BRITISH ARMY ISSUED DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE MID-1950’S CYPRUS CRISIS

BRITISH ARMY ISSUED DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE MID-1950’S CYPRUS CRISIS

£725.00

Description

A pair of mid 1950’s British Army issued (restricted at the time) field ‘manuals’ related to the engagement and identification of EOKA (National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters), the Greek Cypriot Nationalist guerrilla fighters that fought to end British rule in Cyprus with a view to eventual union with Greece.

‘Wanted men in Cyprus’

‘Instructions to individuals for opening of fire in Cyprus’

Issued to the varying British units serving in the area, in the main to senior NCO’s and officers.

The red four page Manuel gives details on the way to correctly engage the Nationalist elements when encountered and the larger buff coloured ‘booklet’ opens out to quite a large list of identified wanted men (see images).

Both were issued to an RSM, (that I cant identify) and field used. The “Wanted’ document when opened out shows men crossed off when either captured or killed and others, ‘the more wanted’ highlighted.

Rare pair of documents ! I can find only one recently sold ‘Wanted’ document that has recently sold at auction, commanding a high price. I have not seen the brother document ever.

Priced in relation to their rarity. Never before offered on the market.

Documents of some historic/social significance, as well as rarity.