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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939-45 [Two volumes]
1 Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939-45 [Two volumes]
Wellington War History Branch / Department of Internal Affairs 1949-1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Fading to green colour of leather at spines and margins of boards. Volume Two with 30mm split to gutter at upper part of rear hinge. ; Two volumes (complete). These copies are from a small number specially bound. Green full leather bindings. Red leather lettering pieces on spines. Gilt borders to boards. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Page dimensions: 236 x 145mm. Volume One: vii, [1], 373 pages. Volume Two: [viii], 407 pages. ; [Series title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45] 
Price: 405.00 NZD
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2 Cody, J. F. 21 Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington, New Zealand War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1953 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library rubber stamps. Adhesive tape stains to endpapers. Front panel only of dust-jacket, pasted down onto front board. Some fraying and small chips and tear to cloth at ends of spine. Complete with all illustrations and maps.; xv, [1], 471, [1] pages + frontispiece + 58 illustrations + 6 folding colour maps + 16 in-text maps. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 213 x 136mm. Contents: Foreword; Preface; To the United Kingdom; Camberley to Athens; Campaign in Greece; Battle for Crete; Libya 1941; Syrian Interlude; Defence of Egypt; Victory in Egypt; Pursuit to Tripoli; Tunisian Campaign; Entr'acte; The Sangro and Orsogna; Cassino; Advance on Rome; Advance to Florence; Rimini; The Winter Line; The Final Offensive; Exit 21 Battalion; AppendixI: Capture of Von Ravenstein; Roll of Honour; Honours and Awards; Summary of Casualties; Commanding Officers; Index. 
Price: 135.00 NZD
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28 (Maori) Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45], Cody, J. F.
3 Cody, J. F. 28 (Maori) Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington, New Zealand War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1956 Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Shallow chip to cloth at tail end of spine. Some dampstains to spine cloth and to front board, and to a small area of the front endpaper. Some spots of foxing to page edges. Ex-libris label on front endpaper "Glen Historic Collection", and also with a small circular purple sticker on the front endpaper. Internally very good. No tears to the folding maps. ; 1957 second printing (the first printing was in 1956). xvi, 514, [1] pages + frontispiece + plates + 7 folding colour maps + 25 in-text maps. Original red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 212 x 135mm. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Formation and Departure; England; The Middle East; The Campaign in Greece; Crete; Sollum and Gazala; Minqar Qaim; Parry and Thrust; Alamein to Tripoli; Medenine and Point 209; Takrouna; Across the Mediterranean; Orsogna; Cassino; Advance on Florence; The Rimini Campaign; The Winter Campaign; The Last Battle; Aotea Quay; Roll of Honour; Summary of Casualties; Honours and Awards; Commanding Officers; Index. ; 8vo 
Price: 438.75 NZD
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New Zealand Engineers, Middle East [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45], Cody, J. F.
4 Cody, J. F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington, New Zealand War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1961 First Edition Hardcover Good in Poor dust jacket 
This copy has the dustwrapper covered in an untidy, messy fashion with laminated silver plastic and masking tape. The plastic laminate is also adhering to the endpapers and boards. Also with a large 6" cut to the front panel of the dust wrapper. ; xvi, 774, [1] pages + frontispiece + plates + 7 folding colour maps + 42 in-text maps. Original red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 212 x 136mm. This copy with a presentation slip loosely included: "Presented to 447982 Sapper R. W. Gibb by The Government of New Zealand in recognition of his service with New Zealand Engineers, Middle East in the Second World War, 1939-45". Also with several rubber name stamps of R. W. Gibb. Contents: Foreword; Preface; 'With the Rank and Pay of a Sapper'; The First Offensive; In the Lee of the Storm; The Campaign in Greece; The Campaign in Crete; Non-Divisional Engineer Units in Middle East and England, June-December 1941; The Crusader Campaign; A Miscellany of Work; The Western Desert Railway, January - June 1942; Neap Tide in Egypt; Behind the Retreat, June - October 1942; The Turn of the Tide; High Tide in Tripolitania, December 1942 - January 1943; Behind the Advance, October 1942 - February 1943; Flood Tide in Tunisia, March - May 1943; Reorganisation; The Italian Winter Line; Cassino; 14 Forestry Company in Italy; Advance to Florence; The Advance to the Savio River; To the Senio; To Ronchi; 'Battled Fields No More'; Appendices; Roll of Honour; Summary of Casualties; Honours and Awards; Commanders, New Zealand Engineers, 2 NZEF; Index. ; 8vo 
Price: 108.00 NZD
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Petrol Company [Series title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45], Kidson, A. L.
5 Kidson, A. L. Petrol Company [Series title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1961 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 
No signatures. Large 4" tear to dustjacket spine. Also a 1 1/4" tear to front panel of dustjacket. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; xv, [1], 363, [2] pages + frontispiece + 68 illustrations + 7 folding maps + 11 in-text maps. Red cloth boards. with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 216 x 139mm. Military history, World War II / World War Two. Contents: Foreword by Lieutenant-General Lord Freyberg; The Birth of a Unit; At Sea; 'The Gorgeous East'; Desert Training; 'Oh to be in England!"; The Wavell Show; Campaign in Greece; Crete; Libya, 1941; Syrian Interlude; Back to the 'Blue'; A Fateful Month; Eighth Army Conquers; The End in North Africa; On to Italy; All Roads Lead to Rome; Clean-up in Italy; Home at Last; Roll of Honour; Summary of Casualties; Honours and Awards; Officers Commanding; Index. ; 8vo 
Price: 189.00 NZD
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With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine: The Official History of the New Zealand Machine Corps in the Great World War 1914-1918, Luxford, J. H. (Major)
6 Luxford, J. H. (Major) With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine: The Official History of the New Zealand Machine Corps in the Great World War 1914-1918
Auckland Whitcombe & Tombs 1923 First Edition Hardcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Extensive water stains to cloth boards and spine. Front board detached. Dampstains to margins of preliminary leaves. Water damages and losses to margins of pages 241-255 at rear of book, with loss of text from column of service numbers in Appendix B, "List of N.C.O.'s and Men Who Died". All illustrations and maps present.; Owner's signature on front endpaper: "No 39686 / Sgt Mjr R. L. [K?]ent / 1st Coy / N.Z.M.G. Coy / N.Z.E.F." 255 pages + 51 illustrations (including frontispiece) + 9 maps (5 folding). Red cloth boards with black titles and illustration on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 212 x 131mm. Selected chapter titles: The Companies Leave Egypt for France; The Journey to the Somme; The Battle of the Somme; Back in Flanders; The Battle of Messine; Gravenstafel and Passchendaele; Winter at Ypres; The Machine Gun Battalion; The German Offensive; The Advance to Bapaume; The Battle of the Selle River; General Situation on Egyptian Front; Formation of the Squadron; The Battle of Romani; El Arish and Magdhaka; Into Palestine: Rafa; Allenby's Drive Opens; Across the Jordan Into the Land of Moab; The Final Offensive; Armistice. 
Price: 162.00 NZD
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26 Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45], Norton, Frazer D.
7 Norton, Frazer D. 26 Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington, New Zealand War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1952 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Cloth rubbed with slight fraying at corners of boards and ends of spine. Cloth spine with heavy staining. Hinges weak and loose. Adhesive tape stains on copyright page and title page. Previous owner's signature and address on copyright page. Some dampstains near gutter at rear endpaper. A good reading or working copy. Lacking the dust-jacket.; xvi, 554, [1] pages + frontispiece + 63 illustrations on 16 leaves + 5 folding colour maps + 42 in-text maps. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 212 x 137mm. Contents: Foreword; Preface; In Burnham and Journey Overseas; Early Days in Egypt; Greece; The Canal Zone; The Second Libyan Campaign; Syria; The Battle for Egypt; The Battle of Alamein; The Pursuit; The Fall of Tunisia; Departure from Egypt; First Battle in Italy; The Battle for Orsogna; The Battle for Cassino; The Advance through the Liri Valley; The Advance on Florence; The Advance from Rimini; The Drive to the Senio; The Final Offensive in Italy; The Break-up of a Unit; Roll of Honour; Honours and Awards; Summary of Casualties. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall N3904].; 8vo 
Price: 189.00 NZD
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The New Zealand Division 1916-1919. A Popular History Based On Official Records. (Spine title: "The Official History of New Zealand's Effort in the Great War. Volume II France"), Stewart, H. (Col. )
8 Stewart, H. (Col. ) The New Zealand Division 1916-1919. A Popular History Based On Official Records. (Spine title: "The Official History of New Zealand's Effort in the Great War. Volume II France")
Auckland Whitcombe and Tombs 1921 First Edition Hardcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Binding poor, with cloth split along most of front joint and adhesive tape repairs. Ex-library, Owaka Public Library. Library stamps and markings. Front pastedown endpaper partly torn away from boards, and front free endpaper tatty with large tears. A rough reading or working copy.; xv, 634 pages + plates + maps (many folding). Green cloth boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 216mm x 136mm. Military history, World War One.; 8vo 
Price: 83.70 NZD
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The New Zealanders At Gallipoli (The Official History of New Zealand's Effort in the Great War. Volume I), Waite, Fred (Major)
9 Waite, Fred (Major) The New Zealanders At Gallipoli (The Official History of New Zealand's Effort in the Great War. Volume I)
Auckland Whitcombe and Tombs 1921 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Lacking the map. Previous owner's signature dated 1923. Small 1/4" tears and chips to cloth at corners of boards and ends of spine. Some staining to rear board.; Second edition. xix, 330, (2) pages, lacking the folding map. Green cloth boards. Page dimensions: 222 x 138mm. Numerous b&w photographic illustrations in the text. Military history, World War One. 
Price: 74.25 NZD
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Alam Halfa and Alamein [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45], Walker, Ronald
10 Walker, Ronald Alam Halfa and Alamein [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington, New Zealand Historical Publications Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1967 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Fair dust jacket 
No signatures. Some light foxing to page edges. The dust wrapper is torn into two pieces along the rear panel close to the spine, and has been crudely repaired with wide strips of adhesive tapes. Dust wrapper spine faded. Dust wrapper protected in mylar cover. ; xiii, [1], 507, [1] pages + frontispiece + plates + maps. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 243 x 154mm. Contents: Preface; Chronology; The Opposing Armies; The Alam El Halfa Defences; The Days of Decision; Axis and Allied Raids; Patrols and Raids; Rommel's Offensive Opens; The Battle Develops; Withdrawal of the Panzer Army; Operation Beresford; Enemy Counter-Attacks; Summary of the Battle; The Uncombined Operations; Preparations for the Offensive; The Development of the Plans; The Eve of the Offensive; 30 Corps' Plans; 13 Corps' Plans; 10 Corps' Plans; Comparative Strengths; Advance by 30 Corps; The Battle is Joined; 13 Corps' Operations; Dawn, 24 October; The Break-Out Fails; Tanks Attempt Night Advance; Montgomery Changes Direction of Attack; The Fourth Day of Battle; Australians Keep the Initiative; Australians Under Counter-Attack; Operation Supercharge; The End of the 'Dog-Fight'; The Pursuit; Halfaya Pass; Appendices; Bibliography; Glossary; Index. ; 4to 
Price: 202.50 NZD
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