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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   144 Books
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7th Somerset Battn. Home Guard. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 71pp., ep maps, several sketches. Printed for Private Circulation Only by Bennett Bros., Bristol. nd [1945].  #62556
[HLMainPic] Raising, organisation & training of the unit, which operated between Bristol & Wells, inc. Portishead, Clevedon, Keynsham, Farrington Gurney & Temple Cloud. Rolls of officers. Orig. green dec. card wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
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 Airborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
The Battle of Steel: A Record of the British Iron & Steel Industry at War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [ii]+54pp., photos. throughout fldg. map. Published by The British Iron & Steel Federation. nd (c.1945)  #62133
[HLMainPic] Organisation & control of wartime production for the manufacture of various armaments & other military needs, from aircraft to shells, armour plate, the Mulberry Harbours &c., & the problems connected therewith in the supply of raw materials, &c. Very nicely illustrated (various weapons, ships, plant &c.) & an excellent, clean copy, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25
The Amazing Story of Weapons Made from Waste. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 62pp., illus. throughout. Odhams. nd (c.1942)  #64204
[HLMainPic] Nicely produced & well illustrated booklet explains the benefits of recycling paper, scrap metal, &c., e.g., 5000 tons of salvaged waste paper frees up one ship to carry munitions of war. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
104th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron 1941-1945. 1st Ed., 98pp., col. frontis., approx. 80 portraits & other photos., ep maps. Compiled & Edited at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. January, 1947  #64152
[HLMainPic] Finely illustrated & rare history of the Recce Sqdrn. of this old US Cavalry Regiment, which participated in the campaign in North-West Europe throughout 1945. Nominal rolls &c. Near fine copy, orig. brown cloth, gilt to front & sp. See illustrations on our website.   £90
The History of The 107 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (King's Own) June 1940-February 1946. 1st Ed., 93pp. Lengerich, Westfalia: Printed by Bischof & Klein. nd (c.1946)  #64130
[HLMainPic] 1940 war-raised unit based initially on officers & drafs from King's Own holding battalions, titled 10th (S) Bn. but changed in Jan. 1942 to 151st Reg. Royal Armoured Corps & began to train with tanks; retitled as 107 Regt. early in 1944, embarked for Normany 30th June 1944 & fought in break-out battles, Falaise, advance to the Rhine, &c. Roll of casualties, KiA or DoW, PoWs, roll of awards (with citations) & a number of interesting appendices on various actions. Some time spent with 15th & 51st Scottish Divisions. Orig. dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG & rare with loosely inserted typed slip "With the Compliments of Lt Colonel C.H. Taite and all officers and other ranks of the 107 Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, (King's Own)." See illustration on our website.   £220
Before We Go Back: A Pictorial Record of Norway's Fight Against Nazism, both inside & outside the Country. Issued for the Royal Norwegian Govt. Information Office. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 64pp., photos. throughout, several maps. HMSO. 1944  #62365
[HLMainPic] The German occupation of Norway following the brief campaign in 1940. VG. See illustration on our website.   £12
Front Line Eastbourne: An Illustrated Record of a Famous Holiday Resort under Enemy Air Assualt, & a Tribute to the Stout-Hearted Residents who kept the Flag Flying. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., not paginated, c.80pp., photos. throughout. Printed & Published by T.R. Beckett Ltd., Eastbourne. 1945  #64114
[HLMainPic] Interesting record of the Home Front on the south coast with num. photos. of bomb damage &c. Orig. dec. wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Second World War 1939-1945 Royal Air Force: Escape From Germany. C.D. 1073. Promulgated for information & guidance to all concerned. By Command of the Air Council. 1st Ed., viii+351pp., 8 plates, fldg. map. Issued by the Air Ministry (A.H.B. [Air Historical Branch]). 1951  #64389
[HLMainPic] CONFIDENTIAL official record, no. 94 of 300 copies printed. Contains three parts, Part I - The Organisation, includes chapters on Prisoner's Psychology; The Problem of Escape; The Organisation of Escape; Intelligence; Forgery; Mapping; Food; Clothing; Tools; Security & German Counter-measures. Part II - Escapes from Prisoner of War Camps, includes chapters on escapes from various camps, compiled with the assistance of many (named airmen &c.), together with chapters on Reprisals & Murder. Part III - Evacuation & Release, contains an account of the plight of PoW after the invasion of France: the march to the eastwards, &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front & sp. titling dull as always o/w VG & rare, the original CONFIDENTIAL notes on title page scored through & annotated in ink "RESTRICTED" (evidently downclassified at some point). A most interesting record. See illustrations on our website.   £375
Streatham's 41. 2nd Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 52pp., several dozen photos., map in text. Published in aid of the Streatham Comforts Fund. nd [1945]  #61816
[HLMainPic] Detailed record of the 41 V-1 flying bombs (Doodlebugs) that fell on Streatham over a two month period during the summer of 1944. Contains full details of each of these, describing their effect & how the Civil Defence services dealt with them & their awful effects. Includes a map showing where each one fell. The 41 bombs caused almost 1000 casualties & damaged around 17,000 properties. Well illustrated, attractive & rare record of the V-1 offensive, plus details & roll of local CD wardens & their duties, &c. See illustration on our website.   £25

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