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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   652 Books
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A Memoir of Brigadier-General Walter Long, CMG, DSO. 1st Ed., vii+77pp., 210x150mm, 10 portraits, photo. of his grave in France. Printed for Private Circulation by John Murray. 1921.  #55676
[HLMainPic] Memoir of Brig. Gen. Walter Long, CMG, DSO, who was Ed. at Harrow & entered the Scots Greys in 1899 via the Militia, winning the DSO during the South African War. He was a squadron commander in 1914 & the work includes letters from the Boer War as well as France and Flanders 1914-15 with the Scots Greys, commanding 6th (S) Bn. Wiltshire Regt. 1915-16 & 56th Infantry Brigade November 1916 until killed by a shell on 28th January 1917. 'Toby' Long is buried in Couin British Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, Scots Greys badge to front, sp. faded o/w VG with laid-in ms. & typed note "Eva Keyes With the Compliments of Lord Long of Wraxall 8th September 1921" & loosely inserted letter fom 'Long of Wraxall' to Lady Keyes, dated 1-ix-21. See illustration on our website.   £145
Canada in Khaki: A Tribute to the Officers & Men now serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Vol. I. 1st Ed., 172pp., 4to, numerous photos., sketches & cartoons (some col.). Canadian War Records Office. 1917.  #55121
[HLMainPic] Contains numerous interesting & informative articles, plus many interesting photos., col. artworks depciting Canadian actions, cartoons &c. relating to the Canadian experience on the Western Front.Orig. printed wraps., somewhat chipped & torn, sound ex-lib. See illustration on our website.   £20
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
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
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
9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 1st Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916.  #53613
[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. brown cloth, little tanned, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
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 "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 Cannoneers Have Hairy Ears: A Diary from the Front Lines. 1st Ed., xiv+337pp. NY: Sears & Co. 1927.  #55793
[HLMainPic] An American gunner officer's most engaging memoirs of the campaign at Mont Sec & in the Argonne, Romagne & Meuse during 1918. He received three citations for gallantry & the book includes some interestings appendices relating to events & individuals of the author's unit. Orig. orange cloth, little stained, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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War Poems by "X" (i.e. T.W.H. Crosland). 1st Ed., viii+96pp. Martin Secker. Oct. 1916.  #56357
[HLMainPic] Dedicated to "The Artists' Rifles... in the First Battalion of which I have many friends." Reilly p.100. Orig. red cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £25

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