War, Warfare, Warriors, World Wars I and II
[Alexander, Harold R. L. G., Field Marshal, Earl Alexander of Tunis], Nigel Nicolson: Alex, The Life of Field Marshal Earl Alexander of Tunis. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London: 1973. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. xiv, 346. Illustrated: (16) pp. plates. References. Checklist. Index. Near fine copy in dj. Includes, laid in, ‘Order of Service, Dedication of Memorial Tablet to Field Marshal the Earl Alexander of Tunis’ (19 November 1972, Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks). 4 leaves stapled. Annotated in ink; staples rusted. $50.00
Beschloss, Michael: The Conquerors, Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945. Simon & Schuster. New York: 2002. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xviii, 378. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. General Sources. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00
Beevor, Antony: The Second World War. Little Brown and Company. New York: 2012. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xii, 864, (ii). Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Although World War Two has often been written about, it has seldom been done so as interestingly as here. The author has a knack for introducing the right degree of background and details. Here he is about the Milice Française, paramilitary thugs who terrorized France: “The creation of the Milice reignited the latent civil war between ‘les deux Frances’ which had existed since the revolution of 1789. On one side were the Catholic right-wingers who loathed freemasons, the left and the Republic, which they called ‘la gueuse’, or ‘slut’. On the other stood republicans and anti-clericals who had voted for the Popular Front in 1936.”
Beevor, Antony: Stalingrad. Viking Press. New York: 1998. Reprinted. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xviii, 494. Maps. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Source Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Edges foxed, else fine in dust-jacket. $16.00
Bennett, Jack: Gallipoli. Based on the screenplay by David Williamson from a story by Peter Weir. St. Martin's Press. New York: 1981. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. (vi), 280, (ii). Fine copy in price-clipped dj. $16.00
This is an unusual case of a novel inspired by a movie. Peter Weir's well-known film starring Mark Lee and Mel Gibson made a tremendous impact when it appeared in 1981. However, the back-story about the main characters was skimpy and so the South African writer, Jack Bennett, took on the task of developing it. In that he succeeded particularly well.
Black, Jeremy: Avoiding Armageddon, From the Great War to the Fall of France, 1918-40. Bloomsbury. London: 2012. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxii, 304, (ii). Notes. Selected Further Reading. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $18.00
Bradley, James: Flyboys, A True Story of Courage. Little, Brown and Company. Boston: 2003. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (xii), 400, (iv). Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $5.00
This is a story from World War II. It is about an American bomber crew that was shot down over the Pacific island of Chichi Jima and what happened to them.
Brokaw, Tom: The Greatest Generation Speaks, Letters and Reflections. Random House. New York: 1999. First Trade Edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xxii, 242, (viii). Illustrated. Owner's inscription and signature on first free end-paper, else fine in dust-jacket. Hardcover. $5.00
Carroll, Andrew (editor): Behind the Lines, Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters—and One Man's Search to Find Them. Scribner. New York: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (x), 502. Illustrated. Index. Fine copy in dj. $6.00
This includes a wide range of intimate and moving letters from various wars at various times. Examples are from the American Revolution and Civil War to the two World Wars and beyond to those of today.
Carruthers, Bob (editor): Servants of Evil, New First-Hand Accounts of the Second World War from Survivors of Hitler's Armed Forces. Carlton Books. London: 2001. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xvi, 272. Illus. with 16 pages of plates. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $16.00
[Churchill, Winston], Martin Gilbert: Churchill at War, His ‘Finest Hour’ In Photographs, 1940-1945. W. W. Norton. New York: 2004. First American edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. 160. Illustrated. Index. Picture Credits. Fine copy in dj. $25.00
[Churchill, Winston S.], Max Hastings: Winston's War, Churchill, 1940-1945. First edition. Knopf. New York: 2010. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 558. 12 maps. Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Remainder mark on bottom edge, else fine copy in dj. $18.00
Detaille, Edouard: L'Armée Française, An Illustrated History of the French Army 1790-1885. Text by Jules Richard. Translation by Maureen Carlson Reinertsen. Waxtel & Hasenaurer. New York: 1992. First edition. Boards. Pp. xiv, 354. Illustrated. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
[Fleming, Ian], Nicholas Rankin: Ian Fleming's Commandos, The Story of 30 Assault Unit in WWII. Faber and Faber. London: 2011. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xvi, 398, (ii). Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Two maps. Source Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $16.00
Forty, Lt. Col. George: Germany at War In Colour, Unique Colour Photographs of the Second World War. Picture research by Joanne Hing. Seven Oaks. London: 2007. First edition thus. 4to. Paper-bound. Pp. 256. Illustrated. Index. No dj, as issued. $18.00
Fussell, Paul: The Boys' Crusade, American GIs in Europe: Chaos and Fear in World War Two. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London: 2004. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Sources. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
Fussell, Paul: Wartime, Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War. Oxford University Press. New York: 1989. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 336. Illustrated. Index. Previous owner's embossed seal on half-title and title-page. Else fine copy in dj. $22.00
Gehlen, Wilhelm R. and Don A. Gergory: Jungvolk, The Story of a Boy Defending Hitler's Third Reich. Casemate. Phildelphia: 2008. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. x, 326. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $15.00
Gilbert, Martin: The First World War, A Complete History. Henry Holt. New York, 1994. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. As new in dj. $28.00
Goddard, Robert: In Pale Battalions. Poseidon Press. New York: 1988. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 298, (iv). Remainder stamp on bottom edge; else near fine dust-jacket. $38.00
Goddard, Robert: In Pale Battalions. Poseidon Press. New York: 1988. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 298, (iv). Remainder stamp on bottom edge; else near fine dust-jacket. $38.00
Guest, John: Broken Images, A Journal. Longmans, Green and Co. London: 1949. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. viii, 232. Edges foxed; dj price-clipped and a bit frayed; else a very good copy. $30.00
This story is based on a legend from World War I about a band of deserters which operated in former no mans' land areas. They robbed from passing supply columns to keep themselves going. A fine, if deeply depressing, novel.
Hitler, Adolf: Hitler and His Generals, Military Conferences 1942-1945, The First Complete Stenographic Record of the Military Situation Conferences, from Stalingrad to Berlin. English language introduction by Gerhard L. Weinberg. Original edition Preface and Notes by Helmut Heiber. Translated by Roland Winter, Krista Smith, Mary Beth Friedrich. Enigma Books. New York: 2003. First English-language edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. (x), lii, 1160, (vi). Maps. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $28.00
From 1942 things were going badly for the German war effort. Hitler often disagreed with his generals about what to do. He decided to have stenographers come in and take down what was said at the situation conferences. This book includes all the records of these conferences that are still extant.
Horne, Alistair: A Savage War of Peace, Algeria 1954-1962. The Viking Press. New York: 1978. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 604, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Chronology. Checklist. Reference Notes. Index. Very good with slight fading to edges of covers, a bump on one bottom edge, and the ownership signature on first free end-paper, fine dust-jacket. $36.00
James, Robert Rhodes: Gallipoli. B. T. Batsford Ltd. London: 1965. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. xiv, 384, (ii). Illustrated: 28 pp. of plates. Maps. End-paper maps of region. Notes on Sources. Index. Near fine copy in slightly worn dj. $75.00
On April 15, 1915 British and Dominion troops landed on the southern tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula in an effort to force Turkey to abandon its alliance with Germany. The Turks were waiting and what followed was eight months of stalemate and some half million casualties on both sides. A heart-breaking story but never told better.
Kershaw, Ian: Fateful Choices, Ten Decisions That Changed the World 1940-1941. Allen Lane/Penguin Books. London: 2007. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxiv, 624, (viii). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Maps. Dramatis Personae. Notes. List of Works Cited. Index. Fine copy in dj. $16.00
[Lawrence, T. E.], James Barr: Setting the Desert on Fire, T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916-1918. W. W. Norton. New York: 2008. First American Edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xviii, 382. Maps. Illustrated. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
Liddle, Peter: Men of Gallipoli, The Dardanelles and Gallipoli Experience August 1914 to January 1916. Allen Lane. London: 1976. First edition. 8vo. Pp/ 320. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Appendices. Bibliography. Unpublished Sources. Index. Previous owner's inscription on first free end-paper; else near fine in dj. $35.00
The author grew up under, and absorbed unquestioningly, the prevailing Nazi ideology. When the War came he served both in the Luftwaffe and the Wehrmacht. It was not until it was over that he learned the truth about the régime he had served and began to come to terms with what he calls his ‘mental imprisonment.’
[Montgomery, Field Marshal Bernard Law], Nigel Hamilton: Monty, The Battles of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. Random House. New York: 1994. First Condensed Edition. 8vo. cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 658, (ii). Maps. Illustrated. Index. Red dot on bottom edge; a few tiny stains on edges; else very good copy in dj. This is a condensation of three earlier books: Monty, The Making of a General (1981), Master of the Battlefield, Monty's War Years, 1942-1944 (1983), and Monty-Field Marshal (1987). $6.00
[Nelson, Horatio], Roger Knight: The Pursuit of Victory, The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson. Basic Books. New York: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xxxvi, 874. Illustrated: (24) pp. of plates. Maps. Checklist. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
Neitzel, Sönke and Harald Welzer: Soldaten, On Fighting, Killing, and Dying, The Secret World War II Transcripts of German POWs. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 2012. First American edition. 8vo. cloth. Pp. x, 438. Illustrated. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Small red dot on bottom edge, else near fine in near fine dust-jacket. $18.00
German soldiers captured during the Second World War were interned. Naturally enough they spoke among themselves. Unbeknownst to them their conversations were secretly recorded by British Intelligence. The transcripts—called here protocols—of what the soldiers said were translated and filed and then forgotten. But eventually the transcripts were archived at the Public Record Office at Kew Gardens and finally brought to light in 2001. Among the many stories was one told by Sergeant Schmid about something from 20 June 1942. He had witnessed two 15-year old Russian boys, in military uniform, being captured, then released and ordered to go westward. But once out of sight they disappeared, clearly intent on returning to their unit. So a “large detachment was sent to look for them, but they couldn't find them. And then they caught the two boys. . . [Our people] behaved well and didn't kill them there and then.” Later, the boys were handed over to others who made them dig their own graves. In telling this story Schmid revealed his respect for the boys: “[One] was told to push the first into the pit before he was shot himself. And he did so, smiling—a boy of fifteen! There's fanaticism and idealism for you!”
Orwell, George: The War Commentaries. Pantheon. New York: 1985. Edited with an Introduction by W. J. West. First American Edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $22.00
Panichas, George A. (editor): Promise of Greatness, The War of 1914-1918. Foreword by Sir Herbert Read. Cassell. London: 1968. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $65.00
Includes 42 essays by Robert Graves, Sir Basil Liddell Hart, Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Edmund Blunden, L. P. Hartley and many others. The chapter by Keynes, ‘A Doctor's War’, is particularly interesting. He was by profession a surgeon, and that was his role during the war. Later he was better known for his avocations which were bibliographer and book collector.
Pimlott, John: The Atlas of World War II. Foreword by Alan Bullock. Courage Books (Running Press). Philadelphia/London: 2006. First edition. 4to. Pictorial boards. Pp. 224. Illustrated. Index. Selected Bibliography. Owner's name on first free end-paper; no dj; else fine copy. $8.50
A novel about the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War. Years later a British soldier visits the Turkish penisula and remembers what happened there. He had first seen it in 1915, landing on the terrible V Beach on Cape Helles, near Sedd-el-Bahr, and was one of the few to survive. Most of his companions were killed on their embarkation crafts, or in the sea, or on the shore.
Rhodes, Richard: Masters of Death, The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 2002. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 338. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Maps. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $40.00
Schofield, Carey (editor): Russia at War, 1941-45. Introduction by Vladimir Karpov. Preface by Harrison E. Salisbury. Vendome Press. New York: 1987. First edition. 4to. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $25.00
Sheffield, Gary (editor): War on the Western Front. Osprey Publishing. New York: 2007. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. 272. Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $20.00
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander: August 1914. Translated by Michael Glenny. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. New York: 1972. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. (xii), 622, (iv). Map on end-papers. Very good copy in fine dust-jacket. $22.00
Spilsbury, Julian: The Thin Red Line, An Eyewitness History of the Crimean War. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. London: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. (xii), 340. Maps. Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Stroud, Rick: Kidnap in Crete, The True Story of the Abduction of a Nazi General. Bloomsbury. London: 2014. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. (xiv), 290. Maps. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $30.00
Sugarman, Tracy: My War, A Love Story in Letters and Drawings. Random House. New York: 2000. First edition. Oblong 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (xiv), 194. Illustrated. Fine copy in dj. $10.00
The author recorded his experiences in World War II, including his landing on Utah Beach in June 1944, in these drawings and some 400 letters to his wife.
The Sunday Times: D-Day, Normandy Landing: The 50th Anniversary. The Sunday Times. London: 5 June 1994. Newspaper insert. Pp. 16. Illustrated. Fine. With articles by Stephen Ambrose (‘They All Liked Ike’), John Crossland (‘The Boffins Lay Churchill a Golden Egg’), Robert Kershaw (‘Slaughter on Omaha Beach’), and many others. $25.00
Taylor, James and Warren Shaw: The Third Reich Almanac. World Almanac. New York: 1987. First edition. 8vo. Boards. 310 pp. Illustrated. Maps. Fine copy in dj. $15.00
Includes a chronology of the Third Reich, as well as brief essays about all the major--and many minor--figures who played a role in its short, but cataclysmic history.
Toynbee, Philip: The Distant Drum, Reflections on the Spanish Civil War. Sidgwick & Jackson. London: 1976. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 192. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Biographical Notes on Contributors. Index. Edges foxed, else fine copy in dj. $40.00
Written in the 1970s, forty years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, this includes revised interpretations of the events by such notable historians as Hugh Thomas and Claud Cockburn. There are also a number of reminiscences by people who experienced it first-hand.
Walsh, Stephen: Stalingrad 1942-1943, The Infernal Cauldron. Thomas Dunn Books/St. Martin's Press. New York: 2000. First edition. 4to. Boards. 176. pp. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Webb, Edwin and John Duncan: Blitz Over Britain. Edited by John Walton. Spellmount. Tunbridge Wells: 1990. First edition. 4to. Boards. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
Williamson, Gordon: Wolf Pack, The Story of the U-Boat in World War II. Osprey Publishing. London: 2005. First edition. Small 4to. Boards. Pp. 272. Illustrated. Glossary. Appendices. Index. Fine copy in dj. $18.00
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|Films which may be of Interest
The Bridge [Die Brücke]. Directed by Bernhard Wicki. Starring Volker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz. 1959. 102 minutes. Black & white. In German with English subtitles. VHS tape, slip-case lacks top flap. $35.00
This famous, but deeply depressing movie, is about the last days of the war when seven schoolboys, with only a day's military training, are sent to defend the familiar bridge in their town against the oncoming American tanks.
A Bridge Too Far. Directed by Richard Attenborough. From the book by Cornelius Ryan. Starring Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell, Liv Ulmann. 1977. 176 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Fine with original liner notes. $20.00
Dark Blue World. Directed by Jan Sverak. Screenplay by Zdenek Sverak. Starring Ondrej Vetchy, Krystof Hadek, Tara Fitzgerald, Charles Dance. 2002. 115 minutes. In English and Czech with optional English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Includes director's and producer's commentary, documentaries and other special features. Fine copy with original liner notes. $20.00
El Alamein, The Line of Fire [El Alamein, La linea del fuoco]. Directed by Enzo Monteleone. Starring Paolo Briguglia, Pierfrancesco Favino, Luciano Scarpa, Emilio Solfrizzi. 2002. 117 minutes. In Italian with optional English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with liner notes. $26.00
Europa Europa. Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Based on the autobiography of Solly Perel. Starring Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Hanns Zischler. 1990. 94 minutes. In German and Russian with optional English subtitles. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00
Hitler In Colour. Produced by David Batty. Narrated by Brian Cox. Warner Vision International. 2004. 80 minutes. Fine copy with liner notes. $15.00
Letters from Iwo Jima. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on a book by Tadamichi Kuribayashi. Screenplay by Iris Yamashita. Starring Ken Watanabe, Kuzunari Minomiya. 2006. 140 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00
Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World. Directed by Peter Weir. Screenplay by Peter Weir and John Collee. Based on the novel by Patrick O'Brian. Starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany. 2004. 138 minutes. Widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00
Mein Krieg. Directed by Harriet Eder and Thomas Kufus. 1991. 90 minutes. Black & white, and color. VHS cassette tape. English narration and German with subtitles. $28.00
This most interesting documentary introduces several former German soldiers who had taken home movie cameras with them to film their experiences in training camps and on the battlefield.
Patton. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola, Edmund H. North. Starring George C. Scott, Karl Malden. 1970. 171 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Closed captions. Fine copy with original liner notes. $20.00
The Road to Stalingrad. 2001. No details given. Documentary on DVD. $15.00
This has some excellent footage of the German invasion of Russia and how the war went from June 1942 until the Sixth Army was surrounded and defeated at Stalingrad in February 1943.
Saving Private Ryan. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tome Sizemore. 1998. 169 minutes. Color. Wide screen format. With various special features. Fine copy with original lines notes. $18.00
Shot Through the Heart. Directed by David Attwood. Written by Guy Hibbert. Starring Linus Roache, Vincent Perez, Lothaire Bluteau. 1998. 113 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Fine copy with original artwork. $14.00
Stalingrad. Directed by Joseph Vilsmaier. Starring Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastian Rudolph, Hanno Huth, Günter Rohrbach. 1993. 150 minutes. Wide screen format. Fine copy with original liner notes. $18.00
The Thin Red Line. Directed by Terrence Malick. From the novel by James Jones. Starring Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly. 1998. 170 minutes. DVD with widescreen format. Closed captions. Fine copy with original artwork. $18.00
Victory at Sea. Produced by Henry Solomon. Directed by M. Clay Adams. Written by Henry Solomons with Richard Hanser. Narrated by Leonard Graves. Hosted by Peter Graves. Musical score by Richard Rodgers, arranged and conducted by Robert Russell Bennett. The History Channel/New Video/NBC News. 4 discs in slip-case. With full frame format. Approximately 11 hours, 30 minutes. Black & White. Fine copy. $32.00
The World at War. Produced by Jeremy Isaacs. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and Eric Porter. Thames Television/A & E. 1973. DVD movie. 11 discs set in slip-case. 22 hours, 37 minutes, plus 12 hours of extras. Fine copy. $62.00
WWII In Color: The British Story. Narrated by John Thaw. Goldhil Video. 2002. DVD includes three documentaries in color: ‘Darkest Hour’, ‘The Beginning of the End’, and ‘Unknown Warriors’. Fine copy with liner notes. $24.00