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New catalog on World War I from Cat’s Cradle Books

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I invite you to download and view my World War I catalog.  All titles subject to prior sale.  Inquires may be made to info@catscradlebks.net.  I accept major credit cards and PayPal.

The Great War changed the landscape of the modern world whether we look at the military, medicine, technology, gender roles, diplomacy, international borders, or economies.  This catalog offers a range of titles for the interested layperson as well as the scholar.

May  we enjoy a future that is free of such devastating conflict.  And may we remember so as not to repeat it.

 

Kathy Carter@Cat’s Cradle Books

A World War I Aviation Staple: The Hispano-Suiza Engine

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Vintage Hispano-Suiza Engine manual, World War I

Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation. Instructions for the Care and Operation of Model A-I-E Hispano-Suiza Aeronautical Engines. Birkigt Patents. Instruction Book, November 1918. Series No. 7A. New Brunswick, NJ: Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation, 1918. 240 pp. 7.75″ tall. Hardcover.

Condition: Fair/ no dust jacket. Cracked hinges, sound binding. Clean but age-darkened pages. Cloth over boards is heavily soiled with edge rubbing, bumped corners. Gilt lettering on front is still bright. Fold-out diagrams are generally in good condition except for Plate 28, Oil Circulation System, which is torn along some creases and which also has several closed tears.

A rare operating manual for an important engine in early aviation.

The Hispano-Suiza played an important role in air warfare in World War I, which was ongoing at the time of publication. Illustrated with black and white diagram drawings, some in two-color, and black and white photographic reproductions throughout. Section on World War I flying Aces whose aircraft were powered by the Hispano-Suiza engine.

Price: $450.00.  

Inquire at info@catscradlebks.net or purchase here.  Major credit cards and PayPal accepted. Be sure to check our website for the latest discounts.

Download my World War I catalog.  Twenty-five pages of books, maps, magazines, and ephemera related to The Great War.

June 6, 1944, D-Day. A turning point in WWII, a day of sacrifices to remember

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers

1st edition 1st printing, Stephen Ambrose, Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany. Simon & Schuster, 1997. $25.00

On June 6, 1944, on the beaches of Normandy, the tide turned on the Western Front in Europe.  With the Soviet Red Army already pushing from the East following the Battle of Stalingrad, and Hitler’s Axis ally Mussolini fallen, Allied victory in World War II was in sight.  Less than a year later, in May 1945, came V-E Day.  And in September of that year, V-J Day ended the war.

Let’s remember the heavy price paid for these victories, which ultimately made not only the western Allies but the world more free.  So many of us – Americans, Canadians, British citizens at home and across the Commonwealth, Soviet and French citizens, and many others – suffered and died, or served and survived, both in the theater of war and at home. Let’s remember also that thousands upon thousands of enemy soldiers suffered, as did their families.  And the price paid by innocents was so staggering that I, today, still cannot fully imagine it.

The entire world, in fact, paid dearly for World War II. That having been said, I believe that we have made the world a place more receptive to democracy and individual freedom.  A global peacekeeping organization, the United Nations, continues – often ploddingly and imperfectly – to do its work in the world.

We’re not there yet.  But we move, slowly and with frustration sometimes, along the road.

Could this have happened without World War II?  Perhaps, but history is what it is.  We cannot really know.

Visit Cat’s Cradle Books for great reading on World War II.