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BOMBARDIER "X" So This Was War! The Truth About the Western & Eastern Fronts Revealed. 1st Ed., 224pp., 16 photos. VG in dw. Hutchinson. nd.  #58914
[HLMainPic] Gunner's letters from the Western Front & Salonika: the anonymous author apparently enlisted aged 16 early in the war, & in a Preface Shaw Desmond (pseud. of Charles Nathaniel Lowe Shaw: writer, & Founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research) explains that "He tells not only of howling 'H.E,' or of whining bullet, of suffocating gas, but also of those other horrors, none the less grisly, that lie in wait to trip the flying feet of eager, high-spirited youth. Of pleasant vice that hides disease. Of the dysentry that tears at the bowels of a man... The trench songs, the flash of the cards & the flash of eyes, & of steel, in the estaminets... The monstrous, over-fed rats, lolloping from corpse to corpse..." - Falls would no doubt have had much to say about these themes & about some of the author's stories, such as a quarrel between a Scottish corporal & a coloured soldier that he witnessed in Amiens: "The Scotsman had, apparently, passed some nasty remark which the West Indian resented. High words were followed by a wicked tussle. Steel glistened in the murkey light of spluttering candles, &, as the big black man dropped, twisting to the floor, a nasty, curved knife fell from his twitching hand. The Corporal was arrested & led away, blood dripping from his naked bayonet." Orig. red cloth, titled in black, nice clean copy, VG in sl. chipped but neatly renovated dw & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £120




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