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The Tigers are Burning, Caidin, Martin
1 Caidin, Martin The Tigers are Burning
Los Angeles Pinnacle Books 1980 0523408552 / 9780523408552 Second Printing Mass Market Paperback Good+ 


Spine/covers a bit creased, corners bumped. FIrst few pages show some creasing and small, mostly closed tears. Slight foxing.

"The battle of Kursk broke the back of the German army in 1943 and changed the entire course of WWII. It began on July 5, 1943, with a massive attack by the Nazis-committing the bulk of their armor, troops, and aircraft in Russia-against Soviet forces defending the Kursk area. The battle raged and seesawed back and forth for forty days. Only now are historians realizing the full importance and scope of this gigantic battle. . . truly the Waterloo of our times!"; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
001530 
Price: 6.95 USD

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A Leader's Guide to Company Training Meetings TC 25-30, Department of the Army
2 Department of the Army A Leader's Guide to Company Training Meetings TC 25-30
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office 1994 Soft Cover Very Good+ 


White wraps, 3 holes punched along left edge for inserting in binder. Corners bumped, slight edge wear. A nice copy.

"This manual provides a practical guide to company training meetings for company commanders, platoon leaders, platoon sergeants, and other leaders involved in the planning and execution of company-level training."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
004266 
Price: 6.50 USD

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Communications-Electronics Fundamentals: Amplifiers F M 11-66, Department of the Army
3 Department of the Army Communications-Electronics Fundamentals: Amplifiers F M 11-66
Washington, D.C. Department of the Army 1983 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good 


iii + 117 pp, glossary, index. Slight edge wear, covers a little bowed. A very nice copy.

This Field Manual is an introductory study of amplifiers and amplification.; 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
002557 
Price: 13.00 USD

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Interior Wiring : TM 5-760 AFM 85-24 1976 (1968), Department of the Army; Department of the Air Force
4 Department of the Army; Department of the Air Force Interior Wiring : TM 5-760 AFM 85-24 1976 (1968)
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office 1976 Soft Cover Very Good 


119 pp, numerous figures, illustrations, tables, index. Light tan wraps with 3 holes punched for loose leaf binder. Corners bumped, some discoloration along leading edge of front cover, a little darkening, binding fairly tight. Text is clean and unmarked. A nice copy.

This is a revision of the January 1957 manual. The cover states August 1968 but the last page shows US GPO: 1976 at the bottom.
"This manual provides practical information for military personnel in the design, layout, installation, and maintenance of electrical wiring systems, as installed in the theater of operations."; 9¾" - 12" Tall
005632 
Price: 10.00 USD

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PT 109 - John F. Kennedy in World War II, Donovan, Robert J.
5 Donovan, Robert J. PT 109 - John F. Kennedy in World War II
Greenwich, Conn Crest Books 1962 Mass Market Paperback Good 


160 pp, index, 16 pp of photographs. Some edge wear/chipping, 2" tear along front cover hinge at bottom, corners bumped, slight spine slant. Ink scribblings inside covers and a few words written on back cover. Margin note on one page. Text is clean and unmarked.

The New York Times said: "In PT-109 we see a man assailed by hunger, heat, cold, discouragement and Danger, and rising, without dramatics of posturing, to greatness. . . he acted, not in panic but with coolness, with supreme self-confidence and a firm belief in his own and his country's destiny, Just as important he had the courage to make the hard, the unpopular decision."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
002085 
Price: 5.00 USD

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How to Make War : A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Warfare, Dunnigan, James F.
6 Dunnigan, James F. How to Make War : A Comprehensive Guide to Modern Warfare
New York William Morrow & Company 1982 0688007805 / 9780688007805 Fifth Printing Hardcover Good+ in Good+ dust jacket 


Apparent water damage to top of spine/front board/DJ, but text undamaged, corners bumped. DJ somewhat creased, esp. to flaps, moderate edgewear & chipping. Text is clean & unmarked.

"Informative, fascinating, shocking, How to Make War cuts through the myths and complexities of modern warfare. Neither pro-war nor anti-war, this primer makes no statements—except of the facts. Succinct, non-technical explanations and unique statistical charts cover every aspect of modern warfare on land and sea, in air and space. James F. Dunnigan, a leading expert on military history and simulations, uncovers precedents and trends, which best predict the outcome of military operations. The elusive human factors are often overlooked; Dunnigan shows that deficient leadership and training can easily undo technological superiority, that the most universal military law is Murphy’s."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
002808 
Price: 7.95 USD

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In the Company of Heroes: A True Story, Durant, Michael; Hartov, Steven
7 Durant, Michael; Hartov, Steven In the Company of Heroes: A True Story
New York G.P. Putnam's Son's 2003 0399150609 / 9780399150609 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Illustrated by Tafuri, Tom (cover)

A bright, attractive copy.

"A true story by Michael J. Durant, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (Ret.). Piloting a U.S. Army Special Operations Blackhawk, Durant was shot down and captured on October 3, 1993, in the battle depicted in Mark Bowden's bestselling book Black Hawk Down. Although saved by two valiant but doomed Delta Force operators from being town apart, Durant became a prisoner of Somali warlord Mohammed Aidid --- the man responsible for prolonging starvation in his country by hijacking United Nations food shipments. U.S. policy makers had determined that capturing Aidid was the only way to restore order. The simple snatch-and-grab plan, named Operation Gothic Serpent, turned into the biggest U.S. firefight since the Vietnam War. Durant became one of the most famous POWs of all time while held captive by a seemingly backward yet media-savvy people....Durant's experience as a prisoner in Somalia grew increasingly bizarre over time, crystallizing a clash of cultures by turns frightening, melancholy, hilarious, and strangely familiar. Revealing never-before-told stories with the incisive thought and the emotion of one who was there, In the Company of Heroes is one man's unforgettable true story of going to hell and making it back alive."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
004536 
Price: 11.95 USD

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The Soviet Sea Challenge:  The Struggle for Control of the World's Oceans, Eller, Rear Admiral Ernest McNeill Eller, USN (Ret.)
8 Eller, Rear Admiral Ernest McNeill Eller, USN (Ret.) The Soviet Sea Challenge: The Struggle for Control of the World's Oceans
Chicago Cowles Book Company, Inc. 1971 Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 


xiv + 315 pp., 16 pp. glossy black and white photographs tipped in, bibliography, maps, index. Red boards with white lettering. Spine somewhat slanted, corners a bit bumped, shallow indent along top back edge. DJ has two small chips along top edge, small closed tear along bottom edge, and 3" tear along back flap from the bottom. Overall a nice copy.

"Americans . . . are often unaware of a greater danger: the Russians' determined drive to become masters of the sea on which America's very life depends."
Eller traces the growth of American sea power from World War II (where the Navy emerged as the preeminent power in the world) through Korea and Vietnam. He also charts the Soviet drive to counter the U.S. Navy and take their place as a first class naval power in their own right. It is a recurring theme throughout world history, whenever there is a dominent nation (on sea or land) that others strive to catch up with. We know the initial outcomes of the Cold War, but how will this same theme play out for current and future generations?; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
006174 
Price: 12.00 USD

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The Tangled Web, Ganier-Raymond, Philippe
9 Ganier-Raymond, Philippe The Tangled Web
New York, NY Warner Books 1972 First Thus Mass Market Paperback Good 


Spine a bit creased, slanted, corners bumped. Some edge wear plus chipping to top of spine. Upper right corner of most pages has small stain. Text is clean and unmarked.

"In March, 1942, the Germans captured Hubertus Lauwers, a radioman in the Dutch section of British Special Operations who had parachuted into occupied Holland a year before. The German Abwehr then forced Lauwers to send false messages to Britain and in return receive valuable information for use by the Third Reich.
"The Tangled Web" follows step by step the fate of Lauwers, and reveals the shocking and mysterious story of one of the greatest failures of Allied espionage, and at the same time one of the greatest German successes, during World War II."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
001806 
Price: 3.95 USD

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The March of the Mormon Battalion From Council Bluffs to California: Taken from the Journal of Henry Standage, Golder, Frank Alfred; Bailey, Thomas A.; Smith, J. Lyman
10 Golder, Frank Alfred; Bailey, Thomas A.; Smith, J. Lyman The March of the Mormon Battalion From Council Bluffs to California: Taken from the Journal of Henry Standage
New York The Century Co. 1928 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 


Dark blue cloth with gold lettering, xiii + 295 pp, index, bibliography, list of the members of the battalion, 8 full page b/w photos tipped in. Two tone map end papers showing the routes of the Mormon pioneers to Salt Lake City and the Mormon battalion to Los Angeles. Ex-library with typical markings stamps and stickers. Spine a bit cocked and sunned, corners bumped, a little edge wear and rubbing, small stain to front board that is likely a dampstain. Boards starting to separate from text block along the hinges, exposing some of the webbing. Pages slightly browned but text is clean and unmarked. Overall a nice copy.

Henry Standage was one of the volunteers serving in the Mormon Battalion during its march from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas through Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona to San Diego and Los Angeles. Professor Golder came across his journal in Arizona and obtained permission to publish it. It covers the period of the march from June, 1846 through the battalion being paid off in July, 1847.
From the Introduction by Reed Smoot: "The story of the Battalion is introduced by a historical sketch of the rise and progress of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, down to the year 1839, when the Nauvoo period of 'Mormon' history begins, leading up to the principal theme presented in these papers. Following that sketch are the Church's Articles of Faith, and a brief setting forth of its organization and government."
This unique event in American history and American military history is also fleshed out by presented letters and speeches of various governors, military officers, presidents, and other people directly involved with the Mormon migrations and the decisions to create the Mormon battalion. As far as I am aware, this is the only Army unit ever raised solely along religious bounds. It is perhaps somewhat comparable to the nisei units raised during World War II or the various black regiments raised from the Civil War through the early Korean War.; Ex-Library; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall
007411 
Price: 110.00 USD

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Soviet Troop Control: The Role of Command Technology in the Soviet Military Command, Hemsley, John
11 Hemsley, John Soviet Troop Control: The Role of Command Technology in the Soviet Military Command
Oxford Brassey's Publishers Limited 1982 0080270085 / 9780080270081 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 


Ex library with expected stamps and markings. xxvi + 276 pp, 34 b&w plates, appendices, bibliography, glossary, and index. Corners bumped, slight spine slant, slight edge wear. Text is clean and unmarked.

"This book . . . deals with Soviet concepts of command, the measurement of effectiveness, the application of systems theory and the advent of computerisation . . . in the context of a . . . wide-ranging discussion of Soviet military institutions, their performance in World War II, their subsequent modernisation, and the problems arising from social change, the decline in ideology and the information explosion."; Ex-Library; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
002052 
Price: 25.00 USD

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Day of Infamy, Lord, Walter
12 Lord, Walter Day of Infamy
New York, NY Bantam Books 1958 Third Printing Mass Market Paperback Good+ 


Spine/covers a bit creased, corners bumped / chipped, some shelf wear/darkening, 35c written at top of front cover. Pages in good condition, still a fairly tight copy.

"At 7:55 A.M., Pacific time, a day began that changed the world and all our lives with it.
The sudden ferocious onslaught was more than just an attack on a naval base, more than a shattering of a treaty, it was a catastrophe that no American before it could have imagined -- and one that no American is ever likely to forget.
We are mostly optimistic people and that day is now a decade and more in the past, but it has not dimmed. Where were you when you heard the news about Pearl Harbor? You remember -- all of us do.
Here is that day again -- all the confusion, the agony -- the wild excitement and the sudden realization that there was no more time for talking. . ."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
000616 
Price: 4.25 USD

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Incredible Victory, Lord, Walter
13 Lord, Walter Incredible Victory
New York Harper & Row 1967 Cloth Very Good in Good dust jacket 


331 pp., index, 16 pages of glossy black and white photographs tipped in. Spine slightly slanted, PO name inside. Front pastedown is a map depicting the Japanese advance across the Pacific, back pastedown shows the timeline of the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. DJ priceclipped with a few tears repaired with tape. A nice copy.

"They had no right to win. Yet they did, and in doing so they changed the course of a war. More than that, they added a new name - Midway - to that small list that inspires men by example. . . like Marathon, the Armada, the Marne."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
005988 
Price: 9.95 USD

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Decisive Battles of the Civil War, Mitchell, Joseph B.
14 Mitchell, Joseph B. Decisive Battles of the Civil War
New York Fawcett Books 1988 0449300315 / 9780449300312 Nineteenth Printing Mass Market Paperback Near Fine 
Illustrated by Mitchell, Joseph B.

Owner's name written inside cover.; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
000135 
Price: 3.95 USD
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Spoken German:  Basic Course - Units 1-12  (War Department Education Manual EM 518), Moulton, William G. & Moulton, Jenni Karding
15 Moulton, William G. & Moulton, Jenni Karding Spoken German: Basic Course - Units 1-12 (War Department Education Manual EM 518)
Washington, D.C. Linguistic Society of America 1944 Apparent First Edition Soft Cover Good 


269 pp. Stiff grey paper boards with black lettering. Spine ends a little chipped, corners bumped, some foxing, paper boards starting to come loose from spine. Text is clean, light, and unmarked.

A general introduction to the German language designed to make it possible for US Naval personel to deal with common situations and topics in Germany.; 5¾" - 6¾" Tall
006164 
Price: 9.00 USD

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Egypt: A Country Study (DA Pam No. 550-43 ), Nyrop, Richard F. (editor)
16 Nyrop, Richard F. (editor) Egypt: A Country Study (DA Pam No. 550-43 )
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office 1983 Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 


xxxvi + 362 pp., 10 figures plus numerous b/w photos, fold-out map, appendices, bibliography, glossary, index. Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped. A bright, attractive copy.

Supercedes the 1976 edition. "Each book in the series deals with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its economic, national security, political, and social systems and institutions and examining the interrelationships of those systems and institutions and the ways that they are shaped by cultural factors."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
005104 
Price: 10.00 USD

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Guatemala: A Country Study (DA Pam No. 550-78 ), Nyrop, Richard F. (editor)
17 Nyrop, Richard F. (editor) Guatemala: A Country Study (DA Pam No. 550-78 )
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office 1984 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 


xxvi + 261 pp., 7 figures plus numerous b/w photos, appendix, bibliography, glossary, index. Corners bumped, slight edge wear, a little darkening. An attractive copy.

Replaces 1970 'Area Handbook for Guatemala.' "Each book in the series deals with a particular foreign country, describing and analyzing its economic, national security, political, and social systems and institutions and examining the interrelationships of those systems and institutions and the ways that they are shaped by cultural factors."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
005105 
Price: 10.00 USD

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Operation Overflight, Powers, Francis Gary with Gentry, Curt
18 Powers, Francis Gary with Gentry, Curt Operation Overflight
New York Tower Books 1970 Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 


Minor edgewear. Text clean and unmarked.

"The true story of the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history: the U-2 incident. The U-2 incident wrecked a Summit Conference and created the credibility gap. Suppressed for years, the tremendously exciting report brings to light events that are important for all Americans today."; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
004646 
Price: 15.00 USD

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Custer's Last Stand, Reynolds, Quentin
19 Reynolds, Quentin Custer's Last Stand
New York Random House 1951 Eighth Printing Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Illustrated by Chapman, Frederick T.

Spine slanted, darkened, some wear and chipping at top and base. Dampstaining across both boards, corners bumped, minor edge wear with a dent to top edge of back cover. Owner's name insdie cover, a couple gold stars on read pastedown. Pages are clean and unmarked.

A "Landmark Book," this is the story of General George Armstrong Custer starting with his boyhood and life at West Point. As with so many men of his generation, Custer comes of age during the Civil War, where the young cavalryman makes a flamboyant name for himself, winding up a Brigadier General. Staying in the Army after the war, Custer ends up battling in the Indian wars out west and, in 1876, made his fateful campaign to the Little Big Horn.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
003189 
Price: 7.95 USD

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A Bridge Too Far, Ryan, Cornelius
20 Ryan, Cornelius A Bridge Too Far
New York Popular Library 1977 0445083735 / 9780445083738 First Thus Mass Market Paperback Good+ 


Spine/covers slightly creased, corners bumped, some edge wear to covers and spine. Some darkening.

"On the narrow corridor that would carry the armored drive, there were five major bridges to take. They had to be seized intact by airborne assault. It was the fifth, the crucial bridge over the Lower Rhine at a place called Arnhem, 64 miles behind the German lines, that worried Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning, Deputy Commander, 1st Allied Airborne Army. Pointing to the Arnhem bridge on the map he asked, 'How long will it take the armor to reach us?' Field Marshal Montgomery replied briskly, 'Two days.' Still looking at the map, Browning said, 'We can hold it for four.' Then he added, 'But, sir, I think we might be going a bridge too far.'"
An excellent recounting of arguably the most daring plan ever proposed by Montgomery, but one that ended as a brutal defeat. Striving to breach the German frontier in the fall of 1944, before the Allied armies ground to a halt due to lack of supplies, Eisenhower embraced Monty's idea and set in motion the biggest airborne assault of all time. Ryan brings Operation Market-Garden to life with extensive interviews of participants and civilians from both armies.; 6¾" - 7¾" Tall
001536 
Price: 4.50 USD

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