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Combined Operations 1940-1942
1943 - Illustrations. First edition. 8vo., pictorial card wrappers, housed in a folding box. London, HMSO. Ownership inscription to the half title page 'Keyes'. A presentation copy, inscribed on the half title page 'To the founder of the Commandos and the Creator of the Combined Operations Command from his very humble successor, Louis Mountbatten'. Admiral Keyes was appointed director of CombinedOperations in July 1940, holding the post until October 1941, when he was replaced following a disagreement with the Chiefs of Staff, Mountbatten succeeding him. Keyes had to fight hardfor the idea of a Commando Force in the face ofhostility from the War Office, history now regarding his role then as part of the creation of Special Forces. On page 49 is an account of an attempt to assassinate Rommel in his desert headquarters, led by Keyes' son Lt-Colonel Keyes, who was killed in the raid and awarded a posthumous VC. Keyes has annotated in pencil the phrase 'There was no one in the first room' thus: '5 or 6 all K.n.W. (killed and wounded) by Keyes and Campbell'. Annotation to the front cover 'R.K. Page 31'. Stain to back cover, spine and front wrapper creased and rubbed, [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA]
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