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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   714 Books
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Friends of France. The Field Service of the American Ambulance Described by its Members. 1st Ed., xix+298pp. frontis., approx. 30 photos. Smith, Elder & Co. 1916  #59903
[HLMainPic] The organisation & work of the Ambulance in France & Flanders 1914-15, together with portaits & service details of various members of the unit. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The History of the Old 2/4th (City of London) Bn. The London Regiment Royal Fusiliers. 1st Ed., 190pp., c.40 photos., 3 fldg. maps. Westminster Press. 1919  #61125
[HLMainPic] Good account of Gallipoli with fldg. trench map (Southern Zone) & series of privately taken photos. (landed at Helles 15 Oct. & attached to 1st Bde., RND, until the evacuation), later Egypt & disbanded in France June 1916. Records of service of all ranks. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG with presentation inscrip. from the CO: "Yours very sincerely Vickers Dunfee 7.2.22." See illustration on our website.   £45
Essays, Poems, Letters by Bernard Pitt, M.A. (Assistant Master Cooper's Company's School), Lieut., Border Regiment, Attached Trench Mortar Battery, Killed in Action, April 30th, 1916. 1st Ed., ix+202pp., 217x144mm, portrait frontis. Francis Edwards. 1917  #60360
[HLMainPic] Bernard Pitt was born in 1881 and was an assistant master at the Cooper's Company's School. He was Killed in Action by the explosion of a German mine between Souchez and Givenchy at 7 p.m. on 30th April 1916. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was thirty-four. Includes 50pp. interesting and atmospheric letters from France & Flanders between December 1915 and April 1916, serving with 47th Trench Mortar Battery, notable for rare account of trench mortar work in the front line (Pitt describes the phenomenon, known well to infantrymen, of mortar men turning up in their trench, loosing off a few rounds then clearing out before the inevitable retaliation). The letters are followed by poems (including one war poem) and various prose pieces on the nature of poetry, comedy, and so forth. Superb superior copy, bound in full green morocco, gilt to sp. with raised bans, sp. just a little tanned o/w VG throughout. 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
Pawns in the Retreat from Mons. By A Pawn. 1st Ed., 59pp., fldg. map. Isle of Wight: The County Press. nd (c.1915).  #60065
[HLMainPic] Rare privately printed memoirs of a subaltern (presumed to be Lt. H.J.I Walker) of the 1st Royal Warwicks in 1914: A detailed diary account commencing with mobilization & embarkation at Southampton on 22nd Aug. 1914; arrival at Le Cateau & a full account of the author's participation in the eponymous battle; the Retreat until 5th September, when the narrarive closes with the end of the Retreat & the Battle of the Aisne in prospect. Appended list of officers with the author's party during this period, inc. one Lt. B.L. Montgomery of Alamein fame (mentioned in the text as 'Bernard' when wounded in the arm at Le Cateau: "the only wounded officer who succeeded in getting away altogether.") Note: the author was not with the party of his bn. under Col. Elkington that surrendered at St. Quentin & his narrative has no relevance to that event. Rare privately printed memoirs, orig. blue printed paper covd. boards, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £245
Australia at The Dardanelles 25th April 1915. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 32pp., 4 photos., double-page artist's 'birdseye' view of Gallipoli, 2 maps. Sydney: W.A. Gullick, Govt. Printer. 1915  #61049
[HLMainPic] The first cabled reports of the Gallipoli landings sent by Ashmead Bartlett & C.E.W. Bean, published for use in schools in New South Wales. Attractive orig. wraps., minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
Gallipoli Memories: A Plain Diary By A Plain Soldier. With an Introduction by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Barry-Doyle, CF. 1st Ed., 86pp., photo. frontis. (A Corner of Main Street, Chanak), orig. printed wraps., small format (156x114mm). Published by S. Dirmikis & Sons, English Booksellers, Constantinople. nd (c.1920)  #60710
[HLMainPic] A most curious item, stated to have been Printed in Germany, but certainly not a work of propaganda as the Author's Preface records that it contains "the impressions of one who occupied a very humble position in the ranks of a battalion that formed part of 'the incomparable 29th Division.'... if they serve to keep alive in the minds of some memories of what the British Expeditionary Force did in circumstances of unparalleled difficulty they will satisfy." In the text the author reveals that he belonged to the 1st Bn. Border Regiment, was warned for service in the Dardanelles with that unit in May 1915, joined it towards the end of that month & remained on the Peninsula for three months until evacuated to Gibraltar due to sickness. Contains much interesting detail on trench life & the battle for Boomerang Redoubt on 28th July. No copies on JISC/Library Hub (formerly COPAC) & just as a double check, not in BL catalogue. Appears not to be recorded in any of the usual bibliographies & online search gives no results. A truly lost book. Orig. printed wraps., somewhat chipped, marked & worn, generally VG & evidently a great rarity. See illustrations on our website.   £325
Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War. 1st Ed., xxiv+408pp., folio, col. & b/w plates throughout, sketches &c. Bell. 1920  #60043
[HLMainPic] A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £225
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
Henry Dundas, Scots Guards: A Memoir. 1st Ed., xv+253pp., portrait frontis. Blackwood. 1921  #55677
[HLMainPic] Henry Lancaster Nevill Dundas was born in 1897 at Edinburgh, Ed. Eton & commissioned in the Scots Guards in Sept. 1915. He joined the 1st Bn. in France in June 1916, serving with them up until his death (apart from some time attached to Brigade Staff) and was awarded the MC and Bar. Dundas was KiA on 27th September 1918 during the attack on the Hindenburg Line (his Commanding Officer wrote "Death was practically instantaneous, and he could have suffered no pain. He was shot by a sniper, the bullet going through his heart") and is buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, between Bapaume and Cambrai. He was twenty-one years old. Memoir consisting mostly of his interesting letters 1916-18, describing aspects of trench warfare such as raids and patrols and presenting an authentic veteran's view of the Western Front including the Somme and Passchendaele. Also various letters of condolence, including one from J.M. Barrie. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125

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