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The story of the German counter-offfensive, post D-Day, which nearly resulted in the Allies losing World War Two. The author unashamedly promotes the idea that the Allies should have foreseen this major counter-attack,and their unpreparedness was covered up after the event,resulting in much needless loss of life. First edition, with jacket, with protective covering.Ex-library, two stamps. 14 x 21 cm. hardback. 196 pages. 16 b/w photos. 3 maps. Generally good, browned throughout. Binding good. A far from impartial and thought- provoking account of a turning point in world history whose outcome could have been so very different and affected all our lives.
Publisher: Robinson; London; 2002 Binding: Soft Cover Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Book condition: Very Good + xix, 507 pages, (32) pages of plates; index. "The compelling story of the vital role played by the pioneer pilots and observers of the RFC who served their apprenticeships in the unforgiving skies of World War I."
A Russian secret policeman, honest and bored with his royal guard duties, witnesses the death of a street girl. From this mundane beginning, a plot unravels which reveals the truth behind that famous assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand, the trigger for World War One. A world on the brink of war, a murder to alter the course of history, A Game of Soldiers' is a brilliant, atmospheric thriller, perfect for all readers of Fatherland. What if Serbian terrorists had not managed to kill the Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo? What if their uprising was fuelled and supported by the new Russian oligarchs? What, if amid all the conspirators running through the chaos of Europe, there were one honest government agent whose determined pursuit of the killer of a child prostitute changed the course of history? In St Petersburg, beside the glittering court life of the Romanovs, the people are seething. It is not only the Bolsheviks but also the new men, the tycoons grown wealthy in the booming economy and the more vigorous aristocrats who are impatient with the idle, incompetent Romanovs. Pyotr Ryzhkov, probing the murder of a child prostitute, suddenly finds his enquiries deliberately hampered. As the investigation widens, financiers, policemen, government officers, foreign diplomats, even the Minister of Justice, seem to be involved in an ever larger circle of fraud and violence. Then a killing gives him the final clue and leads to the desperate journey to Serbia.
The United States' involvement in World War II began with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But for Japan, the conflict began at a much earlier date. This text focuses on Japan and the events in its military history leading up to and including Pearl Harbor. This particular copy is in very good condition. Its exterior has only slight signs of wear - scuffs to its edges from shelf storage. As for the interior, its pages are clean and free of any writing, highlighting or markings. This book would be ideal for students of the 2nd World War.
In 2006 the Guardian's country diary column is 100 years old, and to commemorate the anniversary Martin Wainwright has compiled a collection of the best of a century's writing. 'Wonderfully engaging, this is the perfect bedside book' Times Literary Supplement Martin Wainwright's sparkling compilation of a hundred years of the Guardian's much-loved Country Diary column was a critical and sales success in hardback. It features some of Britain's best writers on natural history and the countryside: Jim Perrin the mountaineering writer, whose biography of Don Whillans won the Boardman-Tasker Award, writes the dispatches from Snowdonia; Mark Cocker, author of the bestselling Crow Country, writes from Norfolk. There are also diaries written by Richard Mabey (Flora Britannica and Nature Cure) and Harry Griffin, as well as a leading Suffragette, one of Rupert Brooke's mistresses, and even one of the Guardian's printers! The remarkable range of subjects includes: neighbours woken at midnight to be shown a glow-worm; a beached shark to be saved from the council binmen; a peregrine flushed during the Normandy landings; the prevalence of owls in First World War trenches full of vermin, and an earnest preoccupation with stoats. 'A delight to dip into' Country Walking Martin Wainwright is Northern Editor of the Guardian, and lives in Leeds. He edited A Lifetime of Mountains, and has written The Guardian Book of April Fool's Day and A Coast-to-Coast Walk,, also published by Aurum.
The Folio History of England is a collection of works by historians who were eminent in their day and still continue to be influential. The books were selected for their literary value or contribution to the study of history and to give a variety of views on English history. Written with a diversity of perspectives and methods, they represent the most important strands of historical writing of the last hundred years. In this volume, the French historian Elie Halevy describes Edwardian England, from the death of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of World War. With chapters on England and Europe and relations with Germany, on the social and economic pressures leading up the birth of the Labour Party, on the problems in Ireland, the constitutional crises brought about the Irish question and by conflict in the House of Lords and dealing with the individual personalities who shaped the public discourse, Halevy gives an outsider's view of the events and decisions that influenced England's actions in Europe and around the world. This particular copy is in very good condition. Its exterior has minimal signs of wear - no more than is consistent with its age. There is a cardboard slip-case, which is also in very good condition. As for the interior, its pages are clean and free of any writing, highlighting or markings. With colour and monochrome illustrations, a cardboard slip case and printed on high quality paper, this is an excellent copy of a book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in history.
A history from the first exploration of the region to the time of the Vietnam war. Blue cloth binding, 9" H x 6" wide. Signed by author on flyleaf "with my good wishes". Below inscribed "20/3/83 Angel Hotel Please hold this book for John and Lucy Ellis (address) Earl and Ruth Cole". Binding in good condition, unmarked, spine sound, no foxing. Jacket has slight wear at edges but no tears. Generally in very good condition for its age and a highly collectable book. Sent post free within UK, price for postage abroad on application.
This book covers the Uppsala university over 5 centuries, looking at the professors and Students, its subjects, including maths, medicine, astronomy and Natural History, the era of student song and jubilation, and finally its expansions and reforms after the Second World War. The book is in fine condition, and includes many photos.
The bombing of London, Coventry, Liverpool during the Second World War are well documented. Less recognised is the extensive damage suffered by Hull. An astonishing 86,715 houses were destroyed or damaged, leaving only 6,000 untouched. 1,200 people died. This is an attempt to recognise that reality, in an initiative by Hull Corporation, and compiled by a local newspaper reporter. Undated, but preface dated 1978. 24 x 18 cm. softcover. 112 pages. 97 b/w photos, mostly of bombed buildings but also of prominent citizens/politicians who worked on defence and reconstruction. In fair condition only, reflected in the low price for a hard to find item.Tears and creases to covers.Browned throughout.But all is legible; there are no loose pages and no tears to contents. So a perfectly adequate reading copy of a useful and poignant record, for present and past residents, local historians and war history enthusiasts.The wealth of contemporary photos alone is well worth the price.
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Covers a little faded at spine. Inscription written on inside front cover and dated 1988. This is a pictorial history with photographs of street scenes, principal buildings, residents at work and recreation, the industries and crafts and the contribution made by the village and its residents in the two World Wars. The photographs are mainly prior to 1950.
Taking a thematic approach, Derek Urwin addresses the major political and economic developments in western Europe since World War II, right up to the present day. Taking a thematic approach, Derek Urwin addresses the major political and economic developments in western Europe since World War II, right up to the present day. The book covers issues and developments in national politics, and the movement towards greater unity in Western Europe and the role of Europe in global politics and in the international economy. The text has been revised throughout and updated to take account of the political consequences of the ending of the Cold War and the troubled progress of European integration since Maastricht. The Fifth Edition has lost nothing of its predecessor's clarity and accessibility and in its updated form will win the book a host of new admirers. The book is in very good condition.
Conventional wisdom holds that the success of the British monarchy is due in large part to the royal family's subservience to Parliament, particularly since 1688. This book paints a different picture of the British monarchy's political role. The survival of the British monarchy is a phenomenon of modern world history, and conventional wisdom holds that this success is due in large part to the royal family's subservience to Parliament, especially since 1688. Arguing that the reality is very different, this book explores the political role of the monarchy from George III to George VI, with particular emphasis on the political insight of the latter, the author sets out to show just how close was the relationship between the King and Winston Churchill during the darkest days of World War II, and the extent to which an underrated monarch helped to steer Britain towards victory.;Offering a wide-ranging survey which aims to be both entertaining and informative, the book provides insights into issues of constitution, duty and influence, and represents an examination of the way Britain has been run.
This is a portrait of World War I through the letters and diaries of its participants, uncovered during extensive research across 28 countries for the Channel 4 ten-part series, 'The First World War', broadcast in autumn 2003. Departing radically from traditional histories, A WAR IN WORDS tells the story of the First World War on a compelling, human scale through the letters and diaries of its participants -- whether combatants, eyewitnesses or victims. This was a young person's war and these people record their experiences with all the immediacy and passion of youth. They talk to us directly from within the war itself and from all sides of the conflict -- from the testimony of a Serbian teenager, one of Franz Ferdinand's assassins, to the final entry from a French soldier as he revisits a battlefield in 1919, realising he and the rest of the world have changed irrevocably. Most of these letters and diaries have never been published in English before. They were uncovered during extensive research across twenty-eight countries for the major ten-part series THE FIRST WORLD WAR, broadcast on Channel 4 in autumn 2003. The series will introduce many of the characters who appear in this book and will, like the book, recount the complex history of the war though the lives of the individuals caught up in it.
This comprehensive account of the Canadian campaign in Korea provides a detailed study of the training, leadership, operations and tactics of the brigade, as well as its relationship with American and Commonwealth allies. The extended peace the world expected following the decisive Allied victory in the Second World War was abruptly shattered in June 1950 with the invasion of South Korea by communist North Korea. Responding to a United Nations call to assist the South Korean regime, Canada deployed an 8,000-strong brigade to the peninsula to fight as part of an American-led UN force. This comprehensive account of the Canadian campaign in Korea provides the first detailed study of the training, leadership, operations, and tactics of the brigade as well as its relationship with American and Commonwealth allies. An impeccably researched analytical history, the book examines the often uneven performance of the various Canadian units and argues that the soldiers of the "Special Force" initially sent to Korea were more thorough and professional in their operations than were the army's regular battalions, who eventually replaced them at the front. The revisionist interpretations in A War of Patrols will attract both academic and military professionals, as well as general readers interested in a fresh look at an important part of Canada's military past.
The Communist Party's attitude to the outbreak of the Second World War has long been the subject of discussion, and these proceedings from a conference organised by the Party's History group offer a free and well informed debate on the roles played by the Comintern, Harry Politt, Rajani Palme Dutt and others. Included are major contributions by Ted Bramley and Monty Johnstone, and facsimile reproductions of Communist pamphlets and Cabinet documents of the period. The copy is in good condition and the dustjacket is portected with a cellophane cover.
Alistair Cooke, then a Washington correspondent for The Guardian, recognized a great story to be told in investigating at first hand the effects of the Second World War on America and the daily lives of Americans as they adjusted to radically new circumstances. Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack, with a reporter's zeal Cooke set off on a circuit of the entire country to see what the war had done to people. He talked to everyone he encountered on his extensive trip, from miners to lumberjacks, to war-profiteers, to day-laborers, to local politicians - even the unfortunate Japanese-Americans who had been rapidly interned in stark, desert camps. Intertwined with his reflections on changing landscapes and cityscapes and with his unique storytelling skills and insight, his acute ability to define detail and catch the sounds and syntax of different regional accents, this is Alistair Cooke moving into his prime as a reporter and a writer. His prescient observations on what was happening and considerations on where America was headed provide a clearer understanding of a critical moment in world history just prior to the dropping of the Atomic bomb. This unique travelogue celebrates an important American character and the indomitable spirit of a nation that was to inspire Cooke's reports and broadcasts for some sixty years.
The experiences of ordinary people in the western counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire 1642-1646 are told in this history of the Civil War, as they faced up to the horrors of a conflict which eventually engulfed their lives. It also tells of the failure of army commanders to cope with the logistics of war, thus forcing soldiers on both sides to "live off the country". This liberally illustrated book also deals with the terror of the siege and the lingering effects of war and includes a comprehensive chronology of military events in the three counties. 245x170mm.