ANDERS, Lt. Col. Wladyslaw. An Army in Exile. The Story of the Second Polish Corps. London, Macmillan, 1949.
Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt; illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped; pp. xvi, 319, highly illustrated with plates after photographs and maps, some of which in two colours; wrappers with minor marginal flaws at head of spine, light offsetting from endpapers, otherwise very good.
First edition of a scarce and important book, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Field Marshal Alexander of Tunis, author of the foreword to this book; Alexander of Tunis' bookplate inside front cover. The story of the Anders Army is one of men (and some women) finding themselves in Stalin's prison camps in 1940, the formation of a Polish exile army, swelling in numbers whilst travelling out of Asia via Iran and Palestine, liberating Italy, including winning the series of decisive epic battles of Montecassino. General Anders inscribed this copy to Alexander of Tunis, whom he held in high esteem in Gorvernement House in 1950. in this book Ander writes much about Alexander and mentions him 28 times. Alexander had been Commander-in-Chief Middle East and commanding the 18th Army Group in Tunisia. He then was in charge of the 15th Army Group for the capture of Sicily and again in Italy before receiving his field marshal's baton and being made Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean.