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March Retreat   17 Books
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332 Siege Battery R.G.A. An Account of its Adventures in the Great War, 1917-18. Compiled from Notes & Recollections of Officers of the Battery. 1st Ed., ix+134pp., 22 photos., 5 fldg. maps. Windsor: Oxley & Son, Printers. nd  #59946
[HLMainPic] 6-In. How. Battery formed Jan. 1917: F&F from May starting in Ploegsteert Sector then 3rd Ypres, down to Bertrancourt for March Retreat & Final Advance from Mericourt to Bois l'Evecque. Detailed history. Roll of officers & WOs (with brief services), Roll of Hon. Orig. dec. blue cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
[REID (Capt. C.H., MC)] War Diary of First Machine Gun Squadron 1916-1919. 1st Ed., 67pp., portrait frontis, 2 plates (named officers groups), 5 sketch maps. Straker Bros. Ltd., The Bishopsgate Press. 1922  #59832
[HLMainPic] Very rare history of the cavalry MG Squadron formed in the field in Feb. 1916 & served throughout the war on the western Front with 1st Cav. Bde. in 1st Cav. Div. inc. Battle of the Somme 1916, Cambrai 1917, March Offensive 1918 &c. Valuable detailed account with roll of officers. Orig. blue cloth, gilt tile to front with inset Squadron badge, gilt in a white oval. VG. See illustration on our website.   £275
AQUILA [Pseud. of DELIUS (Capt. J.D.)] With the Cavalry in the West. 1st Ed., 246pp., 8 plates by F.W. Reed, 2 maps. John Lane/Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1922  #59644
[HLMainPic] Unusual, & thus valuable, anonymous first-hand account by a junior officer: wartime Sandhurst course, then with a regiment of 2nd Cav. Div. (4th Hussars, 5th Cavd. Bde.) in France & Flanders from Oct. 1915-armistice inc. battles of Somme, Arras, Cambrai, March Retreat, Amiens & Final Advance. He records disappointments as, time after time, his regiment was held in readiness for a breakthrough but denied the opportunity to act; in between it was employed on working parties, dismounted infantry in trench warfare &c. The author was a troop commander & then adjt. during most of 1918. Orig. orange cloth, blindstamped & title in black, VG & scarce. The author was the younger brother of the famous composer Frederick Delius. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
HUTCHISON (Lt.-Col. G.S., DSO, MC) Footslogger: An Autobiography. 4th Imp., 399pp., portrait frontis., 23 plates. Hutchinson. 1933  #59874
[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. Author was, among other accomplishments, a war artist (his history of the 33rd Bn. MGC includes num. col. plates & b/w sketches by him, as do other works). This copy bears a rather nice ink self-portrait sketch, in wartime garb, to ffep, alongside ink inscrip. "Graham Seton Hutchison Dec. 1934." Orig. blue cloth, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
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

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