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EDMONDS, Sir James Edward.

Military Operations, France and Belgium, 1918.

March-April: Continuation of the German Offensives. Maps and sketches compiled by A. F. Becke.

Published: London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1937

Stock code: 112341

Price: £225

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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). 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, 30 similar plates. Lacking the map case. With two copies of “Addenda and Corrigenda to ‘1914’ Vol. I (1933 Edition)” and a contemporary envelope laid in. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Spine slightly rolled and sunned, small abrasion to fore edge of rear board, mild spotting to edges. A very good copy in the dust jacket with a creased and nicked spine panel.

Bibliography: Wells p. 61.

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