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Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945 Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945   5 Books
CROMPTON (Col. R.E.) Reminiscences. 1st Ed., xv+238pp., 8 plates. Constable. 1928  #59262
[HLMainPic] Crompton was a regular officer in the Rifle Brigade from 1864-78, also an engineering genius & inventor who enjoyed great success in business after leaving the army. Most of the book concerns his career up to 1914 then a chapter details his role on the Landship Committee: "...Mr Churchill asking me to design a landship or armoured vehicle to carry a trench-taking detachment of seventy men... It was most important that this design should be hurried forward... The armour plate was the first immediate problem...&c." Crompton's work in devising the very first tank is discussed in some detail. Fine contemp. full black morocco, gilt, presentation binding of the Institution of Electrical Engineers with 'The Crompton Premium' proze bookplate. VG.   £75
DIXON (Alec) Tinned Soldier: A Personal Record, 1919-1926. 1st Ed., 314pp. VG in chipped dw. Jonathan Cape. 1941  #59288
[HLMainPic] Peacetime soldiering in the ranks of the Royal Tank Regt., "with all its miseries & benefits." Author enlisted for seven years in June 1919: T.E. Lawrence served in the ranks alongside him & became a good friend. A useful account of the army winding down after WW1 & the public's attitude towards soldiers. Orig. cloth, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £75
MUHLHAUSER (G.H.P., Lt., RNR) Small Craft. 1st Ed., xv+268pp., 44 photos. Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1920  #59646
[HLMainPic] Service on minesweepers & "Q" Ships from 1914 onwards, & commanding a hydroplane trawler in 1918. Orig. brown cloth, blindstamped & titled in black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
MURRAY WILSON (G.) Ed. Fighting Tanks: An Account of the Tank Corps in Action 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 250pp., 24 photos. VG in dw. Seeley. 1929  #59255
[HLMainPic] Collaborative account edited by the former Senior Chaplain to the Royal Tank Corps, including contributions by Maj.-Gen. Sir Hugh Elles, J.F.C. Fuller, Cdr. Locker-Lampson, Lt.-Col. Elliott Hotblack, DSO, MC, & many other officers & NCOs of the regiment, including the Battles of the Somme, Passchendaele, Cambrai, Amiens & other 1918 battles, & more. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine in VG, attractive & scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £245
WILLIAMS-ELLIS (Major Clough, MC, & A.) The Tank Corps. Intro. by Maj.-Gen. H.J. Elles, CB, DSO. 1st USA Ed. 421pp., portrait frontis. (Hugh Elles), 35 photos., several diagrams, fldg. map. VG in dw. NY: Doran. 1919  #59260
[HLMainPic] Valuable early history of the Corps: "...a short but clear history of the tank from the time of its conception in the minds of numerous inventors to the end of the War. Major Williams-Ellis reacches the conclusion that, 'every other factor being cancelled out, the fact that the French & the English possessed tanks & the Germans did not was just enough to win the last war for the Allies." - Falls. Neatly complements other contemp. histories & memoirs. Orig. red cloth, titled in red to front & sp., VG in neatly repaired & scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £125


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