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1 DOCUMENTS CONCERNING GERMAN- POLISH RELATIONS and the OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY on SEPTEMBER 3, 1939 Miscellaneous No.9 [1939]
London H.M.S.O. 1939 Stapled Softcover Fair 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
xxv111 + 195pp. stapled spine still tight, cover fair-small meal hole top r/h corner and top of spine, pages yellowed. Documents cover the few months leading up to the outbreak of World War Two. Weight approx. 310g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 10.02 AUD
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NAVAL FORCES : International Forum for Maritime Power. No. III/1986. Vol. VII
2 NAVAL FORCES : International Forum for Maritime Power. No. III/1986. Vol. VII
Hampshire, England Monch (UK) 1986 First Edition Softcover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
124pp., colour and b/white photographic illustrations throughout. Item clean. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated soft card cover has a soft corner crease to front panel. 'Naval Forces' was published six times a year, this edition #3 for 1986. Contents include: Editorial (Sir James Eberle), The US Bases in the Philippines, The Spanish Navy after the Referendum, Naval Strategy in the Nuclear Age, US Strategic Sealift, Aeronavale: 75th Anniversary, The Italian Navy in the Mediterranean, US Navy Tactical Aircraft, The Israeli Navy, The United States Navy in the Caribbean, The US Naval Industry, Weyers Warship Documentation. Item weight approx. 440g. 
Price: 12.75 AUD
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NAVAL FORCES : International Forum for Maritime Power. No. V/1985. Vol. VI
3 NAVAL FORCES : International Forum for Maritime Power. No. V/1985. Vol. VI
Hampshire, England Monch (UK) 1985 First Edition Softcover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
148pp., colour and b/white photographic illustrations throughout. Item clean. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated soft card cover negligibly surface scuffed only. 'Naval Forces' was published six times a year, this edition #5 for 1985. Contents include: Editorial (Sir James Eberle), Three Oceans, Three Challenges: The Future of Canada's Maritime Forces, Towards a European Navy, Naval Policy in Australia and New Zealand, The Re-Emergence of the Corvette, Satellites and Naval Operations, Modernisation: Naval Fire Control, Naval Training Methods, War Gaming at the US Naval War College, RPV's At Sea, Weyers Warship Documentation. Item weight approx. 501g. 
Price: 12.75 AUD
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NAVAL FORCES : International Forum for Maritime Power. No. VI/1985. Vol. VI
4 NAVAL FORCES : International Forum for Maritime Power. No. VI/1985. Vol. VI
Hampshire, England Monch (UK) 1985 First Edition Softcover Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
168pp., colour and b/white photographic illustrations throughout. Item clean. Spine firm. Leaves clean, a section with a small, soft corner crease. Illustrated soft card cover negligibly surface scuffed, soft corner crease. 'Naval Forces' was published six times a year, this edition #6 for 1985. Contents include: Editorial (Sir James Eberle), An Interview with Vice-Admiral Sir Derek Reffell, Naval Developments in North Africa, The Pacific and US Naval Policy, Thirty Years of the Federal German Army, Control of the Exclusive Economic Zone, The Lightweight Torpedo, Antennas on Warships, Conventional Submarine Developments, The Royal Naval Equipment Exhibition 1985, Weyers Warship Documentation. Item weight approx. 575g. 
Price: 12.75 AUD
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5 "Semaphore" MIDDLE EAST MIRTH and Home Guard Goings On
Melbourne & Sydney, Australia E.H.Gibbs First Edition Stapled Softcover Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
32pp., text only. No date [circa early 1940's]. Lightly browned pages clean. Soft grey wrap undamaged, except for minor random faxing. Humourous short ditties and stories from an Australian's perspective. Weight approx. 50g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 12.41 AUD
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6 Adair, Paul HITLER'S GREATEST DEFEAT: The Collapse of Army Group Centre, June 1944
London Arms and Armour Press 1994 1854092324 / 9781854092328 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Near Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
192pp., unpaginated [16 page], archivally-illustrated, b/w halftone plate section. Intext locality maps. Book clean, square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket trivially scuffed, otherwise very good. "It was indeed Hitler's worst defeat! . . . Hitler's obsession with holding ground dulled his strategic thinking...faced by a massive Soviet superiority, the hapless Army Group Centre lost some 30 irreplaceable divisions . . . " Contents include: Prelims., Intro., 21 chapters, Appendices x 9, Biblio., Index. Book weight approx. 550g. 
Price: 17.03 AUD
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SECRET ARMIES : The Full Story of S.A.S., Delta Force, & Spetsnaz, Adams, James
7 Adams, James SECRET ARMIES : The Full Story of S.A.S., Delta Force, & Spetsnaz
London Hutchinson 1987 0091734525 / 9780091734527 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
(vi) + 440pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate sections (with several very confronting photographs). Book clean and square. Vivid silver title over lightly bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. A former owner's name on ffep., else textblock clean. Pictorially-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, and minimally edgeworn only. A loose chronicle of some of the successes (and sometimes failures) of several of the world's elite special operations forces. Contents include: Prelims., Note, Acks., Introduction, plus 9 other 'Parts', Notes, Definitions, Glossary, Bibliography, Appendix, Index. Book weight approx. 675g. 
Price: 27.32 AUD
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"SOLDIERS ARE PERSONS". A Short History of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum 1994-2011  (Signed Copy), Anderson, Ken
8 Anderson, Ken "SOLDIERS ARE PERSONS". A Short History of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum 1994-2011 (Signed Copy)
Newhaven, Victoria, Australia NVVM Ltd. 2011 0646560891 / 9780646560892 First Edition Hardcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
(iv), + 204pp., plus (viii). Unpaginated colour-plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Colour-illustrated gloss boards nominally bumped only. Signed by author on foot of title page, else textblock unmarked. This is the story of a dedicated museum that has evolved under the auspices of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA). Contents include: Prelims., Dedication, Introduction, three 'Parts', Epilogue, Postscript, Appendices, more. Book weight approx. 435g. 
Price: 23.92 AUD
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CRETE 1941 : Germany's Lightning Airborn Assault  (Osprey's Battles of World War II. Book 8), Antill, Peter D.
9 Antill, Peter D. CRETE 1941 : Germany's Lightning Airborn Assault (Osprey's Battles of World War II. Book 8)
London Hothouse 2009 Hardcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
96pp., colour plates by Howard Gerrard, colour maps, b/white photographic illustrations throughout. Book clean. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated gloss boards mildly edge bumped. A stand-alone title in Osprey's 'Battles of World War II' series. Contents include: Introduction, Chronology, Opposing Commanders, Opposing Forces, Opposing Plans, The Assault on Crete, Aftermath, The Battlefield Today, Order of Battle, Bibliography, Index. Book weight approx. 505g. 
Price: 13.66 AUD
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IN THE COMPANY OF SOLDIERS : A Chronicle of Combat, Atkinson, Rick
10 Atkinson, Rick IN THE COMPANY OF SOLDIERS : A Chronicle of Combat
New York Owl Book/Henry Holt and Company 2005 0805077731 / 9780805077735 Reprint Softcover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
322pp., two-page b/white map, plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper undamaged. "For soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, the road to Baghdad began with a mid-night flight out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in late February, 2003 . . . With the eye of a master storyteller, a brilliant military historian puts us right on the battlefield. A compelling, utterly fresh view of the modern American soldier in action." Book weight approx. 305g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 9.11 AUD
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GREAT FIGHTING PLANES, Austin, Alan and Dicks, Anthony
11 Austin, Alan and Dicks, Anthony GREAT FIGHTING PLANES
London Chancellor Press 1992 1851521526 / 9781851521524 First Thus Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
207pp., colour art illustrations and b/white line drawings, throughout. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Colour illustrated gloss boards negligibly bumped on one corner. Like-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edge-creased. From the jacket flap: "Fifty of the world's most successful fighting aircraft are depicted here in a series of stunning full-colour paintings. Special features or major developments in aircraft technology are highlighted with blow-ups of those sections. A warm and lively narrative accompanies these aircraft, describing not only the special character of each plane, but also the skill of the engineers who built them, and the pilots who tested and flew them in aerial combat. The text is supplemented by three-view line drawings and specification boxes, giving full details of performance, power, dimensions, equipment and armament." Book weight approx. 920g. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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TO KOKODA AND BEYOND: The Story of the 39th Battalion 1941-1943  (Signed Copy), Austin, Victor
12 Austin, Victor TO KOKODA AND BEYOND: The Story of the 39th Battalion 1941-1943 (Signed Copy)
Carlton, Vic, Australia Melbourne University Press 1990 0522843794 / 9780522843798 First Thus, 2nd Impression Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed and Signed By Author
xvi, + 267pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plates (all called-for plates extant and attached), plus intext line-drawn maps throughout. Book clean and square. Soft reading crease on lightly bumped and faded spine. Illustrated card wrapper bumped and creased on foredge corners. Signed, 'With best wishes', by author, on half-title page, else leaves unmarked. Existing for just 20 months of World War Two, the story of the 39th Australian Infantry Battalion is a most unusual and proud one in the annals of Australian military history. Its ranks were basically a 'scratch' unit made up mainly of 18 and 19 year olds, and was formed in October/November 1941, armed with mostly 1914-1918 weapons, and led by World War One officers. They were the first to fight the numerically superior Japanese advance on the Kokoda Track, eventually repelling the enemy. Later fighting between the 3rd and 18th December, 1942, the battalion lost 8 officers and 220 men were killed or wounded . . . Contents include: Prelims., Preface, Acks., Introduction, 12 chapters, Appendices - Nominal Roll, Honours and Awards, Casualties, Index. LEST WE FORGET - these brave 'Chocos' - the 39th Australian Infantry Battalion Militia. Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 39.48 AUD
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RUSSIA'S HEROES, Axell, Albert
13 Axell, Albert RUSSIA'S HEROES
New York, New York, U.S.A. Carroll & Graf Publishers 2001 0786708565 / 9780786708567 First U.S. Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
xv, + (viii) plus 264pp., preliminary pages theatre-map section. Two unpaginated 8 page b/white halftone plate sections. Book clean. Vivid silver title over mildly bumped and cocked spine. A discreet remainder mark on foot of textblock, else leaves unmarked. Pictorially-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn, else very good. A biographical testament to ordinary and extraordinary men and women soldiers and pilots who heroically came to the defence of Russia during the German invasion of World War Two. Contents include: Prelims., Maps, Acks., Note, Preface, Prologue, 21 stories of Heroism (including the story of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya), Bibliography, Index. More. Book weight approx. 600g. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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WAR MEMORIAL, Barber, Laurie
14 Barber, Laurie WAR MEMORIAL
Auckland, New Zealand Heinemann Reed 1989 0790000431 / 9780790000435 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
304pp., plus 1 x 24 page b/white photographically-illustrated section, b/white maps intext. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Minimal foxing to textblock edges, else leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly indented. From the rear panel: "9.30pm, Sunday, 3 September, 1939: New Zealand declares war on Germany, within three minutes of receiving news of Britain's declaration. Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of this event, 'War Memorial' is a detailed chronology of New Zealand's involvement in World War II. Illustrated with numerous maps and contemporary photographs, it is the definitive reference work on New Zealand and World War II." Book weight approx. 490g. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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ROUGH INFANTRY : Tales of World War II, Bennett, Cam
15 Bennett, Cam ROUGH INFANTRY : Tales of World War II
Victoria, Australia Warrnambool Institute Press 1984 0949759058 / 9780949759054 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
(ix), + 206pp., several pages of b/white halftone plate illustrations (A.W.M. Archives), and line-drawn locality maps. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain red boards minimally bumped on lower foredge corners. Textblock flecked on head, else leaves clean and unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic dustjacket mildly edgeworn only. An informal history of the Australian 2nd/5th Infantry Battalion in World War 2. The author was a member of this battalion from November 1939, joining as a private. Contents include: Prelims., Beginning, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Greece, Syria, Ceylon and home, New Guinea, Final Stages. (Does not include Nominal Roll, Honour Roll, Index, etc.) LEST WE FORGET. Book weight approx. 560g. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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THE DEBT WE OWE: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund 1919-1989, Bishop, Edward
16 Bishop, Edward THE DEBT WE OWE: The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund 1919-1989
Shrewsbury, England Airlife Publishing 1989 185310079x / 9781853100796 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
(vi), + 216pp., colour-plate frontispiece, plus unpaginated b/white halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Plain blue boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Colour-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. The story of the founding and ongoing work of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund: a fund that Sir Winston Churchill described as "the debt we owe to the paladins of the Royal Air Force". This book will be of particular interest to all retired and current personnel who have served in the Royal Air Force, together with their relatives and dependents . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, 23 chapters, Epilogue, Appendices, Index. Book weight approx. 570g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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TOOLS OF WAR : The Weapons That Changed the World, Black, Jeremy
17 Black, Jeremy TOOLS OF WAR : The Weapons That Changed the World
London Quercus Publishing 2007 First Thus Softcover Very Good + 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
207pp., b/white halftone plate chapter-title illustrations throughout. Book clean and square. Leaves unmarked. Pictorially-illustrated, flapped card wrapper slightly bumped on lower foredge corner. " . . . tells the stories of 50 of the most significant advances in military technology. From Stone Age spears through to cruise missiles, the tales are told, including the Battle of Crecy in which English archers launched a barrage of a 'million deadly missiles' to decimate the French, who 'fell like snow' . . . " (well, it is a British publication . . . ). Contents include: Prelims., the stories, Index, Credits. Book weight approx. 595g. 
Price: 18.75 AUD
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SAVAGE PEACE : Americans at War in the 1990s, Bolger, Daniel P.
18 Bolger, Daniel P. SAVAGE PEACE : Americans at War in the 1990s
Novato, California, U.S.A. Presidio Press 1995 0891414525 / 9780891414520 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Near Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
xi, + 420pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section, plus intext line-drawn explanatory maps and tables. Book clean and square. Vivid silver title over firm spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Text-block pristine. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. "Daniel Bolger, a serving professional soldier and aspiring military historian, tackles the thorny subject of 'peacekeeping'. He examines the historical perspective, the political and military context of today's missions, and what all this tells us about the role of America in the future world order. Bolger's insightful, intelligent analysis reveals the reality behind today's shocking media images." Contents include: Prelims., Preface, Prologue, Part 1; Operations Other Than War (5 chapters). Part 2: Between Gog and Magog (3 chapters). Epilogue, Appendices, Index. Book weight approx. 820g. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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19 Bowyer, Chaz HURRICANE AT WAR
London Ian Allan 1985 0711005648 / 9780711005648 3rd Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good + 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
160pp., b/white, candid and action-illustrated halftone plates. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Minor margin splash on last three leaves, otherwise clean. Art-illustrated (Rex Flood), loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. The story, with first-hand impressions and experiences by pilots and service crews, of the Hawker Hurricane, Britain's front-line fighter in the 1940 Battle of Britain, and beyond . . . Book weight approx. 900g. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. 
Price: 25.50 AUD
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FROMELLES AND THE SOMME: Australians on the Western Front - 1916  (Includes Errata Slip), Burness, Peter
20 Burness, Peter FROMELLES AND THE SOMME: Australians on the Western Front - 1916 (Includes Errata Slip)
Canberra, A.C.T., Australia Department of Veterans' Affairs 2006 1920720693 / 9781920720698 First Edition Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
(iv), + 80pp., poignant confronting b/white photographic halftone plate, captioned illustrations (AWM Archives) throughout, plus a line-drawn map. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped and creased on rear wrap, else very good. Textblock unmarked. Note: inserted loose, an errata slip (ref. page 16), plus an A5 Federal politician's flyer promoting this book (both in fine condition). The numbers are distressing, even a century later - on the Western Front in France during the Great War some 265,000 Australians served against the enemy - more than 46,000 of them lost their lives, many thousands more injured, This book tells some of the story. "Don't forget me cobber". "LEST WE FORGET". Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 30.08 AUD
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