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Second World War Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   133 Books
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Philip Scott. Born 13 August 1915; Died 31 May 1942. 1st Ed., [v]+50pp., portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation at the Cambridge Univ. Press. 1943  #53271
[HLMainPic] Scott was Ed. at Gresham's School & Oriel College, Oxford then read for the Bar in London. In 1938 he obtained a commission in the Queen's Westminster Rifles & was posted to the 1st Bn. KRRC in Libya in the summer of 1939. Became Bn. IO & later ADC to Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, then GSO 3 (Intelligence) before returning to his bn. in early 1942 until mortally wounded handling anti-tank guns in action when the Coy. he was commanding was attacked. He was captured, taken to a German dressing station which was in turn overrun by the British & he died in a British ambulance. Includes biographical notes followed by extracts from letters & diaries in Middle East (inc. escape from Greece to Crete in a caique in May 1941), siege of Tobruk, &c. Orig. dec. rifle green cloth, minor wear, about VG, with tipped-in Times obit., letter from his mother & printed memorial service programme, later ownership inscrip. & numerous marginal annotations by another member of his battalion. See illustration on our website.   £65
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
Secret. GHQ ME Survey Discussion, Cairo, 18-19 May 1943. Directors: MGRA, DMT, DD Survey. Rare original report, 26pp., foolscap, dup. typescript stapled into card wraps. with title to front. MT1, GHQ, MEF. Contemp.  #53505
[HLMainPic] Report of a conference on Survey held at Cairo including: The Organisation & Working of a Recce Wing, Western Desert Air Force Alamein to Tunis (Notes from a lecture by Maj. R.E. Ferens, GII [Air] Eighth Army); The Deployment of RA & RE Survey Units (Notes from a lecture given by Lt.-Col. J.T. Whetton, OC 4 Survey Regt. RA); Information from Air Photographs (Notes from a lecture by Capt. R.R. Dalton, OC, AAPIU [Western Desert Det.] - "It has been conclusively proved that air photos. can supply so much information not avilable from other sources that the establishment of the AAPIU Eight Army has been increased from 3 officer interpreters to 11 offrs & a number of draughtsmen & clerks. In the near future the establishment will be doubled. Air photos are required at all stages of a campaign - from planning to assault, & the subsequent exploitation. The best results have been obtained from decentralisation" &c.). Further sections detail the use & dissemination of information from air photos., preparation of defence overprint maps, map distribution in 8th Army. No indication of number of copies printed/distributed, but stated SECRET & evidently for the use of the small number of officers engaged in this work so doubtless a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £225
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
51st (Highland) Division War Memorial St. Valery-en-Caux. Unveiled, 10th June, 1950; Dedicated, 11th June, 1950. 1st Ed., 32pp., oblong 4to, 8 photos. Aberdeen Journals. 1951  #54817
[HLMainPic] Details of memorial unveuiling &c,., with nominal roll of Guard of Honour &c. Text loose in orig. blue cloth, titled in red to front. See illustration on our website.   £20
Highway 16 Courier: Area Sports Committee Newsheet. Vol. 1, No.1, 12th October 1944 [and] Vol. I, No. 27, 11th November 1944. The first & a later issue of German propaganda sheets directed towards allied troops in Italy, each consisting of a single printed leaf, No. 1 being 30x20cm approx. & No. 27 42x32cm approx. Contemp.  #52204
[HLMainPic] Nazi propaganda publications printed in English & purporting to be official newsheets distributed free to troops. Cleverly, but not too convincingly, they headline with anti-German reports: "Nazis Shoot Aachen Deserters" & "Patton's Men Near Nazi Frontier," but within them are various smaller "news" reports intended to lower morale, e.g. "Italian prisoners of war at a Lincolnshire camp have gone on strike because they were put on the same sandwich ration as their British guards instead of having a hot midday meal" & "Many public houses at home are showing 'no beer' signs on two or three nights a week - but several of the teetotal organisations are out to see that the sign shall apply to the entire country. They plan to launch a great 'Make Britain Dry' campaign as soon as the war ends..." Both issues ex-IWM lib., laid down or archival tissue, VG thus & scarce survivals. See illustration on our website.   £45
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
Geographical Handbook Series, For Official Use Only. Algeria. February 1943/May 1944. 2 Vols., B.R. 505 & B.R. 505A (Restricted), 1st Eds., xi+311pp., frontis. & 67 other photos., 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket, 51 maps & diagrams in text & xiv+500pp., frontis. & 121 other photos., fldg. map in endpocket, 75 maps & diagrams in text. Naval Intelligence Division. 19431944  #51544
[HLMainPic] Detailed & extensively illustrated work compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division. Orig. cloth, VG with some pencil annotation & ownership inscrips. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £50
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

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