For more information on any of these books (these are ones I have stock-checked recently) please contact me.
I have to mention one of these books in particular has it appears to be rare in any format. That is “The Valley of the Shadow by Hugh Oloff De Wet.
Oloff de Wet’s memoir as a British volunteer pilot during the Spanish Civil War, and considered one of the most descriptive and best accounts by a republican flier during the War. Oloff de Wet (1912-1975) was an RAF trained pilot who grounded out from an accident, worked as journalist and pilot in the Second Italo-Ethipian War (Second Italo-Abyssiann War), and after fighting in the Spanish Civil War, would later become a spy in Prague before World War II. He and his wife were captured and tortured by the Gestapo, and his experiences would later be published as The Valley of the Shadow, Death Row. After his release in April, 1945 from a Nazi prison, he returned to London where as a portrait sculpture, he executed busts of Ezra Pound, Edmund Blunden, John Cowper Powys, Dylan Thomas, Robert Graves, and others.
I also would like to mention that Tunnelling to Freedom is a Reginald Head ( Cy Webb) cover.
From the title you wouldn’t know what was missing from the title, that is, “in the Second World War. The book has some superb evocative illustrations (though I have to admit not “Macabre”, I slipped that in as I don’t think they covered all bases). This is aptly, a leather bound copy, previously owned by WL Ingle Ltd Leeds. Printed by Batsford, undated but I think it was published in 1946, that makes sense with the contents.
I am offering this copy for £2.50 (Macabre thrown in free)
GENERAL MARK CLARK One of the great World War II memoirs by a legendary American general in charge of operations in North Africa and Italy. General Mark W. Clark recounts his wartime exploits and tells the story of the battles in Tunisia and Italy with verve and attention to key detail. An unparalleled account by a great military leader. Mark Wayne Clark (May 1, 1896 – April 17, 1984) was a United States Army officer who saw service during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. He was the youngest lieutenant general (three-star general) in the United States Army during World War II. During World War I, he was a company commander and served in France in 1918, as a 22-year old captain, where he was seriously wounded by shrapnel. After the war, the future U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General George Marshall, noticed Clark’s abilities. During World War II, he commanded the United States Fifth Army, and later the 15th Army Group, in the Italian campaign. He is known for leading the Fifth Army in its capture of Rome in June 1944. Clark has been heavily criticized for ignoring the orders of his superior officer, British General Sir Harold R. L. G. Alexander, and allowing the German 10th Army to slip away, in his drive to take Rome, the capital of Italy, a strategically unimportant city. The German 10th Army then joined with the rest of the German army group at the Trasimene Line. In March 1945, Clark, at the age of 48, became the youngest American officer ever to be promoted to the full rank of four star general. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, a close friend of Clark’s, considered him a brilliant staff officer and trainer of men. Clark was awarded many medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the U.S. Army’s second highest award. A legacy of the “Clark task force” that he led in 1953-1955, which reviewed and made recommendations on all federal intelligence activities, is the coined term Intelligence Community.
“Lieutenant – Commander Hein Fehler’s war ended when an American lieutenant boarded his submarine U234 in the North Atlantic. Fehler’s natural instinct to fight on had been crushed by the last Order of th Day issued by Grand Admiral Doenitz – to ‘surrender to the Western Powers’. For ‘Dynamite Fehler, holder of the Gold Cross and the Iron Cross, it was the end of an era of excitement andadventure marked by his courage and leadership in many engagements with Germany’s enemies. Fehler had fought throughout World War II in a variety of ships, including the famous surface raider Atlantis, the scourge of Allied shipping, and the unique giant submarine U234. This account, told in his own words, is as exciting as only truth can be. It stands out as an epic story of a very human, very professional and very brave man.
In late February 1942 the Australian cruiser Perth and the USS Houston, both survivors from the defeat of the Allied fleet in the Battle of the Java Sea, encountered a Japanese invasion force, with a heav cruiser and destroyer escort, near the entrance to the Sunda Strait. Both cruisers were overwhelmed and sunk in the ensuing engagement. The full story of the Perth’s gallant last battle was told here by McKie for the first time. But it is more that a story of the loss of the ship, following the trials and tribulations of her survivors, many who died in Japanese POW camps. At war’s end only 229 of her complement of almost 700 returned to Australia.
A rare Panther edition cover illustrated by Cy Webb (Reginald Head of Hank Janson fame) This is a vg copy offered for £4.00
This is the story of the intimate and heroic life of an attack transport ship, the USS Belinda. It tells of the ships and men that went in under naval bombardment, that landed the marines in battle, that took them wounded and dying of the blasted beached at Makin Island, Kwajalein, Saipan, and Lingayen Gulf. It is the Pacific War created in its entirety, from the shakedown cruise to the bitter engagements in the Marshalls and Marianas. It joins the classic ranks of ‘The Cruel Sea’ and ‘The Caine Mutiny’. It is a fascinating story of courage, and bravery, in the face of terrible odds.
The Panther edition is difficult to find this is nearly a vg copy at £5.00