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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   134 Books
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An Appraisal of Wartime Training of Individual Specialists in Army Air Forces. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 51pp. Washington: Headquarters Army Air Forces, Training Division. June 1946  #45134
[HLMainPic] Aircrew selection & training in the USAAF in WW2. Staples rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Story of the 2/4th Battalion The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1939-1946. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 90pp., map. Printed by Adlard & Son, Dorking.  #59958
[HLMainPic] Campaigns in France 1940, Tunisia, Italy (inc. Salerno) & Greece. Roll of Hon., awards & officers. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £120
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. Muarry, 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 copiess..." 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 History of Thr 107 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (King's Own) June 1940-February 1946. 1st Ed., 93pp. Lengerich, Westfalia: Printed by Bischof & Klein. nd (c.1946)  #59949
[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, emberked 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. See illustration on our website.   £220
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
Handbook on Supply & Transport Services (East Africa Forces). Orig. printed wraps., 44pp. Printed by the Directorate of Army Printing & Stationary Services, Addis Ababa. nd (c.1940)  #59448
[HLMainPic] Authority for Issue: D.D.S.T., E.A. Force H.Q. "The object of this handbook is to outline in principle the duties, organisation & responsbilities of the Supply & Transport Services in the East Africa Forces, which are based on the principles laid down in the Field Service Regulations & RASC Training, modified to meet the requirements of local conditions & the theatre of operations." VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
Hertfordshire Field Gazette: Italian Campaign, Aug. 1944-Jan. 1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., v+105pp. No imprint, but printed in Italy. 1945  #59412
[HLMainPic] 1st Bn. Hertfordshire Regiment, 66th Inf. Bde., 1st British Div., during the Batle of the Gothic Line &c. Includes casualty lists by Coy., KiA, wounded, missing &c. Orig. dec. wraps., little creased & wor, about VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
Concise Official History of the 2nd Battalion The Glasgow Highlanders, Highland Light Infantry. 1st Ed., 40pp., 7 photos. Prepared & published for private circulation only at Lubeck, British Military Zone, Germany. March 1946  #59381
[HLMainPic] 2nd Glasgow Highlanders, HLI (TA), with 15th (Scottish) Div. in NW Europe 1944-45, from Normandy to Germany. Roll of officers at embarkation (showing coy., &/or appointment), Roll of Hon., awards. Attractive & very rare history distributed privately for officers & men of the bn., not for sale to the public. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with black cloth backstrip. VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
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
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

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