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HMSO, 5 vols in 6, 1st.eds., 1979, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1990 & 1990. Vol. I : Xiii + 601 pp., 2 cold. map e.p’s. Vol. II : Xvi + 850 pp., 2 cold. map e.p’s., + 4 other maps (all fldg., 3 cold. ). Vol. III, Part 1 : Xvi + 693 pp., 2 cold. map e.p’s., + 8 other maps (all fldg., 3 cold. & 1 partly cold.). Vol. III, Part 2 : Xvi + 1,038 pp., 2 partly cold. map e.p’s., + 11 other maps (all fldg., 6 cold., 5 partly cold.). Vol. 4 : Xii + 408 pp. Vol. V : Xiii + 271 pp., 1 map (fldg.). All in d.j’s. 25 x 16cm. Some notes & markings in the hand of Captain Sainsbury o/w FINE. Signature of A. B. Sainsbury in the first volume ; his copy. (Captain A. B. Sainsbury, R.N.R., 1925-2010. Served as a volunteer in the Liverpool Fire Brigade during the blitz 1940-1942 ; became a Bevin Boy down Northumberland coal mines 1943-1945 ; graduated from Trinity College, Oxford 1947 ; entered Tyne Division RNVR 1950 ; transferred from HMS CALLIOPE to London Division HMS PRESIDENT 1954 ; later Head of Supply Branch, RNR ; first Staff Captain to Admiral Commanding Reserves and a member of the Mitchell Committee reporting on the future of naval reserves. Retired in 1974, Captain Tony Sainsbury was an ADC to the Queen and as a naval historian he had an extensive knowledge of naval history from his favourite admiral, Duckworth, to the ‘Secret War’ of 1939-1945). Tipped in : (i) T.L.S. (1 side) signed ‘F. H. Hinsley’, to Captain Sainsbury, on notepaper of the Faculty of History, Cambridge, dated 26th July 1979, together with photo-copy of Sainsbury’s letter to Prof. Hinsley (2 pp.). (ii) T.L.S., (1 side) signed ‘Stephen’, from Stephen Wentworth Roskill (1903-1982) to Captain Sainsbury, notepaper of Roskill’s home, Frostlake Cottage, Cambridge, dated March 1st, 1978. (iii) booklet (c.c., 13 pp.) entitled The Influence of Ultra in the Second World War by Prof. Sir Harry Hinsley, being the Liddell Hart annual lecture at King’s College, London, 18th Feb., 1992. (iv) Order of Service for the memorial service held in the Chapel of the College of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge, in memory of Francis Harry Hinsley, KT., OBE., MA., FBA. (1918-1998) ; 2 May 1998 (8 pp. + p.c.,), together with a T.L.S. (1 side) from the Rev’d. N. I. Moir, M.A., Chaplain of St. John’s College, Cambridge, to Captain Sainsbury, dated 7 May 1998. (v) Copy of Captain Sainsbury’s Review (2 pp.) of the first volume of this work. In addition, there are several interesting newspaper clipping tipped into every volume. Francis Harry Hinsley was born in Walsall in 1918, his father worked in the local co-op. Educated at the nearby elementary school, he went on a scholarship to Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall, and at the end of 1936 he sat the scholarship examinations at St. John’s, Cambridge, and was elected to an open exhibition which he took up the following October. He took Part One of the Historical Tripos in June 1939 and was placed in the First Class, but war intervened and he never took Part Two. Hinsley was recruited by the Government Code and Cypher School and sent to Bletchley Park to work on top-secret work involving the breaking of enemy codes, notably those generated by the Enigma machines, and in making best use of the signals intelligence code-named Ultra. It was at Bletchley Park that he met Hilary Brett, an Oxford graduate, whom he married in 1946. Hinsley himself was elected to a Research Fellowship at St. John’s in 1944 and took this up at the end of the war. In the post-war era he produced two books, Command of the Sea (1950) and Hitler’s Strategy (1951). In 1949 he was appointed as a University Lecturer in History, and served as a Tutor from 1956 to 1963 – his remarkable book Power and the Pursuit of Peace appeared in the latter year. What made Hinsley’s career unique was his opportunity, as the official historian of British intelligence, to break the long silence over Bletchley. During the 1970s parts of the story began to seep out, and Professor Hinsley (as he had becom

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