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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   172 Books
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The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando: The History of the Unit from its Formation in August 1943 until it Returned from Germany in June 1945. Written by the Officers & Published Privately for Members of the Unit & Their Relatives. 1st Ed., 84pp., 5 photos., 4 maps. Printed by McCorquadale & Co., London. 1946  #59380
[HLMainPic] Rare privately published history. Orne Bridghead & onwards. Roll of Hon., awards &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £225
Black Cat Division: An Account of the Achievements of the Famous 17th Indian Division in Burma during the Second World War. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #59490
[HLMainPic] Inc. 1942 retreat, Tiddim Road & Imphal, Meiktila &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Golden Arrow: The Story of the 7th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 48pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #59492
[HLMainPic] Illustrated record of the the division's exploits in Burma. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Red Eagles: The Story of the 4th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #59494
[HLMainPic] Illustrated record of the the division's exploits in Tunisia, Italy & Greece. 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
Prisoners of War, British Army, 1939-1945: Alphabetical Nominal Registers of Over 107,000 British Army Prisoners of War of All Ranks Held in Germany & German Occupied Territories. Reprint, approx. 500pp., 4to. VG in dw. Hayward. 1999  #57963
[HLMainPic] Scarce facsimile of rare original 1945 HMSO listing. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
Teheran to Trieste: The Story of the 10th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 50pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #59495
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Iraq & Syria, North Africa & Italy inc. Gothic Line, Senio &c. Photo. portraits of approx. 25 officers/award winners. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour: The Seine to the Rhine. Volume I: An Account of the Operations Included in the Tour. Volume II: A Guide to the Conduct of the Tour. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., foolscap, xviii+217pp., 49 photos., 37 maps on 14 fldg. leaves; x+83pp., 31 maps. VG in dws. Chief Engineers British Army of the Rhine. Feb. 1947  #58760
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. "Prepared by HQ 8 AGRE... to enable present & future REs to study certain operations of particular engineer interest in the 1940 Flanders Campaign & in the 1944/45 Campaign in NW Europe..." Fabulous detail on RE aspects of ops. inc. Arnhem, battle of the Rhineland, Rhine Crossing &c. Numerous accounts by participating officers & NCOs. Excellent photos. & exceptional, detailed col. printed maps of operations. Orig. blue qtr. morocco, gilt to front & spines, near fine in dws, & rare. See illustration on our website.   £375
No. 2 Mechanical Equipment (Transportation) Units Royal Engineers: D Day to VE Day. Dec. oblong 4to cloth, 67pp. tied-in inc. numerous photo. plates, fldg panoramas &c., tables. Printed by Riddle, Smith & Duffus Ltd., London. nd (c.1945).  #59449
[HLMainPic] Excellent depiction of work in the North-West Europe Campaign. Duties included "everything to do with Railways, Ports & Inland Water Transport. It must provide the Army overseas with the bulk Transportation it requires from... unloading point until the stores or personnel are finally delivered at rail head or water head..." Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
Handbook on Supply & Transport Services (East Africa Forces). Orig. printed wraps., 44pp. Printed by the Directorate of Army Printing & Stationary Services, Addis Ababa. nd (c.1940)  #59448
[HLMainPic] Authority for Issue: D.D.S.T., E.A. Force H.Q. "The object of this handbook is to outline in principle the duties, organisation & responsbilities of the Supply & Transport Services in the East Africa Forces, which are based on the principles laid down in the Field Service Regulations & RASC Training, modified to meet the requirements of local conditions & the theatre of operations." VG. See illustration on our website.   £125

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