Short online histories

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  1. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member which has previously been mentioned as a source of some online histories, has at the time of writing, free access to its online books, in addition to other records.

    I don't know who long this free access will last.
    Fold3 Browse

    See post 78, page 4 of this topic, for some online books
    Short online histories

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  2. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member

    I subsequently found out the free period above was around VE Day.

    Fold3 is having another free period, including online books

    This is because of the military related "Memorial Day", a federal holiday in USA, the last Monday of May. If it is the same as last year the free period will extend to 11.59 pm GMT of next Tuesday. The website says "Ends Monday" but this would be US time.

  3. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member

    Available online

    Valour Triumphs: A History of The Kumaon Regiment by K C Praval 1976

    This is the current name. In 1945 it was renamed the 19th Kumaon Regiment, and prior to that, from 1922 was the 19th Hyderabad Regiment, with prior earlier names. Triumphs.pdf
    Edit:You may need to copy and paste this link, or try the archived link
    Wayback Machine

    Includes WW2, pages 87-143

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  4. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Many thanks, Maureen.
  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Yes, thank you. It's a nice sharp scan as well.

    The section about the name change was quite useful background.
  6. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Back in 2018 members referred to the First Indochina War, in particular Peter Dunn's book with that title. The book is based on a PhD thesis and is available free via, albeit with a different title, with 795 pgs.:

    An earlier, for many controversial book is George Rosie book, from 1970 and that is freely available via:

    For those interested in the controversy the Prologue in Peter Neville’s book ‘Britain in Vietnam: Prelude to Disaster 1945-46, published in 2007 provides an excellent overview of published works and is free to read via: Britain in Vietnam: Prelude to Disaster, 1945-46 (Military History and Policy) - PDF Free Download

    I have added more on this war, 20th Division and General Gracey on another thread: 20th Division 1945
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  7. AndrewP

    AndrewP Member

    Fold3 Alert...


    Just FYI regarding F3 & Downloading books...they have added ANOTHER layer to download a book, where AFTER you hit the "pdf" button, which used to initiate the Download function, they've now added another Download button, but that only appears 10-30 seconds later.

    The download process before was somewhat clunky, but once you got used to it, you could generally download a page in ten seconds, but now the time is at least doubled, if not tripled and the page numbers are no longer part of the download info.

    I sent them a somewhat irate, though not nasty, letter on Thurs and hope to hear back from them tomorrow, but if any of you have encountered this situation, please let them know.

    Also, I'd appreciate it if one and all would spread this news around this site.


  8. Wilhar

    Wilhar Member

    Have really enjoyed these links, thanks all for posting. Curious whether anyone has sourced a copy of The Dogra Regiment: A Saga of Gallantry and Valour by Col. R. D. Palsokar MC (published by the regimental centre, 1982). Interested specifically in 4th battalion's actions at Magwe but would happily download the whole thing if a scan exists.
  9. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member

    Pahar-Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset has previously been mentioned as a source for some books. MCADD-PAHAR

    In both July and August 2020, this website was unavailable from mid/end of the month with the message "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded".

    It is currently available, but I wonder if the unavailability is a sign of ongoing or permanent problems. If you have been thinking of downloading a file, perhaps do it soon.

  10. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member

    Two book files which have been previously mentioned, which were available on the now defunct Digital Library of India website have now been added to the Internet Archive ( . There is reference to their previous DLI existence, so they appear to be exactly the same files.

    Currently they are only available as pdf or torrent files (and I haven't downloaded them) In a week to two weeks (my estimation) there should be a facility available where they can be read online, via a book reader,

    Catalogued as

    Official History Of Operations On The N.w. Frontier Of India 1920-35 Part I, Ii, Iii
    Official History Of Operations On The N.w. Frontier Of India 1920-35 Part I, Ii, Iii : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

    Official History Of Operations On The N.w. Frontier Of India 1936-37
    Official History Of Operations On The N.w. Frontier Of India 1936-37 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

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  11. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member


    Thanks for sharing this with us. We appreciate you keeping us posted on your discoveries.

  12. Wilhar

    Wilhar Member

    Great find, thanks Maureen.

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