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Second World War Second World War, Including regimental and divisional histories, personal accounts, general histories and works of reference   161 Books
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History of 7th Armoured Division June 1943-July 1945. 1st Ed., [v]+171pp., num. photos., 11 fldg. maps in end pocket. AP&SS, BAOR.  #62445
[HLMainPic] Excellent contemp. account: Italy then North-West Europe campaign 1944-45. Well illustrated & excellent fldg. maps in end-pocket. Orig. grey cloth, titled in red, little chipped, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
The Gordon Highlanders in Pictures 1940-1945. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 60pp., approx. 80 photos. Glasgow: Wilson, Guthrie & Co. nd (c.1946)  #63899
[HLMainPic] A fine selection of photos. of the Gordons at war on all Fronts. Covs. sl. chipped, stapled rusted, generally sound, VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £45
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
Ramie Pancerne: 2. Polskiego Korpusu. The Armoured Arm of the 2nd Polish Corps. Photo-Album of the 2nd Warsawska Armoured Division. Part I. 1st Ed. in English, 823 photos. on 256pp., oblong 4to. VG in dw. Rome: Officine Grafiche Italiane. 1946  #63479
[HLMainPic] Superb & fully captioned photographic record of 2nd Warsaw Armd. Div. training in in southern Siberia & Middle East, but largely the campaign in Italy 1944-1945 inc. battles of Monte Cassino &c. Just 1500 copies were printed with English language text, & 2575 copies in Polish. Both versions are rare, especially this English hardback version in its attractive dw. See illustrations on our weebsite.   £250
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
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 Airborne Div. at Arnhem. Nice copy in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
Streatham's 41. 2nd Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 52pp., several dozen photos., map in text. Published in aid of the Streatham Comforts Fund. nd [1945]  #61816
[HLMainPic] Detailed record of the 41 V-1 flying bombs (Doodlebugs) that fell on Streatham over a two month period during the summer of 1944. Contains full details of each of these, describing their effect & how the Civil Defence services dealt with them & their awful effects. Includes a map showing where each one fell. The 41 bombs caused almost 1000 casualties & damaged around 17,000 properties. Well illustrated, attractive & rare record of the V-1 offensive, plus details & roll of local CD wardens & their duties, &c. See illustration on our website.   £25
Prisoner of War: The First Authentic Account of the Lives of British Prisoners of War in Enemy Hands. 1st Ed., 28pp., photos. throughout, map (showing locations of PoW camps in Germany, Italy &c.). Horace Marshall & Sons Ltd. on behalf of the War Organisation of the British Red Cross. [1942]  #62029
[HLMainPic] Description of types of camps, rights of prisoners, food, conditions &c., plus good selection of photos. & map showing locations of the various camps. Little chipped, VG, with loosely inserted BRCS leaflet of guidance on how to send parcels to PoW, wat may be included, &c. See illustrations on our website.   £20
Works of Art in Italy: Losses & Survivals in the War. Part I: South of Bologna [Together with:] Part II: North of Bologna. Together with Regional Summaries & a Supplement to Part I. Both 1st Eds., orig. dec. wraps., iv+80pp. & iv+209pp., each with numerous photo. plates. HMSO. 1945/1946  #62346
[HLMainPic] Compiled from War Office Reports by The British Committee on the Preservation & Restitution of Works of Art, Archives, & Other Material in Enemy Hands. These two works contain much detail on the works of art in various locations, churches & other buildings, historical remains, items held in museums, &c. Both VG in orig. dec. wraps., well illustrated & detailed. See illustrations on our website.   £35
With the Scottish Troops in Europe. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 80pp., 75 photos. Glasgow: Printed by Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Soc. for D. M'Kenzie & Co. nd (c.1945).  #63835
[HLMainPic] Appealing & very well-illustrated record of the Scottish Divisions (15th, 51st & 52nd) from Normandy 1944 to the Rhineland. Much of interest inc. some personal experiences of the campaign, articles such as Lothians RAMC in Rhineland, Day in Billets with the KOSB, &c. Attractive orig. dec. wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.   £45

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