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Singapore   8 Books
The Colonial Office List 1962. vi+481pp., fldg. map. HMSO. 1962  #63409
[HLMainPic] Details of each territory under Colonial Office control + 100pp. service details of officers. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
DONAHUE (F/L A.G., DFC, RAF) Last Flight from Singapore. 1st Ed., vi+154pp., 13 photos., map. Macmillan. 1944  #58016
[HLMainPic] Fighter pilot based at Tengah aerodrome, Singapore, during the 1941-42 campaign: wounded in the evacuation & posted missing in action later that year in a patrol over the English Channel. Orig. blue cloth, little rubbed & worn, sound. See illustration on our website.   £15
INGLIS (Colin) Singapore to Colombo: The Diary of Major Colin W.A. Inglis, Indian Engineers, 13th February to 5th March, 1942. 1st Ed., 80pp., map. Printed for Private Circulation. 1945  #51685
[HLMainPic] Then a civilian architect in the Public Works Dept. at Singapore, Inglis describes the last days there - even with Jap tanks lapping at their door the British community believed they were invulnerable. Among those authorised to leave 48 hours before the capitulation, he was bombed on the quayside but escaped: "I travelled in 15 different boats... walked about 20 miles, went by lorry, bus, car & train & even swam for seven & a half hours, & arrived in Colombo possessing only the shirt & shorts I stood up in!" The first craft was sunk by bombs, he was pulled out of the water by Malay fishermen, continued by sampan, island hopping to Sumatra & finally picked up by a RN destroyer. On arrival in India he was commissioned in the RIE & died at sea in Feb. 1944. No. 27 of 100 copies printed for the family of Major Inglis "so that his friends may have a permanent record of his experiences." Rare & interesting account of escape from Singapore. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £95
MOWAT (Geoffrey Scott) The Rainbow Through the Rain: A Tale of a Japanese Prisoner of War. 1st Ed., laminated card wraps., xi+155pp., several illus. & maps. Oxford: New Cherwell Press. 1995  #62182
[HLMainPic] Author was a Civil Servant employed in Singapore: he escaped the Japanese occupation in Feb. 1942, spent months in the Malayan jungle evading capture until betrayed, incarcerated at Tonchan & worked on Burma Railway &c. until released in 1945. Original paperback edition, VG. See illustration on our website.   £10
NICHOLSON (Col. W.N., CMG, DSO) The Suffolk Regiment 1928-1946. 1st Ed., 374pp., 41 illus., 28 maps. VG in dw. Ipswich: East Anglian Magazine. nd (c.1948)  #58717
[HLMainPic] Detailed history inc. France 1940 campaign, North-West Europe 1944-45, Burma, Tunisia, Italy & Singapore. Awards details inc. some citations. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG in dw. Nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £50
STEVENS (Lt.-Col. G.R., OBE) The 9th Gurkha Rifles (Volume 2) 1937-1947. 1st Ed., xiii+355pp., 4to, 5 plates, 12 maps. Published for the Regimental Association. 1952  #62359
[HLMainPic] Pre-war NWF campaigns & WW2 in Middle East (1st Bn.), Malaya/Singapore (2nd Bn.) & Burma (3rd [Chindits] & 4th Bns.); 3rd Bn. Indonesia 1945-46. "An excellent narrative..." - Perkins 507. Orig. green & black cloth, silver gilt, some damp spotting & abrasions to the boards o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £375
WALKER (Allan S., MD) Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Medical Series. Vol. II: Middle East & Far East. 1st Ed., xvii+701pp., 68 photos., 43 maps & diagrams. Canberra: AWM. 1953  #52073
[HLMainPic] Campaigns in North Africa (Cyrenaica, Tobruk, Alamein &c.), Greece, Crete, Syria, Malaya, Singapore & the PoW Camps in the Far East. Orig. cloth, VG ex-Historical Branch, Military Section lib. See illustration on our website.   £20
WIGMORE (Lionel) The Japanese Thrust. 1st Ed., xvii+715pp., 69 photos., 14 maps & around 45 sketch maps. VG in dw. Canberra: AWM. 1957  #64026
[HLMainPic] Vol. IV in the 'Army' series of the Australian Official History, concerning tragic & controversial events in Malaya & Singapore 1942; also Dutch East Indies & some PoW experiences. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45


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