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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   675 Books
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Cross & Cockade (Great Britain). The Society of World War I Aero Historians Journal. Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1970-Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2004: a run of 140 issues from the first number onwards, approx. 7000pp. in all, A4 format with num. col. & b/w photos. & other illustraions. The Society. Contemp.  #55986
[HLMainPic] A very fine thirty-four year run from 1970-2004, 17 volumes uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to sps., retaining orig. card wraps. These are excellent, high quality magazines containing an immense range of original material, much of it contributed by, or garnered from, the diaries & recollections of both British & German veteran flyers in their later years & consequently containing much unrepeatable & in-depth source material & research based on interviews, letters & diaries, plus many excellent photos. & other illustrations. Rare & nicely presented set. See illustration on our website.   £850
The Tenedos Times: A Monthly Journal of the Mediterranean Destroyer Flotilla during the early part of the War. Originally Printed on Board H.M.S. Blenheim. 1st Ed. in volume form, 144pp., 4to, 17 tipped-in col. illus., also b/w plates & sketches. A&U. 1917  #60695
[HLMainPic] Vol. I-VII of the humorous journal originally printed on board HMS "Blenheim." Many amusing poetical & prose pieces, plus fine sketches & cartoons relating to early events of the war at sea, including in some appealing tipped-in colour artwork & many amusing sketches. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £35
Gallipoli Memories: A Plain Diary By A Plain Soldier. With an Introduction by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Barry-Doyle, CF. 1st Ed., 86pp., photo. frontis. (A Corner of Main Street, Chanak), orig. printed wraps., small format (156x114mm). Published by S. Dirmikis & Sons, English Booksellers, Constantinople. nd (c.1920)  #60710
[HLMainPic] A most curious item, stated to have been Printed in Germany, but certainly not a work of propaganda as the Author's Preface records that it contains "the impressions of one who occupied a very humble position in the ranks of a battalion that formed part of 'the incomparable 29th Division.'... if they serve to keep alive in the minds of some memories of what the British Expeditionary Force did in circumstances of unparalleled difficulty they will satisfy." In the text the author reveals that he belonged to the 1st Bn. Border Regiment, was warned for service in the Dardanelles with that unit in May 1915, joined it towards the end of that month & remained on the Peninsula for three months until evacuated to Gibraltar due to sickness. Contains much interesting detail on trench life & the battle for Boomerang Redoubt on 28th July. No copies on JISC/Library Hub (formerly COPAC) & just as a double check, not in BL catalogue. Appears not to be recorded in any of the usual bibliographies & online search gives no results. A truly lost book. Orig. printed wraps., somewhat chipped, marked & worn, generally VG & evidently a great rarity. See illustrations on our website.   £325
9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
Imperial War Museum, Department of Sound Records: Oral History Recordings, Gallipoli. [ii]+229pp., A4 format, spiral bound with laminated card covers. IWM. 1994  #60900
[HLMainPic] Detailed notes of the contents of around 100 recordings of Gallipoli campaign experiences. Much of interest in & of itself, & a fine guide to these IWM holdings. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Battle of Le Cateau 26th August, 1914. Tour of the Battlefield. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wrappers with map pocket, 36pp., 2 fldg. maps & 10 'panorama sketches.' HMSO (By Command of the Army Council). 1934  #60971
[HLMainPic] Detailed & useful work published for instruction of officers, including notes on 1914 era modes of defence, battlefield tour, principal lessons of the battle, order of battle. Orig. printed card wraps. with fldg. map of Battle of Le Cateau & The Eve of Le Cateau, together ten panorama sketches, contained in end-pocket. Minor wear, VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
Ypres 1914: An Official Account Published by Order of the German General Staff. Translated by G.C.W[ynne]. 1st Eng. Ed., xxiv+136pp., 7 sketch maps. Constable. 1919  #61010
[HLMainPic] Translation of the German official account of 1st Ypres. Intro. & notes by the Historical Section (Military Branch), Committee of Imperial Defence. Orig. blue cloth, little marked, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
The Campaign in France 1914. Organisation of Formations And Orders of Battle of B.E.F., French and German Armies. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. A. Bradford, Printer, Camberley. nd (contemp.).  #61042
[HLMainPic] This slim but useful & undoubtedly rare booklet contains notes on the organisation of British, French & German formations pertaining in August 1914, plus Orders of Battle of Allied & German Armies at that time. Excellent concise reference showing numbers of divisions employed, &c. Orig. printed wraps., little wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Australia at The Dardanelles 25th April 1915. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 32pp., 4 photos., double-page artist's 'birdseye' view of Gallipoli, 2 maps. Sydney: W.A. Gullick, Govt. Printer. 1915  #61049
[HLMainPic] The first cabled reports of the Gallipoli landings sent by Ashmead Bartlett & C.E.W. Bean, published for use in schools in New South Wales. Attractive orig. wraps., minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65

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