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Prison Camp   12 Books
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Aus dem Kriegsgefangenen-Lager Mannheim. 1st Ed., oblong 4to, orig. dec. wraps. with oval photo. onlay to front, [50]pp., each page a photo. (captioned in German, French, English & Russian). Mannheim: Dr. H. Haas'sche Buchdruckerei. nd (c.1917).  #57898
[HLMainPic] Camp souvenir containing 50 photographic views of camp life: general views of the camp, roll call, airing beds, canteens, arrival of parcels, newspaper office, library, theatre, gardens, shoemakers' & tailors' workshops, laundry, infirmary &c. Little stained & worn, VG, scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £75
List of British Officers Taken Prisoner in the various Theatres of War between August, 1914 & November, 1918. Facsimile reprint of 1919 Ed., 218pp., printed card covs. LSE/Toad Hall. 1988  #64125
[HLMainPic] Valuable listing of nearly 8000 officers PoWs noting date missing & repatriated, successful escapes noted also if interned to Holland, died &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
ADAMS (D. Guy, Lt.-Col. East Surrey Regt.) Ed. Backwater: Oflag IX A/H Lower Camp. 1st Ed., 29pp., 6 col. plates. VG in chipped dw. Frederick Muller. 1944  #62356
[HLMainPic] A finely produced collection of poems, articles & rather good water colour illustrations by Army officers incarcerated at this PoW camp in Germany. Includes service details - & circumstances of capture - of the thirteen officers who contributed to the work. Orig. dec. blue cloth, near fine in chipped dw. See illustrations on our website.   £20
ARMSTRONG (Capt. H.C.) Ed. On the Run: Escaping Tales. 1st Ed., xxi+331pp., 9 photos., 11 maps. Rich & Cowan. 1934  #58172
[HLMainPic] Stories of eleven WW1 escapers: three British; one Australian; five French, a German & an American. Orig. black cloth, titled in red to spine, VG & remarkably uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £35
BROWN (George A., FRSA) Those Who Dared: A Comprehensive List of World War II Allied Escapers. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [ii]+338pp., 4to. Battleline books (The author). nd (c.1980s).  #57962
[HLMainPic] A list of some hundreds with details of their exploits & awards, but far from complete.   £30
CUST (L.G.A., Lieut., RFA) From Ploegsteert to Graudenz: The Story of a Prisoner-of-War. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [v]+77pp., frontis., plate, 4 photos. Privately Printed by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. 1919  #53917
[HLMainPic] Very rare memoirs privately published in a small limited edition. Lionel George Archer Cust, 85th Batt. RFA, was captured in the Catacombs, Ploegsteert, 11th April 1918 during the Lys offensive, whilst acting as liaison officer to 7th Inf. Bde. He describes ops. around Messines 7-11 April then experiences of capture & life at Rastatt & Graudenz PoW camps. VG, with advert loosely inserted offering copies at 5/-, available from the printer at Eton College, the author's father at Datchet House, Datchet, & Hatchards. See illustration on our website.   £145
GREEN (Arthur) The Story of a Prisoner of War. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card covs. (with portrait of the author in 'hospital blues'), [vii]+96pp., portrait frontis. Chatto & Windus. 1916  #63652
[HLMainPic] No. 6646 Pte. Green, 1st SLI, 4th Div. Charming naive descriptions of mobilisation & arrival in France until the author was promptly wounded & captured near Le Cateau. Sixteen months in PoW camps followed before he was repatriated. God Save the King! Somewhat worn, neatly tape repaired, sound thus, rare & appealing. See illustration on our website.   £85
HILL (J.A. Sillitoe) The Front Line & Beyond It: A Diary of 1917-18. 1st Ed., 80pp., portrait frontis. Houghton. 1930  #60441
[HLMainPic] Interesting & detailed diary account of author's service in the ranks, from leaving training camp at Morpeth, 16th Oct. 1917, journey to France, the 'bullring' at Rouen, joining 1st KSLI on 28th Oct., further training then active service in the line until wounded in March retreat & PoW thereafter. The portrait photo. frontis. was taken at Witten, Westphalia, in Sept. 1918 & is inscribed in ink "Very sincerely yours J. Alec Hill / 9th February 1931." Orig. mustard cloth, blocked in red, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
LEE (Joseph) A Captive at Carlsruhe & Other German Prison Camps. With numerous illustrations by the author. 1st Ed., 219pp., frontis. & 60 further sketches. John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1920  #62904
[HLMainPic] After service in France with 1/4th Black Watch (his bn. was attached to the Indian Corps) in 1915-16 Lee, a notable war poet (vide Ballads of Battle) was commissioned in the KRRC & taken PoW at Cambrai with 10th (S) Bn. in 20th (Light) Div. on 30/11/1917. A rare & nicely illustrated account of PoW life. Orig. brown paper covd. boards, blocked black, chipped at head of. sp. with some loss, some minor wear o/w VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
MCCARTHY (D.J.) The Prisoner of War in Germany: The Care & Treatment of the Prisoner of War, with a History of the Development of the Principle of Neutral Inspection & Control. 3rd (enlarged) Ed., 256pp. Skeffington. nd (c.1918).  #62835
[HLMainPic] "based upon personal experience of several months' intimate contact, in an official position, with the problem involved. It might be said that this is, in simple language, a report of a survey of the PoW situation in Germany for the year 1916" - Preface. This edition with new chapter on reprisals & expanded matter on diet. Orig. cloth, minor wear, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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