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Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918   25 Books
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General Military Situation in Europe. Central Publicity Board. 15th July 1918. 4pp., orig. printed wraps. Simla: Govt. Monotype Press. Contemp.  #53417
[HLMainPic] Concise official report emanating from Indian Army GHQ, just 250 copies printed. Includes comments on the political situation in Germany (removal of Von Kuehlmann - aided by his "amorous indiscretions in Bhukharest" - & his replacement by Von Hintze ("energetic, unscrupulous, unpleasant, & with morals even worse than those of so many of his class. He has far less ability than Von Kuehlmann, but is a master of intrigue & will probably work hand in glove with the military party."). A renewed German offensive is predicted. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £20
Labour Corps Christmas Card, France 1917-1918. Customary attractive fldg. card with col. illustration within. Traces of paste on rear where removed from album, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.  #46381
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St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., E.C., Fourth Memorial Service For Those members of The House of Cook, Son & Co. Who Have Laid Down Their Lives for Their Country. Friday, 15th November, 1918. Memorial service programme inc. roll of 148 employees who had fallen up to 4th Nov. 1918. Attractive survival. See illustration on our website.  #51833
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The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. July [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 27pp., 4 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, July 1919].  #53289
[HLMainPic] The first of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. No.3. September [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 24pp., 5 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, Sept. 1919].  #53293
[HLMainPic] The last of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
Military Situation on the Western Front, aka: A Review of the Military Situation on the Western Front [and] Review of the Military Situation [and] General Military Situation [and] Review of the General Military Situation. "By A Military Onlooker." Twenty-one consecutive weekly issues from 24th June to 11th November 1918, mostly c.12pp. in orig. printed wraps. Simla: Govt. Monotype Press. Contemp.  #53415
[HLMainPic] A series of concise but informative & interesting official reports emanating from Indian Army GHQ, all printed in small numbers, mostly 100 copies, but just 50 copies of several, although 900 of three issues, which were circulated by the Central Publicity Board to inform readers of the progress of operations on all Fronts, together with a summary of the general military situation. During this period the news of Allied advances was generally positive, the arrival of the Americans is heralded & air superiority frequently cited. Contents describing operations are accurate as far as can be ascertained (no doubt based on official communiqués), & include comments on the Germans, e.g., (12th Aug. 1918): "The Germans no longer enjoy numerical superiority, & seem to have lost that high morale without which no great victories are possible. Still, although reliable evidence shows that German discipline is suffering, & the events of the last month indicate decided deterioration in the qualities of the German troops, the fighting value of the German Army must still be considered to be high, & we must expect no easy victories, at any rate in the immediate future." And on 2nd September: "We have as yet had no official intimation of the entry into line of the German 1920 class (18 year old boys), though we know that their training was to be completed by September, or October, at latest. The 1919 class has been exhausted for some time, & the German ranks are now being filled by returned wounded..." Interesting contemp. intelligence. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £225
The Tank. Published by The Arista Society of the British War Mission: Vol. I, No. 1, 17 Dec. 1917-Vol. I, No. 13, January 1919. 1st Ed., each issue 40pp., some 415pp. in all, approx. 100 photos. New York. Contemp.  #56465
[HLMainPic] The Arista Society was a 'fraternal rather than social' association formed by & for members of the staff of the Inspection Department of the British War Mission in America in 1917; it originally had about 100 members until membership was opened to members of other Departments of the Mission. Circulation of The Tank reached around 1400 copies (but surviving copies seem remarkably rare for that). The magazine contained features of current interest, individual war experiences of members, much matter relating to the work of the British War Mission in the USA, portraits & profiles of officers/officials, war news & photos., appointments, honours etc. in the Mission, several articles on women's war work including a "Special Interview" with Mrs Pankhurst; another "Special Interview" with Bruce Bairnsfather (whn on visit to the USA), & much more. All thirteen isssues bound together in brown cloth, retaining attractive orig. col. wraps. (several designs), ownership inscrips. of Major S.F. Montague (of the Inspection Dept., whose portrait &c. appear within). Possibly all published. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £145
The Whizz-Bang: A Monthly From the Front, Written & Edited in the Trenches. Vol. I, No. 3, March 1916. Orig. paper wraps., 14pp., portrait (RSM Perry DCM), several sketches, caricatures & cartoons. Darlington. Contemp.  #54282
[HLMainPic] Rare 'trench journal' of the 6th DLI (TF) produced while serving with 50th Div. on the Western Front, but printed at Darlington by The North of England Newspaper Co. Little worn, generally sound. See illustration on our website.   £45

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The Whizz-Bang: A Monthly From the Front, Written & Edited in the Trenches. Vol. I, No. 6, June 1916. Orig. paper wraps., 14pp., several photo. portraits, several sketches, caricatures & cartoons. Darlington. Contemp.  #54284
[HLMainPic] Rare 'trench journal' of the 6th DLI (TF) produced while serving with 50th Div. on the Western Front, but printed at Darlington by The North of England Newspaper Co. Little worn, generally sound. See illustration on our website.   £45

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A Souvenir of the XIII Corps Horse Show, France, 1918. Orig. brown printed paper wraps., 25x20 cm approx., containing 10 real photos. each mounted on a leaf with border & printed caption. No imprint/date but contemp. & probably made up by AP&SS.  #55926
[HLMainPic] A series of photos. including aerial view of the showground, various events & winners, e.g., the 1914 Cup: "To the Driver who has looked after the same Pair of Horses since the date which qualified for the 1914 Star" &c., several featuring the corps commander, Morland. Simpson ('Directing Operations', p.188) rceords that although some scholars such as Tim Travers have held such events up to ridicule, a contemporary observer, Col. W.H. Nicholson wrote (in 'Behind the Lines') "Horse shows, in which all the transport units of a formation competed, were common to all good formations, and were a first class stimulant in animal care & management." VG. See illustrations on our website.   £45

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