MONASH, Sir John.
The Australian Victories in France in 1918.
Presentation copy of the second edition, the same year as the first, inscribed by the author “To the Viscount Jellicoe, from the Author, John Monash Lieut-General, Dec. 1924” on the front free endpaper. A remarkable association copy, linking two of the leading commanders of the Great War: Sir John Monash (1865-1931) and Viscount Jellicoe (1859-1935). Monash was appointed by Haig to lead the 1st Anzac Corps in 1918; his skilful handling of his troops and inspired tactical thinking contributed greatly to the Allied breakthrough in the final year of the war. Liddell Hart described him as having “probably… the greatest capacity for command in modern war among all who held command [in the BEF]”. Jellicoe, of course, presided over the strategic British victory at Jutland in May-June 1916.
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Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettered spine. Portrait frontispiece, 30 plates from photographs, 9 coloured folding maps. From the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), commander of the Grand Fleet at Jutland (31 May – 1 June 1916). A very good copy.