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Final Advance 1918   6 Books
2/4 Battalion Hampshire Regiment 1914-1919. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps. with cord tie, 68pp., 4to, 2 maps. Privately printed. nd 1920  #57016
[HLMainPic] 2/4th Hants. in Palestine May 1917-May 1918 then in France with the 62nd (West Riding) Div. for the Final Advance June-Nov. 1918 inc. Havrincourt, Marcoing & Le Quesnoy. Several rolls of officers, awards. Casualties noted in text. Somewhat chipped but VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
Operations of the XIII Corps Between 3rd October & 11th November, 1918. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [ii]+59pp., large fldg. map (detailing the advance of the Corps). Hill & Ainsworth, Ltd., Printers, Stoke & Hanley. nd (c.1919).  #58159
Attractive, rare & detailed account of the Final Advance of Morland's XIII Corps (18th, 25th, 50th & 66th Divisions) inc. actions of Gouy, Le Catelet & Beaurevoir, the forcing of the Selle, passage of the Foret de Mormal & capture of Landrecies, &c. Appendices include Orders of Battle, Engineering & Artillery Notes, tables of captures & troops engaged, &c. Orig. dec. wraps., little spotted, VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
AQUILA [Pseud. of DELIUS (Capt. J.D.)] With the Cavalry in the West. 1st Ed., 246pp., 8 plates by F.W. Reed, 2 maps. John Lane/Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1922  #57495
[HLMainPic] Unusual, & thus valuable, anonymous first-hand account by a junior officer: wartime Sandhurst course, then with a regiment of 2nd Cav. Div. (4th Hussars, 5th Cavd. Bde.) in France & Flanders from Oct. 1915-armistice inc. battles of Somme, Arras, Cambrai, March Retreat, Amiens & Final Advance. He records disappointments as, time after time, his regiment was held in readiness for a breakthrough but denied the opportunity to act; in between it was employed on working parties, dismounted infantry in trench warfare &c. The author was a troop commander & then adjt. during most of 1918. Orig. orange cloth, VG & very scarce with presentation inscrip. "With best wishes from the Author. Sept. 1922" - Delius was the younger brother of the famous composer Frederick Delius. See illustration on our website.   £120

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FOX (Colin) et al. Their Duty Done: The Kitchener Battalions of the Royal Berkshire Regiment 1918. 1st Ed., laminated card covs., vii+116pp., A4 format, num. photos. & maps. Univ. of Reading. 1998  #51766
[HLMainPic] Final part of acclaimed study of the 5th & 8th (Service) Bns. of the Berkshires in WW1 conducted at Univ. of Reading using various sources inc. personal recollections, unpublished material, official records, &c. Contains num. portraits, excellent sketch maps & Roll of Honour. Includes German Spring Offensives, Battle of Amiens, Final Advance &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £10
HAIG (F-M Sir Douglas) Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches (December 1915-April 1919). Ed. by Lt.-Col. J.H. Boraston, CB, OBE, Private Secretary to Earl Haig. 1st Ed., xviii+378pp., 8 portraits, 25 maps in text + 10 fldg. maps in separate mapcase. Dent. 1920  #53742
[HLMainPic] Haig's despatches whilst C-in-C of the BEF, including St Eloi, Somme, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai, &c., & the important 'Final Despatch' which includes Haig's survey of the entire course of the war on the Western Front. Orig. red cloth, little worn & marked, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
ROWE (Major E., MC) 2nd County of London (Westminster Dragoons) Yeomanry: The First Twenty Years. 1st Ed., xiii+154pp., 5 plates, 2 maps. Privately printed by Clowes. 1962  #57434
[HLMainPic] Gallipoli 1915, Sinai & Palestine 1916-18 & Western Front 1918-19. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £60




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