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Official History 1914-1918 Official History 1914-1918   46 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
Der Weltkrieg 1914 bis 1918. Bildermappe. Portfolio, 26x18cm, containing 36 finely printed photos. on 35 plates (one has two images). [Berlin: Reicharchiv/Mittler & Sohn. nd (c.1920)].  #61278
[HLMainPic] Rare photographic supplement to the German OH, containing 36 photos. on 35 plates, all captioned in Gothic script, being fine scenes illustrative of operations in France, Flanders & the Eastern Front. Neil Wells states (in Official Histories of the Great War 1914-1918): "The Bildermappe... is a special picture folder... it was not given a 'Band' number, & the date of publication or copyright was not shown on the folder or any of the plates." Plates fine in VG orig. dec. blue cloth portfolio. See illustrations on our website.   £125
Osterreich-Ungarns Letzter Krieg 1914-1918. Herausgegeben vom Osterreichischen Bundeministerium fr Heereswesen und vom Kriegsarchiv. 1st Eds., 7 text volumes & 7 mapcases: around 6000pp. in all with in excess of 400 maps & sketch maps, many fldg. & all contained in the mapcases. Wien: Verlag der Militarwissenschaftlichen Mitteilungen. 1930-1938  #61440
[HLMainPic] Complete set of the Austro-Hungarian official history of the First World War on land: seven text volumes + seven accompanying map volumes + the rare Registerband (or index volume), 15 volumes in all. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG or better throughout (but for Vol. V text, covers little stained) & all but Vol. I text/maps complete with dustwrappers. Rare complete set, especially in dws. Neil Wells ('Official Histories of the Great War 1914-1918') informs us that: "The Austrian Federal Ministry for Army Affairs & of the War Archives employed mainly ex-members of the Austrian General Staff... under the general editorship of Genereale de Infanterie Doktor Edmund von Glaise-Horstenau... Each volume was written by a team of historians, each specialising in various aspects of the individual history... With so many ex-members of the General Staff writing the histories there was to some degree a corruption... to show the Austrian General Staff, or individuals (in some cases the author himself) in a more favourable light. Certainly the former Chief of the General Staff... FM Franz Graf Conrad von Hotzendorf's reputation was defended to the utmost by the official historians." In an interesting note about the general editor, Wells adds: "Glaise-Horstenau became one of the first Austrian Nazis... second in command of the Austrian Nazi Party... After the Anschluss he joined the Wehrmacht and... took a leading military-administrative role in the occupation of Yugoslavia... in 1946 whilst being being held at Langwasser Military Camp, Nurnberg he committed suicide." See illustrations on our website.   £2250
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.) 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
BROINOWSKI (L.) Ed. Tasmania's War Record 1914-1918. With intro. by Maj.-Gen. Sir J. Gellibrand, KCB, DSO. 1st Ed., xv+370pp., 13 plates, map. Hobart: Govt. of Tasmania. 1921  #60759
[HLMainPic] Excellent history published for the Govt. of Tasmania in 1921. Includes Tasmanian forces in Gallipoli, Egypt, France & Belgium (12th, 15th, 40th, 47th & 52nd Bns. AIF, 3rd Light Horse & 9th & 17th Artillery Batteries); also chapters on the Medical Corps, Prisoners in Germany & The Civilian Effort, with a complete roll of some 13,000 who enlisted, of whom 2400 were killed, noting wounds, awards &c. Perkins 597. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £175

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