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Official History 1939-1945 Official History 1939-1945   37 Books
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Ministry of Defence (Navy) War With Japan. Vols. I & II, III, IV & V, VI: Background to the War; Defensive Phase; The Campaigns in the Solomons & New Guinea; The South-East Asia Operations & Central Pacific Advance; The Blockade of Japan; The Advance to Japan. 1st Trade Ed., 6 Vols. bound in 4, around 1500pp. in all + 4 accompanying mapcases containing num. fldg. plans &c. HMSO. 1995  #59575
[HLMainPic] First general publication of British Naval Staff Histories of the war in the Far East. which were originally issued for official use only. Includes the war in the Pacific, Singapore & Hong Kong, Burma inc. Arakan ops., Reconquest of Burma &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG (without dws, but panels of dws mounted to eps). Scarce set. See illustration on our website.   £145
The R.C.A.F. Overseas: The Fifth Year. 1st Ed., xviii+404pp., several hundred photos. (inc. many portraits). VG in chipped dw. Toronto: OUP. 1945  #55580
[HLMainPic] Official account of the Royal Canadian Air Force, this volume covering Sept. 1943-Aug. 1944, Bomber Command, invasion of Europe &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, sp. sl. spotted o/w VG in chipped dw. see illustration on our website.   £35
Diagrammatic Representation of Certain Phases of the War. 1st Ed.,, 39pp. coloured charts plus dup. typecsript notes facing. HMSO, for Offices of the Cabinet Chief of Staff Committee: January 1946, Printed by Photographic Branch, Air Ministry, London. 1946  #60192
[HLMainPic] A large, slim volume, 50x40cm approx., with an introductory note explaining that "Within the Offices of the War Cabinet many aspects of the war... have been recorded in graphical form... In this paper the graphs of C.O.S. (44) 938 (O) have been completed to the end of the war in Europe & other subjects have been added which may be of historical interest..." Includes fascinating charts re strengths of the forces, casualties, war production, U-Boats (Estimated Number Available & Operational), Aircraft Production, Flying Bombs, imports & exports, cost of living & more. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, small neat stamps of Kensington Public Libraries facing index page, o/w VG, unmarked & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £125
DONNISON (F.S.V.) British Military Administration in the Far East 1943-46. 1st Ed., xviii+483pp., 8 fldg. & 2 sketch maps. VG ex-lib. in dw. HMSO. 1956  #54418
Burma, Malaya, Indo-China & Indonesia. VG ex-lib. in dw.   £25
DONNISON (F.S.V., CBE) Civil Affairs and Military Government: Central Organization & Planning. 1st Ed., xvii+400pp. VG ex-lib. in dw. HMSO. 1966  #59390
[HLMainPic] The occupation & government of both enemy territories captured & friendly territories liberated. VG ex-lib in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
ELLIS (Major L.F.) Victory in the West. Vol. I: The Battle of Normandy. 1st Ed., xix+595pp., 63 plates, 25 maps (most fldg.), 26 sketch maps. VG in dw. HMSO. 1962  #62036
[HLMainPic] Detailed history of the Normandy invasion & break-out battles. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
FERGUSON (Sheila) & FITZGERALD (Hilde) Studies in the Social Services. 1st Ed., ix+367pp. HMSO. 1954  #54957
A volume in the Civil Series. Welfare of children, problem of illegitimacy, &c. Orig. cloth, VG ex-lib.   £14
FERGUSON (Sheila) & FITZGERALD (Hilde) Studies in the Social Services. 1st Ed., ix+367pp. VG ex-lib. in dw. HMSO. 1954  #52071
[HLMainPic] A volume in the Civil Series. Welfare of children, problem of illegitimacy, &c. Orig. cloth, VG ex-lib. in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
FOOT (M.R.D.) S.O.E. in France: An Account of the Work of the British Special Operations Executive in France 1940-1944. 2nd Imp. (amended), xxvii+550pp., 43 photos., 4 maps in end-pocket. VG in dw. HMSO. 1968  #62038
[HLMainPic] The first Impression was quickly withdrawn when it became the subject of libel accusations & was reissued with alterations to a few pages. Orig. cloth, VG in dw with 2012 Daily Telegraph obit. of the author loosely inserted: M.R.D. Foot was a distinguished historian ed. at Winchester & Oxford. Commissioned in the RA in 1939 he served with Combined Ops. & on the Staff of the Special Air Service Brigade in Normandy where he was captured by the Germans, escaped several times only to be severely beaten by Breton farmers who were unsympathetic to his plight. See illustration on our website.   £45
GUPTA (S.C., MA) Official History of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War 1939-45. History of the Indian Air Force 1933-45. 1st Ed., xx+194pp., 26 photos., 14 maps & charts (10 fldg.). VG in chipped dw. Delhi: Combined Inter-Services Historical Section. 1961  #61730
[HLMainPic] Largely Burma campaign. Roll of awards to IAF officers. Among the scarcer volumes in the excellent Indian official history series. Orig. blue cloth, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £125

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