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Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945 Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945   49 Books
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Tanks Association: Membership Over 7000. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 123pp. Coxhead & Cooper, Printers. nd [1920s].  #59318
[HLMainPic] Short into. & list of committee members followed by membership list of the Tanks Association, some 7000 former comrades with their home addresses, but "Owing to the large percentage of members having omitted to give rank, etc., it is regretted that it has been necessary in order to maintain uniformity to omit this particulars altogether." Indeed. VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £60
Memories: Hazeley Down Camp, Winchester, Jan. 1918-May 1918, 24th (Tank Corps) Cadet Battalion. 1st Ed., 67pp., 27 photos. Winchester: Warren. 1919  #59243
[HLMainPic] Full account of the formation, organisation & training role performed by the bn., with interesting photos. of some of the training facilities including Model Room, Miniature Range, Assault Course & Lecture Theatres, as well as cadets during outdoor training with Hitchkiss gun &c., also named group photos. of instructional staff (with rolls of these, both officers & NCOs) & examples of training programmes. Orig. blue & white cloth with corner bands in the Corps colours & badge in silver gilt to front; VG, attractive & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Poems of Robert W. Sterling. Born 19th November, 1893. Glasgow Academy & Sedbergh. Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford. Lieutenant, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in Action, S. George's Day, 1915. 1st Ed., xvi+68pp., portrait frontis., facsimile of his bookplate. Oxford Univ. Press. 1916  #59199
Memoir & poems, several written whilst on active service in 1915. He was Killed in Action with the 1st Bn. of his regiment on 23/4/15 & is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Narrative History of "G" & 7th Tank Battalion. 1st Ed., vii+40pp., 2 photos., 5 maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1919  #59259
[HLMainPic] Brief but surprisingly detailed history: 3rd Ypres, Cambrai, Bapaume 1918 &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. grre & red cloth, titled in black to front, with Tank Corps badge. VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
AQUILA [Pseud. of DELIUS (Capt. J.D.)] With the Cavalry in the West. 1st Ed., 246pp., 8 plates by F.W. Reed, 2 maps. John Lane/Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1922  #59644
[HLMainPic] Unusual, & thus valuable, anonymous first-hand account by a junior officer: wartime Sandhurst course, then with a regiment of 2nd Cav. Div. (4th Hussars, 5th Cavd. Bde.) in France & Flanders from Oct. 1915-armistice inc. battles of Somme, Arras, Cambrai, March Retreat, Amiens & Final Advance. He records disappointments as, time after time, his regiment was held in readiness for a breakthrough but denied the opportunity to act; in between it was employed on working parties, dismounted infantry in trench warfare &c. The author was a troop commander & then adjt. during most of 1918. Orig. orange cloth, blindstamped & title in black, VG & scarce. The author was the younger brother of the famous composer Frederick Delius. See illustration on our website.   £145
BISHOP (Lt. H.C.W., IARO attd. 66th Punjabis) A Kut Prisoner. 1st Ed., xv+244pp., frontis., 8 plates, 3 maps. Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1920  #59643
[HLMainPic] IARO subaltern's account of Ctesiphon, Kut & captivity & the author's escape across the Black Sea with Edward Keeling. Appendices include Order of battle of Kut Garrison, interesting statistics &c. Orig. blue cloth, blindstamped & titled in black, sp. sl. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
BLACKALL (Capt. C.W.) Songs From the Trenches. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 59pp., 190x132mm, col. frontis. (by Helen McKie). John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1915  #59210
[HLMainPic] Rhymes inspired by active service 1914-15, including a verse in memory of W.G.C. (William) Gladstone, MP, who was KiA with the RWF on 11th March 1915. The poet, Charles Walter Blackall, East Kent Regiment (SR), was Killed in Action on 24th March 1918 while a lieutenant-colonel in command of the 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. During the period when he wrote these poems he was serving with the 1st Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers: he was Gladstone's company commander. Paperback version: orig. plain card wraps. with attractive coloured dustwrapper designed by Helen McKiew (the frontis. of the hardback version). VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
BURGES-SHORT (Lt.-Col. H.G.R., DSO) Historical Record of the 4th Battalion Royal Tank Corps. 1st Ed., viii+77pp., 8 fldg. maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1925  #59250
[HLMainPic] Inc. Battles of Arras, 3rd Ypres, Cambrai, the Lys &c. Rolls of officers (with service details), details of arms, equipment, dress, tank names &c. Orig. blue cloth, blocked in black, VG & very scarce, with loosely inserted contemp. photo. of Tank E34, named Exultant (which must have belonged to the 5th Bn.). See illustration on our website.   £165
CAMPBELL (Capt. Ivar, A&SH attd. Seaforth Highlanders) Poems by Ivar Campbell. With a memoir buy Guy Ridley. 1st Ed., 99pp., portrait frontis. London: A.L. Humphreys. 1917  #59196
[HLMainPic] Pre-war poems and sonnets. Ivar Campbell, son of Lord & Lady George Campbell, was Ed. at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. He received a commission in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and was attached to the 1st Seaforth in France from May 1915-November 1915 when this battalion was posted to the Mesopotamian front. He Died of Wounds received during the Battle of Sheikh Saad on 8th January 1916 and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG [Not in Reilly.] See illustration on our website.   £65
CANDOLE (Alec de) Poems. 1st Ed., viii+86pp., portrait frontis. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59209
[HLMainPic] Including verses written whilst on active service, a portrait & a short biographical note. Alec Corry Vully de Candole was Ed. at Marlborough, left in 1916, commissioned in Wiltshire Regiment, wounded with 4th Bn. in Oct. 1917 then attd. 49th Bn. MGC & KiA 3/9/18. Blue cloth, gilt to spine VG [Reilly p.108]. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75

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