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Original 1938 British Army Field Service Pocket Book, (From The Imperial War Museum Reserve Stock). Sn. 13084:1 - 13084:1
This is an excellent volume of the Field Service Pocket Book 1938, purchased from the Imperial War Museum reserve stock. The book contains19 pamphlets including military symbols, field engineering, intelligence, protection against gas etc, many are stamped with the Imperial War Museum rubber stamp and the red cover carries an official compliment type slip “from the Ashley Havinden Collection.” Ashley Havinden was an influential British graphic designer born in Kent in 1903. At the outbreak of W.W.2 he joined the Highgate Home Guard. Ashley designed posters for the A.R.P. and War Loan adverts for the Ministry of Information. He then joined the army camouflage section and on his promotion to Captain in 1943 was transferred to the Petroleum Warfare Department to work on ‘PLUTO’ (Pipe-Line Underwater Transportation of Oil also known as Pipe Line Under The Ocean), the fuel pipeline to the Normandy, from Shanklin to Cherbourg. This is a nice set of W.W.2 pamphlets with provenance from the Imperial War Museum. Price includes UK delivery. Sn. 13084:1
£145.00

1st Edition Handbook For The Ordnance, Q.F. 25 Pr, Mark II On Carriage, 25 Pr. Mark I Land Service 1940. BO 308 - BO 308
This is an official publication by H.M.S.O. for the Standard British Field Gun and Howitzer of WW2 and beyond. It was introduced into service just before the war started combining high angle and direct fire, relatively high rates of fire and a reasonably lethal shell in a highly mobile piece. It remained the British Army's primary field piece well into the 1960's. This copy of the handbook is a 1st edition of 1940 and has a multitude of ammendments dated 1941 and 1942. As it was an official publication and not for general release to the press or the public, copies are scarce and highly sought after. This is a clean, tight copy of a rare book. The price includes UK delivery. BO 308
£195.00

An Original Condition H.M.S.O. "Handbook of the B.L. 6-Inch 26-CWT. Mark I Howitzer On Mark I Travelling Carriage (Land Service) 1917" Handbook, Withdrawn Stock From The Imperial War Museum. BO 305 - BO 305
An original H.M.S.O. "B.L. 6-Inch 26-CWT. Mark I Howitzer On Mark I Travelling Carriage (Land Service)" handbook in excellent condition. It is stamped as withdrawn stock from the Imperial War Museum Library. This is an official H.M.S.O. copy from 1917. The handbook covers all aspects of the Howitzer including the gun itself, the carriage, sightings, Limber and ammunition. It is fully illustrated throughout with drawings and exploded pull out diagrams and is a highly detailed original copy which is rare and desirable and from an impeccable source. The price includes UK delivery. BO 305
£140.00

An Excellent Condition H.M.S.O. "Handbook of the 4.5 In Q.F. Howitzer Land Service 1915" Handbook, Withdrawn Stock From The Imperial War Museum. BO 304 - BO 304
An original H.M.S.O. "Handbook of the 4.5 In Q.F. Howitzer Land Service 1915" handbook in excellent condition. It is stamped as withdrawn stock from the Imperial War Museum Library. This is an official H.M.S.O. copy from 1915 (re-printed in 1917) and not a later re print. The handbook covers all aspects of the Howitzer including the gun itself, the carriage, sightings, Limber and ammunition. It is fully illustrated throughout with drawings and exploded diagrams and is a highly detailed original copy which is rare and desirable. The price includes UK delivery. BO 304
£140.00

An Original H.M.S.O. Book Dated 1914 "A Handbook Of The 3" Q.F. Gun. Land Service." Withdrawn Stock From The Imperial War Museum. BO 303 - BO 303
This is an official H.M.S.O. book dated 1914 and has come from withdrawn stock of the Imperial War Museum Library. The volume covers all aspects of the gun including the gun itself, mounting, sighting and ammunition. It is fully illustrated with detailed drawings and exploded diagrams. There are also neat handwritten notes in the text and the front and rear endpapers carry an oval rubber stamp with 'No 17 Company Royal Garrison Artillery'. There is also the same rubber stamp on the front cover with an ink inscription "Rec'd 9/10/14' Unusually this copy also has stiff board covers instead of the usual paper ones. The price includes UK delivery. BO 303
£145.00

'Webley Air Pistols, Their History and Development' Book By Gordon Bruce. BO 301 - BO 301
This book tells the enthusiast everything they could wish to know about the history of the Birmingham firm of Webley & Scott, a firm that to many is only known for its manufacture of Airguns. It covers all the Airguns manufactured by the company and produced between the years 1924 to 1999 and there have been many of them. The book covers not only the airguns themselves but also sections relating to the various pellet styles and their suitability, plus the various shooting accessories that the company produced. There are a large number of original photographs in the book and lots of illustrations. The book was produced by Robert Hale, London and printed in 2001. It is in as new condition with the original dust cover and is unmarked. The book measures 11" x 9". The price includes UK delivery. BO 301
£95.00

'Ruger & His Guns, A History Of The Man, The Company and Their Firearms' book by R.L. Wilson. BO 300 - BO 300
This book is the story of William B. Ruger's dedication to providing traditional yet innovative design and to manufacturing excellence. Products are sold at a reasonable price for a broad ranging clientele from the ordinary citizen to the president of the United States. This richly illustrated, beautifully presented work is the official history of William B. Ruger of Sturm, Ruger & Co., and of Ruger firearms, featuring more than 185 colour and over 100 black and white illustrations. Published by Chartwell Books Inc. in 2007. The book is in as new condition and unmarked. It retains the original dust cover. It measures 11 1/2" x 9".The price includes UK delivery. BO 300
£110.00

'Die Olympischen Spiele 1936' 2 Volume Set Of Books Covering The Olympic Games In 1936 Held In Berlin. BO 127 - BO 127
These books were issued by Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, Hamburg-Bahrenfeld and are packed with black and white and colour photographs of both the winter and summer Olympic Games. (The famous 1936 Jesse Owens Games). Owens specialised in the sprints and the long jump and was recognised in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history". His achievement of setting three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten track meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been called ‘the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport’ and has never been equaled. At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens won international fame with four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy". The text is in Geman but the photographs and artwork are superb. The books are complete and in excellent condition. The books measure 12" x 10". The price includes delivery. BO 127
£195.00

SOLD SOLD (22/05) “The Story of the Household Cavalry” Contained In Three Volumes. BO 126 1667/1688 - BO 126 1667/1688
A scarce history, by Captain Sir George Arthur Bart, published 1909. Covers the history of the Regiment with quantity of black and white photographs and illustrations, plus index. Blue Cloth hardback covers with fine detailed gold tooling of regimental guidons to the front of Vol. I & II and regimental trumpet banner to Vol. III. Spines of Vol. I & Vol. II with basic repair. All clean condition. The price includes UK Delivery. BO 126 1667/1688
£0.00

A Collection Of Four Books On British Army Uniforms, Dress Regulations, Coloured Field Service Caps and Recipients of The Distinguished Conduct Medal 1914-1920. BO 1062 - BO 1062
This is a collection of four books, the first is 'Recipients Of The Distinguished Conduct medal 1914-1920' book by R.W. Walker. Compiled by Midlands Medals, Birmingham with R.W. Walker in 1981 and printed by Galata Coins Ltd. This is a definitive work which is listed in regimental and alphabetically order. It is complete with the loose leaf wrapper. The second, 'Dress Regulations For The Army 1934' book by the War Office and printed on 30th June 1934. This is a maroon linen backed book which is a great book for reference. The third is a signed copy by the author 'British Army Uniforms & Insignia Of World War Two' book, signed on the inside cover by Brian L. Davis on the 26.4.1997. It is in perfect condition and retains the loose leaf wrapper. Published by the 'Arms and Armour Press, London. It is fully illustrated. The last is a small booklet 'The Military Historical Society Special Number 2002 Coloured Field Service Caps Infantry' by DG Glover. This is fully illustrated throughout. The price for all four includes UK delivery. BO 1062
£110.00
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