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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   179 Books
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Headquarters 154 Infantry Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., oblong. 4to, 25 leaves, 9 orig. photos., 2 fldg. maps. Printed by Hans Meyer, Horneberg, Germany. 1946  #59151
[HLMainPic] 154 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division consisted of 1st & 7th Black Watch & 7th Argylls. A brief history of the brigade from Alamein to VE Day, plus Roll of Hon. of Bde. HQ, real photo. illus. of last two GOCs (North-West Europe campaign), named groups of officers, NCOs, admin. staff, signals &c. Orig. orange wraps., titled in black, somewhat worn, about VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
Roll of Honour: No. 149 Squadron, No. 3 Group, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force, 1939-1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., [v]+23pp. No imprint/date (c.1980s)  #64873
[HLMainPic] A roll of some 850 airmen, noting their rank & date of death, with a short history of the squadron (they flew Stirling bombers over the Reich) & some loosely inserted research notes. VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
British Railways in Peace & War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 72pp., photos. throughout. Issued by The British Railways Press Office. 1944  #63973
[HLMainPic] Very nicely illustrated account of railways (GWR, LMS, LNER &c.), war work (moving troops, materiel, &c.), expansion, Government Control &c. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £15
"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
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 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 Polar Bear News: Weekly Publication of Forty-Ninth (West Riding) Infantry Division. Two issues: No. 3 (New Series), Neheim, Friday, November 2, 1945; No. 8 (New Series), Neheim, Friday, December 7, 1945, each 8pp. (but the second listed is incomplete), 35x25cm, several photos. & cartoons in each edition. Produced in the Germany. Contemp.  #63951
[HLMainPic] Weekly newsheets printed in Germany containing, inter al, items of divisional news, events, past operations & personalities, for example No. 3 includes a demonstration of V2 rockets at Duxhaven, news of the disbandment of 89 LAA Regt., the Campaign Story of the 2nd Essex: a substantial centre spread recounting the battalion's services in NW Europe 1944-45 with 50th & 49th Divs., inc. roll of awards. Issue no. 8 lacks internal pages. See illustration on our website.   £65
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

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