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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
[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
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France 1917. 4th Ed., xi+1030pp., 423 illus. & maps. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1936  #58991
[HLMainPic] Vol. IV of the Australian Official History, covering the battles of Bullecourt, Messines & Passchendaele. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG, very nice copy in worn orig. box of issue. See illustration on our website.   £50
BENNETT (Capt. S.G., MC) The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914-1919. With a Foreword by Maj.-Gen. J.H. Elmsley, CB, CMG, DSO. 1st Ed., xv+336pp., 18 photos., 5 maps. Toronto: Murray Printing Co. Ltd. 1926  #60501
[HLMainPic] Unit raised from several mounted corps in 1914 but fought as infantry in France & Flanders from Oct. 1915 onwards, inc. Sanctuary Wood & Somme 1916, Vimy & Passchendaele 1917, Final Advance 1918, &c. Complete nominal roll noting casualties, awards, &c. Perkins states: "A superb history, well presented... The narrative is based directly on the facts stated in the War Diary & is clear & reliable... leavened with a good running commentary upon the main events, with many officers & men being named in the text..." Orig. black cloth, gilt, sp. little worn & dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
BOLTON (E.J.) Some Memories 1916-17. 1st Ed., vii+39pp. Printed by Waterlow & Sons. nd [1923].  #60088
[HLMainPic] Introductory note explains that Eric John Bolton was born in 1897, Ed. at Sherborne & left to take up a commission in the Dorset Regiment. During the war he lost an eye & won the MC during the 3rd Battle of Ypres. This is not a Great War memorial volume as such, in that, although severely wounded, he survived the war, but his health broke down & he died in 1922. This MS. description of his active service was found among his papers. In it he describes events in France & Flanders 1916-17 with the 5th (S) Bn. Dorsets: the awful winter of 1916 when in the line: "there was not the least possibility of comfort or of sleep, so that 48 hours in the front line was as much as any man could stand. We officers had a slight pull; being out of direct rifle fire, we could squelch from post to post, thereby restoring a little warmth to our numbed feet... The darkness used to fall between four & five, & from then until dawn no officer or man in the front line might sleep... Every few hours a circle of blue faces & numbed hands would gather around a cooker & brew hot cocoa, & perhaps one of us would still have a little of his rum left. And then dawn slowly creeps into the sky to show a dead world; dawn, when rifles must be cleaned & the work started all over again..." Later, at Ypres, his wound: "a rifle grenade, which caught me full in the face. I remember carefully feeling my features one by one to see if there was anything left..." A concise but most interestring & exceptionally rare privately printed memoir. Orig. blue cloth, gilt title to front, VG with loosely inserted presentation letter from John Bolton, his father. See illustrations on our website.   £245
BOWYER (Chaz) Airmen of World War 1: Men of the British & Empire Air Forces in Old Photographs. 1st Ed., 128pp., over 150 photos. VG in chipped dw. A&AP. 1975  #42250
Excellent selection of men & machines on active service &c.   £10
BUCKLEY (Capt. F.) Ed. War History of the 7th Northumberland Fusiliers. 1st Ed., viii+155pp., 31 illus., fldg. map. Newcastle: Grierson. 1919  #55024
[HLMainPic] Western Front in 50th Div., they landed on 21st April 1915 & within 4 days were thrust into 2nd Ypres with very heavy losses, much trench warfare & battles of Somme, Passchendaele &c. Very appealing & rare history made up of contributions from various officers, followed by lengthy chunks of the war diary, nominal roll on embarkation & Roll of Hon. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
BURTON (Lt. O.E., MM) The Auckland Regiment, Being an Account of the First, Second & Third Battalions of the Auckland Regiment. 1st Ed., [xv]+325pp., 12 photos., 14 maps. Auckland: W&T. 1922.  #60517
[HLMainPic] Gallipoli 1915 (with much interesting & atmospheric detail), France/Flanders 1916-18 similarly treated, inc. Somme, Ypres Salient, Messines & Passchendaele, Final Advance 1918 &c. Roll of Hon., awards. "A good general history, well-written & readable" - Perkins. Orig. green cloth, titled in black, little worn but VG with a number of pertinent news clippings loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £125
CORRIGALL (Major D.J., DSO, MC) The History of the Twentieth Canadian Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment), Canadian Expeditionary Force, in the Great War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xvii+327pp. (text) & 268pp. (service roll). Fldg. panorama of the bn. on parade, 7 photos., 31 maps. Toronto: Stone & Cox (for the Trustees of the 20th Bn.). 1935  #60512
[HLMainPic] Western Front 1915-18 inc. St Eloi, Somme, Vimy, Passchendaele, Amiens &c. "...a massive compilation of names, facts, statistics & historical narrative. The scholarship is deeply impressive..." - Perkins 107. Service details of all ranks. Orig. green & black cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £225
CROFT (Lt.-Col. W.D., CMG, DSO) Three Years with the 9th (Scottish) Division. 2nd Imp., [xi]+293pp., 4 plates, 3 fldg. maps. Murray. 1919  #56920
[HLMainPic] Western Front memoirs. Author commanded 11th Royal Scots. & 27th (Lowland) Bde., Ploegsteert, Somme, Vimy, Passchendaele &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, minor wear, lacks ffep o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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