JAMAR, K. With the Tanks of the 1st Polish Armoured Division. Hengelo, H. L. Smit & Zoon, .
Royal 8vo. Original printed card wrappers with illustrated dust-wrapper and pink printed wrap-around; pp. 332, highly and beautifully illustrated after photographs and drawings; spine a little spotted, otherwise near-fine.
Very rare first edition in English of this beautiful book, celebrating the achievements of this Polish army of over 15,000 soldiers. 'By the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Armed Forces, general Sikorski, on 25 February 1942 the 1st Armoured Division was established in Great Britain. General Stanislaw Maczek became its commander. It was deployed in Scotland to defend the coast in case of a German invasion' (Polish Institute in Brussels, online). The army played an 'important role in the liberation of France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The ‘black division’ was feared by its enemies and brought swift liberation to the occupied nations' (ibid.).