Davis Military Books

Ken Davis

My specialty is high quality military, naval, aviation books, photographs and other documents. The subjects cover both World Wars as well as a few books on earlier periods (eg. Napoleonic). I have many Official Histories of Allied nations, biographies and specialty subjects. A good sampling are listed for this show. I also have a collection of airline and general aviation books, photos and postcards. In addition, I have many WW 1 Canadian Army cap badges and other collectables.

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Canada

1.  The Canadian Army 1939-1945 An Official Historical Summary

Item Price: $60

Item Description: Author: C.P. Stacey. 1st. ed. 1948. An excellent account of the activities and campaigns of the Canadian Army in World War 2. Written by the Canadian Official Historian this is the definitive book for information. Photos and colour illustrations and maps. Hardbound, no dust jacket. Some bumps on spine. Very good condition,

2. Gunners World War 2 – 166th (Newfoundland) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

Item Price: $55

Item Description: Author: Edward Chafe. 1st. ed. 1987. A full history of the Gunners from Newfoundland in WW2. Posted to the British Army they first went into action in North Africa and later in Italy. Profusely illustrated with photos, most by the author and others from private collections as well as the ‘official’ ones. This book tells a little known story in the rest of Canada. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

3. Providence Their Guide – Long Range Desert Group 1940-45

Item Price: $45

Item Description: Author: David Lloyd Owen. 1st. ed. 1980. An overdue account of one of the famous units formed in North Africa to fight the Afrika Korps. The LRDG operated in small groups well behind enemy lines providing important reconnaissance to HQ in Cairo. The author took command of the unit at age 26 and led it to the end of the campaign. He provides very insightful information Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

4. Eisenhower – Portrait of a Hero

Item Price: $40

Item Description:Author: Peter Lyon. 1st. ed. 1974. A very fine history of the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Eisenhower was virtually unknown Major at the start of the war, but rose steadily until selected to lead the Allied armies. Although he never led a large formation, he was astute and learned well. This book covers both his military and political career, which was also a success. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

5. The Luftwaffe Album – Bomber and Fighter Aircraft of the German Air Force 1933-1945

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Authors: Joachim Dressel & Manfred Griehl. 1st. ed. 1997. This book is a combination of 2 separate works by the author covering fighters and bombers operated by the Luftwaffe. A fine pictorial guide to all the German aircraft in World War 2. Many photos and illustrations. An outstanding reference. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

6. Jane’s Fighting Ships 1966-67

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Raymond V.B. Blackman, Ed. 1st. ed. 1967. A volume of the famous and authoritative Jane’s reference books. This book shows the names and details of the fighting ships of all countries, many of WW 2 vintage nearing the end of their service and modern ships being introduced. Photos, data and other information. Hardbound, no dust jacket. Ex. lib. copy. Corners have some minor bumps and spine has a small tear. Good copy otherwise.

7. The Avro CF-100

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Author: Larry Milberry. 1st. ed. 1981. The full story of one of the great Canadian designed fighters. It was a familiar sight in European and Canadian skies for almost 30 years. It enjoyed a long career in other roles after it was surpassed as an interceptor. It was a very sound and solid aircraft that was well loved. Photos and illustrations throughout. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

8. The Canadair Sabre

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Author: Larry Milberry. 1st. ed. 1986. A very detailed book about the highly successful Canadair version of the famous Sabre jet. Built for the RCAF, the RAF, the Luftwaffe and used by other air forces it set the standards as the premier interceptor for many years. Lots of photos, many in colour, diagrams and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition. (Signed by author)

9. Spearhead General – Epic Story of General Sir Frank Messervy

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Author: Henry Maule. 1st. ed. 1961. A fine biography of one of Britain’s finest generals in WW 2. He fought in Eritrea against the Italians and then North Africa against the Afrika Korps and went on to defeat the Japanese in Burma. Highly regarded by all the men who served under him as a ‘soldier’s general’ as he was unafraid to share the dangers they faced. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

10. The Gothic Line – Canada’s Month of Hell in World War 2 Italy

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Author: Mark Zuehlke. 1st. ed. 2003. The third volume of a highly acclaimed accounting of Canada’s contribution to the Italian campaign. The Gothic line was designed to be impregnable and finally bring the Allied armies to a halt in Italy. After nearly a month of desperate and costly fighting, the First Canadian Corps finally broke through leading the way to final victory in Italy. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

11. Rommel and the Secret War in North Africa 1941-1943

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Author: Janusz Piekalkiewicz. 1st. ed. 1992. The author examines the role breaking of the German “Enigma” codes played in providing British Generals with key information of Rommel’s intentions. He also highlights the masterful way a specialized German unit cracked British radio transmissions gaining useful insight into British moves. Some of the British attempts to be clever weren’t successful (eg. using fox hunting terms to indicate breakdowns) and the Germans quickly determined what was happening. The German unit was captured early on at Alamein and was a bitter blow to Rommel. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

12. Six Years of War – Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Vol. 1

Item Price: $70

Item Description: Author: C.P. Stacey. 1st. ed. 1955. The first volume of the Official History of the Canadian army in WW 2. A full accounting of the role played by the Canadian army is fully covered using Canadian, Allied and German records to complete the record. An invaluable resource. Photos, colour maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Dust jacket has some small loses. Book in excellent condition.

13. Dog Boats at War – Royal Navy D Class MTB’s and MGB’s 1939-1945

Item Price: $70

Item Description: Author: Leonard Reynolds. reprint 1999. A full account of the wooden hulled D Class Motor Gun Boats. Small and fast they were heavily armed and used to great effect attacking enemy shipping along the Dutch coast and in the Mediterranean. They were also used for several clandestine special duty missions where their size and firepower were ideal to avoid detection or fight their way clear if detected. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

14. Wavell – Soldier and Statesman

Item Price: $35

Item Description: Author: Victoria Schofield. 1st. ed. 2006. Archibald Wavell was one of Britain’s military leaders in WW 2 and later an excellent statesman when appointed Viceroy of India. He was saddled with fighting on several fronts at the same time, he orchestrated victories over the Italians in Ethiopia, East Africa and North Africa as well as well as the revolt in Iraq. Defeat by Rommel while most of his forces were sent to Greece, he was replaced by Churchill. He then to India where he oversaw the campaigns against the Japanese and finally was heavily involved in breaking up his beloved Indian Army between India and Pakistan at independence. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

15. Anzacs into Battle

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author: Tahu Hole. 1st. ed. 1942. A wartime account of the battles fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in WW 2. Much of the book examines the early battles in Syria, Iraq, Greece and Palestine. The role of the Australian navy is also covered. A very ‘at the moment’ story. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Dust jacket has some losses. Book in very good condition.

16. Confound and Destroy – 100 Group and the Bomber Support Campaign

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author: Martin Streetly. 1st. ed. 1978. One of the least publicized units of the RAF. Using heavy American bombers that were unsuited to Bomber Command and other British aircraft, 100 Group were instrumental in protecting Bomber Command aircraft from the Germans using a variety of electronic countermeasures, jamming, homing devices and other tactics. Photos and many illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

17. The Sidi Rezeg Battles 1941

Item Price: $100

Item Description: Author: J. A. I. Agar-Hamilton & L.C.F. Turner. 1st. ed. 1957. The “Crusader” offensive of 1942 was launched to defeat Rommel and lift the siege of Tobruk. The South African Division was heavily involved in the battle, especially around the Tomb of Sidi Rezeg. There was controversy when they didn’t go to the aid of the New Zealanders at the second battle and it is examined in this book. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Original owners signature in ink and slight damage to flyleaf. Otherwise in very good condition.

18. Halifax – Illustrated History of a Classic WW2 Bomber

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Item Description: Author: K.A. Merrick. 1st. ed. 1980. Taking a bit of a backseat to the famous Lancaster, the Halifax was nonetheless an outstanding aircraft and equipped several bomber squadrons of the RAF, RAAF and RCAF. It also served with distinction in the Far East. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition

19. The Relief of Tobruk

Item Price: $90

Item Description: Author: W.E. Murphy. 1st. ed. 1961. A New Zealand Official History of the role of the New Zealand Division in the Crusader offensive to destroy Rommel and relieve Tobruk. After heavy fighting for 10 days, the New Zealanders linked up with the defenders of Tobruk. Rommel counter attacked and nearly destroyed 2 of the Brigades, but within a week, the link up was reestablished and Rommel retreated to Gazala. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Dust jacket has some chips. Signature of original owner on flyleaf. Book in very good condition.

20. Cruisers of World War 2 – An International Encyclopedia

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Author: M. J. Whitley. 1996. An exhaustive study of all the cruiser classes used in WW2. All countries are covered whether neutral or involved in the war. Each class is covered by design, construction, modifications and other details. Each has at least one photograph and there are scale drawings of many types. A fantastic reference for the naval enthusiast. Photos and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

21. Spitfire II – The Canadians

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Item Description: Author: Robert Bracken. 1st. ed. 1999. This volume 2 of the story of Canadians who flew the Spitfire in WW 2. Each pilot has been interviewed and their story has been preserved. In most cases there is a photo of them and their aircraft. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

22. Hero – The Buzz Beurling Story

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author: Brian Nolan. 1st. ed. 1981. Beurling was Canada’s most famous fighter pilot of WW 2. He gained his fame in the defence of Malta winning the DSO, DFC, DFM and bar. He was only 21. He shot down 27 German aircraft in 14 days and ended the war with a total of 31. Always enigmatic and solitary, he was disrespectful to superiors and others. He wasn’t a popular squadron mate. He died mysteriously trying to fly an aircraft from Rome to Israel. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition