Island Books: Military: WWII: North Africa
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ANON.
The Conquest of North Africa. The First Complete Authoritative Account of the entire Three Years North Africa Campaign from Egypt to Tunisia.
"Burke Publishing, [1945]" "8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece map, 23 plates and maps on 12, and numerous maps in the text; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. Enser, p. 294."
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Book number: 22338
GBP 18.00 [Appr.: EURO 20.25 US$ 22.42 | JP¥ 2419]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, north africa, western desert, egypt, tunisia, crusader, alamein, tobruk"

 
G. ARMSTRONG
The Sparks Fly Upward. An Experience. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
"Gooday, [East Wittering, 1991]" "8vo., First Edition, with plates and map; black cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. An artillery officer retells his service in North Africa, Irasn and Burma during WWII."
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Book number: 25948
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 33.75 US$ 37.36 | JP¥ 4031]
Keywords: "military, ww2, western desert, north africa, iran, burma"

 
BRITISH ARMY
First Army. Thanksgiving Service for the Victory granted to the Allies in North Africa.. First Army. Thanksgiving Service for the Victory granted to the Allies in North Africa.
"N.p., n.d. [1943]" "Sm. 4to., Sole Edition, 4pp leaflet, folded once, printed in black; some very faint age-staining else a near fine copy. The rarest of all the major Services of Thanksgiving throughout the British Army in WWII, this humble document is considerably harder to find than its Second or Eighth Army counterparts. Anderson's First Army was formed in November 1942 as the spearhead of the land forces of TORCH, the Allied landings is Algeria and Morocco. Taking its final shape as Eastern Task Force in January 1943, it eventually comprised American II Corps, British V and IX Corps, and French XIX Corps. Following the landings First Army attempted to secure the Tunisian shoreline, but time was against it and the campaign became principally one of long-distance logistics. After the success of Eighth Army at Alamein, First Army carried eastwards the main thrust of 18 Army Group's offensive that resulted in the final defeat of the Axis in North Africa in mid-1943 (a victory often compared strategically with Stalingrad). Its job done, First Army was disbanded later in the year and its units reallocated. Rare in any condition."
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Book number: 12133
GBP 80.00 [Appr.: EURO 89.5 US$ 99.64 | JP¥ 10749]
Keywords: "military, ww2, british army, first army, north africa, western desert, tunisia, algeria, morocco, torch, alamein"

 
M. ASHER
Get Rommel. The Secret British Mission to Kill Hitler's Greatest General.
"Weidenfeld & Nicolson, [2004]" "8vo., First Edition, with 15 plates on 8; original black cloth, gilt back, red endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Detailed account of FLIPPER, the vainglorious attempt to assassinate Rommel on the eve of CRUSADER. The raid was carried out jointly by commandos and the newly-formed SAS in its first combat mission."
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Book number: 17543
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 13.5 US$ 14.95 | JP¥ 1612]
Keywords: "military, ww2, western desert, rommel, afrika korps, operation flipper, geoffrey keyes, sas, david stirling"

 
S. BUNGAY
Alamein. NEAR FINE COPY IN DUSTWRAPPER
"Aurum, [2002]" "8vo., First Edition, with 39 plates on 16, 3 full-page maps and a full-page table in the text, and front and rear endpaper maps; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a near fine copy in dustwrapper. Published in the sixtieth anniversary year of the battle, this is the most comprehensive and detailed single-volume history to date, with a very good selection of photographs (a number of which were censored at the time). Includes details of the war correspondents (six of whom died during the campaign) who did so much to publicise 'the end of the beginning'. A valuable complement to Pitt."
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Book number: 26655
GBP 22.00 [Appr.: EURO 24.75 US$ 27.4 | JP¥ 2956]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, north africa, western desert, egypt, eighth army, afrika korps, rommel, montgomery"

 
R.J. CRAWFORD
'I was an Eighth Army Soldier'. As narrated to Major John Dalgleish.
"Gollancz, 1944" "8vo., First Edition, with 8 plates and a folding map, some light browning to text; cloth, gilt back, a good, clean copy. Includes fascinating first-hand account of Tobruk. Enser, p.76"
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Book number: 5499
GBP 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 11.25 US$ 12.45 | JP¥ 1344]
Keywords: "military, ww2, british army, eighth army, western desert, tobruk"

 
J.S. CUMPSTON
The Rats Remain. Tobruk Siege 1941.
"Grayflower Productions, Melbourne, 1966" "4to., First Edition, with very numerous photographs in the text and endpaper maps; original orange cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in red, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter lightly frayed and creased at edges. A remarkable collection of over 500 photographs forming a detailed history of the siege. Each is meticulously identified, located and captioned. Rare, especially in the dustwrapper. Enser, p.424."
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Book number: 14637
GBP 110.00 [Appr.: EURO 123 US$ 137 | JP¥ 14780]
Keywords: "mstock, military, ww2, western desert, tobruk, eighth army"

 
H. DENNY
Behind both Lines.
"Michael Joseph, [1943]" "8vo., First Edition, front free endpaper lightly browned; cloth, a very good copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter wanting a small piece from bottom half of backstrip. The story of the New York Times's correspondent in WWII. It begins with the day the tanks broke through the British lines in Libya, followed by his long trek back to Benghazi, his journey across the Mediterranean to Italy and Germany, his solitary confinement in a Gestapo prision and his final days of the war in an Italian prison camp."
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Book number: 2180
GBP 22.00 [Appr.: EURO 24.75 US$ 27.4 | JP¥ 2956]
Keywords: "military, ww2, western desert, italy"

 
M. HALSTEAD
Shots in the Sand. A Diary of the Desert War 1941-1942. SCARCE MEMOIR OF THE QUEEN'S BAYS
"[Gooday, East Wittering, 1990]" "8vo., First Edition, with plates; wanting front free endpaper; black cloth, gilt back, a good, firm copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Sold from an institution with its stamp on title. The author was a young second lieutenant in The Queen's Bays and a troop leader from November 1941 until severely wounded at Gazala in May 1942. VERY SCARCE."
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Book number: 26227
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.5 US$ 24.91 | JP¥ 2687]
Keywords: "military, ww2, western desert, gazala, queens bays"

 
J. HOLLAND
Together We Stand. Turning the Tide in the West: North Africa 1942-1943. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Harper Collins, [2005]" "8vo., First Edition, with 93 plates on 32, 33 maps in the text and front and rear coloured endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper. The best account of the campaign since Pitt's 'Crucible of War' trilogy. Valuable for its emphasis on the personal element, its analysis of US involvement, and particularly well illustrated."
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Book number: 21949
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 33.75 US$ 37.36 | JP¥ 4031]
Keywords: "military, ww2, british army, western desert, north africa, alamein"

 
P. HOWARTH
"My God, Soldiers!. From Alamein to Vienna. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER"
"Hutchinson, [1989]" "8vo., First Edition, with plates and maps; red cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Howarth tracks the Eighth Army from Alamein to Vienna."
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Book number: 22314
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 13.5 US$ 14.95 | JP¥ 1612]
Keywords: "military, ww2, eighth army, alamein, western desert, italy, sicily"

 
J. LUCAS
War in the Desert. The Eighth Army at El Alamein.
"Arms & Armour Press, [1982]" "8vo., First Edition, with 41 plates on 16 and 23 maps and diagrams (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Lucas has very skilfully set personal experiences by participants against a detailed and closely-reasoned account of the great engagement, its immediate forerunners and the outcome. A fascinating read, a worthy tribute to those involved, and a clear explication of the issues involved. This is an approach that would be well deserved by a host of other actions throughout WWII."
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Book number: 8128
GBP 6.00 [Appr.: EURO 6.75 US$ 7.47 | JP¥ 806]
Keywords: "military, ww2, british army, afrika korps, eighth army, alamein, western desert, montgomery"

 
K.J. MACKSEY
Afrika Korps. [Purnell's History of the Second World War. Campaign Book No. 1]
"[Macdonald, 1968]" "8vo., First Edition, with illustrated title-spread and numerous photographs and maps throughout; original pictorial wrappers, backstrip lightly sunned else a very good, bright, clean copy. Purnell's History of the Second World War. Campaign Book No.1."
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Book number: 21723
GBP 8.00 [Appr.: EURO 9 US$ 9.96 | JP¥ 1075]
Keywords: "military, ww2, western desert, afrika korps, eighth army, purnell"

 
H. MATTHEWS
Eyewitness in Abyssinia. With Marshal Badoglio's Forces to Addis Ababa. MUSSOLINI'S ETHIOPIA
"Martin Secker & Warburg, 1937" "8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 17 plates on 11 and maps in the text, title and fore-edge lightly spotted; original black cloth, backstrip lettered in green, green top, a very good, bright, clean copy. With the trade ticket of Heffer of Cambridge on front paste-down. One of the relatively few personal accounts of Mussolini's Ethiopian campaign immediately prior to WWII. Extremely scarce."
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Book number: 20222
GBP 85.00 [Appr.: EURO 95 US$ 105.86 | JP¥ 11421]
Keywords: "military, ww2, mussolini, badoglio, abyssinia, ethopia, addis ababa"

 
B. PITT
The Crucible of War. [Complete set comprising] 'Western Desert 1941' and 'Year of Alamein 1942'.
"Jonathan Cape, [1980-82]" "2 vols., roy. 8vo., First Editions, with very numerous plates and maps, and tinted front and rear endpapers maps in each volume; cloth, gilt backs, a near fine set in unclipped dustwrapper. Superb history of the war in the Western Desert by an acknowledged master. Reissued variously in book club editions and most recently in paperback format with (confusingly) altered titles, but never to these production standards. Enser, pp.74,165."
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Book number: 7517
GBP 54.00 [Appr.: EURO 60.5 US$ 67.26 | JP¥ 7256]
Keywords: "military, ww2, british army, western desert, north africa, alamein, tobruk, desert rats, eighth army, 7th armoured"

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