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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   115 Books
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The Royal Engineers Sixth Armoured Division. 1st Ed., 132+[32]pp., photos. & maps. Padova: Tipografia Antoniana. 1946  #60587
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED history published locally, for private circulation only, at the end of the war in Italy. Interesting photos. inc. dealing with booby traps &c. Includes North Africa & Italy (Monte Cassino, Garigliano, Gothic Line &c.) + War Diary extracts 1944-45. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue full morocco, VG in orig. blue paper-covd. card slipcase with loosely inserted slip "With the compliments of Lt. Col Morris & All Ranks... Padova, Italy, 30 June 1945." See illustration on our website.   £90
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 Aorborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
The History of the 4th Worcestershire (Evesham) Battalion Home Guard. [Parts I & II:] May, 1940 to January 1st, 1943 [and] January 1st, 1943, to December 31st, 1944. 1st Eds., orig. dec. card wraps., 12 & 16pp. 4 illus. Evesham: Journal Press. Contemp. 1944  #52827
[HLMainPic] Rare two-part history inc. roll & named group photo. of the officers, &c. VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1946), paper label at foot of sp. & neat IWM withdrawn stamps inside rear covers. See illustration on our website.   £90
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.   £45
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
153 Infantry Brigade in the Sicilian Campaign. Contemp. operational report, [iii]+108pp., foolscap., dup. typescript, 6 fldg. maps bound in at end.  #59950
[HLMainPic] A highly detailed report of the 153 (Black Watch & Gordon) Infantry Brigade of the 51st (Highland) Division during the short campaign in Sicily, July-August 1943, complete with 6 fldg. maps (cut-down sections of contemp. operational maps). Copy No. 25 of unknown total, this the "Personal Property of Major H. Dunn" & Preface states: "The following account of the operations of 153 Brigade in the Campaign in SICILY in 1943 was compiled immediately after the island had been conquered & was completed by the end of August of that year. The final draft was made out by me [Brigadier H. Murray, commanding 153 Bde.] & was subsequently checked by Battalion Commanders & others... The number of copies that could be printed was necessarily few as the amount of paper available for printing was small. The copies that have been issued are entirely personal copies for the exclusive use of the recipients... It is to be regretted that maps could not be made available for all copies..." But note, all the maps listed in the Contents are present in this copy. Contents retained with cord in orig. contemp. card folder with small typed title label to front. An important contemp. document & self evidently rare. See illustrations on our website.   £750
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
No. 2 Mechanical Equipment (Transportation) Units Royal Engineers: D Day to VE Day. Dec. oblong 4to cloth, 67pp. tied-in inc. numerous photo. plates, fldg panoramas &c., tables. Printed by Riddle, Smith & Duffus Ltd., London. nd (c.1945).  #59449
[HLMainPic] Excellent depiction of work in the North-West Europe Campaign. Duties included "everything to do with Railways, Ports & Inland Water Transport. It must provide the Army overseas with the bulk Transportation it requires from... unloading point until the stores or personnel are finally delivered at rail head or water head..." Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 1948-9. Orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1948  #60029
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Bromley Home Guard: A History of the 51st Kent Battalion. By L.D.V. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [iv]+80pp., 23 photos., 2 cartoons. Printed by the Sun Engraving Co., Ltd. nd [1945].  #52682
[HLMainPic] Rare & detailed history with several interesting photos. & 2 cartoons reproduced from the unit's magazine, 'The Willing Horse.' Named group photo. of officers. Nominal roll (showing, interestingly, that a total of 3420 individuals served in the ranks between 1940-44, plus 81 in the 'Electricity Unit'), roll of officers & their appointments, 1941-44, & roll of members who joined regular forces. VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1945), paper label at foot of sp. & small, neat IWM 'withdrawn' stamp inside rear cover. VG. See illustration on our website.   £75

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