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Artillery   75 Books
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14th Heavy Battery R.G.A. War Diary, List of Honours & Awards to Officers, N.C.O.'s & Men Whilst Serving with the Battery, List of Officers who have Served with the Battery & Battery Roll of Honour. 1st Ed., 108pp., 7 photos., fldg. map (showing positions & dates where the Battery was in action, 1915-1918). Robert Scott. 1919  #58852
[HLMainPic] Contains Battery history, War Diary & various rolls as stated in the title. Roll os casualties includes the wounded, inc. place & nature of wounds; roll of awards includes citations inc. MMs; officers' service roll includes dates of service with unit & other details. Served at the Somme 1916, Arras 1917 &c. Orig. paper covd. boards with title & coloured cloth onlay to front (formation sign), nice copy & scarce, with comp. slip from the OC & Officers loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £120
264 (7th London) Field Regiment Royal Artillery (T.A.) A Short History. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [32]pp, 4 plates. Royal Artillery Institution. 1948  #56422
[HLMainPic] Inc. WW1 Western Front & Egypt/Palestine; WW2 North Africa & Italy. Roll of Hon. & awards for both wars. VG ex-IWM. See illustration on our website.   £45
A Short History of the Units administered by the Kent Territorial & Auxiliary Forces Association. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 88pp. (inc. adverts), several photos. Published & Produced by Reid-Hamilton Publishers. nd (c.1950).  #56424
[HLMainPic] The "Official Handbook" to the Territorial & Auxiliary Forces of the County of kent, c.1950, inc. details of various local Artillery, Engineer, RAMC, REME &c. units. VG ex-IWM. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
Artillery Training Volume I Drill. 1932. Orig. blue canvas wraps., xii+393pp., fldg. diagram, sketches. HMSO. 1932  #35359
Includes Drill Movements, Transport of Artillery, Skill at Arms &c. VG.   £20
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
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
Lieut. Henry Ward. 210 Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Commission to be 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery (Special Reserve), 3rd March 1917.  #58257
Later promoted to Acting Captain & Adjt., 1/10/1917 & stepped up to W.S. Lieut, 3/9/1918. Copy of MIC provided shows entered theatre of war (France & Flanders) 26/9/1917 & served with 210 Bde. RFA. VG. See illustration on our website.   £40
Notes on Training Field Artillery Details. Perepared under the Direction of Capt. Robert M. Danford, F.A., U.S.A., by Capt. O. Moretti, F.A., U.S.R. 4th Imp., xi+275pp., num. fldg. maps & plans, text sketches, &c. New Haven: Yale UP. 1917  #45541
Detailed & well illustrated American field artillery training manual of Practical Instruction for Field Artillery Oficers, NCOs & Members of Special Details. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little wear, VG.   £15
Opinions of the Press on the Mackay Gun. 35pp., no imprint/date. (c.1865).  #45452
Selected press comments (dated 1864-65) presumably printed in this form by one interested in the furtherance of the Mackay Gun. Recent red cloth, label to front, with orig. wrapper bound in (with drawing of 'The Agincourt Target. Effect of the Mackay Gun at 200 yards.' This target emulated the hull of a modern warship with armour plate lined with teak.) RUSI lib. stamp on tp. VG thus.   £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

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