My book-buying "problem"

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

  1. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Ahhh the three volume carrier collection, worth about 2 million on the open market....and never to be mine!
    Good on ya!.
     
  2. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    Last 4 arrivals. Kuhnert one was recommended but took a bit to find a decent cheap copy.
     
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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Just looked them up again.
    Not exactly common on the market, are they...
    Last I looked maybe £50 a volume with a few still new in shops at original price.
     
  4. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Quick question concerning them. Are they very nuts and bolts a la the Knight books or do they get into operational use?
    Would help me decide how badly I want/need them :)
     
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Nuts & bolts really, but such an, errrm, universal machine that they're not really like the Knight books - more wide-ranging.

    His website's still up, & still listing all three for a total of £110, which is probably what I paid over the course of their release:
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  6. PDH

    PDH Junior Member

    If you try and add them to 'Your Basket' on Nigel's website you get the message that they are all sold out. I picked up a copy of Volume 1 for £60 but had to pay between £120 and £150 each for the other two via eBay. Despite searching worldwide I could not find any available via a retail/online store.

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  7. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Hadn't been in a bookshop for a while so had bit of a trip out this morning........Oops!

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  8. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Just arrived: a copy of No Triumphant Procession; very impressive read John!

    I know there will be a new edition soon. Has it changed much?


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  9. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Pre-ordered this one:

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    A good read for the oncoming X-mas holidays; will also have to dust off Dupuy's 'St.Vith Lion in the Way' the story of the unfortunate 106 US Inf Div. which is somewhere down in one of the dark, cobwebbed niches of my book catacombs.

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  10. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Why isn't there also a "dislike" button...?! :wacko:;)
     
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  11. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Three stagglers showed up in yesterday's post ...


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    Francois Vauvillier is a noted writer on French armour and the French army of 1940. This is a new series being put out by Histoires and Collections in PB, densely illustrated format. Out all ready are Laffly, Renault and Berliet. To come are Panhard, Latil, Delahaye, White armoured cars, Somua and Citroen-kegresse halftracks. Dense with material and the French isn't too hard to translate. Worth it for anyone interested in the 1940 campaign.
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    Been trying to find a cheap copy of this book for years with copies been sold for crazy prices. Then this popped up for $20 CDN so it was a must buy
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    Finally purchased this....and the new cruiser one is on the way too!
     
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  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I had rather a non-event. I went to a book sale on Thursday, had to wait 40 minutes to get in (!) and found nothing to my interest. But a friend sent me a copy of Warriors for the Working Day by Pete Elstob. I will have to read that after my Swordfish book.
     
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  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Very tempting.
    Everything on French gear seems to rocket in price & never get reprinted.

    Only French language though?
     
  14. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Peter Elstob was my late fathers Tank Commander in 3RTR. The book is actually semi autobiographical. Although the characters are conflations, I recognise several of my fathers characteristics in the Driver (Taffy) and many of the incidents in the book are based on real events albeit with some gung ho thrown in as well. Enjoy!
     
  15. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    SDP, do you have any idea about the fictional or non-fictional nature of Take These Men? That was 3RTR as I recall, but in the desert.
     
  16. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    I've uploaded a sample page for you to look at. It is only in French but very picture/chart heavy and I found it easy enough to work my way through with my basic French. As you say, these books tend to skyrocket in price, the recent H&C French tank encyclopedia being a good case in point. I'd say if you're even remotely thinking about it, snag them while you can. You can always resell them for a huge markup later ;)
     
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  17. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Unfortunately I have no idea. Dad only joined 3RTR in August 1944 after his original Regiment (24th Lancers - ref my avatar) was disbanded due to heavy casualties. Dad's tank (3 Troop C Squadron 3RTR) was knocked out just after the Seine crossing and that was when he was moved to become Driver in Peter Elstobs tank (1 Troop A Squadron 3RTR). That means that he was Driver to Elstob during the Battle of the Bulge and then all the way up into Germany: Elstob also wrote a book called 'Hitler's last offensive' and also includes some detail about his own tank at that time. All very good family history stuff: needless to say dad said nothing about any of this - I've found out the hard way by dogged research over many years!
     
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  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    It's a novel, but one written by one who saw the elephant, based on his own experiences.
    It's also superb, & not unlike Ken Tout's 'Tank!', its technically fictional nature doesn't make me hesitate for an instant to say that this is an accurate portrait of men fighting in that arena & period.
     
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  19. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I've bought seveal old Avalon Hill bookcase games as of late. Does this count?
     
  20. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Finally gave in to temptation. Not cheap but quite brilliant.

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