Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Association, 1987. cloth. Octavo, 24 x 16.8cm, 347pp., (3) Personal Notes, Map endpapers. Navy cloth binding with illustrated jacked displaying the colour patch. Jacket is lightly marked. Long inscription note in ink from the widow of Gunner Charlie Little on the front endpapers. Previous ownership sticker on front pastedown. Underlining at p.169. Fine / very good. Item #618
Success of German dive bombers in early WWII created an urgent demand for light anti-aircraft to combat the menace. The 2/3rd Australian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment was the first such unit established in Australia. Often operating in Batteries with Troops scattered and individual guns allotted separate roles and acting independently, members of the 2/3rd participated in operations in the Western Desert, Tobruk, Crete, Syria, Australia, New Guinea, the Islands and North-West Borneo.
The maternal note on the front endpapers adds poignant anecdotal material. The names underlined on p.169 are Gunners Little and Clements (mentioned in the note).
On the recto of the ffep:
"To Nicholas Charles / John Little, - / from his loving mother / (Mother's / Day) 1987 / Your father VX 486 / 58 - / Gunner C. G. / Little's name / on page / 169./ Ken Clements / was his friend. / I have a scarf / scorched with / the marks of / hot ashes [?] as / Charlie kept at / his post. The man in charge / with K. Clements ran away & was / later decorated for bravery!
The note appears to continue right to left on the front paste down:
"your father / suffered severely / in German's / worst punishment / camps.
His health / was ruined., / but not his spirit"