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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   730 Books
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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  #58512
[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, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
"Two Eleven" Being the History of 211 Siege Battery on the Western Front. Compiled & privately printed for those who served in it. 1st Ed., 86pp., 31 photos. Portsmouth: W.H. Barrell Ltd. 1925  #59292
[HLMainPic] One of the best Siege Battery histories: excellent account of this battery formed in July 1916 & served in France & Flanders until the armistice (inc. battles of the Ancre, Arras, 3rd Ypres, 1918 retreat & advance), then on to Cologne. Well illustrated inc. several named group photos. of battery. Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £145

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A Guide to the American Battle Fields in Europe. Prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission. 1st Ed., vi+282pp., col. plates of insignia, photos. throughout, 3 lge. fldg. maps in endpocket, several other fldg. maps & many sketch maps in text. Washington: US Govt. Printing Office. 1927  #58240
[HLMainPic] A very fine & fully illustrated guide to the various American operation in France in 1918, ie. the Aisne-Marne region, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne &c., also an account of the American cemeteries & Memorials in Europe, col. plates of divisional insignia & other interesting information. Orig. dark red cloth, gilt, little rubbed & wotn, easily VG   £65
Field Notes on the Belgian, French & German Armies. Prepared by the General Staff, War Office. 1914. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 68pp. Printed by Harrison & Sons for the War Office. August 1914  #51762
[HLMainPic] Guide to the organisation of formations, war establishments, uniforms, notes on marches, outposts & billets, &c. Very nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #51759
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
London District Orders August 1914-March 1920 [For Official Use Only]. A complete run for the Great War from 4th August 1914 to 31st March 1920 (with the exception of Sept. 1915 & July-Dec. 1918, which are missing): 25 bound volumes, 4to, approximately 7,500pp. in all, + separate bound, typed Index for the period Aug. 1914-Dec. 1915.  #58370
[HLMainPic] A very rare run of the official organ of the London District [Command] in which appeared all changes in rules & regulations pertaining to matters within the District; also all movements & postings of officers in the District (including courses of instruction attended, &c.); changes in establishment, &c. The Orders also reproduce all the London Gazette notices re appointments & promotions in London regiments (TF) & other regiments based within the District (i.e., all regiments of the Brigade of Guards & supporting gunners, medical officers, engineers &c.). Citations for all awards with a District connection also reproduced. Examples of the multifarious subject matter include Waste Tea leaves (collection of, wet or dray & payment for same); Courts Martial; Railway Passes; List of names of officers taken on strength of the District; Courses of Instruction & Training in Machine Guns; Anti-Gas; Medical Boards; Canteens &c. Printed by Harrison & Sons (400 copies in 1914 rising to 900) & published three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Each numbered & dated & varying in length from one or two pages to around 20pp. Contemp. red, black, or maroon cloth, gilt, generally VG & a magnificent source on the London Regiment &c. See illustrations on our website.   £600
The German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25

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The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Alec Rowan Herron. Born July 30th, 1893. Educated at Braeside School, West Kirby, 1902-1905; Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, 1905-1911; New College Oxford, 1911-1914. 2nd Lieutenant, King's Royal Rifle Corps, August 15th, 1914, Killed in Action at Givenchy, March 10th, 1915. 1st Ed., 79pp., portrait frontis. Liverpool: Henry Young & Sons., For Private Circulation. 1915  #58508
[HLMainPic] Herron, a member of the OTC at New College, applied for a commission immediately war was declared, was gazetted to the Special Reserve of the KRRC & by the end of the month was with their 6th (SR) Bn. at the Isle of Sheppey; he joined the 1st Bn. at the end of November ("Off to the front at last!") & was KiA leading a charge against the German trenches at Givenchy three-&-a-half months later. The book consists entirely of his letters written between Aug. 1914-March 9th 1915, followed by letters of condolence from officers in his bn., &c. His letters catch vividly the mood of the times - patriotic & optimistic in spite of the news of reverses in France & of the deaths of friends - & also provide good descriptions of the routine of trench life in this early period & the constant threat from snipers. When his sgt. was killed he wrote: "The bullet was meant for me, as he had just shown me a loophole from which the whole of their line could be seen, & I took a good look through, & unfortunately he just glanced through it after me & was hit." A very moving & evocative memorial, also one of the earliest published. Orig. grey paper covd. boards, wheat cloth backstrip, gilt to front & spine, VG. See illustration on our website.   £165
A Memoir of Tom Edgar Grantley Norton, Second Lieutenant, 1st Batt. East Surrey Regiment, Who fell mortally wounded on Hill 60 near Ypres, Tuesday, April 20th, 1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates, sketch map. Privately printed, nd (c.1916).  #58150
[HLMainPic] TEGN was a trainee architect, ed. at Uppingham & Magdalen College, Oxford. He was commissioned in 1914 & went to France in Jan. 1915. Includes extracts from letters during his brief front line service, also details of the action in which he lost his life, together with a sketch map of the trenches at Hill 60, contributed by a brother officer. These are followed by several obituaries & a selection of his articles on architecture & other matters written for various journals. Plates include the memorial to him erected in Eglwysbach Church, Denbighshire: "...killed near Ypres... while gallantly holding the crest of Hill 60 against the Germans and was buried on the field of battle." He lies in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225

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