My book-buying "problem"

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

  1. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

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

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  2. canuck

    canuck Closed Account

    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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  3. 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... :(
  4. 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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  5. 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.
  6. 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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  7. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

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

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  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I wish...
  9. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

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

  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Is that "Lost World of Bletchley Park" any good?
  13. 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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  14. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Charley, I absolutely adore these books. I think I've owned Autumn and Winter longer than any other book I still have, along with this one with drawings by S R Badmin
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  15. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Just popped into the local 2nd hand bookshop. The title says it all really, 20190904_125220~2.jpg
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  16. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Three most recent arrivals:
    Argus doesn't get the attention other RN carriers get but it was pioneering and did a lot of important work during the early war years when carriers were a rare commodity.

    Mostly looks at France, Italy and Germany but touches on other countries as well
    I have Rogers' other two books on the Dodecanese campaign so had to pick up this most recent one. It's a good Osprey with decent maps, a great selection of pictures and an author who knows his subject well.
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  17. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I haven't received it yet, but a random search on abebooks in order to just quote a sample price to someone led to me finding a used copy of Dick Taylor's Warpaint Vol 2 for sale which I snapped up a couple of days ago. That's the one volume of the four that I don't have, with the WW2 camouflage. (Although I do have Mike Starmer's booklets on that subject as well.)

    And a friend in the UK says he has just sent me a copy of Elstob's Warriors for the Working Day. :)
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  18. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Acting as a jump-off platform to get fighters to Malta may not have been that glorious but it was vital!
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  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Recommended on Twatter by the chap that wrote 'War on Wheels', so since everything I've picked up from that book's references has been good, thought what the hell.
    Does look like an interesting perspective from an (R)ASC chap that was present during early interwar mechanisation.


    Added bonus: shipped new for c.£2.50. now seems to be fifteen quid. :)
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  20. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    The Jam Stealers (WW1 nickname for the ASC) were well into mechanisation during WW1 using many lorries and also Holt half tracks

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