Catalogue No. 172 “Rhine”
January 2021

Firstly, I hope all my customers, their families and friends are safe and well. I am sure I am not alone in hoping fervently for an end to the current situation. Starting the year as I mean to go on, I present an excellent selection of mostly new stock in the customary areas, and I hope you will find something to interest you. It is my aim to regularly offer the widest range of collectible military books at realistic prices.

We are a leading dealers in rare and second hand books on British military history from around 1800 to 1945. The Great War, 1914-1918, has always been our speciality and we hold extensive stocks of regimental and divisional histories, official histories, standard works, memoirs, Rolls of Honour, Army Lists and so forth. For more information see www.turnerdonovan.com.
 

British Public Schools War Memorials.
Superbly executed production printed on fine art paper throughout, depicting memorials in all the major public schools and many others, with much interesting detail on their design & execution, also giving the numbers of old boys who fell from each school. A remarkably comprehensive work in near fine condition & rare in the dw. See illustration on our website. 1927 £175
 

From Ploegsteert to Graudenz: The Story of a Prisoner-of-War.
Very rare memoirs privately published in a small limited edition. Lionel George Archer Cust, 85th Batt. RFA, was captured in the Catacombs, Ploegsteert, 11th April 1918 during the Lys offensive, whilst acting as liaison officer to 7th Inf. Bde. He describes ops. around Messines 7-11 April then experiences of capture & life at Rastatt & Graudenz PoW camps. VG, with advert loosely inserted offering copies at 5/-, available from the printer at Eton College, the author's father at Datchet House, Datchet, & Hatchards. See illustration on our website. 1919 £145
 

H.Q. Tanks 1917-1918.
Undoubtedly, & by far, the rarest of the Tank Men's memoirs, most informative on the conduct & course of the Battle of Cambrai as seen from Tank Corps HQ. Hon. Evan Charteris (1864-1940), a younger son of the 10th Earl of Wemyss, was Ed, at Eton, commissioned in the Coldstream Guards but proceeded to Balliol & practiced at the Parliamentary Bar. A man of affairs, he was Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, a Trustee of the National Gallery & of the Wallace Collection. In 1916 he became a Staff Captain in the RFC then GSO III in the Tank Corps from Aug. 1916 to Jan. 1918. He resigned his commission in April 1918. The author of several historical works, he did not, however, include this privately printed volume in the list of published works submitted for his "Who's Who" entry. The book was published privately & anonymously. It covers the period July 1917-January 1918, when the author was GSO3 at Tank HQ with the role of historian of the Tank Corps. J.F.C. Fuller, in the Introduction to 'Tanks in the Great War,' thanks Charteris "for the accurate & careful records of the Corps which he compiled from the earliest days of the tank movement in 1914, to the close of the battle of Cambrai. Many of these were written under, shall I say, far from luxurious circumstances, in his shell-blasted estaminets, less well cared for than the rats of Albert & as much out of place as Alciabeadees in a Peckham parlor." He continues: "The two G.S.O.s3 were Captain the Hon. Evan Charteris & Captain I.M. Stewart, M.C. Charteris was the 'Arbiter Elegantarum' of our Headquarters. He kept the Corps records, as already stated, & without these it would scarcely have been possible to write this history. he was our 'maitre d'hotel'; he gave us beach nut bacon & honey for breakfast, he kept his weather eye open for a one-armed man, elaborated menus which rivalled those of Trimalchio, & gave sparkle to us all by the ripple of his wit." For his part, Charteris offers an illuminating decsription of J.F.C. Fuller (called Evans in this work): "I moved up to the neighbourhood of Ypres... Here I found the whole of the H.Q. Staff, & first made acquaintance with Evans, the G.S.O.1 of the Tank Corps - G.S.O.1 & brain. A little man, with a bald head, & a sharp face & a nose of a Napoleonic cast, his general appearance, stature, & feature earning him the title of Boney. He stood out at once as a totally unconventional soldier, prolific in ideas, fluent in expression, at daggers drawn with received opinion, authority, & tradition. In the mess his attacks on the red-tabbed hierarchy were viewed in the spirit of a rat hunt; a spirit he responded to with much vivacity & no little wit. But he could talk amusingly & paradoxically on any subject. His specialities were Eastern religions, about which he could be bewildering, spiritualism, occultism, military history & the theory of war... He was an inexhaustible writer, & from his office issued reams on reams about training, plans of campaign, organisation, & schemes for the use of tanks. He was an invaluable element from a military & social point of view, but his brains would have been better utilised at G.H.Q. galvanising that conservative centre with advanced ideas..." Orig. wheat cloth, titled in black to front & sp., little worn, overall VG, with a small piece of paper pasted to the title page bearing inscription: See illustrations on our website. 1920 £1100
 

 

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.
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 cloth, gilt to front & spines, VG in rather chipped dws. Rare. See illustration on our website. 1947 £375
 

British Army of the Rhine Battlefield Tour. Operation Plunder, Operations of 12 British Corps Crossing the River Rhine, on 23, 24 and 25 March 1945.
RESTRICTED. Invaluable, detailed account of the planning & execution of the Rhine Crossing, with various original Operation Orders &c. reproduced, plus Order of Battle. Excellent coloured fldg. maps. 550 copies of this edition were printed. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website. 1947 £275
 

A Frenchman in Khaki.
Interpreter with the BEF from Aug. 1914 to the end, notably at Gough's 5th Army HQ &c. DCM, MM & bar, Croix de Guerre. A most entertaining narrative with Churchill preface. The original 1st Edition, bound in plain mustard cloth with red, white & blue decorative bands, titled in back to front & sp., VG excellent, near fine dw, but for a small tear/gap at top of front board, with contemp. ink ownership "George Deleforce" to ffep & incribed by author on title page "For an interested visitor! Very cordially - Paul Maze." Rare in dw. See illustrations on our website. 1934 £325
 

To The Stars: A Tribute to the Junior Officers of the Royal Armoured Corps.
A very informative & rather scarce account of the process of officer training at the RAC OCTU (at Sandhurst) during WW2, in all its facets, including the personal experiences of the author (who emerged from it as a 2nd Lieut. in 1942). Attractively produced with amusing sketches & a 20pp. 'Epilogue' recording the author's arrival in the Middle East where after top-up courses at the RAC Base Depot he was appointed a liaison officer at HQ BTE (British Troops Egypt) before joining his unit - 3rd RTR - where he was posted to command the Recce Troop in "A" Sqdrn. in time to participate in the Battle of El Alamein, of which he provides a graphic account, culminating in the brewing-up of his Dingo with consequent losses including himself wounded. (Note: Ross was awarded the MC for Alamein, later returned to 3 RTR & wounded again in Tunisia. In 1944 he returned to the RAC OCTU as an instructor. His war memoirs, "All Valiant Dust," were published in 1992.) Smith ("British Armoured Formations 1939-1945, A Bibliography") pps. 83, 172, 293. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG in sl. rubbed but rare & attractive dw. See illustrations on our website. £125
 

A Decade of Japanese Underground Activities in The Netherland East Indies.
Japanese subversive activities in Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Celebes, Dutch New Guinea &c., inc. economic leverage, espionage &c. Excellent, clean copy with striking design to front. Rare survival. See illustration on our website. 1942 £75
 

Missing.
RFC pilot's experiences after a forced landing in the German lines in Belgium; he evaded capture & regained allied lines after thirteen weeks. Orig. black cloth, titled in white ink (usually faded but fine on this copy) & rare in dw illustrated with the author's identity bracelet to front. VG & very scarce, especially in dw. See illustrations on our website. 1930 £165
 

 

 

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