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March Retreat   14 Books
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KRRC Chronicle 1918. xv+339pp., 7 illus., 8 fldg. maps. Winchester: Warren & Sons. 1919  #54889
[HLMainPic] Detailed war records of all bns. on service inc. March Retreat, Final Advance &c., excellent maps inc. coloured trench maps. Rolls of officers killed & wounded, obituaries, roll of awards. Orig. limp wraps. (paperback edition), blocked red & silver, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
BONNER (Robert) Wilfrith Elstob, VC, DSO, MC, The Manchester Regiment. 1st Ed., xiv+33pp., 4to, 24 photos., map. Knutsford: Fleur de Lys. 1998  #56805
[HLMainPic] Outstanding temporary officer of 16th Bn. Manchester Regt. (Pals) & the epic story of Manchester Hill, near St. Quentin, in March 1918. Orig. laminated boards (hardback edition), VG & signed by author.   £25
GRAY (Frank) The Confessions of a Private. 1st Ed., xi+202pp. Oxford: Blackwell. 1920  #54744
[HLMainPic] Gray was a 'gentleman ranker' Ed. at Rugby School who practised as a solicitor. He served as Liberal MP for Oxford 1922-24 but was unseated following a corruption scandal (of which he was eventually acquitted). He enlisted in 1916 & served with the 8th (S) Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt., was for some time attached to the O&BLI, & with III Corps Intelligence. Interesting account of training & posting to France, Battle of Passchendaele 1917, March Retreat 1918 &c. After the war (until elected to Paliament) he worked as a farm labourer & tramped (he published 'The Tramp: His Meaning & Being' in 1931). Lacking both front & rear free endpapers o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
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
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
QUEX [Pseud. of NICHOLS (Capt. G.H.F., RFA)] Pushed. 2nd Ed., 336pp., 2 maps. Constable. 1930  #57549
[HLMainPic] Fine personal account of March Retreat & Allied Advance in 1918, serving with 82nd Bde. RFA, 18th Divisional Artillery. "The well-known journalist known as 'Quex' does not... hide his light under a bushel. He has, however, written a most entertaining account of a battery of the 18th Divisional Artillery in the German offensive of March 1918 & of the great British 'return push.'" - Falls. Orig. blue cloth, sl. sunned, VG. First published 1919: this new edition includes a short Introductory Letter by R.C. Sherriff & two maps (the 18th Div. sector in March 1918 & the division's attack on the Hindenburg Line at Vendhuille at the end of September) not in the 1919 edition. See illustration on our website.   £65
SHAKESPEAR (Lt.-Col. J., CMG, CIE, DSO) Historical Records of the 18th (Service) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers (Pioneers). 1st Ed., [xi]+211pp., 18 plates, 4 fldg. maps. Printed for private distribution by the Council of Newcastle & Gateshead. 1920  #56629
[HLMainPic] Pioneer battalion of the 34th Division, Western Front from Jan. 1916; Somme 1916, Arras, Ypres &c. Nominal roll, Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
WADE (A.) The War of the Guns: Western Front 1917 & 1918. With an Intro. by Edmund Blunden. 1st Ed., xvii+142pp., col. frontis. & 121 b/w plates. Batsford. 1936  #45084
Signaller with an Army Brigade, Field Artillery, through Messines, Passchendaele, Retreat & Final Advance. Readable & well-illustrated. Orig. black cloth, blocked in orange, VG   £15

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