First edition (not stated). Unpaged - 149 pages. Hardcover: H 30.75cm x L 23.5cm. Patterned red boards; decorative stamping to lightly stained front board; publisher's logo stamped at rear board's bottom right; slight scuffing at bumped spine ends; light wear at board corners. Past owner's seven-line ink inscription on front pastedown; several handwritten ink notations regarding fellow personnel on page ; some occasional light soiling and small stains to interior pages too. Pages [3-14] detached from binding and now just laid-in with some light creasing and minor margin tears to those leaves as well; binding has a few other stress points but otherwise reasonably firm. Only a fair copy of a scarce military register. Endpaper map illustrations showing 31st Division's service points in the Pacific during WWII; b/w photographs throughout; initial text provides biographies of commanding staff and a history of the Division particularly during WWII and concluding with activation from National Guard to U.S. Army in preparation for Korea deployment. No publishing date specified but text reviews training and service inclusive to September 1, 1951 so evidently published late in 1951 or early 1952. Pages [68-69] feature essay "History of the 31st Division Artillery" with personnel photos of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery [pages 89-90]; "History of the 114th Field Artillery Bn." [page 91] with personnel photos for Staff, Headquarters Battery, Battery A, Battery B, Battery C, Service Battery [pages 92-101]; "History of the 117th Field Artillery Bn." [page 102] with Staff, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Battery A, Battery B, Battery C, Service Battery [pages 103-112]; "History of the 932nd Field Artillery Bn." [page 113] with Staff, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Battery A, Battery B, Battery C, Service Battery [pages 114-123]; "History of the 933rd Field Artillery Bn." [page 124] with Staff, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Battery A, Battery B, Battery C, Service Battery [pages 125-134]; "History of the 104th AAA AW Battalion (SP)" [page 135] with Staff, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Battery A, Battery B, Battery C, Battery D [pages 136-149]. OCLC locates PRESENTING THE 31ST DIVISION at three member institutions but, per each respective library's online catalog, they are actually different books. The U.S. Army Military History Institute has three editions: "Special Troops," "155th Infantry Regiment," and "200th Infantry Regiment" with copies of the latter also held by the Wisconsin Historical Society and Fort Hood Casey Memorial Library. So this "Division Artillery" is apparently not held by any OCLC member institution. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Army and Navy Publishing Company published a number of military division-regiment registers and tourbooks which shared titles and initial historical text and photos but were then personalized at their rear halves or so for specific unit groupings. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: PRESENTING THE 31ST DIVISION. (Front free ...
Publisher: Baton Rouge, LA: Army and Navy Publishing Company, [no date but probably late 1951 or early 1952].
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