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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   829 Books
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India's Services in the War. Volume I: General [bound with:] Volume II: Indian States. Facsimile reprint of 1922 1st Ed., vi+190+ixpp. & [v]+256+vipp., 136 photos. VG in somewhat worn dw. Delhi: BR Pubg. Corp. 1985  #59523
[HLMainPic] Reprint of contemp. histories with much on the employment of the IA overseas, various statistics, the services of numerous Indian princes & chiefs, the contribution of various states to the war effort (supply of men, materiel, &c.). Much of interest. See illustration on our website.   £35
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #59102
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
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  #60762
[HLMainPic] An account of 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. A most appealing & well illustrated production. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front & spine, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
Letters and Papers of Algernon Hyde Villiers, with a Memorial. With a Memoir by Harry Graham. vii+200pp., portrait frontis. SPCK. 1919  #60361
[HLMainPic] Algernon Villiers, a deeply religious and spiritual man as evidenced by the memoir & the contents of his letters (although they do not exclude military details and an account of his active service experience) was the youngest son of the Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Hyde Villiers, PC, GCMG, GCVO (sometime British Minister and Ambassador at Brussels), & Lady Villiers; he married Beatrix Villiers (later The Hon. Mrs. Walter Gibbs), of Stanstead Lodge, Stanstead Abbots, Herts., in 1912. He was Ed. at Wellington College and Magdalen College, Oxford then entered a stockbroker's office. He enlisted in 1914 & went to Egypt as a trooper in the Hertfordshire Yeomanry before returning fro a commission in the Lothian & Borders Horse early in 1915. Villiers later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, went to France in July 1917 & was Killed in Action in France on 23rd November 1917 at Bourlon Wood with the 121st Company. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial (although originally buried in the cemetery at Anneux). The memoir is followed by letters from Egypt and the UK, 1914-17, then around 100 pages of letters from the Western Front followed by some zealously Christian "Papers read to Machine-Gun Pupils." Orig. pale blue cloth, gilt to front and spine, little rubbed & worn, trace of old label to front, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £120
Chapters From A Soldier's Life. Printed for Private Circulation by The Father & Mother of the Late Major Frederick Charles Gunning Campbell, M.C., Born 11th August, 1887, Killed by Enemy Action, 24th September 1940. 1st Ed., xi+180pp., portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation. 1941  #59423
[HLMainPic] Major Campbell was born in India, Ed. at Glenalmond & Sandhurst, passing out in 1907 destined for the Indian Army. He joined the 2nd Seaforths for his ULIA year then posted to the 40th Pathans & served in the NWF operations in 1908. In 1914 he was on leave in the UK, joined the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers in France in September, was then posted in succession to the 129th Baluchis & 59th Rifles until the arrival in theatre of his own regt., the 40th Pathans, in March 1915. He rejoined them as Adjutant & served with them in France then East Africa until invalided home in July 1916. Afterwards he served with the Southern Waziristan & other Frontier Militia units, & his with own regiment (now 5th/14th Punjab Regt.) in India, was appointed Commandant of the Kurram Militia in 1923 & retired in 1930 only to be killed by German bombs at home in London during the blitz. The memoir contains a detailed account of his services together with a few pre-war letters then mostly his letters from France & East Africa during WW1, which contain interesting detail on these campaigns, & finally a few post-war letters, extracts from letters of condolence &c. Orig. black cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG & scarce, with presentation inscrip. to ffep: "Colonel Clements-Smith in memory of Charlie with kindest regards from E.M.C. and F.C. [i.e. Ellie & F. Campbell] 9.3.1942." See illustration on our website.   £145
Cross & Cockade (Great Britain). The Society of World War I Aero Historians Journal. Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1970-Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2004: a run of 140 issues from the first number onwards, approx. 7000pp. in all, A4 format with num. col. & b/w photos. & other illustraions. The Society. Contemp.  #55986
[HLMainPic] A very fine thirty-four year run from 1970-2004, 17 volumes uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to sps., retaining orig. card wraps. These are excellent, high quality magazines containing an immense range of original material, much of it contributed by, or garnered from, the diaries & recollections of both British & German veteran flyers in their later years & consequently containing much unrepeatable & in-depth source material & research based on interviews, letters & diaries, plus many excellent photos. & other illustrations. Rare & nicely presented set. See illustration on our website.   £850
A Subaltern's Share in the War: Home Letters of the late George Weston Devenish, Lieut. R.A., Attached R.F.C. Intro. & Notes by Mrs. Horace Porter. 1st Ed., xviii+178pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates. Constable. 1917  #60338
[HLMainPic] Regular officer RFA (commissioned 1913 after Charterhouse & Woolwich), letters & diary from France Aug.-30 Oct. 1914. He joined 6th Bty., 40th Bde. RFA on the Aisne & was wounded near his OP at Fauquissart, on the Indian Corps front, 28.10.14; in France again June 1915-Apr. 1916 (around 'Plugstreet' &c.) when trans. to RFC as Artillery Observer for four months in France, then pilot training & KiA flying as a pilot in 35 Squadron: shot down in flames, on 6th June 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras (Flying Services) Memorial.. Contains lengthy extracts from entertaining & informative letters describing his active service experiences in Flanders & later over the Western Front. Orig. paper covd. boards, sp. sl. rubbed, sl chipped but comparatively VG (more often found very chipped/torn due to the nature of this binding). See illustration on our website.   £225
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. A&U. 1917  #60695
[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, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £35
Henry Dundas, Scots Guards: A Memoir. 1st Ed., xv+253pp., portrait frontis. Blackwood. 1921  #55677
[HLMainPic] Memoir containing most interesting letters from the front 1916-18 (describing aspects of trench warfare such as raids & patrols & presenting an authentic veteran's view of the Western Front inc. Somme & Passchendaele). Ed. at Eton & joined Scots Guards Sept. 1915: 1st Bn. in France from June 1916, serving with them up until his death apart from some time attd. to brigade staff. MC & bar; KiA 27/9/18. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
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

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