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DE LA GRANGE (Baroness Ernest) Open House in Flanders 1914-1918: Chateau de la Motte au Bois. 2nd Imp., xii+399pp., 17 photos., map. Murray. 1929  #57145
[HLMainPic] HQs of a number of British formations (notably Allenby's & Godley's 1st ANZAC) were accommodated at one time or another in the author's grand house in the Foret de Nieppe, her daily journal forms the basis for this account of events there throughout the war, recording many distinguished visitors & interesting occasions. Orig. black cloth, gilt, VG with lengthy author's presentation inscrip. "Hommage de l'Auteur a son Excellence et Mrs Anthony Drexel Biddle qui traversant dans la Vouvassist de 1914-1918, un pale reflet des evenements tragiques, dont ils ont ete les temoins pleine d'heroique, dans les bombardments de la Vologna, en 1939. - Baroness Ernest de la Grange 18 Mars 1940." Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle (1874-1948) was an eccentric American millionaire. He was, among other feats, an amateur pugilist & trained men in unarmed combat in both WW1 & WW2. Commissioned in the US Marine Corps in 1917 he persuaded the Corps to include boxing in its recruit training. He authored "Do or Die: A Supplementary Manual on Individual Combat" & was considered a pioneer in USMC training in the bayonet & hand-to-hand combat. See illustration on our website.   £45




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