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1 Bell, Gordon We Went Where They Sent Us... and did as we were told (most of the time)
Lantzville, BC Oolichan Books 2000 0889821941 / 9780889821941 Paperback Very Good+ 
Only slight wear to card covers with french flaps ; A bright, solid book ; B&W Illustrations; 0.8 x 9.9 x 7.9 Inches; 292 pages; This remarkable book of untold WWII remembrances documents the vast contribution of Canadians, and re-emphasizes the meaning of Remembrance. This collection of stories is written by both veterans and those with strong connections to the War. The stories are marked with courage, poignancy and humour and give the reader new perspectives on the war--from not only Canadians, but those living in Europe during that tumultuous time. The book chronicles multi-dimensional experiences of men and women serving in the army, air force, navy and merchant fleet, and of homemakers and children (on both sides of the conflict). 
Price: 14.50 CDN
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2 Dewar (editor), Jane TRUE CANADIAN WAR STORIES - from Legion Magazine
Toronto, ON Key Porter 1989 155267231X / 9781552672310 Second Printing Paperback Very Good+ 
Only slight wear to card covers ; A bright solid, book ; Trade PB; 310 pages 
Price: 9.50 CDN
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3 Egener, Fred & Norah A Time Apart; Letters of Love and War 1941-45
Owen Sound ON Ginger Press 1995 092177334X / 9780921773344 Paperback Near Fine 
Only slight wear; A bright solid, book ; Trade PB; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 214 pages; This unusual book is based on letters written to and from a couple separated for over four years by the Second World War. Carefully packed away in an attic for over forty years, the letters have been exquisitely edited to reveal conditions both at the front and back home. A Time Apart is one of the very few books containing both "his" and "her" letters, and tells the poignant stories of a strong, vibrant couple separated by war. 
Price: 9.50 CDN
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The General Who Never Was, Galloway, Strome
4 Galloway, Strome The General Who Never Was
Belleville, ON Mika Publishing Company 1981 0919303544 / 9780919303546 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Dust jacket scuffed with some edge wear, some soil on back panel of DJ ; A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar ; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 294 pages; "Colonel Strome Galloway, who commanded the Guards' 4th Battalion from 1955 to 1957 and was the first and last regimental lieutenant-colonel, believed that the disbanding of the Guards was a "political decision" by powerful "francophone" elements. "Our crime," Galloway wrote, "was that we were 'too British' in uniform and character to pass muster with the Francophone hierarchy which dominated the Defence Department at the time. The Unification program was the official excuse, but the program itself was partly a gimmick to 'Americanize' the Canadian forces and eliminate, as far as possible, the British traditions of the past." (Wikipedia) He served for more than 6 decades. This is an account of his personal military service with a short polemic against the unification of the Canadian services. He died in 2004. 
Price: 21.50 CDN
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Short Stories  WWII, Gingrich, Earl
5 Gingrich, Earl Short Stories WWII
Edmonton, AB Earl Gingrich 1989 0969287615 / 9780969287612 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Signed by Editor; Only slight wear to dust jacket; Signed by editor on title page. A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar. ; B&W Photographs; 292 pages; Gingrich has collated a number of accounts of WWII experiences. 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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6 Hoskin, Herbert Sometimes With Laughter
New Westminster, BC Self Published 1982 First Edition Paperback Very Good 
Illustrated covers have some shelfwear to edges and corners. Prev. owner's inscription inside front cover. Minor creasing. ; A tight solid book.; Trade PB; B&W Illustrations; 99 pages; The author's recollection of his service in The Westminster Regiment (Motor), during the Second World War. 
Price: 10.95 CDN
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The Black Pit...and Beyond, Karchmar, Jane &  J. Gordon Mumford
7 Karchmar, Jane & J. Gordon Mumford The Black Pit...and Beyond
Burnstown ON General Store Publishing House 2000 1894263197 / 9781894263191 First Edition Paperback Near Fine Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Only slight wear. ; Signed and inscribed by author 'Mumford' on title page. ; Trade PB; 8.90 X 5.90 X 0.50 inches; 138 pages; "J. Gordon Mumford was born outside London and trained as a radio operator for the British Merchant Navy in 1942. He first went to sea in 1942 on a Danish collier which met an untimely end which we read about in occasional flashbacks. We first meet 17-year old Mumford on the SS SCOTTISH HEATHER which sailed in convoy ONS 154 from England bound for New York. The 'Black Pit' referred to by the title is what is also known as the 'Air Gap' -- the part of the North Atlantic beyond reach of Allied aircraft where German U-boats waited like hungry wolves for defenseless sheep. There is an unusual twist to the adventures that befall Mumford and his fellow SCOTTISH HEATHER crew after they are torpedoed. His next ship, the EMPIRE HARMONY spent 18 months in the Mediterannean shuttling from port to port -- wherever her heavy-lift cranes were needed to unload Sherman tanks or other heavy equipment. At times the ship is just behind the front lines, under heavy attack, at times the crew enjoys shore leave in friendly territory, and we experience a young man's impressions of the world. Unlike some memoirs whose authors hide their youthful feelings, Mumford is not afraid to talk about his confusion regarding sex when he is approached by the ever-present prostitutes, in view of his mother's admonition to 'save himself for marriage.' The EMPIRE PATH takes Mumford up the Scheldt River to Antwerp where they are under frequent attack by V2 rockets. " 
Price: 16.50 CDN
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Punaupseeri Mikko Kopran päiväkirja, Kumpulainen, Armas
8 Kumpulainen, Armas Punaupseeri Mikko Kopran päiväkirja
Finland Gummerus 2002 9512061708 / 9789512061709 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Only light edge wear to DJ; A bright, solid book, DJ in Mylar. Text in Finnish. ; 1 x 8.5 x 5.5 Inches; 286 pages; Päiväkirjoihin pohjautuva ainut-laatuinen kuvaus inkeriläisen puna-armeijan upseerin tiestä läpi koko neuvostoliiton historian. Mikko Kopran päivakirjoihin perustuva muistelmateos tarjoaa harvinaislaatuisen näkökulman Stalinin Neuvostoliittoon . Teoksen tekee erityisen mielenkiintoiseksi Kopran toimiminen lentäjänä Neuvostoliiton ilmavoimien palveluksessa. Painopiste muistelmien kuvauksessa sijoittukin toiseen maailmanssotaan. Diaries, based on a unique description of the Ingrian Red Army officer's path through the entire history of the Soviet Union. Mikko Kopra diaries, based on a memoir offers a rare perspective on Stalin's Soviet Union. Work is particularly interesting Kopra acting as a pilot in the Soviet Air Forces. Focus on the memoirs describe events in the second World War. 
Price: 21.95 CDN
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9 Lang, Catherine O-bon in Chimunesu A Community Remembered
Vancouver BC Arsenal Pulp Press 1996 1551520362 / 9781551520360 First Edition Paperback Near Fine Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Author inscription on half title page, bright, solid book. Promotional material laid in. ; Trade PB; 0.8 x 8.4 x 5.5 Inches; 287 pages; 'O-Bon in Chimunesu: A Community Remembered' is a moving tribute to a community of Japanese-Canadians and the way they lived their lives. Prior to the Second World War, when Canada's official policy of internment changed the lives of Japanese-Canadians forever, the Vancouver Island town of Chemainus ("Chimunesu") was home to a thriving Japanese-Canadian community, whose members struggled to adapt to the difficulties of life in a new country, while at the same time keeping their own traditions alive. During the war, Japanese-Canadians on the west coast were shunted off to internment camps in the British Columbia interior, and were not permitted to return until 1949. Most decided to take up new roots elsewhere, and what had been a significant community in Chemainus was relegated to memory. Catherine Lang was a freelance reporter working on a story when she attended a 1991 reunion of Chemainus' former Japanese-Canadian community. The reunion occurred during O-bon, the annual Buddhist festival for the dead, in which burning candles light the way for the souls of ancestors. Lang couldn't resist such a meaningful encounter with living history. 'O-Bon in Chimunesu' consists of poignant personal narratives of former residents of Chemainus' Japanese-Canadian community. They include the stories of Shige Yoshida, who after being refused entry into the Boy Scouts, formed his own troop, made up entirely of Japanese boys; Matsue Taniwa, who moved to Chemainus after an arranged marriage to raise children and tend a store; and Kaname Izumi, who remembers as a boy throwing candy from his boat to the children at the Native residential school on Kuper Island. 
Price: 15.00 CDN
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We Remember WWII, Riffenburgh (editor), Ralph
10 Riffenburgh (editor), Ralph We Remember WWII
Pittsburgh RoseDog Books 2006 0805990453 / 9780805990454 Stated First Edition Paperback Very Good 
Signed by Editor; Light edge wear. Inscribed by editor of front fly leaf, bright solid book; Trade PB; 0.7 x 8.9 x 5.9 Inches; 235 pages; 'We Remember WWII' reflects on the lives of more than eighty people and their memories of World War II, who were merely selected because of their residence in Mt. San Antonio Gardens, which is a retirement community. The book includes not just those who were in military uniform, but many others, including spouses, researchers in war industries, merchant mariners, intelligence officers, and even conscientious objectors. Recently, there has been a great deal of emphasis on recording the stories of those involved in the war. This book does that for a large and diversified group and thus presents a well-rounded picture of America during the war. The editor has given a short historical background to go with each area covered, making the individual pieces fit into the overall picture. 
Price: 25.00 CDN
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11 Smith, Doug Memoirs of an Old Sweat
Vancouver, BC Self Published 1961 First Canadian Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 154 pages; DJ in mylar. DJ has some soiling, small tears and chips, creases, light shelfwear to edges. Inscribed "To Hymie, with best wishes, Doug Smith" on FFEP. The author's recounting of his day to day War experiences, and how many of the common foot soldiers managed to find humour where there logically should have been none. 
Price: 15.00 CDN
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12 Todd, Jack The Taste of Metal A Deserter's Story
Toronto HarperFlamingo Canada 2001 0002000555 / 9780002000550 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 
Light edge wear ; A bright, solid book, DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 1 x 9.1 x 5.9 Inches; 256 pages; Jack Todd was an all-American boy; grew up in the heartland; felt goosebumps when he heard the Star-Spangled Banner; played endless army games; became a star athlete; signed up for the Marines Corps Officer Training but was washed out because of bad knees. Jack Todd was also a US army deserter, a 23-year-old who went AWOL at boot camp, crossing the border in January 1970, making his way to Vancouver’s seedy Hastings Street, facing the inevitable big question: If I leave my job, my love, my family and my country, who will I be? The answer — powerful, complex and haunting — comes roaring from every page of The Taste of Metal, the story of one man’s journey into the foreign territory of a new country and a new life. This is the fascinating, often funny memoir of a boyhood shaped by the glories of war and guns, of stories told by fighting fathers and uncles and of doing what was right for God and your country. It is the poignant story of a writer poised at the starting line of an exciting journalism career, working for The Miami Herald, completely in love and lust with his beautiful Cuban girlfriend, ready to take on the world. It is also an account of the turbulent 60s and 70s, of leaving home, of searching for answers, of peace marches and the drug culture, and being down and out in Vancouver and Montreal. Although much has been written on the Vietnam war, rarely has a deserter told his personal story, giving us both an insider’s perspective on the counter-culture of the time, and a unique outsider’s view on Canada and Canadians. 
Price: 12.50 CDN
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Crash and Burn  The Survival Story of a Fighter Pilot, Wright, Jack Edward &  Carla R. Williams &  Glen D. Cole
13 Wright, Jack Edward & Carla R. Williams & Glen D. Cole Crash and Burn The Survival Story of a Fighter Pilot
Enumclaw, WA Winepress Publishing 2003 1579214924 / 9781579214920 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Previous owner's stamp on inside of card cover, remainder mark bottom page edges ; Signed by author. A bright, solid book.; B&W Photographs; 8.98 X 5.38 X 0.45 inches; 191 pages; "A riveting true story . . .In a split second Jack Wright’s life passed before his eyes as his F-100 fighter plane started to crash. In an instant, this young pilot realized he was about to meet his Maker, and he knew he was not ready. He had ignored God since he went on active duty in the Air Force. How he wished he hadn’t set aside his relationship with the Lord for his dream of becoming a fighter pilot. Now, as his plane twisted out of control, Jack realized he had no time to repent.In twenty years of cleaning up airplane wrecks, the rescue crew had never seen anyone survive such a disaster. When the crane finally lifted the wreckage, the pilot’s body dangled, hanging upside down—but apparently intact! The rescue crew was amazed! "He might be alive!"Throughout his entire life, Jack struggled with feelings of inadequacy and always wanted to "be somebody." In his eyes, being a top-ranked fighter pilot meant he would finally have met his goal. As this massively burnt man lay in a military hospital refusing to accept the fact that his Air Force career may have ended, he pondered where his life would head. What had he been striving for and was it all worth it? Why had God so miraculously intervened to save his life?Discover with Jack how God used this overwhelming situation to make His child dependent on Him, and experience with him the joy of realizing the meaning of true success." 
Price: 22.50 CDN
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