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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   140 Books
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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
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.   £10
Phrase Book for Air Borne Troops. English-Roman Urdu-Russian-Turkish-Arabic-Persian-Soendanese-Dutch-Malay-Thai-Chinese-Japanese. Orig. blue printed card wraps., 30pp., most leaves fldg. Compiled by the General Staff, India, & Printed by the Feroz Printing Works, Lahore. 1941  #56060
[HLMainPic] Unusual & early Indian Airborne manual containing phrases in the vatious languages noted in the title, e.g., 'hand over your arms,' 'No one may leave this place' &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Christopher Gilbert Ford, 1910-1944: A Memoir. 1st Ed., [iii]+59pp., portrait frontis., 5 plates. Printed for Private Circulation. 1957  #40346
Memoir & letters from the Middle East, KiA Italy 28th Jan. 1944 at Anzio whilst a company commander, 5th Bn. Grenadier Guards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with inscrip. & letter from the subject's brother inserted.   £15
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
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 Note-book of a Lieutenant in the Italian Campaign: Robert Dalzell Dillon Thomas, Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards. 1st Ed., [iii]+38pp. Privately printed. nd (c.1946).  #40502
[HLMainPic] Thomas was Ed. at Sherborne & Oxford, joined Grenadier Guards 1942 & KiA in Italy in August 1944. Contains a short memoir, a selection of his poetry, diary extracts during voyage to the Med. & landing at Salerno ("Huge ship... saloons like London restaurants, draughty sitting rooms, very bad loud speakers which broadcast inaudible news bulletins..."). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, very sl. spotting to front o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
An Appraisal of Wartime Training of Individual Specialists in Army Air Forces. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 51pp. Washington: Headquarters Army Air Forces, Training Division. June 1946  #45134
[HLMainPic] Aircrew selection & training in the USAAF in WW2. Staples rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
No. 5501642 Lance-Cpl. Dennis A. Stroud, 1/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment (T), Taken Prisoner in Tunisia & Incarcerated in Italian & German PoW Camps 1943-1945. A scarce archive of form-letters & postcards to his parents from Italian & German PoW Camps, 1943-45, plus associated material re OCA dinners &c., together with three portrait photos. inc. one with Stroud in battledress with 46 Div. patch, unit flash, &c., another with brass '4 Hants' shoulder title.  #54566
Stroud served with 1/4th Hampshires in 128th (Hampshire) Bde., 46th Div. The Brigade landed in Tunisia in Jan. 1943 & was very quickly in action, inc. several battles which resulted in large numbers of casualties & prisoners taken. He was most probably taken PoW at the Battle of Sidi Nisr 26/2/43 or of Hunts Gap, 27-28/2/43, when the Brigade lost heavily. Archive consists of nine letters (official Italian forms for PoWs' use, rather like modern day air letters) written between 22/3/43-22/7/43 & nine similar from German camp (Stalag IVD), 11/11/43-25/12/44, plus nine Kriegsgefangenpost cards from Germany 1944-45 & several dozen post-war reuinion menus &c. of Hampshire Regt. OCA, Aldershot Branch & sundry related ephemera. Some extracts from letters: 22/3/43: "I have been waiting so long for this, I hardly know how to begin... I hope you weren't too worried when you heard I was missing. I can't say much about it, but I think we put up a good show before we were captured. Most of our Coy. are here... so we have quite a happy family. At present we are only at a Transit camp... I shall have to do some scrounging now as I was captured in just what I stood up in. I believe you are allowed to send me a parcel every 3 months [lists items required: shirts, razor blades, &c.)." 2/7/43: "Last Saturday was a red letter day for us, the Italians allowed 20 of us to go out for a walk of about 8 miles. It was marvellous after being in here for 3 months. Of course we were accompanied by an officer, 6 sentruies & a Carabinieri, but they were very decent & took us to a nice village..." 11/11/43 [Germany]: "Since I last wrote we have moved to a working camp. It is quite good here, there are only 100 of us here & we are working in a factory helping to make baths! You know how much I always wanted to have some blue overalls, well I've been issued with some now, I look a proper workman. The department I work in has about 5 girls in it, they're quite nice." 25/12/44: "We finished work on Saturday evening & start again tomorrow but to make up we also get New Years Day off. We have had a good time today especially as Red Cross parcels after an absence of some weeks arrived two days ago. With those & a few bottles of beer, plus everyone's good humour everything has gone well. As it is almost two years since I last saw you you can guess my thoughts... I am sure it will not be very long before all this is behind us & we can then look forward to those happy days that are to come..." See illustrations on our website.   £225
A Short History of the 6th (Caernarvon & Anglesey) Battalion the Royal Welch Fusiliers, North-West Europe June 1944 to May 1945. 1st Ed., xvi+175pp., 54 photos., 18 maps (inc. several fldg.). Caernarvon: Gwenlyn Evans & Son, Printers. 1946  #56110
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed & well-illustrated record from Normandy to the Fatherland in 53rd (Welsh) Div. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & NCOs by coys. on landing in France. Orig. blue cloth, neatly rebound in blue cloth with orig. sp. & front panels laid down, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85

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