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Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945 Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945   15 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
CHARTERIS (Evan) H.Q. Tanks 1917-1918. 1st Ed., [ii]+94pp. Privately Printed. 1920  #59261
[HLMainPic] Undoubtedly, & by far, the rarest of the Tank Men's memoirs, most informative on the conduct & course of the Battle of Cambrai as seen from Tank Corps HQ. Hon. Evan Charteris (1864-1940), a younger son of the 10th Earl of Wemyss, was Ed, at Eton, commissioned in the Coldstream Guards but proceeded to Balliol & practiced at the Parliamentary Bar. A man of affairs, he was Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, a Trustee of the National Gallery & of the Wallace Collection. In 1916 he became a Staff Captain in the RFC then GSO III in the Tank Corps from Aug. 1916 to Jan. 1918. He resigned his commission in April 1918. The author of several historical works, he did not, however, include this privately printed volume in the list of published works submitted for his "Who's Who" entry. The book was published privately & anonymously. It covers the period July 1917-January 1918, when the author was GSO3 at Tank HQ with the role of historian of the Tank Corps. J.F.C. Fuller, in the Introduction to 'Tanks in the Great War,' thanks Charteris "for the accurate & careful records of the Corps which he compiled from the earliest days of the tank movement in 1914, to the close of the battle of Cambrai. Many of these were written under, shall I say, far from luxurious circumstances, in his shell-blasted estaminets, less well cared for than the rats of Albert & as much out of place as Alciabeadees in a Peckham parlor." He continues: "The two G.S.O.s3 were Captain the Hon. Evan Charteris & Captain I.M. Stewart, M.C. Charteris was the 'Arbiter Elegantarum' of our Headquarters. He kept the Corps records, as already stated, & without these it would scarcely have been possible to write this history. he was our 'maitre d'hotel'; he gave us beach nut bacon & honey for breakfast, he kept his weather eye open for a one-armed man, elaborated menus which rivalled those of Trimalchio, & gave sparkle to us all by the ripple of his wit." For his part, Charteris offers an illuminating decsription of J.F.C. Fuller (called Evans in this work): "I moved up to the neighbourhood of Ypres... Here I found the whole of the H.Q. Staff, & first made acquaintance with Evans, the G.S.O.1 of the Tank Corps - G.S.O.1 & brain. A little man, with a bald head, & a sharp face & a nose of a Napoleonic cast, his general appearance, stature, & feature earning him the title of Boney. He stood out at once as a totally unconventional soldier, prolific in ideas, fluent in expression, at daggers drawn with received opinion, authority, & tradition. In the mess his attacks on the red-tabbed hierarchy were viewed in the spirit of a rat hunt; a spirit he responded to with much vivacity & no little wit. But he could talk amusingly & paradoxically on any subject. His specialities were Eastern religions, about which he could be bewildering, spiritualism, occultism, military history & the theory of war... He was an inexhaustible writer, & from his office issued reams on reams about training, plans of campaign, organisation, & schemes for the use of tanks. He was an invaluable element from a military & social point of view, but his brains would have been better utilised at G.H.Q. galvanising that conservative centre with advanced ideas..." Orig. wheat cloth, titled in black to front & sp., little worn, overall VG, with a small piece of paper pasted to the title page bearing inscription: "From the Writer Evan Charteris 76A Mount Street July 16 1921." This piece is pasted over a one-inch square hole made for reasons unknown. See illustrations on our website.   £1200
CROMPTON (Col. R.E.) Reminiscences. 1st Ed., xv+238pp., 8 plates. Constable. 1928  #59262
[HLMainPic] Crompton was a regular officer in the Rifle Brigade from 1864-78, also an engineering genius & inventor who enjoyed great success in business after leaving the army. Most of the book concerns his career up to 1914 then a chapter details his role on the Landship Committee: "...Mr Churchill asking me to design a landship or armoured vehicle to carry a trench-taking detachment of seventy men... It was most important that this design should be hurried forward... The armour plate was the first immediate problem...&c." Crompton's work in devising the very first tank is discussed in some detail. Fine contemp. full black morocco, gilt, presentation binding of the Institution of Electrical Engineers with 'The Crompton Premium' proze bookplate. VG.   £75
DENNYS (Richard [Molesworth]) There Is No Death. Poems by Richard Dennys. With a Foreword by Desmond Coke. 1st Ed., 110pp., 195x138mm, portrait frontis. John Lane, Bodley Head. 1917  #58929
[HLMainPic] War and other poetry, with a biographical note by Captain Desmond Coke (a pre-war friend who was coincidentally adjutant of his battalion). Captain Richard Molesworth Dennys was Ed. at Winchester and Bart's, qualifying as a surgeon, but did not practise medicine, working instead with Gordon Craig on a theatre project in Florence. He was commissioned in 1914, 10th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, became a company commander during service in France; wounded at Contalmaison, Somme, 12th July 1916 and Died of Wounds at the British General Hospital at Rouen on the 24th inst. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, and was thirty-two years old. 1st Ed. was published in 1917 & 2nd Imp. 1918: neither is easily found. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy. [Reilly p.110]. See illustration on our website.   £220
DIXON (Alec) Tinned Soldier: A Personal Record, 1919-1926. 1st Ed., 314pp. VG in chipped dw. Jonathan Cape. 1941  #59288
[HLMainPic] Peacetime soldiering in the ranks of the Royal Tank Regt., "with all its miseries & benefits." Author enlisted for seven years in June 1919: T.E. Lawrence served in the ranks alongside him & became a good friend. A useful account of the army winding down after WW1 & the public's attitude towards soldiers. Orig. cloth, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £75
FOOT (Stephen, DSO, MA, late Bt. Major, RE) Three Lives - And Now. An Autobiography. 2nd (& revised) Ed., [vii]+294pp. VG in chipped dw. Heinemann. 1937  #59302
[HLMainPic] Commissioned RE Special Reserve in 1910, Foot served with 10th Fd Coy. Nov. 1914, 2nd Ypres &c., later adjt. 21st Div. RE on the Somme, where he was impressed by tanks, & transferred to the Tank Corps Central Workshops, later became Brigade Major, 2nd Bde. Tank Corps at Cambrai &c. then GSO II under Fuller at the War Office ("I had known Fuller in France, & he selected me to be his GSO2 & personal assistant... I became editor, contributor, proof-reader & distributor of 'Weekly Tank Notes'"). Valuable account of work in the Tank Corps in France. Orig. black cloth, best edition (revised), VG in chipped & neatly repaired dw, inscribed by the author on half-title: "To Desirée, with best wishes for Christmas 1938, from Uncle Stephen." Scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £75
FULLER (Bt.-Col. J.F.C., DSO) Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xxiv+331pp., 8 plates, 16 diagrams, 10 maps (one fldg.). Murray. 1920  #59267
[HLMainPic] From 1916-1918 Fuller was Chief General Staff Officer of the Tank Corps & a leading planner of the Battle of Cambrai. As one of Britain's foremost military thinkers & authors he was a constant & vocal advocate of the mechanised arm. "Colonel Fuller's book on tanks in the War differs from the others on this subject. Like them it gives a short history of the early struggles, developments, & set-backs; but the author, a well-known writer on strategy & tactics, is always more concerned with the future of armoured & catterpillar-propelled vehicles in warfare - whether for offence or transport - than in their actual achievements between 1914 & 1918. The work was written before the 'mechanization' of the Army had advanced very far, but it does not suffer from this fact, so long as that is borne in mind. It is, indeed, ahead of its time." - Falls (awarding a coveted star). Important & extremely scarce work, orig. red cloth, gilt with Tank Corps badge to front, VG but for some fading to sp. & chip at head of sp., a good example given that the inferior cloth which Murray unaccountably used in the book's production is prone to tearing at the head & tail of the sp. & to wear generally. Ink ownership inscrip. "Douglas Wimberley Cameron Highlanders Queenstown Ireland. 25-6-20" & his armorial bookplate. Note: Douglas Wimberley was commissioned in the Cameron Highlanders in 1915 but most of his Western Front service was with the MGC. He was wounded & won the MC during the Battle of Cambrai. A distinguished regular officer, he went on to command the 51st (Highland) Division in North Africa & Tunisia with conspicuous success in WW2. See illustrations on our website.   £275
HAIGH (Capt. Richard, MC, Tank Corps) Life in a Tank. 1st Ed., [vii]+141pp., 8 plates. VG in dw. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1918  #59246
[HLMainPic] Author, a regular officer of the Berkshire Regt., was attached to Heavy Banch MGC towards the end of 1916, trained on tanks in France & participated in several assaults on the Hindenburg Line in 1917 (Bullecourt &c.): these experiences are described in novelised form here. Haigh later toured the US, demonstrating the tank's capabilities, in a publicity/fundraising exercise of which this book was doubtless a spin-off. Attractive orig. dec. grey cloth, VG in very attractive & rare pictorial dw; this of particular interest as, at the foot of the front panel is printed "Commander of the Tank Britannia" - which indicates that Haigh belonged to "B" Battalion. See illustration on our website.   £245
LIDDELL HART (Capt. B.H.) The Tanks: The History of the Royal Tank Regiment & its predecessors, Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps, Tank Corps & Royal Tank Corps 1914-1945. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xix+462pp. & xiv+555pp., 101 photos., 5 maps. VG in chipped dws. Cassell. 1959  #59301
[HLMainPic] Excellent & detailed standard history. Vol. I covers WW1 & the inter-war years of development; Vol. II covers WW2. Orig. black cloth, silver gilt, VG in chipped dws. See illustration on our website.   £65

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