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THE WEAPONS DETECTIVE : The Inside Story of Australia's Top Weapons Inspector

By: Barton, Rod

Price: $17.10

Publisher: Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Black Inc/Schwartz Publishing: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 007875

ISBN: 0975076957

Condition: Very Good +


x., + 278pp., plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper nominally edgeworn only. " . . . tells of a professional life replete with adventure, urgency and achievement. From the chaos of Somalia to the inner sanctums of the UN, Barton has more than once been in the eye of the historical storm . . . describes the fascinating chess-game of weapons inspection, with its mixture of detective work, scientific analysis and mind-games . . . reveals an unsung Australian hero and sheds new light on a vital chapter... View more info

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AMATEUR SOLDIER : An Australian Machine Gunner`s Memories of World War II

By: Bellair, John

Price: $19.00

Publisher: Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Spectrum Publications: 1984

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013499

ISBN: 0867860642

Condition: Very Good


viii, + 168pp., intext b/white halftone plates throughout. Book clean and square. Art-illustrated (Graham McKenzie) card wrapper nominally edgeworn, and bumped on foredge corners. Textblock unmarked. The author joined the A.I.F. as a private soldier in 1939, and served for six years in England, North Africa, Greece, Crete, Syria and New Guinea. He was commissioned in 1940, in the 2nd/1st Australian Machine Gun Battalion, and commanded a platoon in the Greek Campaign. He was, for six months,. personal assistant to Lieutenent-General Sir Leslie Morshead, and for the last half of the war was a C... View more info

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THE FACE OF COURAGE: The 98 Men Who Received the Knight's Cross and the Close -Combat Clasp in Gold

By: Berger, Florian

Price: $30.40

Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, U.S.A., Stackpole Books: 2011

Edition: First Thus, 3rd Impression

Seller ID: 013180

ISBN: 0811710556

Condition: Very Good +


600pp., + (xvi), illustrated throughout: b/white halftone plates (mostly photographs of featured recipients), facsimiles, plus an illustrated publisher's promotional section at rear. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped only. Text-block unmarked. All countries at war with another have their patriots and heroes - and so it was with Germany during World War Two . . . This book features the biographies of the 98 men who received the Knight's Cross and the Close-Combat Clasp in Gold for extreme bravery and at least fifty days of hand-to-hand fighting . . . Fir... View more info

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A RUDDY AWFUL WASTE: Eric Lock DSO, DFC and BAR. The Brief Life of a Battle of Britain Fighter Ace

By: Brew, Steve, with Bradbury, Mike

Price: $42.75

Publisher: Hitchin, Herts., U.K., Fighting Hire Ltd.: 2016

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013191

ISBN: 0993415237

Condition: Near Fine


xvii, + 246pp., front and rear endpaper portrait of this British fighter ace, two unpaginated b/white plate sections (photographs: archival and private sources), plus intext tables. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped backstrip. Plain blue boards ditto bumped. Textblock pristine. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected lightly edgeworn only. This book tells the amazing story of British WW2 fighter ace, Eric Lock DSO, DFC and BAR, who joined his first operational unit, 41 Squadron, in late June, 1940, just prior to the Battle of Britain commencement. Showing incredible s... View more info

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THE BOYS WHO CAME HOME: Recollections of Gallipoli

By: Broadbent, Harvey

Price: $15.20

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia, ABC Enterprises: 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013514

ISBN: 0733300332

Condition: Very Good +


xiii, + 140pp., intext, b/white halftone plates and line-drawn maps. Book clean and square. Spine firm, trivially faded. Illustrated (montage style) card wrapper minimally bumped on foredge corners. Textblock unmarked. 'The Boys Who Came Home' is a compilation of personal narratives recalling individual experiences on Gallipoli by soldiers if the A.I.F., Lancashire Fusiliers and Regiment, plus several who were members of the Turkish 5th Army. From Harold Barker, DCM, Lance-Corporal, 7th Battalion, A.I.F., to Stan Watson, CBE, DSO, MC, Lieutenant, Royal Australian Engineers, AIF, all came home ... View more info

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CALLSIGN HADES

By: Bury, Patrick

Price: $15.20

Publisher: London, Simon & Schuster: 2010

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 012286

ISBN: 1847378609

Condition: Very Good +


303pp., plus 1 x 8 page colour photographically-illustrated section, two b/white maps. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly edge-rubbed only, faint price-sticker ghost to front panel. From the rear panel: "As part of Ranger Company, a hand-picked group of 1 Royal Irish soldiers, Patrick deployed to Sangin, Afghanistan's most dangerous town . . . This powerful and thoughtful book places the reader in an infantry officer's boots, sharing every thought, ache, smell and taste of life on the frontline. He describes modern warfare in a way that create... View more info

THE WORLD IS SIX FEET SQUARE

By: Caillou, Alan

Price: $12.35

Publisher: London, Peter Davies: 1954

Edition: 4th Impression

Seller ID: 003440

Condition: Very Good


214pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Lightly tanned leaves. Art-illustrated, loose plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, mildly edgeworn and smokey on spine. A story of capture, escape, recapture and finally to 'slip away' in the general confusion of the Italian collapse and safety of the advancing British lines, by Intelligence Corps Officer, Alan Caillon, and his friend, Frank.Captured in the Western Desert, by the Italians, in February, 1943, they were given a death sentence. However.Book weight approx. 320g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packe... View more info

SILENT RUNNING: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine

By: Calvert, James F.

Price: $17.10

Publisher: New York, John Wiley & Sons: 1995

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Impression

Seller ID: 003502

ISBN: 0471127787

Condition: Very Good


xvii, + 282pp., unpaginated [8 page] candid and archivally illustrated, b/white halftone plate section, and intext line-drawn area maps. Book clean and square. Spine firm, security sticker on inside rear cover. Gilt title there-on. Leaves clean and white [alkaline paper used]. Illustrated [archival], loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn, with a small crease on front flap. James F. Calvert, Vice Admiral, USN [Ret.], was one of the Navy's most decorated officers in World War 11. His personal narrative of life on submarine-war patrols, plus R & R exploits make for the plot of an ad... View more info

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FIGHTING THE BOLSHEVIKS : The Russian War Memoir of Private First Class Donald E. Carey, U.S. Army, 1918-1919

By: Carey, Donald E. (Edited By: Neil G. Carey)

Price: $20.90

Publisher: Novato, California, U.S.A., Presidio Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 007716

ISBN: 0891416315

Condition: Near Fine


(xvii) + 240pp., facsimile frontispiece, general area maps, plus an unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Vivid silver title over firm black spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves pristine. Pictorially-illustrated (author portrait on rear panel) loose-plastic protected dustjacket near fine. Most people, save for families and military historians, are unaware of a period in 1918-1919 during which 5,600 American soldiers and sailors fought Russian Bolshevik revolutionaries in Northern Russia and Siberia. They were destined to fight more than the determined Bolshe... View more info

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MY WAR 1939-1945

By: Clarke, Michael

Price: $38.00

Publisher: Toorak, VIC, Australia, Michael Clarke Press: 1990

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 012386

ISBN: 0731695127

Condition: Good +


viii, + 527pp., b/white, author-portrait frontispiece, intext halftone plates and two colour-maps, throughout. Book clean. Bright gilt title over mildly canted and bumped spine. Plain ochre-brown boards lightly edgeworn. Textblock flecked on edges, else leaves clean. Portrait-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edgeworn and colour-faded on spine. " . . . utterly candid, personal story of a young Australian artillery officer during WW2." Describing his active role in the Battle of Britain, hectic and bloody campaigns in North Africa, Greece and Crete, where he was t... View more info

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WARLORD : A Life of Churchill at War, 1874-1945

By: D'Este, Carlo

Price: $26.60

Publisher: London, Allen Lane (Penguin): 2009

Edition: First U.K. (Amended) Edition.

Seller ID: 011238

ISBN: 0713997532

Condition: Very Good


xix, + 935pp., plus 2 x 8 page, b/white photographically-illustrated sections. Ten b/white maps. Book clean, square. Spine firm, silver title there-on. Plain black boards bumped on one lower foredge corner. Previous owner's gift inscription to ffep., remainder stripe to textblock head, else leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edge-creased, two tiny closed tears. From the jacket flap: "Carlo D'Este's startlingly fresh biography examines the life of Winston Churchill through the prism of his military service as both a soldier and a warlord: the descendent of ... View more info

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WEARY : The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop. Volume 2 (Large Print)

By: Ebury, Sue

Price: $13.30

Publisher: Rozelle, N.S.W., Australia, Sage Book Publishing: 1995

Edition: Large Print Edition

Seller ID: 011252

Condition: Very Good +


Volume II, pages 367-819. 1 x 12 page, b/white illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm, fine reading crease there-on. Leaves clean. Previous owner's name to inside front cover of illustrated card wrapper, which is mildly surface indented. Contents of this volume two of the large print edition include the full contents page, and commence at Part Three (1942-1945), chapter 16, closing at Part Five, chapter 31, Acks., and Abbreviations. Australian surgeon and Japanese prisoner-of-war Colonel Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop was born at Wangaratta in 1907, and passed away in Melbourne, 1993. ... View more info

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EISENHOWER : At War, 1943-1945

By: Eisenhower, David

Price: $20.90

Publisher: New York, Wings Books: 1991

Edition: Reprint.

Seller ID: 011136

ISBN: 0517065010

Condition: Very Good


xxvii, + 977pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards very lightly bumped on foot. Leaves clean, albeit mildly tanned. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased only. From the jacket flap: "Based on the meticulous reading of voluminous primary sources and amplified by his personal knowledge of his grandfather's conduct of the war, David Eisenhower's riveting account of the hinge of modern history is itself a major event in that history. By showing the decisive impact of Soviet strength not only on the outcome of the war but on... View more info

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JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS

By: Faramus, Anthony

Price: $19.00

Publisher: London, Grafton Books (Collins): 1990

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 008970

ISBN: 0246134909

Condition: Very Good


310pp,., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Flecked edges, else text-block clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn and nipped along head. Giving an inordinate amount of space to colourful descriptions of his sexual prowess, never-the-less, the author's wartime experiences on the British island of Jersey during the German occupation, and later imprisonment in France's Fort de Romainville, then Buchenwald, Mauthausen . . . Contents include: Foreword by Greville Jann... View more info

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VERY ORDINARY OFFICER: The Social and Navy Story of a Yorkshire-born Australian

By: Feasey, Geoff

Price: $19.00

Publisher: Fisher, A.C.T., Australia, Author (Geoff Feasey): 1999

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013418

ISBN: 064636815X

Condition: Very Good


(vii), + 318pp., one unpaginated colour plate section, plus an unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly chipped. Art-illustrated (Geoff Feasey, Caribbean,1967 by Mrs Marian Melin) card wrapper slightly edgeworn, and has a sticker ghost on front wrap. Minimal fleck on head of textblock, else leaves unmarked. In his own words, 'Very Ordinary Officer' is Geoff Feasey's story of his life in naval service - first in the Royal Navy, and later in the Royal Australian Navy . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Author's Note, 23 chapters. Book weight ... View more info

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THE EMPEROR'S GUEST 1942-45

By: Fletcher-Cooke, John

Price: $19.00

Publisher: London, Leo Cooper: 1972

Edition: First Thus.

Seller ID: 010883

ISBN: 085052136X

Condition: Very Good +


xviii, + 315pp., line-drawn map section at rear, plus unpaginated, candidly-illustrated (post-war) b/white halftone plates. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over firm but lightly bumped spine. Plain red boards bumped on foredge corners only. Textblock unmarked. Stylized (Design: John Darlington) loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, nipped and bumped, plus noticeable colour fade to spine. Based on a diary he kept during his years as a prisoner of war of the Japanese, but written without bitterness, this is (Sir) John Fletcher-Cooke's story of the treatment meted out by the capto... View more info

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DARK SKIES AND DEAD RECKONING

By: Flight Lieutenant David H. Pearce D.F.C.

Price: $52.25

Publisher: Moe, Victoria, Australia, Author (Printed by Coal Country Printers Pty. Ltd.):

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013341

ISBN: 0646387782

Condition: Very Good


188pp., plus (4). No publication date (2000). Intext, b/white halftone plate illustrations, line-drawn maps, and facsimile documents. Book clean. Spine firm, but canted. Colour-art illustrated ("Five Minutes to Target", John Mutsaers) card wrapper minimally bumped, small area of surface abrading to front panel. Textblock unmarked. 'Dark Skies and Dead Reckoning' by Flight Lieutenant David H. Pearce D.F.C. (born Birmingham, England 22 October, 1918) tells of his experiences as a Lancaster Bomber Captain and other activities during his service for Britain's R.A.F. during World War Two. C... View more info

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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: Australia's WWII Remembered by the Men and Women Who Lived It

By: Geddes, Margaret

Price: $23.75

Publisher: Camberwell, VIC, Australia, Viking (Penguin): 2004

Edition: First Edition, First Impression

Seller ID: 013441

ISBN: 0670040894

Condition: Very Good


viii, + 503pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate sections. Patterned endpapers: security bar affixed to rear pastedown. Book clean and square. Red title over lightly bumped spine. Plain beige boards undamaged. Textblock edges flecked, leaves tanned. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn and colour-faded on spine. " . . . brings together the first-hand accounts of more than seventy-five ordinary Australians who did extraordinary things during World War II. P.O.W's, airmen, nurses, land girls, internees, schoolchildren, soldiers, sailors and more share their m... View more info

THE GEHLEN MEMOIRS: The First Full Edition of the Memoirs of General Reinhard Gehlen 1942-1971

By: Gehlen, Reinhard

Price: $14.25

Publisher: London., Collins,: 1972

Edition: First U.K.

Seller ID: 001229

ISBN: 0002112930

Condition: Good+.


381pp. Unpaginated halftone plates throughout. Book negligibly askew, covers lightly colour faded. Light foxing spots to ep's, else leaves clean. Illustrated, edgeworn, loose-plastic protected dustjacket tanned beneath laminate. " I know the true facts in all their details", claims the author, head of Intelligence Operations in Russia and the Balkans. Before he retired in 1968 he was in supreme command of the German Secret Service. First published in a shorter edition, V. Hase und Koehler, Verlag, Mainz, Germany, 1971. Translated by David Irving. weight approx. 620gms. View more info

A STUDENT IN ARMS. Second Series

By: Hankey, Donald

Price: $17.10

Publisher: London, Andrew Melrose: 1919

Seller ID: 005921

Condition: Very Good


232pp., sepia, author portrait frontispiece. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Boards mildly bumped and frayed. Leaves clean, but acidic. The thoughts and observations of Donald Hankey, born Brighton, England, in 1884, who enlisted in the British Army during August, 1914. Wounded and repatriated home a year later, on recovery and receiving a commission, he returned to the front. In October, 1916, after inspirationally rallying his men 'over the top', he was struck down under heavy machine and rifle fire . . . Contents include: 16 chapters, Notes. Book weight approx... View more info