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HEAD DRESSES OF THE BRITISH ARMY - CAVALRY
W Y Carman
61029032
$30.00

From the cocked hat of the 17th century to the early 20th century Lancer's cap. Descriptions with photographs.  Household Cavalry, Dragoons, Hussars, Life Guards and Lancers. A couple of pages at the front are detached due to cheap binding method.

W Y Carman, Surrey, 1968. Softback. 88 pages. SECONDHAND


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BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH BAYONETS
Ian D. Skennerton & Robert Richardson
ISBN0949749044
$275.00

Very comprehensive and scholarly study of bayonets and their companion firearms, rifles, carbines and pistols. Each type extensively described and illustrated. A very valuable reference. Uncommon book. First edition.

Ian Skinnerton, Margate, Queensland, 1984. Hardback, no dust jacket. 404 pages. SECONDHAND


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MILITARY BADGES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1914-18
Reginald H W Cox
ISBN0510000827
$125.00

A complete guide to about 3,000 military badges worn by British and Imperial forces during the Great War. Essential reference work for historians and collectors. This large book may incur extra shipping fees outside of New Zealand. THIS COPY belonged to J B Haigh and has his name label to title page and a gift plate to the half title. At rear is a pasted in page of naval arm badges. Still a very tidy copy though.

Ernest Benn Ltd., London, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 363 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE GOLDEN GALLEY The Story of the Second Punjab Regiment 1761-1947
Sir Geoffrey Betham
410260612
$55.00

The history of the regiment over a period of nearly 200 years, also the story of the Indian Army. Photographs and folding maps throughout.

Oxford University Press, UK, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 330 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES 1890-1945
Lt.-Col. H Moyse-Bartlett
510270011
$175.00

A study in the military history of East and Central Africa, 1890-1945. A complete regimental history including the politics surrounding the campaigns involved in. Colonial police actions, first and second world wars. THIS COPY has ownership markings  and stamps of JB Haigh, the military historian. The dust jacket has tape reinforcing along the edges  and reverse side and some wear.

Gale and Polden Ltd., Aldershot, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 727 pages. SECONDHAND


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A HISTORY OF THE KING'S AFRICAN RIFLES AND EAST AFRICAN FORCES
Malcolm Page
ISBN0850525381
$32.50

Formed during the colonial squabbles over Africa, the KAR was formed from indigenous troops and was instrumental in the stability of the British colonies.

Leo Cooper, London, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 298 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE BUSHVELDT CARBINEERS and the PIETERSBURG LIGHT HORSE
William Woolmore
ISBN9780957975200
$75.00

A comprehensively researched study of the BVC and the men who made up its ranks. Includes biographical notes on each one of the more than 600 men who served. the Carbineers were led by Australian officers and had a large proportion of Australians in its ranks. Illustrations.

Slouch Hat Publications, Rosebud, VIC., 2002. Hardback with dust jacket. 320 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE SIEGE OF O'OKIEP
Peter Burke
ISBN1874979014
$47.50
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A military study of a Guerrilla campaign in the Anglo-Boer War. General Smuts and his Commandos infiltrated Namaqualand, attacking copper mining towns under British control, culminating in the siege of  O'Okiep, the HQ of the British Commandant.

War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 211 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE LAST POST (South African War 1899-1902)
Mildred G Dooner
51025082
$35.00

A roll of all officers (Naval, Military or Colonial) who gave their lives in the South African War. Facsimile reprint of original 1903 edition. This copy has tipped in page with an actual photograph of the grave of 2nd Lieut. Arthur Cormack Neave in Paardeberg Cemetery. Also some pen notes by J B Haigh the military historian.

J B Hayward and Son, Polstead, 1980. Hardback with no dust jacket. 446 pages. SECONDHAND


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GUNNERS OF THE CAPE The Story of the Cape Field Artillery
Neil Orpen
51027081
$75.00

A regimental history of the South African Cape Field artillery from inception as the Cape Town Volunteer Artillery. Includes all conflicts participated in, roll of honour, battle honour's, C.O.'s etc. Limited numbered edition of 1000 copies, this copy number 217. Formerly owned by J B Haigh the military historian with his name and also a book label. This copy was in the NZ General Assembly Library and has a blind stamp to upper boards and call number to spine.

CFA Regimental History Committee, Cape Town, 1965. Hardback with no dust jacket. 310 pages, with folding maps. SECONDHAND


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THE CAPE TOWN HIGHLANDERS 1885-1970
Neil Orpen
51029043
$55.00

The Regimental History of the Cape Town Highlanders, from Bechuanaland through two World Wars and on. A Volunteers regiment.

The Cape Town Highlanders History Committee, Cape Town, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 396 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE CROSS OF SACRIFICE VOLUME III
S D Jarvis and D B Jarvis
ISBN1873058365
$42.50

Officers who died in the service of British Commonwealth and Colonial Navies, Regiments and Corps and Air Forces 1914-1919. Includes Nursing Sisters killed on duty. THIS COPY belonged to Military Historian J B Haigh and has some highlighting and annotation but otherwise in tidy condition.

Roberts, Reading, 1994. Hardback with dust jacket. 171 pages. SECONDHAND


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DARDANELLES, A MIDSHIPMAN'S DIARY
H M Denham
ISBN0719538580
$37.50

From the secret and prohibited diary of a Royal Navy midshipman, this gives an account of the Dardanelles campaign from aboard the Agamemnon. Illustrated with photographs.

John Murray, London, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 200 pages. SECONDHAND


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MEN OF GALLIPOLI
Peter Liddle
ISBN0713910100
$30.00

The Dardanelle and Gallipoli experience from August 1914 to January 1916. With many anecdotes and accounts taken from all nationalities present during the campaign.

Allen Lane, London, 1976. Hardback with dustjacket. 320 pages. SECONDHAND


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GALLIPOLI AIR WAR
Hugh Dolan
ISBN9781742611099
$30.00

The use of aeroplanes and balloons over the Dardanelles and Gallipoli for reconnaisance and bombing. Both the Allies and the Turks used aircraft in the csampaign.

Pan MacMillan, Sydney, 2013. Softback. 422 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE SEA DEVIL, the Story of Count Felix von Luckner
Lowell Thomas
81021011
$47.50

Count Felix von Luckner, Captain of the Seeadler surface raider, preyed on Allied ships for almost a year, from the North Sea, around Cape Horn and in the Pacific Islands before being interned in New Zealand, from which he attempted some daring escapes. Illustrated with photographs. THIS COPY has no jacket.

Heinemann, London, 1928. Hardback with no dust jacket. 308 pages. SECONDHAND


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HERMANN GORING FIGHTER ACE The WW I Career of Germany's most Infamous Airman
Peter Kilduff
ISBN9781906502669
$39.99

The first in-depth study of Herman Goring as a military fligher and an air combat leader during the Great War. This experience shaped Goering who became a Nazi and one of Hitler's closest allies.

Grub Street, London, 2010. Hardback with dust-jacket. 192 pages. NEW


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GUESTS OF THE UNSPEAKABLE an Australian Airman in the RFC
T W White
510230412
$175.00

The Odyssey of an Australian Airman, being a record of captivity and escape in Turkey. A record of an Australian in the RFC in Mesopotamia.  This is the revised first Australian edition. This copy is notable for the ownership inscription of Ross Brodie of Rangitata, was drafted into the RFC, and sailed from New Zealand on the Arawa in 1917.

Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1932. Hardback with no dust jacket. 276 pages. SECONDHAND


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BRITISH AND INDIAN ARMIES IN THE EAST INDIES (1685-1935)
Alan Hartfield
ISBN0902633953
$95.00

A good reference on the British Commonwealth armies in the East Indies. With army lists, maps and photographs. This copy has a few relevant annotations and tipped in clippings.

Picton Publishing (Chippenham) Ltd., U.K., 1984. Hardback with dust jacket. 411 pages. SECONDHAND


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ALWAYS A FUSILIER The War History of the Royal Fusiliers 1939-1945
C Northcote Parkinson
51027001
$37.50

A short history from formation and then an in-depth history of the second world war service of the City of London Regiment of the Royal Fusiliers.

Sampson Low, London, 1949. Hardback with no dust jacket. 320 pages. SECONDHAND


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A SACRIFICIAL PAWN British POW of the Japanese
Peter R Jackson with foreword by Christopher Pugsley
isbn9780958292399
$37.50

Being a memoir of his war experiences, and his time as a prisoner of the Japanese 1942-1945. Conscripted to the Suffolk Regiment Peter was captured with the fall of Singapore and was nearly worked to death on Burma railway and in Changi. THIS COPY has a signed dedication to the inside cover (facing the portrait photograph).

Wily Publications Ltd. Christchurch, 2011. Softback. 199 pages. SECONDHAND


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PRISONERS OF WAR NAVAL AND AIR FORCES OF GREAT BRITAIN AND THE EMPIRE
anon.
ISBN0903754622
$95.00

1939-45: Alphabetical Nominal Registers (Including Locational and Other Details) of Over 21, 000 Australian, British, Canadian, New Zealand, South African and Other Naval and Air Force Prisoners of War of all ranks Held in Germany and German Occupied Territories. Excellent copy, has small name label to title page and one line in text highlighted. Originally issued by Imperial War Museum in 1945.

J B Hayward, Polstead, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. SECONDHAND


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SOLDIER, SAILOR & AIRMAN TOO.
Group Captain A.B. 'Woody' Woodhall.
ISBN9781877427268
$47.50

This is a comprehensive history of the life and career of Group Captain A.B. "Woody" Woodhall. His story provides a unique slice of British Army, Royal Marine, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force history, spanning both World Wars and finishing in New Zealand.

Wilson Scott Publishing, Christchurch, 2008. Hardback. 285 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE DANGEROUS SKY A HISTORY OF AVIATION MEDICINE
Douglas Robinson
ISBN0854291385
$40.00

From the early days of ballooning in 1803 scientists were investigating anoxia and altitude sickness. Over a century ago, Paul Bert, the father of aviation medicine, conducted experiments on the effects of oxygen deficiency and laid down the guidelines for the use of oxygen at high altitudes. The invention of the aeroplane brought further medical problems. This book discusses the research which has led to the development of modern aviation medicine, equipment and techniques.

GT Foulis, Henley-on-Thames, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. Illustrated. 292 Pages. SECONDHAND.


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THE VIVID AIR
Alex Revell
ISBN0718303857
$75.00

Gerald and Michael Constable Maxwell were two brothers who served as fighter pilots in the World Wars, Gerald in both of them. Serving in 56 Squadron and 604 Night-fighter Squadron, the brothers crossed paths throughout the war. THIS COPY has a long inscription on the end paper from Revell to Vincent Orange, who himself has written military aviation books, and has Orange's bookplate at the front.

William Kimber, London, 1978. Hardback with dust jacket. 255 pages. SECONDHAND


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WINGS ON THE WHIRLWIND
Compiled and edited by Anne Grimshaw
ISBN0953448606
$37.50

Memories of military flying by members of the North West Essex and East Herefordshire Branch of the Air Crew Association. Recalling RAF experiences before, during and after WWII, including the Berlin Airlift, pilot training, troop transport, reconnaissance etc.

North West Essex and East Herefordshire Branch Air Crew Association, Essex, 1998. Softback. 256 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN Then and Now
Edited by Winston Ramsay
ISBN0900913460
$85.00

Massive compilation of material documenting the air war over the UK in WW2. Large format on sized paper with photographs throughout. Shows the same locations 40 years later. THIS VERY HEAVY book needs to be picked up from our bookshop in Christchurch. No postal option.

Battle of Britain Prints International Ltd., London, 2000. Hardback with dust jacket in slip case. 816 pages. SECONDHAND


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MEN OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
Kenneth G. Wynn
ISBN1902074106
$125.00

The Pilots and Aircrew from throughout the British Empire and her Allies, who flew with the Royal Air Force, Fighter Command, between July 10th and October 31 1940. Includes New Zealanders, Australian, Poles etc. 60th anniversary edition, updated. A biographical directory with thousands of entries with record of service. Second edition. This large heavy book will incur extra shipping charges outside New Zealand. THIS COPY has a signed presentation inscription from the author.

CCB Associates, South Croydon, 1999. Hardback with dust jacket. 585 pages. SECONDHAND


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MY PART OF THE SKY
Roland Beamont CBE, DSO (bar) DFC (bar)
ISBN9781852600792
$45.00

A fighter pilot's firsthand experiences 1939-1945. From action in France before the evacuation, right through to VE Day, Beamont was in the thick of it, and was a Wing Commander by the age of 23. He flew Hurricanes, Typhoons, and also Tempests to intercept V1 flying-bombs.

Patrick Stephens Limited, Wellingborough, 1989. Hardback with dustjacket. 208 pages. SECONDHAND


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ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945 THREE VOLUMES
Denis Richards
110280811
$120.00

The Official History of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. Volume I 'The Fight at Odds', Volume II 'The Fight Avails', Volume III 'The Fight is Won. Thousands of New Zealand airmen served in the RAF. This is the seventh impression 1961.

Her Majesty's Stationary Office, London, 1954. Three volumes hardbacks with dust jackets. Vol. I, 430 pages, Vol. II, 415 pages & Vol. III, 441 pages. SECONDHAND


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SPITFIRE THE STORY OF A FAMOUS FIGHTER
Bruce Robertson illustrated by Hepworth, Carrick and Yeoman
51022141
$47.50

Survey of the development design and deployment of the various models of Spitfire fighters. With photographs and diagrams.

Harleyford Publications Limited, Herts, 1961. Hardback with dust jacket. 216 pages. SECONDHAND


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WARBURTON'S WAR
Tony Spooner DSO, DFC
ISBN9780718306618
$95.00

Biography of Wing Commander Adrian Warburton, DSO and Bar, DFC with two Bars and DFC (USA). Warby was a controversial figure, notable as a Photo Reconnaissance pilot in Spitfires, and the author served with him on Malta. THIS COPY has a presentation inscription from Spooner to Harry Coldbeck, who also flew PR missions from Malta, and who is quoted in the book. There are included some letters between Coldbeck and an Italian military historian researching the Augusta naval base in Sicily, relating to Coldbeck being shot down and taken prisoner.

William Kimber, London, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 222 pages. SECONDHAND


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DE HAVILLAND VAMPIRE, THE COMPLETE HISTORY
David Watkins
ISBN9781840150230
$67.50

Primarily a ground attack aircraft, the Vampire played an important role as a jet trainer and was a successful export to foreign air forces. An excellent work on all aspects of the development and service of this twin boom jet fighter. THIS COPY has a signed presentation by the author to the end paper.

Budding Books, Gloucestershire, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 271 pages. SECONDHAND


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MERCENARY COMMANDER Colonel Jerry Puren
Jerry Puren and Brian Pottinger
ISBN9780947020217
$75.00

The story of one of the commanders of the mercenaries hired to support the factions arising from the independence of the Belgian Congo. An account of the chaos, the UN intervention, and the various coups; the black leaders, the white mercenaries. With photographs and maps.

Galago Publishing, Republic of South Africa, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 384 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS Supplementary Volume
Cliff Lord
ISBN9781874622338
$45.00

Unit Histories of the Corps (1920-2001) and its Antecedents. Includes Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, Indian, Nigerian, Pakistan, Rhodesia, Singapore and South Africa Corps of Signals. Supplementary information on related topics. Limited edition of 500 copies, this number 498.

Helion and Company Ltd., Solihull, 2007. Hardback with dust jacket. 313 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE OXFORD COMPANION TO AUSTRALIAN MILITARY HISTORY
Peter Dennis, Jeffrey Grey, Ewan Morris and Robin Prior
ISBN0195532279
$85.00

This Oxford Companion contains over 800 individual entries written by a range of contributors. All the main campaigns and wars since 1800 are covered, along with the men and women who made their mark on Australian military affairs.

Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 653 pages. SECONDHAND 


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WRONG AGAIN DAN! KARACHI TO KRAKATOA
Dan Raschen
ISBN0721206387
$37.50

Autobiography of Dan's Army career up to the age of twenty-two in 1947. Training in Wellington, the Home Guard and six months at Cambridge then training in England and India, but as soon as Dan was commissioned into the Royal Engineers, the Japanese surrendered. The post-war period engineering in India then with the Royal Bombay Sappers and Miners he found himself involved in a new campaign in the Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia. Dan's was the last generation of British officers to serve with the old Indian Army. From his viewpoint the units of Hindus, Mussulmans and Sikhs were splendidly integrated. Partition seemed unnecessary, yet was suddenly inevitable. THIS COPY has a signed presentation inscription to the title page.

Rowhex Services Ltd., Swindon, 1996. Softback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND


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AMONG ITALIAN PARTISANS
Malcolm Tudor
ISBN9781781553398
$59.99

The Allied contribution to the Italian Resistance. All aspects of Allied aid and the reciprocal efforts of the Italians are covered. In return for materials the partisans supplied information and military support.

Fonthill Media Ltd., 2016. Hardback with dust jacket. 160 pages. NEW


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OSPREY'S BATTLES OF WORLD WAR II
Osprey
81023051
$250.00

A complete account of the battles of WWII, from 1939 to 1945, in 52 volumes. Background and in-depth details of actions, supported by photographs and maps. THIS VERY HEAVY SET (26 kg) must be picked up from our shop at The Tannery Emporium.

Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2009. Hardbacks with no dust jackets. 52 volumes approx. 100 pages each. SECONDHAND


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FLYING COLOURS
Laddie Lucas
ISBN0091464706
$95.00

Biography of the famed WW2 pilot Douglas Bader, notable for continuing to serve after losing both legs in a crash. Shot down and imprisoned by the Germans, he made multiple escape attempts before being sent to Colditz POW camp. THIS COPY is signed by Douglas Bader and Laddie Lucas. This copy is the second printingof the first edition.

Hutchinson, London, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 303 pages. SECONDHAND


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SOUTH AFRICA FIELD FORCE CASUALTY LIST 1899-1902
M G Hibbard F.S.A.N.S.
810211712
$95.00

Details all known casualties of Empire troops for the period. Includes, Colonial and irregular forces, and Loyal African subjects. THIS COPY has some informative annotations by military historian J. B. Haigh to the lists of New Zealand Mounted Rifles. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Hardback with dust jacket.  Approx 800 pages. SECONDHAND


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MICHELIN ILLUSTRATED GUIDES TO THE BATTLEFIELDS (1914-1918)
Michelin and Cie.
81022151
$150.00

3 books; Arras and the Battles of Artois, Rheims and the Battles for its Possession (1925), Battle-Fields of the Marne 1914 (1925). Uniformly bound with sitffened boards and dust jackets, original bookseller stamps to Arras. Before and after information on the French towns and battlefields of WWI. Includes photographs and maps.

Michelin and Cie, France, (1925). Softbacks with dust jackets. 128, 176, 264 pages. SECONDHAND


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BRITISH INTELLIGENCE IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
F H Hinsley, E E Thomas, C F G Ransom, R C Knight
81022111
$125.00

Its influence on stategy and operations. The Official History of the Second World War Volume 1, 2 and Part 1 of Vol. 3. Based on official records. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

HMSO, London, 1979. Hardbacks with dust jackets. 601, 850, 693 pages. SECONDHAND


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RECONSTRUCTING FACES
Murray C Meikle
ISBN9781877578397
$45.00

The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem. A study of the big four plastic surgeons available in the UK at the beginning of WWII, and their pioneering work. Includes the DVD issued with the book which reproduces instructional films from 1945.

Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2013. Hardback with dust jacket, 262 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP 1940-1945 Providence Their Guide
Major-General David Lloyd Owen
ISBN9780850527124
$47.50

Owen joined the LRDG in 1941 and took over command in 1943, and has written a history of the unit including action in Italy, the Aegean and the Balkans. First published in 1980.

Leo Cooper, Barnsley, 2000. Hardback with dust jacket. 238 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE DAM BUSTERS
Paul Brickhill
9102011
$125.00

The story of 617 Squadron RAF, famous for the dam busting raids, as well as sinking the Tirpitz and pin-point raids with grand-slam bombs from high altitudes. First edition and first impression. Unclippped jacket has some wear to corners and spine ends, and very minor foxing to closed edges.

Evans Brothers, London, 1951. Hardback with dust jacket. 269 pages. SECONDHAND