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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   146 Books
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Team Spirit: The Administration of the 53rd Welsh Division during "Operation Overlord" June 1944-May 1945. 1st Ed., 71pp., oblong. 4to, photos. throughout, map, graphs. Dusseldorf. 1945  #55525
[HLMainPic] The advance though Europe: much interesting detail. VG. See illustration on our website.d   £50
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Third Day: 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944 (Operation Bluecoat). 1st Ed., [vii]+49pp., foolscap, 7 maps (6 bound-in, 1 in endpocket). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #50638
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the part played by 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in those operations. It forms the necessary background to a detailed study of the battle carried out on the ground." Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front. VG & rare (just 150 copies printed of this edition), with ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe & several ts. foolscap sheets loosely inserted re contemp. training exercise, outlining a situation where, as GOC 15th Div., you have to decide how to alter your plan during the battle to benefit from air support. With list of officers in syndicates during this exercise. See illustration on our website.   £220
German Aircraft Armament: A selection of United States Army Air Force intelligence material c.1944-45. Official correspondence, reports, photographs &c., approx. 60pp. original or carbon typsecript (many sheets marked SECRET or CONFIDENTIAL), spprox. 20 photos., diagrams &c. Contemp.  #45148
[HLMainPic] USAAF intelligence material collected/collated during the war & towards its end (when German scientists &c. were available for comment/interrogation). The collection was retained by Maj. J.J. Driscoll, a gunnery officer of the 8th Air Force, later at Military Analytical Division, US Embassy, London. Various reports include: Armament of the ME262 Jet-Propelled Aircraft (2pp. ts., 2 drawings, Feb. 1945); Guns & Firepower of German Aircraft (9pp., ts, lecture by W/Cdr. Skinner, RAF); SECRET reports on armament of Messerschmidt 210, Dornier 217 (each 1pp., flimsy); Report on the proceedings re the SK Automatic Cannon held in Erfert on 18 & 19/7/44 (translation of a captured German document, 11pp., foolscap, + list of those present. The meeting had been held "Pursuant to an order issued by the Fuhrer eliminating all unnecessary development activity, an examination was carried out of the weapons & mountings now under consideration... with a view to ascertaining whether their development was essential." Dated Berlin, 26/7/1944, discusses various projects & their progress to date.); further misc.notes, reports, correspondence &c. See illustration on our website.   £90
History of the 4th Bn. The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) in the Campaign in North-West Europe, June, 1944-May, 1945. 1st Ed., 140pp., 14 maps. Taunton: Phoenix Press, For Private Circulation Only in the Somerset Light Infantry. nd  #57150
[HLMainPic] From Normandy to the Elbe inc. Hill 112, Mount Pincon, the assault crossing of the Seine, Cleve, Xanten & Bremen, Rhine Crossing &c. Roll of Hon., awards (inc. citations), rolls of officers & WOs (HQ & Rifle Coys., &c.). Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
51st (Highland) Division War Memorial St. Valery-en-Caux. Unveiled, 10th June, 1950; Dedicated, 11th June, 1950. 1st Ed., 32pp., oblong 4to, 8 photos. Aberdeen Journals. 1951  #54817
[HLMainPic] Details of memorial unveuiling &c,., with nominal roll of Guard of Honour &c. Text loose in orig. blue cloth, titled in red to front. See illustration on our website.   £20
Secret. GHQ ME Survey Discussion, Cairo, 18-19 May 1943. Directors: MGRA, DMT, DD Survey. Rare original report, 26pp., foolscap, dup. typescript stapled into card wraps. with title to front. MT1, GHQ, MEF. Contemp.  #53505
[HLMainPic] Report of a conference on Survey held at Cairo including: The Organisation & Working of a Recce Wing, Western Desert Air Force Alamein to Tunis (Notes from a lecture by Maj. R.E. Ferens, GII [Air] Eighth Army); The Deployment of RA & RE Survey Units (Notes from a lecture given by Lt.-Col. J.T. Whetton, OC 4 Survey Regt. RA); Information from Air Photographs (Notes from a lecture by Capt. R.R. Dalton, OC, AAPIU [Western Desert Det.] - "It has been conclusively proved that air photos. can supply so much information not avilable from other sources that the establishment of the AAPIU Eight Army has been increased from 3 officer interpreters to 11 offrs & a number of draughtsmen & clerks. In the near future the establishment will be doubled. Air photos are required at all stages of a campaign - from planning to assault, & the subsequent exploitation. The best results have been obtained from decentralisation" &c.). Further sections detail the use & dissemination of information from air photos., preparation of defence overprint maps, map distribution in 8th Army. No indication of number of copies printed/distributed, but stated SECRET & evidently for the use of the small number of officers engaged in this work so doubtless a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £225
No. 5501642 Lance-Cpl. Dennis A. Stroud, 1/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment (T), Taken Prisoner in Tunisia & Incarcerated in Italian & German PoW Camps 1943-1945. A scarce archive of form-letters & postcards to his parents from Italian & German PoW Camps, 1943-45, plus associated material re OCA dinners &c., together with three portrait photos. inc. one with Stroud in battledress with 46 Div. patch, unit flash, &c., another with brass '4 Hants' shoulder title.  #54566
Stroud served with 1/4th Hampshires in 128th (Hampshire) Bde., 46th Div. The Brigade landed in Tunisia in Jan. 1943 & was very quickly in action, inc. several battles which resulted in large numbers of casualties & prisoners taken. He was most probably taken PoW at the Battle of Sidi Nisr 26/2/43 or of Hunts Gap, 27-28/2/43, when the Brigade lost heavily. Archive consists of nine letters (official Italian forms for PoWs' use, rather like modern day air letters) written between 22/3/43-22/7/43 & nine similar from German camp (Stalag IVD), 11/11/43-25/12/44, plus nine Kriegsgefangenpost cards from Germany 1944-45 & several dozen post-war reuinion menus &c. of Hampshire Regt. OCA, Aldershot Branch & sundry related ephemera. Some extracts from letters: 22/3/43: "I have been waiting so long for this, I hardly know how to begin... I hope you weren't too worried when you heard I was missing. I can't say much about it, but I think we put up a good show before we were captured. Most of our Coy. are here... so we have quite a happy family. At present we are only at a Transit camp... I shall have to do some scrounging now as I was captured in just what I stood up in. I believe you are allowed to send me a parcel every 3 months [lists items required: shirts, razor blades, &c.)." 2/7/43: "Last Saturday was a red letter day for us, the Italians allowed 20 of us to go out for a walk of about 8 miles. It was marvellous after being in here for 3 months. Of course we were accompanied by an officer, 6 sentruies & a Carabinieri, but they were very decent & took us to a nice village..." 11/11/43 [Germany]: "Since I last wrote we have moved to a working camp. It is quite good here, there are only 100 of us here & we are working in a factory helping to make baths! You know how much I always wanted to have some blue overalls, well I've been issued with some now, I look a proper workman. The department I work in has about 5 girls in it, they're quite nice." 25/12/44: "We finished work on Saturday evening & start again tomorrow but to make up we also get New Years Day off. We have had a good time today especially as Red Cross parcels after an absence of some weeks arrived two days ago. With those & a few bottles of beer, plus everyone's good humour everything has gone well. As it is almost two years since I last saw you you can guess my thoughts... I am sure it will not be very long before all this is behind us & we can then look forward to those happy days that are to come..." See illustrations on our website.   £225
Evasion Map, SECRET, Kra Isthsmus, 19th March 1945. Fldg. paper map, 15x16-inches approx., 1:2000,0000 scale. Prepared by "E" Group, Colombo & Printed by Survey Dept., Main HQ, ALFSEA. 1945  #29665
[HLMainPic] Kota Baru northwards through Thailand to Victoria Point & beyond. Danger Areas, Potential Danger Areas (Probably Patrolled); Safe Areas & Presumed Safe Areas are all identified as well as roads, railways, swamps &c.). The key includes 'Specially Recommended Safe Areas' but there aren't any! VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
The Canadian Army at War. No 1: The Canadians in Britain 1939-1944; No. 2: From Pachino to Ortona: The Canadian Campaign in Italy, 1943; No. 3: Canada's Battle in Normandy. 3 Vols., orig. dec. wraps., Nos. 1 & 2 are 2nd Revised Eds., No. 3 is 1st Ed., 172, 160 & 159pp., several col. plates & num. b/w photos. & sketches in each vol., several maps & diagrams (some fldg.). Ottawa: King's Printer. 1946  #55396
[HLMainPic] A very useful & informative contemp. account based on official records, with many good photos. & sketches of Canadian troops in training in the UK, the Dieppe Raid & during operation in Italy & Normandy during 1944. Appealing set of 3 Vols., VG ex-reference lib., little chipped & worn but generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Operations of British, Indian & Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 September 1943 to 2 May 1945. Part V. Administrative Monographs. 5, The Problem of Desertion; 6, Leave to UK; 7, Rest Camps; 8, Compassionate Postings; 9, The Problem of Marriage; 10, Repatriation of British & Allied PW at the End of Hostilities; 11, Employment of Co-operators in the Italian Camaign; 12, Veterinary & Remount Service; 13, Medical Papers. 1st Ed., approx. 60pp. in all, foolscap, dup. typescript. British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean. nd (c.1945).  #53310
[HLMainPic] Very rare contemp. official & CONFIDENTIAL intelligence report on operations in Italy. This interesting volume contains much detail on the subjects stated in the title. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £145

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