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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   180 Books
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A Gurkha Brigade in Italy: Story of the 43rd Gurkha Lorried Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., small format (155x115mm), [iv]+32pp., several col. & b/w plates, map, col. plate of formation signs. Bombay, Times of India Press for DPR, War Dept., Govt. of India. Contemp.  #64513
[HLMainPic] Scarce record of the Brigade's campaign in Italy 1944-45. Units in the brigade included battalions of 6th, 8th & 10th GR. VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
The Iron Duke: The Regimental Magazine of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding). Vols. XV-XXIII, 1939-1947. Run of 27 issues covering WW2, Vol. XV, No. 42, Feb. 1939-Vol. XXIII, No. 68, Oct. 1947, each annual Volume c.200pp., so some 1800+pp in all, with photos., sketches, &c. For the Regiment. Contemp.  #64609
[HLMainPic] Containing the customary regimental news, historical articles (inc. extracts from diaries &c. of participants in earlier campaigns), Army Lists extracts, various named group photos., obituaries, &c. These wartime issues also containing news & reports from battalions on various Fronts overseas inc. Middle East, NW Europe & Burma, plus citations for awards & articles by officers on various operations & events. An excellent source on the regiment during the Second World War. VG throughout. All issues in orig. dec. wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £275
Headquarters 154 Infantry Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., oblong. 4to, 25 leaves, 9 orig. photos., 2 fldg. maps. Printed by Hans Meyer, Horneberg, Germany. 1946  #59151
[HLMainPic] 154 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division consisted of 1st & 7th Black Watch & 7th Argylls. A brief history of the brigade from Alamein to VE Day, plus Roll of Hon. of Bde. HQ, real photo. illus. of last two GOCs (North-West Europe campaign), named groups of officers, NCOs, admin. staff, signals &c. Orig. orange wraps., titled in black, somewhat worn, about VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
The Second World War 1939-1945 Royal Air Force: Escape From Germany. C.D. 1073. Promulgated for information & guidance to all concerned. By Command of the Air Council. 1st Ed., viii+351pp., 8 plates, fldg. map. Issued by the Air Ministry (A.H.B. [Air Historical Branch]). 1951  #64389
[HLMainPic] CONFIDENTIAL official record, no. 94 of 300 copies printed. Contains three parts, Part I - The Organisation, includes chapters on Prisoner's Psychology; The Problem of Escape; The Organisation of Escape; Intelligence; Forgery; Mapping; Food; Clothing; Tools; Security & German Counter-measures. Part II - Escapes from Prisoner of War Camps, includes chapters on escapes from various camps, compiled with the assistance of many (named airmen &c.), together with chapters on Reprisals & Murder. Part III - Evacuation & Release, contains an account of the plight of PoW after the invasion of France: the march to the eastwards, &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front & sp. titling dull as always o/w VG & rare, the original CONFIDENTIAL notes on title page scored through & annotated in ink "RESTRICTED" (evidently downclassified at some point). A most interesting record. See illustrations on our website.   £375
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Totalize: 2 Canadian Corps Operations Astride the Road Caen-Falaise 7-8 August 1944. 1st Ed., x+65pp., foolscap, 10 photos., 9 of 10 maps (end-pocket map lacking). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR & with the assistance of The Canadian Amy Historical Section. Sept. 1947  #63545
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced, also a short account by Kurt Meyer, commander of 12 SS Panzer Div. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the air plan & the part played by 51 (H) Div with particular reference to:- (a) The use of armoured personnel carriers; (b) Maintenance of direction during a night advance. 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. This edition supersedes that of June 1947 & contains 10 photo. plates not present in the previous version. This copy, however, lacks the end-pocket map, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £225
Streatham's 41. 2nd Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 52pp., several dozen photos., map in text. Published in aid of the Streatham Comforts Fund. nd [1945]  #61816
[HLMainPic] Detailed record of the 41 V-1 flying bombs (Doodlebugs) that fell on Streatham over a two month period during the summer of 1944. Contains full details of each of these, describing their effect & how the Civil Defence services dealt with them & their awful effects. Includes a map showing where each one fell. The 41 bombs caused almost 1000 casualties & damaged around 17,000 properties. Well illustrated, attractive & rare record of the V-1 offensive, plus details & roll of local CD wardens & their duties, &c. See illustration on our website.   £25
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Bluecoat. 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944. Spectator's Ed., xi+49pp., foolscap, 12 photos., 6 maps (5 bound-in, 1 in endpocket), 2 fldg. aerial photos. Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #59133
[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 (600 copies printed of this edition, which supersedes the June 1947 Edition: the principal difference being the addition of photos.). See illustration on our website.   £275
Taurus Pursuant: A History of 11th Armoured Division. 1st Ed., [viii]+vi+118+8+44pp., num. photos. & sketches, 17 fldg. maps, ep maps. VG in dw. AP&SS, BAOR. 1946  #63593
[HLMainPic] North-West Europe campaign 1944-45, Roll of Hon. (listed by units). Well illustrated. Orig. blue cloth, VG in dw, nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £45
History of the 6th Perthshire Battalion Home Guard (Perth City Battalion). 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 63pp. Perth: Printed by Milne, Tannahill & Methven Ltd. 1945  #64510
[HLMainPic] Organisation & work of the unit, rolls of officers, various individuals mentioned by name in the text. Orig wraps., little stained, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
Representative Enemy & Allied Aircraft: Comparative Performance & Characteristics. TAIC [Technical Air Intelligence Center] Manual No. 2. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [iii]+47pp., silhouettes of aircraft throughout. Anacostia, DC: Issued by the Division of Naval Intelligence by Combined Personnel of United States & British Services for the Use of Allied Forces. Oct. 1944  #45136
CONFIDENTIAL (& next to this ink stamped RESTRICTED) contemp. intelligence report contains technical spec. of around 120 types of British, German, American & Japanese aircraft, i.e. presumably just about all then in service (from fighters such as the Spitfire to heaviest bombers like the Superfortress), with details such as Speed-Climb-Ceiling, Range, Take-Off, Engines, Dimensions, Armament, Protection (armour), Fuel, &c, plus front, side & top silhouettes of each aircraft. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £50

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