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Umbeyla   5 Books
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History of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) 1858-1928. 1st Ed., xx+518pp., 4to, 46 plates, 5 fldg. maps in end-pocket, 17 bound-in (most fldg.). Printed for Private Circulation Only by Gale & Polden. nd (c.1929)  #62199
[HLMainPic] Subscribed edition of just 200 copies, this copy number 31. A superb & substantial history, lavish in detail, covering Umbeyla, 2nd Afghan War, Black Mountain Expedition, Hunza affair, Gallipoli & Mespot in WW1 & 3rd Afghan War 1919. Appendices include casualties & var. rolls & details of officers' services. "a superb unit history..." - Perkins 502. Orig. green & black cloth, gilt, little rubbed & worn, little staining to sides, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £275
BROWNLOW (Field Marshal Sir Charles H., GCB) Stray Notes on Military Training & Khaki Warfare. 1st Ed., 203pp., 9 plates (including portraits of the author & others). Printed by Women's Printing Society Ltd. (probably for the author). [1913].  #60334
[HLMainPic] A collation of the distinguished North-West Frontier commander's (founder of Brownlow's Punjabis in 1857) papers, letters & thoughts: all but six of the 40 chapters relate to NWF warfare & Afghanistan, notably the author's recollections of Umbeylah, 1863 (8pp.), extracts from Despatches from that campaign (18pp.) & material on many others inc. the NWF in 1895, 1897 & 1908, the Afghan War 1878, &c. Also opinions on military training, Indian policy & military affairs, &c. Some had been published in various journals & The Times newspaper, but some new material, including unpublished letters to The Times, is included. Orig. dec. red cloth, gilt, some wear, generally VG, with small label pasted to front board stating Not For Publication. See illustration on our website.   £145
INNES (Lt.-Gen. J.J. McLeod, RE, VC) The Life & Times of General Sir James Browne, RE, KCB, KCSI ("Buster Browne"). 1st Ed., xii+371pp., portrait frontis., 28 plates, fldg. map. Murray. 1905  #61975
[HLMainPic] Military engineer in India from 1859; numerous wars & campaigns inc. NWF 1860-63; Umbeyla; Afghan War 1878; Egypt 1882-87; Black Mountain & Zhob Valley (as QMG) &c. Interesting & uncommon. Orig. red cloth, gilt & black, neatly recased, VG thus. See illustration on our website.   £35
LABAND (John) Kingdom in Crisis: The Zulu Response to the British Invasion of 1879. 1st Ed., xi+272pp., 4 maps. VG in dw. Manchester Univ. Press. 1992.  #59615
[HLMainPic] Scholarly account: the Zulu perspective on the war & how they failed. VG in dw & scarce original hardback edition. See illustration on our website.   £25
MCCANCE (Capt. S.) History of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Vol. I: 1652-1860. 1st Ed., [xvi]+254pp., 4to, 5 col. plates, 31 b/w illus., 20 fldg. maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1927  #47985
[HLMainPic] Superb history. Raised as the Bengal Europeans, the regt. saw extensive service in India inc. Bhurtpore, Afghan & Sikh Wars, all of which are covered in good detail, also Burma 1852 & Indian Mutiny. Excellent orig. blue cloth, gilt, bevelled boards, near fine & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145

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