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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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153 Infantry Brigade in the Sicilian Campaign. Contemp. operational report, [iii]+108pp., foolscap., dup. typescript, 6 fldg. maps bound in at end.  #59950
[HLMainPic] A highly detailed report of the 153 (Black Watch & Gordon) Infantry Brigade of the 51st (Highland) Division during the short campaign in Sicily, July-August 1943, complete with 6 fldg. maps (cut-down sections of contemp. operational maps). Copy No. 25 of unknown total, this the "Personal Property of Major H. Dunn" & Preface states: "The following account of the operations of 153 Brigade in the Campaign in SICILY in 1943 was compiled immediately after the island had been conquered & was completed by the end of August of that year. The final draft was made out by me [Brigadier H. Muarry, commanding 153 Bde.] & was subsequently checked by Battalion Commanders & others... The number of copies that could be printed was necessarily few as the amount of paper available for printing was small. The copies that have been issued are entirely personal copies for the exclusive use of the recipients... It is to be regretted that maps could not be made available for all copiess..." But note, all the maps listed in the Contents are present in this copy. Contents retained with cord in orig. contemp. card folder with small typed title label to front. An important contemp. document & self evidently rare. See illustrations on our website.   £750
F Company 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. card wraps., 66pp., fldg. map. dw. No imprint/date. [BAOR, c.1945].  #58808
[HLMainPic] History from landing in Normandy June 1944 with 11th Armd. Div., Hill 112, Bocage &c., through Low Countries to Schleswig on the Baltic. Nominal roll with home addresses, Roll of Hon., awards. dw sl. creased o/w near fine & very scarce Coy. history. See illustration on our website.   £120
Harder than Hammers: The 1st Battalion Tyneside Scottish, The Black Watch - Royal Highland Regiment. 1st Ed., [xii]+97pp., portrait frontis., 4 more portraits, 2 maps. Perth: Hunter's. 1947  #60157
[HLMainPic] The unit had a curious history: as 12th DLI served in France 1940 inc. rearguard actions near Arras &c., about 140 men escaping from Dunkirk; then affiliated to the Black Watch & served in Iceland, then landed in Normandy shortly after D Day where they saw much heavy fighting until broken up due to heavy casualties late in August 1944 & the personnel posted to other bns. Interesting, detailed & rare history, with Roll of Hon. + roll of addresses of survivors. Orig. green cloth, gilt, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £245
No. 2 Mechanical Equipment (Transportation) Units Royal Engineers: D Day to VE Day. Dec. oblong 4to cloth, 67pp. tied-in inc. numerous photo. plates, fldg panoramas &c., tables. Printed by Riddle, Smith & Duffus Ltd., London. nd (c.1945).  #59449
[HLMainPic] Excellent depiction of work in the North-West Europe Campaign. Duties included "everything to do with Railways, Ports & Inland Water Transport. It must provide the Army overseas with the bulk Transportation it requires from... unloading point until the stores or personnel are finally delivered at rail head or water head..." Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 6, No. 1, Autumn 1949. Orig. printed wraps., 40pp., several photos. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1949  #60032
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. re reunions, members' news &c. Also several intersting articles such as Early Days of the 61st Recce. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £30
The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring 1949. Orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1949  #60031
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. re reunions, members' news &c. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer 1949. Orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1949  #60030
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. re reunions, members' news &c. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 1948-9. Orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1948  #60029
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Story of 46 Division 1939-1945. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 136pp., 4to, 47 photos., 19 maps (most fldg.). Graz: Univ. Book Press "Styria". 1946  #58722
[HLMainPic] Tunisia, Italy & Greece. Detailed contemp. history & rolls of commands & staff, awards. Order of Battle &c. Many good photos. & various coloured maps based on contemp. official sheets. Orig. wraps., first 20 leaves dampstained/marked, overall sound & rather scarce. See illustration on our website.   £60
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour: The Seine to the Rhine. Volume I: An Account of the Operations Included in the Tour. Volume II: A Guide to the Conduct of the Tour. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., foolscap, xviii+217pp., 49 photos., 37 maps on 14 fldg. leaves; x+83pp., 31 maps. VG in dws. Chief Engineers British Army of the Rhine. Feb. 1947  #58760
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. "Prepared by HQ 8 AGRE... to enable present & future REs to study certain operations of particular engineer interest in the 1940 Flanders Campaign & in the 1944/45 Campaign in NW Europe..." Fabulous detail on RE aspects of ops. inc. Arnhem, battle of the Rhineland, Rhine Crossing &c. Numerous accounts by participating officers & NCOs. Excellent photos. & exceptional, detailed col. printed maps of operations. Orig. blue qtr. morocco, gilt to front & spines, near fine in dws, & rare. See illustration on our website.   £375

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