Boston: An Atlantic Monthly Press Book, Little, Brown and Company, 1960. First American Edition; printed in England in a slightly different version by William Heinemann, Ltd in 1958. First American Edition. Octavo; G+/F; Black spine with illustration and red and white text. DJ has moderate chipping on all edges as well as bumping on the front corners; DJ has 1"x1" triangular tear on lower front cover and numerous minor tears along the top of the spine and bottom of DJ rear. Book covers have minor bumping and some age discolorization on paste downs; Edges have age yellowing but are otherwise good; Text block is aged but otherwise clean. pp. 270. This is presented as the first, full account of the British Royal Commando attack on the German docks in St. Nazaire, France in March 1942. Royal Navy and Royal Commandos piloted an obsolete destroyer loaded with tons of explosives into the dock system. Casualties were heavy but the damage done when HMS Campbeltown exploded it destroyed the only docks capable of handling German battleships, then a most serious threat to Allied shipping in the Atlantic.
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London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1966. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo; VG/G+; Purple spine, off-white and yellow text; DJ has archival cover, shows moderate-to-major shelf/edge wear chipping, closed tears and wrinkling on head and tail edges and spine, significantly age toned, major signs of rubbing along fore edges and back cover, spine discolored due to aging, inside DJ has protective reinforcement along corners and edges; Boards strong, corners sharp, some discoloration on head and tail edges; Text block shows major age toning, otherwise clean, text and illustrations are clear and legible; pp 242.