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ALBANIA] BARBROOK (Major Leslie G.)

Published by 1920s-40s (1920)

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Hardcover

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From: G. Heywood Hill Ltd. ABA (London, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: 1920s-40s, 1920. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Two albums (178 x 240mm and 285 x 220mm), the earlier album with 158 photographs mounted, the later with numerous personal photographs and documents relating to Barbrook. Original bindings, one stamped with ‘4 September 1926’. Barbrook, who was born in 1888, served in the First World War and spent several years in Albania as an officer in the British mission seconded to train the Albanian gendarmerie. He was a keen photographer and in 1934 directed a film about Albania entitled ‘Shqypnia - Land of the Mountain Eagle’. He then went on to become joint photographer for the ground-breaking BBC film ‘Television Comes to London’ before serving in the intelligence corps during the Second World War, mostly in the Balkans. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The album contains photos of his time in Albania, representing both people (official staff, gendarmerie, peasants, memebers of his family) and scenery. There are a few photographs of holidays in Italy and France as well. The second album contains memorabilia of Barbrook’s life, including photos and pen and ink sketches. Several items, including photos and sketches, concern Albania. There is also reference to him being in command at Bari in Italy towards the end of the Second World War, from where allied forces sent military assistance to Albania, as well as harbouring Albanian escapees. There is an SOE Personal File on him at the National Archives in Kew - it remains closed. Seller Inventory # 19215

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