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A Short History of the Units administered by the Kent Territorial & Auxiliary Forces Association. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 88pp. (inc. adverts), several photos. Published & Produced by Reid-Hamilton Publishers. nd (c.1950).  #56424
[HLMainPic] The "Official Handbook" to the Territorial & Auxiliary Forces of the County of kent, c.1950, inc. details of various local Artillery, Engineer, RAMC, REME &c. units. VG ex-IWM. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
HANKEY (Lord) The Supreme Command 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xv+435pp., 4 portraits, 2 maps & ix+[469]pp., 4 portraits, map. VG in dws. A&U. 1961  #58398
[HLMainPic] The "inner history" of the Supreme Command by long-serving secretary to the War Council & Cabinet (& creator of the Cabinet Secretariat), including inside knowledge of seemingly everybody & everything, including the Dardanelles & Mesopotamia Commissions, &c. "...the most extensive account hitherto of the deliberations of the War Council. The account was a fiercely damning indictment, made more striking by the fact that many of the retrospective criticisms of the supreme command had been made at the time by Hankey but had simply been swept aside..." - Edward Spiers in The First World War & British Military History. Valuable source. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in dws, nice pair. See illustration on our website.   £65
HANKEY (Lord) The Supreme Control at the Paris Peace Conference 1919. 1st Ed., 206pp. VG in dw. A&U. 1963  #58399
[HLMainPic] Wartime secretary to the War Council & Cabinet describes organisation & deliberations of the Conference, where he was secretary of the British Empire Delegation. Nice copy in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
HOFFMANN (Maj.-Gen. Max) War Diaries & Other Papers. 1st Eng. Ed., 2 Vols., 271 & 407pp., frontis. to each Vol. (that in Vol. I loose), 2 fldg. maps. Secker. 1929  #58389
[HLMainPic] Important memoirs of the Eastern Front where the gifted Hoffmann was powerful Chief of Staff to the C-in-C, with much interesting commentary on the abilities & decisions of the German Supreme Command. Highly recommended by Falls ("Hoffmann... was one of the youngest & most brilliant among the leading German soldiers. He here appears as a severe critic of Hindenburg & Ludendorff... He himself was on the Eastern Front throughout the War, but understood very clearly what was happening on the Western..."), awarding two stars. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, covs. sporadically stained & worn, o/w sound & rare. See illustration on our website.   £90
WRIGHT (Capt. Peter E.) At the Supreme War Council. 1st USA Ed. (with new Preface by the author), [vi]+201pp., 8 portraits, fldg. map. NY: Putnam. 1921  #52892
[HLMainPic] Wright was an Assistant Secretary at the Military Section, involved with forward planning & predicting military requirements ahead, & Ian Beckett (in 'The First World War & British Military History') suggests that he only avoided "prosecution for revealing the deliberations of the SWC largely because it was felt that action would also have to be taken against FM Lord French..." Falls condemned it as an attack on Haig & eulogy of Foch & Henry Wilson, saying "in military matters he is a light-weight." This edition includes a new specially written Preface in which the author responds to the "many & hostile critics" who had greeted the publication of the book in England. Also contains portraits of war leaders not present in the UK Ed. Orig. dark maroon cloth, gilt, sp. dull & hinges a little pulled o/w VG with author's presentation inscrip. & monograph on half title: "To Tess From the Author. PEW." See illustrations on our website.   £30
WRIGHT (Capt. Peter E.) At the Supreme War Council. 2nd Imp., vi+191pp., fldg. map. VG in chipped dw. Eveleigh Nash. 1921  #58457
[HLMainPic] Wright was an Assistant Secretary at the Military Section, involved with forward planning & predicting military requirements ahead, & Ian Beckett (in 'The First World War & British Military History') suggests that he only avoided "prosecution for revealing the deliberations of the SWC largely because it was felt that action would also have to be taken against FM Lord French..." Falls condemned it as an attack on Haig & eulogy of Foch & Henry Wilson, saying "in military matters he is a light-weight." Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35

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