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The Grand Project or the Sapper's Nightmare. 
The Grand Project or the Sapper's Nightmare.
The Grand Project or the Sapper's Nightmare.
(WORLD WAR II.)

The Grand Project or the Sapper's Nightmare. ...

(2nd. Edition)

Availability: In stock

Published: Maldon, August 1943

Stock Code: 46386

£350
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

A "revised edition" of a spoof produced in perhaps two copies by "Arthur," the commander of a Sappers unit attached to the 79th Armoured Division, this one being sent to his friend Major Douglas Bain of the Hampshire Regiment. The document relates, with typical facetious British Army humour, the events surrounding the development and testing of the DD (Dual Duplex) Amphibious Tanks at Fritton near Great Yarmouth. Part of the secret preparations for D-day, the amphibious Valentines and Shermans had to be kept under wraps, a idea which was nearly taken literally when it was found that they had to be run back to HQ via a public road. The GOC suggested "we'll wrap them up in canvas like a lot of Moslem Women," and the name stuck. Perhaps we learn nothing new on the technical battles with problems of flotation, but this an evocative piece which gives a good idea of the humour with which the impossible was achieved, and the drawings are very stylish and far more competent than amateur.

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Description

Quarto, original dark blue calf on bevelled boards, blind panelling to the boards.

Illustrations

6 original pen and ink "plates" and 3 similar illustrations to the text, carbon copy type-script.

Condition

A little rubbed at the spine, else very good.

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