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(WORLD WAR II.) LINDSAY, Martin, & M. E. Johnston.

A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division

June 1943-July 1945.

British Army of the Rhine, Print and Stationery Service, [1945] Stock Code: 90359
£450.00

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First edition. This book continues the story of the 7th Armoured Division begun by Lt.-Col. Michael Carver in A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division October 1938 to May 1943. Written by Captains Lindsay and Johnston, it follows the "Desert Rats" from the end of the North Africa campaign to the British Victory Parade in Berlin on 21 July 1945. This copy is elevated by additional content which, when combined with the book, makes for an intriguing collection of documents concerning the 7th Armoured Division. Pasted to front pastedown is a handwritten letter dated 14 March 1946; written on 3/4 County of London Yeomanry stationery, the author mentions being stationed in "an enormous castle" in Schleswig. Pasted to front free endpaper and title page verso is a newspaper clipping from the London Illustrated News, dated 2 February 1946, detailing the formation and subsequent action of the 7th Armoured division. Several magazine clippings featuring commanders of the 7th Armoured division are pasted to rear flyleaves. In addition, loosely inserted is a 1944 Christmas card specially designed for the 7th Armoured Division, showing the division's mascot, a red jerboa, visiting places where the division had seen action. Also loosely inserted is a typewritten letter signed Frank Miles and dated 24 April 1947, discussing the loan of a copy of the book and his memories of the engagements of the 7th Armoured division prior to leaving the Middle East in 1942.

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Description

Octavo. Grey and blue cloth boards, titles to front cover in red, to spine on typewritten label.

Illustrations

Black and white photographic illustrations throughout, 11 partially coloured folding maps in pocket attached to rear cover.

Condition

A few small dark stains to rear cover, slight wear to board edges, spine label worn, edges slightly foxed. A few light creases to Maps I and IV; small nick to top margin of Map XI. A very good copy.

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