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A Hard Way to Make a War: The Italian Campaign in the Second World War
Gooderson, Ian
ISBN: 9781844860593
Conway Maritime Press  2008 
 Hard Cover New book, 352 pages. More than a chronological account of the Italian Campaign of World War II, this book is a unique discussion of decision-making and planning, as the Allied armies, assisted by their air forces and naval units, learned to work together to force their way up the length of the country, frustrated by obstinate German resistance, the mountainous terrain and extremes of the Italian climate. The tactical innovations and flaws of the desperate struggle to hold the beachhead at Salerno, the dogged assaults on the mountain fortress of Monte Cassino and the insufficiently strong landings at Anzio are all assessed in fascinating detail. Moreover, the book examines the role of the Sicily and Italian Campaign within the overall war strategy of both sides, the consequences of which remain controversial to this day.   As New/Very Good
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005441  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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A Hard Way to Make a War: The Italian Campaign in the Second World War
Gooderson, Ian
ISBN: 9781844860593
Conway Maritime Press  2008 
 Hard Cover New book, 352 pages. More than a chronological account of the Italian Campaign of World War II, this book is a unique discussion of decision-making and planning, as the Allied armies, assisted by their air forces and naval units, learned to work together to force their way up the length of the country, frustrated by obstinate German resistance, the mountainous terrain and extremes of the Italian climate. The tactical innovations and flaws of the desperate struggle to hold the beachhead at Salerno, the dogged assaults on the mountain fortress of Monte Cassino and the insufficiently strong landings at Anzio are all assessed in fascinating detail. Moreover, the book examines the role of the Sicily and Italian Campaign within the overall war strategy of both sides, the consequences of which remain controversial to this day.   As New/Very Good
Price: $32.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005442  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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ANZAC Fury: The Bloody Battle of Crete 1941
Thompson, Peter
ISBN: 9781864711318
William Heinemann  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 506 pages. ANZAC Fury" commemorates the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe when 8900 Anzac prisoners of war captured in Greece and Crete were released from captivity. In 2010, it will be exactly 70 years since the 2nd AIF arrived in the Middle East to begin their extraordinary adventures in battles against the German and Italian armies in North Africa, mainland Greece and Crete prior to the outbreak of the Pacific War. Written by a brilliant storyteller, "ANZAC Fury" tells the riveting story of how the legendary Anzac Corps was reformed in the heat of battle during World War II to fight a powerful and merciless foe. Dramatically combining personal memories with combat action, "ANZAC Fury" gives voice to the experiences of young Australians and New Zealanders who were sent on Churchill's orders from the victorious battlefields of Libya on a disastrous mission to Greece and Crete.  As New
Price: $25.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006870  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Archibald Wavell: Leadership - Strategy - Conflict
Diamond, Jon
ISBN: 9781849087377
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, CMD28. Archibald Wavell remains one of the great Allied commanders of the early phases of World War II. In fact, between June 1940 and June 1941, he was the only British theatre commander actively engaging Axis forces. At a time when the British Expeditionary Force had been expelled from the European continent, Wavell was conducting campaigns across nine countries and parts of two continents. In those 12 months, Wavell planned and directly oversaw a multitude of campaigns, from the hugely successful winter campaigns against the Italians in the Western Desert and the conquest of Italian East Africa, through the Iraqi revolt, the invasion of Vichy Syria and Lebanon and the ill-fated British involvement in Greece to the unsuccessful attempts to break the siege of Tobruk that led to his replacement in June 1941. While Wavell's great victories are often overshadowed by those of other commanders later in the war, this should not detract from his proven abilities as a strategist and tactician. This book tells the complete story of Wavell's wartime exploits and examines his strengths and weaknesses as a commander.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006220  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Battalion into Battle : The history of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-45
Olson, Wesley
ISBN: 9780987334800
W Olsen  2012 
 Pictorial Cover New book, 509 pages. Battalion into Battle is the first full history of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, to be published. The battalion was formed at Northam Camp in November 1939, and was the first infantry battalion to be raised in Western Australia for overseas service in the Second World War. The book begins with a brief biography of the unit’s first commanding officer, Thomas Louch, then covers the formation of 2/11th Battalion at Northam Camp, its initial training in Australia, and its subsequent deployment to the Middle East in April 1940. The battalion took part in the Western Desert Campaign and was involved in the capture of the Italian strongholds of Bardia and Tobruk in January 1941. The unit was then tasked with the capture of the Derna aerodrome and town; the battalion’s first real test against determined opposition and an entire chapter, interwoven with first-hand accounts, is dedicated to this benchmark action. From the highs of the Western Desert Campaign the reader follows the battalion to Greece and its first sobering clash with the Luftwaffe and the German army. Two chapters are dedicated to Greek Campaign and the battalion’s important rear-guard action at Brallos Pass. The bulk of the battalion was then evacuated to the island of Crete, which in May 1941 was under threat of German invasion. It was here that a very dejected Bouff Ryan penned his famous poem 'The Isle of Doom', which is reproduced in full. On Crete, the 2/11th Battalion (together with the 2/1st Battalion and supporting Australian and Greek troops), was tasked with defending the Retimo airstrip. Its greatest test came on 20 May 1941 when the Germans launched their airborne assault on the island. Nearly 600 of the battalion’s officers and men were killed or captured on Crete. A nominal roll lists all those who were captured in Greece and on Crete whilst serving with the 2/11th Battalion, as well as those men who became prisoners of war after transfer to other units. A small number of officers and men managed to escape from Crete and their story, including the remarkable 350-mile solo voyage of Stan ‘Tich’ Carroll in a small fishing boat, is told in the following chapter. After the entry of Japan into the war the battalion was brought home to help defend Australia. The 2/11th Battalion formed the nucleus of the infantry defences in Western Australia from May 1942 until July 1943, when it was transferred to Queensland for jungle training. In November 1944 the 2/11th Battalion sailed for New Guinea and took part in the hard-fought Aitape-Wewak Campaign. Over the next four chapters the reader will see how the men lived, laughed, fought and died in this bloody campaign, and how respect for a civilized enemy was quickly replaced by utter hatred for the seemingly uncivilized Japanese. The final chapter is dedicated to the POW experience of the men captured in Greece and on Crete. Contains seventeen maps, 175 photographs, campaign casualty lists, award recipient list, honour roll and nominal roll of the 2,962 personnel known to have been taken on strength by the battalion.  As New
Price: $61.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009298  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Battalion into Battle : The history of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-45
Olson, Wesley
ISBN: 9780987334800
W Olsen  2012 
 Pictorial Cover New book, 509 pages. Battalion into Battle is the first full history of the 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, to be published. The battalion was formed at Northam Camp in November 1939, and was the first infantry battalion to be raised in Western Australia for overseas service in the Second World War. The book begins with a brief biography of the unit’s first commanding officer, Thomas Louch, then covers the formation of 2/11th Battalion at Northam Camp, its initial training in Australia, and its subsequent deployment to the Middle East in April 1940. The battalion took part in the Western Desert Campaign and was involved in the capture of the Italian strongholds of Bardia and Tobruk in January 1941. The unit was then tasked with the capture of the Derna aerodrome and town; the battalion’s first real test against determined opposition and an entire chapter, interwoven with first-hand accounts, is dedicated to this benchmark action. From the highs of the Western Desert Campaign the reader follows the battalion to Greece and its first sobering clash with the Luftwaffe and the German army. Two chapters are dedicated to Greek Campaign and the battalion’s important rear-guard action at Brallos Pass. The bulk of the battalion was then evacuated to the island of Crete, which in May 1941 was under threat of German invasion. It was here that a very dejected Bouff Ryan penned his famous poem 'The Isle of Doom', which is reproduced in full. On Crete, the 2/11th Battalion (together with the 2/1st Battalion and supporting Australian and Greek troops), was tasked with defending the Retimo airstrip. Its greatest test came on 20 May 1941 when the Germans launched their airborne assault on the island. Nearly 600 of the battalion’s officers and men were killed or captured on Crete. A nominal roll lists all those who were captured in Greece and on Crete whilst serving with the 2/11th Battalion, as well as those men who became prisoners of war after transfer to other units. A small number of officers and men managed to escape from Crete and their story, including the remarkable 350-mile solo voyage of Stan ‘Tich’ Carroll in a small fishing boat, is told in the following chapter. After the entry of Japan into the war the battalion was brought home to help defend Australia. The 2/11th Battalion formed the nucleus of the infantry defences in Western Australia from May 1942 until July 1943, when it was transferred to Queensland for jungle training. In November 1944 the 2/11th Battalion sailed for New Guinea and took part in the hard-fought Aitape-Wewak Campaign. Over the next four chapters the reader will see how the men lived, laughed, fought and died in this bloody campaign, and how respect for a civilized enemy was quickly replaced by utter hatred for the seemingly uncivilized Japanese. The final chapter is dedicated to the POW experience of the men captured in Greece and on Crete. Contains seventeen maps, 175 photographs, campaign casualty lists, award recipient list, honour roll and nominal roll of the 2,962 personnel known to have been taken on strength by the battalion.  As New
Price: $61.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 009297  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Bernard Montgomery: Leadership - Strategy - Conflict
Moreman, Tim
ISBN: 9781849081436
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, CMD09. This Osprey Command title looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, first Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976), perhaps the best-known, most highly respected and most controversial British general of World War II. "Monty's" reputation was made while in command in North Africa, in the Mediterranean and then North-West Europe. Arguably his best-known achievement was rebuilding a dispirited and defeated eighth army and inflicting a decisive defeat on Rommel at El Alamein. Montgomery's style and exercise of command and his personal reputation were largely shaped by his highly driven, but often difficult and enigmatic personality. He made an incalculable contribution to the Allied victory in Europe, and his leadership had played a crucial role in transforming the British Army into a war-winning weapon.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005974  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Breakout: Minqar Qaim - North Africa, 1942
Cameron, Colin
ISBN: 9780958263139
Willsonscott Publishing  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 243 pages. Fighting in 1942 against Rommel's Afrika Korps in the North African desert, soldiers of the New Zealand Division executed on of the most extraordinary feats in military history. General Freyberg's troops, dug in on a bare escarpment to cover the British Eighth Army withdrawal to Alamein, succeeded in repulsing a day-long series of German Panzer, Stuka and artillery attacks. Prominent in this defence, as well as the ensuing action, was the celebrated double Victoria Cross winner, Captain Charles Upham. By nightfall the entire Division was surrounded and seemingly had no option but to surrender. Their response however, was a mass breakout in the dark, spearheaded by an infantry bayonet charge through enemy lines. What happened in this desperate and deadly action has been the subject of both praise and condemnation by military historians. Recent German complaints have emerged accusing New Zealand soldiers of committing atrocities in their daring bid for freedom. Breakout is the first comprehensive analysis of this remarkable and controversial incident, drawing on a wealth of often contradictory official reports, as well as personal recollections of those who took part. Were the New Zealanders guilty of war crimes in their breakout? This book offers definitive answers and provides readers with a full appreciation of what actually took place leading up to and during the battle of Minqar Qaim.  As New
Price: $62.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007522  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Cassino: Portrait of a Battle
Majdalany, Fred
ISBN: 0304352322
Cassell Herndon, Virginia, U.S.A. 2000 
 Soft Cover New book, 270 pages. This is the account of one of the most famous, bitterley fought and controversial battles of World War II. Few battles of the Second World War compare with Cassino for drama, the prolonged agony of the combatants and tragic controversy. About halfway between Naples and Rome, the Allied armies ran into strongly entrenched German forces determined to check their advance on Rome. The place the Germans had chosen this stand was Monte Cassino, surmounted by the famous and ancient Benedictine Abbey, and it was here that four fierce and gruelling battles were fought between the Allies and the German Army.  As New
Price: $18.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003356  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces 1940-43
Molinari, Andrea
ISBN: 9781846030062
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, BTO23. Although harsh and inhospitable, the North African theater of World War II proved to be a perfect environment for irregular warfare and the deployment of Special Forces. Four countries took part in this 'shadow war': Great Britain, most successfully of all; Free France, including a surprising solitary campaign from Chad; Italy, mainly engaged in defending the Libyan southern line of communications; and Germany, operating an extensive spy network throughout Egypt. Andrea Molinari deals with the development and organization of these unique units, and examines how the conditions in North Africa affected the Special Forces of all the countries involved as unconventional units were increasingly used to fight in unconventional conditions in the depths of the "sea of sand" between Libya and Egypt. Accompanied by evocative wartime photography, comprehensive maps and detailed organizational charts, this is the first complete coverage of desert raiders on both sides of the war. With Dr. Duncan Anderson, Head of War Studies at the British military academy and leading military historian, acting as consulting editor, this book is a definitive analysis of the world's first Special Forces.   As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007290  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Desert Rats: British 8th Army in North Africa 1941-43
Moreman, Tim
ISBN: 9781846031441
Osprey Pub Co  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, BTO28. Formed in September 1941 from the Western Desert Force, British 8th Army (comprising British, Commonwealth, Free French and Polish troops) went on to wage a lengthy, hard-fought campaign against Axis forces across the deserts of North Africa. The Desert War was unlike any other fought by the British Army, involving highly mobile operations covering vast distances. The hot, unforgiving climate in which the troops lived and fought was almost as troublesome as the enemy. During its two-year period of service in North Africa, 8th Army underwent major changes in organization, equipment and training to accustom it to desert warfare.  As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006112  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Desert War in North Africa
Sears, Stephen W.
ISBN: 1596873019
Ibooks New York, New York, U.S.A. 2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 168 pages. The struggle for the North African coast of the Mediterranean was unlike any other campaign of World War II. Because it was fought like a tournament in an empty arena, with no one but the contestants getting hurt and with few of the distractions of politics or large civilian populations, the desert war was a pure test of generalship. Men including Germany's General Rommel and Britain's General Montgomery dominated the battle with a brilliance that established their reputations on the world stage. Sears' thrilling narrative makes the three-year-long seesaw struggle come alive as if it were being conducted today.  As New
Price: $14.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003694  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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East of Malta, West of Suez: The Admiralty Account of the Naval War in the Eastern Mediterranean - September 1939 to March 1941
no author
ISBN: 0117025380
The Stationary Office  2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 66 pages. This is the story of the British Navy in action in the eastern Mediterranean from September 1939 to March 1941. During this time British supremacy was vigorously asserted at Taranto and Matapan. Although essentially a naval story, its significance in world strategy should not be overlooked. For if the British Navy had not maintained control of the easter basin, the whole Middle Eastern position would have been at risk from the Axis Powers. This facsimile edition contains contemporary maps, air reconnaissance photographs of the fleets and photographs of them in action.  Very Good
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004303  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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El Alamein 1942
Ford, Ken
ISBN: 9781841768670
Osprey Pub Co Oxford, United Kingdom 2005 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM158. The battle of El Alamein marked the turning point in Britain's fortunes in the Second World War. There were three separate battles between July and November 1942, all of which were fought to halt the advance of Rommel's army towards the Suez Canal. This final battle at El Alamein, fought in October and November, saw the continuous bombardment of the German line that Rommel was instructed to hold at all costs by Hitler himself. The Allies shattered the German defences, and Rommel led a westward retreat in order to salvage what was left of the Afrika Korps. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the battle that turned the tide in favour of the Allies in Africa. Contents: Origins of the campaign; Chronology; Opposing Commanders; Opposing Armies; Orders of Battle; Opposing Plans; First Alamein; Battle of Alam Halfa; El Alamein: The First Phase; El Alamein: The Breakout; The Pursuit; The Battlefield Today.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005692  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Erwin Rommel: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of History
Battistelli, Pier Paolo
ISBN: 9781846036859
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, CMD05. Nicknamed 'The Desert Fox' for his cunning command of the Afrika Korps, Erwin Rommel remains one of the most popular and studied of Germany's World War II commanders. He got his first taste of combat in World War I, where his daring command earned him the Blue Max, Germany's highest decoration for bravery. He followed this up with numerous successes early in World War II in both Europe and Africa, before facing his biggest challenge - organizing the defence of France. Implicated in the plot to kill Hitler, Rommel chose suicide over a public trial. This book looks at the life of this daring soldier, focusing on his style of command and the tactical decisions that earned him his fearsome reputation.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004951  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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German Airborne Divisions: Mediterranean Theatre 1942-45
Quarrie, Bruce
ISBN: 9781841768281
Osprey Pub Co  2005 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, BTO15. Following the battle for Crete in May 1941, Hitler refused to undertake any further large-scale airborne operations due to the high casualty rate. The Fallschirmjäger subsequently took up a new role as elite 'line' infantry, and they served in the Mediterranean from 1942 to 1945, taking part in the conflict in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Their performance in such hard-fought battles as El Alamein and Monte Cassino reinforced their reputation as some of the toughest troops of World War II. This book explores their changing role in organisation, training and doctrine as the paratroopers developed into Germany’s finest frontline soldiers.   As New
Price: $28.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007244  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Volume IX: Sicily - Salerno - Anzio January 1943 - June 1944
Morison, Samuel Eliot
Little, Brown and Company Boston 1990 
 Hard Cover New Book, 413 pages. Reprint of 1954 edition. Contains dozens of maps and photos, plus lists of Allied ships and units involved. The book covers in detail the three major operations in Sicily (Husky), Salerno (Avalanche), and Anzio (Shingle).  Very Good/No Jacket
Price: $17.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000101  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Monty : A Pictorial History of His Second World War
Jones, Kevin
ISBN: 1840671580
Caxton Editions  2001 
 Pictorial Cover New book, 184 pages, 45 photos, 8 maps, slight rubbing wear to cover. Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alemein was undoubtedly the most famous military figure since the Duke of Wellington. He masterminded the first victory over the German Army at El Alamein and went on to play a key role in the campaigns that ended Hitler's domination over Western Europe. He was very much a 'soldier's general', with the ability to consistently inspire the men under his command. However, his vain self-confidence, that often bordered on arrogance, led Montgomery to treat many of his colleagues and superiors, particularly his American counterparts, with barely concealed contempt. The shortcomings of Montgomery's personalitiy have done much to tarnish his reputation during the Second World War, and since then historical opinion has been divided on just how good a military commander he actually was. This book will survey Montgomery's career during the Second World War and then offers an assessment of his military 'genius'.  Very Good
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004059  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Monty : A Pictorial History of His Second World War
Jones, Kevin
ISBN: 1840671580
Caxton Editions  2001 
 Pictorial Cover New book, 184 pages, 45 photos, 8 maps, slight rubbing wear to cover. Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alemein was undoubtedly the most famous military figure since the Duke of Wellington. He masterminded the first victory over the German Army at El Alamein and went on to play a key role in the campaigns that ended Hitler's domination over Western Europe. He was very much a 'soldier's general', with the ability to consistently inspire the men under his command. However, his vain self-confidence, that often bordered on arrogance, led Montgomery to treat many of his colleagues and superiors, particularly his American counterparts, with barely concealed contempt. The shortcomings of Montgomery's personalitiy have done much to tarnish his reputation during the Second World War, and since then historical opinion has been divided on just how good a military commander he actually was. This book will survey Montgomery's career during the Second World War and then offers an assessment of his military 'genius'.  Very Good
Price: $34.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004058  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Mussolini As Diplomat: Il Duce's Italy on the World Stage
Lamb, Richard
ISBN: 0880642440
Fromm Intl New York, New York, U.S.A. 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 356 pages. Was Mussolini's allliance with Hitler foredained? Could Italy have been kept out of WW2? Did the policy of Englands Antony Eden really push Mussolini into Hitlers arms instead of luring him back to his former policy of friendship with Great Britain? These are some of the intruiging questions which this book answers. Based on British and Italian documents finally released after more than half a century, this book is an indispensable new look at crucial events leading to WW2.  As New/Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000673  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Mussolini As Diplomat: Il Duce's Italy on the World Stage
Lamb, Richard
ISBN: 0880642440
Fromm Intl New York, New York, U.S.A. 1999 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 356 pages. Was Mussolini's allliance with Hitler foredained? Could Italy have been kept out of WW2? Did the policy of Englands Antony Eden really push Mussolini into Hitlers arms instead of luring him back to his former policy of friendship with Great Britain? These are some of the intruiging questions which this book answers. Based on British and Italian documents finally released after more than half a century, this book is an indispensable new look at crucial events leading to WW2.  As New/Good
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000672  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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P.O.W - Australian Prisoners of War in Hitler's Reich
Monteath, Peter
ISBN: 9781742610085
MacMillan  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 523 pages. Australians from every field of conflict in WW2 found themselves as prisoners in Hitler's notorious Stalags, or prisoner of war camps. Whether captured merchant seamen, bomber crews or soldiers taken in North Africa or the disastrous Greek and Cretan campaigns, they were to see out the war in the heart of Hitler's Europe, their fortunes intimately connected to the fortunes of the Reich. Most were forced to labour in factories, down mines or on the land - often in conditions of enormous privation and hardship. All suffered from shortages, overcrowding and the mental strain of imprisonment. Some tried to escape, a few successfully, a few paying with their lives. The experiences of Australian POWs in Germany has long been overshadowed by the horrors of Japanese imprisonment, yet their stories of courage, stoicism, suffering and endurance deserve to be told. Peter Monteath's fascinating narrative history is exhaustively researched, and compelling in its detailed evocation.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 008819  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Rommel's Afrika Korps: Tobruk to El Alamein
Battistelli, Pier Paolo
ISBN: 1841769010
Osprey Publishing Ltd Oxford, United Kingdom 2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, BTO20. In 1940 a British offensive in the Western Desert provoked a major Italian military disaster. By early February 1941 the whole of Cyrenaica had been lost, and German help became necessary to avoid the loss of all of Libya. On 14 February 1941 the first echelons of German troops hurriedly arrived at the port of Tripoli, starting the 27-month German engagement in Northern Africa. This book covers the complex and oft-changing organisation and structure of German forces in North Africa from their first deployment through to the conclusion of the battle of El Alamein, an engagement that irrevocably changed the strategic situation in the Western Desert. Contents: Introduction; Combat mission; Preparation for war: doctrine and training; Unit organization; Tactics; Weapons and equipment; Command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I); Unit status; Lessons learned; Bibliography; Abbreviations and glossary; Index.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006037  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Rommel's Afrika Korps: Tobruk to El Alamein
Battistelli, Pier Paolo
ISBN: 1841769010
Osprey Publishing Ltd Oxford, United Kingdom 2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, BTO20. In 1940 a British offensive in the Western Desert provoked a major Italian military disaster. By early February 1941 the whole of Cyrenaica had been lost, and German help became necessary to avoid the loss of all of Libya. On 14 February 1941 the first echelons of German troops hurriedly arrived at the port of Tripoli, starting the 27-month German engagement in Northern Africa. This book covers the complex and oft-changing organisation and structure of German forces in North Africa from their first deployment through to the conclusion of the battle of El Alamein, an engagement that irrevocably changed the strategic situation in the Western Desert. Contents: Introduction; Combat mission; Preparation for war: doctrine and training; Unit organization; Tactics; Weapons and equipment; Command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I); Unit status; Lessons learned; Bibliography; Abbreviations and glossary; Index.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007245  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Salerno 1943: The Allies Invade Southern Italy
Konstam, Angus
ISBN: 9781780962498
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM257. In mid-September 1943, as the opening move of the Allied campaign to liberate the mainland of Italy, an Anglo-American invasion force landed on the beaches of the Gulf of Salerno, only a few dozen miles to the south of Naples. Italy had just surrendered, and the soldiers in the landing craft prayed that the invasion would be unopposed. It was not to be. The Germans had seized control of the Italian-built beach defences, and were ready and waiting. The ferocious ten-day battle at Salerno was eventually decided by a combination of Allied reinforcements, and secondary landings in support of the beleaguered Salerno bridgehead. Using documentary records, memoirs and eyewitness accounts from all sides, Angus Konstam recreates the battle day by day, hour by hour. His methodically researched account offers a fresh perspective on a decisive battle that has largely been neglected by British and American historians in recent years.  As New
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Book Number: 007294  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Sicily 1943: The Debut of Allied Joint Operations
Zaloga, Stephen J.
ISBN: 9781780961262
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM251. Not only did the Sicily operation represent a watershed in tactical development of combined arms tactics, it was also an important test for future Allied joint operations. Senior British commanders left the North African theater with a jaundiced and dismissive view of the combat capabilities of the inexperienced US Army after the debacle at Kasserine Pass in Tunisia in February 1943. Sicily was a demonstration that the US Army had rapidly learned its lessons and was now capable of fighting as a co-equal of the British Army. The Sicily campaign contained a measure of high drama as Patton took the reins of the Seventh US Army and bent the rules of the theater commander in a bold race to take Palermo on the northern Sicilian coast. When stiff German resistance halted Montgomery’s main assault to Messina through the mountains, Patton was posed to be the first to reach the key Sicilian port and end the campaign. The Sicily campaign contains a fair amount of controversy as well including the disastrous problems with early airborne assaults and the Allied failure to seal the straits of Messina, allowing the Germans to withdraw many of their best forces.   As New
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The End of the Beginning: From the Siege of Malta to the Allied Victory at El Alamein
Clayton, Tim; Craig, Phil
ISBN: 074322325X
Free Press Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A. 2003 
 Hard Cover New book, some shelf wear to jacket. 368 pages. Detailed history of the Western Desert campaign of WW2 from May to November 1942. The books is more than a simple chronology of the battles, its stories are told from the perspective of the men and women who were there. Contains numerous maps, illustrations and photographs.  As New/Good
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Book Number: 000228  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The End of the Beginning: From the Siege of Malta to the Allied Victory at El Alamein
Clayton, Tim; Craig, Phil
ISBN: 074322325X
Free Press Old Tappan, New Jersey, U.S.A. 2003 
 Hard Cover New book, unread. 368 pages. Detailed history of the Western Desert campaign of WW2 from May to November 1942. The books is more than a simple chronology of the battles, its stories are told from the perspective of the men and women who were there. Contains numerous maps, illustrations and photographs.  As New/As New
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 000011  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Longest Siege: Tobruk - the Battle That Saved North Africa
Lyman, Robert
ISBN: 9781405039499
MacMillan  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 309 pages. Beginning on 10th April, 1941, and lasting 240 days, the siege of Tobruk is a mesmerising tale of human endurance and heroism, as the Libyan port's 24,000 defenders met increasingly desperate attempts by Rommel's Panzer divisions to break through the hurriedly thrown-up defences. It was a battle of bayonets and grenades against tanks, of David versus Goliath. Tobruk was defended by a mixed bag of Australian and British troops led by the Australian 9th Division, followed in October by the British 70th Infantry Division. The eventual allied victory came against overwhelming odds, with the defenders surrounded on one side by the sea, and on the other by Hitler's men and machines. With an extraordinary grasp of detail, tactics and strategy, and illustrated wherever possible with the accounts of those who fought, Robert Lyman's brilliant history of the siege brings the story vividly to life.  As New
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Book Number: 007808  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Mareth Line 1943: The End in Africa
Ford, Ken
ISBN: 9781780960937
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 96 pages, CAM250. The battle of El Alamein saw the shattering of Germany’s hopes for victory in North Africa and from this point on the end was inevitable. In the six months that passed before the final surrender there was much hard fighting, as the defeated German and Italian armies sought to hold off the encroaching Eighth Army. Rommel, his health suffering, fought a number of major actions during this campaign before his forces settled into the pre-war French defensive position the Mareth Line. All the way he was pursued by an increasingly confident Eighth Army under the command of General Montgomery, although he was unable to outflank the retreating German and Italian forces decisively, and Rommel was even able to divert forces to inflict a sharp defeat on the newly arrived US forces at Kasserine Pass in February 1943. This was one of Rommel’s last acts in the Desert War as his health problems forced his return to Germany shortly afterwards. The stage was now set for the last great battle of the Desert War as the veteran formations of the British Eighth Army took on their foes in the Afrikakorps for one last time in the major set-piece battle for the Mareth Line.   As New
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Book Number: 007615  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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