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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   139 Books
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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. Chief Engineers British Army of the Rhine. Feb. 1947  #63949
[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 cloth, gilt to front & spines, some chipping, rubbing & wear to edges, generally VG with ownership inscrip. & later bookplate of Major J.S. Batholomew, GM, in Vol. I.. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £275
The Amazing Story of Weapons Made from Waste. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 62pp., illus. throughout. Odhams. nd (c.1942)  #64204
[HLMainPic] Nicely produced & well illustrated booklet explains the benefits of recycling paper, scrap metal, &c., e.g., 5000 tons of salvaged waste paper frees up one ship to carry munitions of war. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
The London Irish at War: A History of the Battalions of the London Irish Rifles in World War II. 1st Ed., 222pp., num. photos. several maps. Published on behalf of the London Irish OCA. 1949  #63431
[HLMainPic] North Africa, Sicily & Italy. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. green cloth, silver gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
The History of The 107 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (King's Own) June 1940-February 1946. 1st Ed., 93pp. Lengerich, Westfalia: Printed by Bischof & Klein. nd (c.1946)  #64130
[HLMainPic] 1940 war-raised unit based initially on officers & drafs from King's Own holding battalions, titled 10th (S) Bn. but changed in Jan. 1942 to 151st Reg. Royal Armoured Corps & began to train with tanks; retitled as 107 Regt. early in 1944, embarked for Normany 30th June 1944 & fought in break-out battles, Falaise, advance to the Rhine, &c. Roll of casualties, KiA or DoW, PoWs, roll of awards (with citations) & a number of interesting appendices on various actions. Some time spent with 15th & 51st Scottish Divisions. Orig. dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG & rare with loosely inserted typed slip "With the Compliments of Lt Colonel C.H. Taite and all officers and other ranks of the 107 Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps, (King's Own)." See illustration on our website.   £220
Front Line Eastbourne: An Illustrated Record of a Famous Holiday Resort under Enemy Air Assualt, & a Tribute to the Stout-Hearted Residents who kept the Flag Flying. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., not paginated, c.80pp., photos. throughout. Printed & Published by T.R. Beckett Ltd., Eastbourne. 1945  #64114
[HLMainPic] Interesting record of the Home Front on the south coast with num. photos. of bomb damage &c. Orig. dec. wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Incidents with the Seventh Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry in France & Germany from June 1944 to June 1945. 1st Ed., 74pp. No imprint/date [Germany, c.1946].  #61045
[HLMainPic] Anonymous account (by "B" Coy. commander) which conveys well the confusion in Normandy & the bleak outlook. With the arrival of an effective CO the bn's. confidence returned but days later he was killed. A third CO was killed within a few more days then the author was wounded at Mont Pincon & evacuated to the UK. Rejoined in 1945 in time for the Rhine crossing & final operations. Contemp. red cloth, blind, no publication details but evidently manufactured in Germany c.1945-46. Stain to front o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
Arnhem Lift: Diary of a Glider Pilot. 3rd imp., 96pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Pilot Press. 1945  #61272
[HLMainPic] Eyewitness account of 1st Airborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
Streatham's 41. 2nd Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 52pp., several dozen photos., map in text. Published in aid of the Streatham Comforts Fund. nd [1945]  #61816
[HLMainPic] Detailed record of the 41 V-1 flying bombs (Doodlebugs) that fell on Streatham over a two month period during the summer of 1944. Contains full details of each of these, describing their effect & how the Civil Defence services dealt with them & their awful effects. Includes a map showing where each one fell. The 41 bombs caused almost 1000 casualties & damaged around 17,000 properties. Well illustrated, attractive & rare record of the V-1 offensive, plus details & roll of local CD wardens & their duties, &c. See illustration on our website.   £25
Prisoner of War: The First Authentic Account of the Lives of British Prisoners of War in Enemy Hands. 1st Ed., 28pp., photos. throughout, map (showing locations of PoW camps in Germany, Italy &c.). Horace Marshall & Sons Ltd. on behalf of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross. [1942]  #62029
[HLMainPic] Description of types of camps, rights of prisoners, food, conditions &c., plus good selection of photos. & map showing locations of the various camps. Little chipped, VG, with loosely inserted BRCS leaflet of guidance on how to send parcels to PoW, wat may be included, &c. See illustrations on our website.   £20
The Battle of Steel: A Record of the British Iron & Steel Industry at War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [ii]+54pp., photos. throughout fldg. map. Published by The British Iron & Steel Federation. nd (c.1945)  #62133
[HLMainPic] Organisation & control of wartime production for the manufacture of various armaments & other military needs, from aircraft to shells, armour plate, the Mulberry Harbours &c., & the problems connected therewith in the supply of raw materials, &c. Very nicely illustrated (various weapons, ships, plant &c.) & an excellent, clean copy, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25

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