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March Retreat   13 Books
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BENSTEAD (C.R.) Retreat: A Story of 1918. 2nd Ed., 318pp., ep map (Distribution of British & German Divisions for the Initial Attack on 21st March 1918, & the Area Covered by the Subsequent Retreat). Methuen. 1930  #59571
[HLMainPic] Controversial novel of the German offensive taking as its theme the inefficacy of chaplains at the front. Lauded by Falls who - awarding a star - stated: "...a fine book, giving us to alternate with pictures of [the chaplain] Warne's misery unforgettable glimpses of the retreat of the Fifth Army. The saddest part of the book is the chaplain's yearning to minister to the spiritual needs of his flock & that flock's complete indifference to him." Orig. black cloth, VG, signed by the author on tp alongside small pasted-in press portrait. Nice copy.   £45
GRAY (Frank) The Confessions of a Private. 1st Ed., xi+202pp. Oxford: Blackwell. 1920  #54744
[HLMainPic] Gray was a 'gentleman ranker' Ed. at Rugby School who practised as a solicitor. He served as Liberal MP for Oxford 1922-24 but was unseated following a corruption scandal (of which he was eventually acquitted). He enlisted in 1916 & served with the 8th (S) Bn. Royal Berkshire Regt., was for some time attached to the O&BLI, & with III Corps Intelligence. Interesting account of training & posting to France, Battle of Passchendaele 1917, March Retreat 1918 &c. After the war (until elected to Paliament) he worked as a farm labourer & tramped (he published 'The Tramp: His Meaning & Being' in 1931). Lacking both front & rear free endpapers o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
HAIG (FM Sir Douglas) The Private Papers of Douglas Haig 1914-1918. Ed. by Robert Blake. 1st Ed., 383pp., portrait frontis., plate, 3 maps. VG in dw. E&S. 1952  #35215
Important selections from DH's diaries & correspondence by an essentially political historian, the publication of which "could still evoke a sense of shock amongst those not already privy to what one reader called 'the petty jealousies that pervaded high places.'" - David French in "The First World War & British Military History." The new edition of Haig's papers edited by Gary Sheffield is a more military selection. VG in dw.   £10
HAIG (F-M Sir Douglas) Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches (December 1915-April 1919). Ed. by Lt.-Col. J.H. Boraston, CB, OBE, Private Secretary to Earl Haig. 1st Ed., xviii+378pp., 8 portraits, 25 maps in text + 10 fldg. maps in separate mapcase. Dent. 1920  #53742
[HLMainPic] Haig's despatches whilst C-in-C of the BEF, including St Eloi, Somme, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai, &c., & the important 'Final Despatch' which includes Haig's survey of the entire course of the war on the Western Front. Orig. red cloth, little worn & marked, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
HUTCHISON (Lt.-Col. G.S., DSO, MC) Footslogger: An Autobiography. 1st Ed., 399pp., portrait frontis., 23 plates. Hutchinson. 1931  #59045
[HLMainPic] Largely Western Front memoirs. Pre-1914 1st KOSB Egypt, Sudan, India then in 1914 served with 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders as machine-gun officer: later to the MGC, commanding the 33rd Battalion, awarded DSO & MC. Hutchison, a prolific author, is chiefly remembered for his battalion's defence of Meteren in April 1918 (somewhat devalued by his repetition of the story at every available opportunity) & his post-war espousal of fascism. Orig. blue cloth, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
MAZE (Paul) A Frenchman in Khaki. 3rd Imp., [xiii]+353pp., 8 plates, 5 maps. Heinemann. 1934  #55501
[HLMainPic] Interpreter with the BEF from Aug. 1914 to the end, notably at Gough's 5th Army HQ &c. DCM, MM & bar, Croix de Guerre. Uncommon & entertaining narrative with Churchill preface. Orig. mustard cloth, plain second issue binding, VG with author inscription on tp: "For Major Matthews. Paul Maze." See illustrations on our website.   £75
QUEX [Pseud. of NICHOLS (Capt. G.H.F., RFA)] Pushed. 2nd Ed., 336pp., 2 maps. Constable. 1930  #57549
[HLMainPic] Fine personal account of March Retreat & Allied Advance in 1918, serving with 82nd Bde. RFA, 18th Divisional Artillery. "The well-known journalist known as 'Quex' does not... hide his light under a bushel. He has, however, written a most entertaining account of a battery of the 18th Divisional Artillery in the German offensive of March 1918 & of the great British 'return push.'" - Falls. Orig. blue cloth, sl. sunned, VG. First published 1919: this new edition includes a short Introductory Letter by R.C. Sherriff & two maps (the 18th Div. sector in March 1918 & the division's attack on the Hindenburg Line at Vendhuille at the end of September) not in the 1919 edition. See illustration on our website.   £65
SHAKESPEAR (Lt.-Col. J., CMG, CIE, DSO) Historical Records of the 18th (Service) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers (Pioneers). 1st Ed., [xi]+211pp., 18 plates, 4 fldg. maps. Printed for private distribution by the Council of Newcastle & Gateshead. 1920  #56629
[HLMainPic] Pioneer battalion of the 34th Division, Western Front from Jan. 1916; Somme 1916, Arras, Ypres &c. Nominal roll, Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
WADE (A.) The War of the Guns: Western Front 1917 & 1918. With an Intro. by Edmund Blunden. 1st Ed., xvii+142pp., col. frontis. & 121 b/w plates. Batsford. 1936  #45084
[HLMainPic] Signaller with an Army Brigade, Field Artillery, through Messines, Passchendaele, Retreat & Final Advance. Readable & well-illustrated. Orig. black cloth, blocked in orange, VG   £20
WADE (A.) The War of the Guns: Western Front 1917 & 1918. With an Intro. by Edmund Blunden. 1st Ed., xvii+142pp., col. frontis. & 121 b/w plates. VG in chipped dw. Batsford. 1936  #57550
[HLMainPic] Signaller with an Army Brigade, Field Artillery, through Messines, Passchendaele, Retreat & Final Advance. Readable & well-illustrated with many fine photos. Orig. black cloth, blocked in orange, VG in sl. chipped but attractive dw. See illustration on our website.   £35

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