Catalogue No. 164 “Ancre”
October 2019

This is quite an extensive list with good books in all the customary areas. In addition to the usual sections, there is a small listing of Indian Army training material (numbers 39-50). I hope that you will find something of interest to you in this catalogue.

Almost all our books, including the ones in this catalogue, are illustrated on our website:  

Historical Records of the XIII Madras Infantry.
Deeply researched history: various early Indian campaigns inc. Mahratta & Pindari Wars, Seringapatam &c., Burma 1835-39 & 1885-87 &c. followed by chapters on recruiting, dress, regimental distinctions &c. Appendices include services of British & Native officers & various tables & statistics. Exquisite col. plates of uniforms. "...full & informative, for the period 1776-1896... The appendices are extensive & detailed..." - Perkins 449. Orig. red cloth, gilt to front & sp., sp. somewhat sunned but a nice copy & rare. See illustration on our website. 1898 £325
 

History of the King's German Legion.
The standard, definitive history of the KGL, one of the finest bodies of troops fighting in the Peninsular & at Waterloo. Very rare original edition, the two vols. published five years apart (Vol. I printed Marchant, London & Vol. II by Jackson, South Mall, Cork). good quality modern (c.1960s?) half blue calf, raised bands to sps., red leather lettering labels, blue cloth boards, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, sps. sunned, Vol. I lacking half-title, very nice set thus. See illustration on our website. £950
 

Just the Job: Some Experiences of a Colonial Policeman.
Joined Palestine Police 1930 & received the BEM in 1936, Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry in 1938 & KPM in 1942, all for work during "the years of terrorism & revolt"; in 1942, in the course of duty, he killed Albert Stern, leader of the Stern Gang (& in 1972 was awarded a substantial libel award against a publisher who accused him of murder); at the end of 1944 he was posted to Trinidad (partly because he was a marked man in Palestine) & afterwards Deputy Commissioner in Nyasaland, 1947-53. VG in sl. chipped dw & rare. Loosely inserted press cuttings re the 1971/72 libel case. See illustration on our website. 1957 £125
 

Training Compendium for Indian Infantry. Tamil Edition.
Pocketbook containing sections on Infantry Training; Squad Drill; Rifle & Bayonet training/exercises, outposts, musketry, bombing &c. text largely Tamil, headings & sub-headings in Contents & text rendered in English & Tamil. Scarce survival of notable value for the excellent photo. plates of soldier's in drill positions ranging from standing at attention & saluting to rifle firing positions, using cover, bayonet exercises &c. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, blue cloth backstrip, somewhat serviceworn but VG. See illustration on our website. 1920 £75
 

The History of Thr 107 Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (King's Own) June 1940-February 1946.
1940 war-raised unit based initially on officers & drafs from King's Own holding battalions, titled 10th (S) Bn. but changed in Jan. 1942 to 151st Reg. Royal Armoured Corps & began to train with tanks; retitled as 107 Regt. early in 1944, emberked for Normany 30th June 1944 & fought in break-out battles, Falaise, advance to the Rhine, &c. Roll of casualties, KiA or DoW, PoWs, roll of awards (with citations) & a number of interesting appendices on various actions. Some time spent with 15th & 51st Scottish Divisions. Orig. dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG & rare. See illustration on our website. £220
 

Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War.
A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website. 1920 £225
 

Men in Battle: A Story of Americans in Spain.
Personal experiences of an American volunteer with the Lincoln Battalion of the International Brigade of the Spanish Loyalist Army in the Aragon Offensive during the spring of 1938 & the offensive across the Ebro during the summer of that year. Orig. yellow cloth, VG in dw with striking red titles to sp. & front of cloth, & equally striking dw. See illustrations on our website. 1939 £75
 

153 Infantry Brigade in the Sicilian Campaign.
A highly detailed report of the 153 (Black Watch & Gordon) Infantry Brigade of the 51st (Highland) Division during the short campaign in Sicily, July-August 1943, complete with 6 fldg. maps (cut-down sections of contemp. operational maps). Copy No. 25 of unknown total, this the "Personal Property of Major H. Dunn" & Preface states: "The following account of the operations of 153 Brigade in the Campaign in SICILY in 1943 was compiled immediately after the island had been conquered & was completed by the end of August of that year. The final draft was made out by me [Brigadier H. Muarry, commanding 153 Bde.] & was subsequently checked by Battalion Commanders & others... The number of copies that could be printed was necessarily few as the amount of paper available for printing was small. The copies that have been issued are entirely personal copies for the exclusive use of the recipients... It is to be regretted that maps could not be made available for all copiess..." But note, all the maps listed in the Contents are present in this copy. Contents retained with cord in orig. contemp. card folder with small typed title label to front. An important contemp. document & self evidently rare. See illustrations on our website. £750
 

Frank Maxwell, Brig.-General, VC, CSI, DSO: A Memoir & Some Letters.
Francis Aylmer Maxwell was born in 1871, Ed. at the United Service College at Westward Ho! & Sandhurst. In 1891 he joined the Royal Sussex Regiment in India for a year before his appointment to the Indian Army, initially to the 24th Punjab Inf. His first active service was in the Tochi Valley in 1895, then in the Chitral Relief Expedition when he was attached to the Guides Cavalry. During this campaign he was recommended for the VC. The following year, 1896, he transferred to the 18th Lancers, saw further active service on the North-West Frontier including A.D.C. to his uncle, Gen. Sir William Lockhart, in the Tirah Expedition, after which he was awarded the DSO. He was attached to Roberts' Horse in South Africa during the Boer War, when he was awarded the V.C. for gallantry at Sannah's Post. He was A.D.C. to Lord Kitchener (who bestowed on him the nickname "The Brat") & Military Secretary to Lord Hardinge. In 1916 he was posted to France & given command of the 12th (S) Bn., Middlesex Regiment – a New Army unit that had failed to perform & required firm leadership to bring it up to standard. Under Maxwell's command the battalion was transformed, doing well on the Somme including the capture of Trônes Wood & Thiepval. Maxwell received a bar to the DSO & command of the 27th Infantry Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. He was killed in action on 21st Sept. 1917 while personally undertaking a reconnaissance in No-Man's-Land. He is buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery. Excellent memorial to a fine soldier, based on his letters from various campaigns, including the Western Front 1916-17. Orig. red cloth, gilt, 18th Lancers (IA) crest to front, near fine in rare dw (but this lacking top part of rear panel). See illustrations on our website. 1921 £165
 

A South African Student and Soldier: Harold Edward Howse 1894-1917. BA Rhodes University College, Grahamstown, Captain, Royal Berkshire Regiment, A Study.
Harold Edward Howse was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, 1894, descendant of an 1820 settler. He was Ed. at Rondebosch High School, the Grey Institute at Port Elizabeth & Rhodes University College, Grahamstown. He took a full part in university life: Debating Society, joint-editor of the Magazine, on the Students' Representative Council, Rugby football etc., narrowly missing 1st Class Honours when he graduated in history in 1913. He then obtained a job "in a business house," but "From the uncongenial atmosphere of commerce he was released by the calling out of the Defence Force in the first month of the War." He served on Garrison duty at Cape Town with Prince Alfred's Guard, but after some eight months active duty was released & became a school teacher. However, later in 1915 he decided to go to England & obtain a commission. In March 1916 he joined an Officer Cadet Battalion at Lichfield, was commissioned in the Berkshire Regiment (SR) in August, posted to the 2nd Battalion in France & gassed at Les Boeufs in November. Rejoining his battalion the following spring he was killed in action 16th Aug. 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, has no known grave & is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches. A detailed biographical memoir quoting extensively from his letters from leaving South Africa in Jan. 1916 & throughout his training & active service 1916-1917, including the experience of being gassed, the German retreat on the Somme in early 1917 &c. Orig. dec. wraps., nice clean copy & rare. See illustration on our website. £145
 

 

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