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Home Front   34 Books
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7th Somerset Battn. Home Guard. Unbound proof copy, pages loosely contained in green dec. wraps., 67pp., several sketches, ep map. Eventually Printed for Private Circulation Only by Bennett Bros., Bristol. nd [1945].  #50437
[HLMainPic] Raising, organisation & training of the unit, which operated between Bristol & Wells, inc. Portishead, Clevedon, Keynsham, Farrington Gurney & Temple Cloud. Rolls of officers. This proof copy records that the author, Lt.-Col. Sir J.J. Tweedie, elected to remove his name from the title page, also his address, Wraxall House, Wraxall, Som., & contains several pencilled dircetions to the printer re aranagement of material. Interesting re-press example & very scarce in the final printed form. See illustration on our website.   £45
7th Somerset Battn. Home Guard. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 71pp., ep maps, several sketches. Printed for Private Circulation Only by Bennett Bros., Bristol. nd [1945].  #52824
[HLMainPic] Raising, organisation & training of the unit, which operated between Bristol & Wells, inc. Portishead, Clevedon, Keynsham, Farrington Gurney & Temple Cloud. Rolls of officers. Orig. green dec. card wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
Farewell of the 20th Sussex Bn. Home Guard. 3rd December 1944. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 12pp., photos. throughout. Strange thr Printer Ltd., Eastbourne. 1944  #52828
[HLMainPic] Very well illustrated history & souvenir of the 20th Sussex (Hailsham) Bn., inc. portraits of various unit personalities, the 'Molotov Slinger' devised by Pte. A. Green of Hailsham, a Spigot Mortar & a Smith Gun during training, &c. VG, attractive & rare with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1945), paper label at foot of sp. & neat IWM withdrawn stamp inside rear cover. See illustration on our website.   £75
Kent Zone Home Guard. Its Early Days. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 28pp. Sevenoaks. 1941  #52832
[HLMainPic] Interesting early Home Guard history: "an attempt is made to describe, without entering into great detail, the birth of the Home Guard in Kent, & to trace its career through its infancy & adolsecence until it reached manhood." VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1945), paper label at foot of sp. with ink inscrip. to front "Compiled by Vice-Admiral J.E.T. Harper, 1941." See illustration on our website.   £50
Statistical Digest of the War, Prepared in the Central Statistical Office. 1st Ed., xii+248pp. HMSO with Longmans. 1951  #52010
[HLMainPic] Volume of the UK Civil Series of Official Histories containing a mass of material in tabulated form: population statistics, manpower in the armed forces & civilian employment, social conditions & health, agriculture & food, fuel, production, trade, shipping &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, somewhat worn but sound ex-lib. copy & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £20
The Bromley Home Guard: A History of the 51st Kent Battalion. By L.D.V. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [iv]+80pp., 23 photos., 2 cartoons. Printed by the Sun Engraving Co., Ltd. nd [1945].  #52682
[HLMainPic] Rare & detailed history with several interesting photos. & 2 cartoons reproduced from the unit's magazine, 'The Willing Horse.' Named group photo. of officers. Nominal roll (showing, interestingly, that a total of 3420 individuals served in the ranks between 1940-44, plus 81 in the 'Electricity Unit'), roll of officers & their appointments, 1941-44, & roll of members who joined regular forces. VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1945), paper label at foot of sp. & small, neat IWM 'withdrawn' stamp inside rear cover. VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
The German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Story of No. 2 Company of the 7th Battn. Somerset Home Guard. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 83pp. Printed for Private Circulation Only by Bennett Bros., Bristol. nd [1945].  #52825
[HLMainPic] Rare & detailed account of the Keynsham Company, with nominal roll &c. Orig. brown dec. card wraps. VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1945), paper label at foot of sp. & neat IWM withdrawn stamp inside rear cover. See illustration on our website.   £75
The Story of the 29th (Gosport) Home Guard Battalion Hampshire Regiment. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 20pp. Printed by Kemp Bros. & Wootton Ltd., Gosport. 1944  #52826
[HLMainPic] Slight but rare history & war diary which includes work during the Portsmouth blitz &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
We Also Served: The Story of the Home Guard in Cambridgeshire & the Isle of Ely 1940-1943. 1st Ed., vi+107pp., 8 plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Cambridge: Heffer (for the TA Assoc.). 1944  #50469
[HLMainPic] Much interesting detail on organisation of th Home Guard. Includes 27 portrait photos. of various ranks. Orig. blue cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw with loosely inserted ephemera inc. typed note to G. Norman Myers Esq. re his offer of service with a "medical or ambulance unit of the LDV" (dated 19/7/1940), printed Home Guard Instruction No. 31-1941 re First Aid & humorous dinner menu for Officers' Dinner of 6th (34 G.P.O.) Cambs. Bn. HG at Cambridge on 21/10/1944 (with G. Norman Myers signature to front & signed by 10 other officers within). See illustration on our website.   £35

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