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A Guide to the American Battle Fields in Europe. Prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission. 1st Ed., vi+282pp., col. plates of insignia, photos. throughout, 3 lge. fldg. maps in endpocket, several other fldg. maps & many sketch maps in text. Washington: US Govt. Printing Office. 1927  #58240
[HLMainPic] A very fine & fully illustrated guide to the various American operation in France in 1918, ie. the Aisne-Marne region, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne &c., also an account of the American cemeteries & Memorials in Europe, col. plates of divisional insignia & other interesting information. Orig. dark red cloth, gilt, little rubbed & wotn, easily VG   £65
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. Cheaper Ed., 158pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs), fldg. map. No imprint, The Regt. nd  #36222
Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Second issue binding, lacking ffep, covers soiled & worn, but sound.   £30
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs). No imprint, The Regt. nd  #49051
[HLMainPic] Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Fine copy of superior quarto edition, orig. deluxe three-qtr. morocco, gilt, dec. faux silk endpapers. See illustration on our website.   £90
BALLARD (Brig.-Gen. C., CB, CMG) Smith-Dorrien. 1st Ed., xv+345pp., portrait frontis., 16 maps. Constable. 1931  #56728
[HLMainPic] Useful biography, from Zulu War 1879 (where he escaped from Isandhlwana) to 'saviour of the BEF' at Le Cateau in 1914. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little wear overall, but some sl. worming to rear board, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
BARROW (Gen. Sir George, GCB, KCMG) The Life of General Sir Charles Carmichael Monro, Bart., GCB, GCSI, GCMG. 1st Ed., 287pp., portrait frontis., 22 plates. Hutchinson. 1931  #56817
[HLMainPic] Comm. 1879, Staff College 1889-90, influential Instructor then Commandant at School of Musketry, Hythe, 1901-07. Largely devoted to his interesting WW1 career as GOC 2nd Div. in 1914: Aisne, 1st Ypres &c., GOC I Corps in France then C.-in-C. Gallipoli in succession to Hamilton (including the evacuation). Cmd. 1st Army in France 1916 then as C.-in-C. India was involved in direction of Mesopotamia campaign. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
BERKELEY (Capt. R., MC) & SEYMOUR (Brig. W.W.) The History of the Rifle Brigade in the War of 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 3 Vols., Vol. I: Aug. 1914-Dec. 1916; Vol. II: Jan. 1917-June 1919; Appendix: Lists of Officers & Other Ranks of the R.B. awarded decorations or MiD for services during the Great War (Comp. Lt.-Col. T.R. Eastwood, DSO, MC & Major H.G. Parkyn, OBE). xvi+245 & xv+409pp., 28 plates, 52 maps (14 fldg.); Appendix: [v]+105pp. 4to. The RB Club. 1927; 1936; 1936. 1927  #57013
[HLMainPic] Excellent history. Every notable action of all bns. described, many in great detail (all but one bn. served Western Front). Vol. II includes the indices; main index which is almost entirely names & index by bns. of their activities in chronological order & an index of actions. Rifle green cloth, silver gilt, VG throughout (inc. Vol. I which is generally rather worn due to earlier publication & inferior cloth), good set & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £245
BRUCE (Brig.-Gen. C.D., CBE) History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (1st & 2nd Battalions) 1881-1923. 1st Ed., xvi+263pp., 4to, 63 illus., 18 maps. Medici. 1927  #58062
[HLMainPic] 1st Bn. in India during WW1, mostly devoted to 2nd Bn: Matabele Rising, Mashonaland, Boer War, WW1 Western Front from Aug. 1914 inc. Mons, Le Cateau, Aisne, Armentieres, 2nd Ypres, Somme, Arras, 3rd Ypres, March Offensive, Final Advance &c. Roll of Hon. Orig. red & white cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
BURNETT (Brig.-Gen. C.) The Memoirs of the 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Royal Hussars 1906-1922 including Operations in the Great War. 1st Ed., [xi]+215pp., 9 plates, 9 fldg. maps. Winchester: Warren. 1926  #56776
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Aug. 1914 with much inteesting detail on cavalry ops. 1914-15 (Retreat from Mons, Marne, Aisne, 1st Ypres/Messines, 2nd Ypres &c.) inc. recollections of both officers & troopers. Detailed rolls of officers' services, casualties & awards (all ranks). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
CHARTERIS (Brig.-Gen. J., CMG, DSO) At G.H.Q. 1st Ed., viii+363pp., portrait frontis. Cassell. 1931  #58197
[HLMainPic] Day-to-day account based on letters to his wife by Haig's intelligence chief throughout the war on the Western Front from 1914 onwards. Much interesting material & revealing gossip. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. Interesting bookplate of Allan & Ida Uggla. somewhat heraldic in design, with laid down rifle & helmet (Col. Allan Robert Owl Uggla, 1878-1959, was a colonel in the Persian Gendarmerie & Swedish military Attaché in London in the 1920s). See illustration on our website.   £45

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