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The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1918. 1st Ed., vi+352pp., 2 fldg. maps. For the RB. 1919  #59858
[HLMainPic] This edition includes war diaries of all regular & service bns. for the year 1915, various useful rolls of officers, awards, several good letters from the front, officers' obituaries &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. Cheaper Ed., 158pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs), fldg. map. No imprint, The Regt. nd  #36222
Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Second issue binding, lacking ffep, covers soiled & worn, but sound.   £30
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs). No imprint, The Regt. nd  #49051
[HLMainPic] Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Fine copy of superior quarto edition, orig. deluxe three-qtr. morocco, gilt, dec. faux silk endpapers. See illustration on our website.   £75
ATKINSON (Capt. C.T.) The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xxviii+629pp., 19 plates, 62 maps & sketches. Simpkin, Marshall. 1924  #59543
[HLMainPic] Bns. served Western Front, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Italy, Egypt & Palestine. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. light blue cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £65
BALLARD (Brig.-Gen. C., CB, CMG) Smith-Dorrien. 1st Ed., xv+345pp., portrait frontis., 16 maps. Constable. 1931  #56728
[HLMainPic] Useful biography, from Zulu War 1879 (where he escaped from Isandhlwana) to 'saviour of the BEF' at Le Cateau in 1914. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little wear overall, but some sl. worming to rear board, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
BRERETON (Lt.-Col. F.S., RAMC) The Great War & The R.A.M.C. [Mons, The Marne, The Aisne]. 1st Ed., xv+300pp., 10 maps. Constable. 1919  #60479
[HLMainPic] The first & only volume of a proposed 'Popular Medical History of the War,' covers the first two months on the Western Front i.e., Mons, Retreat, Le Cateau, Marne & the Aisne: "In order that his account may be strictly accurate, official documents, diaries, etc., have been placed at Lt.-Col. Brereton's disposal" - from the Preface by the DGAMS. List of medical staff officers with BEF appended. Orig. cloth, sp. sl. sunned, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £90
BURNETT (Brig.-Gen. C.) The Memoirs of the 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Royal Hussars 1906-1922 including Operations in the Great War. 1st Ed., [xi]+215pp., 9 plates, 9 fldg. maps. VG in dw. Winchester: Warren. 1926  #59131
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Aug. 1914 with much interesting detail on cavalry ops. 1914-15 (Retreat from Mons, Marne, Aisne, 1st Ypres/Messines, 2nd Ypres &c.) inc. recollections of both officers & troopers. Detailed rolls of officers' services, casualties & awards (all ranks). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in dw & rare, with loosely inserted 1946 Old Comrades' reunion dinner menu. See illustration on our website.   £145
CAREW (Tim, MC) The Vanished Army: The British Expeditionary Force 1914-1915. 1st Ed., xiii+239pp., 8 plates, 5 maps. VG in dw. Kimber. 1964  #59723
[HLMainPic] Atmospheric account of the regular army that fought the 1914 campaign & died at 1st Ypres. Based partly on records & recollections of BEF veterans, brought to life by the author's narrative gift & intimate knowledge of the British soldier. VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
CASUALTY [Pseud. of GYDE (Capt. Arnold A.E.)] "Contemptible." 1st Ed., vi+226pp. Heinemann. 1916  #58915
Gyde was a regular officer, OC No. 5 Platoon, 2nd South Staffs. Personal account of mobilisation, Mons & the Retreat, the Marne & Aisne where he was shot in the head by a sniper & subsequent hospitalisation in France & UK. Orig. red cloth, blocked black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60

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