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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   748 Books
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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
Ypres 1914: An Official Account Published by Order of the German General Staff. Translated by G.C.W[ynne]. 1st Eng. Ed., xxiv+136pp., 7 sketch maps. Constable. 1919  #61010
[HLMainPic] Translation of the German official account of 1st Ypres. Intro. & notes by the Historical Section (Military Branch), Committee of Imperial Defence. Orig. blue cloth, little marked, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
The Campaign in France 1914. Organisation of Formations And Orders of Battle of B.E.F., French and German Armies. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. A. Bradford, Printer, Camberley. nd (contemp.).  #61042
[HLMainPic] This slim but useful & undoubtedly rare booklet contains notes on the organisation of British, French & German formations pertaining in August 1914, plus Orders of Battle of Allied & German Armies at that time. Excellent concise reference showing numbers of divisions employed, &c. Orig. printed wraps., little wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
R. Cecil Hopkinson, Lieutenant, R.E. Memoir & Letters. 1st Ed., [vii]+152pp., portrait frontis., 33 photos., 2 sketches (divisional signal coy. organisation). Cambridge: Printed at the University Press. 1918  #63192
[HLMainPic] Rudolf Cecil Hopkinson was born at Wimbledon in 1891; became an enthusiastic & successful competition skier, also taking an interest in sailing & natural history. He was Ed. at St Paul's School & Trinity College, Cambridge, & on graduation in 1913 joined Sir Charles Parsons' Engineering Works at Newcastle as an apprentice. In August 1914 he applied for a commission in the Royal Engineers & became Signals Officer of the 35th Brigade, 12th Division: to France in May 1915 & wounded in the head by shrapnel on 24th November. He initially walked down the line but as paralysis set in & loss of blood weakened him his men carried him. He was transferred to Leicester War Hospital where he spent four months, then to his mother's home in Cambridge, where "his life ended after ten months of fluctuating hopes" on 9th Feb. 1917. Lieutenant Hopkinson, who was twice Mentioned in Despatches for work in France, is buried in St Giles and St Peter Church, Cambridge. Contains lengthy memoirs by his mother & others, followed by his letters from the Front, firstly in & around 'Plugstreet' then in the Loos sector, including interesting detail on his work as a signalling officer laying telephone cables etc. During this time he was also experimenting with wireless telegraphy & his brother sent out various items such as telephone transformers purchased from GEC at his request. Orig. grey paper ccvd. boards with title to front, small stain to leading edge, neatly rebacked (in the style of the original cloth backed binding) with dilt tile to sp. VG thus & rare with ink presentation inscrip. "To Dr. E. Barnes - Cecil's great Teacher - from Evelyn Hopkinson in abiding remembrance and gratitude. Cambridge. June 1918." See illustration on our website.   £225
The ANZAC Book: Written & Illustrated in Gallipoli by men of ANZAC. 1st Ed., xv+169pp., 4to, 11 col. & 2 b/w plates., illus. throughout. Cassell. 1916  #61048
[HLMainPic] Collection of stories, rhymes, recollections of Gallipoli &c., sold for the benefit of patriotic funds connected with ANZAC. Attractive work, little rubbed but entirely sound orig. blue cloth with col. onlay on front board depicting an ANZAC in martial pose. Nice ink presentation inscrip. "Norman Campell Maughan from W.R. Matthews A.I.F. Baiuleul [sic] 1918." The only person with the name of the recipient that I can locate was born 1908 & died 1987; the giver was William Robert Matthews, a farm labourer from South Australia who enlisted in 1916, served with the 50th Bn. AIF & was wounded by gunshot on 20/10/17 & again on 16/6/18. A copy of his service record is included.   £50
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
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
Diary of an Officer of "U.C. 26." May 1917. 1st Ed., orig. blue printed paper wraps., 4pp., foolscap. Admiralty War Staff, Intelligence Division. May 1917  #61756
[HLMainPic] I.D. 1156. For Official Use Only. Translation of the diary of Leutnant D. Reserve (or Sub.-Lt. of the Reserve) Heinrich Petersen, second-in-command of submarine U.C. 26, 30 April 1917 [leaving Bruges] until 7th May 1917, detailing operations in the English Channel during these few days. They found a gap in the RN barrage on 1st May & steered for Havre. The submarine laid mines & sank a Norwegian steamer by torpedo, but U.C. 26 was herself sunk on 9th May. Detailed diary of a week at sea. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
Noel Ross & His Work. Ed. by His Parents. 1st Ed., xiv+210pp., portrait frontis. Edward Arnold. 1919  #63238
[HLMainPic] Noël Ross was born at Dunedin, New Zealand, & Ed. at the Terrace School, Wellington & Christ College, Christchurch. He joined the staff of a New Zealand newspaper & later wrote for The Times & Punch. He enlisted in the ranks of the Canterbury Rifles & served at Gallipoli where he was severely wounded by a shell at Anzac Cove. He was discharged, but reaching London obtained a commission in the Royal Artillery. He was still unfit, however, and medically boarded. He died of illness in England on 19th December 1917. Contains a memoir including details of his military service and examples of his prose including an account of the landing at Gallipoli written for The Times. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website   £145
James Lusk, BA (Cantab).; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur; Captain & Adjutant 6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Letters & Memories. 1st Ed., [vii]+151pp., portrait frontis., col. plate (of Legion d'Honneur). Oxford: Printed for B.H. Blackwell. 1916  #62989
[HLMainPic] James Lusk was commissioned in the 6th Cameronians in 1908, mobilised & served in France March-Dec. 1915. Memoir followed by extensive & interesting letters from training and the Front: wounded by a trench mortar on Christmas Day 1915 whilst going round his trenches & DoW 28/12/15. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur at Festubert in June when he was Bn. Transport Officer & the bn. having lost heavily in officers he made his way up the line & helped reorganise. He was appointed adjutant after this battle. Orig. grey paper covd. boards with purple cloth backstrip, very nice copy with neat ink presentation inscrip. "To Brig.-General E.S. Girdwood, from Capt. Lusk's Mother." See illustrations on our website.   £145

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