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Second World War Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   145 Books
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Geographical Handbook Series, For Official Use Only. Morocco. December 1941/October 1942. 2 Vols., B.R. 506 & B.R. 506A (Restricted), 1st Eds., viii+295pp., 27 plates, 2 fldg. maps in end-pocket, 62 maps & diagrams in text & xii+346pp., frontis. & 34 plates, 2 fldg. maps in endpocket, 53 maps & diagrams in text. Naval Intelligence Division. 19411942  #51543
[HLMainPic] Detailed & extensively illustrated work compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division. Orig. cloth, VG but Vol. I lacking frontis. Ownership inscrips. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £40
Team Spirit: The Administration of the 53rd Welsh Division during "Operation Overlord" June 1944-May 1945. 1st Ed., 71pp., oblong. 4to, photos. throughout, map, graphs. Dusseldorf. 1945  #55525
[HLMainPic] The advance though Europe: much interesting detail. VG. See illustration on our website.d   £50
Atlantic Bridge. The Official Account of R.A.F. Transport Command's Ocean Ferry. 1st Ed., 75pp., photos. & maps. HMSO. 1945  #52964
[HLMainPic] Fairly common work in a series of works produced by HMSO celebrating various aspects of WW2 ops., but a very nice copy bound iin half blue morocco by Birdsall, retaining orig. dec. wraps, near fine with armorial bookplate of Geoffrey Ronald Codrington [ie. Col Sir Geoffrey Ronald Codrington KCVO CB CMG, DSO, OBE, TD] & later ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £10
Phrase Book for Air Borne Troops. English-Roman Urdu-Russian-Turkish-Arabic-Persian-Soendanese-Dutch-Malay-Thai-Chinese-Japanese. Orig. blue printed card wraps., 30pp., most leaves fldg. Compiled by the General Staff, India, & Printed by the Feroz Printing Works, Lahore. 1941  #56060
[HLMainPic] Unusual & early Indian Airborne manual containing phrases in the vatious languages noted in the title, e.g., 'hand over your arms,' 'No one may leave this place' &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Bomb Disposal: A WW2 Bomb Disposal Officer's training notes from Royal Engineers Bomb School, Queen's College, Harbourne, Birmingham, c.1940. Stiff covered lined exercise book (with crest of Acton Technical College to front), containing 22pp. detailed ms. notes & skilled technical drawings of various German bombs & their fuzes.  #56467
[HLMainPic] Bomb Disposal officer's training notes, including details of penetration depths of German bombs ("The maximum depth of penetration experienced by Bomb Disposal Units in this country up to the moment has been 60 ft. This depth was reached by a 1,800 kilo bomb in the 'blue clay.'"); bombs in buildings; craters; types of bombs (Thin-walled range designated as "SC" types; Thick-walled range, designated as "SD" types; Screaming & Incendiary bombs); also fuzes (Kruppewerke 17 & 17a; Zoosch 40, &c.). The technical specifications & characteristics are supplemented by superb cutaway drawings, sections, &c., of the various bombs & fuzes. These are beautifully drawn to a high standard. Scarce BD officer's notes as there were never many BD Companies. See illustration on our website.   £85
Arnhem Lift: Diary of a Glider Pilot. 3rd imp., 96pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Pilot Press. 1945  #55663
[HLMainPic] Eyewitness account of 1st Aorborne Div. at Arnhem Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
Highway 16 Courier: Area Sports Committee Newsheet. Vol. 1, No.1, 12th October 1944 [and] Vol. I, No. 27, 11th November 1944. The first & a later issue of German propaganda sheets directed towards allied troops in Italy, each consisting of a single printed leaf, No. 1 being 30x20cm approx. & No. 27 42x32cm approx. Contemp.  #52204
[HLMainPic] Nazi propaganda publications printed in English & purporting to be official newsheets distributed free to troops. Cleverly, but not too convincingly, they headline with anti-German reports: "Nazis Shoot Aachen Deserters" & "Patton's Men Near Nazi Frontier," but within them are various smaller "news" reports intended to lower morale, e.g. "Italian prisoners of war at a Lincolnshire camp have gone on strike because they were put on the same sandwich ration as their British guards instead of having a hot midday meal" & "Many public houses at home are showing 'no beer' signs on two or three nights a week - but several of the teetotal organisations are out to see that the sign shall apply to the entire country. They plan to launch a great 'Make Britain Dry' campaign as soon as the war ends..." Both issues ex-IWM lib., laid down or archival tissue, VG thus & scarce survivals. See illustration on our website.   £45
Philip Scott. Born 13 August 1915; Died 31 May 1942. 1st Ed., [v]+50pp., portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation at the Cambridge Univ. Press. 1943  #53271
[HLMainPic] Scott was Ed. at Gresham's School & Oriel College, Oxford then read for the Bar in London. In 1938 he obtained a commission in the Queen's Westminster Rifles & was posted to the 1st Bn. KRRC in Libya in the summer of 1939. Became Bn. IO & later ADC to Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, then GSO 3 (Intelligence) before returning to his bn. in early 1942 until mortally wounded handling anti-tank guns in action when the Coy. he was commanding was attacked. He was captured, taken to a German dressing station which was in turn overrun by the British & he died in a British ambulance. Includes biographical notes followed by extracts from letters & diaries in Middle East (inc. escape from Greece to Crete in a caique in May 1941), siege of Tobruk, &c. Orig. dec. rifle green cloth, minor wear, about VG, with tipped-in Times obit., letter from his mother & printed memorial service programme, later ownership inscrip. & numerous marginal annotations by another member of his battalion. See illustration on our website.   £65
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
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Third Day: 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944 (Operation Bluecoat). 1st Ed., [vii]+49pp., foolscap, 7 maps (6 bound-in, 1 in endpocket). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #50638
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the part played by 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in those operations. 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 (just 150 copies printed of this edition), with ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe & several ts. foolscap sheets loosely inserted re contemp. training exercise, outlining a situation where, as GOC 15th Div., you have to decide how to alter your plan during the battle to benefit from air support. With list of officers in syndicates during this exercise. See illustration on our website.   £220

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