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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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Incidents with the Seventh Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry in France & Germany from June 1944 to June 1945. 1st Ed., 74pp. No imprint/date [Germany, c.1946].  #61045
[HLMainPic] Anonymous account (by "B" Coy. commander) which conveys well the confusion in Normandy & the bleak outlook. With the arrival of an effective CO the bn's. confidence returned but days later he was killed. A third CO was killed within a few more days then the author was wounded at Mont Pincon & evacuated to the UK. Rejoined in 1945 in time for the Rhine crossing & final operations. Contemp. red cloth, blind, no publication details but evidently manufactured in Germany c.1945-46. Stain to front o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
The History of the 4th Worcestershire (Evesham) Battalion Home Guard. [Parts I & II:] May, 1940 to January 1st, 1943 [and] January 1st, 1943, to December 31st, 1944. 1st Eds., orig. dec. card wraps., 12 & 16pp. 4 illus. Evesham: Journal Press. Contemp. 1944  #52827
[HLMainPic] Rare two-part history inc. roll & named group photo. of the officers, &c. VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1946), paper label at foot of sp. & neat IWM withdrawn stamps inside rear covers. See illustration on our website.   £90
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excellent original state, near fine, with oval ink stamp to front of Air Historical Branch, Air Ministry, & small IWM withdrawn stamp to front paste-down.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
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.   £35
153 Infantry Brigade in the Sicilian Campaign. Contemp. operational report, [iii]+108pp., foolscap., dup. typescript, 6 fldg. maps bound in at end.  #59950
[HLMainPic] A highly detailed report of the 153 (Black Watch & Gordon) Infantry Brigade of the 51st (Highland) Division during the short campaign in Sicily, July-August 1943, complete with 6 fldg. maps (cut-down sections of contemp. operational maps). Copy No. 25 of unknown total, this the "Personal Property of Major H. Dunn" & Preface states: "The following account of the operations of 153 Brigade in the Campaign in SICILY in 1943 was compiled immediately after the island had been conquered & was completed by the end of August of that year. The final draft was made out by me [Brigadier H. Murray, commanding 153 Bde.] & was subsequently checked by Battalion Commanders & others... The number of copies that could be printed was necessarily few as the amount of paper available for printing was small. The copies that have been issued are entirely personal copies for the exclusive use of the recipients... It is to be regretted that maps could not be made available for all copies..." But note, all the maps listed in the Contents are present in this copy. Contents retained with cord in orig. contemp. card folder with small typed title label to front. An important contemp. document & self evidently rare. See illustrations on our website.   £750
The Bromley Home Guard: A History of the 51st Kent Battalion. By L.D.V. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [iv]+80pp., 23 photos., 2 cartoons. Printed by the Sun Engraving Co., Ltd. nd [1945].  #52682
[HLMainPic] Rare & detailed history with several interesting photos. & 2 cartoons reproduced from the unit's magazine, 'The Willing Horse.' Named group photo. of officers. Nominal roll (showing, interestingly, that a total of 3420 individuals served in the ranks between 1940-44, plus 81 in the 'Electricity Unit'), roll of officers & their appointments, 1941-44, & roll of members who joined regular forces. VG with RUSI bookplate (presented by the unit, 1945), paper label at foot of sp. & small, neat IWM 'withdrawn' stamp inside rear cover. VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
Arnhem Lift: Diary of a Glider Pilot. 3rd imp., 96pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Pilot Press. 1945  #61272
[HLMainPic] Eyewitness account of 1st Aorborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
The Journal of the Royal Observer Corps Club. Vol. I, No. 1, September 1941-Vol. II, No. 4, January 1943. Complete run of all 15 monthly issues bound together, 4to, 538pp. in all, plus 11pp. Index, 26pp. Extracts from Minutes of General Council Meetings of the Hearkers Club & the R.O.C. Club from July, 1940 to December, 1942 & 8pp. Cartoons supplement. The ROC Club. Contemp.  #61674
[HLMainPic] A complete set of all editions published (superseded by the Inter-Services Recognition Journal) containing branch reports, notes on technical topics, many hundreds of photos. & silhouettes of aircraft, correspondence, cartoons &c. All issues & related matter bound together in in contemp. blue cloth, gilt, retaining orig. wraps., near fine throughout. See illustrations on our website   £75
The Reconnaissance Journal. Vol. 5, No. 2, Winter 1948-9. Orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. Recce Corps Comrades' Assoc. 1948  #60029
[HLMainPic] Contains news from various OCAs &c. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £25
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

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