Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.
Oh bugger - we haven't even got the excuse that we paid tax when we bought them!
They're just trolling my bank account...
Check your bed before climbing in tonight. There's a fighting chance they'll leave a catalogue with a mint on your pillow.
Pillboxes and Tank Traps
by Bernard Lowry
Handy to keep in your rucksack while unintentionally trespassing on land looking and photographing things of WW2 interest
Was supposed to be not buying anything else.
Then I visited BMV books a local used book store with a large history section.
And the rest of this post is a foregone conclusion.
My average resistance has improved markedly this week: proper bookshop no.1 - 2 books; proper bookshop no.2 - no books despite extensive military stock; The Works - didn't succumb to the Haynes German Infantryman.
However, my focus may be off as the two books purchased were A Field Guide to the War in Zululand from 1979 (lots of diagrams of the forts) and, from 1918, A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force July 1917 to October 1918, basically Allenby's despatches from the London Gazette supplements with 50 or so maps; operational rather than tactical, though.
Some sources for a bit deeper study on the Operation Citadel
A couple more books. Now the problem is from where I can find a reasonable priced little used Wimpy
And how do they define “insured collections”? Surely everyone’s “collection” is insured via their household contents policy? Given some of the prices being asked for on flea bay or Amazon I sometimes wonder how much mine is worth. But ... too busy reading (and adding to) it to do the sums!
This weekend it is Sherman Firefly by Mark Hayward.
Sold some comics I didn't want any more, which paid half the price of a remaindered copy of Armoured Horseman by Willett.
I quite liked 'Hitler's Stormtroopers'. The writer (or maybe the translator) has an engaging & light style while dealing with a pretty grim subject.
Not exactly deep history, but anecdotal, readable, stuff.
The 'serious' alternative on the subject being those great hefty £50+ gotterdammerung style books, I'd choose that.
More bloody colourised cover pictures though... What is that all about.
I agree. I'd guess the marketing people they employ are of a certain age and have a hard time understanding the concept of black and white.
Two more buys. They were cheap---ish, so that's my justification.
The 2nd Division book is a monster of a book which I'll use for weight training later on.
The Breda 65 book looks at one of those planes that failed to live up to its touted reputation. Great coverage of its usage in SCW and by Iraq. Published in the 1980's it has foldouts, cutaways and colour profiles galore.
Problem? More like near-disaster...
Acquiring a copy of the Scots Greys' history - Second to None - was never a high priority - originals were silly money but the museum had a decent reprint. The reprint publishers - DP&G - had their website, too.
For some reason, they came into my mind last night so thought I'd check things out... Originals still silly money, no change there. However, out of stock at the museum. Probably about time to get one from the publisher... Damn, website not found! Frantic googling only uncovers various auction lots of the wound-up publisher. Thankfully there were a couple on ebay.
I'm getting too old for all this stress.
On holiday in Cornwall and popped into Trego Mill by Bodmin at the mother in-laws request. Basically an 80s shopping Mecca but it has a great military book section to my great surprise! Got a few fighting high aviation titles for £4 each. Right result!
Couple of recent buys:
Served with the 4th H.A.A regiment and looks at his time in France as well as Malta . Good for coverage of 3.7 inch batteries and he was the unofficial photographer for the unit so lots of interesting pictures.
Covers the units time in France both in 1940 and 1944. Cromwell tank usage detailed.
Three Helion titles looking at 1940:
I've been dealing with another book-buying 'problem'.
I've a lot more classifying and shifting furniture to do for the rest of my books, but after splashing out on this made-to-order two-metre oak-bookcase I now have my collection of British generals' memoirs, diaries and biographies shelved in one place. With three more books in the post...
I have just received this in the post: The British Army and the Theory of Armored Warfare, 1918-1940 by Robert H Larson. Now, I just need to sort my books so I have somewhere to put it.
The biggest problem at Duxford on Tuesday was trying to find something to buy as the selection was 99.9% aviation. One vendor's bargain tables turned up trumps: I dug up the official RAAF history covering Malaya and mined a seam of wartime city blitz pamphlets - not a bad haul.
Would be intrigued at your thoughts.
Have put it on my list... Every day a school day.
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