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The Colonial Office List 1962. vi+481pp., fldg. map. HMSO. 1962  #63409
[HLMainPic] Details of each territory under Colonial Office control + 100pp. service details of officers. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
DONAHUE (F/L A.G., DFC, RAF) Last Flight from Singapore. 1st Ed., vi+154pp., 13 photos., map. Macmillan. 1944  #58016
[HLMainPic] Fighter pilot based at Tengah aerodrome, Singapore, during the 1941-42 campaign: wounded in the evacuation & posted missing in action later that year in a patrol over the English Channel. Orig. blue cloth, little rubbed & worn, sound. See illustration on our website.   £15
INGLIS (Colin) Singapore to Colombo: The Diary of Major Colin W.A. Inglis, Indian Engineers, 13th February to 5th March, 1942. 1st Ed., 80pp., map. Printed for Private Circulation. 1945  #51685
[HLMainPic] Then a civilian architect in the Public Works Dept. at Singapore, Inglis describes the last days there - even with Jap tanks lapping at their door the British community believed they were invulnerable. Among those authorised to leave 48 hours before the capitulation, he was bombed on the quayside but escaped: "I travelled in 15 different boats... walked about 20 miles, went by lorry, bus, car & train & even swam for seven & a half hours, & arrived in Colombo possessing only the shirt & shorts I stood up in!" The first craft was sunk by bombs, he was pulled out of the water by Malay fishermen, continued by sampan, island hopping to Sumatra & finally picked up by a RN destroyer. On arrival in India he was commissioned in the RIE & died at sea in Feb. 1944. No. 27 of 100 copies printed for the family of Major Inglis "so that his friends may have a permanent record of his experiences." Rare & interesting account of escape from Singapore. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £95
MOWAT (Geoffrey Scott) The Rainbow Through the Rain: A Tale of a Japanese Prisoner of War. 1st Ed., laminated card wraps., xi+155pp., several illus. & maps. Oxford: New Cherwell Press. 1995  #62182
[HLMainPic] Author was a Civil Servant employed in Singapore: he escaped the Japanese occupation in Feb. 1942, spent months in the Malayan jungle evading capture until betrayed, incarcerated at Tonchan & worked on Burma Railway &c. until released in 1945. Original paperback edition, VG. See illustration on our website.   £10
NICHOLSON (Col. W.N., CMG, DSO) The Suffolk Regiment 1928-1946. 1st Ed., 374pp., 41 illus., 28 maps. VG in dw. Ipswich: East Anglian Magazine. nd (c.1948)  #58717
[HLMainPic] Detailed history inc. France 1940 campaign, North-West Europe 1944-45, Burma, Tunisia, Italy & Singapore. Awards details inc. some citations. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG in dw. Nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £50
SMYTH (Brig. Rt. Hon. Sir John, Bt., VC, MC) The Life Story of Brigadier P.J.D. Toosey, CBE, DSO, TD, DL, JP. Foreword by Selwyn Lloyd. 1st Ed., xxi+161pp., portrait frontis., 9 photos. No imprint/date (Privately published, c.1973)  #63860
[HLMainPic] Brigadier Sir Philip John Denton Toosey - Phil - 1904-1975, was taken PoW at the fall of Singapore where he was commanding his TA artillery regiment. He was awarded the DSO for his services there. He became senior Allied officer at the Tamarkan PoW camp in Thailand: men from this camp built the famous Bridge 277 of the Burma Railway, which was immortalised on the film "Bridge Over the River Kwai." The film, & the book upon which it was based, employed a considerable degree of poetical licence which enraged former FEPOW because Toosey, unlike the fictional CO in the book & film, had refused to cooperate with the Japanese & in fact worked tirelessly for the well being of his men at great personal cost - being punished, for instance, for aiding an escape whereas in the film he is portrayed (by Alec Guiness) as forbidding escape attempts. He refused to speak publicly about the depiction of him in the film except for a lengthy taped interview which he made on the proviso that it was not published until after his death. After the war he became President of the National Federation of Far East Prisoners of War. This life story by Jackie Smyth VC was based both on personal knowledge & acquaintance with Toosey & upon his personal papers, to which he allowed Smyth access. His Introduction, in & of itself, is revealing & interesting. The story of Toosey's life & achievements - particularly in his work for his fellow PoW in Thailand is most engaging. Rare in any form, this copy is bound in full blue calf with gilt title to front, & bears a small typed label to the front paste-down: "Not to be published during my lifetime - P.J.D. Toosey." Importantly, it also bears a presentation inscription from the subject: "To John Baines from Phil. If you can be bothered to read this little book, you will understand why I do not like the Japanese and also my really deep affection for the Baines Faimily. 24 April 1973." (Note: No. 5955472 Pte, Charles Kenneth Baines, 5th Bn. Beds. & Herts., was captured at Singapore, was a PoW in Thialnd & was one of those lucky to survive the experience.) See illustrations on our website.   £250

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STEVENS (Lt.-Col. G.R., OBE) The 9th Gurkha Rifles (Volume 2) 1937-1947. 1st Ed., xiii+355pp., 4to, 5 plates, 12 maps. Published for the Regimental Association. 1952  #62359
[HLMainPic] Pre-war NWF campaigns & WW2 in Middle East (1st Bn.), Malaya/Singapore (2nd Bn.) & Burma (3rd [Chindits] & 4th Bns.); 3rd Bn. Indonesia 1945-46. "An excellent narrative..." - Perkins 507. Orig. green & black cloth, silver gilt, some damp spotting & abrasions to the boards o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £395
STEWART (Brig. I.MacA., DSO, OBE, MC) History of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 2nd Bn. (The Thin Red Line) Malayan Campaign 1941-42. 1st Ed., xvii+170pp., 4 plates, 8 maps. VG in heavily chipped & torn dw. Nelson. 1947  #63880
[HLMainPic] Scarcest volume in the Argylls WW2 series, a very good history for the short, depressing campaignin Malaya. Roll of Hon., awards, officers, nominal roll of all ranks & of those who died in Jap PoW camps. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG in heavily chipped & torn dw. One of the scarcest in the series of WW2 A&SH histories. See illustration on our website.   £85

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VETCH (Col. R.H., CB) Ed. Life of Lieut.-General The Hon. Sir Andrew Clarke GCMG, CB, CIE, Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Engineers, Agent-General of Victoria, Australia. 1st Ed., xxvii+353pp., portrait frontis., 10 plates, 2 fldg. maps (Malay Peninsula in 1875 & 1904). Murray. 1905  #57060
[HLMainPic] Clarke was born 1824, commissioned from RMA Woolwich (first in his batch) 1844; served a few years in UK then in Australia, NZ, Surveyor-General of Victoria 1853 & Member of the Victorian Legislative Council; became Governor of Singapore & the Straits Settlements 1873-75; on the council of the Viceroy of India 1875-80 (inc. 2nd Afghan War); Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham 1881–82 & Inspector-General of Fortifications in England 1882-86. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt to front & sp., little rubbed & worn, generally VG   £50
WALKER (Allan S., MD) Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Medical Series. Vol. II: Middle East & Far East. 1st Ed., xvii+701pp., 68 photos., 43 maps & diagrams. Canberra: AWM. 1953  #52073
[HLMainPic] Campaigns in North Africa (Cyrenaica, Tobruk, Alamein &c.), Greece, Crete, Syria, Malaya, Singapore & the PoW Camps in the Far East. Orig. cloth, VG ex-Historical Branch, Military Section lib. See illustration on our website.   £20

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