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World War II, or the Second World War was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million military personnel mobilised. In a state of "total war", the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by significant events involving the mass death of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it is the deadliest conflict in human history, resulting in 50 million to over 70 million fatalities.

The war is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by German dictator Adolph Hitler and the German Wehrmacht or army, and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth. Germany set out to establish a large empire in Europe. From late 1939 to early 1941, in a series of campaigns and treaties, Germany conquered or subdued much of continental Europe; amid Nazi-Soviet agreements, the nominally neutral Soviet Union fully or partially occupied and annexed territories of its six European neighbours, including Poland. Britain and the Commonwealth remained the only major force continuing the fight against the Axis in North Africa and in extensive naval warfare. In June 1941, the European Axis launched an invasion of the Soviet Union, giving a start to the largest land theatre of war in history, which, from that moment on, tied down the major part of the Axis military power. In December 1941, Japan, which had been at war with China since 1937 aiming to dominate Asia, attacked the United States and European possessions in the Pacific Ocean, quickly conquering much of the region

 

We also have a large number of Life Magazines which covered the war

before, during and after with articles and photos.

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We have many books on WW II with an emphasis on

individual country's participation.

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on German, British, Canadian and United States Military participation in WW II.

 

 

1938 Our Battle by Hendrik Willem Van Loon $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1938 Our Battle by Hendrik Willem Van Loon. Hard cover book in good condition. 139 pages this book was published before the onset of WW II and warns the world and readers of the danger of the Hitler regime before Nazi Germany gained it’s full military might and ambitions.
1978 2 volume War And Remembrance by Herman Wouk $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1978 2 volume War And Remembrance by Herman Wouk. Hard cover books. Volume 2 with dust jacket in very good condition. Volume 1 hard cover no dust jacket in very good condition. Both have owner’s name inside covers. Total of 1042 pages. We also have this novel in one book containing both volumes for sale elsewhere. This novel was made into a TV mini series in 1988. Wouk also wrote the screenplay.
1939 Ace Of The Airways by A. Van Buren Powell $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1939 Ace Of The Airways by A. Van Buren Powell. Hard cover book in good used condition with owner’s name blacked out with marker inside cover. 224 pages. Appears to be a WWI or WW II fiction about fighter pilots.
1978 War And Remembrance by Herman Wouk $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1978 War And Remembrance by Herman Wouk. Hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition. This book contains both Volumes ! and 2. 1042 pages. We also have the individual volumes for sale elsewhere. This novel was made into a TV mini series in 1988. Wouk also wrote the screenplay.
2006 Secret AgentÂ’s Handbook of Special Devices WW II $35.00
Click Here for Product Details! 2006 Secret AgentÂ’s Handbook of Special Devices WW II. Fascinating hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition. Contains the contents of 2 catalogues compiled by the British SOE (Special Operations Executive). These are the gadgets, improvised, designed and used by secret agents and spies during WW II. Fully illustrated.
1943 Pipeline To Battle by Major Peter W. Rainier $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1943 Pipeline To Battle by Major Peter W. Rainier. An Engineer’s Adventures With The British Eighth Army Hard cover ex-library book in good used condition. 302 pages relates WW II efforts in North Africa by Allied forces from an engineering point of view.
1975 We Are Your Sons The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg by their children Robert and Michael Miropol $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1975 We Are Your Sons The Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg by their children Robert and Michael Miropol. Hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition. 419 page with photos this is the story of convicted and executed spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg who gave the atomic bomb secrets to the Soviets.
1941 Berlin Diary The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent by William L. Shirer $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1941 Berlin Diary The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent by William L. Shirer. Soft cover in very good condition. 605 pages plus index. Detailed account of the WW II Nazi Germany situation by the noted author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
1944 First Edition Great Soldiers of World War II by Major H. A Deweerd $15
Click Here for Product Details! 1944 First Edition Great Soldiers of World War II by Major H. A Deweerd. Red cloth hard cover book in very good condition. No dust jacket with 316 pages. Has a library type pocket in rear but no library stamps. possibly military library? Covers Gamelin.De Gaulle,Wavel,Rommel,Montgomery,Hitler,Churchill,Timoshenko,MacArthur,Chang Kai-Shek and Eisenhower.
1957 Day of Infamy by Walter Lord hard cover w dust jacket $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1957 Day of Infamy by Walter Lord. Account of the attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. Many photos and personal accounts by survivors. Good condition. Possible first edition.A blue cloth bound hard cover w dust jacket,243 pages.
.....SOLD.....1963 Secrets and Stories of the War, 2 volume set $15
Click Here for Product Details! 1963 Secrets and Stories of the War, 2 volume hard cover set. These were published by ReaderÂ’s Digest and contain articles and condensed books which Readers Digest had previously published during World War II. Great condition.
1966 Dawn Of D-Day by David Howarth Special Edition for Younger Readers $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1966 Dawn Of D-Day by David Howarth Special Edition for Younger Readers. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition with archival photos from WW II.
1984 The Nightmare Years 1930 - 1940 Volume II by William Shirer $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1984 The Nightmare Years 1930 - 1940 Volume II by William Shirer. Soft Cover book in good condition 654 pages. Description of the frenzy and fervor surrounding the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi military machine by war correspondent William Shirer.
1967 The War Years 1939 - 1945 Diaries and Letters Volume II by Harold Nicholson $5
Click Here for Product Details! 1967 The War Years 1939 - 1945 Diaries and Letters Volume II by Harold Nicholson, a back-bencher in British Parliament during WW II. Black cloth hard cover book with only one flap of dust jacket. Contains the diaries and letters of this former cabinet minister during the Second World War. Contains personal accounts of conversations with pivotal WW II personages. 511 pages in good condition with photos. 9 1/2" by 6 1/4"
1944 Field Surgery Pocket Book prepared by the War Office $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1944 Field Surgery Pocket Book prepared by the War Office. Small book intended to provide the front line medic and/or soldier perform surgery in emergencies. It seems a very small book to provide this critical information but Â’War is Hell". A great survival guide though.
1989 We Remember the Holocaust by Davis A. Adler $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1989 We Remember the Holocaust by Davis A. Adler. 147 page soft cover book in good condition illustrated with archival photos.
1989 The Pictorial History of World War II by Charles Messenger $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1989 The Pictorial History of World War II by Charles Messenger. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition has a stain inside back cover some wear to dust jacket. 240 pages with over 350 photos, some in colour this book covers WW II from beginning to end.
1989 The Chronological Atlas of World War II by Barrie and Francis Pitt $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1989 The Chronological Atlas of World War II by Barrie and Francis Pitt. Hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition. 178 page book covers WW II with diagrams and maps chronologically laid out. See the events, areas and times of the various events on a global scale and time.
.....SOLD.....1941 The Darkest Hour; Adventures and Escapes by Leo Lania $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1941 The Darkest Hour; Adventures and Escapes by Leo Lania (Lazar Herrmann). Orange cloth bound hard cover book of 235 pages. A former Toronto Library book. Lazar Herrmann). The Darkest Hour. Adventures and Escapes. With an introduction by E. A. Mowrer. Translated from the German by R. Marlowe. WWII account of French occupation by German army.
1946 It Came To Our Door by H.P. Twyford $15
Click Here for Product Details! 1946 It Came To Our Door by H.P. Twyford. Red cloth hard cover book in good condition with torn dust jacket. 151 pages with full page photographs by Dermot P. Fitzgerald. Introduction by Lord Mayor of Plymouth from 1939-144 , Lord Astor. This is a diary of War Correspondent H.P. Twyford during World War II and details the hard times experienced by the city of Plymouth (re:Plymouth Blitz)and Britain in general.
1957 History of the German General Staff by Walter Goerlitz $15
Click Here for Product Details! 1957 History of the German General Staff 1657 - 1945 by Walter Goerlitz. translated from German this is the ninth printing. A black cloth hard cover book in good condition it contains archival photos. 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" by 1 3/4"
1964 The Siege Of Paris by Robert Baldick possible First Edition $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1964 The Siege Of Paris by Robert Baldick possible First Edition. Blue cloth bound hard cover book with dustjacket. Tells the story of the citizens of Paris France during the German occupation in WWII. Contains photos and illustrations.
1951 Force Mulberry by Alfred Stanford Commander USNR $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1951 Force Mulberry by Alfred Stanford Commander USNR. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition. 240 pages with photos. A detailed account of the construction of a top secret Artificial Harbour off the coast of Normandy vital to the success of the D Day attack on German fortified troops in WW II.
1985 The Second World War from Larousse $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1985 The Second World War from Larousse. A photographic history of the second world war in a Hard cover book in very good condition with dust jacket. 334 pages fully illustrated with photos and maps with over 650 in full colour.
1988 Combat Aircraft of World War II 1943 1944 by Adriano Zannini $15.00
1988 Combat Aircraft of World War II 1943 1944 by Adriano Zannini. Soft cover book in very good condition this is called a poster book for the full page full colour illustrations of the various aircraft. Each one is accompanied by their specifications. 62 pages of aircraft from all countries involved. We have another book covering aircraft from 1942 to 1943. Buy both and save on combined shipping.
1944 Der Fuehrer; Hitler’s Rise To Power by Konrad Heiden $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1944 Der Fuehrer; Hitler’s Rise To Power by Konrad Heiden. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good used condition. Dust jacket is torn but present some staining inside. 788 pages. Essential book for understanding the German point of view which led to WW II and Adolph Hitler.
1946 Missing From The Record by Colonel R. S. Malone $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1946 Missing From The Record by Colonel R. S. Malone. Written by Colonel Dick Malone OBE who was a Canadian public relations officer during WWII. Fascinating account of the war from a leadership point of view. Possibly a dedication issue this red cloth bound hard cover book is in good condition with wear and tear to dust jacket. 227 pages.
1961 A Full Life by Lt. Gen. Sir Brian Horrocks $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1961 A Full Life by Lt. Gen. Sir Brian Horrocks. Fascinating book by one of the great commanders in WW II. Accounts of the war and the commanders he served under. Archival photos. Brown cloth hard cover with dust jacket in good used condition. (One photo appears have scratches on it) some wear and tear to dust jacket. 320 pages
1995 First Edition Victory 1945 by Desmond morton and J. L. Granatstein $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1995 First Edition Victory 1945 by Desmond morton and J. L. Granatstein. Hardcover with dust jackey in very good condion and 256 pages. Not strictly a war book this covers the end of WW II and the changes that terrible conflict placed upon a Canadian nation. Over 200 photos.
1969 The Tools of War 1939 1945 $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1969 The Tools of War 1939 1945. Hard cover book in very good condition this fully illustrated book describes the weapons and ordinance used by military units in World War II. 96 pages with great illustrations.
1988 Combat Aircraft of World War II 1943 1944 by Adriano Zannini $15.00
1988 Combat Aircraft of World War II 1943 1944 by Adriano Zannini. Soft cover book in very good condition this is called a poster book for the full page full colour illustrations of the various aircraft. Each one is accompanied by their specifications. 62 pages of aircraft from all countries involved. We have another book covering aircraft from 1942 to 1943. Buy both and save on combined shipping.
1967 Fall of Japan by William Craig $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1967 Fall of Japan by William Craig. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition with minor tears to dust jacket and slight wear to edges of covers. (See images). A detailed account of the last days of WW II in Japan with many photos.
.....SOLD.....1971 Edition of Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1971 Edition of Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler. Soft cover book in good condition. This contains both volume 1 and 2 of the two part book written by Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler.
1978 Final Entries 1945 The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1978 Final Entries 1945 The Diaries of Joseph Goebbels. English translation of the Diary of one of Hitler’s right hand men. Hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition (written dedication in front cover, tear in top rear dust cover). 384 pages with archival photos of the German side in WW II.
1940 TonyÂ’s Scrapbook by Tony Wons $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1940 TonyÂ’s Scrapbook by Tony Wons. Tan cloth bound hard cover in good condition contains thoughts,quotations and poems by Tony Wons, noted American radio personalty. His popular show lasted from 1930 to 1943. 8 1/2" by 5 3/4" by 3/4". No page numbers.
1942 Aircraft Mathematics by S. A. Walling and J. C. Hill $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1942 Aircraft Mathematics by S. A. Walling and J. C. Hill. Small hardcover book in good conditionpertaining to aircraft from the WW II period. Intended for Air Cadet Training. 189 pages
.....SOLD.....1946 R.A.A.F. Over Europe edited by Frank Johnson foreword by Winston S Churchill P.C. M. P. $20
Click Here for Product Details! 1946 R.A.A.F. Over Europe edited by Frank Johnson foreword by Winston S Churchill P.C. M. P.. The story of the Royal Australian Air Force during WW II with photos. Hard cover book in good condition, this was part of the extensive library of Robert Steward who ran the Aeronautical Museum at the Oshawa Airport. His family auctioned off his entire museum assets after his death.
1946 My Three Years With Eisenhower by Captain Harry C. Butcher, USNR $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1946 My Three Years With Eisenhower by Captain Harry C. Butcher, USNR. Probable First Edition hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition. Previous owner signature inside small tear sto dust jacket. The personal diary of Eisenhower’s Aide de Camp covering the years 1942 to 1945.
1940 War Planes of All Nations by John B. Walker $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1940 War Planes of All Nations by John B. Walker. Nice little softcover book with 60 full colour illustrations of various WWII era war airplanes. There is a tear in the front cover and title page. (See images)
1941 Bailierre’s Nurses Complete Medical Dictionary Revised by Margaret E. Hitch S.R.N. $15
Click Here for Product Details! 1941 Bailierre’s Nurses Complete Medical Dictionary Revised by Margaret E. Hitch S.R.N. Almost a First Aid manual for women thrust into the medical corps without much experience during WW II and even for those in Britain during the German bombings. Illustrated with advertisements. Small hardcover in good condition with owner’s name throughout.
1969 Iron Coffins by Herbert A Werner First Edition $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1969 Iron Coffins by Herbert A Werner First Edition. A personal account of the German U-boat battles of World War II. by author Herbert Werner who served aboard five different U-boats; U-557, U-612, U -230, U-415 and U-953.Fully illustrated including photos. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition. 329 pages
1986 Escape From Auschwitz by Eric Kulka $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1986 Escape From Auschwitz by Eric Kulka. First Edition soft cover in very good condition. 150 pages. Details life in this infamous Nazi Germany concentration camp. Few people escaped from Auschwitz, and fewer survived such escape attempts. ... Kulka details the only successful escape, led by Siegfried Lederer. Illustrated with archival photos.
2001 Surviving Hitler A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren $10
Click Here for Product Details! 2001 Surviving Hitler A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren. A soft cover book with photos gives a chilling tale of the WW II experiences in one of the infamous Nazi death camps which were set up as part of the Holocaust as told by a survivor.
.....SOLD.....1942 Air Commentary by Group Captain W. Helmore $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1942 Air Commentary by Group Captain W. Helmore. Hard cover book in good condition 90 pages Illustrated with sketches of airmen. This book contains some of the transcripts of broadcasts by Air Commodore William Helmore during WW II. (see below)
WW II Pictorial accounts of the war from Italy’s perspective. Written in Italian. 2 $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! WW II Pictorial accounts of the war from Italy’s perspective. Written in Italian. Probably part of an Encyclopedia of WW II. Large hard cover book in good used condition packed with photos of the German army effort as well their allies. We have 3 different volumes. No dates or credits. 12" tall
WW II Pictorial accounts of the war from Italy’s perspective. Written in Italian 3 $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! WW II Pictorial accounts of the war from Italy’s perspective. Written in Italian. Probably part of an Encyclopedia of WW II. Large hard cover book in good used condition packed with photos of the German army effort as well their allies. We have 3 different volumes. No dates or credits. 12" tall
WW II Pictorial accounts of the war from Italy’s perspective. Written in Italian.1 $30.00
Click Here for Product Details! WW II Pictorial accounts of the war from Italy’s perspective. Written in Italian. Probably part of an Encyclopedia of WW II. Large hard cover book in good used condition packed with photos of the German army effort as well their allies. We have 3 different volumes. No dates or credits. 12" tall
1945, January 1, Toronto Evening Telegram newspaper near the end of WW II $10.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1945, January 1, Toronto Evening Telegram newspaper near the end of WW II. Fascinating articles about the war as it was coming to an end. Great stories, articles and photos relating to the war and that time period. Good used condition.
1982 The WW II Quiz and Fact Book by Timothy B. Benford $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1982 The WW II Quiz and Fact Book by Timothy B. Benford. Soft cover book of 230 pages. How many air raids did Berlin sustain? Who was Hitler’s favorite actress? What was the first U.S. unit to see action in Asia? This is just a sampling of the depth and variety of questions contained in this fascinating collections of facts, anecdotes, statistics, and trivia about World War II. Included are questions and answers on codes and intelligence groups, military action, and personnel. There is a special section on Pearl Harbor, a guide to memorial ships, and a list of all World War II Congressional Medal of Honor winners. More than fifty black-and-white photographs, many donated by veterans, further bring to life this unforgettable period of history.
2003 D-Day The Greatest Invasion - A People’s History by Dan Van Der Vat $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! 2003 D-Day The Greatest Invasion - A People’s History by Dan Van Der Vat. Large hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition. Possible First Edition. Complete coverage of Operation Overlord from inception to the after effects. Many great photos, artworks and accounts from participants of that great invasion. 176 pages.
.....SOLD.....1946 The Illustrated London News Victory Parade Number $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1946 The Illustrated London News Victory Parade Number. The Illustrated London News is notable for their lavish photograpy covering full pages and sometimes 2. They published major issues for special events such as Coronations or funerals of the Royal Family. This one covers the end of WW II and the huge celebration that ensued.
1940s booklet containing exerpts from speeches and orations of Winston Churchill during WWII $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1940s booklet containing exerpts from speeches and orations of Winston Churchill during WWII. A marvellous book with full page photos of WWII British Prime Minister Winston Churchil. Each page is prefaced by another page with the text of some of the most memorable and inspiring speeches of Winston Churchil.
1967 The Last Days of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan by Hans Dollinger $25.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1967 The Last Days of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan by Hans Dollinger. Hard cover book with dust jacket in very good condition. Tiny scribble in top corner of front page. Appears to be a First Edition. This is a pictorial history of the defeat of the armies of Nazi Germany and those of Imperial Japan. Many great archival photos.
1972 The Trial Of The Germans by Eugene Davidson $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1972 The Trial Of The Germans by Eugene Davidson. Softcover book in good condition details the Nuremberg trials of infamous Nazi Germany war criminals. Illustrated with archival photos.
.....SOLD.....1940s propaganda booklet John Britain by the United Kingdom Information Office $10
Click Here for Product Details! 1940s propaganda booklet John Britain by the United Kingdom Information Office. More like a pamphlet this little booklet was intended to gain sympathy for the British people during WWII. Mainly intended for the people in America who had not committed to the war yet, it is a fascinating little booklet. John Britain is the British version of John Doe, the average man.
1976 An Illustrated History of the Navies of World War II by Anthony Preston $20.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1976 An Illustrated History of the Navies of World War II by Anthony Preston. Hard cover book with dust jacket in good condition. Tears to dust jacket. 224 pages. A thorough history of the ships and naval battles of WW II with numerous photos and illustrations describing various ships.
1945 Pacific Stars and Stripes Magazine $15.00
Click Here for Product Details! 1945 Pacific Stars and Stripes Magazine. Magazine of the United States Armed Forces in occupied Japan after the capitulation of the Japanes. Interesting articles and great photos.

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