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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   119 Books
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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
History of 7th Armoured Division June 1943-July 1945. 1st Ed., [v]+171pp., num. photos., 11 fldg. maps in end pocket. AP&SS, BAOR.  #62445
[HLMainPic] Excellent contemp. account: Italy then North-West Europe campaign 1944-45. Well illustrated & excellent fldg. maps in end-pocket. Orig. grey cloth, titled in red, little chipped, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
The Vatican & Nazism. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 24pp. Protestant Truth Society. nd (c.1942)  #62373
[HLMainPic] Scarce polemic alleging - with evidence of one kind or another - conspiracy between Rome/Berlin in furtherance of Nazism. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Arctic War: Norway's Role on the Northern Front. Issued for the Royal Norwegian Govt. Information Office. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 64pp., photos. throughout, several maps. HMSO. 1945  #62366
[HLMainPic] Work of Norwegians in exile in Iceland, Spitzbergen &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £12
Before We Go Back: A Pictorial Record of Norway's Fight Against Nazism, both inside & outside the Country. Issued for the Royal Norwegian Govt. Information Office. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 64pp., photos. throughout, several maps. HMSO. 1944  #62365
[HLMainPic] The German occupation of Norway following the brief campaign in 1940. VG. See illustration on our website.   £12
Works of Art in Italy: Losses & Survivals in the War. Part I: South of Bologna [Together with:] Part II: North of Bologna. Together with Regional Summaries & a Supplement to Part I. Both 1st Eds., orig. dec. wraps., iv+80pp. & iv+209pp., each with numerous photo. plates. HMSO. 1945/1946  #62346
[HLMainPic] Compiled from War Office Reports by The British Committee on the Preservation & Restitution of Works of Art, Archives, & Other Material in Enemy Hands. These two works contain much detail on the works of art in various locations, churches & other buildings, historical remains, items held in museums, &c. Both VG in orig. dec. wraps., well illustrated & detailed. See illustrations on our website.   £35
Pacific Counterblow: The 11th Bombardment Group & The 67th Fighter Squadron in The Battle for Guadalcanal. An Interim Report. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., vi+56pp., several photos. & maps. Washington: HQ Army Air Forces. 1945  #62136
[HLMainPic] Scarce original CONFIDENTIAL edition. Describes ops. in 1942 based on operational records "abridged & edited in order to provide for combat personnel in all theaters a succinct summary of the planning & execution of the Guadalcanal operations..." VG ex-reference lib. See illustration on our website.   £20
The Battle of Steel: A Record of the British Iron & Steel Industry at War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [ii]+54pp., photos. throughout fldg. map. Published by The British Iron & Steel Federation. nd (c.1945)  #62133
[HLMainPic] Organisation & control of wartime production for the manufacture of various armaments & other military needs, from aircraft to shells, armour plate, the Mulberry Harbours &c., & the problems connected therewith in the supply of raw materials, &c. Very nicely illustrated (various weapons, ships, plant &c.) & an excellent, clean copy, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25
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

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