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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   170 Books
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The History of the 6th (Lanarkshire) Battn. of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) World War II. 1st Ed., 150pp., 6 portraits, 3 plates, 6 maps. VG in dw. No imprint/date [Glasgow: For the Bn., 1946].  #58801
[HLMainPic] NW Europe 1944-45 in 52nd (Lowland) Div., Low Countries, Rhine Crossing &c. Nominal rolls, Roll of Hon. VG in dw & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125
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cloth backstrip, stamped "SECRET" on Contents page together with "16" (i.e. the number of this issue), small, neat IWM withdrawn stamp inside rear cover.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
Over The Rhine: A Parachute Field Ambulance in Germany. Written & Produced by members of 224 Parachute Field Ambulance. 1st Ed., [vii]+61pp., 3 sketch maps. VG in dw. Sarafand, Palestine: The Canopy Press. 1946  #59831
[HLMainPic] 224 Para. Fd. Ambulance in Rhine Crossing &c. with 3rd Parachute Brigade. Interesting details on medical work in action, diagrams of drop zones, nominal roll (noting casualties). Number 116 of 300 copies, privately printed for members of the Field Ambulance only, with an interesting printing history which is recorded in an appendix: "Since the bed of the hand-press measured only 6 by 8 inches only one page alone could be printed at a time. Only one size of type, 12 point Verona roman, was available... there were no small capitals, italics or other accessories... The warmth & climate [of Palestine] also created problems. The wooden platen was highly susceptible to heat & gave varying pressure, while the soft surface of the paper tended to open, & the ink to spread. Printing was therefore confined to mornings & evenings & was completed in six weeks." The result is a very pleasing achievement. Orig. printed card with attractive dec. dw, VG indeed & self-evidently a rare survival. See illustrations on our website.   £245

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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
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
The Story of 46 Division 1939-1945. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 136pp., 4to, 47 photos., 19 maps (most fldg.). Graz: Univ. Book Press "Styria". 1946  #58722
[HLMainPic] Tunisia, Italy & Greece. Detailed contemp. history & rolls of commands & staff, awards. Order of Battle &c. Many good photos. & various coloured maps based on contemp. official sheets. Orig. wraps., first 20 leaves dampstained/marked, overall sound & rather scarce. See illustration on our website.   £60
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Second Day: 2 Canadian Corps Operations Astride the Road Caen-Falaise 7-8 August 1944 (Operation Totalize). 1st Ed., [vii]+71pp., foolscap, 10 maps (9 bound-in, 1 in endpocket). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR & with the assistance of The Canadian Amy Historical Section. 1947  #59134
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced, also a short account by Kurt Meyer, commander of 12 SS Panzer Div. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the air plan & the part played by 51 (H) Div with particular reference to:- (a) The use of armoured personnel carriers; (b) Maintenance of direction during a night advance. 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). See illustration on our website.   £275
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
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
From the Beaches to the Baltic: The Story of "G" Company 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade during the Campaign in North-West Europe. 1st Ed., orig. wraps., [ix]+123pp., map. Aldershot: G&P. 1947  #58807
[HLMainPic] History from landing in Normandy June 1944 with 11th Armd. Div., Hill 112, Bocage &c., through Low Countries to Germany. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95

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