The Story of the Seventh Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s)
A SCARCE SURVIVAL
Published: [Privately Printed Germany (Hanover?), 1945]
Stock code: 5528
4to., First and Sole Edition, with several illustrations (one full-page) in the text and a folding map, free endpapers lightly spotted; original boards, printed coloured label incorporating battalion, divisional and army crests mounted on upper board; cloth back, boards mildly scuffed and age-marked, backstrip lightly frayed at head and tail else a very good, clean copy of a scarce unit history.
With the printed exclusion slip ('This book is for the Somerset Light Infantry, for the men of the Seventh Battalion and for their next-of-kin. It is not for public sale') bound in facing half-title. Includes ROH, commanders and commanding officers, officers and warrant officers, and decoration and awards (with extracts from citations). The battalion formed part of 214 Infantry Brigade in Thomas's renowned 43rd Wessex Division. As part of Horrocks' 30 Corps the division captured Mount Picon, the key to Normandy, forced the crossing of the Seine, took part in Operation GARDEN, were the first British troops to fight in Germany, and turned the tide in the Reichswald enabling the Allies to close with the Rhine. IN THIS CONDITION, A SCARCE SURVIVAL. Sutcliffe, p.96; White, p.66.