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Aus dem Kriegsgefangenen-Lager Mannheim. 1st Ed., oblong 4to, orig. dec. wraps. with oval photo. onlay to front, [50]pp., each page a photo. (captioned in German, French, English & Russian). Mannheim: Dr. H. Haas'sche Buchdruckerei. nd (c.1917).  #57898
[HLMainPic] Camp souvenir containing 50 photographic views of camp life: general views of the camp, roll call, airing beds, canteens, arrival of parcels, newspaper office, library, theatre, gardens, shoemakers' & tailors' workshops, laundry, infirmary &c. Little stained & worn, VG, scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £75
Prisoners of War, British Army, 1939-1945: Alphabetical Nominal Registers of Over 107,000 British Army Prisoners of War of All Ranks Held in Germany & German Occupied Territories. Reprint, approx. 500pp., 4to. VG in dw. Hayward. 1990  #63885
[HLMainPic] Scarce facsimile of rare original 1945 HMSO listing. Good quality hardback, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
ADAMS (D. Guy, Lt.-Col. East Surrey Regt.) Ed. Backwater: Oflag IX A/H Lower Camp. 1st Ed., 29pp., 6 col. plates. VG in chipped dw. Frederick Muller. 1944  #62356
[HLMainPic] A finely produced collection of poems, articles & rather good water colour illustrations by Army officers incarcerated at this PoW camp in Germany. Includes service details - & circumstances of capture - of the thirteen officers who contributed to the work. Orig. dec. blue cloth, near fine in chipped dw. See illustrations on our website.   £20
ANDERSON (R.) & WESTMACOTT (D.) Handle With Care: A Book of Prison Camp Sketches Drawn & Written in Prison Camps in Germany. 1st Ed., 107pp., oblong 4to, sketches/cartoons throughout. No imprint [for the Authors]. 1946  #62973
[HLMainPic] The joint authors explain in their Preface that these sketches drawn in various camps "has been a headache... since its birth in May, 1943. Some... were taken by the Germans & had to be re-drawn. Others were damaged in transit from camp to camp. During the last big Allied Push the book was so bulky that it had to be left with a friend in the Camp Sick Bay, & we hoped never to see it again." However, it eventually reached them in England & it is evident from later remarks in the Preface that it was published by subscription. Contains around 50-60 cartoons, each with letterpress caption and/or explanatory notes. No copy on Library Hub (formerly COPAC), & appears to be rare. This copy, although worn & well-thumbed, is of special interest as its original owner, 210502 Warrant Officer Thomas Arthur Frederick Cooksey, formerly a Flight Engineer with 61 Squadron (Lancasters), & a PoW at Stalag Luft VI, Heydekrug, 1943-45, has recorded details of 22 (out of 26) bombing missions flown by him, then, throughout the book, he has made his own small observations against some of the drawings. Finally, the rera end-papers have been utilised by him to list some German behaviour, & the manner in which the 'kriegies' got their own back, presumably when liberated, e.g., "John Carew, shot on Boundary" = "Russians kill two dogs. 1 German knifed." "Myself hit on foot by Rifle Butt" = "Guard killed by accidental fall of concrete over door (tut tut)" "George West beaten by Commandant" = "Commandant made to crawl for 17 hours. Troops stop us." "Polish girl stabbed by S.S. for handing us water, child in arms kicked." = "5 S.S. in payment with their own guns whoopee." Note: Cooksey recorded his experiences for the IWM Oral History Dept. in 1995. See illustrations on our website.   £225
ARMSTRONG (Capt. H.C.) Ed. On the Run: Escaping Tales. 1st Ed., xxi+331pp., 9 photos., 11 maps. Rich & Cowan. 1934  #58172
[HLMainPic] Stories of eleven WW1 escapers: three British; one Australian; five French, a German & an American. Orig. black cloth, titled in red to spine, VG & remarkably uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £35
BROWN (George A., FRSA) Those Who Dared: A Comprehensive List of World War II Allied Escapers. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [ii]+338pp., 4to. Battleline books (The author). nd (c.1980s).  #57962
[HLMainPic] A list of some hundreds with details of their exploits & awards, but far from complete.   £30
CUST (L.G.A., Lieut., RFA) From Ploegsteert to Graudenz: The Story of a Prisoner-of-War. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [v]+77pp., frontis., plate, 4 photos. Privately Printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. 1919  #53917
[HLMainPic] Very rare memoirs privately published in a small limited edition. Lionel George Archer Cust, 85th Batt. RFA, was captured in the Catacombs, Ploegsteert, 11th April 1918 during the Lys offensive, whilst acting as liaison officer to 7th Inf. Bde. He describes ops. around Messines 7-11 April then experiences of capture & life at Rastatt & Graudenz PoW camps. VG, with advert loosely inserted offering copies at 5/-, available from the printer at Eton College, the author's father at Datchet House, Datchet, & Hatchards. See illustration on our website.   £145
DURNFORD (H.G., MC, MA) The Tunnellers of Holzminden (With a Side-Issue). 2nd Ed., x+199pp., 21 plates & diagrams, map. VG in dw. Cambridge: CUP. 1930  #62901
[HLMainPic] Gunner officer's account of capture with B/112th Battery RFA at Passchendaele, PoW life at Holzminden & successful escape. Orig. grey cloth, VG, in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
GREEN (Arthur) The Story of a Prisoner of War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card covs. (with portrait of the author in 'hospital blues'), [vii]+96pp., portrait frontis. Chatto & Windus. 1916  #63652
[HLMainPic] No. 6646 Pte. Green, 1st SLI, 4th Div. Charming naive descriptions of mobilisation & arrival in France until the author was promptly wounded & captured near Le Cateau. Sixteen months in PoW camps followed before he was repatriated. God Save the King! Somewhat worn, neatly tape repaired, sound thus, rare & appealing. See illustration on our website.   £85
HILL (J.A. Sillitoe) The Front Line & Beyond It: A Diary of 1917-18. 1st Ed., 80pp., portrait frontis. Houghton. 1930  #60441
[HLMainPic] Interesting & detailed diary account of author's service in the ranks, from leaving training camp at Morpeth, 16th Oct. 1917, journey to France, the 'bullring' at Rouen, joining 1st KSLI on 28th Oct., further training then active service in the line until wounded in March retreat & PoW thereafter. The portrait photo. frontis. was taken at Witten, Westphalia, in Sept. 1918 & is inscribed in ink "Very sincerely yours J. Alec Hill / 9th February 1931." Orig. mustard cloth, blocked in red, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145

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