Fifth Column

A rare 1940 work from John Langdon-Davies warning against the enemy at home.


John Langdon-Davies


John Murray, London, 1940
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Paperback, with yellow card covers and super printed design to upper board. 18.5 × 12cm, 60pp.

From the back cover "What is the Fifth Column phenomenon that threatens as a secret and indefinable menace? What is its real basis, wherein lies its danger, and how is it to be combated? John Langdon-Davies, a traveller and journalist of world-wide experience who has been through barricade fighting in the Spanish Civil War and parachute war in Finland sorts out the the facts from the legend and the remedies from the panicky measures that flow from unpreparedness. It was Langdon-Davies who brought A.R.P. home to Britain by broadcasting his Spanish experiences. Here he tells us how to prepare so that we need not fear Hitler's favourite weapon."


A heavily worn copy of a rare title. The covers are foxed and the spine is torn, the front hinge is open. The contents in generally good condition but the book needs delicate handling. Inoffensive and occasional pencil annotations to the the margins.



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