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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   758 Books
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9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
The Times Documentary History of the War. Complete in 11 vols. (see note below), each in excess of 500pp., so around 5700pp. in all. The Times Pubg. Co. Ltd., Printing House Square. 1917-1920.  #57471
[HLMainPic] Collected documents "concerning the war in all its aspects, so arranged as to record the events of the great struggle... & the circumstances which led up to them, It consists of documents issued officially or recognised by the various belligerents, such as diplomatic correspondence, proclamations, ultimatums, military orders, reports, despatches, messages from monarchs to their peoples, etc., together with public statements by reposnsible Ministers & Correspondence in the Press of an authoritative character; the whole collated, classified, indexed, & where necessary cross-referenced & annotated." A most valuable compilation consisting of: Vol. I, Diplomatic, Part 1; Vol. II, Diplomatic, Part 2; Vol. III, Naval, Part 1; Vol. IV, Naval, Part 2; Vol. V, Military, Part 1; Vol. VI, Overseas, Part 1; Vol. VII, Naval, Part 3; Vol. VIII, Military, Part 2; Vol. IX, Diplomatic, Part 3; Vol. X, Overseas, Part 2; Vol. XI, Naval, Part 4. Good complete set, VG ex-reference lib., with minor markings, bound in orig. wheat cloth with leather sp. labels, little rubbed & worn, overall VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
London District Orders August 1914-March 1920 [For Official Use Only]. A complete run for the Great War from 4th August 1914 to 31st March 1920 (with the exception of Sept. 1915 & July-Dec. 1918, which are missing): 25 bound volumes, 4to, approximately 7,500pp. in all, + separate bound, typed Index for the period Aug. 1914-Dec. 1915.  #58370
[HLMainPic] A very rare run of the official organ of the London District [Command] in which appeared all changes in rules & regulations pertaining to matters within the District; also all movements & postings of officers in the District (including courses of instruction attended, &c.); changes in establishment, &c. The Orders also reproduce all the London Gazette notices re appointments & promotions in London regiments (TF) & other regiments based within the District (i.e., all regiments of the Brigade of Guards & supporting gunners, medical officers, engineers &c.). Citations for all awards with a District connection also reproduced. Examples of the multifarious subject matter include Waste Tea leaves (collection of, wet or dray & payment for same); Courts Martial; Railway Passes; List of names of officers taken on strength of the District; Courses of Instruction & Training in Machine Guns; Anti-Gas; Medical Boards; Canteens &c. Printed by Harrison & Sons (400 copies in 1914 rising to 900) & published three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Each numbered & dated & varying in length from one or two pages to around 20pp. Contemp. red, black, or maroon cloth, gilt, generally VG & a magnificent source on the London Regiment &c. See illustrations on our website.   £600
Cross & Cockade (Great Britain). The Society of World War I Aero Historians Journal. Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1970-Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2004: a run of 140 issues from the first number onwards, approx. 7000pp. in all, A4 format with num. col. & b/w photos. & other illustraions. The Society. Contemp.  #55986
[HLMainPic] A very fine thirty-four year run from 1970-2004, 17 volumes uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to sps., retaining orig. card wraps. These are excellent, high quality magazines containing an immense range of original material, much of it contributed by, or garnered from, the diaries & recollections of both British & German veteran flyers in their later years & consequently containing much unrepeatable & in-depth source material & research based on interviews, letters & diaries, plus many excellent photos. & other illustrations. Rare & nicely presented set. See illustration on our website.   £850
The Railway Gazette: Special War Transportation Number. 1st Ed., 160pp., 4to., 105 photos., several maps & diagrams. Railway Gazette & Railway News. 1920  #59413
[HLMainPic] Special Issue of the Railway Gazette. published 21st September, 1920. Contains a wealth of detail on operations on most Fronts inc. the organization of wartime transportation; statistics; the 'mystery port' (Richborough); the Trans-Siberian Railway; light railways in war; the Port of Basra; Railway Operations in Macedonia, Mesopotamia, Palestine & East Africa; transportation of the wounded; cross channel ferry train services & more, supported by a wide range of excellent quality photos. & diagrams. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to sp., VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Chapters From A Soldier's Life. Printed for Private Circulation by The Father & Mother of the Late Major Frederick Charles Gunning Campbell, M.C., Born 11th August, 1887, Killed by Enemy Action, 24th September 1940. 1st Ed., xi+180pp., portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation. 1941  #59423
[HLMainPic] Major Campbell was born in India, Ed. at Glenalmond & Sandhurst, passing out in 1907 destined for the Indian Army. He joined the 2nd Seaforths for his ULIA year then posted to the 40th Pathans & served in the NWF operations in 1908. In 1914 he was on leave in the UK, joined the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers in France in September, was then posted in succession to the 129th Baluchis & 59th Rifles until the arrival in theatre of his own regt., the 40th Pathans, in March 1915. He rejoined them as Adjutant & served with them in France then East Africa until invalided home in July 1916. Afterwards he served with the Southern Waziristan & other Frontier Militia units, & his with own regiment (now 5th/14th Punjab Regt.) in India, was appointed Commandant of the Kurram Militia in 1923 & retired in 1930 only to be killed by German bombs at home in London during the blitz. The memoir contains a detailed account of his services together with a few pre-war letters then mostly his letters from France & East Africa during WW1, which contain interesting detail on these campaigns, & finally a few post-war letters, extracts from letters of condolence &c. Orig. black cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG & scarce, with presentation inscrip. to ffep: "Colonel Clements-Smith in memory of Charlie with kindest regards from E.M.C. and F.C. [i.e. Ellie & F. Campbell] 9.3.1942." See illustration on our website.   £145
War Poems by "X" (i.e. T.W.H. Crosland). 1st Ed., viii+96pp. Martin Secker. Oct. 1916.  #56357
[HLMainPic] Dedicated to "The Artists' Rifles... in the First Battalion of which I have many friends." Reilly p.100. Orig. red cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. VG in dw. Pearson. nd (c.1938).  #59714
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £45
The Ruhleben Prisoners: The Government Attitude. Pamphlet No. 3. Orig. printed wraps., 32pp. Issued by The Ruhleben Prisoners' Release Committee. 1917  #47526
[HLMainPic] Records of the Committee's efforts to obtain early release for civilian internees. VG. See illustration on our website.   £14
Canada in Khaki: A Tribute to the Officers & Men now serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Vol. 3. Orig. dec. wraps., xlvi+154pp., 4to, numerous photos., sketches & cartoons (some col.). Canadian War Records Office. 1919  #57239
[HLMainPic] Appealing compilation of recollections, stories, humorous pieces & verse from the CEF, with good sketches. Numerous interesting & informative articles. Final number, chipped & sl. torn covers. See illustration on our website.   £35

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