No 70 - 73 inclusive including the society's twentieth anniversary issue. A real blast from the past and includes informative articles and book reviews that will help you wile away your lockdown blues. All in good condition with no tears, missing pages, annotations or cut outs.
Some really interesting articles on badges, medals, and units, too many to list, but my favourites across the four issues were:
'A Real Life African Queen' - Story of the expedition led by Commander Spicer-Simon R.N.
Engineer Units of the Empire & Commonwealth
Commonwealth 'Animal' Badges
Kings African Rifles to 1914
The Defence of British Somaliland 1940
The Battle of Britain Bullet
Service Police Auxiliaries
Armoured Cars - Some Insignia
Fort Siloso (Singapore)
Generally lots of tit bits and chat on our hobby.
Landscape format, privately bound in hard red covers (usually found in soft back format), frontis with library sticker of owner, "Ex Libris R.G. Hollies-Smith". It is in great condition with no tears, annotations or damage other than a few minor marks to cover. Dated 1959. This is a scarce one to find in any event, but really useful in this hardback format for gracing your library shelf. The exquisitely drawn illustrations in this series are all actual size of the smaller items illustrated such as the badges etc. Just some of these wonderful pages photographed here. A feast and of Irish interest.
Published by Langridge's Military Publications in 1959, Cambridge.
Landscape format, privately bound in hard red covers (usually found in soft back format), frontis with library sticker of owner, "Ex Libris R.G. Hollies-Smith". It is in great condition with no tears, annotations or damage other than a few small marks to cover. Dated 1959 and deals with the insignia worn at the time of its amalgamation in 1958. This is a scarce one to find in any event, but really useful in this hardback format for gracing your library shelf. The exquisitely drawn illustrations in this series are all actual size of the smaller items illustrated such as the badges etc. Just some of these wonderful pages photographed here. A feast and of Irish interest.
Published by Langridge's Military Publications in 1959, Cambridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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
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.
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