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Douglas Haig   8 Books
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[HAIG (FM Sir Douglas)] CHARTERIS (Brig.-Gen. John, CMG, DSO) Field-Marshal Earl Haig. Foreword by John Buchan. 1st USA Ed., xiii+407pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 21 maps + ep maps. VG in sl. rubbed NY: Scribners. 1929  #57063
[HLMainPic] Charteris served on Haig's staff before the war & was his "controversial head of intelligence" during it. His is a "very personal book about Haig & his conduct of operations, but any critical assessment was tempered by loyalty & an element of self-justification" - Keith Simpson. Orig. black cloth, gilt, near fine in sl. rubbed but scarce pictorial dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
[HAIG (F-M Sir Douglas)] COOPER (Duff) Haig. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., 402+xii & 484pp., 21 plates, 20 maps. VG in dws. Faber. 1935  #64398
[HLMainPic] Competent biography; for many years the standard work on Haig. Mainly devoted to the Great War. Orig. black cloth, gilt, VG in sl. chipped dws. See illustration on our website.   £50
BICKERSTETH (Lt. J.B., MC) History of the 6th Cavalry Brigade 1914-1919. Foreword by Sir Douglas Haig. 1st Ed., xii+124pp., 5 plates, 15 maps. Baynard Press. nd  #51730
[HLMainPic] Excellent detailed acount of mainly 3rd Dragoons, Royal Dragoons & North Somerset Yeomanry in 3rd Cavalry Div., much on 1914 & 2nd Ypres, good folding coloured maps of various ops. Orig. blue cloth with paper onlay to front, dark blue cloth sp. strip, sp. label sl. chipped o/w VG with armorial bookplate of Charles Edward Dunscomb Bridge, who was a regular gunner, a captain in 1914 & by the end of the war a Temp. Lt.-Col., GSO1, holder of the DSO, MC, Order of Leopold & French, Belgian & Italian Croix de Guerre, served in France & Italy. Post-war Military Attach‚ at Washington, Warsaw & Prague, later Sec. Gen. to the British Council, awarded CMG 1938. See illustration on our website.   £35
DEWAR (G.A.B.) & BORASTON (Lt.-Col. J.H.) Sir Douglas Haig's Command: December 19, 1915-November 11, 1918. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xxiii+415 & 375pp., 14 maps & plans. Constable. 1922  #63595
[HLMainPic] Vigorously pro-Haig & based on access to his private diaries & correspondence, but much useful material especially on the 1918 campaign. Falls criticises the work ("[the writers] continuously overreach themselves in attempting to prove too much... their references to the French are frequently unfair") but, awarding a Star, accedes that the book has "a certain importance... one of the few in which the final plan of campaign that brought victory on the Western Front is clearly explained." Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG with armorial bookplates in each volume of Francis Alvey Rhodes Darwin MA. See illustration on our website.   £35
HAIG (Field Marshal Sir Douglas) Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches (December 1915-April 1919). Edited by Lt.-Col. J.H. Boraston, CB, OBE (Private Secretary to Earl Haig). 1st Ed., xviii+378pp., 8 portraits, 25 maps in text + 10 fldg. maps in separate mapcase. Both text & mapcase fine in dws. Dent. 1920  #58084
[HLMainPic] Haig's despatches while C-in-C of the BEF, including the battles of St Eloi, Somme, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai, &c., & the important 'Final Despatch' which includes Haig's survey of the entire course of the war on the Western Front. "[Boraston] has been allowed to insert a few passages which the Government of the day kept out, presumably because its members thought that these passages reflected adversly on them, and has made certain others; but in the main these re the formal accounts sent home for publication. They form a useful guide and reference book to the general course of events, and in their formal and restrained fashion even give very fair sense of atmosphere. Further they hardly pretended to go..." - Falls. "Haig's final despatch, dated 21 March 1919, was a closely argued case outlining his conduct of operations. Haig sought to establish that during the four and a half years of the war the operations in Belgium and France had been a single continuous campaign which had been fought through the four stages of manoeuvre, the preparation or wearing out battle, the decisive attack and the cavalry exploitation. Haig believed that these operations had the same general features as all the conclusive battles of history. What distinguished operations on the Western Front from other campaigns was their duration, and this had been determined by factors beyond Haig's control - the unpreparedness of the British for a war of such magnitude, the subsequent delay of two years before Britain's armies were able to intervene in strength, the situation in theatres other than that of the Western Front, problem's of Allied co-operation, and restrictions on manoeuvres because of the continuous battle front in the West. As long as the opposing forces at the outset were approximately equal in numbers an morale and there were no flanks to turn, then it was obvious that a long struggle was inevitable and this meant increased casualties. Haig had thought through all the arguments that would be marshalled against his conduct of operations and that y arguing that his strategy was based on the principles of war and had to be considered as a whole, he made it difficult to criticize the individual parts" - Keith Simpson (The Great War & British Military History). Orig. red cloth, both vols. fine in dws & rare in this superb condition, the mapcase, especially, being rare in dw. See illustrations on our website.   £225
HAIG (FM Sir Douglas): CHARTERIS (Brig.-Gen. John, CMG, DSO) Field-Marshal Earl Haig. Foreword by John Buchan. 1st Ed., xv+400pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 21 maps + ep maps. VG in dw. Cassell. 1929  #62325
[HLMainPic] Charteris served on Haig's staff before the war & was his "controversial head of intelligence" during it. His is a "very personal book about Haig & his conduct of operations, but any critical assessment was tempered by loyalty & an element of self-justification" - Keith Simpson. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG & nice copy in VG & scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £65
HAIG (Sir Douglas): HAIG (The Countess) The Man I Knew. 1st Ed., xiii+321pp., frontis., 24 illus. VG in dw. Moray Press. 1936  #57987
[HLMainPic] Billed as "The intimate life-story of Douglas Haig" by his widow. Keith Simpson (in 'The First World War & British Military History') thought it "might have been more aptly titled 'The Man I Didn't Know'" but adds that it "unintentionally, reveals the relationship between husband & wife & the strengths & defects of Haig's character." Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
SMITH (Paul) Ed. Government & the Armed Forces in Britain 1856-1990. 1st Ed., xviii+324pp. VG in dw. Hambledon Press. 1996  #56825
[HLMainPic] Collection of scholarly essays including John Gooch on 'Adversarial Attitudes: Servicemen, Politicians & Strategic Policy, 1899-1914'; David French on 'Civil-Military Relations during the First World War,' 'The Campaign for a Ministry of Defence, 1919-1936' by William (Bill) Philpott &c. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20

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