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Natal Field Artillery Centenary 1862-1962. Durban, Pietermaritzburg. Orig. dec. card wraps., [iii]+25pp., 25 photos. Printed by The Natal Witness, Pietermaritzburg. Contemp.  #61794
[HLMainPic] Useful & well illustrated short account of the regiment, inc. Roll of Commanding Officers & Roll of Hon. for WW2. "Surprisingly, this is the only free-standing published record of one of South Africa's longest serving units... it fought in the Anglo-Boer War at Elandslaagte & in Northern Natal... Mobilised again in 1914, it took part in the GSWA campaign. In WWII, the NFA saw much action, & suffered many casualties, in the Western Desert... All of this is covered in condensed but useful detail." - Perkins. Covs. little marked, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
ARNOT (B. Douglas) That White Horse: A Brief History, The 629 (9th) Field Squadron Royal Engineers. 1st Ed., viii+69pp., 19 photos. Aldershot: G&P. 1947  #62528
[HLMainPic] 9th, later 629, Field Sqdrn. RE, served with 8th Armd. Div. in Western Desert, inc. Alamein, then via Palestine to UK & landed on D Day under "a withering hail of machine-gun fire & mortar bombs" then on to Neustadt via the Rhine Crossing, &c. Rare history including detailed account of D Day landing & subsequent days, with nominal rolls of officers & all ranks, Roll of Hon. & awards. Orig. blue cloth, silver gilt to font, minor wear, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
BRUCE (Col. R.N.B.D., OBE, TD) Chronicles of the 1st Battalion The Rangers (K.R.R.C.) 1939/1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [v]+75pp., 6 photos., 4 maps. No imprint/date, but privately published, 1958.  #59044
[HLMainPic] Very rare duplicated typescript history of The Rangers, a London Territorial Regiment designated 9th Bn. KRRC in 1941: includes mobilization & training then campaigns in Greece, Crete & North Africa. Much interesting details on these campaigns, several excellent maps & various lists of officers present in campaigns & a Roll of Honour. Orig. dec. wraps., somewhat worn, sound & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
CARVER (Brig. R.M.P.) The History of 4th Armoured Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 46pp. Gluckstadt: J.J. Augustin. 1945  #63457
[HLMainPic] Independent armoured brigade in North Africa, Italy & NW Europe 1944-45. Roll of Bde. commanders, order of battle. Orig. dec. wraps., little chipped & worn, about VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
ERSKINE (Capt. Hon. David) Comp. The Scots Guards 1919-1955. 1st Ed., xx+624pp., frontis., 44 photos., 45 maps. Clowes, For the Regiment. 1956  #63555
[HLMainPic] Substantial history incl. Norway 1940, North Africa & Italy, NW Europe 1944-45 & Malaya 1948-51. Roll of Hon., awards, officers services &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
HARRIS (G.H.) Prisoner of War & Fugitive. 1st Ed., [vi]+70pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Aldershot: G&P. 1947  #57937
[HLMainPic] Captured while serving with Anti-Tank Platoon, 2nd Bn. KRRC, Western Desert, 2nd June 1942, PoW experiences & ten months behind the lines in Italy after escaping from camp. Publisher's bookplate "Presented to the Library of the R.A.F. Escaping Society." VG in sl. chipped dw & rare. See illustration on our website.   £65
HOWARD (Michael) & SPARROW (John) The Coldstream Guards 1920-1946. 1st Ed., xvii+593pp., 28 maps (8 fldg.). OUP. 1951  #63556
[HLMainPic] WW2 history: BEF 1940, Western Desert, Tunisia, Italy & North-West Europe. Roll of Hon., awards, officers' records of service, &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £95
KNIGHT (C.R.B.) Historical Record of the Buffs, Royal East Kent Regiment, 1919-1948. 1st Ed., xxiv+512pp., 21 plates, 20 maps (some fldg.). VG in dw. Medici. 1951  #63991
[HLMainPic] Inc. Palestine 1938, WW2 Western Desert (Alamein &c.), Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, Burma & North-West Europe. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, fine in somewhat foxed dw. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
MORRIS (G.A.) The Battle of El Alamein & Beyond. 1st Ed., 191pp., 34 photos., 10 maps. VG in dw. Lewes: Book Guild. 1993  #64294
[HLMainPic] An engineer & pre-war RA Territorial, France 1940 "engaged in extending the Maginot Line" - evacuated from Dunkirk then commissioned in 3rd Royal Tank Regt., Western Desert/Tunisia, 1941-43 inc. Alamein; then to Normandy 1944 until wounded during the breakout. Post-war engaged in engineering projects, mainly in the Gulf. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £30

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