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126 Heavy Battery, R.G.A., 1915-1919. 1st Ed., 83pp., 2 portraits. No imprint/date (Printed by W.P. Griffith & Sons., London EC4, c.1919).  #63045
[HLMainPic] Largely based on unit War Diary, maintained by Sgt. G.H. Porter until he was KiA at Queant, 12/9/18 (his portrait appears as frontispiece). Also includes rolls of officers, Roll of Hon. (with details of where killed), statistics of Rounds Fired, awards roll, citations for DCM, MM & MSM awards. Unit was formed at Camberwell in May 1915 & served on the Somme 1916, Lens Front in 1917, Ypres & Final Advance. Orig. red cloth, gilt, small but useful & rare history. See illustration on our website.   £75
2/4 Battalion Hampshire Regiment 1914-1919. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps. with cord tie, 68pp., 4to, 2 maps. Privately printed. nd 1920  #57016
[HLMainPic] 2/4th Hants. in Palestine May 1917-May 1918 then in France with the 62nd (West Riding) Div. for the Final Advance June-Nov. 1918 inc. Havrincourt, Marcoing & Le Quesnoy. Several rolls of officers, awards. Casualties noted in text. Somewhat chipped but VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
332 Siege Battery R.G.A. An Account of its Adventures in the Great War, 1917-18. Compiled from Notes & Recollections of Officers of the Battery. 1st Ed., ix+134pp., 22 photos., 5 fldg. maps. Windsor: Oxley & Son, Printers. nd (c.1920s)  #61958
[HLMainPic] 6-In. How. Battery formed Jan. 1917: F&F from May starting in Ploegsteert Sector then 3rd Ypres, down to Bertrancourt for March Retreat & Final Advance from Mericourt to Bois l'Evecque. Detailed history. Roll of officers & WOs (with brief services), Roll of Hon. Orig. dec. blue cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
Roll of Honour & Casualties & List of Officers who have served with 75th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, Guards Division, 24th August [to] 11th November 1918. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [15]pp. No imprint/date. (contemp.).  #63220
[HLMainPic] Roll of Hon. stating date & place of death, name, rank, no. & Battery, roll of those wounded (with similar details), rolls of officers & their appointments, &c. Attractive blue & gilt wraps. with RA & Guards Div. devices, little wear, generally VG with pencil inscrip. "In gratitude James Kirkland Lt. Col." See illustration on our website.   £75
The Fifth Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xx+256pp., portrait frontis., 43 photos. & sketches, 8 fldg. maps. Glasgow: Jackson & Son. 1936  #62799
[HLMainPic] Territorial bn. landed in France Nov. 1914; in the line at Bois Grenier, Laventie &c. then battles of Loos, Somme, Arras, Bullecourt, third Ypres, Final Advance in 1918 inc. Epehy, Canal du Nord, Selle & Sambre. Roll of Hon., nominal roll, awards. Orig. green cloth, gilt & black, very scarce. Stained & worn ex-lib. hence inexpensive copy, but sound & complete. See illustration on our website.   £45
AQUILA [Pseud. of DELIUS (Capt. J.D.)] With the Cavalry in the West. 1st Ed., 246pp., 8 plates by F.W. Reed, 2 maps. John Lane/Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1922  #63931
[HLMainPic] Unusual, & thus valuable, anonymous first-hand account by a junior officer: wartime Sandhurst course, then with a regiment of 2nd Cav. Div. (4th Hussars, 5th Cavd. Bde.) in France & Flanders from Oct. 1915-armistice inc. battles of Somme, Arras, Cambrai, March Retreat, Amiens & Final Advance. He records disappointments as, time after time, his regiment was held in readiness for a breakthrough but denied the opportunity to act; in between it was employed on working parties, dismounted infantry in trench warfare &c. The author was a troop commander & then adjt. during most of 1918. Orig. orange cloth, blindstamped & title in black, covers stained & worn, yet sound, & scarce. The author was the younger brother of the famous composer Frederick Delius. See illustration on our website.   £75
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
HUSSEY (Brig.-Gen. A.H., CB, CMG) Narrative of the 5th Divisional Artillery 1914-1918. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 55pp. Woolwich: RA Institution. 1919  #58469
[HLMainPic] Rare record of 5th Div. artillery by the CRA 1915-1919. Contains useful accounts of Le Cateau & the Marne, 1914, 2nd Ypres 1915, Somme 1916, Ypres 1917, Final Advance in 1918, &c. Includes order of battle plus rolls of officers who served in the 5th Div. artillery throughout the war. VG. See illustration on our website.   £100
MAURICE (Maj.-Gen. Sir Frederick) The Life of General Lord Rawlinson of Trent, GCB, GCVO, GCSI, KCMG, From His Journals & Letters. 1st Ed., xviii+374pp., 17 plates, fldg. map. Cassell. 1928  #58431
[HLMainPic] Remains the only biog. of Rawly (Sudan, Boer War, GOC IV Corps 1914-15, commander of 4th Army on the Somme & in the Final Advance 1918 &c.) although the 1915-18 period is effectively addressed in Prior & Wilson's 'Command on the Western Front.' Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £30
MAURICE (Maj.-Gen. Sir Frederick) The Life of General Lord Rawlinson of Trent, GCB, GCVO, GCSI, KCMG, From His Journals & Letters. 1st Ed., xviii+374pp., 17 plates, fldg. map. VG in dw. Cassell. 1928  #62858
[HLMainPic] Remains the only biog. of Rawly (Sudan, Boer War, GOC IV Corps 1914-15, commander of 4th Army on the Somme & in the Final Advance 1918 &c.) although the 1915-18 period is effectively addressed in Prior & Wilson's 'Command on the Western Front.' Based largely on his own letters & journals during his various campaigns. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in scarce dw, sp. of dw tanned o/w very nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £45

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