Davis Military Books

Ken Davis

I am downsizing my personal collection of military, aviation and naval books, photos and other documents that I have collected over the years. I have posted a sampling in this show. You can check out my web site for a complete listing of my collection.

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1. Australia in the War of 1939-1945 – vol. 2 – Greece, Crete and Syria

Item Price: $85

Item Description: Author Gavin Long. 1st. edition 1953. The second volume of the Official History of Australian forces in World War 2. This book examines the early deployment of Australian troops into the ill-fated campaigns in Greece, Crete and the more successful conquest against Vichy forces in the Middle East. (Please check my website for other volumes in this set). Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

2. The Secret War

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author Brian Johnson. 1st. ed. 1978. World War 2 was a struggle between scientists as well as fighting men. This book examines the scientific innovations and weapons employed by both sides to defeat the other. Radar, missiles, ASDIC (sonar) as well as rocket fighters and the German V weapons are covered in detail. Full of photos and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

3. New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945 – The Relief of Tobruk

Item Price: $90

Item Description: One of the volumes in the Official History of New Zealand forces in WW2. This book covers in considerable detail the 10 day battles of Operation Crusader, the British offensive that led to the relief of Tobruk which had been under seige for many months. The NZ Corps was instrumental in the fighting that finally linked up with the garrison. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition. (see my website for other volumes in this series)

4. Night Fighters – A development and combat history

Item Price: $15

Item Description: Author Bill Gunston. 1st. ed. 1976. An in depth examination of the beginnings of night fighters in WW 1 to the more sophisticated aircraft in WW 2 carrying airborne radar and other countermeasure equipment and finally touching on modern jets. Photos and illustrations throughout. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

5. Ten Commando 1942 – 1945

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Author Ian Dear. 1st. ed. 1987. The remarkable story of one of the more unusual units in the British Army in WW 2. It was composed entirely of men from countries occupied by the Nazis. Called simply “10 Commando” to help protect the identity of those men and their families in Europe. These men carried out many operations and raids and supported the British Army in Normandy. A little known story. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dustjacket. Excellent condition.

6. Fighter Pilot – A Self Portrait

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Author George Barclay. 1st. ed. 1976. An autobiography of a young RAF pilot who flew in the Battle of Britain writing of his experiences in a diary. Later shot down over France, he evaded capture and made his way home via Spain and Gibraltar. He was redeployed to Egypt but was shot down and killed a few weeks later over El Alamein. He was only 22. His family with the help of an editor published this remarkable story. Photos. Hardbound with dustjacket. Near mint condition.

7. Cairo in the War – 1939 -1945

Item Price: $30

Item Description: Author Artemis Cooper. 1st. ed. 1989. The interesting story of what was happening in Cairo in WW 2. Even as Britain was being bombed and under threat of invasion, The British were reinforcing Egypt and Cairo was the exotic HQ that was a refuge for French, Greek, Poles and Balkan royal families, as well as spies and and militants all under the rule of the hedonistic and unloved King Farouk. Hardbound with dustjacket. Slight sun fade to spine of d/j. Otherwise in near mint condition.

8. Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author Garry Pape. Second edition. The complete, heavily illustrated history of the American P-61 black Widow night fighter. A large aircraft, it carried a heavy armament and gained acceptance despite early misgivings. Some pilots loved it, others not so much. It continued to serve post war until jet aircraft replaced it. Photos and illustrations throughout. Card covers. Near mint condition.

9. Orde Wingate – A Biography

Item Price: $3

Item Description: Author Christopher Sykes. 1st. ed. 1959. A biography of one of the more enigmatic and controversial British generals n WW 2. He led successful patrols into Palestine and later in Ethiopia in the service of Halle Selassie. He was a favourite of Churchill and that got him political clout when the General Staff weren’t so keen. He was best known for the Chindits, the long range force that operated behind Japanese lines. Although good for public moral, the highly trained force lost 1/3 of its strength to disease alone and most the survivors weren’t fit to fight again. Additionally, they didn’t do much to defeat the Japanese for all the effort. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

10. Luftwaffe Colors – Vol. 1 1935 – 40

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author K. A. Merrick. An excellent record of the aircraft and camouflage schemes employed by the Luftwaffe before and into the early years of WW2. Photos throughout along with full colour 3-views and profiles, paint samples and other illustrations of markings. Hardbound with dust jacket. Slight sun fade to spine of d/j. Excellent condition. (see my website for other volumes in this series)

11. Afrika Korps

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author A. J. Barker. 1st. ed. 1978. An illustrated history of the German Afrika Korps, the storied army led by Rommel in North Africa. Full of photos, including many in genuine colour. Illustrations and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

12. HMS Welshman – A Report on a Combined Operation (Malta 10 May 1942)

Item Price: $100

Item Description: A genuine carbon copy wartime document that is a full summary of events leading up to and following the safe arrival of HMS Welshman, a fast minelayer that carried 84,000 rounds of AA ammunition and spare parts for the RAF, Army and Naval garrison. This synchronized with the arrival of 64 Spitfires flown off HMS Eagle and USS Wasp. Both events were critical to the survival of Malta and this document is unique describing in full how it was all pulled together. This is one of only 19 copies that were distributed. Flimsy copy paper. Red typewriter ink. Protected in card cover

13. Mailed Fist – 6th Armoured Division at War – 1940-1945 (British)

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author Ken Ford. 1st. ed. 2005. Formed in 1940, the 6th. Armoured Div. fought in Tunisia playing a major role in defeating the Axis forces in North Africa. It later fought in Italy until the final surrender of German forces in April 1945. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

14. Supreme Gallantry – Malta’s Role in the Allied Victory 1939 -1945

Item Price: $35

Item Description: Author Tony Spooner. 1st. ed. 1996. A full telling of the Naval and the RAF forces initially defended Malta and then attacked Axis shipping denying Rommel with the supplies needed to take Egypt. Despite Axis attempts to destroy Malta, they failed and Britain built up forces to strike back and were a key component in the defeat of the Axis. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

15. Malta Convoys – 1940 -1943

Item Price: $40

Item Description: Author Richard Woodman. 1st. ed. 2000. A full account of the story of the Malta siege. Critical to the defence of the Mediterranean, the Axis attempted to bomb and starve the island into submission. The population and armed forces endured tremendous suffering, but the convoys were the only lifeline. The stark and determined effort to support them is detailed here. The cost in ships and men was very high but the ultimate result was victory for the Allies. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

16. History of the Ontario Regiment 1866 – 1951

Item Price: $75

Item Description: Author Lex Schragg. 1st. ed. A commissioned official history of one of Canada’s premier regiments. Starting as a Militia regiment in 1866 it served as infantry until 1936 when it became an armoured unit….although without any tanks! This book covers its war record in WW 2. Photos and maps throughout. Hardbound, no dust jacket. Lower corners have small bumps, otherwise in very good condition.

17. The Eagle Squadrons – Yanks in the RAF 1940-1942

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author Vern Haughland. 1st. ed. 1979. Three squadrons of American volunteers were formed in the RAF and fought in the Battle of Britain and beyond. They were the first Americans to fight in Europe even though the USA was still neutral. 240 eventually found their way into the RAF. When the USA did join the war, many pilots decided to remain in the RAF although others transferred to the USAAF to provide experience to the new pilots arriving. Photos. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

18. Spitfire II – The Canadians

Item Price: $25

Item Description: Author Robert Bracken. 1st. ed. 1999. This is the second volume of interviews and stories of Canadian RAF and RCAF fighter pilots in WW 2. These first hand accounts convey the danger and fear that they had to overcome. Lots of photos and colour illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.

19. Royal Air Force Review – 1947

Item Price: $25

Item Description: No author. 1st. ed. 1947. A bound book of Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 the RAF Review picture magazine published for servicemen and women. The topics include occupations, changes in uniforms, sports, reunions and other information. Although professionally bound, there are missing issues so I suspect it was someone doing this privately and it’s not an official publication. The RAF Review eventually morphed into a aviation magazine, the Flying Review, that morphed yet again to the still published Air International. Hardbound, no dust jacket. Spine very sun faded. Good condition.

20. Dragoon – Centennial History of the Royal Canadian Dragoons 1883-1983

Item Price: $80

Item Description: Author Brereton Greenhous. 1st. ed. 1983. Commissioned by the Regiment. The RCD’s are the oldest permanent cavalry regiment in Canada and have served with distinction in all major wars Canada has participated in starting with the North West Rebellion to the end of WW 2 and then serving in NATO in Germany. Photos, maps and illustrations. Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

21. Bristol Fighter vol. 1 and 2

Item Price: $50

Item Description: Author J.M. Bruce. 1st. ed. 1997. A two part history of one of the more famous and versatile fighters of WW 1. Written by a noted historian for the excellent (and now sadly no longer printing) Windsock Specials. The volumes covers the wartime exploits in WW 1 and its extensive role post war ‘policing’ the Empire. Photos and illustrations throughout. Line drawings and other cutaways. Card covers. Near mint condition.

22. Handley Page Aircraft since 1907

Item Price: $35

Item Description: Author C.H. Barnes. 1st. ed. 1976. A complete reference to all Handley Page aircraft built since 1907. The company famously built large long range bombers in WW 1 that gave them the experience for large transport aircraft between wars. The Halifax bomber of WW 2 was a workhorse alongside the Lancaster and their last bomber was the distinctive Victor jet bomber of the 1960’s. Photos, profiles and data for each aircraft. (see website for other books in this series). Hardbound with dust jacket. Excellent condition.

23.  Battle for Monte Cassino

Item Price: $20

Item Description: Author George Forty. 1st. ed. 2004. The battle to capture Monte Cassino was one of the most bloody and difficult of the entire Italian campaign. The monastery atop the hill seemed to mock the Allies as the German’s were suspected of using it as an observation post. They weren’t. The Allies finally bombed and destroyed it, giving the German’s the excuse to then occupy it and hold on for another two months. Photos and maps. Hardbound with dust jacket. Near mint condition.