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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   128 Books
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Incidents with the Seventh Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry in France & Germany from June 1944 to June 1945. 1st Ed., 74pp. No imprint/date [Germany, c.1946].  #61045
[HLMainPic] Anonymous account (by "B" Coy. commander) which conveys well the confusion in Normandy & the bleak outlook. With the arrival of an effective CO the bn's. confidence returned but days later he was killed. A third CO was killed within a few more days then the author was wounded at Mont Pincon & evacuated to the UK. Rejoined in 1945 in time for the Rhine crossing & final operations. Contemp. red cloth, blind, no publication details but evidently manufactured in Germany c.1945-46. Stain to front o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
A.F.V. Recognition. Part 1: British & Allied Turreted A.F.Vs. Orig. buff printed wraps., 271pp., numerous photos. & sketches. War Office. Jan. 1943  #63916
[HLMainPic] Details & illustrations of many AFVs. This copy with various amendments/additions pasted in, somewhat serviceworn, sound. Ownership inscrip. of M.H.H. Bayley, Recce Corps. See illustrations on our website.   £25
India. Churachandpur. 1:25,000. 2nd Edition. July 1944. Fldg. paper map, 62x50cm. Printed by 66 Rep. Group. April 1944  #63908
[HLMainPic] An example of the excellent 2.53 inches to one mile series of maps produced in SEAC during the war in Burma, Surveyed by Survey HQ 4 Corps from air photographs taken in April 1944. The two main operational map scales employed in Burma were the one inch to the mile series & this more detailed series. Both covered all the operational areas in Burma. Both series' are scarce, but particularly this more detailed series. The map here offered includes a seven-and-a half miles stretch of the Imphal-Tiddim road from around 32 miles south of Imphal down to Thinkangphai. Adjacent to the road, two miles to the west of it, is Churchandpur: "a Japanese staging post rather like a mini-Kohima. Here the supplies coming up the road from Tiddim were delivered to the rear echelon transport of the forward formations. They were carried as far forward as possible in trucks & then switched to mules for the units in the hills." (vide, Burma: The Turning Point, [Maj.-Gen.] Ian Lyall Grant [MC], a fine account of the battle by a participant in these events.) The area was much fought over by units of 17th (Indian) Div. in May 1944. Generally VG, several square inches torn away from border of lower left corner, but not affecting the map itself. See illustration on our website.   £60
The Gordon Highlanders in Pictures 1940-1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 60pp., approx. 80 photos. Glasgow: Wilson, Guthrie & Co. nd (c.1946)  #63899
[HLMainPic] A fine selection of photos. of the Gordons at war on all Fronts. Covs. sl. chipped, stapled rusted, generally sound, VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £45
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. 1990  #63885
[HLMainPic] Scarce facsimile of rare original 1945 HMSO listing. Good quality hardback, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
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
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
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
The London Irish at War: A History of the Battalions of the London Irish Rifles in World War II. 1st Ed., 222pp., num. photos. several maps. Published on behalf of the London Irish OCA. 1949  #63431
[HLMainPic] North Africa, Sicily & Italy. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. green cloth, silver gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
Order of Battle of the German Army. Issued Under the Authority of the Director of Military Intelligence. Orig. buff printed wraps., 148pp., fldg. map (of German, showing Corps & Div. HQs). War Office. June 1942  #63294
[HLMainPic] Not to be Published. This Document Must Not Fall into Enemy Hands. Detailed order of battle (plus various explanatory notes) inc. sections on Motos Cycle Batalions, Waffen SS, Infantry Motorised & Light Divisions, Cavalry, Artillery &c. Nice clean example & rare survival. 1000 copies printed of this edition, April 1943. See illustration on our website.   £145

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