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1 Asquith, Herbert. MOMENTS OF MEMORY: RECOLLECTIONS AND IMPRESSIONS.
London Hutchinson 1937 Second Impression. Hard Cover Very Good - 
382 pp, 9 1/2" H. Green cloth with gilt lettering on spine. B&w illustrations. The author's memories of his father, Herbert H. Asquith, Liberal Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1908-1916. Contents: Cricket at Keats Grove; Early Friends; Grasmere and London; The Journey to Scotland; Fact and Fancy; A New Outlook; Winchester; Some Oxford Characters; A Generous Settlement; Asquith and Balfour; Force and Ferment; A Poet in Revolt; The Outbreak of War; Flanders in 1915; Men and Problems; The Somme and Whitehall; Arras and Passchendaele; The Battle in the Mist; Lord Oxford in Later Years; Index. Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small bump at three corners, tiny dent on fore-edge of front board. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
ARMISTICE 1918., Barclay, C.N., Brigadier.
2 Barclay, C.N., Brigadier. ARMISTICE 1918.
A.S. Barnes, New York, (1969). 
155 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, maps. "After more than four years of the most fearful war in the world's history, the end came almost unexpectedly, with dramatic suddenness. At five o'clock on the morning of November 11, 1918, Marshal Foch and Admiral Wemyss, representing the Allies, concluded an armistice with German civil and military representatives. There had been a general expectation that the war would last well into 1919. The author...examines the various factors that led to the earlier conclusion of the war. He analyzes conditions in the summer of 1918 following Ludendorff's massive offensive in March...also probes the plans of the Central Powers, the Allies, and the American Expeditionary Forces, emphasizing the range of disagreements on the methods by which German could be defeated. He then goes on to consider the first and second phases of the Allied offensives of August 1918, which at last cracked German resistance. Finally the Armistice itself is studied in detail. The penultimate chapter, which comments on military operations, includes the bizarre account of the Kaiser's unheralded arrival in Holland..." Tiny marks and faint ghost marks on endpapers from old tape (removed), thin ink line smudge on page 117, a few pages with soft or full corner creases, slight bubbling to front pastedown. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, some faint writing indentations on front panel, two small closed tears. VG-/VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I., Barker, Ralph.
3 Barker, Ralph. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS IN WORLD WAR I.
Robinson, London, (2002), reprint. 
507 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), soft cover. B&w photos. ISBN 1841194700 "...the compelling story of the vital role played by the pioneer pilots and observers of the Royal Flying Corps who served their apprenticeships in the unforgiving skies of Wor ld War I. The RFC took part in all the major battles from Mons to the Somme, from Bloody April 1917, when the airmen suffered enormous casualties, through Third Ypres and Passchendaele, up to the chaotic retreat from Ludendorff's offensive and o n t o the threshold of victory. Drawing from letters and diaries of the men who took part, Ralph Barker successfully recreates an overview of the battlegrounds from the menacing skies above France and brings fresh off the pages the exhilaration of a e ri al combat in the little open-cockpit biplanes. Risking their lives for their country, suffering the strain of low-level flying, the debility of the 'shakes', and the ever-present fear that they would not return from a mission, these brave y oun g men nevertheless enjoyed comradeship and a true sense of bonding, between pilots and ground mechanics, observers and gunners." Interior - place, date and initials in ink on title page; a few pages with tiny bump/creaseat bottom corner; other wise c lean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, fainr crease on spine, small corner crease on rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND:  THE STORY OF A NAVAL PILOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1916-1918., Bartlett, C.P.O., Squadron Leader.  Edited by his son, Nick Bartlett.
4 Bartlett, C.P.O., Squadron Leader. Edited by his son, Nick Bartlett. IN THE TEETH OF THE WIND: THE STORY OF A NAVAL PILOT ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1916-1918.
Leo Cooper, London, 1994, revised edition. 
159 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0850523184 B&w photographs, diagram, map. "Philip Bartlett's account is a unique and fascinating record of a pilot's life in the dawn of aerial warfare and, as a history, of the first use of the bomber in war, strangely, by the Navy's aircraft. Flying by day and night alone, without navigational aids, the author moves from attacks on the U-boat bases to bombing the German Gothas as they prepared to raid London, and then to the s upport of Haig's drive to the coast which ended in the mud of Passchendaele. The climax in March, 1918, is reached when the author's squadron finds itself directly in the path of Ludendorff's massive thrust, which broke the British Vth Ar m y a n d n e a rly decided the War. Attacked by Richthofen's aces, No 5 Squadron RNAS flew continuous desperate missions against the advancing troops from aerodromes which were over-run time after time. At a time when the life of a pilot was re ck on e d in w e ek s, t he author flew 101 missions, enduring the rigours of flying without heat or oxygen, with hesitant engines, no parachutes and the attention of German fighters. Yet there is continual evidence of the pure joy of flying and won der a t the sh ee r b eau ty of the sky." Light browning to top edge of textblock, slight waviness to top/bottom edges of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top edge. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Corrigan, Gordon. MUD, BLOOD AND POPPYCOCK: BRITAIN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
London Cassell 2003 0304359556 / 9780304359554 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
431 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w maps, photographs, diagrams. "The First World War was a unique experience for the United Kingdom: the only time Britain fielded a mass army that opposed the main enemy in the primary theatre of war. One consequence of this 'continental commitment' was that Britain suffered many more casualties in 1914-18 than in the Second World War, a factor that has coloured post-1945 attitudes to 'the Great War'. Yet, as Gordon Corrigan reveals, the First World War was neither unnecessary nor badly conducted - two claims made with such frequency in the 1960s that they became the new orthodoxy. The British Army did make mistakes during the First World War, but most were honest errors made by men as well trained and as well prepared as they could be, given the unprecedented expansion of the pre-1914 army into a force of over three million men and women. (He has) come to the conclusion that Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, far from being the 'butcher and bungler' of popular belief, was the man who took a tiny British army and expanded it, trained it and prepared it, until it was the only Allied army capable of defeating the Germans militarily in 1918." Very slight cigarette odor, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME., Gardner, Brian.
6 Gardner, Brian. THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME.
Cassell, London, 1961, first edition. 
177 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps. "At half past seven on the morning of the first of July 1916, along a front extending for eighteen miles in the valley of the Somme, an intensive bombardment which had conti nued since dawn lifted, and fourteen divisions of British troops stumbled out of their trenches to attack the enemy. This was the climax of Sir Douglas Haig's carefully conceived plan to break the interminable deadlock of trench warfare on th e W e s t ern Front, and score a resounding and dramatic victory over the German forces. Haig's design foundered within a few hours among the defences of Fricourt, La Boisells, and Thiepval, at the appalling cost of twenty thousand British soldier s k il le d an d thirty-five thousand wounded. - But the official dates for The Battle of the Somme are from 1st July to 18th, November 1916. The 'Big Push' went on, the preliminary bombardments, the attacks, the horrifying slaughter - every single c as ual ty be ing measured in terms of individual pain, misery, and sacrifice. Belief in the High Command that prolonged shelling must reduce an entrenched enemy to inertia and impotence, easy prey for advancing infantry, died hard. It persiste d t hro ugho ut the aut umn and into the following year, when the same ghastly pattern was repeated at Passchendaele. It was not fully discredited till the full potential of armoured vehicles was realized and military concepts, bred in minor theat res of w ar be for e th e tur n of the century, were rejected. - (This book) provides a critical, and immensely readable analysis of the policy, planning, and action of the British and French armies at the Battle of the Somme, a battle in which the cas ualti es of the Briti sh arm y alone exceeded those suffered by it during the whole of the Second World War. An important historical account of a great military blunder, it is also a vivid portrait of the tragedy, the unspeakable horror, and t he co urage, which are commo n to an y war at any time, but which were peculiarly intensified in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1918." Book is lightly cocked, has light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light wrinkling at top/bo ttom o f spine , light brow ning on edges o f text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has moderate edge wear, tiny chips/tears at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light soiling at top/bottom edges, two scuffs on rear panel, old tape on inside of top/ bottom o f spin e. Very Good-/Go od+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE KAISER: A LIFE OF WILHELM II, LAST EMPEROR OF GERMANY., Kurenberg, Joachim von.  Translated by H.T. Russell and Herta Hagen.
7 Kurenberg, Joachim von. Translated by H.T. Russell and Herta Hagen. THE KAISER: A LIFE OF WILHELM II, LAST EMPEROR OF GERMANY.
Cassell, London, 1954, first British edition. 
370 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "(The author) first met Kaiser Wilhelm when serving as a Guards officer in Potsdam. His associations at this time and his subsequent life in the German Embassies at Constantinople, Rome and Vienna, provided him with experience of Court circles which enables him to reproduce, in all essentials, the atmosphere of the pre-1914 period of the Kaiser's life. Appointed as biographer by the Kaiser at Doorn, he was able to consult his subject frequently, and the results of these numerous interviews are incorporated in the text of the work, so that the Kaiser's point of view is given in juxtaposition to the judgement of others. To assist the reader further in passing judg e m e n t o n the man, the opinions of the Kaiser's colleagues, his friends, relatives and enemies, are also interwoven. This life is primarily a personal biography, the intention being to provide a full portrait of the man rather than a study of hi s ti me s. T he author had full access to the State Archives in Berlin and Potsdam, and his work is fully documented." Minor edge wear, slight bump at bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, a few small edge t ear s - o ne wit h cr ease, light rubbing/soiling - mostly on rear panel, a few tiny scuffs, one or two foxing marks on flaps. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
8 McWilliams, James & Steel, R. James. AMIENS: DAWN OF VICTORY.
Toronto Dundurn 2001 155002342X / 9781550023428 Soft Cover Very Good 
317 pp, 8 7/8" H. B&w photographs, maps. "It was the decisive battle of World War I. German commander Erich Ludendorff called it 'the black day of the German army'. Many authors have stated that it was the beginning of the end of the great conflict. And yet, until now, no book has been published on the climactic battle at Amiens. Amiens was one of the first 'modern' battles, and certainly the first attempted by the Allies. Employing the troops of five nations (including Canada) and utilizing secrecy, deception, and combined operations, the Allies won the first of a string of victories culminating in the Armistice one hundred days later. (This) is the first book to study the historic battle in minute detail. Using eyewitness accounts from dozens of survivors, plus many accounts, both published and unpublished, by the participants, the authors take us into the trenches, the tanks and the cockpits." Interior - small bump to bottom corner of approx. first 100 pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small bump to bottom corner of front page, book is slightly cocked, three light creases down spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MARCHING TO ARMAGEDDON:  CANADIANS AND THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919., Morton, Desmond and Granatstein, J.L.
9 Morton, Desmond and Granatstein, J.L. MARCHING TO ARMAGEDDON: CANADIANS AND THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919.
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1989 0886192099 / 9780886192099 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good - 
288 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans, colour plates. "Much more than a military history, (this book) evocatively recreates the effect of the war years on ordinary Canadians. All the facets of the war - the blunders, the heroism, the battles and the suffering - are vividly brought home by action pictures of the day, by poster and war art, and by the incisive text of two of Canada's most highly regarded and popular historians." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small tape repair at top of rear flap-fold. 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
MARCHING TO ARMAGEDDON:  CANADIANS AND THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919., Morton, Desmond and Granatstein, J.L.
10 Morton, Desmond and Granatstein, J.L. MARCHING TO ARMAGEDDON: CANADIANS AND THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919.
Toronto Lester & Orpen Dennys 1989 0886192099 / 9780886192099 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
288 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans, colour plates. "Much more than a military history, (this book) evocatively recreates the effect of the war years on ordinary Canadians. All the facets of the war - the blunders, the heroism, the battles and the suffering - are vividly brought home by action pictures of the day, by poster and war art, and by the incisive text of two of Canada's most highly regarded and popular historians." Book is Near Fine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor browning at top edge of flaps. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
11 Mosier, John. THE MYTH OF THE GREAT WAR: A NEW MILITARY HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I
New York HarperCollins 2001 0060196769 / 9780060196769 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
381 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w maps. "Based on a decade of research into previously unused French and German sources, (this book) shows what actually happened at the front as the participants perceived it at the time, as opposed to what French and British commanders and governments claimed. John Mosier, who visited all the major battlefields, describes and analyzes campaigns that are routinely neglected or ignored and shows why conventional accounts of such major battles as Verdun are incorrect. He explains how German tactics, weapons, training and leadership were consistently superior, and why the endless, ineffective attacks of the French and British with inferior weapons and battle tactics of the previous century resulted in mindless slaughter and defeat. Mosier also discusses the major military leaders on both sides - including Joffre, Petain, Foch, Gallieni, French, Haig, Wilson, Moltke, Ludendorff, Falkenhayn, Mudra, and Pershing. The French and British military controlled, suppressed, and manipulated all battlefield reports. German losses were magnified; failures became successes, defeats victories. Allied intelligence was grossly inaccurate and inadequate, and the result was a distorted picture of what was really happening. Absorbing and persuasive, 'The Myth of the Great War' is a striking new assessment of the military realities of World War I." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, faint finger print at fore-edge of free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
12 Neillands, Robin. THE GREAT WAR GENERALS ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-18.
London Robinson 1999 1854879006 / 9781854879004 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
549 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(C)hallenges the popular myth about the incompetence and callousness of the Great War generals and examines the events that took place on the Western Front through the eyes of these same officers to explain the circumstances that led them to plan and fight as they did. (Asks) the questions: Why was Britain so unprepared for a European war in 1914?; What role did the British politicians play?; What was the truth behind Anglo-French relations?; Can the Australians and Canadians really take credit for the great victories of the War?; Was the arrival of the American army really decisive?; Was any general really equipped with the knowledge and information to deal with the horrors of trench warfare?; How much of what we now believe about the Great War is true? This thoroughly researched and controversial book shatters many assumptions about the leadership of the Great War and the myth of the Great War generals. It must be read by anyone seeking the real story of the First World War." Tiny bump at corner of boards, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top, very slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has kight to moderate edge wrinkling, soft crease down spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
TORMENTED WARRIOR:  LUDENDORFF AND THE SUPREME COMMAND., Parkinson, Roger.
13 Parkinson, Roger. TORMENTED WARRIOR: LUDENDORFF AND THE SUPREME COMMAND.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, (1978). 
251 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w photos. "Few military commanders in history have wielded greater power than did Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff towards the end of the First World War. He directed armies totalling five million men. In addition, for over a year, he was virtually dictator of Germany, controlling the day-to-day policies of the state in the manner of Bismarck and eclipsing the Kaiser himself. Yet neither his military nor his political authority was officially conferred, and within weeks of the Armistice in November 1918 he was an exile, fleeing for his life from those who had previously looked to him for salvation..." Previous owner's embossed blind stamp on t ree pages, slight bump to top corners of boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing, some delamination on hinges. VG/VG- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
ELEVENTH MONTH, ELEVENTH DAY, ELEVENTH HOUR: ARMISTICE DAY, 1918.  WORLD WAR I AND ITS VIOLENT CLIMAX.  (11th), Persico, Joseph E.
14 Persico, Joseph E. ELEVENTH MONTH, ELEVENTH DAY, ELEVENTH HOUR: ARMISTICE DAY, 1918. WORLD WAR I AND ITS VIOLENT CLIMAX. (11th)
New York Random House 2004 0375508252 / 9780375508257 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
456 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 a.m., yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered - more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment, and career officers saw a fast-fading chance for glory and promotion. (The author) puts the reader in the trenches with the forgotten and the famous - among the latter, Corporal Adolf Hitler, Captain Harry Truman, and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton. Mainly, though, he follows ordinary soldiers' lives, illuminating their fate as the end approaches." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine; Christmas notation, place, date and signature written in pencil on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine - slight wrinkling at top/bottom of flap-folds. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
15 Persico, Joseph E. ELEVENTH MONTH, ELEVENTH DAY, ELEVENTH HOUR: ARMISTICE DAY, 1918. WORLD WAR I AND ITS VIOLENT CLIMAX. (11th)
New York Random House 2004 0375508252 / 9780375508257 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
456 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 a.m., yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered - more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment, and career officers saw a fast-fading chance for glory and promotion. (The author) puts the reader in the trenches with the forgotten and the famous - among the latter, Corporal Adolf Hitler, Captain Harry Truman, and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton. Mainly, though, he follows ordinary soldiers' lives, illuminating their fate as the end approaches." Wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE FIRST WORLD WAR (3).  THE WESTERN FRONT 1917-1918.  OSPREY ESSENTIAL HISTORIES 22., Simkins, Peter.
16 Simkins, Peter. THE FIRST WORLD WAR (3). THE WESTERN FRONT 1917-1918. OSPREY ESSENTIAL HISTORIES 22.
Osprey, Oxford, 2002. 
95 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 1841763489 B&w photographs, color maps/battle plans. "...describes the last great battles of attrition at Arras, on the Aisne and at Passchendaele in 1917. Then (Simkins) moves on to relate the succe ssive offensives launched by Germany in the spring and summer of 1918 in an effort to achieve victory or a favourable peace before American manpower proved decisive. Again, questioning and correcting several myths and long-held assumptions a b o u t t h e nature and conduct of war on the Western Front, the author also looks at the aftermath and legacy of the 'war to end wars'." Interior - very small # 0 in ink on first page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Ex te ri or - ve ry minor rubbing, bump to bottom rear corner - migrates into last half of pages. Very Good 
Price: 9.95 USD
 
 
THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE WESTERN FRONT 1914-1916.  OSPREY ESSENTIAL HISTORIES., Simkins, Peter.
17 Simkins, Peter. THE FIRST WORLD WAR: THE WESTERN FRONT 1914-1916. OSPREY ESSENTIAL HISTORIES.
Osprey, Oxford, 2002, first printing. 
95 pp, 9 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 1841763470 Illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "More than 80 years on, the Great War - and particularly the great battles such as the Somme and Verdun - continues to fascinate us and to cast long shadows over the world in which we live. For Britain, the effort and sacrifice involved in creating and sustaining its first-ever and biggest-ever mass citizen army, and in helping to defeat the main enemy in the decis ive theatre of operations, left deep emotional and psychological scars that have influenced much of the nation's subsequent history and that are still felt today. In this volume, Peter Simkins re-examines the struggle and sheds an interesting n e w l ight on the nature, course and effects of the fighting in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1916. Contents: Introduction; Chronology; The road to war; The opposing armies; Countdown to war; War on the Western Front 1914-1916; Private Archie Su rf le e t (Portrait of a soldier); The Home Fronts 1914-1916; Winnifred Adair Roberts (Portrait of a civilian); No end in sight; Further reading; Index. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor fubbing . N ear Fi ne 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
18 Tuchman, Barbara. Introduced by Margaret MacMillan. THE ZIMMERMANN TELEGRAM.
London Folio Society 2004 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
225 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), bound in cloth and pictorial boards - in slipcase. B&w photographs. "In January 1917 the German Foreign Minister, Arthur Zimmermann, sent a cable to his Ambassador in Washington for transmission to the German Ambassador in Mexico. In it, (he) announced that Germany was going to start unrestricted submarine warfare against all shipping, Allied or neutral, in the Atlantic. He then made a startling and audacious proposal: the German Ambassador was to offer the Mexican government an alliance directed against the United States and, furthermore, to ask the Mexicans to contact the Japanese to see if they could be persuaded to switch sides (Japan was on the Allied side in the First World War). British Intelligence decoded the telegram and passed it on to the Americans, with momentous consquences." Very small printing ink mark on plain page 2. Small minor bump on slipcase. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
19 Weintraub, Stanley. A STILLNESS HEARD ROUND THE WORLD. THE END OF THE GREAT WAR: NOVEMBER 1918.
New York Oxford University Press 1987 0195052080 / 9780195052084 Soft Cover Very Good 
467 pp, 8vo (8" H). B&w illustrations. Contents: The False Armistice; The Dining Car in the Forest; Armistice Eve; Imperial Sunset; The Signing; Last Shots; The Stillness; A Joyful Noise; Having a Knees-up; The Real Thing; Aftermath: The Front Lines; Prisoners of War; The Other Fronts; Behind the Rhine; Epilogue: A Beer Hall in Munich; Sources and Acknowledgements; Source Notes; Index. Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, small round blank label on rear cover, very light crease on spine, two tiny corner creases, one small soft corner crease. 
Price: 9.00 USD
 
 
CANADIAN AIRMEN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR.  THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE.  VOLUME I. (1 - ONE), Wise, S.F.
20 Wise, S.F. CANADIAN AIRMEN AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR. THE OFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE. VOLUME I. (1 - ONE)
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1980. 
771 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers. ISBN 0802023797 Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps (some fold-out). "....provides the definitive story of Canadian airmen in World War I and, moreover, a revisi onist account of the war in the air. Organized topically, this volume begins with an overview of military aviation in Canada prior to 1914, as successful aircraft experiments like Baldwin's and McCurdy's 'Silver Dart' are set against Defenc e M i n i s t er Sam Hughes' rejection of any government air policy. Financial timidity and political uncertainty subsequently decreed that the 20,000 Canadians who trained for, or fought in, history's first air war would have no air force of thei r o wn b ut w ou ld fly in the British flying services. The sections which follow show that Canadians excelled in every aspect of the air war. Indeed, athough the First World War never saw an exclusively Canadian squadron in action and no Canad ia n ros e t o a co mma nd above Group level, Professor Wise has been able to write a full account of the war in the air from the Canadian perspective. Recruitment and training, the maritime air war, the strategic bombing of Germany and the defenc e o f Grea t Br itai n, a s we ll as action on the Western Front, in Italy, and in Macedonia, are all covered in depth. Each section reveals the complexity of air operations, as tactics, strategy, and aircraft evolved with astonishing speed. The e xplo it s of remar kable figh ter a ces such as Billy Bishop, Raymond Collishaw, D.R. MacLaren and W.G. Barker, and of bomber leaders like R.H. Mulock, are set in the context of the air war and the many thousands of Canadians who served with them. In his conc lusion Wise traces the d evel opment of Canadian government air policy to the year 1920, during which time the first Canadian air force was born and quickly died. In analysing this major step in Canada's entry into the air age he l ays t he f oundat ion for postw ar civi l expan sion and the formation of the RCAF. Illustrated with specially prepared colour and sketch maps and over 200 photographs, many of them published here for the first time, this book should prove invalua ble to the militar y histor ian and of wide appeal to th e aviation enthusiast and general reader alike." A heavy volume which may require extra postage. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear to boards, small bump at botto m corne r of both boa rds. Dus t jacket has ligh t edge w rinkli ng, light fading to spine color, one small closed tear with crease, light rubbing, light browning at top edge of flaps. Very Good+/Very Good- 
Price: 50.00 USD
 


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