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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   178 Books
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The Diary of 85 (Essex) Medium Battery Royal Artillery 1943-1945. 1st Ed., [viii]+144pp., 15 photos., 8 maps. Margate: Parrett (printers). 1947  #60364
[HLMainPic] Normandy (landed on Juno beach 14/7/44), Falaise Gap, through France, the Scheldt, Walcheren & the Houthulst Forest, Rhine Crossing &c. Record kept in the battery officer's mess with various appendices inc. Roll of Honour, rolls of officers &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
Teheran to Trieste: The Story of the 10th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 50pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #59495
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Iraq & Syria, North Africa & Italy inc. Gothic Line, Senio &c. Photo. portraits of approx. 25 officers/award winners. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
The Story of the 25th Indian Division: The Arakan Campaign. Orig. dec. wraps., 36pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #59496
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Arakan 1944-45 inc. Myebon, Akyab & the epic Kangaw blockade. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
From the Beaches to the Baltic: The Story of "G" Company 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade during the Campaign in North-West Europe. 1st Ed., orig. wraps., [ix]+123pp., map. Aldershot: G&P. 1947  #58807
[HLMainPic] History from landing in Normandy June 1944 with 11th Armd. Div., Hill 112, Bocage &c., through Low Countries to Germany. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
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
Philip Scott. Born 13 August 1915; Died 31 May 1942. 1st Ed., [v]+50pp., portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation at the Cambridge Univ. Press. 1943  #53271
[HLMainPic] Scott was Ed. at Gresham's School & Oriel College, Oxford then read for the Bar in London. In 1938 he obtained a commission in the Queen's Westminster Rifles & was posted to the 1st Bn. KRRC in Libya in the summer of 1939. Became Bn. IO & later ADC to Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson, then GSO 3 (Intelligence) before returning to his bn. in early 1942 until mortally wounded handling anti-tank guns in action when the Coy. he was commanding was attacked. He was captured, taken to a German dressing station which was in turn overrun by the British & he died in a British ambulance. Includes biographical notes followed by extracts from letters & diaries in Middle East (inc. escape from Greece to Crete in a caique in May 1941), siege of Tobruk, &c. Orig. dec. rifle green cloth, minor wear, about VG, with tipped-in Times obit., letter from his mother & printed memorial service programme, later ownership inscrip. & numerous marginal annotations by another member of his battalion. See illustration on our website.   £45
The Story of the 25th Indian Division: The Arakan Campaign. Orig. dec. wraps., 36pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #57515
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Arakan 1944-45 inc. Myebon, Akyab & the epic Kangaw blockade. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Black Cat Division: An Account of the Achievements of the Famous 17th Indian Division in Burma during the Second World War. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #59490
[HLMainPic] Inc. 1942 retreat, Tiddim Road & Imphal, Meiktila &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Japanese War Crime Trials, Jesselton, British North Borneo, 1947. Carbon typescript records of the proceedings of several cases/investigations, approx. 55pp. in all, some top copy but mostly carbon ts. One or two items with ink signatures of Counsel and/or OC War Crimes Unit, Jesselton. Contemp.  #55863
[HLMainPic] Partial records of four cases, e.g. the Masaki-Honda case, when Col. Masaki, Governor of North Sumatra in 1942, ordered Major Honda to execute 5 or 6 Allied PoW in a small vessel at sea between there & Simului, Honda protested (as confirmed in evidence by 2nd Lt. Nobusawa) but Masaki said "No, you must execute them & I will take full responsibility." Honda passed the buck to Nobusawa who did not carry out the order, giving as his reason "the cruelty & inhumanity involved in slaughtering men, necessarily one at a time, each before the others' eyes on such a small vessel & because the men had had no trial." Ultimately, however, the PoWs were lined up, blind-folded & bayonetted from behind by soldiers under Honda's orders. The bodies were left unburied due to the location of the atrocity being a coral island. Post-war, they were found by a war crimes investigator, Lt.-Col. Reid Collins, & the accused identified with the help of a local boatman who had been employed by the Japanese. Papers for this case include opening & closing addresses, defence case, &c. Other papers relate to ill-treatment resulting in the death of civilians in North Borneo, executions of Allied Personnel at Seletar, Singapore, in 1945, when W.O. Hikiji Susumu was accused of beheading 14 or 15 PoW for his amusement: "It was known among the men that Hikiji was an expert swordsman & that he boasted to the other officers about how it was done. It was said that he had used the 14 or 15 Ps.O.W. to demonstrate his swordsmanship." Also a nominal roll of Burmese witnesses residing in Toungoo (on the Sittang River, east of the Pegu Yomas),.with their age, family name & address. Scarce collection.   £160

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