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Passchendaele   66 Books
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59th Division 1915-1919. 1st Ed., 186pp., 9 photos., 2 plans. Chesterfield: Wilfred Edmunds Ltd. 1928  #62382
[HLMainPic] Collaborative effort mostly by officers of the Division. Served Ireland (sent to quell the Easter Rising) & then F&F from Feb. 1917 & fought at Passchendaele, Bourlon Wood, March Offensive &c. Orig. cloth, sp. chipped with sl. loss at head, rubbed & lightly dampstained o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website   £100
Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War. 1st Ed., xxiv+408pp., folio, col. & b/w plates throughout, sketches &c. Bell. 1920  #60043
[HLMainPic] A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £225
The 116th Battalion [Canadian Expeditionary Force] in France. By the Adjutant. 1st Ed., 111pp., 49 photos. (inc. portraits of Fallen Officers &c.). Toronto: Hunter-Rose. 1921  #64603
[HLMainPic] Served in France/Flanders from Feb. 1917 inc. Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele & Cambrai. Roll of Hon. Perkins states "a bare statement of facts & events with little attempt at comment or analysis." He adds that the author was probably E.P.S. Allen, under whose name the work is copyrighted Orig. wheat cloth, gilt to sp. & front + unit patch to front board. VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion) Record of War Service 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 136pp., 30 plates, map. Glasgow: Clark. 1920  #61444
[HLMainPic] A 'Pals' battalion; F&F 1915-18 (Somme 1/7/16 at Mouquet Farm where Sgt. Turnbull won a VC; Beaumont Hamel; Messines; Passchendaele &c.). Nominal roll, awards. Orig. grey & red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
[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
ASQUITH (Hon. Herbert) Moments of Memory: Recollections & Impressions. 1st Ed., 382pp., 12 plates, 4 maps. Hutchinson. 1937  #63317
[HLMainPic] Asquith was commissioned in the Royal Marine Artillery in 1914 & served with it in France & Flanders, later trans. to 30th Div. artillery inc. Battles of Ypres, the Somme, Arras, Passchendaele & March Retreat 1918. He was an able & descriptive writer of the events & scenes in which he participated. Orig. olive cloth, gilt, VG indeed, nice clean copy. See illustration on our website.   £25
ASSHER (Ben) [Pseud. of BORADAILE (Major Colin, MC, RGA)] A Nomad Under Arms: The Chronicle of an Artilleryman from 1914 to the Armistice. 1st Ed., 368pp., frontis. & 10 plates, 7 maps (4 fldg.). Witherby. 1931  #62433
[HLMainPic] A young regular, the author was posted, in November 1914, to a 4.7-inch how. battery near Kemmel Hill; remained with them in this area until posted as a captain to a New Army 60-pdr. battery on the Somme front in Jan. 1916. Wounded by a shell in Feb. 1917 he was then at home until July, returning to the front in time for Passchendaele & commanded a battery through most of 1918. Orig. brown cloth, blocked black, near fine & scarce account with good maps & interesting photos. taken by the author. See illustration on our website.   £125
AUSTIN (Ron) Forward Undeterred: The History of the 23rd Battalion [A.I.F.], 1915-1919. 2nd Ed., vi+311pp., portrait frontis., num. portraits & other photos. McCrae, Australia: Slouch Hat Publications. 2007  #64828
[HLMainPic] Victorian unit served in Gallipoli from Sept. 1915 then on the Western Front 1916-18: Pozieres 1916, Passchendaele 1917, 1918 campaign, with Roll of Hon., awards, & complete nominal roll. Orig. dec. laminated boards, VG. Signed by author. See illustration on our website   £75
BAKER (James) A Leader of Men: Major Sydney Harold Baker. 1st Ed., xv+359pp., 34 photos. & sketches. Lane. 1920  #65208
[HLMainPic] Substantial memorial compiled by his father, inc. life at Oxford & his letters from the front &c. Commissioned 9th Glosters Jan. 1915, to the Western Front the same year then to Salonika 1916 from where he was invalided to the UK, afterwards joining the 14th (later 12th) Entrenching Bn., Glosters, in 35th Div. until KiA in the Spring Offensive, March 1918. The illustrations include several drawings executed by the subject in France/Flanders inc. "The Langemarck Road." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
BELL (A.D.) Ed. An ANZAC's War Diary: The Story of Sergeant Richardson. 2nd Imp., 104pp., num. photos., sketches &c. VG in dw. Adelaide: Rigby. 1981  #64123
[HLMainPic] Western Front diaries 1916-18 with a howitzer battery inc. Somme, Bullecourt, Passchendaele &c. Wounded in Aug. 1918. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15

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