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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
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
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
COLEMAN (Frederic) From Mons to Ypres with French: A Personal Narrative. 3rd Imp., xix+324pp., c.50 photos., map. Sampson, Low. 1916  #58429
[HLMainPic] RAC volunteer driver attd. to French's HQ during Retreat from Mons & to 2nd Cav. Bde. HQ during the advance to the Marne & Aisne; 1st Cav. Div. at Messines, Ypres &c. Orig. red cloth, somewhat worn but sound. See illustration on our website.   £20
CRASTER (J.M.) Ed. Fifteen Rounds a Minute: The Grenadiers at War 1914. 1st Ed., x+186pp., 14 photos., 8 maps. VG in dw. Macmillan. 1977  #52279
[HLMainPic] The 2nd Bn. in 1914, edited from the diaries of Major 'Ma' Jefferies & others. Notes on officers' services. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
FRENCH (Major Hon. G., DSO) The Life of Sir John French, First Earl of Ypres. 1st Ed., xxii+432pp., 8 plates. Fine in sl. tanned dw. Cassell. 1931  #50123
[HLMainPic] Egypt, India, Boer War, &c. Controversial GOC of the BEF 1914-15 & replaced by Haig soon after the Battle of Loos. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, fine copy in dw (tanning to sp. & edges of rear panel of dw o/w fine throughout). Very scarce in dw. See illustration on our website.   £65

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