Churchill: A Photographic Portrait

Martin Gilbert Softcover 376 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe: 1944-1945
In his controversial and award-winning 2003 book Fields of Fire, Terry Copp offered a stunning reversal of accepted military history, challenging the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a failure. Cinderella Army continues the story of the operations carried out by the First Canadian Army in the last nine months of the war, and extends the argument developed in Fields of Fire that .the achievement of the Allied and especially the Canadian armies... has been greatly underrated while the effectiveness of the German army has been greatly exaggerated.. Copp supports this argument with research conducted on numerous trips to the battlefields of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His detailed knowledge of the battlefield terrain, along with contemporary maps and air photos, allows Copp to explore the defensive positions that Canadian soldiers were required to overcome, and to illustrate how impressive their achievements truly were. Except for a brief period during the Rhineland battle, the First Canadian Army was the smallest to serve under Eisenhower's command. The Canadian component of that Army never totalled more that 185,000 of the four million Allied troops serving in Northwest Europe. It is, however, evident that the divisions of 2nd Canadian Corps played a role disproportionate to their numbers. Their contribution to operations designed to secure the Channel Ports and open the approaches to Antwerp together with the battles in the Rhineland place them among the most heavily committed and sorely tried divisions in the Allied armies. By the end of 1944 3rd Canadian Division had suffered the highest number of casualties in 21 Army Group with 2nd Canadian Division ranking a close second. Among armoured divisions, 4th Canadian was at the top of the list as was 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade among the independent tank brigades. Overall Canadian casualties were twenty percent higher than in comparable British formations. This was a direct result of the much greater number of days that Canadian units were involved in close combat. As passionately written and compellingly argued as its precursor, Cinderella Army is both an important bookend to Copp's earlier work, and stands on its own as a significant contribution to Canadian military history.
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Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe: 1944-1945
In his controversial and award-winning 2003 book Fields of Fire, Terry Copp offered a stunning reversal of accepted military history, challenging the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a failure. Cinderella Army continues the story of the operations carried out by the First Canadian Army in the last nine months of the war, and extends the argument developed in Fields of Fire that .the achievement of the Allied and especially the Canadian armies... has been greatly underrated while the effectiveness of the German army has been greatly exaggerated.. Copp supports this argument with research conducted on numerous trips to the battlefields of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His detailed knowledge of the battlefield terrain, along with contemporary maps and air photos, allows Copp to explore the defensive positions that Canadian soldiers were required to overcome, and to illustrate how impressive their achievements truly were. Except for a brief period during the Rhineland battle, the First Canadian Army was the smallest to serve under Eisenhower's command. The Canadian component of that Army never totalled more that 185,000 of the four million Allied troops serving in Northwest Europe. It is, however, evident that the divisions of 2nd Canadian Corps played a role disproportionate to their numbers. Their contribution to operations designed to secure the Channel Ports and open the approaches to Antwerp together with the battles in the Rhineland place them among the most heavily committed and sorely tried divisions in the Allied armies. By the end of 1944 3rd Canadian Division had suffered the highest number of casualties in 21 Army Group with 2nd Canadian Division ranking a close second. Among armoured divisions, 4th Canadian was at the top of the list as was 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade among the independent tank brigades. Overall Canadian casualties were twenty percent higher than in comparable British formations. This was a direct result of the much greater number of days that Canadian units were involved in close combat. As passionately written and compellingly argued as its precursor, Cinderella Army is both an important bookend to Copp's earlier work, and stands on its own as a significant contribution to Canadian military history.
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Classic Fighter Aircraft

Martin W. Bowman Softcover 128 pages Out of Print. New old stock.

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Classic Warbirds in Color
This colorful and informative volume examines in detail the history, design, production, and service of some of the greatest warbirds of all time. Bringing them to life in vivid color, incredible photos capture these high-flying and hardworking machines at the height of action from every combatant in WWI and WWII. Enthusiasts, model builders, and historians will enjoy the detailed air-to-air and close-ups providing insight into the full details of the service life of Mustangs, Spitfires, Messerschmitts, Zeros, Spads, Fokkers, and more. Each entry is accompanied by brief informative histories and vital technical data.
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Classics: U.S. Aircraft of World War II
A must for any WWII buff, this collection boasts photographs of restored aircraft and interviews with the men who flew them. The pilots discuss training, missions, and even capture and imprisonment
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Coastal Anti-Aircraft Artillery in Canadian Service
This compact book provides details of the Canadian Coastal Anti-Aircraft Artillery. The book features a 5-view centre spread showing various weapons including the Q.F. 3-Inch 20-cwt and the Bofors 40-mm.
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Cobra: Tank Killer Supreme
This lovely pictorial shows some of the many faces of the quintessential attack helicopter --- Bell's remarkable AH-1, The Cobra.
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Combat Aircraft 5: Blenheim Squadrons of World War 2
Built in large numbers in the years leading up to World War II (1939-1945), Bristol's Blenheim saw use as both a fighter and bomber thanks to its high speed in relation to the biplane types it was then replacing. Aside from its work as the staple medium RAF bomber from 1939 through to 1942, Belnheims also served as pioneer radar-equipped nightfighters in 1940/41 and long-range patrol aircraft with Coastal Command. Obsolete in Europe by the end of 1940, the Belnheim continued to serve as a frontline bomber in North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Far East well into 1943.
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Combat Colours: Military Aircraft Markings
The "esprit de corps" that flourishes in the individual air force and naval squadrons across the world, is often colourfully reflected in the schemes worn by their aircraft. This book illustrates not only the extraordinary range that has been and continues to be displayed on these planes, but also shows that some, often short-lived aircraft schemes are especially designed to reflect anniversaries, special duties and display roles. Many combat aircraft are included such as Phantoms, Mirages, Starfighters, Tornados, Fighting Falcons, Tomcats, Hornets and Corsairs. The concept of Combat Colours arose some years ago as an exercise to gather, in one volume, all of the special schemes that were being devised to commemorate anniversaries, especially those not given too much publicity. As the idea grew, so unfortunately did the amount of schemes that were appearing which, to some degree, gave the project an open ended finish and as such, delayed its final production. As the volume of material began to grow so did the catchment area in as far as what was considered to be a special scheme. In the end, after much discussion, it was decided that in the interests of fairness on those units restricted as to the lengths they could be allowed to go in altering their standard schemes, that anything and everything non-standard would be considered. This, therefore, gave us licence to include the special one-off schemes for the anniversaries as originally conceived; special display colour schemes which were to be regularly seen on the airshow circuit; strange markings and colour schemes adopted as either one-off trials or applied for specific exercises, and finally some of the more elaborate art work that was appearing in ever increasing abundance. Having set the criteria, the then near impossible task of deciding what to leave out arose and the finished product is in no way indicative of a lack of effort or imagination of those units not included. Equally the type of shots included are hopefully designed to give the reader a good overall look at these schemes without making the subject static. Having said this however, many striking shots were omitted so as to avoid losing a more overall balance.
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Comrades: Personal Stories of WWII Veterans
A compilation of Veteran’s stories from World War II which Don shares with us. Some colour photographs introduce us to the Vererans as they recount their personal experiences.
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Corsair Aces: The Bent-Wing Bird Over the Pacific (2nd Edition)
In the history of aerial warfare, few aircraft have been so instrumental in battlefield history as the Chance Vought F4U Corsair.
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Corvettes Canada: Convoy Veterans of WWII Tell Their True Stories
The Canadian escort group C 2 was comprised of the RCN destroyers Gatineau and Chaudiere, the frigate St. Catharines, the Corvettes Chilliwack and Fennel, and the RN destroyer Icarus. these six and the RN corvette Kenilworth castle combined to sing U-744 in the North Atlantic in a prolonged drama on March 5 and 6, 1944. At 32 hours, this the second-longest successful hunt of the war.
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Courage on the Battlefield (Volume II): Canada’s Military Heritage
Courage in the battlefield is the second title in a three volume set of selected Canadian war heroes as compiled by Arthur Bishop. These exciting narratives bring to life the gallant and self-sacrificing stories of those who fought first on Canadian soil in the War of 1812, in the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, the Boer war and in World wars I and II and in Korea.
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Cowboys of the Sky
"Cowboys of the Sky" is a legendary saga of the military jackets and the heroes who immortalized them: Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Herbert Fisher, Claire Chennault and his Flying Tigers, Charles "Chuck" Yaeger, General Patton, etc. A fabulous aerial western comes to life thorugh the history of American aviation, from the glorious era of "the pioneers of the sky" to those of "the Jet Age". For this important retracing of "the American leather dream", Gilles Lhote chose ascollaborator and technical advisor the most important specialist on U.S. flight jackets: Jeff Clyman, President of Avirex, USA> The company of this aviation fanatic ans war bird pilot has sold over 2.500.000 jackets, manufactures for the American Department of Defense and made the flight jackets used in such moves as "The Right Stuff" and "Top Gun". This book contains almost 800 photographs and original docuents, both period and contemporary, in color and black and white, an unparalleled photographic record of the most prestigious and unique bomber jackets on this planet, and their part in 20th century aviation history and folklore; a guide for the amateur, the collector and the just plain curious.
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Crew Chief
Fast paced action that never stops in this spellbinding but honest look at Vietnam through the eyes of an all-combat assault helicopter crew chief. With 24 pictures that relate to the account being narrated, the Vietnam War comes sharply to life.
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Dam Busters Manual: A Guide to the Weapons Technology Used Against the Dams and Special Targets of Nazi-Occupied Europe
The famous dams raid in May 1943 was made possible only by the fusion of cutting-edge technology with the raw courage of a hand-picked squadron of RAF airmen. The incredible bouncing bomb, used to devastating effect by 617 Squadron on the Ruhr dams, was the vanguard of a whole train of technical developments that made this and other precision raids possible. Using the Haynes Manual approach, Iain Murray describes the technology behind the bouncing bomb as well as the heavily modified Lancasters that were used to deliver the weapons.
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Damn the Torpedoes: My Fight to Unify Canada’s Armed Forces
In this memoir, Paul Hellyer recounts his early political career, leading up to the unification of the armed forces.
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Dancing in the Sky: The Royal Flying Corps in Canada
Dancing in the Sky is the first complete telling of the First World War fighter pilot training initiative established by the British in response to the terrible losses occurring in the skies over Europe in 1916. This program, up and running in under six months despite enormous obstacles, launched Canada into the age of flight ahead of the United States. The results enabled the Allies to regain control of the skies and eventually win the war, but at a terrible price. Flying was in its infancy and pilot training primitive. This is the story of the talented and courageous men and women who made the training program a success, complete with the romance, tragedy, humour, and pathos that accompany an account of such heroic proportions. A valuable addition to Canada’s military history, this book will appeal to all who enjoy an exceptional adventure story embedded in Canada’s past.
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De Havilland Mosquito: 1940 onwards (all marks) – An insight into developing, flying, servicing and restoring Britain’s legendary ‘Wooden Wonder’ fighter-bomber (Owners’ Workshop Manual)
The subject of this book is Mosquito FB26, KA114, a variant of the famous FBVI fighter-bomber that was used widely in anti-shipping strikes and in daring low-level bombing operations. Of all the variants of Mosquito built, the FBVI was the most numerous. KA114 is undergoing a major rebuild to airworthy condition on behalf of its US owner Jerry Yagen, by Avspecs in New Zealand.
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