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Second World War Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   173 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
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
Highway 16 Courier: Area Sports Committee Newsheet. Vol. 1, No.1, 12th October 1944 [and] Vol. I, No. 27, 11th November 1944. The first & a later issue of German propaganda sheets directed towards allied troops in Italy, each consisting of a single printed leaf, No. 1 being 30x20cm approx. & No. 27 42x32cm approx. Contemp.  #52204
[HLMainPic] Nazi propaganda publications printed in English & purporting to be official newsheets distributed free to troops. Cleverly, but not too convincingly, they headline with anti-German reports: "Nazis Shoot Aachen Deserters" & "Patton's Men Near Nazi Frontier," but within them are various smaller "news" reports intended to lower morale, e.g. "Italian prisoners of war at a Lincolnshire camp have gone on strike because they were put on the same sandwich ration as their British guards instead of having a hot midday meal" & "Many public houses at home are showing 'no beer' signs on two or three nights a week - but several of the teetotal organisations are out to see that the sign shall apply to the entire country. They plan to launch a great 'Make Britain Dry' campaign as soon as the war ends..." Both issues ex-IWM lib., laid down or archival tissue, VG thus & scarce survivals. See illustration on our website.   £45
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
Atlantic Bridge. The Official Account of R.A.F. Transport Command's Ocean Ferry. 1st Ed., 75pp., photos. & maps. HMSO. 1945.  #52964
[HLMainPic] Fairly common work in a series of works produced by HMSO celebrating various aspects of WW2 ops., but a very nice copy bound iin half blue morocco by Birdsall, retaining orig. dec. wraps, near fine with armorial bookplate of Geoffrey Ronald Codrington [ie. Col Sir Geoffrey Ronald Codrington KCVO CB CMG, DSO, OBE, TD] & later ownership inscrip. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £15
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
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
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
Geographical Handbook Series, For Official Use Only. Yugoslavia. October 1944/June 1945. 3 Vols., B.R. 493, B.R. 493A & B.R. 493B (Restricted), 1st Eds., xiii+337pp., 88 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket, 99 maps & diagrams in text, xi+403pp., 36 photos., 772 maps & diagrams & xiv+566pp., 148 photos., fldg. map in endpocket, 87 maps & diagrams in text. Naval Intelligence Division. 1944/1945.  #51545
[HLMainPic] Detailed & extensively illustrated work compiled by the Naval Intelligence Division. Orig. cloth, VG with ownership inscrips. of the writer Alan Sillitoe. See illustration on our website.   £75
The History of the Second Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment in North-West Europe: Hermanville-sur-Mer 6 June 1944 to Lengerich 8 May 1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 79pp., 4to. No imprint/date (c.1946).  #54014
[HLMainPic] Training in Combined ops. followed by landing in Normandy on D Day with 3rd British Div., fighting through the Low Countries, Rhine Crossing, &c., to the armsitice. Much interesting detail. Roll of Hon., awards (inc. Divisional Commendation Cards &c.). Orig. dec wraps., VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125

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