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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   171 Books
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Order of Battle of the German Army. Issued Under the Authority of the Director of Military Intelligence. Orig. buff printed wraps., 148pp., fldg. map (of German, showing Corps & Div. HQs). War Office. June 1942  #63294
[HLMainPic] Not to be Published. This Document Must Not Fall into Enemy Hands. Detailed order of battle (plus various explanatory notes) inc. sections on Motos Cycle Batalions, Waffen SS, Infantry Motorised & Light Divisions, Cavalry, Artillery &c. Nice clean example & rare survival. 1000 copies printed of this edition, April 1943. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Rise & Fall of the German Air Force (1933 to 1945). RESTRICTED Air Ministry Pamphlet No. 248. 1st Ed., xix+422pp., 100+ photos., 26 maps (some fldg.) & 5 tables. Air Ministry. 1948  #62868
[HLMainPic] Detailed operational history compiled for use in staff college &c., with excellent photos., maps &c. Orig. blue cloth, somewhat serviceworn, generally VG with several ink stamps of No. 34 Maintenance Unit Technical Lib. See illustrations on our website.   £45
A.F.V. Recognition. Part 1: British & Allied Turreted A.F.Vs. Orig. buff printed wraps., 271pp., numerous photos. & sketches. War Office. Jan. 1943  #63916
[HLMainPic] Details & illustrations of many AFVs. This copy with various amendments/additions pasted in, somewhat serviceworn, sound. Ownership inscrip. of M.H.H. Bayley, Recce Corps. See illustrations on our website.   £25
India. Churachandpur. 1:25,000. 2nd Edition. July 1944. Fldg. paper map, 62x50cm. Printed by 66 Rep. Group. April 1944  #63908
[HLMainPic] An example of the excellent 2.53 inches to one mile series of maps produced in SEAC during the war in Burma, Surveyed by Survey HQ 4 Corps from air photographs taken in April 1944. The two main operational map scales employed in Burma were the one inch to the mile series & this more detailed series. Both covered all the operational areas in Burma. Both series' are scarce, but particularly this more detailed series. The map here offered includes a seven-and-a half miles stretch of the Imphal-Tiddim road from around 32 miles south of Imphal down to Thinkangphai. Adjacent to the road, two miles to the west of it, is Churchandpur: "a Japanese staging post rather like a mini-Kohima. Here the supplies coming up the road from Tiddim were delivered to the rear echelon transport of the forward formations. They were carried as far forward as possible in trucks & then switched to mules for the units in the hills." (vide, Burma: The Turning Point, [Maj.-Gen.] Ian Lyall Grant [MC], a fine account of the battle by a participant in these events.) The area was much fought over by units of 17th (Indian) Div. in May 1944. Generally VG, several square inches torn away from border of lower left corner, but not affecting the map itself. See illustration on our website.   £60
The Tiger Kills: The Story of the Indian Divisions in the North African Campaign. 1st HMSO Ed., 195pp., 27 plates, 12 maps. HMSO for Govt. of India. 1944  #65622
[HLMainPic] The 4th & 5th Indian Divisions in North Africa. Orig. dec. wraps. (as issued), sl. chipped, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
The Tiger Triumphs: The Story of Three Great Divisions in Italy. 1st Ed., [viii]+212pp., 53 photos., 6 maps & diagrams. HMSO for Govt. of India. 1946  #65623
[HLMainPic] The 4th, 8th & 10th Indian Divisions in the hard-fought Italian campaign. Orig. wraps. (as issued), VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
The Gordon Highlanders in Pictures 1940-1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 60pp., approx. 80 photos. Glasgow: Wilson, Guthrie & Co. nd (c.1946)  #63899
[HLMainPic] A fine selection of photos. of the Gordons at war on all Fronts. Covs. sl. chipped, stapled rusted, generally sound, VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £45
The Ulster Year Book: The Official Year Book of Northern Ireland, 1947. Published by Authority of the Minister of Finance. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., li+321pp., 7 diagrams, fldg. map. Belfast: HMSO. 1947  #63917
[HLMainPic] The first edition to be issued since 1938, including a special feature covering the period 1939-45: " This is an authoritative & permanent record of Northern Ireland's war effort, ably written by Dr. D.A. Chart, Deputy Keeper of the Records of Northern Ireland." This piece includes details of the wartime activities of local units including 5th Dragoon Guards, battalions of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Royal Ulster Rifles, Royal Irish Fusiliers, North Irish Horse, 8th (Belfast) HAA Regiment, 9th (Londonderry) HAA Regiment, 3rd (Ulster) Searchlight Regiment &c., as well as Civil Defence & Home Guard, Air Raids &c., followed by detailed statements on population, industry & trade, education, Justice & Police, transport, &c. Orig. dec. wraps., VG with smal withdrwn stamp of RCS Lib. & loosely inserted circular letter explaining the reasons for no issues appearing since 1938, &c. See illustration on our website.   £25
The War Diary of H Company 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. printed paper covd. boards, 82pp., ep maps. No imprint, Schleswig, Sept. 1945  #65642
[HLMainPic] Appealing history from landing in Normandy June 1944 with 11th Armd. Div., Hill 112, Bocage &c., through Low Countries to Schleswig on the Baltic. Nominal roll with home addresses, Roll of Hon., awards. Nice clean copy, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour: The Seine to the Rhine. Volume I: An Account of the Operations Included in the Tour. Volume II: A Guide to the Conduct of the Tour. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., foolscap, xviii+217pp., 49 photos., 37 maps on 14 fldg. leaves; x+83pp., 31 maps. Chief Engineer British Army of the Rhine. Feb. 1947  #63949
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. "Prepared by HQ 8 AGRE... to enable present & future REs to study certain operations of particular engineer interest in the 1940 Flanders Campaign & in the 1944/45 Campaign in NW Europe..." Fabulous detail on RE aspects of ops. inc. Arnhem, battle of the Rhineland, Rhine Crossing &c. Numerous accounts by participating officers & NCOs. Excellent photos. & exceptional, detailed col. printed maps of operations. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front & spines, some chipping, rubbing & wear to edges, generally VG with ownership inscrip. & later bookplate of Major J.S. Bartholomew, GM, in Vol. I.. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £250

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