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Burma   65 Books
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Dagger Division: Story of the 19th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #58108
[HLMainPic] The only history of the division's exploits in Burma 1944-45 inc. Irrawaddy Crossing, capture of Fort Dufferin, Mandalay &c. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Japanese War Crime Trials, Jesselton, British North Borneo, 1947. Carbon typescript records of the proceedings of several cases/investigations, approx. 55pp. in all, some top copy but mostly carbon ts. One or two items with ink signatures of Counsel and/or OC War Crimes Unit, Jesselton. Contemp.  #55863
[HLMainPic] Partial records of four cases, e.g. the Masaki-Honda case, when Col. Masaki, Governor of North Sumatra in 1942, ordered Major Honda to execute 5 or 6 Allied PoW in a small vessel at sea between there & Simului, Honda protested (as confirmed in evidence by 2nd Lt. Nobusawa) but Masaki said "No, you must execute them & I will take full responsibility." Honda passed the buck to Nobusawa who did not carry out the order, giving as his reason "the cruelty & inhumanity involved in slaughtering men, necessarily one at a time, each before the others' eyes on such a small vessel & because the men had had no trial." Ultimately, however, the PoWs were lined up, blind-folded & bayonetted from behind by soldiers under Honda's orders. The bodies were left unburied due to the location of the atrocity being a coral island. Post-war, they were found by a war crimes investigator, Lt.-Col. Reid Collins, & the accused identified with the help of a local boatman who had been employed by the Japanese. Papers for this case include opening & closing addresses, defence case, &c. Other papers relate to ill-treatment resulting in the death of civilians in North Borneo, executions of Allied Personnel at Seletar, Singapore, in 1945, when W.O. Hikiji Susumu was accused of beheading 14 or 15 PoW for his amusement: "It was known among the men that Hikiji was an expert swordsman & that he boasted to the other officers about how it was done. It was said that he had used the 14 or 15 Ps.O.W. to demonstrate his swordsmanship." Also a nominal roll of Burmese witnesses residing in Toungoo (on the Sittang River, east of the Pegu Yomas),.with their age, family name & address. Scarce collection.   £225
Lewisham Gunners: A Centenary History of 291st (4th London) Field Regt. R.A. (T.A.) formerly 2nd Kent R.G.A. (Volunteers). 1st Ed., 74pp., 20 photos. The Regt. 1962  #57580
[HLMainPic] 4th London (How.) Bde., Western Front in WW1; 91st & 139th Fd. Regts. RA in WW2, both in France 1940 then 91st in Middle East & 139th in Burma (7th Ind. Div.). Roll of Hon. for WW1 & WW2. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Memoir of the Late Major Charles W. Yates. [23]pp. Darling & Son, Printers, Leadenhall St. nd (c.1829).  #50149
[HLMainPic] Yates was given a Cadetship in the HEIC in 1802 & first came to notice for good services in connection with the capture of the island of Banda in 1810, with the artillery. In 1824 he took command of the 26th Madras Native Infantry for service in Burma, was besieged at Kemmendine (on the Irawaddy near Rangoon) in December & repelled strong enemy attacks over a period of some ten days for which the regiment gained the battle honour of that name. Most of this work comprises Yates' despatch on these operations, also extracts from private correspondence regarding the affair. A few months later he died of cholera, on 12th March 1825. Orig. black cloth, blindstamped & gilt title to front, near fine & very rare. Curiously the pagination begins at p.5 although no matter appears to be missing & we can trace no other copy for comparison purposes (none on COPAC &c.), & the only other copy we have handled was similar. See illustration on our website.   £250
Records of the 54th West Norfolk Regiment. 1st Ed., [ii]+87+xxivpp., 2 plates. Roorkee, India: Printed at the Thomason Civil Engineering College Press. 1881  #48433
[HLMainPic] Later 2nd Dorset Regt. Includes service in North America, Low Countries, Egypt 1800, West Indies, Waterloo 1815, Burma 1825, Indian Mutiny, &c. Several rolls of officers at different dates. Orig. green pebble cloth, gilt to front, VG with decorative ownership/presentation inscrip. to ffep. See illustration on our website.   £65
The Story of the 25th Indian Division: The Arakan Campaign. Orig. dec. wraps., 36pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #57515
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Arakan 1944-45 inc. Myebon, Akyab & the epic Kangaw blockade. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
"H.D.H." [HUTCHINSON Maj.-Gen. H.D., CSI)] A Short History of the 3rd Queen's Own Gurkha Rifles. 1st Ed., 55pp., 4to, 21 photos. Hugh Rees. 1907  #57722
[HLMainPic] Outline history & rolls of officers, beautifully printed on art paper throughout with excellent photos. Perkins 500. Orig. green cloth, gilt. dec. to front & rear, near fine & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £165
ARMSTRONG (Col. G, DSO, MC, TD) The Sparks Fly Upward. 1st Ed., [iii]+236pp., 32 photos., 10 sketches, 9 maps. VG in sl. chipped dw. Worthing: Gooday Publishers. 1991  #55871
[HLMainPic] Personal account of Western Desert campaign 1942 with 11 (HAC) Regt. RHA, afterwards commanding 136 Fd. Regt. with 7th Ind. Div. in Burma: Arakan (inc. Admin Box), Imphal, Irrawaddy Crossing &c. Warmly inscribed by author on ffep. review & 1992 obit. of author loosely inserted at front, with some tape residue where these items were at one time affixed to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £20
ATKINSON (C.T.) Regimental History The Royal Hampshire Regiment. Vol. II 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xx+515pp., 4 plates, 89 maps & diagrams. Glasgow: For the Regt. 1950  #57360
Western Front, Gallipoli, Egypt, Mespot. & Salonika. Rolls of regular officers (with details of promotions &c.), awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
BARCLAY (Brig. C.N., CBE, DSO) The History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment 1919-1952. 1st Ed., xxi+398pp., 4to, col. frontis., 27 photos., 10 fldg. maps + 9 in text. Clowes, For the Regt. 1953  #56832
[HLMainPic] All main fronts in WW2 inc. Dunkirk, Anzio, two bns. in Burma (one with Chindits), Normandy landings, race to Arnhem &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30

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