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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   745 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  #59102
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
The B.E.F. Times: A Facsimile Reprint of the Trench Magazine. 1st Ed. thus, liv+ approx. [100]pp. VG in dw. Herbert Jenkins. 1918  #59522
[HLMainPic] First reproductions of The BEF Times (successor to The Wipers Times &c.) in volume form. VG, orig. printed paper covd. boards in worn & neatly repaired but attractive & very scarce dw with appealing Western Front scene featuring the offices of the BEF Times under shellfire. See illustrations on our website.   £125
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
Letters of Arthur George Heath, fellow of New College, Oxford, & Lieutenant in the 6th Batt. Royal West Kent Regiment. With Memoir by Gilbert Murray. 1st Ed., [viii]+222pp., portrait frontis. Oxford: Blackwell. 1917  #58580
[HLMainPic] Arthur George Heath was born in London in 1887 & educated at the Grocers' Company's School & New College, Oxford, becoming, after graduation, a Fellow of the College, then travelled in France and Germany for a year before settling down to teaching modern philosophy. He obtained a commission in the newly raised 6th (Service) Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment in 1914, went to France in 1915 & was KiA on 8th October 1915, aged 28, in an attack on Gun Trench near La Bassée. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Contains a memoir, letters in training 1914-15 and from France & Flanders June-October 1915, with much of interest on regimental routine & Active Service: "I would rather have a man take a little risk now and then, firing at what he thinks a loophole or a periscope, than remain forever huddled down behind the sandbags quite indignant if anyone on his side fires a shot, for fear that the Germans shall reply. That is the attitude of a lot of the ex-regular N.C.O.'s especially. This trench life in any case is not good for morale. How does anyone suppose the troops will face the open after it? I think I must take more men out on little expeditions at night, just to get them used to the absence of a parapet…" Orig. apple green cloth, titled in green to spine & New College crest to front. See illustration on our website.   £145
Dardanelles Commission. First Report [Together with:] Supplement to First Report. Report. 1st Ed., [ii]+60pp & 3pp., foolscap. HMSO. 1917  #61140
[HLMainPic] Presented to Parliament by Command of His Majesty. First report of the Special Commission appointed "for the purpose of inquiring into the origin, inception, & conduct of operations of war in the Dardanelles & Gallipoli, including the supply of drafts, reinforcements, ammunition & equipment to the troops & Fleet, provision for the sick & wounded" &c. Contains Narrative of Events with much detail on the aforementioned subjects; also Co-operation with the French, Appointment of Sir Ian Hamilton, Conclusions, &c. Important official investigation & therefore valuable source material. Was issued without wraps., this copy bound in blue cloth, with gilt title to sp., by Harrod's for Colonel John Gretton MP, with original receipt loosely inserted & armorial bookplate for John Gretton of Stapleford (i.e., 1st Baron Greeton, 1867-1947, PC, Colonel TA, MP for Derbyshire South 1895-1906, Rutland 1907-18, &c.). VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £500
Imperial War Museum, Department of Sound Records: Oral History Recordings, Gallipoli. [ii]+229pp., A4 format, spiral bound with laminated card covers. IWM. 1994  #60900
[HLMainPic] Detailed notes of the contents of around 100 recordings of Gallipoli campaign experiences. Much of interest in & of itself, & a fine guide to these IWM holdings. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
On the ANZAC Trail: Being Extracts from the Diary of a New Zealand Sapper. By "ANZAC." 1st Ed., ix+210pp. Heinemann. 1916  #60901
[HLMainPic] The author served in the Boer War & had lived in NZ but was with his parents in Ireland in 1914. Answered an advert for New Zealanders to enlist at the High Commission in London & trained with this contingent of about 200 men at Salisbury Plain until shipped out to Egypt in December: describes life in Zeitoun camp, the Aussie riots in Cairo which he witnessed, then diary of a month at Gallipoli until severely wounded (probably at Quinn's Post) & invalided. Orig. red cloth, blocked black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
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
Diary of H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, January-May 1915. 1st Ed., 50pp., 20 photos. Printed by permission of the Admiralty "for Private Circulation to Officers & Men." 1919  #60939
[HLMainPic] Day-to-day record of battleship "Big Lizzie" in the Dardanelles; covering landings at W Beach, bombardments &c., with rolls of officers & awards & also Log of Trawler 448. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, a littled rubbed, VG. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £145

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