Williamson, Hugh.


Newman Neame, 1st ed., 1951. Xxxi + 348 pp., photo-plates + several sketch maps outlined in red. Rebound in khaki cloth with original cover illustration mounted on front, outlined in gilt, with gilt to green morocco title piece on spine ; in a matching khaki cloth slipcase ; 22 x 14cm. Some foxing to pages at either end but mostly clean ; o/w V.G. This is the story of the 4th Division during the Second World War. The 4th Division formed part of the Expeditionary Force which saw service in North-west Europe in 1939. They played a heroic role in the evacuation from Dunkirk and in March 1943 the division, not for the first time, came under the command of Field-Marshal Lord Alexander of Tunis in North Africa. After many hard-fought battles the 4th division contributed to the victory at the battle of Tunis which gave the Allies control over the whole of the North African shores, together with a quarter of a million prisoners. The 4th division entered the fighting in Italy at the beginning of 1944 and fought valiantly during the advance up the Italian peninsula. They fought and won numerous battles but, in his foreword Field-Marshal Alexander draws the reader’s attention to the actions of the assault on the Gustav Line and the capture of Monte Scalari, together with the capture of Incontro Monastery and that of the airfield at Forli. In December 1944 Alexander withdrew the 4th division from Italy to Greece to help him restore the rapidly deteriorating situation in Athens – this they did quickly and successfully. A story of infantry actions, illustrated with photographs and maps. VERY SCARCE.

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