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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
The History of the 7th Medium Regiment Royal Artillery (Now 32nd Medium Regiment R.A.) During World War II 1939-1945. 1st Ed., ix+222pp., 27 photos., 8 maps (several fldg.). Printed by Loxley Bros., Ltd., Sheffield. 1951  #62951
[HLMainPic] Detailed record of service with 30 Corps in Western Desert & Tunisia, Sicily, then NW Europe 1944-45. Excellent maps & photos. Orig. blue cloth, gilt VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
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
BONTOFT (R.A.) Cyrenaica. Foreword by Brig. H.R. Hall, DSO, MC (Commander, Cyrenaica Area). 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., v+28pp., 22 photos., 2 maps. Printing & Stationary Services, M.E.F. [1944]  #63845
[HLMainPic] Written by a Senior Chaplain at the behest of the Commander, Cyrenaica Area, to provide troops with a history of the region in which they found themselves serving. Including early history, useful topographical notes, concise accounts of the campaigns of Wavell, Auchinleck & Alexander in 1940-43, also work of Commandos & the LRDG. Interesting photos. (inc. troops in Benghazi & Tobruk). Orig. printed wraps., minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30

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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
CARVER (Lt.-Col. R.M.P., CBE, DSO, MC) Second to None: The Royal Scots Greys, 1919-1945. 1st Ed., xvi+210pp., 18 plates, 20 fldg. maps Printed for the Regiment. 1954  #63962
[HLMainPic] Tank regiment in North Africa, Italy & North-West Europe campaigns. Roll of Hon., awards & officers. Orig. blue cloth, very nice copy & rare. See illustration on our website.   £100

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CROOKENDEN (Arthur) The History of the Cheshire Regiment in the Second World War. 1st Ed., ix+371pp., 4to, 39 illus. & maps (some fldg.), 56 portraits. Chester: Evans, Sons & Co., Printers to The Regt. 1949  #63903
[HLMainPic] Includes bns. with BEF 1940, North Africa, Sicily, Italy & NW Europe 1944-45. Detailed history. Roll of Hon. + detailed obits. of Fallen Officers (with 56 portraits), awards roll. Rebound in maroon cloth, gilt to sp., VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85

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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

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