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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   749 Books
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List of British Officers Taken Prisoner in the various Theatres of War between August, 1914 & November, 1918. Facsimile reprint of 1919 Ed., 218pp., printed card covs. LSE/Toad Hall. 1988  #64125
[HLMainPic] Valuable listing of nearly 8000 officers PoWs noting date missing & repatriated, successful escapes noted also if interned to Holland, died &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Frederick Goodyear: Letters & Remains 1887-1917. 1st Ed., xv+193pp., portrait frontis. McBride Nast & Co. 1920  #64882
[HLMainPic] Memorial volume including letters from the Front. UCS & Brasenose College Oxford (where he was regarded as "unambitious & dilatory"); became Assistant Manager of the Oxford Univ. Press at Bombay, but came home in 1914 to enlist in the ranks of the Artist's Rifles: served with them in France from May-Sept. 1915 when he transferred to the RE (Meteorological Dept.) then commissioned in the Essex Regt. in Feb. 1917, joined the 2nd Essex on 16th March 1917, wounded at Fampoux during Battle of Arras, 12th May 1917 & Died of Wounds on the 23rd May inst. Contents include letters from India & around 45pp. letters from France 1915-17. These are followed by a selection of poetry & prose compositions. Blue cloth, gilt to spine, some splitting to sp., generally VG with neat ink presentation inscription: "Miss Wood 'Rita' From F. Goodyear 1922." See illustration on our website.   £125
The Last Lap. By "G," with Preface by E.B.O. 1st Ed., 141pp. VG in chipped dw. Melrose. 1917  #64745
[HLMainPic] Reproduction from the Morning Post of the observations on the Western Front of one who "has served as a war correspondent in many parts of the world & seen the evolution of modern methods with his own eyes." This work is an exhortation to further effort to complete the job, with Victory in sight. Includes chapters on Our Infantry: the then recent Battle of Messines: German Man-Power; The German Moral &c. Interesting & scarce. I believe 'E.B.O.' to be E.B. Osborn, journalist & another writer on military matters, while the identity of 'G' remains elusive to me. Orig. blue cloth, titled in paler blue, VG in chipped dw. Scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £75
The Tenedos Times: A Monthly Journal of the Mediterranean Destroyer Flotilla during the early part of the War. Originally Printed on Board H.M.S. Blenheim. 1st Ed. in volume form, 144pp., 4to, 17 tipped-in col. illus., also b/w plates & sketches. VG in worn dw. A&U. 1917  #66881
[HLMainPic] Vol. I-VII of the humorous journal originally printed on board HMS "Blenheim." Many amusing poetical & prose pieces, plus fine sketches & cartoons relating to early events of the war at sea, including in some appealing tipped-in colour artwork & many amusing sketches. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, leading edges stained o/w VG in worn dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
Army List August 1956. Very useful edition as it includes officers of the Territorial Army, National Service officers, officers on Short Service Regular Commissions, &c. Complete index. Orig. paper wraps., VG. See illustration on our website.  #64724
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The Gallipoli Campaign: An Outline of the Military Operations. By A Student. Revised Ed., orig. printed wraps., 87pp., 4 maps. Sifton, Praed & Co. 1930  #64166
[HLMainPic] Lucid concise account of the operations designed for use by officers studying for promotion exams &c. Sp. sl. chipped, near VG. Uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £30
A Short History of the Revival of the Small Torpedo Boats (C.M.B.s) during the Great War & subsequently in The Kronstadt, Archangel & Caspian Sea Expeditions of 1919. Orig. dec. wraps., 44pp., 4to, approx. 4o photos., several sketches & plans, charts & maps (of operations named in the title). Printed by Vacher & Sons Ltd. for Thornycroft & Co. Ltd. March, 1920.  #67231
[HLMainPic] Typically handsome & finely illustrated work sponsored by the manufacturers of these Coastal Motor Boats, containing interesting accounts of their operations during the war & most notably in the Allied Intervention in north & south Russia during 1919, including the epic raid on Kronstadt harbour &c. Includes many finely produced photographs, sketches & plans of the craft involved, diagrams of the actions, together with a roll of the naval officers (RN, RNVR & RNR) appointed to the first twelve boats (& a named group photograph of these officers), lists of officers taking part in the Russian expeditions & of officers & ratings killed, wounded or taken prisoner during the Kronstadt raid. Attractive orig. card wraps., covers somewhat marked, staples rusting, generally VG, rare & well-illustrated record of these small vessels, their crews & operations.   £145
St. Nicholas, Brighton, Parish Magazine, January 1916-December 1919 [Bound together with:] The Sign with which is incorporated The Living Church, January 1916-December 1919. Approx. 600pp. in all, bound in 3 annual volumes, several photos. St. Nicholas Church/The Sign. Contemp.  #63795
[HLMainPic] The parish magazines contain a certain amount of Home Front news (teas for soldiers in Brighton hospital, fundraising efforts &c.), death notices of parishioners at home & On Active Service, quite a few letters from soldiers at the Front, &c. The Sign - a Christian journal - include many articles on the war work of the Church & so forth, such as Church Life on Tyne-side in Time of War; Sunday in a Munition Factory; Our Village in War Time; The Welfare Supervisor: Her Place & Duties in Munitions Works; Welfare Among the Industrial Boys, &c. Three vols. in contemp. green binder's cloth, gilt titles to spines, VG. See illustrations on out website.   £85
The Letters of Major Henry Bentinck, Coldstream Guards. 1st Ed., vi+138pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. VG in sl. chipped dw. Robert Scott. 1919  #65201
[HLMainPic] Henry Duncan Bentinck was ed. at Harrow & Trinity College, Cambridge. Commissioned Coldstream Guards in 1903, served in Egypt/Sudan 1903-1911 & 1913-1915 (with XII Sudanese). He joined the 2nd Coldstream in France in April 1915 & Died of Wounds on 2/10/1916, of wounds received on the Somme. Contains a memoir & his letters including those from France April 1915-Sept. 1916. Of interest for life in trenches, Guards characters, &c. Orig. red cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw & scarce, especially in dw. See illustrations on our website.   £175
A German Deserter's War Experience. 1st UK Ed., translated by J. Koettgen. 254pp. Grant Richards. 1917  #63251
[HLMainPic] The author, it is stated, 'escaped from Germany after fourteen months of fighting in France... [a] vivid description of the life of a common German soldier in the present war' - Preface. Orig. black cloth, minor wear, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45

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