Born to Fight. Speed.
#42 of 100 copies.
Signed by the Author, Neil Speed with greeting to owner.
Ross's Scouts was a white mounted unit formed in British East Africa (BEA - Kenya and Uganda) after the declaration of the Great War (WW1) into what has become known as The Forgotten War/Front.
Major Charles Joseph Ross DSO
He ran away as a child to America where he lived with Indians, & then was a scout for the US Army in three Indian wars. He then joined the Canadian North West Mounted Police for six years & was Chief Scout during the Riel Rebellion. In the South African War he was awarded a DSO whilst riding with Roberts Horse & he later commanded the Canadian Scouts.
believes that he may have joined his old pals Paddy Driscoll & Frederick Courtney Selous in 25th Royal Fusiliers (The Legion of Frontiersmen) & become involved in Intelligence duties. Certainly he was convalescing back in UK in 1917 when the remnants of 25th Royal Fusiliers also were.
After the war Ross re-joined the BEA Game Department, working from his home in Eldama Ravine, Rift Valley Province in what is now Kenya.
Ferrets: Everything About Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Diseases, Behavior, and Breeding. Morton.
Ferrets are playful, fun-loving animals, but inexperienced owners need detailed advice on their care and keeping. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information for new or soon-to-be owners. Advice and instruction covers feeding, housing, health care, training, grooming, and much more.
The Gun. Chivers
At a secret arms-design contest in Stalin’s Soviet Union, army technicians submitted a stubby rifle with a curved magazine. Dubbed the AK-47, it was selected as the Eastern Bloc’s standard arm. Scoffed at in the Pentagon as crude and unimpressive, it was in fact a breakthrough—a compact automatic that could be mastered by almost anyone, last decades in the field, and would rarely jam. Manufactured by tens of millions in planned economies, it became first an instrument of repression and then the most lethal weapon of the Cold War. Soon it was in the hands of terrorists.
In a searing examination of modern conflict and official folly, C. J. Chivers mixes meticulous historical research, investigative reporting, and battlefield reportage to illuminate the origins of the world’s most abundant firearm and the consequences of its spread. The result, a tour de force of history and storytelling, sweeps through the miniaturization and distribution of automatic firepower, and puts an iconic object in fuller context than ever before.
The Gun dismantles myths as it moves from the naïve optimism of the Industrial Revolution through the treacherous milieu of the Soviet Union to the inside records of the Taliban. Chivers tells of the 19th-century inventor in Indianapolis who designs a Civil War killing machine, insisting that more-efficient slaughter will save lives. A German attaché who observes British machine guns killing Islamic warriors along the Nile advises his government to amass the weapons that would later flatten British ranks in World War I. In communist Hungary, a locksmith acquires an AK-47 to help wrest his country from the Kremlin’s yoke, beginning a journey to the gallows. The Pentagon suppresses the results of firing tests on severed human heads that might have prevented faulty rifles from being rushed to G.I.s in Vietnam. In Africa, a millennial madman arms abducted children and turns them on their neighbors, setting his country ablaze. Neither pro-gun nor anti-gun, The Gun builds to a terrifying sequence, in which a young man who confronts a trio of assassins is shattered by 23 bullets at close range. The man survives to ask questions that Chivers examines with rigor and flair.
Throughout, The Gun animates unforgettable characters—inventors, salesmen, heroes, megalomaniacs, racists, dictators, gunrunners, terrorists, child soldiers, government careerists, and fools. Drawing from years of research, interviews, and from declassified records revealed for the first time, he presents a richly human account of an evolution in the very experience of war.
Getting a Stand. Gilbert
“An anthology of the writings of buffalo hunters who were engaged in the hide business between 1870 and 1882.” A collection of 18 personal experiences filled with excitement, humour, danger and drudgery. “Diary of a Dodge City Buffalo Hunter, 1872-1873,”. Henry R. Raymond kept a daily record from November 1872 through September 1873. Liberally footnoted which makes the entry all the more interesting.
The classic international bestseller recounting the epic turning point of the second world warIn October 1942, a Panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline.An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery and the nature of war itself, which changed how history is written, Stalingrad is a testament to the vital role of the Soviet war effort.'A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist . . . This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle' Orlando Figes, Sunday Telegraph 'A brilliantly researched tour de force of military history' Sarah Bradford, The TimesAntony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award.
A Brief History of Bullet Moulds. Parkerson.
Written by Codman Parkerson. Since the first use of lead for making firearm projectiles, man has constantly searched for a better method of moulding them into their proper form. This book, mainly through the use of detailed photography, thoroughly examines the evolution of bullet moulds from their earliest form to today's advance types.
British Infantry Equipment. 1808 - 1908. Chappell.
The period covered by this book begins with the British infantryman entering the Peninsular War (1808-1814) wearing the lethal knapsack equipment of the day, and ends with the introduction of the first equipment set made entirely of woven cotton webbing [the 1908 pattern described in the accompanying Men-at-Arms 108: British Infantry Equipments 1908-80]. Mike Chappel's detailed text presents an in-depth study of British infantry equipments from 1808-1908, in a volume complemented by plenty of illustrations and photographs, including eight full page color plates by the author himself
Ferrets: Care and Breeding. Rickard.
This concise book, written by an experienced ferret owner and breeder, provides the reader with a wealth of information about all aspects of the ferret's care and management. Topics covered include; History, origins and scientific classification of ferrets; Anatomy and physiology.; Picking up, handling and housing.; Breeding and rearing.; Feeding and nutritional requirements.; Colour-breeding genetics and colour standards for showing.; Health and welfare, common complaints, clinical presentation and recommended treatment.
Shooting Fast Shooting Fancy. McGivern.
One of the best books for the novice or expert. Has more instructions than an intensive training course. Packed with handgun lore & original photos from the first edition, this much-sought-after classic contains a wealth of facts for marksmen everywhere.
"The one best book for the novice or expert. Few books have much dope the average shooter doesn't know. This one does...
Ed McGivern needs no introduction to gun enthusiasts and serious marksmen. For more than 50 years he was revered as one of the top authorities in the field of small firearms. A world champion marksmen who made The Guinness Book of World Records, he trained scores of law enforcement officers and developed a system of teaching that is as effective today as it was when this book was originally published. It resulted from years of experimentation and research conducted by McGivern, who utilized electric timers and other devices to determine the angles and techniques that would produce the fastest, most accurate revolver shooting.
A good handgunner is far better on targets & game than a mediocre rifleman & McGivern's book has more instructions than an intensive training course."
--Kent Bellah, contributing editor of U.S. Handgunner
“The Field & Stream All-Terrain Vehicle Handbook offers both newcomers and experienced users a handy guide to these useful and extremely popular vehicles.”—American Rifleman
The all-terrain vehicle market continues to be a popular one as more and more outdoor enthusiasts discover how much fun ATVs are to use. The Field & Stream All-Terrain Vehicle Handbook is a comprehensive, in-depth guide that provides valuable, updated information on the machine, including:
Who the top manufacturers are and what models are being offered today
Advice on choosing an ATV for you, your spouse, or your child
Where to go for rider training
Rider safety tips
Maintaining and repairing your ATV
Using an ATV when you go hunting
Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman who needs to travel across rugged wilderness, or who needs an ATV for hauling heavy work equipment, or who simply wants to race or ride for fun, author Monte Burch makes understanding ATVs fast and easy. He even includes information on actual tests of specific models. This is a must-read book for any new or seasoned rider who wants to hit the trails.
Dear Folks. Matthews
Paul A Matthews
Paul Matthews is the authoritative figure in the world of black powder cartridge rifle casting, loading, and shooting. Paul's books have taught us and helped us learn more about the great sport. Now for the first time, Paul shares his life experiences during World War II. Follow Paul from his enlistment to V.J. day. This is a must read for all of Paul's fans.
Blood Brothers. The Story of Hiram and Hudson Maxim. McCallum
Most people don’t realize that Hiram Maxim was a creative and technical genius, and the machine gun was one one of his many notable accomplishments. He was also a character in every sense of the word, and both his brother Hudson and son Hiram Percy made their own significant contributions to firearms technology. Discover the whole story behind one of history’s great firearms inventors!
Agenda Beretta. Beretta. 2002
Agenda Beretta, Diary for 2002
Magnificent Order Medals from the Middle East, South America, Asia, Africa etc, for each week of the 2003 Calander year.
An excellent reference for the Medal Order Collector.
Off to War. WW1 19143 - 1918. Centenary Commemorative Souvenir. Dowson
Initially, in 1914, the men of Australia did not need much encouragement to go off to war. They volunteered in droves.
When war broke out, the Australian Army had a strength of 45,645. But the troops promised to Britain would have to be a volunteer force, as the Defence Act only provided for compulsory service within 'Australia's borders.
By the end of the war, with two nail biting conscription referenda along the way, 416,809 had enlisted from a population of fewer than five million.
The Great War was difficult, fought in foreign countries against well equipped enemies. The physical and mental toll proved enormous. The damage caused echoes down the years and today, 100 years later, the effects are still felt.
In killing such large numbers of able bodied men, and women, the war prevented them from having their own families and generating a stronger Australia.
The best tribute we can pay to those who served is to remember them.
This centenary commemorative souvenir shows the enthusiasm, vigour, and dislocation of Australians going off to war. It is respectfully dedicated to all those who have served, and those who continue to serve their country.
Death Between the Lines. Grant.
Within twenty minutes three folders arrived on his desk. Pymble stared at their labels…..
Looking inside the covers he noticed that a different Inspector in the CIB had handled each case. Clearly no link had ever been made among the three….
On Anzac Day 1930, Inspector Rex Pymble decided on a whim to join in the Sydney Parade. He had never before marched. His short duty as a Provost in France in August 1918 investigating suspected fraud in a regiment’s mess account had ended in a catastrophe which had returned him, wounded, to England, and thence home and to a resumption of his career in the NSW police.
Anzac Day 1930, however, leads, almost by accident to the re-opening of the original case and to the solution of a chain of other matters (including murders) which just needed to be linked.
Ian Grant, headmaster and military historian, writes a gripping story – a page-turner, set in an era which he knows thoroughly.
Contents include: Muntjac - Description, distribution map, ageing, communication, photographs, fighting, predators, disease, death, habitat, weather, illustrations, food, social behaviour breeding, locomotion, fraying, gouging and scraping, the muntjac year, the future, bibliography.
Torpedo Leader. Gibbs.
Written during the war without benefit of hindsight, this is a remarkable and valuable account. A very personal story, its lucid, exciting and readable narrative describes firstly the author's frustrations as a Staff Officer in Cairo, then his triumphs and disasters as a Beaufort Flight Commander on the anti-shipping operations from Malta in 1942, during which Gibbs' contribution was immense.
The Book of Viking Myths. Archer.
This fascinating new book reveals the origins of the Vikings—from Thor and Leif Erikson to Loki and the Valkyries—and the tales that have influenced our own lives.
For thousands of years, Vikings have held a storied place in our culture—their distinct appearance, their mighty longships, their reputation for causing death and destruction. But who were these strange and mysterious folk?
The Book of Viking Myths retells the stories of the Viking people, with myths of their gods and goddesses, monsters, and great heroes. From tales of the beautiful and powerful Freyja, to the gold-toothed Heimdallr, to the wolf Fenrir, Peter Archer explores all the figures and tales that make up Norse mythology.
Along with these legends of seafaring, dwarves, giants, and the exploits of Thor, you will also discover the influences that Viking culture has had on our own lives. It’s a true exploration of Nordic culture—and a glimpse into the history and lore of these fabled Nordic warriors.
The Shooter's Bible No. 50 1959 Edition
Secondhand, scuffed and faded cover, fair to g Cond.
1959 GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION NO. 50.
One of the great current, out of print or rare titles available from Bunduki Books
The Australian Soldier. Brown, Le Moal.
Almost a century has passed since the signing of the armistice on 11 November 1918. Of all the soldiers who went through that hell on earth, photographs, letters, stories and old uniforms kept in attics are all that is left. Thanks to a collection of more than ten thousand documents, the author allows us to follow these young men with previously unseen photographs. All these faces, sometimes smiling, sometimes serious, have a story to tell. Many collectors have also allowed us access to their most precious objects, the fruit of their relentless research that helps save these objects that went through four terrible years of oblivion and destruction. Finally, being in the era of Internet, many links allow you to retrace the history of your ancestors and their regiments. Following their baptism of fire at Gallipoli in 1915, the Australians arrived on the Western Front in spring 1916. A few months later came the Somme with 24,000 casualties and the tragic events of Fromelles. Then, these tough men, who had travelled so far, continued fighting in France in 1917 and 1918. Since then, the bond of friendship between France and Australia is still going strong.
Dien Bien Phu. Simpson.
Dien Bien Phu is the definitive account of the great, climactic battle in French Indochina that led to the American commitment to Vietnam. Defense analyst Howard R. Simpson was an eyewitness.
"Pictures and impressions of the Western Front by an Australian artist, Sgt. Penleigh Boyd, Electrical & Mechanical Mining Co., A.I.F. With a foreword by Brigadier-General T. H. Dodds, C.M.G., D.S.O. A.I.F
Micronesian Blues. Vila, as told to Morris
Training competent, independent police forces in developing nations is critical to U.S. efforts to promote democracy and stability worldwide. Yet all too often we simply take American cops or military troops, drop them into the middle of a foreign land, and leave them to figure out the enormous challenges of cross-cultural police training on their own.
Three decades ago, in the tropical island setting of Micronesia, Bryan Vila was one of these trainers. After serving as a Marine in Vietnam and then working as a street cop in the ghettos and barrios of Los Angeles for nine years, he expected the job to be a paid vacation in paradise.
He couldn't have been more wrong.
Micronesian Blues tells the true story of Bryan's six years directing the development of law enforcement in Micronesia during the tumultuous period when this former U.S. Trust Territory was making the transition to independence. Through lively narrative laced with wry humor, it chronicles his adventures and misadventures as he discovers the do's and don'ts of cross-cultural policing through trial and error on Saipan, Ponape, Truk, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, and Kwajalein.
An instructive postscript details the ten most important lessons Bryan learned during his time in Micronesia and how they apply to any cross-cultural police training situation, including today's global hot spots. These lessons make Micronesian Blues more than just an entertaining collection of true adventures—it's an eye-opening read for cops, military personnel of all ranks, public policy-makers, academics, and general audiences alike.
Military Ink. A pen at war. Scott Novzen
Military Ink: a pen at war. Twenty-Five years of military artwork with the light-hearted touch commissioned by International Military Antiques, Inc., from 1985 to 2010. Newly Printed: Military Ink: a pen at war. Twenty-Five years of military artwork with the light-hearted touch commissioned by International Military Antiques, Inc., from 1985 to 2010.
IMA first came to be known in U.S. collector's market in 1981 via advertisements in "The Shotgun News". By 1986 artist Scott Novzen joined, the then infant IMA crew, as our dedicated illustrator. Not only were his cartoon-like illustrations extremely innovative and accurate but Scott also extensively participated in many of the purchase and marketing decisions that the company made over the next twenty plus years. In fact, he started illustrating the material from the Nepalese palace purchase a full ten years before we took delivery of the 430 tons of antique weapons in 2003!
All of these original works have all been carefully preserved and archived, but now for the very first time, at the urging of our customers, we have produced a dedicated book as a tribute to Scott s amazing skill. Always taking the light-hearted view of Military History, his illustrations have become favorites with collectors for over a generation. So here it is, a 12" x 8 1/2", 96 page volume containing nearly 200 finished pen and ink illustrations, many old favorites, some never before seen. This book documents Scott s process; from initial pencil outlines, to full color works of art, featuring multiple conflicts and nations thought history and may even provide a little laughter. This is an inspiring and creative work that will stir the memories of not only Shotgun News readers but any lover of Military History.
The Adventures of the Mountain Men. Brennan
The “mountain men” were the hunters and trappers who fiercely strode the Rocky Mountains in the early to mid-1800s. They braved the elements in search of the skins of beavers and other wild animals, to sell or barter for goods. The lifestyle of the mountain men could be harsh, existing as they did among animals, and spending most of their days and nights living and camping out in the great unexplored wilds of the Rockies. Life outdoors presented many threats, not least among them Native Americans, who were hostile to the mountain men encroaching on the area for their own purposes. For a certain kind of pioneer, this risk and more were outweighed by the benefits of living free, without the restrictions and boundaries of “civilized” settlements.
In The Adventures of the Mountain Men, editor Stephen Brennan has compiled many of the best stories about the mountain men—the most daring exploits, the death-defying chances taken to hunt big game, the clashes with the arrows of Native Americans, and also the moments when the men were struck by the incomparable beauty of the unsullied, majestic Rocky Mountains.
101 Shooting Excuses. Parry.
Essential gift for every shooter
Hilarious cartoons from Britain's most popular outdoors illustrator
Missed again! Now you have an excuse, or 101 to be exact. This little book is the answer for any shot that misses from time to time and needs to explain why. "The bird swerved, I'm stiff from too much shooting, my wife ran in, I'm missing intentionally to make them fly higher, her diamonds are making them flare. . . ." They are all here. Bryn's wonderful cartoons illustrate his excuses and make this book the essential gift for every shooter.
Conspiracy Theories. King.
Did Michael Jackson fake his own death in a bid to escape financial ruin or was he murdered? Was it aliens that helped to build the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids and what were they trying to cover up? Is the food industry colluding to make us addicted to sugar? You'll discover startling evidence on these topics and many more in this compelling compendium of the world's scariest and wackiest conspiracy theories. It leaves no stone unturned as it delves into such conundrums as: * the mysterious circumstances of Bruce Lee's death * the alleged withheld evidence pertaining to the 7 July bombings * the controversy surrounding Barack Obama's rise to power * the unsolved disappearance of Flight MH 370 Whether you're a sceptic or a self-confessed conspiracy junkie, you'll find a cover-up for every occasion. And remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not after you..
Vest Pocket Kodak and the First World War. Cooksey.
When one thinks about the First World War, one doesn’t immediately imagine the soldiers recording the horrors of trench warfare by taking snaps with their pocket cameras. But that is exactly what happened.
The Vest Pocket Kodak and The First World War is the first in a series of books documenting the relationship between conflicts and the iconic cameras that were used to freeze-frame forever those moments in time. Launched in April 1912, the Vest Pocket Kodak was one of the world’s first compact cameras. About the height and width of today's iPhone, it was small enough to fit into the pocket of a waistcoat (the American 'vest') and became something of a craze on the eve of the war. It was advertised as the 'Soldier’s Kodak' and troops were encouraged to 'Make your own picture record of the War.' With the military banning journalists from reporting early setbacks in the war, newspaper editors offered soldiers a prize for their VPK photographs of £1,000 – over ten times a lieutenant’s salary. The images they preserved offer us a remarkably personal viewpoint, and create a fascinating link between the camera and the conflict.
The first half of the book sets the technology and timeline of the camera against those of the war. It looks at how the Vest Pocket Kodak was developed and advertised, and tells the story of its significance in creating a unique visual account of the Great War. The second half presents a commemorative album of images taken with the camera, a remarkable record of a lost generation, and a tragic reflection of the manufacturer's advertising by-line: 'Kodak pictures never let you forget.'