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Official History 1914-1918 Official History 1914-1918   39 Books
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Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Die Militarischen Operationen zu Lande. Bearbeitet im Reichsarchiv. Vols. 1-12, all substantial volumes, each around 400-700pp., with lge. fldg. maps in end-pockets & further maps in text. Berlin: Reichsarchiv/Mittler & Sohn. 192539  #60727
[HLMainPic] Like the British, the German OH was incomplete when the Second World War broke out. The 12 volumes then published (& here offered) covered operations on Western & Eastern Fronts, the Balkans & Italy, down to June 1917 (including the British Messines offensive). The final two volumes were issued in a limited form during WW2 & are virtually unobtainable. All vols. are handsome, good quality productions with excellent maps &c., produced to a high standard. Very few volumes are offered for sale & a set such as this, as complete as one is likely to encounter, is rare. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG throughout. See illustrations on our website.   £850
History of the Great War based on Official Documents: Principal Events 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 394pp., 4to, 14 lge. fldg. tables. HMSO. 1922  #60721
[HLMainPic] Very useful reference arranged in three parts: (i) General Chronological List of all events of Naval, Military of Political importance, (ii) Sub-divided version of the same, printed in parallel columns to show the synchronisation of events, with extra notes, (iii) alphabetical reference to events. Scarce official history, only 1000 copies printed. Orig. blue cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £250
American Expeditionary Forces Divisional Series: Summary of Operations in the World War. 1st; 2nd; 3rd; 4th; 5th, 7th; 26th; 27th; 28th; 29th; 30th; 32nd; 33rd; 35th; 36th; 37th; 42nd; 77th; 78th; 79th; 80th; 81st; 82nd; 89th; 90th; 91st; 92nd; 93rd Divisions. Complete set of 28 Volumes, all 1st Eds., ranging from around 30pp. to around 120pp., most being 60-80pp., all volumes with folding maps in end-pockets. United States Government Printing Office. 1944  #60806
In 1944 the American Battlefields Monument Commission published a series of twenty-eight histories of the field services in France (and Flanders) of all the American divisions which served in the field. The full title of each work is: XXth Division. Summary of Operations in the World War. The Foreword states that: "In order that the actions of American troops might be accurately set forth, detailed studies were made of the operations of each division which had front-line battle service. In certain cases studies of sector service were also prepared. It is felt that the results of this research should now be made available to the public. Therefore, these studies are being published in a series of twenty-eight booklets, each booklet devoted to the operations of one division. In these booklets only the active service of the divisions is treated in detail. The accounts, however, are comprehensive enough to be of general interest and establish a great body of fact concerning the operations. For the military student, they provide an excellent background for tactical studies and present an extensive list of sources upon which further study can be based." Each was published in canvas-style wraps. with black titling to spine and front. they vary in length (obviously the content depended on the amount of operational service of the division concerned). All are provided with folding maps in end-pockets, & these are typically high quality reproductions with coloured details of operations. Each work has an index and a note on sources. All the volumes in this collection, complete as published, are in exceptionally good condition, being a collection compiled over many years. See illustrations on our website.   £1250
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France 1916. Hardback reprint, xvi+1036pp., 475 illus. & maps. VG in dw. Univ. of Queensland Press. 1982  #56269
[HLMainPic] Vol. III of the Australian Official History. Scarce reprint. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France during the Main German Offensive, 1918. Hardback reprint, xii+825pp., numerous illus. & maps. VG in dw. Univ. of Queensland Press. 1983  #56271
[HLMainPic] Vol. V of the Australian Official History. Scarce hardback reprint. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France May 1918 to the Armistice. Hardback reprint, lxxvi+1099pp., 430 illus. & maps. VG in dw. Univ. of Queensland Press. 1983  #56272
[HLMainPic] Vol. VI of the Australian Official History. Scarce hardback reprint. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France 1917. 4th Ed., xi+1030pp., 423 illus. & maps. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1936  #58991
[HLMainPic] Vol. IV of the Australian Official History, covering the battles of Bullecourt, Messines & Passchendaele. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG, very nice copy in worn orig. box of issue. See illustration on our website.   £50
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France 1916. 4th Ed., xvi+1036pp., 475 illus. & maps. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1930  #58990
[HLMainPic] Vol. III of the Australian Official History. Battle of Pozieres &c. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, very nice copy in worn orig. box of issue. See illustration on our website.   £50
BEAN (C.E.W.) et al. Official History of Australia in the War: Complete Set of 12 Vols., The Story of Anzac, 2 Vols., From the Outbreak of War to the end of the First Phase of the Gallipoli Campaign, May 4, 1915; From 4 May, 1915, to the Evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula; The A.I.F. in France, 4 Vols., 1916; 1917; December 1917-May 1918 & During the Allied Offensive 1918; Sinai & Palestine; The Australian Air Force; The Royal Australian Navy; The Australians at Rabaul; Australia During the War; Photographic Record of the War: Reproductions of Pictures Taken by the Australian Official Photographers. All 1st Eds., over 7000pp. in all, hundreds of maps, num. photos. in text vols. + 753 photos. in the final volume. Sydney: Angus & Robertson. 1921-1942.  #60716
[HLMainPic] Complete set of 12 vols. in orig. maroon cloth gilt, good set throughout. Falls awarded two stars in "War Books," noting: "Criticism is permitted & is often strong, especially, let it be hinted, where 'Imperial' commanders & troops are concerned. This gives a certain pungency to the narratives, which is accentuated by the vivid style of the narrators... a serious & painstaking military record... Mr Bean has the valuable gift of bringing clarity to the most complicated fighting." Fine illustrations & many maps. Cloth of some volumes a little speckled, but VG throughout. Not ex-lib. & unmarked other than neat white ink identifications of the volume number to spines, alongside a white X. VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £450
BEAVERBROOK (Lord) Canada in Flanders: Vol. II of The Official Story of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1st Ed., xx+258pp, maps & sketches. H&S. 1917  #56382
[HLMainPic] A popular official account. Max Aitken, raised to the peerage as Baron Beaverbrook in 1917, was Canadian Record Oficer in 1914. Falls states "He has here written a brilliant & moving account of the early career of the 1st Canadian Div., including the story of the gas attack at Ypres... a fine condensed narrative." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30

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