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Colonel Paddy by Patrick Marrinan, 1st Edition - Special Forces Interest
A biography of LT-Colonel R. Blair Mayne, D.S.O. (3 Bars), Legion D'Honneur. During WW2 the Commanding Officer of the 1st Special Air Service Regiment. A rare first edition, 207 pages, maps but no photos. Ulster Press, 001 printed on spine and printed in the Netherlands. No edition or publication date but credited as being 1968 by the the Book World. Paperback, spine unbroken, minor corner wear to covers, small crease and some edge damage to bottom reverse of cover otherwise in what looks like unread condition (condition as per photos). A book not really for reading, but a collectors item. The cover provides a strong portrait image of this famous soldier. Of Northern Ireland interest.
Code: 62298Price: 68.00 GBP
'Only the Enemy in Front (every other beggar behind)' The Recce Corps at War 1940 - 1946 by Richard Doherty
A fine history of the Reconnaissance Recce Corps at war.
1994. 8vo., with 22 plates on 12 and 15 maps in the text; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dust wrapper (some minor creasing). It includes a loose newspaper cutting obituary notice for Colonel Philip Brownrigg, who commanded 61st Recce Regt, and gets four mentions in the book. A good clean copy with minimal signs of having been read.
Given the weight would prefer not to send overseas unless by prior agreement.
Code: 62297Price: 15.00 GBP
Haynes Manual - Great War Tank Mark IV - Brand New Book
RRP £22.99, brand new. Would make an ideal Xmas present. Superb book, also a great section at the end on some of the surviving tanks. Written by David Fletcher MBE who was curator, librarian and historian at the Tank Museum for over 30 years. Hardback with159pp of well illustrated text. New.
UK postage only on this item please unless by prior email agreement on postage costs.
Code: 62294Price: 12.00 GBP
A Set of Monmouthshire Regiment 'In Memorium' Booklets for WW1 and WW2
Given the difference in years of production, 1923 for the First World War and 1951 for the Second World War version, these are remarkably similar in format and layout. 19 pages and 16 pages respectively, card covers.
The WW1 version has some minor spine wear, some light foxing and rusting to centre staples but otherwise a good clean tight copy with no annotations or page tears. Included is a 5 page history of the regiment in WW1 including a summary of casualties, commanding officers and decorations and awards. Over 27 Officers and 512 other ranks lost their lives in WW1 and their roll is included in the pamphlet.
The WW2 version is in better condition overall and has a sample of the regimental ribbon for the regiment as part of its front cover. It includes 4 page summary of the role played by the 2nd Battalion in WW2, and confirms 229 soldiers of the Regiment lost their lives in WW2. This roll appears in the pamphlet. A good clean tight copy with no annotations or page tears. Slight rusting to central staples.
Included is a leaflet republished from The Free Press of Monmouthshire which includes a printed group photo of the senior officers of the Regiment and the Bishop of Monmouth and the Vicar of Trevethin. This is slightly foxed but otherwise in good condition.
Please note I will not split the items, they deserve to stay together.
Code: 61929Price: 60.00 GBP
WW2 The Morse Code Learning & Practice Longmans Manual - 1941
A scarce publication aimed at a variety of units, Air Training Corps, the Home Guard, WAAFS, WRNS, WATS and the regular forces. A5 size with paper covers, 64pp including a copy of the code itself and various exercises to build speed, aiming at a top seed of 30 words per minute! Morse code was first devised in 1832 for use in telegraphy by an American, Samuel F B Morse. Some rust marks to the front over which have leached slightly into the first few pages otherwise in good clean tight condition with no annotations, page tears or marks. Some corner wear. An interesting item for those interested in the role of signals work and wireless operators.
Code: 61928Price: 25.00 GBP
The Lineages and Composition of Gurkha Regiments in British ServiceIn 1769, the Army of Prithwi Narayan Shah from the kingdom of Gorkha (in West Central Nepal) overran the valley of Nepal and gradually gained control over the whole country. Their dominions increased considerably over the following decades until they covered large areas of Garhwal and Kumaon and came up against the expanding empire of the Honorable East India Company. This clash lead eventually to the Nepal War of 1814-1815, and it is from this date that the enlistment of Gurkhas in British Service began. The various units have a complex history which this specialist book attempts to unravel. Includes Burma police and other more unusual units primarily made up of Gurkhas.
Author: Sir John L Chapple
Publisher: Gurkha Museum, Church Crookham, Hants
Publication Date: Revised Edition September 1984
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Battel of Britain - Original Copy of London Gazette Special Supplement 10th September 1946
Original copy of London Gazette Supplement dated 10th Sept 1946 - being the Air Ministry's official account of the Battle of Britain. Bulletin number 37719 covering pages 4543 - 4571 plus the extra bonus of a large fold out map of the UK at the rear which details the Fighter Command sectors of control and airfields in 1940. I have not unfolded this for a photograph but i have checked it and it is in good condition except for some light foxing and staples rusted. Please note the final map showing Anti Aircraft Command dispositions is now all but detached from its back fixings. fascinating account of this iconic air battle. Scarce find for the air historian.
The Million - Weekly Victorian Magazine Publication No 85 Vol 3 4th November 1893
In good clean condition, slight yellowing to paper and minor rust to central staples. Some good images, military bias, interesting adverts. Bengal 18th Native Infantry to front cover.
Code: 61485Price: 10.00 GBP
London Illustrated News Magazine for the Week of January 25th1902
No 3275 Vol CXX - A complete uncut bound weekly edition, large format. A dramatic front cover of Boer bitter-enders fleeing from the gunfire of an armoured train. The rest concerns itself pretty much with the new King and his Queen, EDVII and Alexandra, attending the State Opening of Parliament. Includes lots of interesting adverts and articles as well as having its 4 page supplement. In good clean condition.
Code: 61484Price: 25.00 GBP
'Footslogging to Berlin' Claude Golding 1944 Hardback Book
Blandford Press, 1944. Condition: Average. Corner wear to boards, content clean, binding a bit loose and no longer as tight as it could be, Fair Dust jacket with some wear chipped and small tears. Usual wartime economy paper. A good range of black and white photos including a good one of the "Fighting Fifth" (Northumberland Fusiliers) acting as motor cyclist reconnaissance troops. Includes write up sections on The Guards, Black Watch, Ox & Bucks, DLI, Middlesex Regiment, East Surreys, Loyal Lancs, West Yorks, Green Jackets, Welch Regiment, Essex Regt, Royal Sussex, RNF and Royal Welch Fusiliers.
Code: 61471Price: 5.00 GBP
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