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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   165 Books
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Arnhem Lift: Diary of a Glider Pilot. 3rd imp., 96pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Pilot Press. 1945  #55663
[HLMainPic] Eyewitness account of 1st Aorborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
Dagger Division: Story of the 19th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #58108
[HLMainPic] The only history of the division's exploits in Burma 1944-45 inc. Irrawaddy Crossing, capture of Fort Dufferin, Mandalay &c. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Wellington Roll of Honour 1939-1945. 1st Ed., ix+249pp., 500+ photo. portraits. For the college. 1949  #58069
[HLMainPic] Detailed obits. & portraits of over 500 soldiers, airmen & sailors from Wellington School who fell in WW2. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25
Prisoners of War, British Army, 1939-1945: Alphabetical Nominal Registers of Over 107,000 British Army Prisoners of War of All Ranks Held in Germany & German Occupied Territories. Reprint, approx. 500pp., 4to. VG in dw. Hayward. 1999  #57963
[HLMainPic] Scarce facsimile of rare original 1945 HMSO listing. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
The Story of the 25th Indian Division: The Arakan Campaign. Orig. dec. wraps., 36pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #57515
[HLMainPic] The division's exploits in Arakan 1944-45 inc. Myebon, Akyab & the epic Kangaw blockade. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
24th Guards Brigade Operations August 1944 to May 1945. 76pp., dup. typescript, foolscap., 10 lge. fldg. & cold. maps. Trieste. 1945  #57367
[HLMainPic] SECRET, Copy No. 16 of 200 copies printed at Trieste in July 1945. Excellent contemp. intelligence report on the crossing of the Arno & advance to the Gothic Line by this Brigade, the battles of the Argenta Gap, advance to the Po & the concluding operations of the Bde. in Italy. It consisted of 5th Grenadiers, 3rd Coldstream, 1st Scots Gds., support units (RA, RE &c.) & other units periodically under command such as 4/13 FF Rifs. (Wildes), Royal Natal Carbiniers, &c. Detailed narrative, tabulated casualties, staff lists & a distribution list at the end (just 95 copies accounted for in this list). Orig. printed card wraps. with cloth backstrip, stamped "SECRET" on Contents page together with "16" (i.e. the number of this issue), small, neat IWM withdrawn stamp inside rear cover. VG & of course rare. See illustration on our website.   £475
History of the 4th Bn. The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) in the Campaign in North-West Europe, June, 1944-May, 1945. 1st Ed., 140pp., 14 maps. Taunton: Phoenix Press, For Private Circulation Only in the Somerset Light Infantry. nd  #57150
[HLMainPic] From Normandy to the Elbe inc. Hill 112, Mount Pincon, the assault crossing of the Seine, Cleve, Xanten & Bremen, Rhine Crossing &c. Roll of Hon., awards (inc. citations), rolls of officers & WOs (HQ & Rifle Coys., &c.). Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
On the Attack of a Gun-Defended Bomber By A Rocket-Bearing Fighter. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [ii]+45pp., diagrams/graphs. Aberdeen, MD: Ordnance Dept. Ballistic Research Labs. 1946  #45138
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED contemp. intelligence report: "examines some aspects of the problem of attack of a gun-defended bomber by a rocket-bearing fighter in a stern attack... the bomber is assumed to be able to fire continuously during the fighter's attack, while the fighter releases a given load of rockets in one or two salvoes, or at a constant rate of fire. For various assumed levels of fire-power for bomber & fighter, the optimum release ranges for the fighter's rockets are determined..." (the reporters having concluded that the most important factor in the fighter hitting its mark was the fighter releasing its rockets at optimum range: "If the rockets are released too soon, the chance of hitting is small. If release is delayed too long, the chance that the fighter will be itself destroyed before it can destroy the bomber is large.") Typed & signed letter from Ord Dept Director at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Field, Alabama, forwarding this report, stapled inside front wrap.. Staples somewhat rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
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

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