Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1975. First/Deluxe Edition. Hardcover. 1072, boxed book, illus., maps, appendices, sources, index, p. 1035 quite wrinkled, a few pages creased, box edges worn. Bookplate inside front board. Clay Blair Jr. (May 1, 1925 – December 16, 1998) was an American journalist and author, best known for his books on military history. He served on the fleet submarine Guardfish (SS-217) in World War II and later became editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post. He assisted General Omar Bradley in the writing of his autobiography, A General's Life. Blair wrote two dozen history books and hundreds of magazine articles. His last book was Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942–1945, which followed Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939–1942. Blair's history of the Korean War The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950–1953 is considered one of the definitive historical works on the war. Blair wrote Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan, considered the definitive work on the Pacific submarine war.
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Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1975. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. 1072 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Appendices. Sources. Index. Cover has some wear and soiling. Clay Blair Jr. (May 1, 1925 – December 16, 1998) was an American journalist and author, best known for his books on military history. He served on the fleet submarine Guardfish (SS-217) in World War II and later became editor-in-chief of The Saturday Evening Post. He assisted General Omar Bradley in the writing of his autobiography, A General's Life. Blair wrote two dozen history books and hundreds of magazine articles. His last book was Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942–1945, which followed Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939–1942. Blair's history of the Korean War The Forgotten War: America in Korea, 1950–1953 is considered one of the definitive historical works on the war. Blair wrote Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan, considered the definitive work on the Pacific submarine war.
New York: Smithmark, 1996. First Printing this edition [Stated]. Hardcover. Format is approximately 8.75 inches by 12.25 inches. 264 pages. Illustrated endpapers. Maps. Illustrations (some in color). Tear at top edge of rep. Foreword by General William C. Westmoreland. Includes list of Key individuals, chronology, Weapons, POWs, Missing in Action, Index. Among the contributing authors are: Bernard c. Nalty, Charles B. MacDonald, and Jacob Neufeld. Among some of the topics addressed are: French Rule, Indochina, Military Intervention, Ngo Dinh Diem, Air War, Military Strategy, Naval Operations, Marine Corps Operations, Viet Cong, Tet Offensive, Siege of Khe Sanh, Vietnamization, Ho Chi Minh Trail, B-52s, Strategic Bombing, Veterans, and Prisoners of War.
Washington DC: Department of the Navy, Navy Historical Center, 2003. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. Format is approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches. ix, , 73,  plus covers. Illustrated covers have wear. Contains chapters on Lambert Wickes, Gustavus Conyngham, and John Paul Jones as well as a Glossary, Suggested Reading. Principal Original Sources. and Illustration Credits. Cover has some wear and soiling. The Navy of the United States, like the nation itself, was born in the midst of the bloody conflict for independence known as the American Revolution. The Continental Navy, as it was called then, shaped and was shaped by this difficult struggle for freedom that lasted from 1775 to 1783. During the war, the sailors of the young navy, seamen and officers alike, established the proud traditions of honor, courage, and commitment shared by today's servicemen in the United States Navy. It is important for the American people, especially those who wear the uniform, to understand the significant role that the Continental Navy played in the nation's beginnings. This book is about three captains of the Continental Navy: Lambert Wickes, Gustavus Conyngham, and John Paul Jones. In recounting the stories of their lives and examining the roles they played in the Navy's early years, it highlights the difficult circumstances that each man faced operating in seas dominated by the British Navy and emphasizes that the outcome of the War for Independence was far from certain. The book also illustrates the humanity of these Revolutionary War heroes, revealing their weaknesses as well as their strengths. They exhibited frustration, pettiness, and egotism as well as courage, initiative, and sound judgment.
London: William Kimber, 1972. Presumed First Printing. Hardcover. 232 pages. Includes Part One, Part Two, and an Epilogue. Includes 28 black and white illustrations in the text. Include maps and diagrams. Typographical error noted on List of Maps and Diagrams. The Track Chart for Convoy PQ17 page reference should be 8-9 (and not 809). DJ has some wear and soiling. Book has some edge soiling. Captain John Egerton "Jack" (or Jackie) Broome DSC, RN, (23 February 1901 – 19 April 1985) entered the Royal Naval College at Osborne in 1912. From Osborne, he passed in 1915 to the senior College at Dartmouth. He was promoted Sub-Lieutenant and served in the destroyer HMS Clematis in the Red Sea and at Aden. From there he attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and after graduating in 1923, chose to serve in submarines. By this time, his talent as a cartoonist and wag was well established. In 1938, he attended a staff course at the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. Broome was judged to be too old in 1939 to command a submarine in wartime. in June 1942, his Escort Group 1 was assigned to protect Convoy PQ 17, sailing from Hvalfjord in Iceland to Murmansk. The Arctic convoys were reckoned to be very hazardous missions, as they faced not only U-Boats but also German aircraft and surface ships, including the powerful battleship Tirpitz. Under attack, Admiral Dudley Pound, the First Sea Lord, order the convoy to scatter. Twenty-one of the convoy's thirty-five ships were sunk following the order. After the Second World War, he became a writer and illustrator.
New York: Harper, 2011. First Harper Premium Printing [Stated]. Trade paperback. xxxv. , 421,  pages. Format is approximately 5.25 inches by 7.25 inches. Cover has some wear and soiling. Dale Brown (born 2 November 1956) is an American writer and aviator known for aviation techno-thriller novels. At least thirteen of his novels have been New York Times Best Sellers. Brown joined the Air Force ROTC while in college. He received a commission in the United States Air Force in 1978. He was a navigator-bombardier (now known as a weapon systems officer (WSO)) in the B-52 Stratofortress G-model long-range heavy bomber and the FB-111A Aardvark medium range fighter-bomber. Brown received several military decorations and awards, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Combat Crew Award, and the Marksmanship ribbon. He rose to the rank of Captain and has 2,500 hours of flight time in B-52s. He left the Air Force in 1986, having never seen combat. While still in the Air Force at Mather Air Force Base, he wrote his first book, Flight of the Old Dog.
Toronto: Bantam Books, 1979. First Bantam Edition [stated], First printing [stated]. Trade paperback. Unpaginated. Illustrations. Format is approximately 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Cover has some wear and soiling. Lothar-Günther Buchheim (February 6, 1918 – February 22, 2007) was a German author and painter. He is best known for his novel Das Boot (1973), which became an international bestseller and was adapted in 1981 as an Oscar-nominated film. Buchheim was a Sonderführer in a propaganda unit of the Kriegsmarine in the Second World War, writing as a war correspondent about his experiences on minesweepers, destroyers and submarines. He also made drawings and took photographs. As a Leutnant zur See in the autumn of 1941, Buchheim joined Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock and the crew of U-96 on her seventh patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic. His orders were to photograph and describe the U-boat in action. From his experiences, he wrote a short story, "Die Eichenlaubfahrt". Buchheim ended the war as an Oberleutnant zur See.
Windsor, Berkshire, England: Profile Publications Ltd., 1973. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. Pagination is 25-48 plus covers. Fold-outs. Illustrations. This is number 38 of the Profile Warship series. Perhaps the scarcest title in this valuable and much sought-after series. The author had a long-standing interest in these vessels and went to great lengths to verity the true speeds attained, for the fast minelayers exploits are surrounded by myths and folklore. This profile shows that the speeds attained were roughly 37 knots, which was about 5-6 knots higher than contemporary British destroyers could manage in actual service conditions.
Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2006. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. xxiii, , 250,  pages. Illustrations. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Inscription reads Happy birthday to Captain Leffers----Joseph Callo. Foreword, Chronology, Introduction, thirteen chapters, Epilogue, Appendices A-E, Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Joseph F. Callo served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve and has written several historical books about prominent naval leaders, including three books about Admiral Lord Nelson. In Nelson in the Caribbean: The Hero Emerges, 1784-1787, Callo analyzes three years in the life of the famous British admiral. The focus is unusual in that it reflects on Nelson’s time as a young Royal Navy captain in the Caribbean, during which he was beset more by administrative problems rather than wartime heroics. Carolyn S. Knapp, writing in the Historian, commented that the author “is convinced that the course of his subject’s life was determined by the Caribbean experiences.” Knapp added: “The result is an accessible and enjoyable work.” John Paul Jones: America’s First Sea Warrior focuses on the first and perhaps still best-known American naval hero, whose sarcophagus rests in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. In his biography, Callo presents Jones as the epitome of naval officers as he recounts his youth, successes, and failures. The author also includes tactical and strategic commentary on sea battles. Writing in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, William M. Fowler, Jr., commented that the “biography challenges us once again to reflect on this officer and the cause for which he fought.”.
New York: Arco Publishing Company, Inc., 1975. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 140 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Notes. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. Some wear and small tear to DJ edges, some foxing rear DJ flap, board corners slightly bumped. Barry graduated from Oklahoma University, and earned a Masters Degree from Depaul University. His career spanned over thirty years in Telecommunications. A wargame is a type of strategy game that simulates warfare realistically. Wargames may be miniature figurines on a tabletop, board games or video games. They typically use a map that depicts various battlefield terrain features such as woods, hills, fields and streams, with a grid or location system superimposed over this to regulate the movement and positions of the games' pieces, each of which represents a specific military formation, such as an infantry brigade or artillery battery. Many simulate land combat, but there are wargames for naval and air combat as well. Modern wargaming was invented in Prussia around the turn of the 19th-century, and eventually the Prussian military adopted wargames as a way of training their officers and developing doctrine.
New York, N.Y. The Naval History Society, 1916. Limited Edition, Number 559 of 650 copies printed for the Society only. Hardcover. lxxviii, , 268,  pages. Illustrations. Index. Includes Introduction, as well as four Appendices: Life of Lieutenant General Comte de Grasse; Life of Admiral George Brydges Rodney; Life of Admiral Samuel Hood; and The French Account of the Action Off the Chesapeake Printed in the Jamaica Paper. Distribution slip laid in. Ex-library with some of the usual library markings. Some weakness to front board. Tear in the flimsy in front of the Frontis illustration. Rear Admiral French Ensor Chadwick USN (February 29, 1844 – January 27, 1919) was a United States Navy officer who became prominent in the naval reform movement of the post-Civil War era. He was particularly noted for his contributions to naval education, and served as President of the Naval War College from 1900–1903. A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, he attended the United States Naval Academy from 1861 to 1864. During the Civil War years, the academy was relocated from Annapolis, Maryland, to Newport, Rhode Island, due to concerns about secessionist sympathy in Maryland, a border state. In 1881, Lt. Commander Chadwick led the investigation into the fog signals at Little Gull Island Light in Long Island Sound after the Galatea ran around in the fog during the evening of May 12, 1881. Major sea commands included the gunboat USS Yorktown, commissioned in 1889. He served in the Spanish–American War, fighting at the Battle of Santiago de Cuba. As commander of the South Atlantic Squadron he played a major part in the Perdicaris incident of 1904 in Morocco. He was also a noted historian.
New York: Berkley Books, 1993. First Paperback Edition [stated]. First Printing [Stated]. Trade paperback. xx, 328,  pages. Glossary. Bibliography. Cover has noticeable wear, creasing and soiling. A small piece at the bottom of front cover is gone. Signed by author on half-title page. Two other signatures (unidentified) but one could be that of John Gresham) also present. Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science story lines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghostwriters, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees. Clancy's literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for $5,000. His works, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears, have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy's most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan; his second-most famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber.
Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1958. First U.S Edition, presumed first printing. Hardcover. Some discoloration of the endpapers. viii, 179,  pages. Footnotes. Illustrations. Diagrams Includes Part 1 on Ocean-Going submarines (Chapters include Commerce Raiding, Betasom; U.-Boats; Shift to the Atlantic; Salvatore Todaro, the Knight Errant; Atlantic Incidents; Torelli's Career; Pittoni and the Bagnolini; Tramping to Singapore); Part 2: Adventures in Uniform (Chapters include: Invading Crete, The Attack that Failed, The Kasbah, Villa Carmela, and The Ghost Ships); Part 3 Convoys, Chapters include: The Battle of African Convoys; Blockade Runners; A Drama in Two Acts; Da Mosto's Last Fight; Commander Ignazio Castrogiovanni and Commander Enea Picchio; Part 4: Chapters include Admiral Carlo Bergamini; Carlo Fecia Di Cossato; Human Torpedoes; and Olterra's Commander. Also includes Appendix on Italian Submarines in the Atlantic.
New York: The Newcomen Society in North America, 1951. First Printing [Stated]. Wraps. 32 pages, plus covers. Illustrations. Some cover wear and soiling. Remains of red markings on the front cover and on page 27. Frontis illustration tipped in. This Newcomen Address, dealing with the dramatic and colorful and constructive life of Sir Isaac Coffin (1759-1839), was delivered at the "1051 Maine Luncheon" of The Newcomen Society of England, held in The Mayfair Room of Hotel Lafayette, at Portland, Maine, U.S.A., where Dr. Coffin was the guest of honor on September 19, 1951. Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, 1st Baronet GCH (16 May 1759 – 23 July 1839) was an officer of the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Coffin was born in Boston and served in the navy on a number of ships during the War of Independence. He fought at Cape Henry with Arbuthnot and at St. Kitts with Hood, eventually being promoted to command a number of small ships on the American coast. He clashed occasionally with the naval hierarchy A serious incident occurred when Coffin was particularly active off the Canadian coast. A charge was brought of issuing false musters led to his dismissal from the ship. The First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Howe, then intervened to have him dismissed from the navy entirely, a decision that was later overturned, which set an important precedent. Restored to his rank, Coffin commanded several ships during the opening years of the wars with France, but an old injury forced him to move ashore. Retiring from active service towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars Coffin died with the rank of admiral in 1839.
Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1990. Fourth Printing. Trade paperback. x, 106 pages. Format is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Color covers. Illustrations. Maps. Stan B. Cohen has been an author and publisher in Missoula for 32 years and has been a founder or board member of several local museums. Although the fight ended in defeat and surrender of the island’s American garrison, the battle of Wake, starting just hours after the Pearl Harbor attack, represented the first defense of an American possession during World War II. Waged against tremendous odds, the battle will always hold a special place in American military history.
Washington DC: Department of the Navy, 1950. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. v, , 230 pages. Folding maps. Glossary. Marked For Official Use Only. Name of previous owner and date in ink on front cover. Part I covers the Arctic Regions. Part II the Antarctic Regions. Appendix A is a Selected Bibliography. Appendix B. is an Index of Northern Exploration. Appendix C. is a Glossary of Terms. This historical sketch is a companion to various other books, booklets, manuals, and hydrographic publications issued by the Department of the Navy on the subject of its operations in polar regions. The presentation has been made in chronological summary form. The source of this material is from a personal collection of notes by the author, developed from the reading of the books of the distinguished explorers and students whose names are well known in polar work. A selected bibliography is provided as a guide for further reading. The author felt that it was important that one have a background of the history of polar exploration and discovery for the study of polar science, arctic warfare, and navigation of ships in the high latitudes.