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BICKERSTETH (Anthony Charles, sometime Major 4/10 GR) ODTAA: Being Extracts from the diary of an Officer who served with the 4/10th Gurkha Rifles in Manipur & Burma. With Foreword by Gen. Sir Douglas Gracey, former GOC 20th (Indian) Div. 1st Ed., xvi+258pp., portrait frontis., 18 maps (some fldg.). Privately printed at The Aberdeen Univ. Press. 1953  #58782
[HLMainPic] Tony Bickersteth was commissioned from OCTU in 1941 & volunteered for India: he was posted to 4th Bn. 10th Gurkha Rifles, then training in Ceylon, in May that year & served with the famous 20th (Indian) Division throughout its active servive in Assam & Burma from 1943-45 apart from a short period from May-July 1944 recovering from wounds. He commanded "C" Coy. un til wounded & "B" Coy. on his return. The bn. first patrolled the Kabaw Valley & fought in the Battle of Imphal, then advanced south to take part in the Irrawaddy Crossing (notably the ferocious fighting at Talingon in the bridgehead area) & on to Prome & almost Rangoon. The author maintained a diary on active service which he augmented & wrote up on his return to England, intending to pass it over to the regimental historian as source material. However, the book serves as an excellent battalion history in its own right. It was privately published by his father after his tragic death, killed by a lightning flash in the Savoy Alps in 1948. The first part of the title stands for One Damn Thing After Another. Orig. green cloth, gilt, very sp. sl. rubbed o/w VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125
WALKER (Col. T.N.) Through the Mutiny: Reminiscences of Thirty Years Active Service & Sport in India, 1854-83. 1st Ed., xi+203pp., portrait frontis., 11 plates. Gibbings. 1907  #60119
[HLMainPic] Officer of the 60th N.I. when they mutinied, joined the 2nd Bengal Fusiliers at Delhi & the campaign in Rohilcund. Ladendorf 414. Also served in Assam & Burma (notably Naga Hills campaign of 1879 inc. siege of Kohima). Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & rare See illustration on our website.   £220

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