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New York: Random House, 1943. First Printing. 302, maps, xerox of endpaper maps pasted ins bds & flylves, library bookplate, bd & spine edges worn, library call number on spine small tears inside hinges, binding somewhat shaken. Major Rainier was a mining engineer by profession, who during the desert campaigns of World WarII was assigned the task of getting water to the men on the front lines.
Poughkeepsie, NY: George Rees [privately printed], 1982. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. 60 pages plus covers. Covers illustrated. Illustrations (including one double color illustration at center--pages 29-32 disbound but present). Cover has some wear and soiling. Signed by the author on the title page. Hand written note paperclipped to cover which reads "Doc Two years hence, I should have this updated to include the last 18 years of its existence, GR". Ink notation on rear cover. An approximately 1.5 inch tear at the top of pages 51/2 (no impact on text). This history has been written to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the fist commissoning of the U. S. S. Sproston DD-577, May 19, 1943. Rees was the founder and President of the Sproston Reunion Group from 1982 to 1999. He was a graduate of the University of Miami (BA), Wager College (MA) and held a Ph.D. from New York University. He retired from IBM. He was the author of two books chronicling the history of the Sproston from 1943 to 1968. He was actively involved in contacting shipmates who had served on the ship.
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1968. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 133,  pages. Illustrations. Music. Chronology. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Some pages creased at bottom. Includes a 'Special Introduction" by Lt.-General Brian Horrocks. This is one of the Famous Regiments series edited by Horrocks. Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson became an editor at Hamish Hamilton in 1961. Thirteen years later in 1974 he became managing director. In 1989 he resigned and set up. Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd which was subsumed into the Random House Group in February 1997 with the purchase of the Reed Consumer Trade Division. Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Gwynne Horrocks, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC (7 September 1895 – 4 January 1985) was a British Army officer, chiefly remembered as the commander of XXX Corps in Operation Market Garden and other operations during the World War II. He served in the First World War and the Russian Civil War, was taken prisoner twice, and competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics.