London, South Kensington
25 October 2007
CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer (1874-1965) -- Hilary St. George SAUNDERS. The Green Beret. The story of the Commandos 1940-1945 ... with a foreword by Vice-Admiral The Earl Mountbatten of Burma. London: Michael Joseph, 1949. 8°. Half title, frontispiece and half tone plates, maps. Original green cloth, spine lettered in silver (lightly rubbed and dust-soiled, inner hinges weak).
THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPER INSCRIBED, "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill 1950." THE FRONT PASTEDOWN SIGNED, "Elizabeth R, September 27th, 1952." Beneath Churchill's inscription, Colonel Charles Vaughan has inscribed, "To Bill Gilmans-Smith. With the grateful thanks of 'All Commandos.' In you we have found a 'True Friend.' Your efforts on our behalf will never be forgotten. Charles Vaughan, 6th October 1952." This copy is further signed by c.70 members of the Commandos, many of whom are mentioned in the book.
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