Full title: The History of the Army College (Central Mediterranean), Italy August 1945 - August 1946, Austria September 1946 - July 1947
Published by the Director of Education, War Office. No date given. Around 200 pages in total. Large folder (c.23cm by 34cm) with string bound loose leaf inside pages (A23CWSO)
Also includes a pocket on the inside rear cover which stores several documents and papers, including a copy of the first issue of 'The Dragon' (the magazine of the Army College, dated June 1947), an amendments slip, a timetable for the opening of the army college, dated 18th October 1946, and two booklets title 'Formation College'. Some of these items have considerable rusting around the staples, and others have the staple binding missing and the inside pages detached and loose leaf.
From the introduction of the main book: Army College, Central Mediterranean, (originally entitled "Formation College, Central Mediterranean") was opened at PERUGIA, ITALY, on 6th August, 1945, with the object of providing highereducation, in accordance with ACI 242/45, (App. A) for British Troops in Italy, Austria, Malta and Greece. It was the first Formation College to open. The College remained in PERUGIA until September 1946, when the shift in the distribution of troops in CMF made desirable a move to a more centrally accessible site further north. It therefore moved to SPITTAL ad DRAU, AUSTRIA, in September, 1946, remaining there until its disbandment, due to the general run-down of establishments in the theatre, in August 1947. On arrival at Spittal the College was reorganised, and adopted its second title, "Army College, Central Mediterranean," the title used throughout in the present history.
The condition of the book is generally very poor. The blue cover boards have some minor scuffs and blemishes, and wear and bumping along the edges and corners. Inside, the first 4 pages have been rippd from the string binding around the punched holes and are now detached. All other pages are still bound. The book has become exposed to damp at some stage in the past, and this has caused staining along the top and bottom edges of the inside pages, that gets progressively worse through the book. For the first 60 or so pages its minimal, then gets gradually worse and more noticeable until by the end the staining takes up the top quarter and bottom quarter of the pages. All text remains clear and legible, however.