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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   175 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].  #58797
[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. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
The North Irish Horse Battle Report: North Africa & Italy. 1st Ed., 108pp., fldg. map. Belfast: Baird. 1946  #58832
[HLMainPic] Tunisia Jan.-May 1943 & Italy (Gothic Line, Senio &c.) from April 1944 in Churchill & Sherman tanks. Roll of Hon., awards, nominal rolls &c. Orig. gilt dec. green cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
24th Guards Brigade Operations August 1944 to May 1945. 76pp., dup. typescript, foolscap., 10 lge. fldg. & cold. maps. Trieste. 1945  #57367
[HLMainPic] SECRET, Copy No. 16 of 200 copies printed at Trieste in July 1945. Excellent contemp. intelligence report on the crossing of the Arno & advance to the Gothic Line by this Brigade, the battles of the Argenta Gap, advance to the Po & the concluding operations of the Bde. in Italy. It consisted of 5th Grenadiers, 3rd Coldstream, 1st Scots Gds., support units (RA, RE &c.) & other units periodically under command such as 4/13 FF Rifs. (Wildes), Royal Natal Carbiniers, &c. Detailed narrative, tabulated casualties, staff lists & a distribution list at the end (just 95 copies accounted for in this list). Orig. printed card wraps. with cloth backstrip, stamped "SECRET" on Contents page together with "16" (i.e. the number of this issue), small, neat IWM withdrawn stamp inside rear cover. VG & of course rare. See illustration on our website.   £475
The Story of the 25th Indian Division: The Arakan Campaign. Orig. dec. wraps., 36pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #57515
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Arakan 1944-45 inc. Myebon, Akyab & the epic Kangaw blockade. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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. 1999  #57963
[HLMainPic] Scarce facsimile of rare original 1945 HMSO listing. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
Wellington Roll of Honour 1939-1945. 1st Ed., ix+249pp., 500+ photo. portraits. For the college. 1949  #58069
[HLMainPic] Detailed obits. & portraits of over 500 soldiers, airmen & sailors from Wellington School who fell in WW2. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25
Dagger Division: Story of the 19th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #58108
[HLMainPic] The only history of the division's exploits in Burma 1944-45 inc. Irrawaddy Crossing, capture of Fort Dufferin, Mandalay &c. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Evasion Map, SECRET, Kra Isthsmus, 19th March 1945. Fldg. paper map, 15x16-inches approx., 1:2000,0000 scale. Prepared by "E" Group, Colombo & Printed by Survey Dept., Main HQ, ALFSEA. 1945  #29665
[HLMainPic] Kota Baru northwards through Thailand to Victoria Point & beyond. Danger Areas, Potential Danger Areas (Probably Patrolled); Safe Areas & Presumed Safe Areas are all identified as well as roads, railways, swamps &c.). The key includes 'Specially Recommended Safe Areas' but there aren't any! VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour: The Seine to the Rhine. Volume I: An Account of the Operations Included in the Tour. Volume II: A Guide to the Conduct of the Tour. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., foolscap, xviii+217pp., 49 photos., 37 maps on 14 fldg. leaves; x+83pp., 31 maps. VG in dws. Chief Engineers British Army of the Rhine. Feb. 1947  #58760
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. "Prepared by HQ 8 AGRE... to enable present & future REs to study certain operations of particular engineer interest in the 1940 Flanders Campaign & in the 1944/45 Campaign in NW Europe..." Fabulous detail on RE aspects of ops. inc. Arnhem, battle of the Rhineland, Rhine Crossing &c. Numerous accounts by participating officers & NCOs. Excellent photos. & exceptional, detailed col. printed maps of operations. Orig. blue qtr. morocco, gilt to front & spines, near fine in dws, & rare. See illustration on our website.   £375
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

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