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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   112 Books
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Headquarters 154 Infantry Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., oblong. 4to, 25 leaves, 9 orig. photos., 2 fldg. maps. Printed by Hans Meyer, Horneberg, Germany. 1946  #59151
[HLMainPic] 154 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division consisted of 1st & 7th Black Watch & 7th Argylls. A brief history of the brigade from Alamein to VE Day, plus Roll of Hon. of Bde. HQ, real photo. illus. of last two GOCs (North-West Europe campaign), named groups of officers, NCOs, admin. staff, signals &c. Orig. orange wraps., titled in black, somewhat worn, about VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
D Day to VE Day 294 Field Company, RE, 6 June 44-5 May 45. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 24pp. Arnsberg: F.W. Becker. nd (c.1945)  #62189
[HLMainPic] Rare but of limited value containing just a 2pp. statement of the Company's movements 1944-45 (with the 49th Div.) followed by Roll of Hon (killed, wounded, battle accidents &c.), awards, rolls of all ranks (many with home address). VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
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
Prisoner of War: The First Authentic Account of the Lives of British Prisoners of War in Enemy Hands. 1st Ed., 28pp., photos. throughout, map (showing locations of PoW camps in Germany, Italy &c.). Horace Marshall & Sons Ltd. on behalf of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross. [1942]  #62029
[HLMainPic] Description of types of camps, rights of prisoners, food, conditions &c., plus good selection of photos. & map showing locations of the various camps. Little chipped, VG, with loosely inserted BRCS leaflet of guidance on how to send parcels to PoW, wat may be included, &c. See illustrations on our website.   £20
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
Arnhem Lift: Diary of a Glider Pilot. 3rd imp., 96pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Pilot Press. 1945  #61272
[HLMainPic] Eyewitness account of 1st Airborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
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].  #61045
[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. Stain to front o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
The Red Lanyard: The Magazine of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. Vol. 2, No. 2, May 1946-Vol. 2, No. 12, December 1946. Eleven issues bound together, 264pp., num. photos., cartoons, sketches, maps. Detmold: Herman Bosmann. 1946  #60869
[HLMainPic] Attractive & scarce journal containing regimental news, sports, &c., account of an Italian Battlefield Tour, WW2 Rolls of Honour. Many amusing period cartoons, some interesting photos. (inc. unfinished Panther tanks in a Hannover factory), a photo-story "Day in the Life of a Trooper" & more. Attractive orig, dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £75
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

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