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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   109 Books
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The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 6, No. 1, Autumn 1949. Orig. printed wraps., 40pp., several photos. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1949  #60032
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. re reunions, members' news &c. Also several intersting articles such as Early Days of the 61st Recce. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £30
The Red Lanyard: The Magazine of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment. Vol. 2, No. 2, May 1946-Vol. 2, No. 12, December 1946. Eleven issues bound together, 264pp., num. photos., cartoons, sketches, maps. Detmold: Herman Bosmann. 1946  #60869
[HLMainPic] Attractive & scarce journal containing regimental news, sports, &c., account of an Italian Battlefield Tour, WW2 Rolls of Honour. Many amusing period cartoons, some interesting photos. (inc. unfinished Panther tanks in a Hannover factory), a photo-story "Day in the Life of a Trooper" & more. Attractive orig, dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £75
British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Bluecoat. 8 Corps Operations South of Caumont 30-31 July 1944. Spectator's Ed., xi+49pp., foolscap, 12 photos., 6 maps (5 bound-in, 1 in endpocket), 2 fldg. aerial photos. Prepared under the Direction of G (Trg) HQ BAOR. 1947  #59133
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. Detailed account of the planning & execution of this phase of the Normandy Breakout, with various original 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 (600 copies printed of this edition, which supersedes the June 1947 Edition: the principal difference being the addition of photos.). See illustration on our website.   £275
The Royal Engineers Sixth Armoured Division. 1st Ed., 132+[32]pp., photos. & maps. Padova: Tipografia Antoniana. 1946  #60587
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED history published locally, for private circulation only, at the end of the war in Italy. Interesting photos. inc. dealing with booby traps &c. Includes North Africa & Italy (Monte Cassino, Garigliano, Gothic Line &c.) + War Diary extracts 1944-45. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue full morocco, VG in orig. blue paper-covd. card slipcase with loosely inserted slip "With the compliments of Lt. Col Morris & All Ranks... Padova, Italy, 30 June 1945." See illustration on our website.   £90
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
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
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

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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.   £125
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
Notes on G.S.G.S. Maps of France, Belgium & Holland. December 1943. 52pp. letterpress & maps, +xii & xiv & cxxvi & xv & xiiipp. (Glossary of French Topograpchical Terms & Abbreviations, + Gazetteers of the stated countries), num. maps inset, + several dozen maps & charts (many coloured & fldg.) bound in between the text pages, most reproduced from the original sheets. Foolscap format. GSGS, War Office, December 1943, with SECRET classification & date December 1943 to front. Printed for the War Office. Contemp.  #57281
[HLMainPic] Very rare SECRET contemp. British intelligence material produced by GSGS [Geographical Section, General Staff], the introduction stating: "The object of these notes is to show what maps are available, or will shortly be so, in this area, to describe the material used for their preparation, & to provide certain auxiliary information such as glossaries, gazetteers, & detailed indices. It must be emphasized that the information given in these notes is only accurate to the date to which it applies, December 1943, & that, for instance, new series, new editions of individual sheets, or new town plans may be prepared. In general terms, however, the maps mentioned will be those supplied for operational requirements in this area." The purpose seems to have been to provide examples of maps & comment on their accuracy, possibly for the guidance of maps supply officers at Army, Corps & Div. HQs so that they could select the right type of map for any operation they were planning. There were four volumes in the 'series', this one & others on The Balkans; Germany, Denmark & Central Europe, & Italy, Sicily, Sardinia & Corsica. The volume here presented contains notes on mapping & survey of the stated areas, & how they were carried out by cartographers & survey teams, & some of the historical background of the countries' own surveys, as well as the large selection of maps & plans with detailed notes on their composition & value, lists of sheets in the GSGS Map Library, &c. Orig. paper covd. boards (dec. coloured map, stated to be abstract from GSGS 2957, Europe & Asia 1/4m, Sheet 19, Central Europe, but in fact it is a map of Western Europe in the series!), VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225

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