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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   157 Books
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Operations of British, Indian & Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 September 1943 to 2 May 1945. Part V. Administrative Monographs. 4. O2E Papers. IV, Employment of Italian Co-operators (from O2E point of view); V, Handling of Enemy & Surrendered Enemy Personnel After the General Surrender. 1st Ed., approx. 50pp., foolscap, dup. typescript, num. fldg. tables. British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean. nd (c.1945).  #53309
[HLMainPic] Very rare contemp. official & CONFIDENTIAL intelligence report on operations in Italy. This volume contains much detail on employment of Italian PoWs in Pioneers Companies &c.. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £125
The Royal Artillery Commemoration Book 1939-1945. 1st Ed., xl+790pp., large 4to, many excellent photos., drawings & paintings (some col.) throughout, fldg. maps. VG in dw. Bell & Sons, for the RA Benevolent Fund. 1950  #57358
[HLMainPic] Substantial volume containing a wealth of detail on artillery of all forms in all theatres of war, regimental history, personal memoirs, accounts of operations, acts of gallantry &c., extravagantly illustrated. Much of interest + Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, fine in dw & opaque overwrap, in original cardboard box of issue addressed to Mrs Amy E. Maine of Cookham Deane, Berkshire: Mrs Maine was the mother of No. 11401764 Gunner William Albert Stubbles Maine who was killed on 29th Jan. 1945 serving with the 65th (The Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt., RA, who is buried in Mook War Cemetery in the Netherlands. See illustrations on our website.   £95
Atlantic Bridge. The Official Account of R.A.F. Transport Command's Ocean Ferry. 1st Ed., 75pp., photos. & maps. HMSO. 1945  #52964
[HLMainPic] Fairly common work in a series of works produced by HMSO celebrating various aspects of WW2 ops., but a very nice copy bound iin half blue morocco by Birdsall, retaining orig. dec. wraps, near fine with armorial bookplate of Geoffrey Ronald Codrington [ie. Col Sir Geoffrey Ronald Codrington KCVO CB CMG, DSO, OBE, TD] & later ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £10
German Airforce & Aircraft Research: A selection of contemp. material c.1942-45 Official correspondence, translations of articles, reports &c., several hundred pp. in all, original or carbon typescript &c.  #45149
[HLMainPic] Including several German translations of articles which appeared in 'Flight' magazine in 1940 & 1941 (one of them prepared by Messerchmidt A.G., Augsburg, duplicated on their stationary); various technical studies &c. in German language, one or two translations of German documents (e.g. Physiological Problems Which Occur When Firing Aircraft Guns - i.e. the effect on air gunners); several photo. plates of German fighter formations; list of documents evacuated from Messerschmidt A.G. by US Military Analysis Division (carbon ts. on Messerchmidt letterhead); report on US interrogation of German physicist Albrecht Maass, &c., large file. See illustration on our website.   £75
Christopher Gilbert Ford, 1910-1944: A Memoir. 1st Ed., [iii]+59pp., portrait frontis., 5 plates. Printed for Private Circulation. 1957  #40346
Memoir & letters from the Middle East, KiA Italy 28th Jan. 1944 at Anzio whilst a company commander, 5th Bn. Grenadier Guards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with inscrip. & letter from the subject's brother inserted.   £15
Notes on G.S.G.S. Maps of France, Belgium & Holland. December 1943. 52pp. letterpress & maps, +xii & xiv & cxxvi & xv & xiiipp. (Glossary of French Topograpchical Terms & Abbreviations, + Gazetteers of the stated countries), num. maps inset, + several dozen maps & charts (many coloured & fldg.) bound in between the text pages, most reproduced from the original sheets. Foolscap format. GSGS, War Office, December 1943, with SECRET classification & date December 1943 to front. Printed for the War Office. Contemp.  #57281
[HLMainPic] Very rare SECRET contemp. British intelligence material produced by GSGS [Geographical Section, General Staff], the introduction stating: "The object of these notes is to show what maps are available, or will shortly be so, in this area, to describe the material used for their preparation, & to provide certain auxiliary information such as glossaries, gazetteers, & detailed indices. It must be emphasized that the information given in these notes is only accurate to the date to which it applies, December 1943, & that, for instance, new series, new editions of individual sheets, or new town plans may be prepared. In general terms, however, the maps mentioned will be those supplied for operational requirements in this area." The purpose seems to have been to provide examples of maps & comment on their accuracy, possibly for the guidance of maps supply officers at Army, Corps & Div. HQs so that they could select the right type of map for any operation they were planning. There were four volumes in the 'series', this one & others on The Balkans; Germany, Denmark & Central Europe, & Italy, Sicily, Sardinia & Corsica. The volume here presented contains notes on mapping & survey of the stated areas, & how they were carried out by cartographers & survey teams, & some of the historical background of the countries' own surveys, as well as the large selection of maps & plans with detailed notes on their composition & value, lists of sheets in the GSGS Map Library, &c. Orig. paper covd. boards (dec. coloured map, stated to be abstract from GSGS 2957, Europe & Asia 1/4m, Sheet 19, Central Europe, but in fact it is a map of Western Europe in the series!), VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
History of the 4th Bn. The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) in the Campaign in North-West Europe, June, 1944-May, 1945. 1st Ed., 140pp., 14 maps. Taunton: Phoenix Press, For Private Circulation Only in the Somerset Light Infantry. nd  #57150
[HLMainPic] From Normandy to the Elbe inc. Hill 112, Mount Pincon, the assault crossing of the Seine, Cleve, Xanten & Bremen, Rhine Crossing &c. Roll of Hon., awards (inc. citations), rolls of officers & WOs (HQ & Rifle Coys., &c.). Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
A Short History of the 6th (Caernarvon & Anglesey) Battalion the Royal Welch Fusiliers, North-West Europe June 1944 to May 1945. 1st Ed., xvi+175pp., 54 photos., 18 maps (inc. several fldg.). Caernarvon: Gwenlyn Evans & Son, Printers. 1946  #56110
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed & well-illustrated record from Normandy to the Fatherland in 53rd (Welsh) Div. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & NCOs by coys. on landing in France. Orig. blue cloth, neatly rebound in blue cloth with orig. sp. & front panels laid down, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
The Canadian Army at War. No 1: The Canadians in Britain 1939-1944; No. 2: From Pachino to Ortona: The Canadian Campaign in Italy, 1943; No. 3: Canada's Battle in Normandy. 3 Vols., orig. dec. wraps., Nos. 1 & 2 are 2nd Revised Eds., No. 3 is 1st Ed., 172, 160 & 159pp., several col. plates & num. b/w photos. & sketches in each vol., several maps & diagrams (some fldg.). Ottawa: King's Printer. 1946  #55396
[HLMainPic] A very useful & informative contemp. account based on official records, with many good photos. & sketches of Canadian troops in training in the UK, the Dieppe Raid & during operation in Italy & Normandy during 1944. Appealing set of 3 Vols., VG ex-reference lib., little chipped & worn but generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
51st (Highland) Division War Memorial St. Valery-en-Caux. Unveiled, 10th June, 1950; Dedicated, 11th June, 1950. 1st Ed., 32pp., oblong 4to, 8 photos. Aberdeen Journals. 1951  #54817
[HLMainPic] Details of memorial unveuiling &c,., with nominal roll of Guard of Honour &c. Text loose in orig. blue cloth, titled in red to front. See illustration on our website.   £20

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