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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
ALDRICH (Mildred) A Hilltop on the Marne. 2nd Imp., 160pp., frontis., ep map. Constable. 1915  #57989
[HLMainPic] The war as seen by an American from her cottage near the River Marne between June 3rd-Sept. 8th, 1914; she records, inter al, the BEF passing through & officers of the KOYLIs & Bedfords using her garden for an OP. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
ALDRICH (Mildred) On the Edge of the War Zone: From the Battle of the Marne to the Entrance of the Stars and Stripes. 1st Ed., 280pp., frontis., fldg. map. Constable. 1918  #57990
[HLMainPic] Second vol. of impressions of the war, covering 1915-18, by American lady writer & journalist (of the Gertrude Stein/Alice B. Toklas circle) whose cottage near the River Marne was close to the scene of much activity. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little rubbed & worn, sound, inscribed "Edith A. Bellyse" on ffep & "E.A.B. from V.M.A. Xmas 1918" on the following blank: probably a gift inscription from the author. See illustration on our website.   £30
BADSEY (Stephen) Doctrine & Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918. 1st Ed., xviii+360pp., 12 illus. VG in dw. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2008  #56290
[HLMainPic] Detailed & absorbing study of the cavalry in wars leading up to 1914 & its role in WW1. Scarce hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
BADSEY (Stephen) Doctrine & Reform in the British Cavalry 1880-1918. 1st Ed., xviii+360pp., 12 illus. VG in dw. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2008  #58174
[HLMainPic] Detailed & absorbing study of the cavalry in wars leading up to 1914 & its role in WW1. Scarce hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
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
BERKELEY (Capt. R., MC) & SEYMOUR (Brig. W.W.) The History of the Rifle Brigade in the War of 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 3 Vols., Vol. I: Aug. 1914-Dec. 1916; Vol. II: Jan. 1917-June 1919; Appendix: Lists of Officers & Other Ranks of the R.B. awarded decorations or MiD for services during the Great War (Comp. Lt.-Col. T.R. Eastwood, DSO, MC & Major H.G. Parkyn, OBE). xvi+245 & xv+409pp., 28 plates, 52 maps (14 fldg.); Appendix: [v]+105pp. 4to. The RB Club. 1927; 1936; 1936. 1927  #57013
[HLMainPic] Excellent history. Every notable action of all bns. described, many in great detail (all but one bn. served Western Front). Vol. II includes the indices; main index which is almost entirely names & index by bns. of their activities in chronological order & an index of actions. Rifle green cloth, silver gilt, VG throughout (inc. Vol. I which is generally rather worn due to earlier publication & inferior cloth), good set & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £245

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