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Francis Hereward Maitland

Hussar of the Line
Hurst and Blackett Ltd
1stEd 1951 hb black cloth worn faded gilt to spine worn. firm and clean inside.Illustrated by John Board +bw photos 21x14cm, black cloth gilt, 160pp wt500gms.Life with the 19th Royal Hussars 1912-51. Illustrations.  The life of a cavalry regiment and troop-room life is faithfully portrayed.The romance that went with the colourful uniforms and the possession of horses. Dedicated to Winston Churchill - "The greatest Hussar of them All" Intro by Field Marshall Lord Chetwode
$14           Bookfinder A$22+


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Cold War

Russell Warren Howe

Abacus 1981 pb gc some browning on eps but clean and firm throughout 798 pages + adverts at the end.195mmx130mmx60mmthickx750gms ISBN: 0349117500 The shattering truth about the international game of power, money and arms. Thick softback.A study of the deadly international game of arms sales as practiced by the U. S., the Soviet Union, Western Europe and Israel in the peak years of the Cold War and the incredibly dangerous situation that developed.
Bookfinder  $20+ overseas
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Peter Huchthausen, Igor Kurdin & Alan White

Hostile Waters
Arrow Books 1998 pb  354pp  180mmx110mmx250gms some wear covers creased and rear marked.The true story of the Russian sub that went down in American waters in 1984 and almost caused a nuclear meltdown. Eleven years ago, a crippled Soviet missile sub sank off American shores in sixteen thousand feet of water, a true story never revealed until now.  16pages bw photos


War in 2080 - The Future of Military Technology
Cassell Australia
 1st Ed 1979 HB dj 220 x 140mm wt600gms ISBN: 0726950351



Anthony Farrar-Hockley

The Edge of the Sword
Shakespeare Head.
1st Ed. HB no dj blue cloth covers slight marks and spine faded at top. 275 pages maps end papers 200mm x 135mm x 400gms.
Account of Gloucestershire Regiments incredible battle against thousands of Chinese troops, when the small number of survivors surrended they were taken to North Korea to brutal imprisonment and interrogation. The author escaped but was re-captured, an amazing story
Bookfinder $25+ for this 1st Ed


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Hackforth-Jones, Cmmdr Gilbert
The True Book About SUBMARINES.
Muller, Lond, 1st 1955 8vo, Pp141, Illust, b/w line dwgs, diag, Plans, GOOD in edge rubbed d/w. Very readable account of how submarines function
$5   Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $8
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Express postage $5 within Australia




H.M.S. Theseus Goes East
Acme printing Co.Ltd
Portsmith 1st Ed Hb blue cloth covers marked no date c 1955 32pages with photos 220mm x 140mm x 300gms. A brief history of the HMS Theseus an aircraft carrier, the third british ship of that name. Served in Korea 1950/51.Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Theseus of the Colossus Class.
The book states the ship was laid down in 1942 but  Another site  she was laid down 6th January 1943, launched 6th July 1944 and completed 9th February 1946. She was Stricken 1960. Broken up May 1962.
This  book is not listed on so must be considered to be scarce.


Captain W.R.Fell

The Sea our Shield
London 1966 1st Ed, hb green cloth ex lib dj pasted to covers 232 pages 220x140mmx500gms.Maps and bw photos.Essentially the story of the developement of the human torpedo and its successor the midget submarine during World War 2
Bookfinder  $67 South Africa
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World War 1


The Book of Artemas
W.Westall & Co.Ltd. London 1918 " ninety - fourth edition" HB no dj illustrated cover unpaginated but 16 chapters. very slight borer damage overall clean and firm. Concerning Men, and the Things that Men Did Do, in the Time of War and Peace. small nibble on top left hand corner see scan.
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Between the Lines, Mons, The Big Push - WW1 - 3 Books



The Retreat from Mons  by one who shared in it
Cassell & Co 1916 4th Imp 1916. hb plum cloth, spine faded and covers marked.some foxing 4bw plates, roll of honour of 1st Exp. Force 254 pages fold out map at rear 195mm x 125mm wt600gms good binding clean copy inside.po label ifc.
A book written by one of the soldiers who took part in the 'Retreat from Mons' under the command of General Smith-Dorrien during World War I. This operation has gripped the imagination of the public more than any other event, the stories of noble devotion and chivalry, and the incidents in the daily life of the British soldier
$   Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $15

Cable, Boyd
Between the Lines
Smith, Elder & Co London 1916 2nd Ed 8th Impression Octavo. VERY GOOD condition. No dustjacket. Boards lightly rubbed and bumped. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper; stain on rear endpaper. 272 pages Short stories from the Front in World War I, showing the grimness of trench warfare.Accounts of life in the trenches & in the front lines by a War correspondent
$   Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $15
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Gardner, Brian
The Big Push, A Portrait of the Battle of the Somme
Quality Book Club London 1961 reprint dust jacketGood sm. 8vo.177pp., maps, plans, bibliog., index, An analysis of the planning and action of the British & French Armies at the Battle of the Somme   
Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $12
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$15 the Lot

Express postage $10 within Australia


Ion L Idriess

The Desert Column
Leaves from the Diary of an Australian Trooper in Gallipoli, Sinai, and Palestine
Angus & Robertson Australia 1936 388 pages HB. 500gms packed 190mm x 125mm
Binding loose and worn, spine taped, borer damage front and back see scans. Page 149 has been torn out and replaced with a reprint. All still readable. A few torn but complete pages. Slight foxing throughout. At Gallipoli he served as spotter for Billy Sing, a famous sniper for the Australian Imperial Force. This book was so popular upon its release that it went into a second edition within two weeks of its original release in 1932. With a Foreword by General Sir Harry Chauvel, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., Late Commanding the Desert Mounted Corps

$60      Booksearch $140+




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World War 2


I Am Lazarus
W.W.Norton  NY.
1961 1st Ed HB dj pastic covered GC - unmarked 209pp  215mm x 140mm wt 600gms. A passionate and enlarging account of battle in WW2 - non fiction

Captain Knut Haukelid KCMG, DSO, MC

Skis Against the Atom
Kimber Pocket Editions 1955 pb worn and loose but complete and clean inside, spine missing and sellotaped together. Good rebinding material. 188 pages  180x110mmx150gms. b/w photos some damaged. The first hand account of the S.O.E. trained operative and his mission inside his native Norway to stop Hitler's production and export of heavy water. An account of the military operation which prevented the Germans being first to make the atom bomb. A true tale of high adventure as Captain Haukelid and his team go cross country in the worst type of conditions to sabotage the German heavy water installations at Rjukan in Norway, probably ensuring that they were unable to manufacture an atomic bomb before the Allies. Heroic! This is a scarce collectible in this edition. 200g when packed.
$50   Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $90
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Somewhere in France
Withy Grove Press
A Cherry Tree Special pb illist.covers no dj. no date c 1940.Foxing. 224 pp. GC.Short accounts of the experiences of a war correspondent with the British Expeditionery Force in France from October 1939 to January 1940 .Wartime account of life with the British Expeditionary Force in France at the commencement of hostilities in the west180mm x 110 x 300gms
$15      Bookfinder $20+


Wing Leader
Chatto & Windus,
1956 reprint Hard Cover. Good+/No Jacket. First Edition. Fwd by Douglas Bader. A highly readable account of Group-Captain Johnson's war as a Spitfire pilot. Blue boards, soiled & corners bumped; spine faded (gilt titling) & edges split at ends. Page edges grubby. Past owner's name on fep. Light foxing of prelims and at rear. and occasionally in book, esp. opposite plates. 20 b/w illus. and good index. 320 pp.Forward by Douglas Bader.

Richard Keane

Germany What Next ?
Penguin Books
1939 1st Penguin Printing DJ,Softcover Very Good 12mo-over 6 3/4 "-7 3/4 " tall Paperback wt 300gms The Question everyone was asking in1939. Keywords: Law and Politics&current Affairs and Economics Vintage and Collectable Out of Print PaperBacks Politics Germany wt 200gms
$6    Bookfinder $11

Robert KEE

The World We Left Behind: A Chronicle of the Year 1939
Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1984; Hard Cover.purple cloth dj First Edition. 4to - over 9 3/4 " - 12" tall wt 1.4kg. 369pp. Illustrated with photographs, cartoons & advertisements. A fascinating look at the last year of (predominately) peace before World War Two. Very good condition with just a very few small spots on the cover.
Larry Lacey

BCOF - An Unofficial History
Publisher Larry Lacey 1995 1st Ed 1sbn 0646257986 sc no dj gc 215pp210 x 150mm x 500gms. Stories written by those who served with the british Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan. slight marks on page edge. clean and firm
$8  Bookfinder $15+

LEASOR James & BURT Kendal

The One that Got away
Publisher: Readers Book Club Great Britain: Readers Book Club, 1958Binding firm and square. Pages clean and unmarked.. Hard Cover. Good/Good. 12mo - 6 3/4 " to 7 3/4 "  wt 400gms. The story of Luftwaffe fighter ace Franz von Werra, shot down over England in 1940, who successfully eluded British searches to escape to Germany. Blue cloth some marks to covers but inside good.

David Masters

So Few
The Immortal Record of the Royal Air Force
Eyre & Spottiswoode
In the every-changing kaleidoscope of war the gallant deeds of the Royal Air Force shine out against the sombre background like beacons which light up to the world strength and fortitude and courage of the people of Britain and the British Empire. Fine deeds follow each other in such swift succession that almost before one has been noted there is another to supersede it. The book is in fair condition and spine is missing 220mmx140mmx400gms 256pp

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Spike Milligan

Rommel - Gunner Who
A Confrontation in the Desert - War Biography Volume 2
Micahel Joseph
1974 1st Ed hb dj ex lib gc 192p 220x130mmx600gms ISBN: 0718107330
$3   Bookfinder $
C.F.Rawnsley and Robert Wright

Night Fighter
Collins London
1st Ed 1957 hb black cloth gc dj torn 382pp clean and firm 215mm x 145mm x 700gms. Forward by John Cunningham, the leading British night fighter pilot of the WW2. How the night fighters fought in the dark skies over England. It is a the true account of the epic aerial battles fought at night  over land and sea, told with brilliance, often with beauty and lit with irresistible humour
$8 Bookfirnder $17

Thomas Reveille

The Spoil of Europe : The Nazi Technique in Political and Economic Conquest
Norton,NY  1941. 344 pages with index, biblio, maps;  fly torn out; pages yellowing..
First Edition. Hard Cover. Fair/Poor. 8vo - over 7 3/4 " - 9 3/4 " tall. wt800gms  ex lib with several stamps in ifc and ibc clean inside red cloth slight marks - a respectable copy
$6  Bookfinder $12
Hans Peter Richter

I Was There
Kestrel Books, Penguin, 1976. 2nd Imp "the rise of the Nazis and the history of the Hitler Youth", 187pp, dustwrapper has chips and several tears to edges without loss, Very Good+ 8vo, 1976.. Nazism Military "Hitler has come to power and children throughout Germany are joining the Hitler Youth movement. The narrator of this story and his friends, Heinz and Gunther, are members. The narrator and Heinz are enthusiastic, but Gunther participates only because of pressures on himself and his family. Set in the turnmoil and terror of Nazi Germany, this authoritative, understated, first-person account of the day-to-day events and attitudes of the Third Reich provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of German young people of that period, a period that had a shattering effect on so many people - and does to this day." A book for young adults ex lib  wt 600gms


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Australians at War

Australian War Memorial

As You Were 1947
A Cavalcade of Events with the Australian Services from 1788 to 1947
Australian War Memorial
1947 1st ed HB green cloth marks 202 pages 280x210mmx800gms profusely illustrated with photoplates, colour plates after paintings by Stella Bowen, Donald Friend, William Dargie and others . 4to, original cloth
$30   Bookfinder  $40
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Australian War Memorial

Soldiering On - Prepared by some of the Boys
The Australian Army at Home and Overseas
Australian War Memorial
1942 HB red cloth and gilt lettering some browning but oa VGC 200 pages 280mmx210mmx750gms Published during the Second World War by the Australian War Memorial on wartime paper stock while the Australian forces were still engaged in campaigns in the Middle East and South-west Pacific. Includes some pasted colour plates and B&W line drawings throughout.
$7   Bookfinder  $
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Australian War Memorial

Jungle Warfare with the Australian Army in the South West Pacific
Australian War Memorial
 Canberra ACT 1944 1st Ed hb brown cloth some wear and fading but good and clean inside po inscrip. 208 pages 285mm x 215mm x1kg. Many colour & b/w photos and pictures and drawings and maps. One of a series of 4 books produced by the Australian Military forces during World War Two ' for the people at home'. This volume is devoted to the Australian Army during 1943/44, entries and articles are supplied by serving members including many sketches, drawings, photos, maps and cartoons. In black/white and colour. Mid-brown cloth boards are rubbed to edges and bumped at corners.
$10  Bookfinder $15

Department of Air

The Golden Years
Royal Australian Air Force 1921- 1971
Australian Government Printing Service
1971 SC blue covers 124 pages GC more than 250 color and bw photos etc. Plenty of Mustangs and meteors in the Korean war300x210mmx600gms
$10   Bookfinder  $13
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Love and War Letters
Coorparoo Robert Brown and Associates 1994 PNG An Autobiography. 1940-45.
324pp, 4to. A poignant story of love and eventual betrayal. Original pictorial laminated boards with pictorial dustjacket. Illustrated endpapers, frontispiece, 11 map illustrations, 10 colour illustrations, b/w. illustrations, bibliography, abbreviations, terms, index, a near fine copy 265x 195 wt 1.4kg po address
$25   Bookfinder $35+

Athol Moffitt

Project Kingfisher
1995 pb GC po name ifc 210mmx130mmx470gms  306pp.
b&w plates. A little wear and light cresing on corners and edges else very good. The author draws on the diary he kept as a prosecutor in the war crimes trials held in Borneo in 1945-46, and on interviews with survivors to tell what happened to the Sandakan POWs and to explain why the atrocities took place. He also clarifies for the lay reader the legal, moral and practical issues inherent in the trial of war crimes. In addition, he discussed the story of the secret plans to rescue the POWs and why they were never carried out.
Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $20
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From the Australian Front - Shrapnel and Smiles

Cassell and Co 1917 pb  Australian Commonwelth Military Forces 128pp cover worn and tears on spine binding firm and clean inside overall gc. Introduction by General Birdwood. 128 pages, frontispiece: "Cook" by Will Dyson, illustrated throughout with photographs by Capt F Hurley, Lieut E Brooks, Lieut H F Baldwin, and Lieut G H Wilkins, drawings, cartoons. Pictorial heavy paper cover. The book was prepared as the troops prepared to face their fourth Christmas of the Great War.Scarce.(60)

$50   Postage in Australia $14   

Weight 550gms   Free space in a 3kg satchel of 2kg


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Espionage & Spying


The History and Practice of the Political Police in Britain
Pub.Julian Friedmann, London First Edition. Black Cloth. 225mm x 140mm Wt.500gms. This is as new condition as is part of my unsold stock from my UK business of 30 years ago, which I have only recently  unpacked. I have two copies available.
Bookfinder $20+ for used copy
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Marc J.Hobbs

The Memoirs of J.(Paddy) McDowell
Vantage Press USA
1970 1st Ed hb dj(worn) vgc 210x140mmx250gms 74pages Green cloth.
Bookfinder  $54 in Australia and $25 USA
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Military Fiction

Laurie Andrews

Tattered Battalion
Cassell & Co. London
1957 1 st Ed. HB DJ(in 2 pieces) 223pp ex library 190mmx120mmx300gms
Green cloth top of spine faded, covers and inside clean and binding firm
Tattered Battalion is the story of a mortar battery engaged in clearing a Japenese held hill before the main attack-the story of a few men whose lives were expendable.
Books and Collectibles/Bookfinder  $30
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BRITTON  Robert Hereward

Battler Britton
Publisher: London Fleetway Publications Ltd. 1960
London Fleetway Publications Ltd. 1960 . Hardback  5.5" x 8" and 252 pages
Stain on spine Wt 500gms
$7     Bookfinder $12+

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Kenneth Dodson

Away all Boats
Angus and Robertson
1957 reprint hb dj - torn and bits missing, 508 pages endpage maps spine faded clean and tight  220x145mmx700gms some browning A novel This is the story of the Navy's Attack Transport Service in WW II. These men put the Marines and infantry ashore under enemy fire.
$5   Bookfinder  $8 Australia
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Sydney C. Grier

England Hath Need of Thee
William Blackwood
1916 1st Ed  hb red cloth illust. 33pp + adverts 190 x 130 x 600gms. No Jacket. . Hardback. 'Century Series' military novel set in India. Illustrated bw. plts. by A.Pearse. some foxing and po inscription clean and firm
$15   Bookfinder $23+

John S.Margerison

Midshipman Rex Carew VC
Thomas Nelson undated c1920's hb no dj illustrated cover white cloth 346pp 195x140mmx600gms clean and firm some foxing covers faded.illustrations, ship on spine and naval officer on front board Children's fiction. Naval adventure story set in WWI  4 colour plates
Bookfinder  $16+
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Nicholas Monsarrat

HMS Marlborough will enter Harbour
Cassell London
 2nd Ed 1952 blue cloth hb no dj 240 x 185 x 500gms.contents clean some foxing small cut out in fp. WW2 Story of a mortally crippled ship, torpedoed with ghastly loss of life, being brought back to port bye the courage and determination of her captain and the surviving members of the crew. With several-colour James Holland.

Merv J Ryan

Vietnam Conflict
Access Press Western Australia
1992  ISBN 0949795674Trade Paperback 261p. Author served in Vietnam conflict and fictionalises his experiences in this novel where two conscripts are sent to Vietnam and their later rehabiltation ex lib but GC  215mmx150mmx500gms
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