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Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945 Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945   68 Books
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Christian Creswell Carver. 1st Ed., 376pp., real photo. portrait frontis. Birmingham: Printed for Private Circulation by Cornish Bros. 1920  #57557
[HLMainPic] Christian Carver was born in 1897, Ed. Rugby & the RMA Woolwich: he was commissioned in April 1915 & served with D Batt., 84 Bde., 18th Div. Artillery, proceeding to France with the unit at the end of July 1915. On reorganisation in May 1916 his battery was renamed C Batt., 85th Bde., & in Dec. 1916 his entire section was sent to A Batt., 83rd Bde. Lt. Carver was wounded by a shell 23/7/17 near Ypres & Died of Wounds at 10.50 p.m. the same day at 17th CCS, Remy Siding, Lijssenthoek. His grave is in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Contains interesting & touching letters full of domestic detail, notes on life in the trenches (where he was often placed as a FOO) & his work in the Battery. On 1st July 1916 he was Liaison Officer with the 8th East Surreys during their attack on Montauban & was commended for this work. Concludes with extracts from letters of condolence from brother officers. Orig. grey paper covered boads with wheat cloth spine with paper label. VG & rare, inscribed "To May Green from Annie J.H. Carver, January 1931." See illustration on our website.   £245
North-West Frontier/Himalayas/Baluchistan/Tibet? Photograph Album. Good quality contemp. straight grain green morocco album containing approx. 45 photos., most being full plate views inc. several by Bremner. VG but for large tear to rear board, now closed).  #55504
[HLMainPic] Interesting contents but unfortunately no captions present, although a serious student of the region would no doubt be able to identify locations & individuals. Plates by Bremner include 26th (Baluchistan) Regt. of Bombay Infantry (group of three in Review & Marching Order), Cameliers, local constabulary, tribal groups, NWF landscape; other large plate group of five British & eight Indian Officers - i.e. the officers of a regiment which should be identifiable; Group at Army Signalling School, Poona, Class of '94; view of pack mule column in snow-covered rock-strewn valley; similar geography, tented camps, tribal jirga, British fort, staff officers' group (with general) & others similar. In all approx. 25 large whole plates photos. & 20 smaller photos. All clean & clear & would repay research. See illustrations on our website.   £500
Artillery & Trench Mortar Memories, 32nd Division. 1st Ed., 687pp. Printed by Unwin Bros. 1932  #57541
[HLMainPic] Very substantial compilation by Old Comrades, containing diaries of Lt. A.B. Scott, MC, of "X" & "W" TM Batteries & Reconnaissance Officer, 32nd Div. Artillery HQ; Rev. R.E. Grice-Hutchinson, MC, Chaplain, 32nd Div. Artillery; late Major L. Heathcote-Amory, Staff Capt., 32nd Div. Artillery (DoW Aug. 1918) & brief recollections by seven others. Orig. cloth, sp. sl. tanned & spotted, o/w VG & very scarce with ink ownership inscrip. of John Gillies, an artillery officer who appears a number of times in the diary of The Rev. R.E. Grice-Hutchinson, MC, reproduced within the work. See illustration on our website.   £145
Prisoners of War, British Army, 1939-1945: Alphabetical Nominal Registers of Over 107,000 British Army Prisoners of War of All Ranks Held in Germany & German Occupied Territories. Reprint, approx. 500pp., 4to. VG in dw. Hayward. 1999  #57963
[HLMainPic] Scarce facsimile of rare original 1945 HMSO listing. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
History of the 359 (4th West Lancs.) Medium Regiment R.A. (T.A.) 1859-1959. 1st Ed., x+214pp., num. photos. inc. many portraits, ep maps. Liverpool: Privately Printed. 1959  #57578
[HLMainPic] WW1 4th West Lancs. Howitzer Bde. RFA, Western Front; WW2 59th (BEF 1940, NW Europe 1944-45) & 68th Medium Regt. (Western Desert inc. Tobruk). Officers rolls &c. Sp. sl. rubbed o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
ARKWRIGHT (Major A.S.B., MC) Return Journey: Escape from Oflag VI B. 1st Ed., 240pp., portrait frontis., 19 photos. VG in chipped dw. Seeley, Service & Co. nd (c.1950).  #57961
[HLMainPic] Taken PoW in 1940 with 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers: describes planning & effecting a mass break out from Oflag VI B Warburg in Sept. 1942 by extinguishing the floodlights & diverting the guards. The audacious escape became known as The Warburg Wire Job but is now little known & this personal account of it is rare. Orig. red cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
ARKWRIGHT (Major A.S.B., MC) Return Journey: Escape from Oflag VI B. 1st Ed., 240pp., portrait frontis., 19 photos. Seeley, Service & Co. nd (c.1950).  #57945
[HLMainPic] Taken PoW in 1940 with 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers: describes planning & effecting a mass break out from Oflag VI B Warburg in Sept. 1942 by extinguishing the floodlights & diverting the guards. The audacious escape became known as The Warburg Wire Job but is now little known & this personal account of it is rare. Orig. red cloth, sp. sunned o/w VG with ink stamp of the RAF Escaping Society to half title. See illustration on our website.   £35
ARNEWOOD [Pseud. of COOKE (Col. E.D.M.H., DSO, RA)] With the Guns West & East. Illustrated by Lt.-Col. E.A. Hobday, CMG (& two sketches by L. Raven Hill). 1st Ed., 96pp., 26 plates. Privately published in a Limited Edition of 200 Copies. 1923  #57548
[HLMainPic] Cooke went to France with 5th Royal Horse Artillery Brigade in 1914. Subsequently commanded a Battery & gives a very good account of The Battle of Loos, when he acted in support of 15th (Scottish) Div. In 1916 he took a newly raised New Army battery of the 34th Div. to France & fought with them on the Somme until August when selected to form a gunnery school in India. Later served with 60th (London) Div. in Palestine 1917-18 including the capture of Jerusalem. Falls says "This last is particularly interesting as he gives a graphic account of the capture of Jerusalem, into the suburbs of which he must have been about the first man in the British Army to penetrate." Orig. blue paper covd. boards with wheat cloth spine strip, paper label to front board, VG & very rare: no. 42 of 200 numbered copies printed. See illustration on our website.   £245
ASSHER (Ben) [Pseud. of BORADAILE (Major Colin, MC, RGA)] A Nomad Under Arms: The Chronicle of an Artilleryman from 1914 to the Armistice. 1st Ed., 368pp., frontis. & 10 plates, 7 maps (4 fldg.). Witherby. 1931  #57542
[HLMainPic] A young regular, the author was posted, in November 1914, to a 4.7-inch how. battery near Kemmel Hill; remained with them in this area until posted as a captain to a New Army 60-pdr. battery on the Somme front in Jan. 1916. Wounded by a shell in Feb. 1917 he was then at home until July, returning to the front in time for Passchendaele & commanded a battery through most of 1918. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, head of sp. sl. chipped o/w VG & scarce account with good maps & interesting photos. taken by the author. See illustration on our website.   £125

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