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The 16th Foot.

A History of The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. With a Foreword by General the Earl of Cavan, K. P., Colonel of the Regiment.

Published: London: Constable & Company Ltd, 1931

Stock code: 104606

Price: £175

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First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. The 16th Foot – nicknamed The Feather Beds, “a play on the standard abbreviation for the county of Bedfordshire and in reference to the regiment’s period without active service from 1808 in Surinam until the Chitral Expedition of 1895” (Sutcliffe) – was raised in 1688 and this history focusses on its involvement in the War of the Spanish Succession, the Boer War and the Great War. Sir Frederick Maurice (1871-1951) was an army officer whose finest moment came in 1914 when his “level-headedness and efficiency during the thirteen-day retreat from Mons to the Marne were a subject of comment” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original dark grey cloth, gilt lettered spine, lime-green banding and regimental badge in gilt on front cover. With the dust jacket. 3 maps in the text. Jacket spine toned, a few nicks and chips, back panel stained, touch of foxing to edges of book block. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Hallows p. 136; Sutcliffe I p. 114.

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