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click to enlarge Lewin, Ronald. AFRIKA CORPS: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2008). "Images of War" series. 7.5x9.5, 250 b&w photographs, 160 pages.
~~~ Afrika Korps is an illustrated record of Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel and his desert troops that fought in North Africa against British and Commonwealth forces between 1941 and 1943. Using previously rare and unpublished photographs, many of which have come from the albums of individuals who took part in the desert campaign, it presents a unique visual account of the famous Afrika-Korps’ operations and equipment. Thanks to an informative caption with every photograph Afrika Korps vividly portrays how the German Army fought across the uncharted and forbidding desert wilderness of North Africa.
~~~ Throughout the book it examines how Rommel and his Afrika Korps were so successful and includes an analysis of desert war tactics which Rommel himself had indoctrinated. These tactics quickly won the Afrika-Korps a string of victories between 1941 and 1942.
~~~ The photographs that accompany the book are a fascinating collection that depicts life in the Afrika-Korps, as seen through the lens of the ordinary soldier.

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click to enlarge Lewin, Ronald. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE AFRIKA CORPS. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2003) 5x8, illustrated, 208 pages.
~~~ Well-adapted to its environment and with its passionate sense of self-identity and inner unity, the Afrika Korps was a smooth-functioning and militarily efficient fighting force. Since it had the social characteristics of a well-ordered family, Ronald Lewin has written this book as a biography. From February 1941 when Rommel arrived in Tunisia, the author tells the story of a long succession of engagements between the Desert Rats and the Afrika Korps fought in the laboratory-like conditions of the desert. It is a story of sustained bravery on both sides, of high military professionalism on the part of the Germans and of a frequent amateurishness on the part of the British, which ended only with the arrival of General Bernard Montgomery and sufficient materiel and the Desert Air Force winning superiority in the skies over the Western Desert. The author's grasp of his subject and his great skill in describing it make a gripping narrative.

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Lucas, James, PANZER ARMY AFRICA. NF/NF. Jacket in mylar. (London: McDonald & Jane's, 1977). First Edition. Photographs, appendices, bibliography, index, 211 pages.
~~~ Here, for the first time in English, is the desert war from the German viewpoint. From the victorious advances leading up to the point where the armoured might of the panzer divisions stood only a few hours' drive from Alexandria, the story takes us through the bitterness of retreat to Tunisia where battles for isolated mountain peaks and little villages replaced the panzer thrusts and dramatic advances which had once characterised military operations in what the Germans described as 'the gentlemen's war'. The author has made extensive use of material from original German sources and interviews with many men who took part in the campaign. Thus this highly readable account, fully illustrated with photographs and maps, provides a fascinating insight into the struggles which Rommel and the commanders on the spot fought not only against the British and Commonwealth troops together with their American and French allies, but also against their own High Commands.
~~~ For these latter completely misunderstood the problems facing the armies in Africa and starved them of the men, equipment and supplies which, had they been available at the time, might have brought victory to the Axis in the African desert and made the Panzer Army part of a strategic pincer operation which would eventually seize the whole of the Middle East and thus take control of the Suez Canal.

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click to enlarge Sadler, John. EL ALAMEIN 1942: The Story of the Battle in the Words of the Soldiers. NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Amberley, 2008). 6x9, 100 illustrations. 256 pages.
~~~ The battle of El Alamein, which began on 23 October 1942 heralded a decisive shift in Allied fortunes, not just in the Western Desert but in relation to the whole course of the war. Churchill described the battle as ‘Not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning’. Not only did the battle create the conditions which led to the final Allied victory in North Africa but it pitted the two most charismatic opposing generals Bernard Montgomery ‘Monty’ and Erwin Rommel the ‘Desert Fox’ against each other in a decisive and epic encounter.
~~~ El Alamein 1942 is a day to day narrative of the fighting whilst also building up a coherent picture of the overall strategic position. John Sadler shows how the conflict unfolded from the perspective of the actual combatants, the effectiveness of weapons and tactics, and the nature and importance of ground. This was the battle that defined both the Afrika Corps and the British 8th Army, the legendary ‘Desert Rats’. Hitler’s fanatic insistence that his forces should not cede ground, caused the destruction of a significant part of Rommel’s army. El Alamein, like Stalingrad, marks the end of the opening phase of Axis victories and sweeping gains, and ushered in the slow but inexorable drive to final Allied triumph.

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click to enlarge Warner, Philip. ALAMEIN: Recollections of the Heroes NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Pen and Sword, 2008) 6x9, 8 pages of b&w photographs. 240 pages.
~~~ In July 1942, German and Italian forces seemed to be at the point of sweeping away British resistance in the Middle East and overrunning Egypt. But, Rommel’s victorious army was checked on the Alamein line in what became the first battle of Alamein. Two months later, another Axis thrust was held in the second battle of Alamein. Eventually the Allied forces were on the offensive and, after two weeks of bitter fighting, Rommel’s forces were retreating.
~~~ Through a fascinating selection of firsthand accounts from battalion commanders and private soldiers alike, Philip Warner reveals the loyalty and chivalry, courage and hardship, humor and compassion behind these remarkable series of battles.

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click to enlarge click to enlarge Alexander, Field-Marshal Earl Alexander. THE MEMOIRS OF FIELD-MARSHAL EARL ALEXANDER OF TUNIS, 1940-1945. Cassell. 1962., VG/VG. Clean dust jacket in mylar protector. On the front flyleaf is the inscription: "To my dear Friend Eddie with best wishes. Alex. April 25th 1963." On the title page is his signature again: "Alexander of Tunis, F.M." Laid in is a Western Union telegram, folded into quarters. It is addressed to Mr Edwin J Mejia of San Francisco and is dated June 16, 1969, and reads: "DEEPLY REGRET INFORM YOU OUR COLLEAGUE LORD ALEXANDER DIED EARLY THIS MORNING." Many maps & photographs, index, 210 pages. click to enlarge click to enlarge

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click to enlarge Alexander of Tunis ALEXANDER MEMOIRS, 1940-1945. NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Frontline Books, 2010) 6x9.5, 32 pages of plates, 240 pages.
~~~ After his first meeting with General Alexander in August 1942, Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks wrote that: ‘By repute he was Winston Churchill’s fire brigade chief par excellence: the man who was always dispatched to retrieve the most desperate situations.’
~~~ Churchill was indeed in need of a fire brigade chief. Allied forces had been chased back across the desert by Rommel. Alexander bought a new hope to the Desert Rats: he instilled them with his own confidence and thought of victory. Under his command, Montgomery was ready to fight and win the battle of El Alamein. Even as his generals drove the enemy from North Africa, Alexander was planning far ahead for Sicily and Operation Husky: the first major seaborne invasion by either side during the war.
~~~ It was said that before El Alamein the Allies never knew victory, and after El Alamein never knew defeat: much of the credit belongs to Alexander. For decades his contribution to the British efforts in both wars has been overlooked. Here, however, is a comprehensive edition of his personal and candid memoirs, which includes judgments on such men as Montgomery, Patton and Churchill. He also details his role in leading the withdrawal of the 1st Infantry Division at Dunkirk, his dealings with Stilwell in Burma and the bombing of the Monte Cassino abbey.

$39.95




click to enlarge [Alexander of Tunis] Adrian Stewart. CAMPAIGNS OF ALEXANDER OF TUNIS, 1940-1945. NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Pen and Sword, 2008) 6x9, 16 b&w photographs.
~~~ Alex, as he was known whether by Prime Ministers or the rank-and-file, was a legendary figure. A hero from the Great War he saw active service in Russia in 1919 – 20 and against the Pathans on the North West Frontier in 1935. By 1940 he was a divisional commander with the B.E.F. in France. His conduct during the withdrawal through Dunkirk where he took over the British 1st Corps in the crisis confirmed his outstanding ability.
~~~ In the dark days of 1942 by now a full general he was sent to Burma with orders to hold the Japs at Rangoon. Just in time he realizes it was impossible and his decision to withdraw prevented a total disaster.
~~~ Despite this defeat he retained Churchill’s confidence and he was appointed C in C Middle East. While eclipsed in PR terms by his subordinate Montgomery many felt that Monty owed his success to Alex by protecting him from an increasingly impatient Churchill. Alexander went onto commanded the invasion of Sicily and as Army Group Commander masterminded the long slog up through Italy. His charm and easy nature were his greatest strengths as others worked enthusiastically with him, but critics have sought to prove that he lacked true ability and steel.

$45.00





Atkinson, Rick, AN ARMY AT DAWN: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket in mylar protector. (NY: Henry Holt & Company, 2002). Photographs, maps, extensive notes, bibliography, index, 681 pages.
~~~ "Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Long Gray Line and Crusade, delivers a blockbuster in Volume One of his World War II Liberation Trilogy. On paper, Operation Torch -- the American amphibious invasion of North Africa in November 1942 -- had clear strategic goals: Join the British in the fighting, expel Axis troops, regain the Mediterranean, and safeguard Suez. But complications abounded. American planners favored Operation Sledgehammer (the cross-Channel invasion of France and an advance on Berlin); Operation Torch was seen as supporting British imperial interests. Atkinson highlights the dramatic Churchill-Roosevelt partnership and the maneuverings that led to U.S. adoption of Torch and illuminates the roles of Harry Hopkins, George Marshall, and Dwight D. Eisenhower -- the Allied commander in cliff-hanging operations against the brilliant but finally exhausted German general Erwin Rommel. Atkinson's clear-cut analyses and fast-moving, quotation-studded narrative bring American, British, and Axis leadership styles and blood-and-sweat battlefield experience into sharp focus. Key issues come alive: Allied strategy feuds fueled by the conflicting personalities of Eisenhower and the British commander, Bernard Montgomery; Rommel's surprise moves; George Patton's difficult genius; French grandstanding and double-dealing; the raw American troops receiving their first battlefield experience; horrific physical conditions and near-insoluble supply problems -- all are presented with keen insight. The ultimately victorious six-month campaign achieved all goals, making possible the invasions of Sicily and Italy: Churchill saw it as 'possibly the beginning of the end,' and the German propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, admitted it was 'a second Stalingrad.' Undoubtedly it assured Eisenhower's rise to supreme command and American dominance in subsequent WWII grand strategy. This is the definitive account of the opening gambit by the Allies from a master historian and storyteller."


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Collins, Lawrence D., M.D., THE 56th EVAC HOSPITAL: Letters of a WWII Army Doctor. NF/NF. Hardcover in dust jacket. (University of North Texas Press, 1995). 40 b&w photos, map, bibliography, index, 352 pages.
~~~ Collins arrived in North Africa in 1943 as a member of the 56th hospital unit, which hailedfrom Baylor Medical College in Dallas, and eventually wound up in Bizerte, Tunisia. His letters to his wife and mother, often accented by wit or irony, first tell about his military and travel experiences and discuss books he is reading. Then the 56th crosses the Mediterranean to Italy and receives its first real combat experience, the most rugged part of it consisting of 73 days at the Anzio beachhead. Shelling and bombing become so intense that several patients go AWOL from the hospital and return to their units on the front line because they feel they will be safer there. Although a physician, Collins has to do a considerable bit of surgery; his work with gas gangrene proves especially interesting. Moreover, his descriptions of a Benedictine monastery above Pompeii and of other sites add interest to his engaging letters.


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click to enlarge Delaforce, Patrick. CHURCHILL'S DESERT RATS IN NORTH AFRICA AND ITALY. NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Pen and Sword, 2009) 6x9, illustrated. 224 pages.
~~~ This well researched and well written book covers the early campaigns and battles that earned The Desert Rats their fame and name.
~~~ This volume covers the difficult early years when ultimate victory was less than certain. The Nazis were victorious on many fronts and Britain stood alone. Indeed it was at El Alamein that 7 Armoured Division and the rest of Montgomery’s Eighth Army turned the tide. The church bells rang out in Britain and a new spirit was born. But much fighting lay ahead and many were to die. The successful completion of the North African campaign led to the invasion of Sicily and the long slog up Italy.
~~~ The Desert Rats were at the forefront of these campaigns. Three Victoria Crosses were won in the desert and many famous names were associated with the Division, such as Field Marshal Lord Carver and Major General Pip Roberts.
~~~ The Division’s story is told by many first hand contributions and is the result of painstaking research by the author who was also a ‘Desert Rat’.

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Del Valle, Colonel Pedro, USMC, ROMAN EAGLES OVER ETHIOPIA. NEW copy. Hardcover. (Nashville: Battery Press). Reprinted from the 1940 edition. 53 photos/drawings, maps, 272 pp.
~~~ Roman Eagles over Ethiopia was written by then Colonel (later Lieutenant General) Pedro A. del Valle, USMC. Colonel del Valle was the official U.S. military observer with the Italian Army for what has become known as the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1936-37. Originally published in 1940, Roman Eagles over Ethiopia sets forth the events leading up to the expedition, the various handicaps of terrain and climate, the traits and defense of the natives, and the complete movements of combat operations by the Italian Army under Generals De Bono, Badoglio and Graziani. In addition to the narrative of the battles and marches, the author provides the motivating factors of the carnpaign. Dispositions, successive positions, communications, supply and all of the tactics and strategy of the operations are depicted in an additional 25 clear explanatory maps.


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[Eighth Army] Members of the Eighth Army, POEMS FROM THE DESERT. VG+/VG+. (NY & London: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1944). Second Edition. Small hardcover with dust jacket in mylar. Original "$1.75" price still on jacket. With a Forward by General Sir Bernard Montgomery.
~~~ "Poems, written by fighting men in the heat of desert battle, that vividly record their emotions and their essential spirit. Twenty-six of the twenty-seven poems which made up this anthology were considered to be the best entries received in a poetry competition organized by the Eighth Army's Education Officer in 1942 for members of the Army serving in the Western Desert. This is the original edition, not the Ayer reprint.
~~~ SCARCE, especially in this condition and with jacket.

$65.00




click to enlarge Hart, Peter. THE SOUTH NOTTS HUSSARS: The Western Desert, 1940-1942. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2011) Part of the "Voices from the Front" series. 6.75x9.25, illustrated. Trade paperback. 224 pages.
~~~ The Second World War is vanishing into the pages of history. The veterans were once all around us, but their numbers are fast diminishing. While still in their prime many recorded their memories with Peter Hart for the Imperial War Museum. As these old soldiers now fade away their voices from the front are still strong with a rare power to bring the horrors of war back to vivid life.
~~~ The South Notts Hussars were the pride of Nottingham. A territorial artillery unit made up of a strange mixture of miners from Hucknall, the clerical classes working in Nottingham and some of the richest families in Nottinghamshire. They went to war as a widely disparate group. Their service in North Africa was dramatic in the extreme. Trapped in Tobruk for six months their 25-pounder guns helped keep Rommel's panzers at bay. By the time they moved forward to take up their positions at Knightsbridge in the Gazala Lines in the Spring of 1942 they had been welded into a real band of brothers proud of their proven fighting ability. Caught without infantry or tank support in the Cauldron they were ordered to fight to the last round. This is their story.

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[Lemnitzer] Binder, L. James, LEMNITZER: A Soldier for his Time. NF/NF. (Brassey's, 1997). Photographs, notes, index, 385 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: On the 25th anniversary of the end of WWII, the U.S. Army planned a film series of famous generals, which was conceived to inspire military personnel "through the patriotic example set by great men." Included in the series was General Lyman Louis Lemnitzer. Though little known to the public, Lemnitzer had 51 years of Army duty, 27 of them as a general. He did not hold a top command in either WWII or the Korean War. He did, however, wield enormous influence on American military policy, as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supreme Allied commander in Europe, vice chief and then chief of staff of the Army, and commander-in-chief in the Far East. Binder, former longtime editor-in-chief of Army magazine, offers a straightforward, heavily researched, fact-filled account of Lemnitzer's career from his early days as a West Point cadet to his death in November 1988. Lemnitzer was a superb planner, not a warrior, Binder shows, although he displayed exceptional courage and bravery when, as described in the most exciting bit of the book, he took a secret submarine trip to a seaside villa to help plan the Allied invasion of North Africa during WWII. Binder's writing is clean but not inspired, although he does provide enough detail on both political and military machinations to capture the reader's interest. In so doing, he fills out a book that is less a full-scale biography than a knowledgeable intelligence report of events that Lemnitzer was involved with during his distinguished life.


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Lewin, Ronald, MONTGOMERY AS MILITARY COMMANDER. VG+/VG. Minor creasing to jacket edges; jacket price-clipped. Book itself in nice clean condition. Jacket in mylar. (NY: Stein & Day, 1971). First Edition. Photos, maps, appendix, bibliography, index, 371 pages.
~~~ Montgomery's military career is traced from his searing yet humanizing experiences in Flanders as a young officer during the First World War, through the long period of rethinking and re-training between the wars to the climaxes of Alam Halfa, El Alamein, the planning of the Normandy landings and the subsequent campaign in Europe. The last chapters of the book deal with what is now considered the most controversial period of Montgomery's leadership -- the apparent failure to break out of the Normandy bridgehead at Caen; the near collapse of an harmonious relationship with Eisenhower and the arguments about the conduct of the final months of the war.

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click to enlarge Montgomery, Brian. A FIELD MARSHAL IN THE FAMILY. NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Pen and Sword, 2011) 6x9.25, 16 pages b&w plates. 371 pages.
~~~ Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein has attracted the attention of countless historians over the last 70 years but, despite this coverage, views of his character remain controversial and contradictory. His younger brother Brian, himself a successful soldier, enters the fray with this charming and revealing book examining the background of this legendary military commander. He provides a fascinating account of the influences of Monty’s family genes together with a wealth of unknown details about his career.
~~~ His grandfather, Sir Robert Montgomery, played a key role in crushing the Indian Mutiny and his adventures have intriguing parallels with those of Monty’s two generations later. Dean Farrar, his maternal grandfather, was a powerful Victorian educational and religious figure (Headmaster of Marlborough College and Dean of Canterbury) and author of the iconic Eric, or Little by Little.
~~~ The author examines in the most entertaining and frank manner Monty’s idiosyncratic character traits; his opposition to tradition, his Nelsonian approach to rules and regulations, his ruthlessness and determination and his unfashionable views on the absolute necessity for self publicity – and the most intensive training to get the maximum from his subordinates, down to the most junior levels. ’s story is told by many first hand contributions and is the result of painstaking research by the author who was also a ‘Desert Rat’.

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Moorehead, Alan, MONTGOMERY: A Biography. VG-/VG-. Jacket has small tears, creases & minor chipping along extremities & spine ends. Book itself is in clean, tight condition, with bright covers. Maps on end pages. MAP ON FRONT END PAGES IS UPSIDE DOWN. NY: Coward-McCann, Inc, 1946. First Edition. Photographs, index, 255 pages.
~~~ The first biography of Montgomery. "What happened to Montgomery in 1942 at Alamein, the critical moment of his life, the point where he shot off into the stratosphere? Was it merely good luck and a certain amount of native cunning? Is there something unknown in the years before and agood deal unrevealed in the years thereafter? Was he a good man who was simply kept down until that perilous moment because of his idiosyncrasies and his vanity? Was there some mystical experience in the desert? The questions are irresistable...

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Owen, David Lloyd, PROVIDENCE THEIR GUIDE: The Long Range Desert Group 1940-45. NF/NF. Nashville: The Battery Press, 1981. First U.S. Edition. With a Foreword by General Sir John Hackett. Maps on endpages. Photographs, documents, bibliography, index, 238 pages. Uncommon early Battery Press reprint edition: No. 3 in their Elite Unit Series. "Here at last is the full story of perhaps the most renowned and effective of those sometimes odd but always inspired formations born out of the desert during the Second World War. The author was with the Long Range Desert Group for most of its existence, and commanded the unit from 1943 till its disbandment in 1945. He covers not only the justly famed activities of the group in the deserts of North Africa, but also for the first time its later operations in the Aegean, Italy and different parts of the Balkans - Yugoslavia and Albania particularly -- where its adventures were appropriately colourful and often bizarre."

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Reasoner, James, ZERO HOUR: A Novel of World War II Book III of the "Last Good War" series. VG/VG. Remainder dot on top of book (page edges). Jacket crimped but untorn at bottom of spine. Otherwise in new condition. Tom Doherty Associates, 2003. 494 pages. "November, 1942. In the Pacific with the U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal, and in North Africa with the British Armored Tank Command, James Reasoner puts readers into the thick of the most deadly action of World War II. The British Tank Command has been fighting an uphill battle with Rommel's Panzers. Brothers Joe and Dale Parker, detailed from the U.S. Army to help the British tankers, find themselves helping to turn the tide against the Desert Fox. Meanwhile, their friend Adam Bergman is in the Solomon Islands with the Marines, as the U.S. starts the bloody fight to reclaim the Pacific. Reasoner takes us into the heart of the fight in both theaters of war, and to wartime struggles on the home front, and in hospitals on ships and in temporary quarters near the fronts. The immediacy of his prose and the urgency of his story convey a passion and conviction that will stir the blood of anyone who cares about freedom and wants to understand its price."

$25.00







click to enlarge Lewin, Ronald. ROMMEL AS A MILITARY COMMANDER. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2004) 5.75x7.25, illustrated. 272 pages.
~~~ As the Germans wreaked havoc in Europe in the early 1940s, the war in Northern Africa seemed relatively insignificant. Yet a series of surprising victories by the Afrika Korps forced Winston Churchill to refocus his attention. In the desert, one of the war's most brilliant commanders was blooming - Commander Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel. In this provocative study, Ronald Lewin, prizewinning author of Slim: The Standardbearer and Ultra Goes to War charts the course of Rommel's military career.
~~~ The Desert Fox, was a tactical genius - his personal leadership and ability to improvise on the battlefield with minimal resources were exemplary. Yet lapses in Rommel's judgment, combined with Churchill's heightened defences and Hitler's neglect, led to a crushing defeat for the Afrika Korps at Alamein in 1942.
~~~ As Rommel's success waned, so did his relations with Hitler. Rommel was an exceptional commander - not only for his skills, but for the integrity with which he carried himself. This integrity, admired even by his adversaries, proved fatal. Unafraid to voice his objections to Hitler's military decisions, Rommel was associated with the 1944 plot to kill the dictator. In the wake of the plot's failure, Rommel was forced to take his own life.

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Mitchum, Samuel W., ROMMEL'S GREATEST VICTORY: The Desert Fox and the Fall of Tobruk, Spring, 1942. NF/NF. Jacket in mylar protector (Novata, CA: Presidio Press, 1998). Maps, photographs, notes, bibliography, index, 243 pages. From the publisher: "In May of 1942, Erwin Rommel, already famed as the "Desert Fox," launched an audacious campaign against the British forces defending the road to Alexandria, the Suez canal, and the oil-rich Middle East. The prize was Tobruk, the most important port along the Libyan coast east of Tripoli, the Axis base of operations. Possession of this fortress would give the Afrika Korps a secure base of supply almost a thousand miles closer to the Egyptian border. The spring 1942 battle for Tobruk is a study of Rommel, the foremost strategist and tactician of his generation, at his best, daring but never foolhardy. It also studies Rommel the combat leader at his greatest, discerning the critical moment in time and the critical point on the battlefield, and then being present to personally influence the result."
Hardcover originally published at $27.95, now OUT OF PRINT. (Paperback currently in print at $18.95).

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click to enlarge Schraepler, Hans-Joachim. AT ROMMEL'S SIDE: The Lost Letters of Hans-Joachim Schraepler NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Frontline Books, 2009) 6x9, 16 pages of plates. 256 pages.
~~~ Erwin Rommel, Hitler’s so-called ‘Desert Fox’, is possibly the most famous German Field-Marshal of WWII. He is widely regarded as the one of the most skilled commanders of desert warfare and, in contrast to other leaders of Nazi Germany, is considered to have been a chivalrous and humane officer.
~~~ The letters of his adjutant provide a unique picture of Rommel during his time in Libya. Hans-Joachim Schraepler was by Rommel’s side in North Africa for ten crucial months in 1940–41. During that time, he wrote to his wife almost every day. In most cases, the correspondence went via the usual channels but occasionally he used other methods to avoid the censor’s gaze.
~~~ Through his letters, Schraepler supplies a vivid image of the first phase of the North Africa campaign. He covers the siege of Tobruk, the capture of Benghazi, and the difficulties experienced by those fighting in Cyrenica and the wider North African theater. He also complains that the Italian were poor Allies, lacking training and leadership, and that Berlin regarded North Africa as a theater of only secondary importance.
~~~ Schraepler also provides insights into Rommel’s character – his dynamism and tactical skill, along with the growing ‘cult of personality’ which seemed to surround him. One of his unofficial tasks, for example, was to respond in Rommel’s name to much of the fan mail that arrived at the Afrikakorps HQ.
~~~ Hans-Albrecht Schraepler was only seven years old when his father died. The cache of letters was held by his mother and remained untouched for sixty years. His father’s last letter, found the day of his death, remains unfinished.

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Showalter, Dennis, PATTON AND ROMMEL: Men of War in the Twentieth Century. NEW copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. (NY: Berkeley Caliber, 2005) 'A History Book Club Exclusive Edition', with an 'Exclusive History Book Introduction by the Author'. Index, 441 pages.
~~~ From Publishers Weekly: "One of the most distinguished American historians of WWII returns with an outstanding parallel biography of George Patton and Erwin Rommel. The research is thorough, the quality of the writing superb. The two men came from substantially different backgrounds--Patton from an upper-class family with a distinguished record in the Confederate Army, Rommel from staunchly middle-class Wurttemburgers barely eligible to send their son into the Kaiser's army. Both saw combat in WWI (Rommel far more than Patton), spent a frustrating interwar period (in which Rommel fared better than Patton) and rose to high distinction as experts in mobile warfare in WWII. Today, each is more admired in the other's country, and the author argues persuasively that they had different ambitions in their pursuit of mobility: Patton lived a cavalryman's image of antique heroism a century out-of-date, while Rommel was the consummate technical expert (except in logistics). They certainly rank together as two of the most written-about, and two of the most accomplished, military commanders of the century, and Showalter, the former head of the Society for Military History, ranks as a scholar who has done them justice, making two complex men and a vast panorama of military history remarkably accessible for experts and lay readers alike.

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Watson, Bruce Allen, EXIT ROMMEL: THE TUNISIAN CAMPAIGN, 1942-1943 NEW copy; hardcover with dust jacket. Greenwood Publishing. 248 pages. From the publisher: "A study of Rommel's generalship in the context of the fateful Tunisian campaign, this book explores Rommel's leadership through the influential variables of battle, including logistics difficulties, weapons technology, and his relations with Hitler. The legend of the Desert Fox colors most battle accounts of North Africa in World War II, but this is the story of Rommel's performance in the face of defeat. After a detailed discussion of the Alamein battles, July through November 1942, and Rommel's retreat to Tunisia, ending in January 1943, Watson recounts the British and American invasion of North Africa and the confused web of Axis command that spawned the debacle at Medenine." Currently in print at $52.95.

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[Stirling] Cowles, Virginia, THE PHANTOM MAJOR: The Story of David Stirling and His Desert Command. VG/VG-. Jacket chipped at head of spine; jacket spine darkened. Jacket in mylar. Original '$3.95' price intact. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1958. First Edition. Appendix, index, 320 pages. "In the dark and uncertain days of 1941, when the Desert Fox had gobbled up most of North Africa, a brash, six-foot-six lieutenant of the No.8 Commando slipped past the sentry at Brtish Middle East Headquareters and burst in on the Cheif of Staff. It was David Stirling with a simple, if unconventional idea: that a handful of skillful, highly trained men raiding deep behind Rommel's lines could wreak havoc on enemy planes, airfields and communications... For the next fourteen months, often one hundred miles inside enemy lines, they destroyed planes, blew up car parks and ammunition depots, hijacked lorries, mined roads, derailed trains, set fire to petrol dumps and killed many times their own number. Their technique was to hide by day in one of the several southern oases or in a wadi near their objective, and then strike swiftly across the nighttime desert by jeep or lorry."

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click to enlarge Timpson, Alastair and Andrew Gibson-Watt. IN ROMMEL'S BACKYARD: A Memoir of the Long Range Desert Group. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen and Sword, 2010). 6x9.5, Illustrations. 196 pages.
~~~ Alastair Timpson belonged to that generation of young men who were propelled straight from public school into the maelstrom of the Second World War. Inured as they had become from quite an early age to discomfort, discipline, indifferent food and absence from home, many appeared to make an effortless transition from the peace of their upbringing to the dangers of front line soldering.
~~~ Timpson had the good fortune to find this way, via the Scots Guards, into the Long Range Desert Group, the most romantic of special force units. In Rommel’s Backyard describes the threefold roles of the LRDG, all of which involved daring, dash and incredible feats of endurance and navigation deep behind enemy lines. They were the eyes and ears of the Eighth Army, road-watching and reporting enemy movement; they destroyed enemy aircraft, supply dumps and vehicles; and transported other special forces and agents to their objectives.
~~~ Fortunately, Alastair Timpson kept a meticulous record of all his activities with the LRDG, although he never saw this as being of interest to more than his family. However, after his death, his son realized its wider appeal and offered it for publication.
~~~ Although In Rommel’s Backyard is a very personal account it epitomizes the spirit of a campaign which involved many thousands of young men. In a calm, often detached way - his modesty is noteworthy - the author gives an account of his and his colleagues’ war behind enemy lines which will appeal not only to historians of the period but to all those who enjoy a real-life adventure story of epic encounters fought, and won, against the odds.

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click to enlarge Whiting, Charles. DISASTER AT KASSERINE: Ike and the 1st (US) Army in North Africa 1943 NEW copy, hardcover with dustjacket. (Pen and Sword, 2003) 6x9.5, illustrations. 224 pages.
~~~ Those who imagined that the arrival of a major American force in North Africa would immediately tip the balance against Rommel's Afrika Korps were to be proved badly wrong.
~~~ Just how ill-prepared the GI Army and its generals were became horrifically apparent at the Kasserine Pass. In his typically thorough and fast-moving style, Charles Whiting examines these events and the reasons for the debacle, which shook America deeply.

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Zanuck, Darryl F., TUNIS EXPEDITION. VG. Lacks dust jacket. NY: Random House, 1943. Second Printing. Former owner's signature on front flyleaf has been INKED OUT. Otherwise book is clean and tight. Bound in buckram which has become dingy. Covers very slightly bowed. Maps on endpages, photographs, 159 pages. From the Forward by Damon Runyon: "The author went to North Africa with the very first contingent of American officers, as a representative of Major General Dawson Olmstead, Chief Signal Oficer, and was in command of a large unit of p;hotographers detailed to film the operations, a task that was discharged with the most spectacular results. Colonel Zanuck, a masterhand with the lens, did much of the photographing himself at considerable personal hazard and, as you well sense from his story, with great joy in the excitement."

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