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Regimental History Regimental and divisional histories including the Great War 1914-1918   327 Books
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Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War 1914-19. The Signal Service (France). 1st Ed., xvi+359pp., frontis., 20 drawings/diagrams (some fldg.). Chatham: RE Institution. 1921  #57973
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed survey & history of signals throughout the war on the Western Front. This volume by R.E. Priestley, MC, BA, late Major, RE, who accompanied Shackleton's expedition to the Antarctic in 1907-09 & 1909, & Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-13 as geologist. He was one of Campbell's party who spent seven months marooned in an ice-cave during the austral winter, eating penguin & seal. He was a founder of the Scott Polar Research Institute & Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham University. Commissioned in the RE in 1914 he commanded the 46th (North Midland) Divisional Signal Company 1917-19 & was awarded the Military Cross for the Hindenburg Line in October 1918. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with interesting author inscrip. "W.G. Streets in memory of comradeship in war at the Wireless Training Centre. Raymond Priestley. Birmingham August 1942." See illustrations on our website.   £225
Natal Field Artillery Centenary 1862-1962. Durban, Pietermaritzburg. Orig. dec. card wraps., [iii]+25pp., 25 photos. Printed by The Natal Witness, Pietermaritzburg. Contemp.  #61794
[HLMainPic] Useful & well illustrated short account of the regiment, inc. Roll of Commanding Officers & Roll of Hon. for WW2. "Surprisingly, this is the only free-standing published record of one of South Africa's longest serving units... it fought in the Anglo-Boer War at Elandslaagte & in Northern Natal... Mobilised again in 1914, it took part in the GSWA campaign. In WWII, the NFA saw much action, & suffered many casualties, in the Western Desert... All of this is covered in condensed but useful detail." - Perkins. Covs. little marked, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War 1914-19. Water Supply - France. 1st Ed., 92pp., 37 photos., 41 plates (many fldg.). & 10 fldg. maps. Chatham: RE Institution. 1921  #58515
[HLMainPic] Typically detailed & well-illustrated survey of a crucial aspect of the campaign, in three parts: Organization, Plant & Works, Operations, with excellent photos. & diagrams of equipment &c. including Water Points in Flanders, Water Cart Filling Points, Plan of Trench Water Point &c., with equally impressive maps/diagrams. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. sunned, VG with small IWM withdrawn stamp to rear ep. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War 1914-19. The Signal Service (France). 1st Ed., xvi+359pp., frontis., 20 drawings/diagrams (some fldg.). Chatham: RE Institution. 1921  #61365
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed survey & history of signals throughout the war on the Western Front. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. sunned & little chipped o/w VG with ownership inscrip. of "Joseph Doust. 'Worlston,' Overcliffe, Gravesend, January 1922" & loosely inserted orig. typescript foolscap leaf "Report on Working of Wireless Communication, 56th Division During the Advance Between November 3rd. and 11th. 1918" dated 19/11/1918 & signed by J. Doust, Lieut. R.E., O.C. Signals Wireless Section 56th Division. Also a later ownership inscription. See illustration on our website.   £165
Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War 1914-19. Bridging. 1st Ed., 87pp., num. photos., fldg. drawings, diagrams, sketches & maps. Chatham: RE Institution. 1921  #61367
[HLMainPic] Typically detailed & well-illustrated volume in this series with a history of bridging during operations (as canals, rivers & other obstacles needed to be overcome), also types of bridges, loads &c., with impressive range of photos. & drawings, maps & diagrams. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
Operations of the XIII Corps Between 3rd October & 11th November, 1918. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [ii]+59pp., large fldg. map (detailing the advance of the Corps). Hill & Ainsworth, Ltd., Printers, Stoke & Hanley. nd (c.1919).  #58159
Attractive, rare & detailed account of the Final Advance of Morland's XIII Corps (18th, 25th, 50th & 66th Divisions) inc. actions of Gouy, Le Catelet & Beaurevoir, the forcing of the Selle, passage of the Foret de Mormal & capture of Landrecies, &c. Appendices include Orders of Battle, Engineering & Artillery Notes, tables of captures & troops engaged, &c. Orig. dec. wraps., little spotted, VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion) Record of War Service 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 136pp., 30 plates, map. Glasgow: Clark. 1920  #61444
[HLMainPic] A 'Pals' battalion; F&F 1915-18 (Somme 1/7/16 at Mouquet Farm where Sgt. Turnbull won a VC; Beaumont Hamel; Messines; Passchendaele &c.). Nominal roll, awards. Orig. grey & red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
The 'Second-Seconds' in France: The Story of the 2/2nd City of London Field Ambulance. 1st Ed., 109pp., illus., map. Spottiswoode. 1920  #58146
[HLMainPic] France & Flanders from Feb. 1916, 56th Div., Somme, Arras, 3rd Ypres, Cambrai. Roll of officers, awards, names & addresses of old comrades. Orig. wheat cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
14th Heavy Battery R.G.A. War Diary, List of Honours & Awards to Officers, N.C.O.'s & Men Whilst Serving with the Battery, List of Officers who have Served with the Battery & Battery Roll of Honour. 1st Ed., 108pp., 7 photos., fldg. map (showing positions & dates where the Battery was in action, 1915-1918). Robert Scott. 1919  #58852
[HLMainPic] Contains Battery history, War Diary & various rolls as stated in the title. Roll os casualties includes the wounded, inc. place & nature of wounds; roll of awards includes citations inc. MMs; officers' service roll includes dates of service with unit & other details. Served at the Somme 1916, Arras 1917 &c. Orig. paper covd. boards with title & coloured cloth onlay to front (formation sign), nice copy & scarce, with comp. slip from the OC & Officers loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £120
Regimental Standing Orders & Customs of the East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) 1956. [v]+70pp. + musical scores (regimental march &c.). Beverley: Wright & Hoggard, Minster Press. 1956  #58120
[HLMainPic] Customary regimental orders & instructions; also regimental customs & traditions. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt to front, paper label to sp. VG with ink ownership. inscrip of Lt.-Col. 4 EYR. See illustration on our website.   £20

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