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SANDERS (Gen. [Otto] Liman von) Five Years in Turkey. 1st Eng. Ed., 2nd Imp., x+326pp., portrait frontis. & 2 others, 3 fldg. sketch maps in end-pocket, num. sketch maps in text. Annapolis: US Naval Institute. 1928  #62678
[HLMainPic] Important work by the head of the German Military Mission to Turkey & then commander of Turkish 5th Army responsible for defence of Gallipoli. Also deeply involved with the Turkish campaigns in Mesopotamia & Palestine. "Liman's record is the bald & precise statement of a soldier, yet it reveals his character very clearly. He was a high-minded, extremely able, energetic & likeable man; but he was also hot-tempered, touchy, without tact, & unable to bear criticism. These latter characteristics hindered him seriously in his extraordinarily difficult task. This is one of the most interesting pictures we have of the other side." - Falls. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, lacks ffep, cloth rubbed, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
BRELSFORD (W.V.) Ed. The Story of the Northern Rhodesia Regiment. 1st Ed., viii+134pp., 4to, 3 col. plates, num. b/w photos., several maps. Lusaka: Govt. Printer. 1954  #62677
[HLMainPic] Inc. WW1 in German East Africa, WW2 in Somaliland & Burma campaigns. Roll of awards. Well illustrated history. Perkins 295. Orig. grey cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
WYLLY (Col. H.C., CB) History of the Manchester Regiment (Late the 63rd & 96th Foot). Vol. I: 1758-1883 & Vol. II: 1883-1922. 1st Ed., xiv+293 & xiv+359pp., 4to, 11 col. plates, num. b/w illus., portraits &c. 6 fldg. maps in end-pocket & 7 sketch maps. Forster Groom. 1925  #62676
[HLMainPic] Superb, substantial history: Both regular Bns. in America, West Indies, Crimea, Boer War & WW1: 1st Bn. Mesopotamia & Palestine; 2nd Bn. France & Flanders. Roll of Hon., awards, officers' services &c. Orig. green cloth, both vols. titled & dec. in gilt, VG, very nice set. See illustration on our website.   £145
France Sheet 51aSE. Edition 3A. 1:20,000. Haspres eastwards to le Quesnoy showing some Enemy Organisation to 12/10/18, several small networks of German practice trenches around Ghissignies. Produced by Fd. Survey Bn. RE, 14/10/18. VG. See illustration on our website.  #62675
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DONNISON (F.S.V.) British Military Administration in the Far East 1943-46. 1st Ed., xviii+483pp., 8 fldg. & 2 sketch maps. HMSO. 1956  #62672
[HLMainPic] Burma, Malaya, Indo-China & Indonesia. Orig. cloth, VG ex-lib. See illustration on our website.   £25
Memories of Arthur Simmons. By His Friends. 1st Ed., 155pp., 191x130mm, portrait frontis., double page spread of facsimile signatures of the several dozen friends who contributed. Printed by Neill & Company, Limited, Edinburgh. nd (1920s)  #62624
[HLMainPic] Memories and recollections by his brother officers in 6th (Home Defence) Brigade of Lieutenant Arthur D. Simmons, 189th (Naval) Squadron Royal Air Force, who was killed in a flying accident on 26th February 1919 and is buried in Knottingley Cemetery. Includes accounts of flying Bristol fighters during German raids and two of Simmons' own reports of previous air crashes. Indeed, he had only recently rejoined the Squadron when he had his final crash, and it is indicated that he was not fully fit. Orig. blue cloth with printed paper labels to spine & front board. VG. See illustration on our website.   £225
19th Field Survey Company Royal Engineers: Overseas Service 1939-1946. Folding map with letterpress & decorative borders, 605x455mm. Reproduced & printed by the 19th Fd. Survey Co. RE. nd (c.1946)  #62614
[HLMainPic] Illustrated map of Europe & African continents depicting movements & activities of the unit from Iceland to PAIFORCE & Italy, Germany & France, with letterpress history 1939-46 (approx. 1500 words) & attractive marginal sketches & decorations, plus explanation: "During almost six years of war the 19th Field Service Coy. RE has travelled many miles in three continents, ranging from the Icelandic winter to the South Persian summer... This memento of out travels together is but a brief outline... The good times are well remembered & the not so good times are covered by a mask of humorous incident..." Dec. wraps., attractive & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £95
Tanks, Light, Marks IIA & IIB Instruction Book 1933. 73pp., 47 fldg. drawings/diagrams. Printed by William Clowes & Son for HMSO. 1933  #62605
[HLMainPic] Detailed descriptions of engine & systems, maintenance & running instructions, with equally detailed drawings of various components. Contents retained by cord in official buff printed paper covd. wraps with cloth backstrip, titled to front: "Instruction Book for Light Tanks All Marks." VG & scarce (750 copies printed) with contemp. ownership inscrip. of Capt. E.R. Litchford (Royal Tank Regiment, later Lt.-Col.). See illustrations on our website.   £145
[GARDNER (Walter)] One Mole Rampant. By "W.G." 1st Ed., xi+232pp., 2 sketch maps. Printed for Private Circulation Only by Richards & Keens, Ltd., Printers. nd 1920  #62535
[HLMainPic] Rare & most appealing privately printed memoir & diary chronicling Gardner's enlistment in the HAC (Infantry) in 1914, service in France from September (Kemmel trenches &c.) then commissioned RE in March 1915 & (having studied mining engineering) attached 172nd Tunnelling Coy., giving admirable notes on ops. at Hill 60, the Bluff, St Eloi &c. until posted home to the Ministry of Munitions in the latter part of August 1915. He was MiD for tunnelling work in 1915. All copies of Gardner's memoirs were given to friends & acquaintances, this example ink-stamped to tp No. 330. Orig. wheat cloth, gilt, little worn/stained, VG. See illustration on our website.   £260
HERITAGE (T.R.) The Light Track from Arras: A Descriptive Account of the Activities of the 19th & 31st Light Railway Companies, Royal Engineers, during the World War. 1st Ed., [xiii]+113pp., portrait fontis., 3 plates. The Heathwood Press, 34 Heathwood Gdns., London SE7. nd (c.1934).  #62516
[HLMainPic] Rare history, hand printed text & plates from real photos. The author was a cpl. in charge of Tractor Drivers in 19th LRC & was assisted by several other former officers & men in the compilation of this book. VG orig. blue cloth with paper label to front. See illustration on our website.   £145

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