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Aubers Ridge   10 Books
EDMONDS (Brig. J.E.) Military Operations France & Belgium 1915 [Part II]: Battles of Aubers Ridge, Festubert & Loos. Text + mapcase: 1st Ed., lii+488pp., 43 sketch maps in text + 12 fldg. maps in mapcase. Macmillan. 1928  #57811
[HLMainPic] Orig. red cloth, gilt, complete with mapcase, VG ex-RHQ Grenadier Guards with bookplate of Lord Loch (Maj.-Gen. Edward Douglas Loch, CB, CMG, DSO, MVO, formerly Grenadier Guards: 2nd in command of 2nd Bn. in 1914 then on Staff as Brigadier, &c.). See illustration on our website.   £90
HALDANE (Lt.-Col. M.M.) Comp. A History of The Fourth Bn. The Seaforth Highlanders. With some account of the Military Annals of Ross, the Fencibles, the Volunteers, & of the Home Defence & Reserve Bns. 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 372pp., 17 col. & 6 b/w plates, 19 maps. VG in dw. Witherby. 1928  #57993
[HLMainPic] Territorials on the Western Front throughout the war: Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Loos, Somme, 3rd Ypres, Cambrai &c. Excellent narrative & maps/illustrations. Awards. Orig. cloth, VG & rare in dw. See illustration on our website.   £120
MACLEOD (Col. R., DSO, MC) An Artillery Officer in the First World War. Dup. typescript in card covs. with cloth backstrip, label to front, foolscap format, [iii]+244pp., 19 maps & sketches. Unpublished memoirs privately circulated by the author. nd (c.1965).  #57537
[HLMainPic] MacLeod started the war as a subaltern in 80th Batt. RFA, was severely wounded during the Retreat from Mons, but rejoined in time to serve at Neuve Chapelle, Festubert & Aubers Ridge in 1915; on the Somme in 1916 he was attached to the RFC as a Liaison Officer & records much of interest on artillery observation work, &c. Early in 1917 he was appointed to command "A" Battery, 240 Bde. RFA, then "C" Battery, 241 Bde. at Passchendaele & onwards, including the Asiago Plateau in 1918. Exceptionally observant, substantial, detailed & unpublished memoirs of the war on the Western Front, with copy letter from the Librarian of the Imperial War Museum, Miss Rose Coombs, acknowledging receipt of a copy in 1965: she comments on various aspects of MacLeod's narrative, including his participation in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle & his work with the RFC, adding: "I do not think I have ever read a more detailed & competent account of the life of an artillery officer in the Great War, & know that we shall find the volume a mine of information concerning the little things, the everyday occurrences which never get a mention in an official history, as well as the views of the battles in which you were engaged, which will be most useful to both museum staff & historians carrying out research." Minor wear, VG & highly recommended. See illustrations on our website.   £450
MAZE (Paul) A Frenchman in Khaki. 3rd Imp., [xiii]+353pp., 8 plates, 5 maps. Heinemann. 1934  #55501
[HLMainPic] Interpreter with the BEF from Aug. 1914 to the end, notably at Gough's 5th Army HQ &c. DCM, MM & bar, Croix de Guerre. Uncommon & entertaining narrative with Churchill preface. Orig. mustard cloth, plain second issue binding, VG with author inscription on tp: "For Major Matthews. Paul Maze." See illustrations on our website.   £75
PRIOR (Robin) & WILSON (Trevor) Command on the Western Front: The Military Career of Sir Henry Rawlinson 1914-18. 1st Ed., viii+421pp., 39 maps. VG in dw. Oxford: Blackwell. 1992  #56244
[HLMainPic] Essential, highly acclaimed study of Rawly, his commands & battles inc. Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Loos, Somme, Amiens & the Final Advance. Uncommon original hardback edition. See illustration on our website.   £35
ROBERTS (Capt. E.H.G., MC & Bar) The Story of the 9th King's in France. 1st Ed., 133pp. Liverpool: Northern Publishing. 1922  #57488
[HLMainPic] 9th Bn. King's Liverpool Regt. (TF), France from March 1915: Aubers Ridge; Loos; Somme; Ypres; Cambrai, &c. Hons. & awards. Orig. green cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
STEEL (Col. J.P.) Comp. A Memoir of Lt.-Col. Edward Anthony Steel, DSO, RHA & RFA, 1880-1919, Consisting Chiefly of His Letters & Diaries, With Numerous Illustrations. 1st Ed., xvi+172pp., portrait frontis. & 37 other portraits & photos. Simpkin, Marshall. 1921  #57574
[HLMainPic] Steel was born in India in 1880, Ed. at Dover College & Woolwich: commissioned RFA 1900. Served in India & with West African Frontier Force in Nigeria (twice Mentioned in Despatches), France 1914-15 (35th Battery in 4th, later 7th and 8th Divisions) inc. Le Cateau, the Aisne, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Fromelles, being slightly wounded at Festubert. Late in 1915 he was sent home to train a New Army battery, B/182, which he took to France in 1916, was severely wounded 15th Sept. 1916 on the Somme. On recovery he went to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra just as the war was ending, but having survived it he was to die of illness contracted serving with the British Military Mission to Siberia on 14th Oct. 1919 & is commemorated on the Vladivostock Memorial. Excellent memoir inc. letters and diary extracts from West Africa before the war (exploration & colonial conquest in Southern Nigeria &c.), more from France and Flanders 1914-15 and 1916, with considerable detail on his services & the activities of his Battery. Also unusual letters from the BMM in Siberia, April-October 1919. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with compliments slip from the publisher, on behalf of the author, to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £165
TRENCH MAP: Ligny-le-Petit. Blank message form to reverse. Scale 1:10,000. Fldg. paper trench map, 40x33cm approx., showing detailed German trenches south of Neuve-Chapelle inc. Bois du Biez, Port Arthur, The Pope's Nose, Shepherd's Redoubt &c., south to d'Avoue Farm & Lorgies. Trenches corrected to 7/9/1918. VG & interesting local sheet printed by Fd. Survey Bn., RE, 10/9/1918, with unused message form printed on reverse. See illustrations on our website.  #55748
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TRENCH MAP: PiŠtre. Blank message form to reverse. Scale 1:10,000. Fldg. paper trench map, 40x33cm approx., showing detailed German trenches from Neuve-Chapelle eastwards to Aubers, inc. The Moated Grange, The Birdcage, &c.. Trenches corrected to 7/9/1918. Although events had moved on from 1915, many tracks & roads alude to this earlier period of trench warfare, such as Gurkha Road, Baluchi Road, Winchester Road &c. VG & interesting local sheet printed by Fd. Survey Bn., RE, 11/9/1918, with unused message form printed on reverse. See illustrations on our website.  #55747
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WYNNE (Capt. G.C.) If Germany Attacks: The Battle in Depth in the West. Development of the German Defence in Depth on the Western Front in the First World War. 1st Unexpurgated Edition (Limited Edition of 300 copies, with Introduction by Dr. Robert T. Foley), xxx+261pp., portrait frontis. (of the author), 343pp., 24 maps. Fine copy in dw & slipcase. Tom Donovan Editions. 2008  #35541
[HLMainPic] A most important & thought-provoking study of German defensive tactics on the Western Front, based partly on research in German sources & refuting some of the basis of the British Official History. The author, a regular officer who had the misfortune to be captured at Le Cateau in 1914, later joined the team that compiled the British Official History (he had used his time in PoW camps to perfect his German and was one of the few who could properly utilise German sources), but during the 1930s his views increasingly diverged from those of Sir James Edmonds and he insisted that his name be removed from the title page of the controversial "Passchendaele" volume. In this book he examines and describes the 1915 battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, Festubert & Loos and the development of the Germans' tactical concept of the "Defence in Depth," then moves on to the Somme 1916, Vimy Ridge, Battle of Arras 1917 (including fascinating material on the fighting around Monchy-le-Preux), Messines and the Third Battle of Ypres. The 1st Edition of this book, published in 1940, was a substantially diluted version of Wynne's argument: the publishers, Faber and Faber, pulped an entire edition and only issued a bowdlerised version. Through the assistance of the Wynne family Tom Donovan Editions has published the full and unexpurgated text for the first time, including all the matter removed in 1940 plus the author's additions and amendments for any further editions. Limited edition of 300 copies, high quality sewn casebound edition with specially commissioned dustjacket and slipcase. For more details, and pictures, see Tom Donovan Editions website.   £85




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