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WORLD WAR II

 

ARCTIC WAR – Norway’s role on the Northern Front. Published by HMSO in 1945 a 64 page, well illustrated account.

THE DAM BUSTERS – Paul Brickhill. The story of 617 Squadron who’s members were awarded two Victoria Crosses and over 150 other decorations

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN – August – October 1940. 36 page illustrated account published in 1941 by HMSO.

BOMBER COMMAND CONTINUES – The Air Ministry Account of the Rising Offensive Against Germany July 1941 – June 1942. HMSO 1942

ALL THE ABOVE TITLES AVAILABLE FOR £2.50 in my shop.

A Freedom Dearly Bought – Ernest Ackroyd

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Ernest Ackroyd was a survivor of the notorious “Railway of Death” and enforced slave labour in Japan. The 122 (West Riding) Field Regiment Royal Artillery TA was formed in 1939 and ceased to exist in 1942 with the fall of Singapore.

13 members of the regiment were “Killed in Action”, more than 200 more of the young Bradford men died in captivity.

This is Ernest’s account of their ordeal. A near fine signed copy £10.00

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WAR & WATER

A mixture of fiction and non-fiction (not that there is any difference in the days of the Donald) all with links to War or Water. A toss up between the Australian nurses or Sophia Loren, but the format favoured the nurses. The fact that the Panther cover is the work of Cu Webb – previously known as Reginald Head one of the most sought after cover artists who changed his name to avoid prosecution in the dark age of censorship, an age we are drifting back into if we do not fight it.

 

WHITE COOLIES by Betty Jeffrey 65 Australian Army Nursing sisters, on board the Vyner Brooke when it was bombed and sunk in 1942. 53 sisters reached the shore where 22 were murdered by the Japanese and the rest were taken prisoner. This is their story £5.00

Two books in one The Cruise of the Breadwinner and Dear Life A story of war..and a story of violence by a great novelist H E Bates £2.50

The KeyJan de HartogAt sea they faced unending danger… and on shore Stella waited, beautiful and strange, sometimes tender, sometimes evil….  Filmed by Columbia starring William Holden, Sophia Loren and Trevor Howard. £5.00

Not this film but I was looking for an excuse to use this pic.

Loren

Sailing to Freedom – Voldemar Veedam and Carl B Wall – “The heroic story of sixteen desperate people. £5.00

Third Time Down by Dan Brennan – “The Enemy Waits for You, My Love” £3.00

SPYCATCHER by Lt.Col. Oreste Pinto – “The Traitor of Arnhem by the Man Who Trapped Him” £5.00

ANTHONY FARAMUS

A book with a striking cover led me to the discovery of someone I had never heard of but with a fascinating story. The book is rare, this is the only edition I can find reference to, I can’t find any copies for sale on any of the popular sights.

But the story of the author is fascinating.

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FaramusAnthony Charles Faramus (27 July 1920 – August 1990) was an actor, author and hairdresser. He was born in Saint Peter, Jersey and died in Surrey. The autobiographical accounts of his survival of Fort de Romainville, Buchenwald and the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp complex were published as The Faramus Story in 1954 and Journey into Darkness in 1990. Two books about Agent Zigzag, the double agent Eddie Chapman, also document aspects of Faramus’s ‘ruse’ to join the Nazis as a collaborator and a spy, his imprisonment in Jersey, Paris and the concentration camps.

Arrest
Faramus worked as a hairdresser in a Saint Helier salon and later, during the early stages of the German occupation of the Channel Islands, was employed in the kitchen of the Miramar Hotel. In the spring of 1940 he attempted to join the Royal Air Force but was not accepted.[1]:44 Faramus was also a petty criminal and in December 1940, at the age of 20, he received a 6-month prison sentence for obtaining £9 under false pretenses. Faramus was incarcerated in H.M. Prison Jersey, sharing the same cell as Eddie Chapman, who later described Faramus as “a hopeless crook”.
Under the conditions of military occupation, the administration of civil law and order was subject to the dictates of the German authorities. As at the time of his arrest Faramus had in his possession an anti-Nazi leaflet, the German authorities added 1 month to his sentence. Faramus names Centenier Arthur Tostevin, an Honorary Police officer of Saint Helier and Detective Constable Benjamin Shenton as the officials who had informed the Germans about the leaflet.
Faramus and Chapman quickly struck up a friendship while in prison. They arranged to meet after they were released, and consequently shared a flat. For a short period they ran a barber shop together.[1]:55 Their customers included civilians and German soldiers alike. The shop also served as a useful front for the black market activities of another of Faramus’s criminal associates, Douglas Stirling.

Deported
In late 1941, Chapman hatched a plan to get himself, Faramus and Stirling off the island. The plan was simple: they would turn traitor and offer to work as spies for the Nazis.[2] Stirling was the most enthusiastic, while Faramus was cautious of the risks of becoming an open collaborator, but agreed to follow the plan. Chapman and Faramus composed a letter in German, offering their services as German spies, which they sent to the German Command post in St. Helier, addressed to General Otto von Stülpnagel, the officer in command of occupational forces in France and the Channel Islands.
Late one night in November 1941 Chapman and Faramus were summoned by the Germans –– but they were not being recruited, they were being arrested. Their plan to join and work for the Nazis backfired spectacularly, as the pair were taken to mainland France, and thence by rail to Fort de Romainville in Paris where they worked and using their skills, stole rations and fuel and make a key to enter the women’s section of the prison.[1]:65 After a year, Faramus along with other prisoners from Romainville, was taken in terrible conditions by train via Compiègne onto the Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany, 55 of the 120 dying in his carriage en route, from suffocation, dysentery and thirst.[3]:99
In chapter 7 of Journey into Darkness, Faramus describes the crime for which he was taken out of the Buchenwald camp and forced on a journey to Mauthausen via Leipzig, Dresden and Prague:
“… a freezing cold morning, at my place of work — ‘Kommando das Grab’ (communal graves) — I had momentarily set aside my shovel to blow into my hands and fingers. I had not seen the approach of the SS Warrant Officer. Failing to acknowledge the man’s presence and not coming to attention and removing my cap from my head until he had passed by was one crime, the interruption of my work without permission was another. I was punched and booted; worse, my number (E)42324 was noted in his book of reports.”
The Nazi Party defined Mauthausen as “Grade III”. Its purpose was to punish “Incorrigible Political Enemies of the Reich” with extermination through labour. In Journey into Darkness Faramus acknowledges Captain Maurice Pertschuck[4] who was murdered in Buchenwald in 1944, Christopher Burney and Lt Jack H. Taylor. In film footage[5] gathered by the US Department of Defense after the 11th Armored Division of the 3rd US Army entered the camp on 5 May 1945, Lt. Jack H. Taylor spoke about his capture, imprisonment and the conditions at Mauthausen. Faramus also mentions Pierre Serge Choumoff, a mathematician and engineer, imprisoned in Romainville and Mauthausen, who later investigated the Mauthausen-Gusen complex.

For over a year after the war Faramus lived in Paris as he searched for some of the women and men that he had known whilst imprisoned in Fort de Romainville. During this period he lost a lung following surgery for tuberculosis which he contracted during his imprisonment in Mauthausen. He returned to Britain and after a series of jobs in hotels and bars he found work as an extra in various films produced at Pinewood Studios.
Faramus emigrated to the United States with his wife Mary where they both had careers in the film industry. Faramus worked as an actor and played the roles of a British officer in The Colditz Story[6] and a POW in King Rat. He also worked as Clark Gable’s butler and chauffeur.[7] After living in California, he and Mary moved back to Britain living in London and later in Farnham, Surrey.
In the 1970s, he joined the Hunt Saboteurs Association an organisation whose aim is to disrupt blood sports using direct action tactics. In the late 1980s Faramus returned to his direct action past, believing that force, if it was ever justifiable, was so for a strictly defensive basis, such as to defend the weak and helpless from violence and aggression. He was arrested for his defence of wildlife at a hunt in Hampshire in 1989. He refused to be bound over to keep the peace in the sum of £500 and was sent to Winchester prison for a month. He described his experience to a fellow hunt saboteur “as worse than his time at Fort de Romainville: no officer at Winchester Prison ever called him Tony”, it was always the impersonal Faramus.
An operation to remove his lung in the 1950s as a result of the TB contracted in the concentration camps led to his death in August 1990, aged 70. More than 100 people, including actors, hunt saboteurs and concentration camp survivors attended his funeral at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham in 1990. Dave Wetton, a founder of the Hunt Saboteurs Association in the 1960s read a funeral address.

 

Hands of the Devil – Tony Faramus

Digit paperback

£25.00

 

Unconnected Paperbacks

 

Doris Lessing, a Ripple From the Storm a Panther 1st £2.50.

Norman Mailer, Barbary Shore Panther £2.50. What more can you want? “It has in it’s high fevers a kind of insane insight into the psychic mysteries of Stalinists, secret policemen, narcissists, children, lesbians, hysterics, revolutionaries” Just a thought, if he was writing now, could he write a job description for President?

F L Green – On the Night of the Fire – Corgi 1st 1953 £5.00. I also have a Penguin copy of “Odd Man Out” by the same author.

John Brason – Secret Army: The End of the Line a Star paperback £2.50. I always though this series (which I enjoyed at the time) morphed into “Hello Hello”. Michael Green on the cover looking his menacing best, remembered of course for his rolls in Grange Hill and Star Wars, not so much for Doctor Who or On the Buses.

James Bond plus some unrelated titles.

Needless to say, I have many (too numerous to list) Bond titles in stock. I nearly bought a hard back first with dj of Octopussy yesterday then I noticed it had 30 pages missing, also I have a perfect copy in my shop anyway. These two are; Live and Let Die 20th 1965 £2.50 and The Spy Who Loved Me 1st at £2.50.

Gladwell Richardson who I have never heard of, apparently was extremely prolific and respected in the Western Genre, though despite 190 listings on ABE, this title is not one of them, Trigger Fingers £3.00.

Puffin 34 – Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson £2.50.

Fehrenbach, The Battle of Anzio £2.50

Ronald Johnston; The Wrecking of Offshore Five £2.50

and bringing up the rear; The Prince’s Person by Roger Peyrefitte £2.00

Eclectic as Ever

Should I continue listing a mixture or should I try to list similar books. This lot ranges from “Children’s” to “Adult” with everything in between.


Benzani Juliette –  Catherine
Boucher (ed) –  The Best from Fantasy & SF 7th
Budrys Algis  –  Rogue Moon
Charteris Leslie –  The Happy Highwayman
Christie Agatha –  Easy to Kill
Crisp Frank – The Devil Diver
Duggan Alfred  – The Cunning of the Dove
Fearing Kenneth – Dagger of the Mind
Ford Leslie – False to Any Man
Hitchcock (ed) – Once Upon a Dreadful Time
Homes Geoffrey – Then There Were Three
Jakes John  – Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Romains Jules – Verdun The Battle
Royce Lloyd – Expert Seductress
Various  – The Pocket Playboy Number two

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More Paperbacks to Whet the appetite of the discerning reader.

 

From Conan to Prehistoric man, come to think of it not probably all that far. The rarest book today is Edgar Mowrers  – Germany Puts the Clock Back – the first Penguin Special and on a different vein HG Wells – The Cone. The Arabs in History by Bernard Lewis is also a rare title. Not that any of the other books are common in these formats.SC 11112018

Even more WDL titles

I always did like their covers, what I didn’t realise was how many rare titles they had printed. Take the Simenon for example, though it may have been published under another title, this is the only UK paperback I can find.WDL The Stowaway 127

 

WDL -a lot War but a mixture.

Probably because of the time (50’s & 60’s)  World Distributers (don’t know where the “L” comes from) seem to have done a lot of second world war related titles both fiction and non-fiction. John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is notable because of the James Dean cover, Frankenstein and Swingin Dors are also not that easy to get hold of.

I can’t put a payment button up as the prices vary, so you will have to contact me if any of the titles interest you. I have, up to date catalogued 6,648 paperbacks, and though I am slowly working through a stock check, I am 95% confident that I know where most of the books listed are.

I also have a very large number of SF digests, not counting the 50 foot of paperbacks, but I have not got round to cataloguing them yet.

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