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The Army List. Part III: Biographical. 1973. Containing officers' career details inc. DoB, first commission & regt., current rank, staff appointments, awards. Orig. printed card wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.  #59841
[HLMainPic]   £35
PHILIP (John, late Sgt., 2nd Bn. DCLI) Reminiscences of Gibraltar, Egypt & the Egyptian War, 1882 (From the Ranks). 1st Ed., xvi+159pp., portrait frontis. (of the author in the uniform of the Aberdeen City Police). Aberdeen: Wyllie & Son. 1893  #59840
[HLMainPic] Mostly concerns the 1882 campaign, when the author was present throughout the operations incl. Battles of Kassassin & Tel-el-Kebir: a number of adventures engagingly told. Endorsement by Lt.-Col. W.B. Browne, CO of the 2/DCLI in 1893, states: "Having served in the battalion, & been an eyewitness of most of the scenes which Sergeant Philip so graphically describes, I have much pleasure in testifying to the accuracy & truth of his sketches." Orig. green cloth, gilt title & regimental badge to front, rubbed & worn o/w VG & very scarce with 1894 ownership inscrip. of C.J. Early 2/DCLI. See illustration on our website.   £145
HARRINGTON (P.) & SHARF (F.A.) Eds. China 1900: The Eye Witnesses Speak. The Boxer Rebellion as Described by Participants in Letters, Diaries & Photographs. 1st Ed., 256pp., illus. & maps. VG in dw. Greenhill. 2000  #59836
[HLMainPic] Previously unpublished letters/diaries from the Boxer Rebellion. See illustration on our website.   £15
[REID (Capt. C.H., MC)] War Diary of First Machine Gun Squadron 1916-1919. 1st Ed., 67pp., portrait frontis, 2 plates (named officers groups), 5 sketch maps. Straker Bros. Ltd., The Bishopsgate Press. 1922  #59832
[HLMainPic] Very rare history of the cavalry MG Squadron formed in the field in Feb. 1916 & served throughout the war on the western Front with 1st Cav. Bde. in 1st Cav. Div. inc. Battle of the Somme 1916, Cambrai 1917, March Offensive 1918 &c. Valuable detailed account with roll of officers. Orig. blue cloth, gilt tile to front with inset Squadron badge, gilt in a white oval. VG. See illustration on our website.   £275
BAUERMEISTER (Lt. A. [Agricola]) Spies Break Through: Memoirs of a German Secret Service Officer. Trans. & intro. by Hector C. Bywater. 1st Eng. Ed., xvi+185pp., 11 of 12 photos. Constable. 1934  #59829
[HLMainPic] Personal memoir of espionage/intelligence work on the Eastern Front, including going behind Russian lines to stir up disaffection, effect of German propaganda, &c. Ex-circ. lib., rubbed & worn, one plate lacking, o/w sound. See illustration on our website.   £15
MASEFIELD (John) The Old Front Line, or The Beginning of the Battle of the Somme. 1st Ed., 128pp., 16 photos., fldg. map (showing trenches & obstacles). Heinemann. 1917  #59827
[HLMainPic] Description of the field of battle based on Masefield's walks & studies, 1916-17. Orig. red cloth, little sunned/worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
HOWARD (Christopher) Britain & the Casus Belli 1822-1902: A Study of Britain's International Position from Canning to Salisbury. 1st Ed., xiv+204pp. VG in dw. Univ. of London, Athlone Press. 1974  #59826
[HLMainPic] Scholarly study. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
Infantry Training. Vol. I: Training. 1926. xvi+320pp., 27 plates (some fldg.). HMSO. 1926  #59823
[HLMainPic] Infantry weapons, principles & systems of training, drill, field operations &c. Orig. red cloth covd. boards, gilt, with numerous amendment slips inserted throughout. VG thus with ownership. inscrip. of Lt. E.H. Powell, OC HQ Wing, 4th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers. See illustration on our website.   £20
DUGUID (Col. A. Fortescue, DSO) Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War. General Series, Vol. I: From the Outbreak of War to the Formation of the Canadian Corps, August 1914-Sept. 1915. Volume II: Chronology, Appendices & Maps. 1st Ed., liii+464pp., 14 fldg. maps in endpocket. Ottawa: By Authority. 1938  #59821
[HLMainPic] This volume of great value as it contains 454pp. of "copies of original documents, references to authorities, & notes & monographs specially written to supplement & expand, & also to disburden, the text... selected primarily to place on record the actual orders issued & the circumstances in which they were framed... to enable the reader to folow the course of events as presnted to participants at the time, especially in battle." This the only text published in the General Series, the scheme being abandoned shortly after its publication. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG with ink stamps of Historical Section, Committee of Imperial Defence. See illustration on our website.   £65
EDMONDS (Sir James) Military Operations France & Belgium 1917 Part I: The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line & The Battles of Arras. 1st Ed., text only: xxxix+586pp., 25 sketch maps. Macmillan. 1940  #59820
[HLMainPic] One of the scarcest columes of the OH, covering the first five months of 1917 inc. ops. on the Ancre & the advance in the 'devastated area,' battles of Arras & Bullecourt. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG, very nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £145

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