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WILSON (Major R.A., DSO, RGA) A Two Years Interlude: France, 1916-1918. 1st Ed., 115pp., portrait frontis., 18 photos., 2 ep maps. VG in dw. Printed by Keeling & Mundy, Palmerston North, NZ, possibly for the author. nd  #59355
[HLMainPic] Good account by a New Zealander who came 'home' to volunteer early in 1916, joined 116 Siege Battery on the Somme in Sept. 1916 & was commanding the battery six months later. Includes accounts of Arras, Messines & Passchendaele 1917, Lys 1918 &c. VG in sl stained but VG dw. Uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £65
BUTTLAR BRANDENFELS (Senior Lieut. Freiherr Treutsch von) Zeppelins over England. 1st Eng. Ed., 232pp., portrait frontis., 27 photos. VG in dw. Harrap. 1931  #59353
[HLMainPic] Personal account by the commander of the first Zeppelin to cross the English coast who took part in 19 raids on England in all, including London & various industrial targets. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in chipped & torn but scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £125
BEAMAN ([Lt.-Col.] Ardern [Arthur Hulme, DSO]) The Squadroon. 1st Ed., xvii+306pp., sketch map (of trenches near Hargicourt). John Lane, Bodley Head. 1920  #59352
[HLMainPic] Beaman, a regular officer of the 1st Cavalry, Indian Army, who won the DSO on the North-West Frontier in 1915, joined the 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars as a combatant officer early in October 1917. He was present with the regiment at Cambrai & the regimental history records in detail his command of a 'composite squadron' in March 1918 & later "C" Squadron at Amiens &c. For reasons unknown he chose to present this Western Front 'memoir' from the point of view of the regimental chaplain: in any case it is a rare & interesting account of a cavalry regiment in France during 1917-18. Falls was unaware of the author's true identity, writing (in 'War Books'): "Mr Beaman went out to France in September 1917 as a Chaplain for attachment to a cavalry regiment. He records in great detail the life behind the lines, the events of the Battle of Cambrai, the German March Offensive, & the advance to victory. He is a sympathetic writer." Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £120
BEWSHER (Paul) Green Balls: The Adventures of a Night Bomber. 1st Ed., ix+309pp. Blackwood. 1919  #59351
[HLMainPic] Observer with RNAS bomber sqdrns. 1915-April 1918 when the Handley Page 0/100 in which he was flying crashed at sea after the Zeebrugge raid. Orig. green cloth, blocked gilt & black, very nice clean copy of original edition. See illustration on our website.   £95
JOHANNSEN (Ernst) Four Infantrymen on the Western Front 1918. 1st Eng. Ed., 181pp. Methuen. 1930  #59349
[HLMainPic] Fine German novel that became the basis for Pabst's notable war film Westfront. Orig. cloth, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £85
BROGER (Karl) Pillbox 17: The Story of a Comradeship in Arms. 1st Eng. Ed., 220pp. Thornton Butterworth. 1930  #59348
[HLMainPic] German novel concerning "The horrors of warfare in one of those artificial outposts on the Western Front" by 'Germany's Labour Poet,' with an autobiographical Foreword specially written for the English edition. Orig. dec. paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
HOUSMAN (Laurence) Ed. War Letters of Fallen Englishmen. 1st Ed., 318pp. VG in dw. Gollancz. 1930  #59347
[HLMainPic] Valuable selection of letters from the front of some 100 (largely officers) killed in the war. Orig. black cloth, gilt, VG in sl chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £120
SNOOK (J.F., DCM, ex-Segt., Essex Regt.) Gun Fodder. 1st Ed., 304pp. VG in dw. A&U. 1930  #59346
[HLMainPic] The author worked in a East London factory; enlisted in 1914 in the Essex Regiment & served in F&F 1915-18 inc. Ypres, Loos, Somme, Cambrai &c., winning the DCM in 1917 as a L/Cpl. Lewis Gunner in charge of four guns. Eventually he returned to England to be commissioned & after the war "became known as an active political worker & a passionate anti-war propagandist & organisor..." (sleeve notes). Excellent portrayal of Army life, in & out of the line. Orig. orange cloth, titled in black to front & sp., VG in attractive dw & very rare, especially so in jacket. See illustrations on our website.   £275
CAMPBELL (Rear-Adml. G., VC, DSO) My Mystery Ships. 1st Ed., xx+300pp., col. frontis., 38 photos. & sketches. VG in chipped dw. H&S.  #59345
[HLMainPic] The story author's work in "Q" Ships (disguised armed merchantmen) 1915-17, based at Qieenstown, Ireland, with details of various actions inc. those that won him the VC & three DSOs. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & chipped but uncommon dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
History of No. 30 Squadron Royal Air Force. 1st Ed., 311pp., orig. red printed wraps. Printed by Macaire, Mould & Co. Ltd., Finsbury Park, London N4. nd (c.1920).  #59344
[HLMainPic] Very rare & detailed history of the Squadron during the Mesopotamia campaign 1916-18 based on War Diaries, Squadron Resumés &c., with rolls of squadron & flight commanders, pilots & observers 1915-18, noting date arrived & left, awards, casualties (such as PoW, wounded, KiA &c.). The Squadron was assembled from three Flights: "A" which was formed in Mesopotamia of details from India, Australia & NZ; "B" also formed in Mespot., from drafts from the UK; "C" Flight was formed in Egypt & joined the Squadron at the end of 1915 at Basrah. Much interesting detail on the operations of the Squadron & the activities of personnel right up to March 1919 when it was operating with Bushire Force in Persia. No imprint, probably privately printed. See illustrations on our website.   £275

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