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ADCOCK (Col. W.H.) Sappers in the Persian Gulf. 1st Ed., xv+175pp., 33 photos., fldg. diagram, ep maps. VG in chipped dw. Bombay: Thacker. 1952  #62619
[HLMainPic] The work of Royal Engineers with PAIFORCE. Orig. cloth, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
BRETT-JAMES (Antony) Ball of Fire: The Fifth Indian Division in the Second World War. 1st Ed., deluxe edition, xiv+481pp., 66 photos., 12 maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1951  #62186
[HLMainPic] East then North Africa, followed by PAIFORCE then Burma inc. Arakan, then flown up to Kohima & Imphal & the advance south through Meiktila to Rangoon. The author was a captain with divisional signals in the Middle East & Burma & was later a prominent military historian. His history contains a very fine record of the Division's exploits in all the theatres where it served. Rare deluxe edition, bound in full red morocco, raised bands & black leather lettering labels to sp., plus the Division's black & red "Ball of Fire" (or as their rival formations had it - the Flaming Areshole) sign inset to front. Shoulders of sp. a little rubbed but generally a very nice example of this superior edition, with marbled endpapers, gilt edges &c. See illustration on our website.   £145
GUNNING (Capt. Hugh) Borderers in Battle: The War Story of the King's Own Scottish Borderers 1939-1945. 1st Ed., 287pp., 19 plates, 4 maps. VG in dw. Berwick: The Regt. 1948  #63497
[HLMainPic] MEF, Europe, SE Asia, Burma, Paiforce. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. cream cloth, titled in blue, VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £65
HOOKWAY (J.D.) Ed. M & R: A Regimental History of the Sikh Light Infantry 1941-1947. 1st Ed., laminated card wraps., xiv+121pp., 39 photos., 6 maps. Published privately. 1999  #63982
[HLMainPic] Sikh LI formed 1941, recruiting Mazhbi & Ramdasia Sikhs (& thereby becoming the successors of the old Sikh Pioneers). 1st Bn. served NWF & Burma 1944-45, 2nd Bn. with Paiforce, 3rd & Garrison Bns. remained in India. Rolls of officers &c. Orig. laminated card wraps., VG, signed by author (who served with the regiment). Unobtainable. See illustration on our website.   £75

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PAL (Dharm) Official History of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War: Campaign in Western Asia. 1st Ed., xxiii+570pp., 17 photos., 37 maps (17 fldg.). VG in dw. Combined Inter-Services Historical Section (India & Pakistan). 1957  #52232
[HLMainPic] Iraq, Syria & PAIFORCE. Excellent, detailed account with num. appendices & among the rarest Indian official histories. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in dw & very scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £225
PETERS ([Brigadier] R.W. [OBE]) et al. Central India Horse Newsletter 1 to 24. 1st Ed. in volume form, [iv]+225pp., 7 maps. Printed by C. Murphy at Thacker's Press, Bombay. nd (1945).  #61300
[HLMainPic] Reprint of all the CIH Newsletters that appeared from time to time between the regiment's departure overseas in July 1940 to its return to India in Feb. 1946: in between it saw service with 4th Indian Div. in Eritrea, North Africa, PAIFORCE & Italy, initially armed only with carriers until Humber Armoured Cars arrived in Italy in March 1944. The newsletters contain a goldmine of fascinating material on the regiment & its members in the war, written for regimental consumption & with great immediacy. Much personal information includes various lists of officers, casualties among the ranks, full citations for awards &c. Orig. full green morocco, gilt to sp. & with regimental device to front. Perkins 420. VG, rare with ink inscrip. "With Kind Regards from The Central India Horse. R.W.P." i.e. Brig. R.W. Peters, Commandant & one of the compilers, plus carbon ts letter to front paste-down from R.A. (Reggie) Savory, acknowledging receipt of this copy. See illustration on our website.   £425
VIRK (Brig. V.S., AVSM) Indian Army Post Offices in The Second World War. 1st Ed., xii+[iv]+362pp., several maps. VG in torn dw. New Delhi: The Army Postal Service Association. 1982  #58286
[HLMainPic] Interesting & rare account of the Indian Army Postal Service on all Fronts, from PAIFORCE to North Africa & Italy, Burma, including his own & others' personal experiences. Roll of Hon., awards. "A thorough & readable account of the IAPS from January 1942 through to Partition in 1947." - Perkins. VG in torn dw. See illustration on our website.   £145
WYNDHAM (Col. Hon. Humphrey, MC) The Household Cavalry at War: First Household Cavalry Regiment. 1st Ed., xiii+189pp., 66 photos., 13 fldg. maps. VG in dw. Aldershot: G&P. 1952  #63989
[HLMainPic] Excellent, scarce history: armoured cars in Iraq, Syria, Persia, North Africa (inc. Alamein), Italy up to Oct. 1944 & NW Europe from March 1945. Nominal rolls. Orig. blue cloth, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £90

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