Report on Army Manoeuvres, 1909. [With:] Manoeuvres, 1909. War Office Instructions.
Only edition, “for official use only”: 1,060 copies of the first-named; 1,200 of the second, which is the handbook for participants. This is apparently unrecorded, though there is perhaps a copy in the Montgomery-Massingberd Papers at LHCMA, with less than a handful of copies for the Manoeuvres of 1925 located institutionally. Taking place under the direction of Sir John French as Inspector-General of the Forces, these manoeuvres pitted the Red Force under Lieut.-Gen. Sir H. L. Smith-Dorrien, his cavalry commanded by Brigadier E. A. H. Allenby, against the Blues commanded by Sir Arthur Paget. Many other names found in the composition of the forces would rise to prominence in just a few years time. An important resource on the preparedness of the British Army for the Great War.
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Together 2 items: foolscap quarto, original buff cloth-backed printed boards; octavo, sewn in the original buff wraps. Tables, 2 of them folding, 6 folding maps in an end-pocket. Ex-Royal Army Military College Library, occasional ink stamps to the Report, boards slightly soiled, hinges a little loose, but contents clean and sound, the Instructions stamped on the upper panel of the wraps, else very good.