(WORLD WAR I.) NUNN, Wilfrid.
A narrative of the Royal Navy's co-operation with the military forces in Mesopotamia from the beginning of the War to the capture of Baghdad (1914-17).
First edition, first impression, very scarce in the eye-catching dust jacket. Tigris Gunboats was greeted with great enthusiasm by The Naval Review in 1932: “This is a book for which many naval officers must have looked, for the account of the work of the Royal Navy on the Tigris, as given in the Official History of Naval Operations, stops with the surrender of Kut. Nothing is told of the work of the gunboats in the re-taking of Kut and the capture of Baghdad… what a record it all is! The daring with which Espiegle remained in the river, ready to form one half of the nut-crackers; the passage of the block-ships below Basra, and the early occupation of that place; the steady movement to Ezra’s Tomb; the dash to Amara, a decision worthy to rank with Farragut’s “D-n the torpedoes, go ahead!” Then the fighting in the swamps, and another dash to Nasiriya… The author won every distinction that can fall to a post captain. He never mentions one of these; but closes a work of the most thrilling interest, and of some quiet humour, with a full and generous word of thanks to all who had given help to him and his.”
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Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, map endpapers. With the dust jacket. Portrait frontispiece, 15 plates from photographs, maps in the text. Jacket with tape repairs on verso, closed-tear across spine and front panel, back panel a little soiled, a few chips and creases, label removed from binding spine, edges lightly foxed yet overall a good clean copy with the errata slip.