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Second World War Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   144 Books
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Team Spirit: The Administration of the 53rd Welsh Division during "Operation Overlord" June 1944-May 1945. 1st Ed., 71pp., oblong. 4to, photos. throughout, map, graphs. Dusseldorf. 1945  #55525
[HLMainPic] The advance though Europe: much interesting detail. VG. See illustration on our website.d   £50
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Third Day: 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944 (Operation Bluecoat). 1st Ed., [vii]+49pp., foolscap, 7 maps (6 bound-in, 1 in endpocket). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #50638
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the part played by 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in those operations. It forms the necessary background to a detailed study of the battle carried out on the ground." Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front. VG & rare (just 150 copies printed of this edition), with ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe & several ts. foolscap sheets loosely inserted re contemp. training exercise, outlining a situation where, as GOC 15th Div., you have to decide how to alter your plan during the battle to benefit from air support. With list of officers in syndicates during this exercise. See illustration on our website.   £220
No. 5501642 Lance-Cpl. Dennis A. Stroud, 1/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment (T), Taken Prisoner in Tunisia & Incarcerated in Italian & German PoW Camps 1943-1945. A scarce archive of form-letters & postcards to his parents from Italian & German PoW Camps, 1943-45, plus associated material re OCA dinners &c., together with three portrait photos. inc. one with Stroud in battledress with 46 Div. patch, unit flash, &c., another with brass '4 Hants' shoulder title.  #54566
Stroud served with 1/4th Hampshires in 128th (Hampshire) Bde., 46th Div. The Brigade landed in Tunisia in Jan. 1943 & was very quickly in action, inc. several battles which resulted in large numbers of casualties & prisoners taken. He was most probably taken PoW at the Battle of Sidi Nisr 26/2/43 or of Hunts Gap, 27-28/2/43, when the Brigade lost heavily. Archive consists of nine letters (official Italian forms for PoWs' use, rather like modern day air letters) written between 22/3/43-22/7/43 & nine similar from German camp (Stalag IVD), 11/11/43-25/12/44, plus nine Kriegsgefangenpost cards from Germany 1944-45 & several dozen post-war reuinion menus &c. of Hampshire Regt. OCA, Aldershot Branch & sundry related ephemera. Some extracts from letters: 22/3/43: "I have been waiting so long for this, I hardly know how to begin... I hope you weren't too worried when you heard I was missing. I can't say much about it, but I think we put up a good show before we were captured. Most of our Coy. are here... so we have quite a happy family. At present we are only at a Transit camp... I shall have to do some scrounging now as I was captured in just what I stood up in. I believe you are allowed to send me a parcel every 3 months [lists items required: shirts, razor blades, &c.)." 2/7/43: "Last Saturday was a red letter day for us, the Italians allowed 20 of us to go out for a walk of about 8 miles. It was marvellous after being in here for 3 months. Of course we were accompanied by an officer, 6 sentruies & a Carabinieri, but they were very decent & took us to a nice village..." 11/11/43 [Germany]: "Since I last wrote we have moved to a working camp. It is quite good here, there are only 100 of us here & we are working in a factory helping to make baths! You know how much I always wanted to have some blue overalls, well I've been issued with some now, I look a proper workman. The department I work in has about 5 girls in it, they're quite nice." 25/12/44: "We finished work on Saturday evening & start again tomorrow but to make up we also get New Years Day off. We have had a good time today especially as Red Cross parcels after an absence of some weeks arrived two days ago. With those & a few bottles of beer, plus everyone's good humour everything has gone well. As it is almost two years since I last saw you you can guess my thoughts... I am sure it will not be very long before all this is behind us & we can then look forward to those happy days that are to come..." See illustrations on our website.   £225
Geographical Handbook Series, For Official Use Only. Morocco. December 1941/October 1942. 2 Vols., B.R. 506 & B.R. 506A (Restricted), 1st Eds., viii+295pp., 27 plates, 2 fldg. maps in end-pocket, 62 maps & diagrams in text & xii+346pp., frontis. & 34 plates, 2 fldg. maps in endpocket, 53 maps & diagrams in text. Naval Intelligence Division. 19411942  #51543
[HLMainPic] Detailed & extensively illustrated work compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division. Orig. cloth, VG but Vol. I lacking frontis. Ownership inscrips. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £40
Geographical Handbook Series, For Official Use Only. Yugoslavia. October 1944/June 1945. 3 Vols., B.R. 493, B.R. 493A & B.R. 493B (Restricted), 1st Eds., xiii+337pp., 88 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket, 99 maps & diagrams in text, xi+403pp., 36 photos., 772 maps & diagrams & xiv+566pp., 148 photos., fldg. map in endpocket, 87 maps & diagrams in text. Naval Intelligence Division. 19441945  #51545
[HLMainPic] Detailed & extensively illustrated work compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division. Orig. cloth, VG with ownership inscrips. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £75
A Short History of the 6th (Caernarvon & Anglesey) Battalion the Royal Welch Fusiliers, North-West Europe June 1944 to May 1945. 1st Ed., xvi+175pp., 54 photos., 18 maps (inc. several fldg.). Caernarvon: Gwenlyn Evans & Son, Printers. 1946  #56110
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed & well-illustrated record from Normandy to the Fatherland in 53rd (Welsh) Div. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & NCOs by coys. on landing in France. Orig. blue cloth, neatly rebound in blue cloth with orig. sp. & front panels laid down, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
Phrase Book for Air Borne Troops. English-Roman Urdu-Russian-Turkish-Arabic-Persian-Soendanese-Dutch-Malay-Thai-Chinese-Japanese. Orig. blue printed card wraps., 30pp., most leaves fldg. Compiled by the General Staff, India, & Printed by the Feroz Printing Works, Lahore. 1941  #56060
[HLMainPic] Unusual & early Indian Airborne manual containing phrases in the vatious languages noted in the title, e.g., 'hand over your arms,' 'No one may leave this place' &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Japanese War Crime Trials, Jesselton, British North Borneo, 1947. Carbon typescript records of the proceedings of several cases/investigations, approx. 55pp. in all, some top copy but mostly carbon ts. One or two items with ink signatures of Counsel and/or OC War Crimes Unit, Jesselton. Contemp.  #55863
[HLMainPic] Partial records of four cases, e.g. the Masaki-Honda case, when Col. Masaki, Governor of North Sumatra in 1942, ordered Major Honda to execute 5 or 6 Allied PoW in a small vessel at sea between there & Simului, Honda protested (as confirmed in evidence by 2nd Lt. Nobusawa) but Masaki said "No, you must execute them & I will take full responsibility." Honda passed the buck to Nobusawa who did not carry out the order, giving as his reason "the cruelty & inhumanity involved in slaughtering men, necessarily one at a time, each before the others' eyes on such a small vessel & because the men had had no trial." Ultimately, however, the PoWs were lined up, blind-folded & bayonetted from behind by soldiers under Honda's orders. The bodies were left unburied due to the location of the atrocity being a coral island. Post-war, they were found by a war crimes investigator, Lt.-Col. Reid Collins, & the accused identified with the help of a local boatman who had been employed by the Japanese. Papers for this case include opening & closing addresses, defence case, &c. Other papers relate to ill-treatment resulting in the death of civilians in North Borneo, executions of Allied Personnel at Seletar, Singapore, in 1945, when W.O. Hikiji Susumu was accused of beheading 14 or 15 PoW for his amusement: "It was known among the men that Hikiji was an expert swordsman & that he boasted to the other officers about how it was done. It was said that he had used the 14 or 15 Ps.O.W. to demonstrate his swordsmanship." Also a nominal roll of Burmese witnesses residing in Toungoo (on the Sittang River, east of the Pegu Yomas),.with their age, family name & address. Scarce collection.   £225
The Log of a Naval Airman: Being the Diary & Letters of Sub-Lieutenant (A) David Musk Beattie, R.N.V.R., Observer in the Fleet Air Arm. Killed in air operations against Bismarck, 26th May, 1941. Edited by his father & Dedicated to the Officers & Men of the Fleet Air Arm. 1st Ed., 60pp., portrait frontis., 48 photos. No imprint or date. [1944].  #51915
[HLMainPic] David Beattie was planning to be a Solicitor but, instead, joined the RNVR as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm in 1939. After training he joined HMS 'Ark Royal' in June 1940 & participated in "operations at Oran & Dakar, in the raids on Cagliari & the Tirso Dam in Sardinia, in the aerial bombing of Leghorn which accompanied the aerial bombing of Genoa, in the search for the Scharnhorst & in much convoy work in the Mediterranean & the Atlantic." He was then posted to HMS 'Victorious' under Lt.-Cdr. Esmonde & was reported missing during the search for the 'Bismarck' off Iceland on 26th May 1941. Very rare privately printed memoir consisting of a short biography then mostly Beattie's letters & diaries between July 1939 & May 1941, including much interesting detail on the aforementioned operations, supplemented by num. unusual privately taken photos. on board 'Ark Royal' &c. on active service & concluding with the official reports of his being reported missing & extracts from letters of condolence. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front (with Fleet Air Arm 'wings'), some dampstaining to bottom corner of front & rear boards, o/w VG with ink inscrip. to ffep "To our friends Rev. George & Mrs Bosworth, in token of our affectionate regards, from Ira and Musk Beatte." See illustration on our website.   £125
Bomb Disposal: A WW2 Bomb Disposal Officer's training notes from Royal Engineers Bomb School, Queen's College, Harbourne, Birmingham, c.1940. Stiff covered lined exercise book (with crest of Acton Technical College to front), containing 22pp. detailed ms. notes & skilled technical drawings of various German bombs & their fuzes.  #56467
[HLMainPic] Bomb Disposal officer's training notes, including details of penetration depths of German bombs ("The maximum depth of penetration experienced by Bomb Disposal Units in this country up to the moment has been 60 ft. This depth was reached by a 1,800 kilo bomb in the 'blue clay.'"); bombs in buildings; craters; types of bombs (Thin-walled range designated as "SC" types; Thick-walled range, designated as "SD" types; Screaming & Incendiary bombs); also fuzes (Kruppewerke 17 & 17a; Zoosch 40, &c.). The technical specifications & characteristics are supplemented by superb cutaway drawings, sections, &c., of the various bombs & fuzes. These are beautifully drawn to a high standard. Scarce BD officer's notes as there were never many BD Companies. See illustration on our website.   £85

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