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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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One More River: The Story of the 8th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, maps. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd (c.1945).  #59489
[HLMainPic] Useful illustrated record of the the division's exploits in Italy, especially as there is no other history of the division. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
Headquarters 154 Infantry Brigade. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., oblong. 4to, 25 leaves, 9 orig. photos., 2 fldg. maps. Printed by Hans Meyer, Horneberg, Germany. 1946  #59151
[HLMainPic] 154 Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division consisted of 1st & 7th Black Watch & 7th Argylls. A brief history of the brigade from Alamein to VE Day, plus Roll of Hon. of Bde. HQ, real photo. illus. of last two GOCs (North-West Europe campaign), named groups of officers, NCOs, admin. staff, signals &c. Orig. orange wraps., titled in black, somewhat worn, about VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
The Story of 45 Royal Marine Commando: The History of the Unit from its Formation in August 1943 until it Returned from Germany in June 1945. Written by the Officers & Published Privately for Members of the Unit & Their Relatives. 1st Ed., 84pp., 5 photos., 4 maps. Printed by McCorquadale & Co., London. 1946  #59380
[HLMainPic] Rare privately published history. Orne Bridghead & onwards. Roll of Hon., awards &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £225
Concise Official History of the 2nd Battalion The Glasgow Highlanders, Highland Light Infantry. 1st Ed., 40pp., 7 photos. Prepared & published for private circulation only at Lubeck, British Military Zone, Germany. March 1946  #59381
[HLMainPic] 2nd Glasgow Highlanders, HLI (TA), with 15th (Scottish) Div. in NW Europe 1944-45, from Normandy to Germany. Roll of officers at embarkation (showing coy., &/or appointment), Roll of Hon., awards. Attractive & very rare history distributed privately for officers & men of the bn., not for sale to the public. Orig. printed paper covd. boards with black cloth backstrip. VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
Hertfordshire Field Gazette: Italian Campaign, Aug. 1944-Jan. 1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., v+105pp. No imprint, but printed in Italy. 1945  #59412
[HLMainPic] 1st Bn. Hertfordshire Regiment, 66th Inf. Bde., 1st British Div., during the Batle of the Gothic Line &c. Includes casualty lists by Coy., KiA, wounded, missing &c. Orig. dec. wraps., little creased & wor, about VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Veritable. 30 Corps Operations Between the Rivers Maas & Rhine, 8-10 February 1945. Spectator's Ed., xiii+97pp., foolscap, 11 photos., 16 maps (15 bound-in, 1 in endpocket), 2 fldg. artillery traces. Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #59135
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of operations. 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 (550 copies printed). See illustration on our website.   £275
No. 2 Mechanical Equipment (Transportation) Units Royal Engineers: D Day to VE Day. Dec. oblong 4to cloth, 67pp. tied-in inc. numerous photo. plates, fldg panoramas &c., tables. Printed by Riddle, Smith & Duffus Ltd., London. nd (c.1945).  #59449
[HLMainPic] Excellent depiction of work in the North-West Europe Campaign. Duties included "everything to do with Railways, Ports & Inland Water Transport. It must provide the Army overseas with the bulk Transportation it requires from... unloading point until the stores or personnel are finally delivered at rail head or water head..." Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Second Day: 2 Canadian Corps Operations Astride the Road Caen-Falaise 7-8 August 1944 (Operation Totalize). 1st Ed., [vii]+71pp., foolscap, 10 maps (9 bound-in, 1 in endpocket). Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR & with the assistance of The Canadian Amy Historical Section. 1947  #59134
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced, also a short account by Kurt Meyer, commander of 12 SS Panzer Div. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. Preface states that this tour is "especially concerned with the air plan & the part played by 51 (H) Div with particular reference to:- (a) The use of armoured personnel carriers; (b) Maintenance of direction during a night advance. 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). See illustration on our website.   £275
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

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