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Verdun   10 Books
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BRITTAIN (H.E.) To Verdun from the Somme: An Anglo American Glimpse of the Great Advance. 1st Ed., xviii+142pp., frontis. Lane. 1917  #41112
Account of the tour of the British & French armies on the Somme in 1916 undertaken by the American politician James E. Beck & compiled by [Sir] Harry Brittain (who planned the tour & accompanied the guest). Orig. green cloth, minor wear, VG.   £15
FALKENHAYN (Gen. Erich von) General Headquarters 1914-1916 & its Critical Decisions. 1st Eng. Ed., 299pp., 6 plates, 5 sketch maps. Hutchinson. 1919  #53726
[HLMainPic] German Chief of Staff responsible for inter alia Verdun & the early Somme battles. Highly regarded by Falls who awarded two stars. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
GORCE (Paul-Marie de la) The French Army, A Military-Political History. 1st Eng. Ed., [vii]+568pp. VG in chipped & worn dw. W&N. 1963  #39663
From 1870, through the Dreyfus Affair, WW1 & WW2, Algeria &c.   £10
JOFFRE (Marshal) Memoirs of Marshal Joffre. Trans. by Col. T. Bentley Mott. 1st Eng. Ed., 2 Vols., viii+324 & viii+333pp., 16 illus., 19 maps. VG in chipped dws. Bles. 1932  #50000
[HLMainPic] French CIGS from 1911 & C-in-C 1914-16 until replaced by Nivelle. Much on the encounter battles of 1914, the decision to fight the battle of the Marne, Loos, Verdun & the Somme. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, VG in chipped dws, tanned spines, but scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
PETAIN (Marshal Henri Philippe) Verdun. 1st Eng. Ed., 254pp., portrait frontis., 11 photos., 2 panoramas, 3 maps. Elkin Mathews & Marrot. 1930  #58406
[HLMainPic] Full account of the five-month battle in 1916 of which Petain took command part way through. Orig. cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
ROZE (Anne) Fields of Memory: A Testimony to the Great War. Photographs by John Foley. 1st Eng. Ed., 232pp., 4to, col. & b.w photos. throughout. VG in dw. Cassell. 1999  #41715
Artistic photos. (& a number of contemp. illustrations) of the scars of WW1 that remain in the French & Belgian landscapes: forts, pillboxes, various diggings, cemeteries &c.   £15
WILLIAM (Crown Prince of Germany) My War Experiences. 1st Eng. Ed., viii+364pp., frontis., 4 fldg. & 13 sketch maps in text. Hurst & Blackett. nd  #51661
[HLMainPic] War memoirs of Crown Prince Wilhelm, German army commander, with much on the 1914 campaign, Verdun 1916 &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. & extremities chipped/worn, overall about VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
WITKOP (Dr. P.) Trans. by WEDD (A.F.) German Students' War Letters. 1st Eng. Ed., vii+376pp. Methuen. 1929  #55593
[HLMainPic] Letters of some 100 young Germans killed in the war, published as a "living memorial" - writing just ten years after the war the Editor notes in the Foreword that "the remembrance of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice is in danger of growing dim." Orig. green cloth, blocked black, sp. sl. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
WITKOP (Dr. P.) Trans. by WEDD (A.F.) German Students' War Letters. 1st Eng. Ed., vii+376pp. VG in chipped dw. Methuen. 1929  #58511
[HLMainPic] Letters of some 100 young Germans killed in the war, published as a "living memorial" - writing just ten years after the war the Editor notes in the Foreword that "the remembrance of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice is in danger of growing dim." Orig. green cloth, blocked black, VG in chipped dw, with small loss at head of sp. o/w VG & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £75
ZWEIG (Arnold) Education Before Verdun. 1st USA. Ed. (but a subsequent printing), trans. from German by Eric Sutton, xii+448pp. VG in chipped/rubbed dw. NY: Viking Press. 1936  #48284
[HLMainPic] This novel "fills the gap between 'Young Women of 1914' & 'The Case of Sergeant Grischa'" according to the author's endnote. At the time of writing he had been expelled from Germany & resided in the USA; he notes that he "sketched out" the book in 1927, & began writing it twice, in 1928 & 1930, but that his expulsion (& the confiscation of his manuscripts) had delayed publication. Orig. black cloth, gilt, minor staining but generally VG & very scarce in chipped & rubbed but attractive dw: scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £35

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