Evil  -  New First-Hand Accounts of the Second World War from Survivors of Hitler's Armed Forces, Carruthers, Bob
13 Carruthers, Bob Servants of Evil - New First-Hand Accounts of the Second World War from Survivors of Hitler's Armed Forces
London Andre Deutsch 2001 0233999698 / 9780233999692 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy with near Fine dustjacket (would be Fine but dustjacket has been sellotaped to pastedowns. Based on research for Cromwell Productions' television series, it is the story of the Second World War as told for the first time by survivors of Germany's armed forces, with secrets bottled up for a lifetime being revealed, unheard stories are told at last and memories which have been hidden away for 60 years are finally brought to light. A remarkable personal record of the Third Reich's rise and fall from the inside, brilliantly researched. 
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Great Battles of the British Army as Commemorated in the Sandhurst Companies, Chandler, David G.     (editor)
14 Chandler, David G. (editor) Great Battles of the British Army as Commemorated in the Sandhurst Companies
London Bramley 1991 1858338441 / 9781858338446 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A near Fine copy (Fine apart from a gift inscription to front endpaper) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 288 pages. Lavishly illustrated throughout. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is the most famous institution of its type in the world. It embodies a sense of tradition and the pursuit of excellence. The British Army is respected around the world as one of quality and many an army has been led by former students, and many countries too. The male cadet companies at Sandhurst are named after famous battles or campaigns involving British forces. PLEASE NOTE : A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.05 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST OVERSEAS 
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Inside the Resistance  -  The Iraqi Insurgency and the Future of the Middle East, Chehab, Zaki
15 Chehab, Zaki Inside the Resistance - The Iraqi Insurgency and the Future of the Middle East
New York Nation 2005 1560257466 / 9781560257462 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket. The author is one of the Arab world's leading journalists, political editor of the London based Al Hayat and of the Arabic TV channel LBC, and has covered Middle Eastern conflicts as a commentator for Arab and Western media, including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera. When members of the Iraqi resistance first told their story to the world, they told it to Zaki Chehab with his extraordinary access to many leading players in the Middle East. In fact, whilst Western reporters report from Iraq either from the safety of their hotel or embedded with the US military, Chehab goes into the Sunni Triangle and other danger zones in Iraq. The book provides the first authoritative portrait of the insurgency in all its complexity, and he is able to show how the resistance fighters really view the elections, the Iranians, Saddam Hussein, Al Qaeda, and their new American occupiers. 
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Silent Heroes  -  The Bravery and Devotion of Animals In War, Chene, Evelyn Le
16 Chene, Evelyn Le Silent Heroes - The Bravery and Devotion of Animals In War
London Souvenir Press 2004 0285632140 / 9780285632141 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The author has delved deeply into the often elusive source material and where possible has talked to eyewitnesses to reveal many previously unrecorded details about these silent heroes of human wars over 140 years. The book places each animal's heroic deeds in the context of the battle or campaign concerned and includes a wealth of often rare archive photographs, many of which are published for the first time. 
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Chariot  -  The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine, Cotterell, Arthur
17 Cotterell, Arthur Chariot - The Astounding Rise and Fall of the World's First War Machine
London Pimlico 2004 0712669426 / 9780712669429 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page without dedication. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. viii + 344 pages. First edition, first printing. Illustrated throughout. This unique book traces the rise and fall of the chariot across the Old World, from Britain to Korea, a machine which changed the face of ancient warfare. In 1274 B.C. at Kadesh in present-day Syria, where the untried Pharaoh Ramesses II was nearly defeated by the Hittites, some 5,000 chariots were deployed in battle. It is graphically recounted in Indian epics and Chinese chronicles, and Homer's Iliad tells of the attack on Troy by Greek heroes who rode in chariots. Alexander the Great faced charioteers in Northern India, while in 55 B.C. Julius Caesar was met by British chariots on a Kent beach. 
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Verdict on Vichy  -  Power and Prejudice in the Vichy France Regime, Curtis, Michael
18 Curtis, Michael Verdict on Vichy - Power and Prejudice in the Vichy France Regime
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2002 0297842242 / 9780297842248 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is price clipped. 419 pages. 21 illustrations. 2 maps. This masterful book, which wil be seen as the definitive work, is the first major reappraisal for 20 years of the nature of the Vichy regime in France during World War II. The author uses up-to-date research to examine the degree to which ministers and officials of the regime, the legal and administrative system, the Church, and individuals in different walks of life collaborated with Nazi Germany which occupied part of then all of France between 1940 and 1944. Curtis reviews the careers, indictments and trials of the regime's prominent figures for crimes against humanity committed during the war, and scrutinises the ambivalent role of Francois Mitterand as a Vichy official. **** NOT EX LIB **** PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.83 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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The Countryside at War 1914-18, Dakers, Caroline
19 Dakers, Caroline The Countryside at War 1914-18
London Constable 1987 0094680604 / 9780094680609 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A very Good+ clean copy which has a small inscription to front endpaper with VG+ dustjacket which is price clipped. 238 pages. 60 illustrations. When war broke out in 1914 conscription seemed unnecessary: there was no shortage of volunteers ready to lay down their lives for their country. In this fascinating book, illustrated with contemporary drawings and photographs, Dr. Dakers explores exactly what their 'country' meant to the men and women who fought, died, survived. Drawing on a wide range of unpublished papers and family archives, she presents the most complete picture of the impact of the war on rural England. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Noble Women of the North, Dannett, Sylvia G.L.  (compiled and Edited by)
20 Dannett, Sylvia G.L. (compiled and Edited by) Noble Women of the North
London Thomas Yosseloff 1959 First Edition Cloth Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title and house motif on blue cloth boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally clean and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Pictorial dustjacket is complete with a little chipping G+. A treasury of previously untapped material revealing the contributions made by this army of volunteer women nurses who followed the regiments to the front in the Civil War, appearing on every battlefield from Bull Run to Appomattox. These women endured as much privation as the soldiers and their many letters and diaries have been skillfully sifted and selected to form this fascinating book. Includes the story of a woman who lived as a soldier for two years without having her sex discovered. 25 photographic illustrations. 
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