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Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918   22 Books
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General Military Situation in Europe. Central Publicity Board. 15th July 1918. 4pp., orig. printed wraps. Simla: Govt. Monotype Press. Contemp.  #53417
[HLMainPic] Concise official report emanating from Indian Army GHQ, just 250 copies printed. Includes comments on the political situation in Germany (removal of Von Kuehlmann - aided by his "amorous indiscretions in Bhukharest" - & his replacement by Von Hintze ("energetic, unscrupulous, unpleasant, & with morals even worse than those of so many of his class. He has far less ability than Von Kuehlmann, but is a master of intrigue & will probably work hand in glove with the military party."). A renewed German offensive is predicted. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £20
Labour Corps Christmas Card, France 1917-1918. Customary attractive fldg. card with col. illustration within. Traces of paste on rear where removed from album, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.  #46381
[HLMainPic]   £15
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. July [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 27pp., 4 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, July 1919].  #53289
[HLMainPic] The first of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. No.3. September [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 24pp., 5 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, Sept. 1919].  #53293
[HLMainPic] The last of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
Military Situation on the Western Front, aka: A Review of the Front [and] Review of the Military Situation [and] General Military Situation [and] Review of the General Military Situation. "By A Military Onlooker." Twenty-one consecutive weekly issues from 24th June to 11th November 1918, mostly c.12pp. in orig. printed wraps. Simla: Govt. Monotype Press. Contemp.  #53415
[HLMainPic] A series of concise but informative & interesting official reports emanating from Indian Army GHQ, all printed in small numbers, mostly 100 copies, but just 50 copies of several, although 900 of three issues, which were circulated by the Central Publicity Board to inform readers of the progress of operations on all Fronts, together with a summary of the general military situation. During this period the news of Allied advances was generally positive, the arrival of the Americans is heralded & air superiority frequently cited. Contents describing operations are accurate as far as can be ascertained (no doubt based on official communiqu‚s), & include comments on the Germans, e.g., (12th Aug. 1918): "The Germans no longer enjoy numerical superiority, & seem to have lost that high morale without which no great victories are possible. Still, although reliable evidence shows that German discipline is suffering, & the events of the last month indicate decided deterioration in the qualities of the German troops, the fighting value of the German Army must still be considered to be high, & we must expect no easy victories, at any rate in the immediate future." And on 2nd September: "We have as yet had no official intimation of the entry into line of the German 1920 class (18 year old boys), though we know that their training was to be completed by September, or October, at latest. The 1919 class has been exhausted for some time, & the German ranks are now being filled by returned wounded..." Interesting contemp. intelligence. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Small scrap album/autograph book with WW1 content. Cloth covers with sketch & legend 'Autographs', 17x14 cm approx., plain leaves mostly bearing inscriptions & sketches, with a number by WW1 servicemen, also other content & some remain blank. Sp. chipped/worn with loss but internally sound.  #54296
[HLMainPic] WW1 contributions by soldiers include several good coloured sketches (including trench scenes) & cartoons, regimental badges & patriotic messages. See illustrations on our website.   £75
213 Squadron R.A.F. Flanders. Squadron Christmas card, 1918-1919, larger than usual format with attractive col. plate of a German machine crashed in a snowy field. VG. See illustration on our website.  #55235
[HLMainPic]   £45
Canada to Ireland: The Visit of the "Duchess of Connaught's Own." By A.M. Drysdale. 1st Ed., orig. pictorial wraps., 20pp., 7 photo. plates. (battalion on parade, &c.) T. Fisher Unwin. 1917  #55743
[HLMainPic] Commemorative souvenir of the visit of the Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Canadian Rangers to Ireland in Jan. & Feb. 1917, when they received an enthusiastic welcome from Limerick to Belfast & were received everywhere from Catholic cathedrals to a dinner for the men at the Ulster Hall. The Irish Canadians, aka 199th Canadian Infantry Bn., did not reach the western Front as a unit: arriving in England after their Irish tour they were abosrbed into the 23rd Reserve Bn. within several months. This is, therefore, an unusual survival of the regiment's brief existence. Sl soiled o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
Eastern Command Standing Orders, 1st January-31st December 1917. Original printed orders, 938pp. in all, foolscap, bound together in one volume in contemp. green cloth with gilt title to spine. Contemp. official publications.  #55842
[HLMainPic] This mass of detailed orders for Eastern Command, issued almost daily throughout the year 1917, includes very detailed listings of officers joining & leaving the Command, appointments & promotions within the Command, lists of men of all ranks undertaking various courses of instruction, various directives as to courses & Schools of Instruction (from the major to the minor, the latter including, for example, the School of Cookery at Portslade, Sussex), personal equipment, religious affairs & arrangements, courts-martial, all manner of notifications in changes to regulations of various kinds, &c. A rare & possibly unique survival in VG state with oval ink stamps of Bedfordshire TFA to most issues. See illustrations on our website.   £425
Salonika Fire, 18-19th August, 1917. Twenty-four real photos. each mounted on paper with printed captions beneath, retained in orig. card portfolio, 22x17 cm approx. Photographed by Royal Flying Corps & Survey Company, R.E. Contemp.  #55880
[HLMainPic] In the afternoon of 18th August 1917 a fire broke our in the Turkish quarter of Salonika; a fairly frequent occurrence among the flimsy dwellings, but on this occasion a strong wind swept the flames through the old town to the new, where in the late evening panic set in as the city was ablaze, smoke palls everywhere & the crackling roar of burning. Next the waterfront caught fire (despite the Royal Navy hosing it from lighters in the harbour), then burning oil spread over the sea. It was, apparently, a spectacuklar sight, but about half the twon was destroyed, including many ancient buildings, while the British lost their base HQ, Post Office, Provost Marshal's Office, Police Barracks & Base Depot of Medical Stores. British troops were instrumental in fighting the fires & evacuating the populace. This selection of fine quality real photos. was evidently issued as a souvenir. They include various scenes of the burning city; the smouldering remains of British Base Headquarters; Soup Kitchen for Refugees (manned by British troops); Provost Marshal's Office in Alexander the Great Square; British Fire Engines on the Quay, various street scenes, refugees, salvage, aerial views, &c. Photos. VG, wallet worn, & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £145

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