My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Rude not to for 25p

    No mention of what goes up coming down yet.
    Anyone might think the 1945 HMSO didn't feel like discussing where shells ended up, other than embedded in targets.

    Cracking cover design.

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  2. Reid

    Reid Junior Member

    Oh yes, always wanted to get my hands on this one - I love the cover too!!
  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Reminds me of: Anti-aircraft fire during a German air raid on Algiers, French Algeria (1943):

  4. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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  5. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Not so bad as when it's coming down the other way !

    AC-47 Spooky Gunship over Vietnam

  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron


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  8. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Ancient 5" AA shells killing civilians Dec 7, 1941.

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  9. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Apparently some 48 of the civilian deaths were likely from American shells from a total of 68 civilians killed during the Pearl Harbor raid.
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  10. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Well...! I happened to check abebooks and managed to find a used and slightly dinged copy of Warpaint Vol 2 at a price which was not completely insane! That is part of a set of four, by Dick Taylor, about markings and camouflage on British tanks, and volume 2 is the one with the WW2 camouflage section and as a result is impossible to find. I'll be looking forward to it.

    Now if I could just get my back pay I would buy the 8RB and Longstop Hill books... :(
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Throw away all this expensive namby-pamby 'Military History' nonsense.
    With this present from the other half I now realise you only really need one book.

    Ladybird's 'The Soldier' - 1966

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  12. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I toyed with the idea of buying the 'set' of those (soldier, sailor, airman), but I wanted them in perfect condition and discovered that the jacketed first editions of old Ladybird books are now highly collectible. I think we were looking at about 15 quid for each of those titles in near-mint condition!

    The logic is simply that rarity determines value and children scrawl on, scribble, crease and tear books more than adults, thus pushing up the worth of the lucky survivors.
  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    We visited Leicester Museum's rather splendid & nostalgic new Ladybird exhibition recently.
    Highly recommended, though It also instills dangerous thoughts for the bibliophile, particularly with its centrepiece...

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  14. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    For a second, I thought that was part of your library. ?

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  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I wish...
  16. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    That reminds me, I must tidy the book shelves in the WC.?

  17. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This is my sole venture into the nostalgia of Ladybird books. I remember the covers from childhood (done by the famous C. F. Tunnicliffe).

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  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A mate said of our bathroom bookshelf:
    "Ah! Just in case Ken Livingstone pops in?"

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  19. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Is that "Lost World of Bletchley Park" any good?
  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Not bad.
    An above average picture & reminiscences sort of thing, with quite a bit on the place's built environment.
    Not my area, though. Really bought it as the other half has a Bletchley interest.
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