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MACLEOD (Col. R., DSO, MC) An Artillery Officer in the First World War. Dup. typescript in card covs. with cloth backstrip, label to front, foolscap format, [iii]+244pp., 19 maps & sketches. Unpublished memoirs privately circulated by the author. nd (c.1965).  #57537
[HLMainPic] MacLeod started the war as a subaltern in 80th Batt. RFA, was severely wounded during the Retreat from Mons, but rejoined in time to serve at Neuve Chapelle, Festubert & Aubers Ridge in 1915; on the Somme in 1916 he was attached to the RFC as a Liaison Officer & records much of interest on artillery observation work, &c. Early in 1917 he was appointed to command "A" Battery, 240 Bde. RFA, then "C" Battery, 241 Bde. at Passchendaele & onwards, including the Asiago Plateau in 1918. Exceptionally observant, substantial, detailed & unpublished memoirs of the war on the Western Front, with copy letter from the Librarian of the Imperial War Museum, Miss Rose Coombs, acknowledging receipt of a copy in 1965: she comments on various aspects of MacLeod's narrative, including his participation in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle & his work with the RFC, adding: "I do not think I have ever read a more detailed & competent account of the life of an artillery officer in the Great War, & know that we shall find the volume a mine of information concerning the little things, the everyday occurrences which never get a mention in an official history, as well as the views of the battles in which you were engaged, which will be most useful to both museum staff & historians carrying out research." Minor wear, VG & highly recommended. See illustrations on our website.   £450




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