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"[G. HESSLER, A. HOSCHATT AND J. ROHWER]"
The U-Boat War in the Atlantic 1939-1945. Facsimile Edition with Introduction by Lt. Cdr. A.J. Withers. NEAR FINE SET IN PUBLISHER'S CLIP-CASE
"HMSO for MOD (Navy), [1989]" "3 vols. in 1, sm. folio, First Edition thus, with a full-page coloured map and other maps in the text; cloth [together with] separate card folder containing 5 very large folding maps and diagrams, both volumes housed in publisher's pictorial board slip-case, boards lightly faded, one or two reading creases else a very good, bright, clean copy. Much-needed facsimile of a classified document providing a cogent analysis of the U-boat offensive in the Atlantic during WWII. It was written by Hessler (son-in-law to Donitz and wartime commander of U.107) who was given free access to the war diaries and primary sources of the German navy. A standard reference."
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Book number: 24288
GBP 145.00 [Appr.: EURO 161 US$ 181.13 | JP 19462]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "mstock, naval, ww2, royal navy, germany navy, kriegsmarine, atlantic, battle of the atlantic, u-boats, convoys"

 
V. O'HARA
Struggle for the Middle Sea. [The Mediterranean in WWII].
"Conway, [2009]" "8vo., First UK Edition, with plates and maps; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Published simultaneously with the US edition."
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Book number: 18493
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 33.5 US$ 37.48 | JP 4027]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "mstock, naval, ww2, mediterranean, med,"

 
J. L'HERMINIER
Casabianca. The Secret Missions of a Famous Submarine. Translated from the French by Edward Fitzgerald.
"Frederick Muller, [1953]" "8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece (of de Gaulle), 4 plates and 4 maps in the text; fore-edges a little browned, some offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; upper hinge cracked but binding quite sound, else a good, sound copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. CO's account covers the period April 1942 to September 1943. Law, 1561"
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Book number: 4813
GBP 20.00 [Appr.: EURO 22.25 US$ 24.98 | JP 2684]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, french navy, submarines, espionage, nemo"

 
(ROYAL NAVY). ADMIRALTY
Fleets (The British Empire and Foreign Countries) [subsequently The British Commonwealth of Nations and Foreign Countries. CONTINUOUS RUN 1928-1939]
"HMSO, 1928-[1939]" "12 vols., roy. 8vo., First Editions; original printed wrappers, a near fine run. Splendid run of the Parliamentary Blue Book detailing major naval fleets in the all-important decade prior to WWII. Very scarce as an unbroken run in this condition. Formerly in the library of the UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office; several volumes carry a 'Master Copy' stamp on front wrapper."
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Book number: 9423
GBP 130.00 [Appr.: EURO 144.25 US$ 162.39 | JP 17449]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "nemo, naval, royal navy, admiralty, world fleets, foreign fleets, parliament, blue books"

 
(ROYAL NAVY). ADMIRALTY.
"German Capital Ships and Raiders in World War II. With an Introduction by Eric Grove. [Complete set]. Vol. I: From 'Graf Spee' to 'Bismarck', 1939-1941. Vol. II: From 'Scharnhorst to 'Tirpitz', 1942-1944. FINE SET IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPERS"
"Frank Cass, [2002]" "2 vols., 4to., First Editions thus, with illustrations and numerous plans (many coloured in outline) in the text, and coloured endpaper charts; cloth, gilt backs, a fine set in unclipped dustwrapper. Naval Staff Histories were produced after WWII in order to provide as full an account of the various actions as was possible at the time. The audience was largely serving officers; some of the volumes were classified, not to restrict distribution but to allow the writers to be as candid as possible. At this stage of history they constitute a uniquely valuable resource. These two volumes combine five Battle Summaries (written as quickly as possible after the events concerned) and two Staff Histories. With a foreword by the First Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh]"
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Book number: 5996
GBP 142.00 [Appr.: EURO 157.5 US$ 177.38 | JP 19059]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, royal navy, staff histories, battle summaries, german navy, kreigsmarine, battleships"

 
(BATTLE SUMMARIES). ADMIRALTY
"Invasion Europe. [comprising] Operation 'Neptune' Landings in Normandy June, 1944; The Campaign in North-West Europe June 1944-May 1945; Invasion of the South of France Operation 'Dragoon' 15th August 1944. Landings in Normany June, 1944; [b] The Campaign in North-West E FINE SET IN SLIP-CASE"
"HMSO, [1994]" "5 vols., 8vo., First Editions, with 31 figures, and 30 folding maps and plans in separate wallets; origina;l decorative cloth gilt, gilt backs [text volumes], original printed wrappers [map and diagram wallets], a fine copy in the publisher's pictorial slip-case as issued. Admiralty Battle Summaries were written relatively soon after the events they describe (the last of the present collection was produced in 1952) and are based on official documentary material which did not become available to the public at large until 1968. They were written by authors who understood thoroughly their topics, as follows: Operation 'Neptune': Commander L.J. Pitrcairn-Jones; The Campaign in North-West Europe: Commander J.H. Lloyd-Owen; Operation 'Dragoon': Commander W.E.H. Westall. In due course, the volumes became basic reference sources for the authors of the Cabinet Office series of OFFICIAL HISTORIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR"
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Book number: 25604
GBP 130.00 [Appr.: EURO 144.25 US$ 162.39 | JP 17449]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "mstock, naval, nww2, royal navy, normandy, overlord, neptune"

 
(ROYAL NAVY). ADMIRALTY
Manual of the Admiralty Gyro-Compass (Sperry Type) 1941. Admiralty Compass Department. [Second Impression].
"HMSO, 1943" "Roy. 8vo., Second Impression, with 25 photographic plates and 28 folding plates on lighter stock (one poorly folded); cloth, gilt back, case mildly shaken (but binding entirely sound) else a good, clean copy. Sold from the library of the Military College of Science with its stamps on free endpapers. Publication code CD 210/41- June 1941. The 1941 edition replaced the previous issue of 1931."
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Book number: 12487
GBP 18.00 [Appr.: EURO 20 US$ 22.49 | JP 2416]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, royal navy, admiralty, gyro-compass, compass, sperry, navigation, manuals"

 
(ROYAL NAVY). ADMIRALTY.
The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys. A Naval Staff History. With a Preface by Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones. [With a Foreword by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band].
"Routledge, [2007]" "4to., First Edition, with 11 coloured plans (8 double-page), 4 full-page diagrams and several illustrations and charts in the terxt; pictorial boards lettered in white, a fine copy. Naval Staff Histories were produced after WWII in order to provide as full an account of the various actions as was possible at the time. The audience was largely serving officers; some of the volumes were classified, not to restrict their distribution but to allow the writers to be as candid as possible. At this stage of history they represent a uniquely valuable resource. This volume contains Battle Summary 18 (Mediterranean Convoys 1941) and Battle Summary 32 (Malta Convoys 1942), completed by J. Owen and originally issued in 1944 and 1945 respectively. These summaries were combined and extensively revised by Pitcairn-Jones and re-issued in 1957 as Selected Convoys (Mediterranean) 1941-42. By this time Pitcairn-Jones had access to the full records including those captured from German and Italian forces."
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Book number: 10297
GBP 112.00 [Appr.: EURO 124.25 US$ 139.91 | JP 15033]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "mstock, naval, ww2, royal navy, staff histories, mediterranean, convoys, gibraltar, malta, pedestal"

 
J. ALLAWAY
Hero of the Upholder. The Story of Lieutenant Commander M. . Wanklyn VC. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Airlife, [Shrewsbury, 1991]" "8vo., First Edition, with plates; brown cloth, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper."
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Book number: 25642
GBP 18.00 [Appr.: EURO 20 US$ 22.49 | JP 2416]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, nww2, submarines, wanklyn, upholder, vc, victoria cross"

 
C. ANSCOMB
Submariner. Foreword by Vice-Admiral Sir Sydney Raw.
"Kimber, [1957]" "8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 14 plates on 6, some very faint offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; cloth, gilt back, fore-edges lightly spotted else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chafed (just affecting lettering) at head of backstrip. Arguably the scarcest of British WWII submarine memoirs. The author began the war in Parthian before moving with her to the Mediterranean. In 1941 he transferred to Tempest which was lost on her maiden patrol in 1942. The last section deals with his escape from captivity in Italy. Includes excellent plates of the interior of Parthian. Particularly elusive in good dustwrapper. Enser, p.416; Law, 1108."
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Book number: 10860
GBP 66.00 [Appr.: EURO 73.25 US$ 82.45 | JP 8859]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, royal navy, submarines, mediteranean, parthian, tempest, pow"

 
(ROYAL NAVY). HMS AURORA
The Silver Phantom. HMS Aurora. By her Company. IN DUSTWRAPPER
"Muller, [1945]" "Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 20 plates on 10, free endpapers lightly spotted; original navy blue cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter chipped and frayed with minor loss. AURORA was at Narvik, and in the Bismarck hunt, but won her nickname under Agnew while leading Force K from Malta. The book goes on to cover TORCH, Sicily and Salerno and ends in the Aegean where she was seriously damaged. Includes honours list and ROH. VERY SCARCE IN THIS CONdITION. Enser, p.383; Law, 1014."
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Book number: 24574
GBP 94.00 [Appr.: EURO 104.25 US$ 117.42 | JP 12617]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "mstock, naval, ww2, royal navy, hms aurora, cruisers, mediterranean, force k, malta, narvik, salerno"

 
E. BAGNASCO
Submarines of World War Two.
"Arms and Armour, [1977]" "Oblong 4to., First English Edition, with illustrated title and very numerous photographs, scale drawings and diagrams in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The first full technical account in a single volume of the more than 2,500 undersea craft of all protagonists in WWII. The boats are arranged by country and class. Law, 1764"
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Book number: 4696
GBP 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 27.75 US$ 31.23 | JP 3355]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, submarines, warship classes, nemo"

 
R.D. BALLARD
The Discovery of the Bismarck. With Rick Archbold. Introduction by Ludovic Kennedy. Illustrations of the Bismarck Wreck by Ken Marschall. Technical and historical Consultation by William Garzke and Robert Doulin. FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED DUSTWRAPPER
"Hodder & Stoughton, [1990]" "4to., First Edition, with very numerous colour and monochrome plates throughout, and pictorial endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper."
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Book number: 7965
GBP 12.00 [Appr.: EURO 13.5 US$ 14.99 | JP 1611]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, german navy, kriegsmarine, battleships, bismarck, salvage"

 
CORELLI BARNETT
Engage the Enemy more Closely. The Royal Navy in the Second World War. [Revised Edition].
"Hodder & Stoughton, [1992]" "8vo., Second and Best Edition, with very numerous photographs and maps throughout; cloth, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. Meticulously researched account, by an eminent historian, of the Royal Navys part in World War II. A fascinating modern complement to Roskill, this is the corrected issue of a work first published in the preceding year."
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Book number: 14570
GBP 56.00 [Appr.: EURO 62.25 US$ 69.95 | JP 7516]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "mstock, naval, ww2, royal navy, corelli barnett"

 
CORELLI BARNETT
Engage the Enemy more Closely. The Royal Navy in the Second World War.
"Hodder & Stoughton, [1991]" "8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and maps throughout; cloth, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Meticulously researched account, by an eminent historian, of the Royal Navys part in WWII. A fascinating modern complement to Roskill"
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Book number: 17028
GBP 48.00 [Appr.: EURO 53.25 US$ 59.96 | JP 6443]
Catalogue: Naval: WWII
Keywords: "naval, ww2, royal navy, corelli barnett"

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