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Douglas Haig   19 Books
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[HAIG (FM Sir Douglas)] CHARTERIS (Brig.-Gen. John, CMG, DSO) Field-Marshal Earl Haig. Foreword by John Buchan. 1st USA Ed., xiii+407pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 21 maps + ep maps. VG in sl. rubbed NY: Scribners. 1929  #57063
[HLMainPic] Charteris served on Haig's staff before the war & was his "controversial head of intelligence" during it. His is a "very personal book about Haig & his conduct of operations, but any critical assessment was tempered by loyalty & an element of self-justification" - Keith Simpson. Orig. black cloth, gilt, near fine in sl. rubbed but scarce pictorial dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
[HAIG (F-M Sir Douglas)] DE GROOT (Gerard) Douglas Haig, 1861-1928. 1st Ed., [xxii]+441pp., 16 illus., 11 maps. VG in dw. Unwin Hyman. 1988  #46194
[HLMainPic] Well regarded revisionist study. Sl. stain at foot of sp. o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £10
[HAIG (Sir Douglas)] DAVIDSON (Maj.-Gen. Sir John, KCMG, CB, DSO) Haig: Master of the Field. 1st Ed., xxiv+158pp., frontis., map eps. VG in dw. Nevill. 1953  #48229
[HLMainPic] Haig's DMO, 'Tavish' Davidson, defends his C-in-C's 1917-1918 strategy, utilising personal knowledge as a senior staff officer, notes he kept at the time & other sources. See illustration on our website.   £14
BICKERSTETH (Lt. J.B., MC) History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919. Foreword by Sir Douglas Haig. 1st Ed. (deluxe version), xii+124pp., 5 plates, 15 maps. Baynard Press. nd  #50339
[HLMainPic] Mainly 3rd Dragoons, Royal Dragoons & North Somerset Yeomanry in 3rd Cavalry Div., much on 1914 & 2nd Ypres, good maps. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £45
BICKERSTETH (Lt. J.B., MC) History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919. Foreword by Sir Douglas Haig. 1st Ed., xii+124pp., 5 plates, 15 maps. Baynard Press. nd  #51730
[HLMainPic] Excellent detailed acount of mainly 3rd Dragoons, Royal Dragoons & North Somerset Yeomanry in 3rd Cavalry Div., much on 1914 & 2nd Ypres, good folding coloured maps of various ops. Orig. blue cloth with paper onlay to front, dark blue cloth sp. strip, sp. label sl. chipped o/w VG with armorial bookplate of Charles Edward Dunscomb Bridge, who was a regular gunner, a captain in 1914 & by the end of the war a Temp. Lt.-Col., GSO1, holder of the DSO, MC, Order of Leopold & French, Belgian & Italian Croix de Guerre, served in France & Italy. Post-war Military Attach‚ at Washington, Warsaw & Prague, later Sec. Gen. to the British Council, awarded CMG 1938. See illustration on our website.   £35
CASSAR (George H.) The Tragedy of Sir John French. 1st Ed., 324pp., 16 illus., 19 maps. VG in sl. chipped dw. Newark, USA: Univ. of Delaware Press. 1985  #56977
[HLMainPic] Scholarly assessment of the BEF's first C-in-C, replaced by Haig in the aftermath of Loos. VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
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
DEWAR (G.A.B.) & BORASTON (Lt.-Col. J.H.) Sir Douglas Haig's Command: December 19, 1915-November 11, 1918. 2nd Imp., 2 Vols., xxiii+415 & 375pp., 14 maps & plans. Constable. 1922  #58436
[HLMainPic] Vigorously pro-Haig & based on access to his private diaries & correspondence, but much useful material especially on the 1918 campaign. Falls criticises the work ("[the writers] continuously overreach themselves in attempting to prove too much... their references to the French are frequently unfair") but, awarding a Star, accedes that the book has "a certain importance... one of the few in which the final plan of campaign that brought victory on the Western Front is clearly explained." Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
FRENCH (Maj. The Hon. Gerald, DSO) French Replies to Haig. 1st Ed., 266pp., 15 plates. Hutchinson. 1936  #46636
[HLMainPic] French's most staunch & loyal supporter, his son, "attempts to retrieve his father's reputation" (Ian Beckett in 'The First World War & British Military History'), adding that it "ranged widely over post-war controversies" in its "extended commentary on Duff Cooper's biography of Haig." Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG   £16
HAIG (FM Sir Douglas) The Private Papers of Douglas Haig 1914-1918. Ed. by Robert Blake. 1st Ed., 383pp., portrait frontis., plate, 3 maps. VG in dw. E&S. 1952  #35215
Important selections from DH's diaries & correspondence by an essentially political historian, the publication of which "could still evoke a sense of shock amongst those not already privy to what one reader called 'the petty jealousies that pervaded high places.'" - David French in "The First World War & British Military History." The new edition of Haig's papers edited by Gary Sheffield is a more military selection. VG in dw.   £10

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