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The First World War Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   612 Books
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War Graves of the Empire. Reprinted from the Special Number of The Times November 10, 1928. 1st Ed. in volume form, xi+80pp., 4to, frontis., 8 plates + num. photos. in text. The Times. 1928  #56355
The work & guiding principles of the (then) Imperial War Graves Commission, & the cemeteries & memorials in all theatres of war, with much interesting detail on the building of cemeteries & memorials on all fronts. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £50
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
The Wipers Times: A Complete Facsimile of the Famous World War One Trench Newspaper. Incorporating the New Church Times, The Kemmel Times, The Somme Times, The B.E.F. Times, the Better Times. Foreword by Henry Williamson. Reprint, xx+377pp., 4to, ep maps. VG in dw. Davies. 1973  #55597
[HLMainPic] This edition with intro., notes & glossary contributed by Patrick Beaver. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
The "Graphic" Souvenir of the German Navy's Surrender November 1918. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 32pp., 4to, approx. 85 photos. The Graphic. 1918  #53459
[HLMainPic] Illustrated record of the surrender with num. photos. of surface craft, U-boats &c. Nice clean copy. See illustration on our website.   £25
The German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25
Field Notes on the Belgian, French & German Armies. Prepared by the General Staff, War Office. 1914. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 68pp. Printed by Harrison & Sons for the War Office. August 1914  #51762
[HLMainPic] Guide to the organisation of formations, war establishments, uniforms, notes on marches, outposts & billets, &c. Very nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Histories of Two Hundred and Fifty-One Divisions of the German Army which Participated in the War (1914-1918). Facsim. of 1920 1st Ed., with foreword by Col. T. Cave, iv+748pp. VG in dw. LSE. 1989  #56954
[HLMainPic] Invaluable info. based on records of the Intelligence Section of the GHQ of the AEF & now scarce hardback reprint in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The King's Pilgrimage. 1st Ed., c.100pp., illus. throughout. H&S. 1922  #56354
[HLMainPic] Interesting photographic record of George V's visit to the war cemeteries in France & Flanders in May 1922, with fine photos. of some of the cemeteries & memorials that he visited, a narrative of his travels & descriptions of scenery & surroundings as they were at that time. Orig. purple cloth, blocked in white, fading to sp. & part of front board o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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