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THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
1 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Very light browning to edges of textblock, tiny speck on top of textblock, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor wrinkling at top of spine, very minor rubbing. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR., Bickers, Richard Townshend.
2 Bickers, Richard Townshend. THE FIRST GREAT AIR WAR.
London Hodder & Stoughton 1988 0340263792 / 9780340263792 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
277 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "(T)he story of air operations during the First World War, 1914-1918, mainly on the Western Front. It was only eleven years after the Wright Brothers' first flight that the Royal Flying Corps set off for France and every aspect of air-fighting had to be discovered for the first time. Richard Townshend Bickers gives a fresh and challenging view of the men involved, their aircraft and the conditions of war. The pilots and observers of all the combatant nations tended to be young courageous individuals, filled with a love of flying and of adventure. Their aircraft were fragile and unreliable and casualties were appallingly heavy. It was a period of great technical advances when aerial warfare and tactical teamwork were transformed. (The author gives an account of) Lieutenant General Sir David Henderson's leading role in the formation and development of the Royal Flying Corps (and while not neglecting the 'aces', he) also gives due recognition to the less famous pilots, to the usually overlooked air observers and gunners who flew in two-seater fighters, and to the crews who carried out the less glamorous but equally important reconnaissance and bombing sorties." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight toning in margins of pages, very light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, light browning to spine, light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WORLD WAR ONE: GERMAN ARMY.  BRASSEY'S HISTORY OF UNIFORMS SERIES., Bull, Stephen.
3 Bull, Stephen. WORLD WAR ONE: GERMAN ARMY. BRASSEY'S HISTORY OF UNIFORMS SERIES.
London Brassey's 2000 1857532716 / 9781857532715 First English Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Christa Hook 
144 pp, 4to (11 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs, drawings, reproductions, uniform studies. "(A) thorough analysis of the uniforms, weapons and equipment employed by German forces between 1914 and 1918. From the mud and trenches of the Western Front to the snow and forests of the Eastern Front, it is the first book to take a comprehensive look at what the German soldier wore and fought with and how this was transformed by the experience of battle." Dust jacket has very light rubbing, minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
4 Bull, Stephen. Color plates by Christ Hook. WORLD WAR ONE: GERMAN ARMY. BRASSEY'S HISTORY OF UNIFORMS SERIES.
London Brassey's 2000 1857532716 / 9781857532715 First English Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Christa Hook 
144 pp, 4to (11 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in color and b&w with photographs, drawings, reproductions, uniform studies. "(A) thorough analysis of the uniforms, weapons and equipment employed by German forces between 1914 and 1918. From the mud and trenches of the Western Front to the snow and forests of the Eastern Front, it is the first book to take a comprehensive look at what the German soldier wore and fought with and how this was transformed by the experience of battle." Book is very slightly cocked, bottom edge of several pages are not flush with other pages (1/8th inch) - does not affect text or pictures, minor wear at bottom edge of rear endpapers, tiny scuff on rear board. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, light rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
5 Clayton, Anthony. PATHS OF GLORY: THE FRENCH ARMY 1914-18.
London Cassell 2005 0304366528 / 9780304366521 Soft Cover Good 
270 pp, 7 3/4" H. B&w photographs, maps. "French soldiers in the First World War were not as well equipped as either their German opponents or their British allies. They were worse fed too, and began the war trained in badly out-of-date tactics and wearing unsuitable uniforms. Anthony Clayton investigates how the French army adjusted to the grim realities of warfare on the western front. He takes particular interest in the soldiers' morale: how, despite appalling losses and dreadful privations, the ordinary soldiers fought on until 1917 when widespread mutinies paralysed the army. It fell to two remarkable soldiers, Marshals Petain and Foch, to retore the soldiers' faith and lead them to victory in 1918." Interior - small crease at fore-edge of first two pages, one page with soft crease at top corner, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - two soft corner creases, small bump at top front hinge area, book is slightly cocked, creases down spine, spine is slightly concave, minor edge wear, slight curvature to font cover and first half of pages. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
6 Cockfield, Jamie H. WITH SNOW ON THEIR BOOTS: THE TRAGIC ODYSSEY OF THE RUSSIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN FRANCE DURING WORLD WAR I.
New York St. Martin's Griffin 1999 0312173563 / 9780312173562 Soft Cover Very Good 
396 pp, 8 3/16" H. B&w photographs. "In 1916, in an exchange of human flesh for war material, the Russian government sent to France two brigades to fight on the side of their French allies. By the end of World War I, these two brigades had experienced their own form of the Russian Revolution, had been isolated at a southern training post in a disciplinary move by the French government, had battled against each other in what was one of the first confrontations of the Russian Civil War, and had emerged from the conflict as a single force, the Russian Legion of Honor, which would remain loyal to France until the end of the war. The remarkable story of these Russian soldiers has been basically overlooked by historians - until now. (This book) explores the journey and transformation of these men and, in doing so, examines the impact of the revolution on the Russians who were caught in the middle of wartime alliances and nationalist ardor. A microcosm of the political, social, and military struggle that was to occur in Russia in 1917 and in the years to follow, (it) also looks at the changes in the relationship between France and Russia during and after the war." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, three light creases down spine, minor soiling on bottom of book. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 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
 
 
8 Drury, Ian. Series Editor, Lee Johnson. GERMAN STORMTROOPER 1914-1918. OSPREY WARRIOR SERIES 12.
London Osprey 1995 1855323729 / 9781855323728 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Colour Plates By Gerry Embleton. 
64 pp, 9 3/4 " H. B&w photographs, 12 pages of colour illustrations, uniform studies. Contents: Historical Background; Creating an Elite; Uniforms; Weapons; Recruitment; Training; Organisation; Fighting Spirit; Logistics; Medical Services; Combat Tactics; The Plates. Interior - previous owner's small ink name stamp on inside of front cover, faint rub line on title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small bump at top corner of book. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE BIG PUSH: A PORTRAIT OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME., Gardner, Brian.
9 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
 
 
10 Gilbert, Martin. THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME: THE HEROISM AND HORROR OF WAR.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 2006 0771035470 / 9780771035470 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
332 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "(O)n 1 July 1916, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 733 of 801 men in the 1st Newfoundland Regiment were killed. From their starting position in a British support trench, the Newfoundlanders had to cross some 230 metres of fire-swept ground before they reached their own front line. In less than a half-hour, it was all over. The divisional commander wrote of the Newfoundland effort: 'It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined valour, and its assault failed of success because dead men can advance no further.' Well might the Germans refer to the Battle of the Somme as das Blutbad - the bloodbath. From 1 July to 15 November 1916, a period of just 138 days, more than 310,000 soldiers from four great armies, the British, Canadian, French, and German, were killed. The German death toll on the Somme was larger than that of all the Allied forces combined. The heroism of the Dominion troops moved British prime minister David Lloyd George to write: 'The Canadians played a part of such distinction that thenceforth they were marked as storm troops. Coming into the line, they prepared for the worst.' After four and a half months of fighting, the Allied armies had not reached the line they set for themselves for the first day of battle. In this vivid, deeply researched account of one of history's most destructive battles, (the author) tracks (it) through the experiences of footsoldiers, generals, and everyone in between. Interwoven with photographs, journal entries, original maps, and documents from every stage and level of planning, (this book) is the most authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning point in the Great War." Slight cigarette odor. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
UNKNOWN SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF THE MISSING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR., Hanson, Neil.
11 Hanson, Neil. UNKNOWN SOLDIERS: THE STORY OF THE MISSING OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2005, first American edition. 
474 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0307263703 B&w photographs, map. "The First World War was a conflict of unprecedented ferocity that unleashed such demons as mechanized warfare and mass death on the twentieth century. After the last shot was fired and the troops marched home, approximately three million soldiers remained unaccounted for. Some bodies were found, but they bore no trace of identification; many more men had been blown to smithereens or had s i m p l y vanished into battlefields where as many as a hundred shells had fallen on every square yard. An unassuming English chaplain first proposed a symbolic burial of one of those unknown soldiers in memory of all the missing dead. The idea w as p ic ke d u p by almost every country that had an army in the war, and each laid a body to rest amid an outpouring of national grief - in London's Westminster Abbey, Paris's Arc de Triomphe, Rome's Victor Emmanuelle Monument, and, for the United St ate s, Arl in gt on National Cemetery in Virginia. In (this book, the author) offers an unflinching yet compassionate account of the reality of battle on the front lines. He focuses on three soldiers - an American, an Englishman, and a German - an d na rra tes the ir war experiences through their diaries and letters. (He) describes how each man endured the nearly unbearable conditions in the trenches and in the air and relates what is known about their deaths; all three died on the batt lefie lds o f th e So mme, wi thin gunshot sound of one another. He delves into their familial ties, the ideals they expressed in their letters, and he explains how the death of one, the American pilot George Seibold, was instrumental in the creat ion of the G old S tar M other s, a n organization caring for bereaved mothers, wives, and families that is still active today. Hanson animates and brings to life the combatants who perished without a trace, and shows how the Western world arrived at the now ti me-hon ored w ay of mourn ing and paying tribute to all those who die in war." Tiny piece missing from edge of rear pastedown, two tiny tears at top of spine, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has tiny tear and very l ight wri nkling a t top o f spine , mino r wrin kling at top/bottom of flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE WESTERN FRONT.  ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I., Holmes, Richard.
12 Holmes, Richard. THE WESTERN FRONT. ORDINARY SOLDIERS AND THE DEFINING BATTLES OF WORLD WAR I.
TV Books, New York, 2000. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1575001470 B&w photographs, reproductions, maps/battle plans. "The Western Front in World War I was the scene of devastating trench warfare and astonishing human loss: nearly 750,000 soldiers perished in the battles fought in France and Belgium from 1914 to 1918. (This book) traces the path those soldiers took, and presents the political, military, and human dilemmas of a bitter and bloody war. (It) takes us through the major and most costly battles of the Western Front, many of which garnered dubious gains at best, and all of which were won only with great human sacrifice. The first battle of Ypres was not only a scene of heavy Allied losses, but was dubbed by the Germ ans the 'Massacre of the Innocents'; Verdun was a scene of astonishing casualties, where the professed goal of the German commander was to bleed the French forces to death; the fighting in the trenches of the Somme - a battle of attrition tha t l a s t e d six months - proved a turning point for the morale of the British Army and 'the muddy grave of the German field Army, and of the confidence in the infallibility of German leadership'; while the long wearing slog toward Passchendaele w as pa ve d wi th inept leadership and mutinies in the French forces before dreadful conditions simply ground the battle to a halt. Portraying the Western Front in stark and moving terms, Holmes draws not only from current scholarship, but also fr om l ett ers w rit ten by the soldiers and the stories of the survivors themselves." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, slight fading to color on spine. Very Good +/V er y Go od 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD.  THE WORLD WAR I DIARIES AND LETTERS OF W. STULL HOLT., Holt, W. Stull.  Edited by Maclyn P. Burg and Thomas J. Pressly.
13 Holt, W. Stull. Edited by Maclyn P. Burg and Thomas J. Pressly. THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE WORLD WAR I DIARIES AND LETTERS OF W. STULL HOLT.
Manhattan, Kansas Sunflower University Press 1999 0897452224 / 9780897452229 Soft Cover Near Fine 
328 pp, 8vo, (9" H). B&w photographs, maps. "W. Stull Holt was 20 years old when he sailed for France in late March 1917 to join the American Ambulance Field Service. His patriotism, idealism, and desire for adventure had motivated him to volunteer just weeks before the U.S. declared war against Germany in April 1917. Holt ardently supported the war effort, and when his six-month contract with the AAFS was completed, he enlisted in the American Air Service where he won his pilot's wings, then applied for observer training. Holt was assigned as an observer-bombardier-gunner with the famed 20th Aero Squadron of the American 1st Daylight Bombardment Group, which dropped more bombs than any other American squadron at the front in World War I. He served near Verdun during the French summer offensive of 1917 where he was gassed; he later was awarded the French 'Croix de Guerre'." Very minor edge wear on covers. 
Price: 24.50 USD
 
 
14 Holt, W. Stull. Edited by Maclyn P. Burg and Thomas J. Pressly. THE GREAT WAR AT HOME AND ABROAD. THE WORLD WAR I DIARIES AND LETTERS OF W. STULL HOLT.
Manhattan, Kansas Sunflower University Press 1999 0897452224 / 9780897452229 Soft Cover Very Good 
328 pp, 8vo, (9" H). B&w photographs, maps. "W. Stull Holt was 20 years old when he sailed for France in late March 1917 to join the American Ambulance Field Service. His patriotism, idealism, and desire for adventure had motivated him to volunteer just weeks before the U.S. declared war against Germany in April 1917. Holt ardently supported the war effort, and when his six-month contract with the AAFS was completed, he enlisted in the American Air Service where he won his pilot's wings, then applied for observer training. Holt was assigned as an observer-bombardier-gunner with the famed 20th Aero Squadron of the American 1st Daylight Bombardment Group, which dropped more bombs than any other American squadron at the front in World War I. He served near Verdun during the French summer offensive of 1917 where he was gassed; he later was awarded the French 'Croix de Guerre'." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, very small area of color loss at top corner of front cover. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
THE FIRST AIR WAR 1914-1918., Kennett, Lee.
15 Kennett, Lee. THE FIRST AIR WAR 1914-1918.
Free Press, New York, 1991, book club edition. 
275 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0029173019 B&w photographs. "(T)ells the complete story of the Great War's air battles, from eastern and western front, from the skies and seas of Europe to those of the Middle East a nd Africa. Based on exhaustive research - official records, scholarly works, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and oral history transcripts - (this) unique history traces the airplane's prewar debut and development and its appeal to all bell i g e r e n t s large and small, who raced to develop their own designs, strategies and tactics. Kennett shows how the plane, used first as a frail 'flying observation platform', evolved into a weapon of destruction and death whose power was made i nc on tr ov er ti bl e by 1916 at the great battle of Verdun. While he chronicles the struggle for dominance in the air, the author also provides insight into the role of flying weaponry in the great land battles. As the combat role of these amazi ng mac hin es bec ame mo re defined, their use became more diverse, as witnessed by the development of massed fighters, the emergence of close air support, strategic bombing, and anti-aircraft defenses, and the introduction escort and patrol work a nd anti subm ari ne w arfa re a t sea. Here, to, are the daring men who volunteered to pilot these newfangled machines. Following them through flight school and into fighting units, Kennett dramatically recreates both the dangers of airborne comba t a nd th e boi ster ous, roman tic w orld of the squadron on the ground." Book lightly cocked in one illustration section. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, corner crease on rear flap. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
16 Kipling, Rudyard. THE IRISH GUARDS IN THE GREAT WAR. 2 VOLUME SET. VOLUME I. THE FIRST BATTALION. VOLUME II. THE SECOND BATTALION AND APPENDICES.
Garden City, New York Doubleday, Page 1923 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good - 
334 pp, 307 pp, 9 1/4" H - 2 volume set. Dark blue cloth with paper labels on spines, gilt regimental badge on front boards, top edges gilt. Double page map frontispiece in each volume plus additional maps (collated). Attractive contemporary bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. Volume I Contents: Introduction; 1914: Mons to La Bassee; 1915: La Basee to Laventie; 1916: The Salient to the Somme; 1917: The Somme to Gouzeaucourt; 1918: Arras to the Armistice. Volume II Contents: 1915: Loos and the First Autumn; 1916: Salient and the Somme; 1917: Rancourt to Bourlon Wood; 1918: Arras to the End; Appendices; Index. Volume I has a few very small marks and scuffs on boards, spine is lightly cracked in one or two places, some tiny foxing marks on rear endpapers, one very small corner bump, 3 inches of splits in front inside hinge paper - hinge is firm; spine label has browning, light edge wear, light crease and small scuffs. Volume II has a tiny dent on front board, minor foxing marks on rear pastedown, light offset from bookplate on free front endpaper; spine label is browned, has small light stain, light crease and tiny scuffs. Both volumes have light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, browning and tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, small area of shelf rubbing on bottom of text block. Both volumes have protective mylar sleeves with rubbing. 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
17 Kipling, Rudyard. THE IRISH GUARDS IN THE GREAT WAR. 2 VOLUME SET. VOLUME I. THE FIRST BATTALION. VOLUME II. THE SECOND BATTALION AND APPENDICES.
Garden City, New York Doubleday, Page 1923 First American Edition Hard Cover Good- 
334 pp, 307 pp, 9 1/4" H - 2 volume set. Dark blue cloth with paper labels on spines, gilt regimental badge on front boards, top edges gilt. Double page map frontispiece in each volume plus additional maps (collated). Modern bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. Volume I Contents: Introduction; 1914: Mons to La Bassee; 1915: La Basee to Laventie; 1916: The Salient to the Somme; 1917: The Somme to Gouzeaucourt; 1918: Arras to the Armistice. Volume II Contents: 1915: Loos and the First Autumn; 1916: Salient and the Somme; 1917: Rancourt to Bourlon Wood; 1918: Arras to the End; Appendices; Index. 334 pp, 307 pp, 9 1/4" H - 2 volume set. Dark blue cloth with paper labels on spines, gilt regimental badge on front boards, top edges gilt. Double page map frontispiece in each volume plus additional maps (collated). Attractive contemporary bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. Volume I Contents: Introduction; 1914: Mons to La Bassee; 1915: La Basee to Laventie; 1916: The Salient to the Somme; 1917: The Somme to Gouzeaucourt; 1918: Arras to the Armistice. Volume II Contents: 1915: Loos and the First Autumn; 1916: Salient and the Somme; 1917: Rancourt to Bourlon Wood; 1918: Arras to the End; Appendices; Index. Volume I has various areas of faint discoloration, faint water marks, small stain on boards; spine is lightly cracked in one or two places, very light browning on endpapers, some spliting to paper of inside hinges - hinges are firm; spine label is browned, has edge wear, creases and small pieces missing; brown liquid stain at bottom corner of page leaf 173/174 - migrates int adjacent pages 172 to180, a few scattered small stains on pages; tiny tear/chip at fore-edge of pages 69 to 125. Volume II spine label is browned, has small pieces missing and tiny scuffs; scattered light stains on pages, spine is lightly cracked in one or two places, light rubbing a d some faint discoloration on boards, light soiling on rear endpapers, line indentation across bottom of text block. Both volumes have light to moderate edge wear, corner bumps - migrate through page corners, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, browning and tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, small area of shelf rubbing on bottom of text block. 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
18 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
 
 
THE DEATH OF GLORY: THE WESTERN FRONT 1915., Neillands, Robin.
19 Neillands, Robin. THE DEATH OF GLORY: THE WESTERN FRONT 1915.
London John Murray 2006 0719562449 / 9780719562440 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
298 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The First World War remains a controversial subject: the bitter reality clouded with damaging and popular myths. Many of these misconceptions relate to the competence of the generals, the events of 1915 and the battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Festubert, as well as the larger disasters at Second Ypres - scene of the first gas attack - and, finally, the shambolic Battle of Loos. However, the reality of these battles has been gradually concealed by the allegtion that the men were 'lions led by donkeys', with much of the blame put on the generals. In this well-researched and highly readable book, Robin Neillands reveals the truth behind this fallacy and the events surrounding the battles, and sets them in a wider context. By the start of 1915, a tough year for the British in France, the British Army had only been in action for four months and the burden was shifting to the Territorial Forces - enthusiastic amateurs at best at this time. The battles were either disasters or inconclusive, but the real reason for despair was that this war, entered into for the liberation of Belgium, had lost its moral argument and was now just another bloody, senseless slaughter." Slight cigarette odor, light wrinkling at top of spine, slight browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
INTIMATE VOICES FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR., Palmer, Svetlana and Wallis, Sarah, editors.  Foreword by Professor Hew Strachan.
20 Palmer, Svetlana and Wallis, Sarah, editors. Foreword by Professor Hew Strachan. INTIMATE VOICES FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
Perennial / HarperCollins, New York, 2004. 
381 pp, 8" H, soft cover. ISBN 0060584203 B&w photographs, maps. "(F)ills in the gaps in the history of the world's first global confrontation with excerpts from recently uncovered letters and diaries of those on the front lines and their friends at home. In their reflections on the vastness of the enterprise of war, these combatants, victims, and eyewitnesses re-create the scope of the conflict with immediacy and tenderness. Written with the frankness and intimacy of words not intende d f or public eyes - full of private passions, prejudices, humor, and vivid insights - these communiques speak to us directly from within the war itself and from all sides of the conflict. These marvelous historical narratives not only immerse rea de r s in an ongoing dialogue about the meaning of human conflict but also serve as reminders of the individual perspectives and beliefs that sometimes get overlooked during times of global strife." Interior - place, date and signature in ink on fi rst p ag e; otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, small area of surface paper loss at bottom of rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
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