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Pioneers   5 Books
DOHERTY (Simon) & DONOVAN (Tom) The Indian Corps on the Western Front: A Handbook & Battlefield Guide. 1st Ed., hardback edition, 194pp., 4to, approx. 200 photos., 34 col. maps. Tom Donovan Editions. 2014  #62065
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed complete Indian Corps history, including the background and composition of the Corps, its equipment & armament, leadership & several controversial issues such as a supposed tendency to desert to the enemy & the myth of self-inflicted wounds. Following a chapter on minor operations & trench warfare there are narratives of the ten major battles or operations in which the Corps participated during its year on the Western Front. Each of these is followed by a battlefield guide with clear maps & directions which will enable visitors to the scenes of these great events to follow them on the ground. Finally, there are descriptions of some of the notable Indian cemeteries & memorials in France & Belgium, with a suggested tour of some of those in the Indian Corps sector, details of the hospitals established for Indians on the south coast during 1914-15, with a tour of the Brighton hospitals and memorials. Only 50 copies of the hardback edition were printed & is out of print. See illustration on our website.   £45
HENDERSON-BLAND (Capt. R.) Actor - Soldier - Poet. Appreciation by Gen. Sir Hubert Gough. 1st Ed., 327pp., portrait frontis., 27 illus. VG in chipped/creased dw. Heath Cranton. 1939  #55726
[HLMainPic] Western Front with 13th Gloucesters (Pioneers) 1916-18: Somme, Ypres, Messines, &c. About 100pp. concern WW1. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG in chipped/craesed dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
MURLAND (Lt.-Col. H.F.) Baillie-ki-Paltan: Being a History of the 2nd Bn. Madras Pioneers (formerly IV Madras Pioneers) 1759-1930. 1st Ed., viii+602pp., 4to, 17 fldg. maps, var. other maps & sketches in text. Madras: Published for the Regiment by Higginbothams. 1932  #61475
[HLMainPic] Substantial, scarce history from early Anglo-India, Seringapatam, Ava &c. to Indian Mutiny (in Central India), Afghanistan, Burma, China &c. East Africa & Mesopotamia in WW1. Appendices include detailed services of the British officers, also services of VCOs with dates of their appointments & some notes of their war services. "A major history, comprehensive & detailed..." - Perkins 443. Orig. pale blue cloth, sp. chipped, cloth rather unevenly sunned & worn but sound throughout, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £145
MURLAND (Major H.F., 64th Pioneers) Records of the IV Madras Pioneers (Now the 64th Pioneers). 1759-1903. 1st Ed., [v]+314pp. (+ Corringenda slip bound-in opposite Contents), 4to, 2 fldg. maps in end-pocket. Bangalore: Higginbothams. 1922  #57586
[HLMainPic] Rare history with index of British officers, roll of Indian officers, &c. "A history in expanded diary form. The author gives particular attention to the origins & evolution of the Regt. & to its earlier wars... There are good accounts of various Frontier campaigns & the Third China War. A very helpful source of reference." - Perkins. Orig. blue cloth boards, gilt to front (regimental motif), expertly rebacked with orig. sp. panel laid down (the original cloth was rather fragile so when seen, which is rarely, the work is generally in a distressed state unless renovated as here). See illustration on our website.   £325
TURBERVILLE (Capt. A.S., MC) A Short History of the 20th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps (B.E.L. Pioneers) 1915-1919. 1st Ed., viii+143pp. Hull: Goddard, Walker & Brown, Ltd. 1923  #60777
[HLMainPic] Rare locally printed history of Service battalion raised by the British Empire League in London in Augusr 1915; served as Pioneer Battalion of the 3rd Division from May 1915 to the armistice, initially in the Ypres salient, then on the Somme inc. the capture & clearance of the Bazentins &c., the Ancre, Arras & 3rd Ypres 1917, German Spring Offensives & Final Advance 1918. Much of interest on the work of a Pioneer Battalion. Orig. green cloth, gilt to sp., regimental devicce to front, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £145


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Historical Record of the 2nd (Now 80th) or Royal Tyrone Regiment of Militia, From the Embodiment in 1793 to the Present Time.
The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Cavalry, 23rd Co., I.Y., A Record of Incidents Connected with the Services of the First Contingent of the D.L.O.Y.C. in the South African Campaign of 1899-1900-1901-1902; of interest also to the Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry, 24th Co., I.Y., who were our Partners & Comrades-in-Arms.
Hart's Annual Army List, Special Reserve List & Territorial Force List, Containing Dates of Commissions & A Summary of the War Services of Nearly Every Officer in the Army, Supply &c. Departments, Marines & Indian Army & Local Indian Forces. 1912.
Hart's Army List, Militia List & Imperial Yeomanry List, Exhibiting the Rank, Standing, & Summary of the War Services of Every Regimental Officer in the Army Serving on Full Pay, including The Royal Marines & Indian Army & Local Indian Forces... January 1909.
Harts Army List: The New Annual Army List, Militia List & Yeomanry Cavalry List for 1898. Containing the Dates of Commissions & A Summary of the War Services of nearly every Officer in the Army, Supply &c. Departments, Marines & Indian Staff Corps & Indian Local Forces.
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