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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   157 Books
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The Tiger Strikes. 1st Ed., xviii+165pp., approx. 70 photos., 7 maps (some fldg.).. Calcutta: DPR of Govt. of India. 1942  #57450
[HLMainPic] The 4th & 5th Indian Divisions in East Africa & Syria 1940-41. Unlike the British edition this includes list of awards, Mentions &c. by units (British & Indian), & around a dozen fine portraits of award winners. Scarce original hardback edition. VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
Christopher Gilbert Ford, 1910-1944: A Memoir. 1st Ed., [iii]+59pp., portrait frontis., 5 plates. Printed for Private Circulation. 1957  #40346
Memoir & letters from the Middle East, KiA Italy 28th Jan. 1944 at Anzio whilst a company commander, 5th Bn. Grenadier Guards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with inscrip. & letter from the subject's brother inserted.   £15
A Short History of the 6th (Caernarvon & Anglesey) Battalion the Royal Welch Fusiliers, North-West Europe June 1944 to May 1945. 1st Ed., xvi+175pp., 54 photos., 18 maps (inc. several fldg.). Caernarvon: Gwenlyn Evans & Son, Printers. 1946  #56110
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed & well-illustrated record from Normandy to the Fatherland in 53rd (Welsh) Div. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & NCOs by coys. on landing in France. Orig. blue cloth, neatly rebound in blue cloth with orig. sp. & front panels laid down, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
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
51st (Highland) Division War Memorial St. Valery-en-Caux. Unveiled, 10th June, 1950; Dedicated, 11th June, 1950. 1st Ed., 32pp., oblong 4to, 8 photos. Aberdeen Journals. 1951  #54817
[HLMainPic] Details of memorial unveuiling &c,., with nominal roll of Guard of Honour &c. Text loose in orig. blue cloth, titled in red to front. See illustration on our website.   £20
The Note-book of a Lieutenant in the Italian Campaign: Robert Dalzell Dillon Thomas, Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards. 1st Ed., [iii]+38pp. Privately printed. nd (c.1946).  #40502
[HLMainPic] Thomas was Ed. at Sherborne & Oxford, joined Grenadier Guards 1942 & KiA in Italy in August 1944. Contains a short memoir, a selection of his poetry, diary extracts during voyage to the Med. & landing at Salerno ("Huge ship... saloons like London restaurants, draughty sitting rooms, very bad loud speakers which broadcast inaudible news bulletins..."). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, very sl. spotting to front o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
Geographical Handbook Series, For Official Use Only. Palestine & Transjordan. December 1943. B.R. 514. 1st Ed., xvi+621pp., frontis., 154 illus., 61 maps & diagrams (+ fldg. map in endpocket). Naval Intelligence Division. 1943  #51542
[HLMainPic] Detailed & extensively illustrated work compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division. Orig. cloth, minor wear, VG with small ink stamps of Arwyn Grammar School & ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £35
An Appraisal of Wartime Training of Individual Specialists in Army Air Forces. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 51pp. Washington: Headquarters Army Air Forces, Training Division. June 1946  #45134
[HLMainPic] Aircrew selection & training in the USAAF in WW2. Staples rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Representative Enemy & Allied Aircraft: Comparative Performance & Characteristics. TAIC [Technical Air Intelligence Center] Manual No. 2. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [iii]+47pp., silhouettes of aircraft throughout. Anacostia, DC: Issued by the Division of Naval Intelligence by Combined Personnel of United States & British Services for the Use of Allied Forces. Oct. 1944  #45136
CONFIDENTIAL (& next to this ink stamped RESTRICTED) contemp. intelligence report contains technical spec. of around 120 types of British, German, American & Japanese aircraft, i.e. presumably just about all then in service (from fighters such as the Spitfire to heaviest bombers like the Superfortress), with details such as Speed-Climb-Ceiling, Range, Take-Off, Engines, Dimensions, Armament, Protection (armour), Fuel, &c, plus front, side & top silhouettes of each aircraft. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
On the Attack of a Gun-Defended Bomber By A Rocket-Bearing Fighter. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [ii]+45pp., diagrams/graphs. Aberdeen, MD: Ordnance Dept. Ballistic Research Labs. 1946  #45138
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED contemp. intelligence report: "examines some aspects of the problem of attack of a gun-defended bomber by a rocket-bearing fighter in a stern attack... the bomber is assumed to be able to fire continuously during the fighter's attack, while the fighter releases a given load of rockets in one or two salvoes, or at a constant rate of fire. For various assumed levels of fire-power for bomber & fighter, the optimum release ranges for the fighter's rockets are determined..." (the reporters having concluded that the most important factor in the fighter hitting its mark was the fighter releasing its rockets at optimum range: "If the rockets are released too soon, the chance of hitting is small. If release is delayed too long, the chance that the fighter will be itself destroyed before it can destroy the bomber is large.") Typed & signed letter from Ord Dept Director at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Field, Alabama, forwarding this report, stapled inside front wrap.. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £65

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