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History of the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 3 Vols. bound in one, x+306+152+205+64pp, numerous sketches & maps (inc. 3 fldg.). Dorchester: Ling. 1932  #54581
[HLMainPic] Excellent, detailed history in three parts: Regular, TF & Service bns.encompassing Western Front, Gallipoli, Mespot., Palestine & Russia, fully indexed. Roll of Hon., awards. Three original parts bound together in contemp. green publisher's cloth, gilt, very nice clean copy. See illustration on our website.   £125
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
[HAY (Capt. M.V.)] Wounded & a Prisoner of War. By An Exchanged Officer. 1st Ed., viii+316pp., frontis., 15 plates. Blackwood. 1916  #49732
[HLMainPic] 3rd (Special Reserve) Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders with BEF in 1914 incl. a good account of the Battle of Mons. The author, badly wounded, was captured in the Retreat. The jacket blurb (jacket not present on this copy) stated: "Major Hay was amongst the first batch of officers exchanged, & his story is grim realism & truth. It gives a realistic account of Mons & the Retreat." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear. See illustration on our website.   £65
ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 7: The Curragh Incident & the Western Front 1914. 1st Ed., xxiii+262pp., 48 photos., sketches, 11 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1996  #56929
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed standard history. This volume covering the lead-up to war & 1914 campaign on the Western Front. VG in dw & now uncommon. 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  #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
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

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BECKE (Major A.F., late RFA) The Royal Regiment of Artillery at Le Cateau, Wednesday, 26th August 1914. 1st Ed., viii+87pp., 5 fldg. maps & 4 fldg. sketches in end-pocket. Woolwich: RA Institution. Jan. 1919  #57566
[HLMainPic] Invaluable, detailed stage-by-stage account of the battle. Becke was attached to the Historical Section (Military Branch) of the Committee of Imperial Defence, so had - for a regimental historian writing in 1918 - privileged access to the relevant War Diaries. In addition, he interviewed every available artillery officer who was present, & as a respected military historian & gunner officer his analysis & thoroughness are beyond question. Orig. paper covd. printed boards, red cloth backstrip, sp. sunned, somewhat marked, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £45
BOND (Lt.-Col. R.C., DSO) The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in the Great War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xviii+[352]pp., frontis., 12 plates, 14 maps (some fldg.). Lund, Humphries & Co. nd 1929  #53676
[HLMainPic] Almost entirely Western Front inc. all main battles from Mons & Le Cateau to the Final Advance. Excellent detailed history with awards, officers killed/wounded noted in text. Orig. vellum, gilt, sp. the covers rather stained & discoloured o/w VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125
BRERETON (J.M.) A History of the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards & Their Predecessors 1685-1980. 1st Ed., xiii+494pp., 4to, col. frontis., 94 plates (some col.), 12 maps & diagrams. VG in dw. Catterick: The Regt. 1982  #56304
[HLMainPic] Campaigns include Peninsular, Kaffir War, Crimea, Egypt 1882, Boer War, WW1 Western Front & WW2 BEF 1940 & North-West Europe 1944-45 from Normandy to Bremen, post-war Radfan & Cyprus. Rolls of Hon. 1914-18 & 1939-45, roll of awards post-1946. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20

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