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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
[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.   £250
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
BEHREND (Capt. & Adjt. A.F.) Nine Days: Adventures of a Heavy Artillery Brigade of the Third Army during the German Offensive of March 21-29 1918. 2nd Ed., xvi+115pp., 13 photos., 3 drawings, 2 fldg. maps. Privately printed at Cambridge by Heffer & Sons. 1921  #62110
[HLMainPic] Appealing & detailed account of the activities of 90th Bde. RGA during this hectic period. Roll of Officers & WOs. Orig. pale blue cloth, gilt, dec. with Bde. sign to front, VG. See illustration on our website.   £95
GRAY (Frank) The Confessions of a Private. 1st Ed., xi+202pp. Oxford: Blackwell. 1920  #54744
[HLMainPic] Gray was a 'gentleman ranker' Ed. at Rugby School who practised as a solicitor. He served as Liberal MP for Oxford 1922-24 but was unseated following a corruption scandal (of which he was eventually acquitted). He enlisted in 1916 & served with the 8th (S) Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt., was for some time attached to the O&BLI, & with III Corps Intelligence. Interesting account of training & posting to France, Battle of Passchendaele 1917, March Retreat 1918 &c. After the war (until elected to Paliament) he worked as a farm labourer & tramped (he published 'The Tramp: His Meaning & Being' in 1931). Lacking both front & rear free endpapers o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
HUTCHISON (Lt.-Col. G.S., DSO, MC) Footslogger: An Autobiography. 1st Ed., 399pp., portrait frontis., 23 plates. Hutchinson. 1931  #59045
[HLMainPic] Largely Western Front memoirs. Pre-1914 1st KOSB Egypt, Sudan, India then in 1914 served with 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as machine-gun officer: later to the MGC, commanding the 33rd Battalion, awarded DSO & MC. Hutchison, a prolific author, is chiefly remembered for his battalion's defence of Meteren in April 1918 (somewhat devalued by his repetition of the story at every available opportunity) & his post-war espousal of fascism. Orig. blue cloth, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
HUTCHISON (Lt.-Col. G.S., DSO, MC) Footslogger: An Autobiography. 4th Imp., 399pp., portrait frontis., 23 plates. Hutchinson. 1933  #59874
[HLMainPic] Largely Western Front memoirs. Pre-1914 1st KOSB Egypt, Sudan, India then in 1914 served with 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as machine-gun officer: later to the MGC, commanding the 33rd Battalion, awarded DSO & MC. Hutchison, a prolific author, is chiefly remembered for his battalion's defence of Meteren in April 1918 (somewhat devalued by his repetition of the story at every available opportunity) & his post-war espousal of fascism. Author was, among other accomplishments, a war artist (his history of the 33rd Bn. MGC includes num. col. plates & b/w sketches by him, as do other works). This copy bears a rather nice ink self-portrait sketch, in wartime garb, to ffep, alongside ink inscrip. "Graham Seton Hutchison Dec. 1934." Orig. blue cloth, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
JOBSON (Allan, 72109 Pte., RAMC) Via Ypres: Story of the 39th Divisional Field Ambulance. Foreword by Gen. Sir Hubert Gough. 1st Ed., [x]+237pp., 15 photos., map, diagram. Westminster City Pub. Co. 1934  #61647
[HLMainPic] Western Front from March 1916 inc. La Bassée, Somme 1916, Ypres 1917, March Retreat &c. Fine account with much on the Salient. Roll of awards, glossary. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, minor wear to covs., some unobtrusive internal dampstaining, generally VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
MAZE (Paul) A Frenchman in Khaki. 3rd Imp., [xiii]+353pp., 8 plates, 5 maps. Heinemann. 1934  #55501
[HLMainPic] Interpreter with the BEF from Aug. 1914 to the end, notably at Gough's 5th Army HQ &c. DCM, MM & bar, Croix de Guerre. Uncommon & entertaining narrative with Churchill preface. Orig. mustard cloth, plain second issue binding, VG with author inscription on tp: "For Major Matthews. Paul Maze." See illustrations on our website.   £75

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