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Second World War Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   170 Books
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Secret. GHQ ME Survey Discussion, Cairo, 18-19 May 1943. Directors: MGRA, DMT, DD Survey. Rare original report, 26pp., foolscap, dup. typescript stapled into card wraps. with title to front. MT1, GHQ, MEF. Contemp.  #53505
[HLMainPic] Report of a conference on Survey held at Cairo including: The Organisation & Working of a Recce Wing, Western Desert Air Force Alamein to Tunis (Notes from a lecture by Maj. R.E. Ferens, GII [Air] Eighth Army); The Deployment of RA & RE Survey Units (Notes from a lecture given by Lt.-Col. J.T. Whetton, OC 4 Survey Regt. RA); Information from Air Photographs (Notes from a lecture by Capt. R.R. Dalton, OC, AAPIU [Western Desert Det.] - "It has been conclusively proved that air photos. can supply so much information not avilable from other sources that the establishment of the AAPIU Eight Army has been increased from 3 officer interpreters to 11 offrs & a number of draughtsmen & clerks. In the near future the establishment will be doubled. Air photos are required at all stages of a campaign - from planning to assault, & the subsequent exploitation. The best results have been obtained from decentralisation" &c.). Further sections detail the use & dissemination of information from air photos., preparation of defence overprint maps, map distribution in 8th Army. No indication of number of copies printed/distributed, but stated SECRET & evidently for the use of the small number of officers engaged in this work so doubtless a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £225
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.   £225
The Battle Re-Thought: A Symposium on The Battle of Britain. 1st Ed., [v]+105pp. VG in dw. Airlife Pubg. for the RAF Historical Society. 1991.  #52805
[HLMainPic] A series of scholarly papers originally presented at a symposium at the RAF Staff College in 1990, inc. Derek Wood on 'The Dowding System,' John Terraine on 'The Battle of France' &c. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £10
Evasion Map, SECRET, Kra Isthsmus, 19th March 1945. Fldg. paper map, 15x16" approx., 1:2000,0000 scale. Prepared by "E" Group, Colombo & Printed by Survey Dept., Main HQ, ALFSEA. 1945.  #29665
[HLMainPic] Kota Baru northwards through Thailand to Victoria Point & beyond. Danger Areas, Potential Danger Areas (Probably Patrolled); Safe Areas & Presumed Safe Areas are all identified as well as roads, railways, swamps &c.). The key includes 'Specially Recommended Safe Areas' but there aren't any! VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Bomb Disposal: A WW2 Bomb Disposal Officer's training notes from Royal Engineers Bomb School, Queen's College, Harbourne, Birmingham, c.1940. Stiff covered lined exercise book (with crest of Acton Technical College to front), containing 22pp. detailed ms. notes & skilled technical drawings of various German bombs & their fuzes.  #56467
[HLMainPic] Bomb Disposal officer's training notes, including details of penetration depths of German bombs ("The maximum depth of penetration experienced by Bomb Disposal Units in this country up to the moment has been 60 ft. This depth was reached by a 1,800 kilo bomb in the 'blue clay.'"); bombs in buildings; craters; types of bombs (Thin-walled range designated as "SC" types; Thick-walled range, designated as "SD" types; Screaming & Incendiary bombs); also fuzes (Kruppewerke 17 & 17a; Zoosch 40, &c.). The technical specifications & characteristics are supplemented by superb cutaway drawings, sections, &c., of the various bombs & fuzes. These are beautifully drawn to a high standard. Scarce BD officer's notes as there were never many BD Companies. See illustration on our website.   £85
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.   £65
Operations of British, Indian & Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 September 1943 to 2 May 1945. Part V. Administrative Monographs. 4. O2E Papers. IV, Employment of Italian Co-operators (from O2E point of view); V, Handling of Enemy & Surrendered Enemy Personnel After the General Surrender. 1st Ed., approx. 50pp., foolscap, dup. typescript, num. fldg. tables. British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean. nd (c.1945).  #53309
[HLMainPic] Very rare contemp. official & CONFIDENTIAL intelligence report on operations in Italy. This volume contains much detail on employment of Italian PoWs in Pioneers Companies &c.. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £125
Field Service Pocket Book India 1944. Part I-Pamphlet No. 1, Glossary of Military Terms [Bound with:] Pamphlet No. 3, Abbreviations [And:] Pamphlet No. 3A, Ammunition Abbreviations [And:] Pamphlet No. 4, Appreciations, Orders, Messages, & Intercommunication [And:] Pamphlet No. 5, Signal Codes. 10, 30, 34, 32 & 30pp., several sketches & diagrams. Issued by the Chief of the General Staff (India), Distributed by the Manager of Publications, Delhi. 1944.  #52141
[HLMainPic] Five Restricted pamphlets bound together, later yellow binder's cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Operations of British, Indian & Dominion Forces in Italy, 3 September 1943 to 2 May 1945. Part V. Administrative Monographs. 5, The Problem of Desertion; 6, Leave to UK; 7, Rest Camps; 8, Compassionate Postings; 9, The Problem of Marriage; 10, Repatriation of British & Allied PW at the End of Hostilities; 11, Employment of Co-operators in the Italian Camaign; 12, Veterinary & Remount Service; 13, Medical Papers. 1st Ed., approx. 60pp. in all, foolscap, dup. typescript. British Historical Section, Central Mediterranean. nd (c.1945).  #53310
[HLMainPic] Very rare contemp. official & CONFIDENTIAL intelligence report on operations in Italy. This interesting volume contains much detail on the subjects stated in the title. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £145
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

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