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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   176 Books
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A Gurkha Brigade in Italy: Story of the 43rd Gurkha Lorried Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., small format (155x115mm), [iv]+32pp., several col. & b/w plates, map, col. plate of formation signs. Bombay, Times of India Press for DPR, War Dept., Govt. of India. Contemp.  #64513
[HLMainPic] Scarce record of the Brigade's campaign in Italy 1944-45. Units in the brigade included battalions of 6th, 8th & 10th GR. VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Bluecoat. 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944. Spectator's Ed., xi+49pp., foolscap, 12 photos., 6 maps (5 bound-in, 1 in endpocket), 2 fldg. aerial photos. Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #59133
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the part played by 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in those operations. 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 (600 copies printed of this edition, which supersedes the June 1947 Edition: the principal difference being the addition of photos.). See illustration on our website.   £275
"It Can Now Be Revealed" More About British Railways in Peace & War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 64pp., photos. throughout. Issued by The British Railways Press Office. 1945  #63974
[HLMainPic] Contains "a more detailed picture" than hitherto of how the various British railway companies "not only carried the workers & raw materials for the construction firstly of war factories & then of the equipment produced in them, but how they actually designed, built & repaired armaments that played no mean part in the Battle of Britain, the North African campaign & in the invasion of Europe. Now too can be revealed their part in sustaining the bomber offensive..." Very nicely illustrated & an excellent, clean copy, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £15

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