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Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918   28 Books
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Military Situation on the Western Front, aka: A Review of the Military Situation on the Western Front [and] Review of the Military Situation [and] General Military Situation [and] Review of the General Military Situation. "By A Military Onlooker." Twenty-one consecutive weekly issues from 24th June to 11th November 1918, mostly c.12pp. in orig. printed wraps. Simla: Govt. Monotype Press. Contemp.  #53415
[HLMainPic] A series of concise but informative & interesting official reports emanating from Indian Army GHQ, all printed in small numbers, mostly 100 copies, but just 50 copies of several, although 900 of three issues, which were circulated by the Central Publicity Board to inform readers of the progress of operations on all Fronts, together with a summary of the general military situation. During this period the news of Allied advances was generally positive, the arrival of the Americans is heralded & air superiority frequently cited. Contents describing operations are accurate as far as can be ascertained (no doubt based on official communiqués), & include comments on the Germans, e.g., (12th Aug. 1918): "The Germans no longer enjoy numerical superiority, & seem to have lost that high morale without which no great victories are possible. Still, although reliable evidence shows that German discipline is suffering, & the events of the last month indicate decided deterioration in the qualities of the German troops, the fighting value of the German Army must still be considered to be high, & we must expect no easy victories, at any rate in the immediate future." And on 2nd September: "We have as yet had no official intimation of the entry into line of the German 1920 class (18 year old boys), though we know that their training was to be completed by September, or October, at latest. The 1919 class has been exhausted for some time, & the German ranks are now being filled by returned wounded..." Interesting contemp. intelligence. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Journal of a Voyage to the Russian Front Made by Some Allied Generals, on the Occasion of the 1917 Offensive: A Staff Officer's Diary of General Sir Charles Barter's most important mission to assess the Eastern Front in the afetrmath of the Russian Revolution. 71pp., foolscap, dup. typescript, rectos only, approx. 26,000 words, one small snapshot photo. (Gen. Barter & Russian soldiery). Very attractive near contemp. qtr. morocco, gilt to sp., red cloth boards.  #39346
[HLMainPic] Diary of a tour of the Eastern front between June 23rd-July 28th 1917 kept by the Russian speaking staff officer to General Sir Charles Barter, British Military Representative to the HQ of the Russian Armies in the Field. (The diarist reveals in the text that he had previously served at Gallipoli & in France with a tunnelling company, & was evidently a Royal Engineer - it would be possible to identify him, especially as Gen. Barter's reports & correspondence on this Mission exist in the National Archive.) During the tour the diarist was present with Gen. Barter at highest level military & diplomatic meetings with Russian & Roumanian officials. Among Barter's conclusions was that - as he informed the Russian C-in-C, Gen. Alekseev, continuation of Allied support was dependant on the restoration of firm discipline in the Russiain Army. Fascinating document.   £750
Labour Corps Christmas Card, France 1917-1918. Customary attractive fldg. card with col. illustration within. Traces of paste on rear where removed from album, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.  #46381
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St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., E.C., Fourth Memorial Service For Those members of The House of Cook, Son & Co. Who Have Laid Down Their Lives for Their Country. Friday, 15th November, 1918. Memorial service programme inc. roll of 148 employees who had fallen up to 4th Nov. 1918. Attractive survival. See illustration on our website.  #51833
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The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. July [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 27pp., 4 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, July 1919].  #53289
[HLMainPic] The first of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £45
Fragments. Edited by Bruce Bairnsfather. Vol. II, Nos. 25 (first in this volume)-33, 35-38, 40, 43-45, 47 & 50, Jan. 3rd 1920-June 26th 1920. Nineteen issues of Vol. II (a broken run), each 32pp., num. cartoons. Messrs. Baines & Co. Contemp.  #36901
Hoping to continue to profit from Bairnsfather's seemingly unstoppable popularity the proprietors of the Bystander created for him his own humourous weekly magazine & gave him a five year contract as Editor. Although other writers & artists, including some famous names, also contributed, Bairnsfather himself provided a major contribution to each issue, including the front cover of nearly every number to appear: "It was deliberately aimed at a down-market ex-Serviceman's readership... a curious mixture of Bairnsfather schoolboy humour, social comment, chit-chat & gossip, with some excellent contributions from top-class writers & artists. The brunt of the copy was obviously to be borne by Bruce. He did the cover, a major full page cartoon each week, a letter page, the illustrations for several of the regular features, full page articles on a variety of topics..." etc. (Holt, T. & V., 'In Search of a Better 'Ole.'). The magazine lasted for around three years & at its peak circulation reached around 700,000. Surviving copies are remarkable elusive for that, perhaps due to the inferior rag paper on which it was printed.   £85
Women's War Work In Maintaining the Industries & Export Trade of the United Kingdom. Issued by the War Office, September 1916. 1st Ed., orig. grey printed wraps., 94pp., 4to, inc. 72 finely reproduced photos. on 36 plates. Printed under the Authority of HMSO by the Chiwick Press. 1916.  #53401
[HLMainPic] Very rare, attractive & well-produced record of women's work in industry & agriculture in WW1. A note at the foot of the title page states: "Information officially compiled for the use of Recruiting Officers, Military Representatives & Tribunals." Includes Preface & Introductory Note by the Adjutant-General to the Forces, notes on Trades & Processes in which Women are successfully employed in temporary [sic] replacement of Men (includes Index of Trades, Detailed List of Processes & matter relating to Munitions Work), a superb selection of finely reproduced photos. of women employed in various industries, & finally lists of various offices of HM Inspectors of Factories, Labour Exchanges, Board of Trade Women Agricultural Organizing Offficers & Hon. Sec's. for Women's County Committees of Agriculture. 25,000 copies were printed but this appears to be a very rare surviving example. VG state throughout. See illustrations on our website.   £225
The Tank. Published by The Arista Society of the British War Mission: Vol. I, No. 1, 17 Dec. 1917-Vol. I, No. 13, January 1919. 1st Ed., each issue 40pp., some 415pp. in all, approx. 100 photos. New York. Contemp.  #56465
[HLMainPic] The Arista Society was a 'fraternal rather than social' association formed by & for members of the staff of the Inspection Department of the British War Mission in America in 1917; it originally had about 100 members until membership was opened to members of other Departments of the Mission. Circulation of The Tank reached around 1400 copies (but surviving copies seem remarkably rare for that). The magazine contained features of current interest, individual war experiences of members, much matter relating to the work of the British War Mission in the USA, portraits & profiles of officers/officials, war news & photos., appointments, honours etc. in the Mission, several articles on women's war work including a "Special Interview" with Mrs Pankhurst; another "Special Interview" with Bruce Bairnsfather (whn on visit to the USA), & much more. All thirteen isssues bound together in brown cloth, retaining attractive orig. col. wraps. (several designs), ownership inscrips. of Major S.F. Montague (of the Inspection Dept., whose portrait &c. appear within). Possibly all published. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £145
General Military Situation in Europe. Central Publicity Board. 15th July 1918. 4pp., orig. printed wraps. Simla: Govt. Monotype Press. Contemp.  #53417
[HLMainPic] Concise official report emanating from Indian Army GHQ, just 250 copies printed. Includes comments on the political situation in Germany (removal of Von Kuehlmann - aided by his "amorous indiscretions in Bhukharest" - & his replacement by Von Hintze ("energetic, unscrupulous, unpleasant, & with morals even worse than those of so many of his class. He has far less ability than Von Kuehlmann, but is a master of intrigue & will probably work hand in glove with the military party."). A renewed German offensive is predicted. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £20
The Whizz-Bang: A Monthly From the Front, Written & Edited in the Trenches. Vol. I, No. 3, March 1916. Orig. paper wraps., 14pp., portrait (RSM Perry DCM), several sketches, caricatures & cartoons. Darlington. Contemp.  #54282
[HLMainPic] Rare 'trench journal' of the 6th DLI (TF) produced while serving with 50th Div. on the Western Front, but printed at Darlington by The North of England Newspaper Co. Little worn, generally sound. See illustration on our website.   £45

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