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The editors note that almost all the contents of the book are the work of men on active service with the Australian Imperial Force. Authorship is indicated by the writer's army number and initials. Good .
On the Pacific front in World War II the Japanese and Americans began picking up unintelligible messages which turned out to be communications between Navajo Indians in a code based on their language. This code, unbreakable by anyone but the Navajos, could be used to send and receive messages that would be indecipherable by the enemy. Thereafter the Navajo code talkers participated in key battles and maneuvers on the Pacific front. Very good .
First edition. Translated into English by H. Johannesen. Fair .
A condensed version of General von Bernhardi's treatise "On War Today" translated by Hugh Rees and published in the previous year. "Some of the more technical details of the original work have been omitted..So, too, a choice has been made among the numerous examples from military history by which he illustrates it.." [from the Editor's Preface]. Good .
First edition. Good .
"Dover 26th May 1809 / Sir / I have received your letter of this day by Express containing the Regiments orders for my inspecting the detachment of the 6th Infantry stationed at this place and reporting the number of Men fit for active service. - / I will make my Report to this Effect tomorrow. - / Your letter of yesterdays date reporting the march of the Warwick Militia to this place states the move for the 6th & 7th Inst. which I conclude to be meant for the Month of June next. / I have the honor to be Sir / Your most obedient Servant / Colin Campbell .. / To Capt. Trench".
Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde (1792-1863). Born Colin Macliver to a carpenter in Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of 15, watching an inspection of troops in the company of his uncle Colonel John Campbell, he was enlisted by the Duke of York under his maternal name. He fought throughout the Peninsular War, and held his first command during the War of 1812. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1849 for the skill and valour of his service during the Sikh War, where he was wounded. Sir Colin Campbell accepted command of the Highland Brigade at the start of the Crimean War. Following the battle of Alma, he landed his regiment at Balaklava and took position on the plains in front of the British troops as the Russian Cavalry charged. To avoid being outflanked, Sir Colin extended the lines of his 93 Highland Regiment into what was to become the famous "Thin Red Line", only two deep instead of the usual four. With nerves of steel, Sir Colin and his men held their first volley until the Russians were well nigh upon them and fired the second at only 50 yards, successfully shattering the Russian Cavalry charge.
The Battle of Balaklava, fought on October 25, 1854 was a key battle in the Crimean War. Aligning the allied forces of the United Kingdom, France and the Ottaman Empire against Russia and its allies. This was the first attempt by the Russians to break the Siege of Sebastopol. The battle combined elements of great heroism and creative military maneuvers on the part of the British with incompetence and poor communication. Sir Colin Campbell's successful stand against the Russian Cavalry was followed by an uphill charge of the British Heavy Brigade and the order that the Light Brigade prevent the Russians from carrying off captured British guns. Poor communication resulted instead in Lord Cardigan's charge on the Russian gun battery down in the valley, the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade". Very good .
Perkins writes to "Herb", who appears to have inquired about the likelihood of his being drafted: "Mahlon, Jr. is about to complete his first three months as a buck private in the air corps base at Atlantic City. He is going to apply for admission to an Officers Candidate School, and we are considering what is the best way to support that application..Meanwhile, from forthcoming legislation, in regard to 18-19 year youth, it does not seem so likely that married men with children will be called at any early date."
American diplomat Mahlon Fay Perkins [1882- 1963] served in China for many years. He was consul-general in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and intervened to save the lives of Charles and Lois Orr after they had been arrested in the Stalinist crackdown on the Workers' Party of Marxist Unification [POUM]. Very good .
Reprint of the 1900 edition. Very good .
This collection of news photos covering all fronts of the war records with a striking and sometimes shocking immediacy the experiences of the troops involved. The President's war message is published at the beginning of the book. Good .
What is offered here is the author's essay on "Victory in Modern War" removed by him from the Dec. 1969 issue of the Journal of Peace Research. Inscribed and signed in full by the author to Admiral "Chick" Hayward at the top of the first page.
"O'Connor attempts fhree main things here: (1) a discussion of the variety of meanings attributed to the term 'victory'; (2) a survey of how various war endings from the American Revolution to contemporary wars of national liberation measure up to these conceptions of victory..; and (3) a discussion of various factors influencing the outcome of warfare today.." - - Excerpted from the introduction.
John T. "Chick" Hayward. Vice Admiral, United States Navy. A batboy for the New York Yankees baseball team, he started his military career on rocky footing, joining the navy at 15 years old by lying about his age. This after having been expelled from military school for disciplinary reasons. Yet he went on to be promoted to vice admiral in 1959. A navy pilot during World War II, he fought in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea campaigns, his squadron being responsible for numerous kills. He achieved the most flight hours ever attained by a flag officer (13,200 hours). He joined the Manhattan Project in 1944, helping develop the implosion components of the plutonium bomb, and after the war went to Japan to study the after effects on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. He was in charge of the first attempt to photograph a nuclear explosion on the Bikini atoll in 1946. He went on to command the first nuclear-powered task force in history, leading the aircraft carrier Enterprise. He served as president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode island, and after retiring from the military worked for General Dynamics as vice president for international programs. Vice Admiral Hayward was also responsible for the development of guidance systems for rockets and underwater anti-submarine weapons. Very good .