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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   180 Books
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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
The Story of the 23rd Hussars 1940-1946. Written & Compiled by Members of the Regiment. 1st Ed., 277pp., num. photos. & fldg. maps. VG in chipped/worn dw. No imprint, printed in Germany. April 1946  #59812
[HLMainPic] Formed 1940 & fought in Sherman & Churchill tanks from Normandy through the Low Countries & Ardennes to Germany. Roll of Hon., awards, wounded & PoWs. Orig. full green morocco, VG in chipped & worn dw. See illustration on our website.   £60
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
The Diary of 85 (Essex) Medium Battery Royal Artillery 1943-1945. 1st Ed., [viii]+144pp., 15 photos., 8 maps. Margate: Parrett (printers). 1947  #60364
[HLMainPic] Normandy (landed on Juno beach 14/7/44), Falaise Gap, through France, the Scheldt, Walcheren & the Houthulst Forest, Rhine Crossing &c. Record kept in the battery officer's mess with various appendices inc. Roll of Honour, rolls of officers &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
Dagger Division: Story of the 19th Indian Division. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., photos. throughout, fldg. map. Bombay: DPR, WD. nd  #58108
[HLMainPic] The only history of the division's exploits in Burma 1944-45 inc. Irrawaddy Crossing, capture of Fort Dufferin, Mandalay &c. Minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
The Story of 46 Division 1939-1945. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 136pp., 4to, 47 photos., 19 maps (most fldg.). Graz: Univ. Book Press "Styria". 1946  #58722
[HLMainPic] Tunisia, Italy & Greece. Detailed contemp. history & rolls of commands & staff, awards. Order of Battle &c. Many good photos. & various coloured maps based on contemp. official sheets. Orig. wraps., first 20 leaves dampstained/marked, overall sound & rather scarce. See illustration on our website.   £60
Royal Engineers Battlefield Tour: The Seine to the Rhine. Volume I: An Account of the Operations Included in the Tour. Volume II: A Guide to the Conduct of the Tour. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., foolscap, xviii+217pp., 49 photos., 37 maps on 14 fldg. leaves; x+83pp., 31 maps. VG in dws. Chief Engineers British Army of the Rhine. Feb. 1947  #58760
[HLMainPic] RESTRICTED. "Prepared by HQ 8 AGRE... to enable present & future REs to study certain operations of particular engineer interest in the 1940 Flanders Campaign & in the 1944/45 Campaign in NW Europe..." Fabulous detail on RE aspects of ops. inc. Arnhem, battle of the Rhineland, Rhine Crossing &c. Numerous accounts by participating officers & NCOs. Excellent photos. & exceptional, detailed col. printed maps of operations. Orig. blue qtr. morocco, gilt to front & spines, near fine in dws, & rare. See illustration on our website.   £375
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 Story of the 2/4th Battalion The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1939-1946. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 90pp., map. Printed by Adlard & Son, Dorking.  #59958
[HLMainPic] Campaigns in France 1940, Tunisia, Italy (inc. Salerno) & Greece. Roll of Hon., awards & officers. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £120
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

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