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Royal Armoured Corps   2 Books
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The History of The 107 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (King's Own) June 1940-February 1946. 1st Ed., 93pp. Lengerich, Westfalia: Printed by Bischof & Klein. nd (c.1946)  #64130
[HLMainPic] 1940 war-raised unit based initially on officers & drafs from King's Own holding battalions, titled 10th (S) Bn. but changed in Jan. 1942 to 151st Reg. Royal Armoured Corps & began to train with tanks; retitled as 107 Regt. early in 1944, embarked for Normany 30th June 1944 & fought in break-out battles, Falaise, advance to the Rhine, &c. Roll of casualties, KiA or DoW, PoWs, roll of awards (with citations) & a number of interesting appendices on various actions. Some time spent with 15th & 51st Scottish Divisions. Orig. dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG & rare with loosely inserted typed slip "With the Compliments of Lt Colonel C.H. Taite and all officers and other ranks of the 107 Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, (King's Own)." See illustration on our website.   £220
ROSS (Peter Mabyn, MC) To The Stars: A Tribute to the Junior Officers of the Royal Armoured Corps. Illustrated by "MAC." Proceeds to R.A.C. Benevolent Fund. 1st Ed., 96pp., 7 photos., 19 cartoons. Bovington: R.A.C. Publications. nd [1946]  #62045
[HLMainPic] A very informative & rather scarce account of the process of officer training at the RAC OCTU (at Sandhurst) during WW2, in all its facets, including the personal experiences of the author (who emerged from it as a 2nd Lieut. in 1942). Attractively produced with amusing sketches & a 20pp. 'Epilogue' recording the author's arrival in the Middle East where after top-up courses at the RAC Base Depot he was appointed a liaison officer at HQ BTE (British Troops Egypt) before joining his unit - 3rd RTR - where he was posted to command the Recce Troop in "A" Sqdrn. in time to participate in the Battle of El Alamein, of which he provides a graphic account, culminating in the brewing-up of his Dingo with consequent losses including himself wounded. (Note: Ross was awarded the MC for Alamein, later returned to 3 RTR & wounded again in Tunisia. In 1944 he returned to the RAC OCTU as an instructor. His war memoirs, "All Valiant Dust," were published in 1992.) Smith ("British Armoured Formations 1939-1945, A Bibliography") pps. 83, 172, 293. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sl. rubbed o/w VG. See illustrations on our website.   £75

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