CALLWELL, C. E.
First edition. Sir Charles Edward Callwell (1859-1928) had one brief – rather unsuccessful – period of field command during the Boer War, his strengths lay elsewhere; “Callwell was an accomplished linguist, a skilled intelligence officer, and a prolific writer of quality on a wide range of military affairs and on military history throughout his career. He acquired a reputation as a skilled theorist and, predominantly, as a staff officer… Throughout his life, writing for the service press and military literature occupied a large part of Callwell’s attention and he was perhaps more accomplished as a theorist than as a soldier.” (ODNB). He was editor of the highly thought of Campaigns and their Lessons series in which this book appeared, the Tirah Campaign of 1897 on the North-West Frontier being chosen “to serve as an example of operations undertaken by a disciplined army against irregular antagonists” (Introduction).
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Octavo. Original red cloth skilfully refurbished, gilt lettered spine. 2 folding and 2 full-page maps, one illustration in the text. A few old pale stains to covers, a few gatherings bumped at lower gutter, with the publisher’s 12-page catalogue at the end. A good copy, clean and sound.