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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   801 Books
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A German Deserter's War Experience. 1st UK Ed., translated by J. Koettgen. 254pp. Grant Richards. 1917  #63251
[HLMainPic] The author, it is stated, 'escaped from Germany after fourteen months of fighting in France... [a] vivid description of the life of a common German soldier in the present war' - Preface. Orig. black cloth, minor wear, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
Henry Dundas, Scots Guards: A Memoir. 1st Ed., xv+253pp., portrait frontis. Blackwood. 1921  #55677
[HLMainPic] Henry Lancaster Nevill Dundas was born in 1897 at Edinburgh, Ed. Eton & commissioned in the Scots Guards in Sept. 1915. He joined the 1st Bn. in France in June 1916, serving with them up until his death (apart from some time attached to Brigade Staff) and was awarded the MC and Bar. Dundas was KiA on 27th September 1918 during the attack on the Hindenburg Line (his Commanding Officer wrote "Death was practically instantaneous, and he could have suffered no pain. He was shot by a sniper, the bullet going through his heart") and is buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, between Bapaume and Cambrai. He was twenty-one years old. Memoir consisting mostly of his interesting letters 1916-18, describing aspects of trench warfare such as raids and patrols and presenting an authentic veteran's view of the Western Front including the Somme and Passchendaele. Also various letters of condolence, including one from J.M. Barrie. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125
From Dug-out & Billet: An Officer's Letters to His Mother. 1st Ed., [iii]+190pp. Hurst & Blackett. 1916  #59928
[HLMainPic] Anonymous letters (signed "Chota") supposedly of a regular major, product of Wellington & Sandhurst, whose death is reported in a WO telegram, there also being condolence letters from his colonel & servant, but quite possibly a work of fiction. Atmosppheric of the period & rather scarce. Orig. grey cloth, gilt, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Friends of France. The Field Service of the American Ambulance Described by its Members. 1st Ed., xix+298pp. frontis., approx. 30 photos. Smith, Elder & Co. 1916  #59903
[HLMainPic] The organisation & work of the Ambulance in France & Flanders 1914-15, together with portaits & service details of various members of the unit. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. VG in dw. Pearson. nd (c.1938).  #59714
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £45
India's Services in the War. Volume I: General [bound with:] Volume II: Indian States. Facsimile reprint of 1922 1st Ed., vi+190+ixpp. & [v]+256+vipp., 136 photos. VG in somewhat worn dw. Delhi: BR Pubg. Corp. 1985  #59523
[HLMainPic] Reprint of contemp. histories with much on the employment of the IA overseas, various statistics, the services of numerous Indian princes & chiefs, the contribution of various states to the war effort (supply of men, materiel, &c.). Much of interest. See illustration on our website.   £35
The B.E.F. Times: A Facsimile Reprint of the Trench Magazine. 1st Ed. thus, liv+ approx. [100]pp. VG in dw. Herbert Jenkins. 1918  #59522
[HLMainPic] First reproductions of The BEF Times (successor to The Wipers Times &c.) in volume form. VG, orig. printed paper covd. boards in worn & neatly repaired but attractive & very scarce dw with appealing Western Front scene featuring the offices of the BEF Times under shellfire. See illustrations on our website.   £125
R. Cecil Hopkinson, Lieutenant, R.E. Memoir & Letters. 1st Ed., [vii]+152pp., portrait frontis., 33 photos., 2 sketches (divisional signal coy. organisation). Cambridge: Printed at the University Press. 1918  #63192
[HLMainPic] Rudolf Cecil Hopkinson was born at Wimbledon in 1891; became an enthusiastic & successful competition skier, also taking an interest in sailing & natural history. He was Ed. at St Paul's School & Trinity College, Cambridge, & on graduation in 1913 joined Sir Charles Parsons' Engineering Works at Newcastle as an apprentice. In August 1914 he applied for a commission in the Royal Engineers & became Signals Officer of the 35th Brigade, 12th Division: to France in May 1915 & wounded in the head by shrapnel on 24th November. He initially walked down the line but as paralysis set in & loss of blood weakened him his men carried him. He was transferred to Leicester War Hospital where he spent four months, then to his mother's home in Cambridge, where "his life ended after ten months of fluctuating hopes" on 9th Feb. 1917. Lieutenant Hopkinson, who was twice Mentioned in Despatches for work in France, is buried in St Giles and St Peter Church, Cambridge. Contains lengthy memoirs by his mother & others, followed by his letters from the Front, firstly in & around 'Plugstreet' then in the Loos sector, including interesting detail on his work as a signalling officer laying telephone cables etc. During this time he was also experimenting with wireless telegraphy & his brother sent out various items such as telephone transformers purchased from GEC at his request. Orig. grey paper ccvd. boards with title to front, small stain to leading edge, neatly rebacked (in the style of the original cloth backed binding) with dilt tile to sp. VG thus & rare with ink presentation inscrip. "To Dr. E. Barnes - Cecil's great Teacher - from Evelyn Hopkinson in abiding remembrance and gratitude. Cambridge. June 1918." See illustration on our website.   £225
Kenneth Gordon Garnett MC, RFA, 30 July 1892-22 August 1917. 1st Ed., 62pp., portrait frontis., 11 plates. Privately printed at the Chiswick Press. 1917  #63213
[HLMainPic] A memoir by his Mother with selections from his letters from the Front followed by customary extracts from obituaries & letters of condolence. Garnett was born in 1892, Ed. at St. Paul's School & Trinity College Cambridge (rowed in the triumphant boat in the 1914 boat race). He was commissioned in the Royal Field Artillery in Jan. 1915 & proceeded to France the following month, only to be accidentally wounded in March. He returned to the Front in Oct. 1915 & spent the winter in the Ypres Salient then, on 24th August 1916, during a bombardment of Delville Wood, he was shot in the neck & paralysed. He was convalescent in England for a year before his death from a relapse of his spinal wound & is buried in Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery. Orig. brown paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip, titled in black to front & spine, VG. See illustration on our website..   £165
Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War. 1st Ed., xxiv+408pp., folio, col. & b/w plates throughout, sketches &c. Bell. 1920  #60043
[HLMainPic] A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £225

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