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Trench Warfare   12 Books
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Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #51759
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #59102
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
Notes from the Front Part III & Further Notes on Field Defences. Collated by the General Staff, February 1915. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., [ii]+78pp., sketches. HMSO. 1915  #62011
[HLMainPic] A great deal of interesting material inc. an Appendix "Standing Orders (War) 1915," being those of a division at the front. VG with ink ownership inscrips. to front "Lt. L.C. McCausland" (this scored through) & C.R. Stone: both of these officers served with the 22nd (Service) Bn. Royal Fusiliers (Kensington): the latter was the distinguished broadcaster Christopher Stone, who was Signalling Officer of the bn. in France from Nov. 1915: Vimy Ridge, Somme, Cambrai, 1918 campaign &c., latterly a divisional staff officer, awarded DSO & MC, whose war letters were later published ('From Vimy Ridge to the Rhine' Ed. by Gary Sheffield & G.I.S. Inglis, Crowood Press, 1989). VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
Notes from the Front. Collated by the General Staff. Part I. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 47pp., 11 plates (some fldg.). HMSO. Nov. 1914  #62013
[HLMainPic] Very early dissemination of lessons of 1914 campaign, German equipment & methods, &c. Minor wear, VG with contemp. ink ownership inscrip. of "J. Green, 2nd Lieut. A.S.C." See illustration on our website.   £50
The Wipers Times: A Complete Facsimile of the Famous World War One Trench Newspaper. Incorporating the New Church Times, The Kemmel Times, The Somme Times, The B.E.F. Times, the Better Times. Foreword by Henry Williamson. Reprint, xx+377pp., 4to, ep maps. VG in dw. Davies. 1973  #55597
[HLMainPic] This edition with intro., notes & glossary contributed by Patrick Beaver. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
Captain Lionel Tudor Wild, "B" Coy., 7th (Service) Bn. Somerset Light Infantry: Killed in Action 30th November 1917 & Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing. Fair copy of journal & extracts from letters from France, 1915-1916, assembled by his Mother in a leather-bound notebook, 230x180mm, plus tipped-in portrait photos. in uniform, press obits. &c., plus several loosely inserted photos. & press cuttings.  #58672
[HLMainPic] Wild was commissioned in the 7th (S) Bn. SLI 28/1/1915, later advanced to Captain & was Mentioned in Despatches. He had previously been a Sgt. in the Surrey Yeomanry. He served with the 7th SLI in France & Flanders 1915-17 until missing in action 30/11/1917, his death was later presumed to have taken place on that day. A memoir compiled by his mother including 27pp. (6000 words) transcript of a diary-letter from France, August-Nov. 1915: sporadic but lengthy instalments, witty & informative record: "a sort of family letter which may be of interest to pass round to Aunts & Uncles &c." This is followed by press obits. inc. a letter from a private in his Coy. describing the circumstances of his death; a 2pp. letter, 1918, from a brother officer, on the news of the presumption of his death, then 16pp. (some 3000 words) extracts from letters from the Front. August 1915-June 1916. An extract from the diary-letter, describing a typical day in the trenches: "1 Hour before dawn: My 'observer' or my servant, or both in necessary come & shout into my ear 'Stand to just gone sir' - I roll out, & being very cross I go & make myself as objectionable as possible to any men I find not ready at their posts. I then proceed to stumble along the traverses occupied by my platoon, falling over everything that it is possible to fall over & keeping myself warm by my language. As this is the hour supposed to me most favourable for an attack, being a sort of half light, all the sentries think they see things which are not there, & usually see how much ammunition they can let off. As this gets taken up my all the other men who have just been roused up there is a considerable amount of noise going on which lasts till 'Stand down' 5 a.m. or thereabouts... 5.10 a.m. The officers retire for an early cup of tea & a cigarette. Just as I am thinking of turning in & really getting a little sleep one of the others comes up, & giving some more or less plausible excuse says 'I say old chap, I wonder if you would like to do the next turn of duty (4 hours) it really is my turn but...' 5.30-9.30: Tramp up & down the Company line, see the men's rations served out... have a good look at the German line through my periscope to see of there are any fresh developments..." And so the day goes on. In November "I took out my first patrol between the lines, for the purpose of finding out the thickness & also the state of repair of the German wire... It was a case of crawling all the way (about 350 yards) as there was a fairly large moon which made it necessary to take plenty of cover... Several times we were held up by large parties of the enemy which after several minutes breathless suspense turned out to be small bushes... eventually we reached our destination, & having cut off a piece of their wire... we retraced our steps, & got in after having been out about 2 hours..." An interesting & well-written description of trench warfare & a fine tribute assembled by his mother. Among other loosely inserted items is a printed slip from The Times newspaper with her advertisement pasted on: "To Officers & Others. Any information that can be givern by anyone who saw Captain L.T. Wild, Somerset Light Infantry, when he was wounded on November 30 will be gratefully received by Mrs A.S. Wild, 21 Canning-road, Cryodon." VG. See illustrations on our website.   £465
CHASSEAUD (Peter) Rats Alley: Trench Names on the Western Front 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 416pp., 16 photos., col. map end-papers & 11 other maps. VG in dw. Spellmount. 2006  #59011
[HLMainPic] Useful history & comment followed by a gazeteer of some 10,000 trench names, compiled by the acknowledged authority. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
DANE (Edmund) Trench Warfare: The Effect of Spade-Power in Modern Battles. 1st Ed., 64pp. plus "Trench Photographs" Supplement. United Newspapers. 1915  #61814
[HLMainPic] An early work published for the edification of the public, containing chapters on The Power of the Spade; Evolution of Entrenchment; The First Great Entrenchment Battle; Trenchtown in the Making; Phases of Trench Warfare; Life in the Trenches, &c., with several sketches in the text & 17 photos. in the Trench Photographs supplement. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, little wear to sp., generally VG & unaccountably seems to be rare. See illustration on our website.   £65
HOUSMAN (Laurence) Ed. War Letters of Fallen Englishmen. 2nd Imp., 318pp. Gollancz. 1930  #59055
[HLMainPic] Valuable selection of letters from the front of some 100 (largely officers) killed in the war. Orig. black cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
ROGERSON (Sidney) Twelve Days. 2nd Imp., xix+172pp., col. frontis. & 8 b/w plates by Stanley Cursitor. Barker. 1933  #60797
[HLMainPic] In-depth account of one tour in the trenches on the Somme with 'B' Coy., 2nd West Yorks., by the company commander. Liddell Hart intro. Orig. black cloth, gilt, little staring to extremities of boards, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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