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MAGUIRE, T. Miller.

Guerilla or Partisan Warfare.

Published: London: Hugh Rees, Ltd., 1904

Stock code: 63440

Price: £425

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First edition, first impression. An extremely interesting figure, Maguire was a barrister who produced a large number of forensically lucid “crammer” studies on a range of military subjects for publishers such as Hugh Rees, Simpkin Marshall and Clowes. “Well read among British students of strategy at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, his name and writings all but disappeared from the active literature after his death in 1920. His matter-of-fact encapsulations regarding the marshalling and application of land power, couched always in History and Geography, remain relevant today” (Geoffrey Demarest, T. Miller Maguire and the Lost Essence of Strategy, USAWC research project, 2008). He embarked on the present work having noted the lack at a key moment; “It appeared to me very strange, before the late war in South Africa, that the operations of guerillas were not part of the curriculum for the education of military officers in England: because, from the very nature of our Empire, British officers are more frequently engaged, in what might be called guerrilla wars – small wars, savage wars, irregular wars – than any other officers.” (Introduction). This copy with the ownership inscription of Lieut.-Col. Angus F. Douglas-Hamilton, 6th Camerons, who won a posthumous VC at Loos in September 1915; “when battalions on his left and right had retired, he rallied his own battalion again and again, and led his men forward four times. The last time he led all that remained, consisting of about 50 men, in a most gallant manner, and was killed at their head” (London Gazette 18 November 1915). An uncommon work with an appealing provenance.

Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. Ownership signature to front pastedown. Spine rolled and faded, boards a bit rubbed and marked, contents toned, spotting to edges and occasionally to contents. A very good copy.

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