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BEAMAN ([Lt.-Col.] Ardern [Arthur Hulme, DSO]) The Squadroon. 1st Ed., xvii+306pp., sketch map (of trenches near Hargicourt). John Lane, Bodley Head. 1920  #59352
[HLMainPic] Beaman, a regular officer of the 1st Cavalry, Indian Army, who won the DSO on the North-West Frontier in 1915, joined the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars as a combatant officer early in October 1917. He was present with the regiment at Cambrai & the regimental history records in detail his command of a 'composite squadron' in March 1918 & later "C" Squadron at Amiens &c. For reasons unknown he chose to present this Western Front 'memoir' from the point of view of the regimental chaplain: in any case it is a rare & interesting account of a cavalry regiment in France during 1917-18. Falls was unaware of the author's true identity, writing (in 'War Books'): "Mr Beaman went out to France in September 1917 as a Chaplain for attachment to a cavalry regiment. He records in great detail the life behind the lines, the events of the Battle of Cambrai, the German March Offensive, & the advance to victory. He is a sympathetic writer." Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £120


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