[ The Spanish Civil War: Royal Navy evacuation of refugees in 1936. ] Original duplicated copy of an account titled 'H.M.S. “Shropshire” at Barcelona. 22nd August 1936 to 16th September 1936'. With thirteen photographs, including eight of refugees.

Spanish Civil War; HMS Shropshire, Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet 1st Cruiser Squadron; Admiral Sir Thomas Hugh Binney (1883-1953); the Spanish Civil War
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'For private circulation only". Dated from 'H.M.S. "Shropshire", | 27th September 1936.'

HMS Shropshire was a Royal Navy 'London' County-class heavy cruiser, launched in 1928 and decommissioned in 1942. In July 1936, as part of the Mediterranean Fleet 1st Cruiser Squadron, she sailed to Barcelona, relieving HMS London, the first ship to arrive to take off refugees from the Spanish Civil War. The present item (possibly written by Admiral Binney) is excessively scarce: the only other copy traced is in the Hampshire Archives. [3] + 19pp., foolscap 8vo. The original document from the 1930s, spirit-duplicated in aniline ink, with pages on one side only of 22 leaves.

[ First World War diary of an English nun in a convent in occupied Belgium ] Typescript 'Diary | Convent de St. Sacrément, Oyghem [ Ooigem ]', being the First World War diary of 'Madame St. Joachim' [ i.e. Margaret Ann Shippam ].

'Madame St. Joachim' [ i.e. Margaret Ann Shippam (1867-1956) ] of the Convent de St. Sacrément, Oyghem [ Ooigem ]', Belgium [ alleged German war atrocities, First World War ]
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Without date or place. The diary entries are dated between 10 November 1914 and 'June, 1919/ July, 1919'.

For more information on Shippam and her convent see 'A village and a world at war: sister Joachim (1867-1956) and World War I in Ooigem' by Dr Luc François, Journal of the West Sussex Archives Society Number 78 Autumn 2010. 133pp., 4to. On the rectos of 133 leaves, attached to one another in a cream card folder with green ribbon. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, in worn and chipped folder. A few emendations (expansion of abbreviations, insertion of missing words) in light pencil. The typescript is a carbon copy.

[Issue of printed periodical.] Weekly Irish Bulletin | (Belfast Atrocities) | Dail Eireann Publicity Report

Dail Eireann Publicity Report ['Belfast Atrocities' and 'Pogrom', 1920; Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth (1885-1920)]
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Vol. 1. No. 4. Monday, 12th June, 1922. Wood Printing Works, Fleet Street, Dublin.

4pp., 8vo. On the rectos only of four leaves stapled together at one corner. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear at foot. Printer's slug at foot of final page. The first page begins: 'KILLED 425 WOUNDED 1764 | This list of wounded only includes gunshot and bomb wounds. Very many of those kicked almost into pulp in the streets and left for dead are not included here.

[Printed handbill poem.] "La Belgique Martyre." Poème du maître belge Emile Verhaeren, dont la publication a été autorisée par l'auteur comme contribution a l'oeuvre "Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges."

Emile Verhaeren [Asiles des Soldats Invalides Belges; German war crimes in Belgium; the First World War]
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Without place or date. [Circa 1918.]

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. The poem, of 60 irregular lines, is placed (with a facsimile of Verhaeren's signature at the foot) within a thick floral border, reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement. It begins: 'Ce n'est qu'un bout de sol dans l'infini du monde. | Le Nord | Y déchaîne le vent qui mord. | Ce n'est qu'un peu de terre avec sa mer au bord | Et le déroulement de sa dune inféconde.' Scarce: no copy in the Bibliotheque Nationale, on COPAC or in the Imperial War Museum.


[JAPANESE PRISONERS OF WAR] "orders [...] issued by the Japanese Western Command FUKUOKA Prisoners of War Camps Orders"
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[Fukuoka, Japan], circa 1943.

Fukuoka is notorious as the site of some of the worst of the atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War II, including the vivisection of eight living American airmen. Twelve standing orders, each described in detail, and most with lettered subdivisions (46 in all), covering more than 120 lines of text, typedwritten with corrections, on one side each of two 4to sheets of wove paper, both sheets approximately fourteen inches by nine. Creased and with a small amount of fraying, but in good condition overall.

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