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Afrikakorps 1941-43
Williamson, Gordon; Volstad, Ron
ISBN: 1855321300
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 1991 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, ELI034. The campaign in North Africa between September 1940 and May 1943 holds not only an enduring fascination for postwar generations; but also a perhaps unique degree of nostalgia for some surviving participants. The campaign was no less costly in terms of human lives and material than many others; but regret at the cost is accompanied by positive memories in the minds of many veterans. This is not to suggest that the dead have been forgotten; but an almost mystical bond nevertheless exists, even between former enemies, amongst veterans of the desert campaign. Gordon Williamson examines the history, organisation and uniforms of Rommel's Afrikakorps.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007534  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Afrikakorps Soldier 1941-43
Batistelli, Pier Paolo
ISBN: 9781846036880
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR149. This book explores the experiences of the German Afrikakorps soldier during the North Africa campaign, from the Korps arrival in-theatre in February 1941 to its eventual surrender in Tunisia in May 1943, with a particular focus on the intense period of warfare in the Western Desert between 1941 and 1942. Under the leadership of one of the war’s most famous commanders, Erwin Rommel, the Afrikakorps grew to include a broad range of armour, infantry, artillery, anti-tank, engineer, communications, supply, medical and service elements. The soldiers of the Afrikakorps considered themselves as part of an elite, a highly select group that had no equal, not only in the German Army, but in the rest of the world. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, Recruitment, Enlistment, Training, Appearance, Equipment, Conditions of Service, On Campaign, Belief and Belonging, Experience of Battle, After the Battle, Collecting, Museums, Re-enactment, Bibliography, Glossary, Index.  As New
Price: $20.99 (AUD)
Book Number: 004628  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Brazilian Expeditionary Force in World War II
Maximiano, C; Bonalume, N
ISBN: 9781849084833
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA465. In the English-speaking world, it is generally unknown that a volunteer Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) fought alongside the US Army in Italy from mid-1944 until the end of the war. This was in effect a light infantry division, consisting of three infantry regiments augmented with artillery and light armour. It was supported by a Brazilian Air Force contingent of a light reconnaissance squadron as well as a P-47 Thunderbolt-equipped fighter squadron. Although all weapons, uniform, kit and equipment were either American-supplied or American models, there were distinctive Brazilian adaptations to uniforms and other key pieces of kit. This is a seriously researched volume on a little-studied subject matter complete with a range of previously unpublished photographs and specially commissioned artwork plates. Contents: Introduction, Historical and political background, The pre-war Brazilian Army, Creation and organization of the FEB, Uniforms and equipment of the FEB, Army and Air Force, Combat record of the FEB in Italy, Conclusion, post-war consequences for US relations with Latin America.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005078  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Desert Rat 1940-43: British and Commonwealth troops in North Africa
Moreman, Tim
ISBN: 9781849085014
Osprey Pub Co  2011 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR160. Osprey's examination of the 'Desert Rats', a popular nickname used to describe first 7th Armoured Division and then all the mixed body of British Commonwealth troops - British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian - that fought against Axis forces in North Africa between 1940 and 1943. For a long period during the early years of World War II (1939-1945), this was the only theatre of war where the United Kingdom could strike back against the Axis powers, and the seesaw desert war fought out along the coast of the Mediterranean in Egypt, Libya and then Tunisia proved a harsh testing ground for British arms - in terms of organization, equipment and methods of waging war. The distinctive dress, equipment and weapons developed and carried by the Desert Rats into battle will be examined as will the expansion, organization and training of the desert army. To illustrate the distinctive combat experience gained by the Desert Rats between 1940 and 1943, three representative operations will be examined in detail - Operation Compass in 1940, the battle of Gazala in May 1942 and finally the last phase of the decisive fighting at El Alamein in October-November 1942. Accompanied by full-color illustrations, this title will shed new light on these fascinating troops.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006553  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Italian Navy and Air Force Elite Units and Special Forces, 1940-45
Crociani, P; Battistelli, P
ISBN: 9781849088572
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, ELI191. This volume assesses the formidable special forces fielded by Italy's navy and air force in World War II, both before and after Italy's surrender in September 1943. The Italian Navy special forces were particularly active and respected in the Mediterranean, where 10th Motor-Torpedo Boat Flotilla (Xa MAS) used frogmen, 'two-man torpedoes' and explosive ram-boats; Italian midget submarines were also deployed against the Soviet Navy in the Black Sea. After September 1943 the Germans allowed the expansion of Count Borghese's Xa MAS, which continued fighting on their side at sea and on land, most notoriously in anti-partisan operations. The marines of the 'San Marco' Regiment fought hard in North Africa, earning the respect of their opponents and the German general Hans-Jurgen von Arnim, who described them as the best soldiers he had ever commanded; they also gave birth to a paratroop-frogman section. The Italian Air Force formed a special commando unit, ADRA (Arditi Distruttori Regia Aeronautica), before the 1943 surrender; it was tasked with attacking Allied airfields and communications in North Africa alongside the 'Loretto' Battalion, which was made up of ground crew trained to operate captured enemy airfields. Men from ADRA and diehard Army paratroopers formed the new 'Folgore' Regiment, which also continued to fight alongside German forces until 1945. In both cases, the pro-Allied Italian forces also formed 'mirror' units to fight alongside US and British forces, including the Recce Squadron 'F', the first Italian military unit to take up arms against the Germans occupying their country, and the Mariassalto, made up of personnel from Xa MAS who fought alongside British Royal Navy special units. Featuring rare photographs and specially commissioned artwork, this book tells the story of the little-known elite forces fielded by Italy's navy and air force in World War II, some of whose successors remain in service with today's Italian armed forces.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006920  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Long Range Desert Group Patrolman: The Western Desert 1940-43
Moreman, Tim
ISBN: 9781846039249
Osprey Pub Co  2010 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, WAR148. SAS, the Long Range Desert Group was tasked with strategic reconnaissance and raiding operations deep inside the enemy-held deserts of North Africa. Armed with light weapons only, and equipped with specially converted light cars and trucks capable of withstanding the harsh conditions, the LRDG quickly proved it could operate in parts of the desert which other troops, including the enemy, found impassable. This new Warrior title, examines the soldiers of the LRDG from the group’s formation, through training, to combat in vast, lonely, and deadly deserts of North Africa. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, Recruitment, Enlistment, Training, Appearance, Equipment, Conditions of Service, On Campaign, Belief and Belonging, Experience of Battle, After the Battle, Collecting, Museums, Re-enactment, Bibliography, Glossary, Index.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 004618  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Arab Legion
Young, Peter
ISBN: 0850450845
Osprey Pub Co  1972 
 Soft Cover New book, 40 pages, MAA002. In 1921, Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Gerald Peake formed the Arab Legion as a police force in the former British protectorate of Transjordan. The Legion's main roles were to keep order among Transjordian tribes and safeguard the villagers from Bedouins. In subsequent years, under the leadership of Glubb Pasha, the Arab Legion was transformed into the best-trained of all Arab armies. This richly illustrated book examines the history of the Arab Legion, detailing the infantry, supporting arms and services, and air, sea, police and national guard forces. It also profiles leaders, like Pasha, who were influential in the evolution of this force. Contents: Chronology; Foreword; Al Jeish Al Arabi; The Leaders; The Infantry; The Royal Armoured Corps; Supporting Arms and Services; Air, Sea, Police, National Guard and Training; The Plates.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005134  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Australian Army in World War II
Johnston, Mark
ISBN: 9781846031236
Osprey Pub Co Oxford, United Kingdom 2007 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, ELI153. This book recounts the organization and deployment of one of the most important fighting armies of World War II. Australian divisions made a large and distinctive contribution to victory both in the deserts of the Middle East and the jungles of the South-West Pacific,earning for the second time a unique reputation for aggressiveness, endurance and independence of spirit. The text is illustrated with original wartime photos from all fronts; and with full colour plates showing a wide range of uniforms and gear, together with the complex and colourful Australian system of unit insignia. Covers: Legacy of the First Australian Imperial Force in WW I, Organization of Australian Military Forces, 1939: AIF and CMF - orbats of armies, corps, divisions & brigades - divisional organizations, Campaigns: Libya 1940 - Siege of Tobnruk - Greece, Crete, Syria, Alamein - The Japanese onslaught - SW Pacific 1943-44 - final campaigns 1945, Major formations & combat histories, Uniforms and insignia.  As New
Price: $26.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007531  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Italian Army at War: Europe 1940-1943
Jowett, Phillip
ISBN: 9623611501
Concord Publications  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6520, 52 pages, 140 photos, 4 full pages colour uniform illustrations. Much has been written about the major WWII antagonists such as Germany. However, one of the Third Reich's most ardent supporters, up until the time Mussolini was deposed from power, was Italy. Indeed, when Italy declared war on France and Great Britain on 10 June 1940, it had a formidable total of 73 divisions. This new book from Concord Publications addresses a glaring gap in terms of providing photographic coverage of the Italian infantryman. Written by Philip Jowett, the comprehensive introduction outlines the relative merits and weaknesses of the Italian Army as it launched into a new war on top of its protracted campaign in Ethiopia. It must be noted that his book exclusively covers the Italian Army in Europe, so North Africa is not included. Spurred on by Mussolini, the Italian Army's first foray into WWII was in the French Alps, followed by the invasion of Greece four months later. Let down by inadequate supplies, the Italian Army made heavy work of overcoming Greek resistance, and Hitler had to commit German troops to the region. After this, Italian troops carried out occupation duties in Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. The other major area of combat was in Russia, with large numbers of troops committed in support of the German effort. Tragically, 85,000 Italian soldiers were to die or go missing in this rugged theater. All of these aforementioned campaigns are well represented in the selection of black and white photos. Beginning with pre-war parades, the book then proceeds through to the freezing snowbound landscapes of the wintry Eastern Front. The photos are interesting in that they show all manner of uniform and personal weapon details, as well as ancillary equipment like motorbikes, tankettes, tanks, artillery pieces, mortars and wheeled vehicles. Dmitriy Zgonnik has supplied four color plates that occupy a central position in this book, and these are accompanied by useful notes about uniforms and equipment. Extended captions pass on as much information as possible about Italian soldiers, a topic that few will probably be up to date on. This is a most welcome title in this popular Concord series, and it brings to light a nation's soldiers that played an important role in WWII.  As New
Price: $22.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007877  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Italian Army at War: Europe 1940-1943
Jowett, Phillip
ISBN: 9623611501
Concord Publications  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6520, 52 pages, 140 photos, 4 full pages colour uniform illustrations. Much has been written about the major WWII antagonists such as Germany. However, one of the Third Reich's most ardent supporters, up until the time Mussolini was deposed from power, was Italy. Indeed, when Italy declared war on France and Great Britain on 10 June 1940, it had a formidable total of 73 divisions. This new book from Concord Publications addresses a glaring gap in terms of providing photographic coverage of the Italian infantryman. Written by Philip Jowett, the comprehensive introduction outlines the relative merits and weaknesses of the Italian Army as it launched into a new war on top of its protracted campaign in Ethiopia. It must be noted that his book exclusively covers the Italian Army in Europe, so North Africa is not included. Spurred on by Mussolini, the Italian Army's first foray into WWII was in the French Alps, followed by the invasion of Greece four months later. Let down by inadequate supplies, the Italian Army made heavy work of overcoming Greek resistance, and Hitler had to commit German troops to the region. After this, Italian troops carried out occupation duties in Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. The other major area of combat was in Russia, with large numbers of troops committed in support of the German effort. Tragically, 85,000 Italian soldiers were to die or go missing in this rugged theater. All of these aforementioned campaigns are well represented in the selection of black and white photos. Beginning with pre-war parades, the book then proceeds through to the freezing snowbound landscapes of the wintry Eastern Front. The photos are interesting in that they show all manner of uniform and personal weapon details, as well as ancillary equipment like motorbikes, tankettes, tanks, artillery pieces, mortars and wheeled vehicles. Dmitriy Zgonnik has supplied four color plates that occupy a central position in this book, and these are accompanied by useful notes about uniforms and equipment. Extended captions pass on as much information as possible about Italian soldiers, a topic that few will probably be up to date on. This is a most welcome title in this popular Concord series, and it brings to light a nation's soldiers that played an important role in WWII.  As New
Price: $22.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007878  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Italian Army at War: Europe 1940-1943
Jowett, Phillip
ISBN: 9623611501
Concord Publications  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6520, 52 pages, 140 photos, 4 full pages colour uniform illustrations. Much has been written about the major WWII antagonists such as Germany. However, one of the Third Reich's most ardent supporters, up until the time Mussolini was deposed from power, was Italy. Indeed, when Italy declared war on France and Great Britain on 10 June 1940, it had a formidable total of 73 divisions. This new book from Concord Publications addresses a glaring gap in terms of providing photographic coverage of the Italian infantryman. Written by Philip Jowett, the comprehensive introduction outlines the relative merits and weaknesses of the Italian Army as it launched into a new war on top of its protracted campaign in Ethiopia. It must be noted that his book exclusively covers the Italian Army in Europe, so North Africa is not included. Spurred on by Mussolini, the Italian Army's first foray into WWII was in the French Alps, followed by the invasion of Greece four months later. Let down by inadequate supplies, the Italian Army made heavy work of overcoming Greek resistance, and Hitler had to commit German troops to the region. After this, Italian troops carried out occupation duties in Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. The other major area of combat was in Russia, with large numbers of troops committed in support of the German effort. Tragically, 85,000 Italian soldiers were to die or go missing in this rugged theater. All of these aforementioned campaigns are well represented in the selection of black and white photos. Beginning with pre-war parades, the book then proceeds through to the freezing snowbound landscapes of the wintry Eastern Front. The photos are interesting in that they show all manner of uniform and personal weapon details, as well as ancillary equipment like motorbikes, tankettes, tanks, artillery pieces, mortars and wheeled vehicles. Dmitriy Zgonnik has supplied four color plates that occupy a central position in this book, and these are accompanied by useful notes about uniforms and equipment. Extended captions pass on as much information as possible about Italian soldiers, a topic that few will probably be up to date on. This is a most welcome title in this popular Concord series, and it brings to light a nation's soldiers that played an important role in WWII.  As New
Price: $22.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007971  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Italian Army at War: Europe 1940-1943
Jowett, Phillip
ISBN: 9623611501
Concord Publications  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6520, 52 pages, 140 photos, 4 full pages colour uniform illustrations. Much has been written about the major WWII antagonists such as Germany. However, one of the Third Reich's most ardent supporters, up until the time Mussolini was deposed from power, was Italy. Indeed, when Italy declared war on France and Great Britain on 10 June 1940, it had a formidable total of 73 divisions. This new book from Concord Publications addresses a glaring gap in terms of providing photographic coverage of the Italian infantryman. Written by Philip Jowett, the comprehensive introduction outlines the relative merits and weaknesses of the Italian Army as it launched into a new war on top of its protracted campaign in Ethiopia. It must be noted that his book exclusively covers the Italian Army in Europe, so North Africa is not included. Spurred on by Mussolini, the Italian Army's first foray into WWII was in the French Alps, followed by the invasion of Greece four months later. Let down by inadequate supplies, the Italian Army made heavy work of overcoming Greek resistance, and Hitler had to commit German troops to the region. After this, Italian troops carried out occupation duties in Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. The other major area of combat was in Russia, with large numbers of troops committed in support of the German effort. Tragically, 85,000 Italian soldiers were to die or go missing in this rugged theater. All of these aforementioned campaigns are well represented in the selection of black and white photos. Beginning with pre-war parades, the book then proceeds through to the freezing snowbound landscapes of the wintry Eastern Front. The photos are interesting in that they show all manner of uniform and personal weapon details, as well as ancillary equipment like motorbikes, tankettes, tanks, artillery pieces, mortars and wheeled vehicles. Dmitriy Zgonnik has supplied four color plates that occupy a central position in this book, and these are accompanied by useful notes about uniforms and equipment. Extended captions pass on as much information as possible about Italian soldiers, a topic that few will probably be up to date on. This is a most welcome title in this popular Concord series, and it brings to light a nation's soldiers that played an important role in WWII.  As New
Price: $22.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007972  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The Italian Army at War: Europe 1940-1943
Jowett, Phillip
ISBN: 9623611501
Concord Publications  2007 
 Soft Cover New book, CN6520, 52 pages, 140 photos, 4 full pages colour uniform illustrations. Much has been written about the major WWII antagonists such as Germany. However, one of the Third Reich's most ardent supporters, up until the time Mussolini was deposed from power, was Italy. Indeed, when Italy declared war on France and Great Britain on 10 June 1940, it had a formidable total of 73 divisions. This new book from Concord Publications addresses a glaring gap in terms of providing photographic coverage of the Italian infantryman. Written by Philip Jowett, the comprehensive introduction outlines the relative merits and weaknesses of the Italian Army as it launched into a new war on top of its protracted campaign in Ethiopia. It must be noted that his book exclusively covers the Italian Army in Europe, so North Africa is not included. Spurred on by Mussolini, the Italian Army's first foray into WWII was in the French Alps, followed by the invasion of Greece four months later. Let down by inadequate supplies, the Italian Army made heavy work of overcoming Greek resistance, and Hitler had to commit German troops to the region. After this, Italian troops carried out occupation duties in Greece, Albania and Yugoslavia. The other major area of combat was in Russia, with large numbers of troops committed in support of the German effort. Tragically, 85,000 Italian soldiers were to die or go missing in this rugged theater. All of these aforementioned campaigns are well represented in the selection of black and white photos. Beginning with pre-war parades, the book then proceeds through to the freezing snowbound landscapes of the wintry Eastern Front. The photos are interesting in that they show all manner of uniform and personal weapon details, as well as ancillary equipment like motorbikes, tankettes, tanks, artillery pieces, mortars and wheeled vehicles. Dmitriy Zgonnik has supplied four color plates that occupy a central position in this book, and these are accompanied by useful notes about uniforms and equipment. Extended captions pass on as much information as possible about Italian soldiers, a topic that few will probably be up to date on. This is a most welcome title in this popular Concord series, and it brings to light a nation's soldiers that played an important role in WWII.  As New
Price: $22.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007973  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II
Stack, Wayne; O'Sullivan, Barry
ISBN: 9781780961118
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, MAA486. In 1939 more than 140,000 New Zealanders enlisted to fight overseas during World War II. Of these, 104,000 served in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Initially thrown into the doomed campaign to halt the German blitzkrieg on Greece and Crete (1941), the division was rebuilt under the leadership of MajGen Sir Bernard Freyberg, and became the elite corps within Montgomery’s Eighth Army in the desert. After playing a vital role in the victory at El Alamein (1942) the 'Kiwis' were the vanguard of the pursuit to Tunisia. In 1943-45 the division was heavily engaged in the Italian mountains, especially at Cassino (1944); it ended the war in Trieste. Meanwhile, a smaller NZ force supported US forces against the Japanese in the Solomons and New Guinea (1942-44). Fully illustrated with specially commissioned colour plates, this is the story of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force’s vital contribution to Allied victory in World War II. Contents: Introduction; Chronology; Campaigns: Greece 1941; Crete 1941; 2nd NZ Division in North Africa 1941-43, and Italy 1943-45; 3rd NZ Division in Solomons and New Guinea 1942-44; Commanders; Composition and organization: command structure - brigade structure - battalions - training; Uniforms, weapons and equipment.  As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007622  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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The US Army in World War II (2): The Mediterranean
Henry, Mark R.
ISBN: 9781841760858
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages. MAA347. It was the Mediterranean theatre which saw the blooding of the US Army against the German Wehrmacht, in North Africa in winter 1943/44. After this rough education the US forces pressed on to Sicily, the South of France and the Italian mainland. Here, faced by difficult terrain , they and their British Commonwealth allies fought a long campaign until VE-Day. This second of a series of three MAA titles covers the uniforms worn on these fronts, including US Army cold weather, airborne and tankers' gear; some particularly interesting and important units, including mountain, Japanese-American and African-American troops; and a variety of crew-served weapons.   Very Good
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007233  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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