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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   167 Books
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British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Third Day: 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944 (Operation Bluecoat). 1st Ed., [vii]+49pp., foolscap, 7 maps (6 bound-in, 1 in endpocket). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #50638
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the part played by 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division in those operations. It forms the necessary background to a detailed study of the battle carried out on the ground." Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front. VG & rare (just 150 copies printed of this edition), with ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe & several ts. foolscap sheets loosely inserted re contemp. training exercise, outlining a situation where, as GOC 15th Div., you have to decide how to alter your plan during the battle to benefit from air support. With list of officers in syndicates during this exercise. See illustration on our website.   £220
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
The Note-book of a Lieutenant in the Italian Campaign: Robert Dalzell Dillon Thomas, Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards. 1st Ed., [iii]+38pp. Privately printed. nd (c.1946).  #40502
[HLMainPic] Thomas was Ed. at Sherborne & Oxford, joined Grenadier Guards 1942 & KiA in Italy in August 1944. Contains a short memoir, a selection of his poetry, diary extracts during voyage to the Med. & landing at Salerno ("Huge ship... saloons like London restaurants, draughty sitting rooms, very bad loud speakers which broadcast inaudible news bulletins..."). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, very sl. spotting to front o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
An Appraisal of Wartime Training of Individual Specialists in Army Air Forces. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 51pp. Washington: Headquarters Army Air Forces, Training Division. June 1946  #45134
[HLMainPic] Aircrew selection & training in the USAAF in WW2. Staples rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Log of a Naval Airman: Being the Diary & Letters of Sub-Lieutenant (A) David Musk Beattie, R.N.V.R., Observer in the Fleet Air Arm. Killed in air operations against Bismarck, 26th May, 1941. Edited by his father & Dedicated to the Officers & Men of the Fleet Air Arm. 1st Ed., 60pp., portrait frontis., 48 photos. No imprint or date. [1944].  #51915
[HLMainPic] David Beattie was planning to be a Solicitor but, instead, joined the RNVR as a Sub-Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm in 1939. After training he joined HMS 'Ark Royal' in June 1940 & participated in "operations at Oran & Dakar, in the raids on Cagliari & the Tirso Dam in Sardinia, in the aerial bombing of Leghorn which accompanied the aerial bombing of Genoa, in the search for the Scharnhorst & in much convoy work in the Mediterranean & the Atlantic." He was then posted to HMS 'Victorious' under Lt.-Cdr. Esmonde & was reported missing during the search for the 'Bismarck' off Iceland on 26th May 1941. Very rare privately printed memoir consisting of a short biography then mostly Beattie's letters & diaries between July 1939 & May 1941, including much interesting detail on the aforementioned operations, supplemented by num. unusual privately taken photos. on board 'Ark Royal' &c. on active service & concluding with the official reports of his being reported missing & extracts from letters of condolence. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front (with Fleet Air Arm 'wings'), some dampstaining to bottom corner of front & rear boards, o/w VG with ink inscrip. to ffep "To our friends Rev. George & Mrs Bosworth, in token of our affectionate regards, from Ira and Musk Beatte." See illustration on our website.   £125
The North Irish Horse Battle Report: North Africa & Italy. 1st Ed., 108pp., fldg. map. Belfast: Baird. 1946  #58832
[HLMainPic] Tunisia Jan.-May 1943 & Italy (Gothic Line, Senio &c.) from April 1944 in Churchill & Sherman tanks. Roll of Hon., awards, nominal rolls &c. Orig. gilt dec. green cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
The Story of 34 Armoured Bde. 1st Ed., 32pp., f'cap., 6 maps (inc. 1 large fldg. col. loosely inserted). [Germany] c.1946.  #58817
[HLMainPic] NW Europe 1944-45 from Normandy to the Rhine with various Mks. of Churchill tank. Losses totalled 682 killed & wounded & 272 tanks of which 85 brewed up. Excellent account. Orders of Battle, awards roll. Decorated paper covered boards with maroon cloth backstrip, VG, attractive & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
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

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Representative Enemy & Allied Aircraft: Comparative Performance & Characteristics. TAIC [Technical Air Intelligence Center] Manual No. 2. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [iii]+47pp., silhouettes of aircraft throughout. Anacostia, DC: Issued by the Division of Naval Intelligence by Combined Personnel of United States & British Services for the Use of Allied Forces. Oct. 1944  #45136
CONFIDENTIAL (& next to this ink stamped RESTRICTED) contemp. intelligence report contains technical spec. of around 120 types of British, German, American & Japanese aircraft, i.e. presumably just about all then in service (from fighters such as the Spitfire to heaviest bombers like the Superfortress), with details such as Speed-Climb-Ceiling, Range, Take-Off, Engines, Dimensions, Armament, Protection (armour), Fuel, &c, plus front, side & top silhouettes of each aircraft. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
The History of the 6th (Lanarkshire) Battn. of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) World War II. 1st Ed., 150pp., 6 portraits, 3 plates, 6 maps. VG in dw. No imprint/date [Glasgow: For the Bn., 1946].  #58801
[HLMainPic] NW Europe 1944-45 in 52nd (Lowland) Div., Low Countries, Rhine Crossing &c. Nominal rolls, Roll of Hon. VG in dw & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125

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