EDMONDS, Sir James Edward, & Graeme Charnley Wynne.
Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1915.
Winter 1914-15: Battle of Neuve Chapelle: Battle of Ypres. Maps and sketches compiled by A. F. Becke.
First edition, part of the official History of the Great War, begun under the direction of Edmonds shortly in 1919 and only completed in 2010, by which time the series had expanded to include 109 volumes. Before the war Edmonds worked in military intelligence, notably as head of MO5, the precursor to MI5. He was appointed GSOI of the 4th division in 1909 and in this capacity was an eyewitness to the retreat from Mons in 1914. For the rest of the war he was stationed at general headquarters, latterly as deputy engineer-in-chief. “In 1919 Edmonds retired with the honorary rank of brigadier-general and was appointed director of the historical section, military branch, committee of imperial defence. His task was to direct; all narratives were to be written by historians; but finding the first choice unsatisfactory, Edmonds himself took over the main field, the western front, and sowed and reaped it to the end” (ODNB). Wynne had served in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Scarce in the dust jacket.
Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, map endpapers. With the dust jacket. Sketch-map frontispiece in partial colour, 18 similar plates. Lacking the map case. Spine and front cover sunned, mild spotting to edges and endleaves. A very good copy in the toned dust jacket a little rubbed along the joints.
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