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  1. Reminiscences Of Military Service with the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders.
    First edition of an uncommon memoir. Munro served as surgeon-general with the Sutherland Highlanders through both the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny. At Balaclava he witnessed the 93rd's famous stand in the face of oncoming Russian cavalry, the Thin Red Line, and gives a brief description in Chapter III. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 103946

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  2. Hubert Hervey, Student and Imperialist.
    First edition. Attractively produced memorial volume of Hervey who died during the Matabele War in the service of the British South Africa Company of which the author, Earl Grey, "an idealistic imperialist" (ODNB), was lifetime director. Bookplate of Major-General John Ponsonby, Coldstream Guards, who served in Uganda in... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 103872

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    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just 4 copies located on OCLC, all in Germany. Fascinating little pamphlet touching on Napoleon's Indian ambitions and the origins of the Great Game: "Then in 1807, intelligence reached London which was to cause considerable alarm to both the British government and the East India... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 104116

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  4. The Collected Essays.
    First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 103063

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  5. Cetywayo and His White Neighbours,
    Second edition. The book was first published in 1882. On his return to Britain following the outbreak of the First Anglo-Boer War, Haggard had been unable to find a publisher willing to take on his denunciation of Britain's South African policies, and paid Trübner 50 to print a small run of 750; however, only 154 copies... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 102738

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  6. The Story of the Malakand Field Force
    First edition, Colonial Library issue of Churchill's first book (the first and second printings are identical). The book relates Churchill's exploits with the Malakand field force, led by Sir Bindon Blood, on the Northwest Frontier of India in 1897, based on Churchill's despatches to the Daily Telegraph and the Pioneer Mail.... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 102189

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  7. Memoir of a Proposed New System of Permanent Fortification.
    First edition, uncommon, just six locations on Copac, OCLC adds another half dozen. Bordwine, described on the title page as "Professor of Fortification at the Honourable East India Company's Military Seminary, Addiscombe; late of the Quarter-Master-General's Staff, etc.", had served with the 88th Regiment "under General... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 102068

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  8. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula.... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103359

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  9. Plans Illustrative of Capt. Straith's Treatise on Fortification and Memoir on Artillery.
    Third edition, first published 1833. Straith was Instructor in Practical Engineering and Artillery at HEIC's Addiscombe. On first publication of his text along with this accompanying atlas of plates, the Naval and Military Gazette was torn; "We are, indeed, at a loss which to admire most, the strategies of Capt. Straith,... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102438

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  10. Advance to Barbarism.
    Second, expanded edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "To R. T. Paget, Q.C., with the acknowledgements of the author for inspiration and encouragement. F. J. P. Veale. Nov. 4. 1953". Together with a typed letter signed from Veale to Paget, dated Brighton, 4 November 1953, discussing the... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102453

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    First edition, rare: no copies recorded in Copac or OCLC. Leonhard Spengel was a field doctor attached to the Imperial Ottoman military and at the time of publication was inspecting doctor at the central hospital at Nis (or Nish) in southern Serbia. His slim book is dedicated, in French, to Osman Nuri Pasha, the hero of... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102287

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  12. Souvenirs of Military Life in Algeria.
    Second edition in English, first published as Military Life in Algeria (Hurst and Blackett, 1853), and originally published as Souvenirs de la vie militaire en Afrique in Paris in 1852. The author, Louis Charles Pierre Castellane (1827-1884) was a French military officer and the second son of the Marshal of France Boniface... Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 100786

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  13. Military Scene.
    A scene from the British command camp of the Crimean War, perhaps the general being informed about the decimation of the Light Brigade. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 100798

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  14. "I don't care about your politics, don't let me catch you sitting here next Sunday."
    A policeman attempts to move on a destitute old veteran who is peddling art on the streets. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 100803

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  15. Military Command
    A series of contemporary military caricatures. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's work was... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 100806

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  16. With the Connaught Rangers in Quarters, Camp, and on Leave.
    First edition. Sprightly memoir of three decades of service with the 88th. Includes the Crimea, but largely relating to India with the briefest of possible mentions of the Mutiny. Posthumous bookplate of the Comte de Chambord verso of the front free endpaper, later collector's plate to the front pastedown. Decidedly uncommon,... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 99047

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  17. Unconditional Surrender.
    First edition, first impression. The final book in the Sword of Honour trilogy. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 100344

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  18. The Pretoria Friend.
    First editions. "Newspaper published by Lord Stanley at Pretoria during British occupation. Contents include military government notices, proclamations, advertisements and items of news. Publication commenced on Tuesday 26th June, 1900 and ceased after the issue of Saturday 14th July, 1900" (Hackett). Text in Afrikaans and... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 99800

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  19. With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia.
    First edition, first impression. "Ward was colonel of the 25th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. A contentious but important book, violently anti-Bolshevik but also highly critical of American and Japanese policy in Siberia" (Lengel). Very scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 100499

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  20. 99446
    First edition. "Military Service in India and Ceylon, 1790-1829" (Bruce). Welsh (1775-1861) was born in Scotland, and in 1790 was commissioned as ensign in the army of the HEIC, the following year being posted to the 3rd European Regiment in Madras. He participated in the capture of Pondicherry, 1793, and in 1795 of Ceylon;... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99446

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  21. Essays and Lectures on Indian Historical Subjects.
    First edition, uncommon with just six locations on Copac, OCLC adding thirteen. "With the exception of the paper on Havelock these Essays and Lectures were compiled during the course of the past year. Their publication in connected form is due to the fact that the original editions of the most of them, published in India,... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 99435

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  22. 79th Division Headquarters Troop: A Record.
    First edition, first printing. Scarce, with OCLC showing six copies only and no copy in auction records. During the First World War, Cain, the future author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, etc., served with Malcolm in the 79th Division, a unit raised at Camp Meade in Cain's home state... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 99729

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  23. 1
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies. Magnus's memoir of his time with, and subsequent desertion of, the French Foreign Legion was left unpublished upon his death by suicide in 1920, and was here published for the first time, together with a lengthy introduction and biographical sketch by Lawrence, his erstwhile... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 98064

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  24. Regulations (Under the Colonial Forces Act, 1892.) for the Volunteer Force, 1898.
    First edition, no other copy traced, National Library of South Africa has a similar title dated in 1906. "In the context of Southern Africa during the era of colonisation, the formation of volunteer forces or units in support of the colonial powers had been largely impelled by compulsion and free will. In South Africa, a... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 97424

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    The guest-book for Werzer's famous Gasthof "zum Weißes Rössl" at Pörtschach am Wörthersee, now the home of the Brahms Haus Museum, containing six highly-finished pencil drawings by Alexander Pock: 1) Mounted officer, with New Year's wishes for 1947, dated on 26 December 1946; 2) Bust-portrait of a feldmarschal, 23 March... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 94476

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  26. The River War.
    First one-volume edition, the second overall following the two-volume first edition of October 1899, this one of only 1,003 copies (as such a more scarce edition than the first) published on 15 October 1902. The text had been revised considerably, and a new chapter added describing the ultimate destruction of the khalifa... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 95957

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  27. The Coming of the Great Queen,
    First edition. Attractive and authoritative contemporary account, the Army and Navy Gazette considered that the "chapters on "The Commerce of Burma" on "Dacoity", and on "The Native Races of Indo-China" are of great and permanent value", while the Saturday Review thought that the story of the Third Anglo-Burma War "by river... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 96838

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    Well-kept, fully-captioned snapshot album of service with the 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders during the operations against the Zakka Khel afridis in the Bazar Valley, and the Mohmands on the Khyber Pass. A great number of identified portraits of fellow officers and NCOs - including Maj. The Hon. Douglas Forbes-Sempill, who... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 94262

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  29. The Command is Forward.
    First edition, first printing. Collected stories from the front lines of the First World War by medical corps private Alexander Woollcott, who had been a journalist and critic with the New York Times before volunteering for service war, and was one of a number of professional journalists selected by the American Expeditionary... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 95451

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  30. Chorliederbuch für die Wehrmacht.
    Nazi-period armed forces song-book, first published 1937, this issue most likely 1945. This copy with the armorial bookplate of Peter Emil Króyer, né Krøyer-Kielberg, son of the Danish-born industrialist and philanthropist Ferdinand Michael Krøyer Kielberg, later Sir Michael, who settled in England in 1926. Peter was... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 93223

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  31. A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division
    First edition. This book continues the story of the 7th Armoured Division begun by Lt.-Col. Michael Carver in A Short History of the 7th Armoured Division October 1938 to May 1943. Written by Captains Lindsay and Johnston, it follows the "Desert Rats" from the end of the North Africa campaign to the British Victory Parade... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 90359

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  32. The Campaigns of Hannibal:
    First edition. Uncommon and interesting account, just seven locations on Copac. Carefully compiled account of the "operations in which Hannibal was personally engaged", drawn from the "best ancient and modern historians and essayists, including Livy, Polybius, Sir Walter Raleigh, Niebuhr, Arnold, Guiscard, and Vaudancourt"... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 95270

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  33. Reflections on the Present State of British India.
    First and only edition. Uncommon, just ten copies on Copac. A contribution to the debate on the governance of India, from which the arch-opponent of the EIC, and promoter of colonial self-rule, James Silk Buckingham extracted two whole chapters for publication in his journal The Oriental Herald and Journal of General Literature,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 95661

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  34. Lancer at Large.
    First edition, first impression of this memoir of the author's travels in India. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 95097

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  35. Lancer at Large.
    First edition, first impression of this memoir of the author's travels in India. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 95095

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  36. Foch Talks.
    First edition in English, first impression. A portrait of Marshal Foch by his aide-de-camp, which was first published in Paris earlier the same year under the title En écoutant le maréchal Foch. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 95084

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  37. Foch Talks.
    First edition in English, first impression. A portrait of Marshal Foch by his aide-de-camp, which was first published in Paris earlier the same year under the title En écoutant le maréchal Foch. From the publisher's archive. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 95003

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  38. 87922
    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent,... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 87922

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  39. War and the Arme Blanche.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the politician and journalist Leo Amery on the verso of the front free endpaper: "To L. S. Amery, from Erskine Childers. April 10, 1910." Leo Amery was Childers's neighbour and editor of The Times's History of the War in South Africa, for which... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 94522

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  40. Prisoners of War in Britain, 1756 to 1815.
    First edition, of this uncommon, and highly regarded account of the POWs in Britain from the Seven Years' War to the conclusion of the Napoleonic conflict. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With the Author's very kind regards, Dec. 1914, Junior Constitutional Club, London, W.", together with a two-page autograph... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 87260

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  41. Birth of an Army.
    First edition, first impression. A first-hand account of the Tunisia campaign of the Second World War by a war correspondent for the Daily Herald.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive,... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 95056

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  42. Women of the War:

    Women of the War:

    Hartford, Connecticut: 1867

    Second edition. Women of the War was first published in 1866. The stories of over 40 American Civil War heroines, including that of Kady Brownell, Fanny Ricketts, Belle Reynolds and Mary Morris Husband. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 88022

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  43. The Marches of The British Armies in the Peninsula of India during the Campaigns of 1790 and 1791.
    Second edition, same year as the first. Third Anglo-Mysore War. Uncommon, and detailed account drawn from official accounts of Cornwallis and Medows's campaigns against Tipu Sultan down to the Battle of Arakere in May 1791. Tipu's army was routed and retreated into Seringapatam, but the British forces were forced to return... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 86803

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  44. Notes on the Dress of The Seventy-First Regiment,
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just four copies traced - V & A, NLS, Guelph, and Brown, perhaps Library of Congress. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "R.C. Greenwood from A.N.E. Browne, 27.III. 1925 ? for 1935". Noted by Sutcliffe on the NAM/AMOT on-line bibliography as limited to 50 copies. Browne... Learn More
    £775

    Stock Code: 85462

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  45. 1
    First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf). A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich,... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 92657

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  46. Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India,
    First edition, this in some sort of prize issue, with a school prize inscription to the front free endpaper, elaborated cloth decorations, gilt edges, and the addition of an entirely irrelevant frontispiece.
    Cotton arrived in India as a cornet without purchase in the 22nd Light Dragoons, becoming lieutenant in 1812.... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 91534

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  47. Essays Biographical, Historical, and Miscellaneous,
    First Edition. Against his father's wishes Gleig obtained an Ensigncy in the 85th Regiment, serving with them in Wellington's Army in the Peninsula and seeing action at the crossing of the Bidassoa, at the siege of Bayonne, at Orthez, and at Toulouse. "The 85th was then dispatched to North America where Gleig was present... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 91696

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  48. 85225
    First edition, extremely uncommon "invasion" handbook produced by the Nazi General Staff cartographical department. OCLC locates just two apparently complete sets - BL and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - and two copies of the text volume alone, both in Germany, and a scatter of the maps in German institutions. Issued just three... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 85225

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  49. i1
    First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. This copy inscribed by Bloch on the half-title of volume I; "Herr Oberst Rohr vom Verfasser", and subsequently by the state librarian recording the gift of the set from Rohr's widow just two months after... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 85050

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  50. Croquis du front italien - 50 pointes sèches documentaires.
    First edition of 125 copies only, this one of 100 on Hollande, after 25 on japon. Extremely uncommon, OCLC lists only the 1997 reprint, just one copy at auction over the last 40 years. Superb series of etched illustrations of life on the Italian Front as a member of a volunteer cyclist battalion. Born in Fossombrone in the... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 91489

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  51. The Poilus. An Epic.
    First edition in English of this highly-coloured popular history of World War I which had been published in French the previous year. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper by the translator, who has neatly added his New York address to the title page. Le Clercq was a published poet, who also contributed articles... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89205

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  52. History of the Greek Revolution.
    First edition. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 84577

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  53. Mein Leben.

    Mein Leben.

    Biberach an der Riss: 1957

    First edition, first impression. Lettow-Vorbeck's autobiography completed just seven years before his death. A strangely elusive book given his status as a genuine German military hero, untainted by Nazism. A very bright copy. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 87772

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  54. The Nordenfelt Machine Guns described in Detail and compared with other Systems;
    First edition. Extremely uncommon promotional publication for Nordenfelt's guns; "When I commenced to write this treatise upon Machine Guns it was my intention to endeavour to give an unbiassed opinion about this subject in general; but I soon found it impossible to avoid comparisons, and I have therefore thought it better... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 87744

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  55. With the Fortieth.

    With the Fortieth.

    Hobart, Tasmania: 1918

    First and only edition, inscribed by the author's father on the half title, "W. C. G. Miller from D. Meagher". This rare memorial volume comprises substantial excerpts from the perceptive and highly literary letters of Lieutenant Norman Meagher, who served with Australia's 40th Battalion, the only all-Tasmanian battalion... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 87548

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  56. Private Army.
    First edition, third impression, one month after the first. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "from Popski, London 18 August 1950". The story of Popski's Private Army, officially No. 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA, and their operations behind lines in the Western Desert. An extremely uncommon book signed or inscribed... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 86498

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  57. Reynell Taylor C.B. C.S.I.
    First edition. Uncommon memoir of a lengthy, and illustrious civil and military career in India. In 1841, Taylor was gazetted from Sandhurst - where his father was lieutenant-colonel - as Cornet and posted to the 11th Bengal Cavalry. "He first saw service in the Gwalior War of 1843, and at the close of the war was appointed... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 86211

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  58. Medal Without Bar.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Wendell from Dick. 'Why 'tis a gull, a fool, a rogue that now & then goes to the war, to grace himself at his return into London under the form of a soldier' Shakespeare. 'I took out my old fowling-piece.' Little Tich.... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 85773

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  59. Tableau statistique, politique et moral de système militaire de la Russie.
    First edition, a presentation copy inscribed by the author, exiled Polish soldier, patriot, and poet Jozef Tanski (1805-88), " à Monsieur le Général Langermann hommage de l'auteur"; autograph letter signed tipped in before the title in which Tanski presents this work on our "shared enemy, which by its subject cannot fail... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 88287

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  60. Sons of the Eagle. A Study in Guerilla War.
    First edition. Engaging account of British SOE activities in support of Albanian guerillas, "of a highly romantic disposition, in the Balkans Amery favoured the forces of General Mihailovic in Serbiabecause they were loyal to the kingand of King Zog in Albania. Unfortunately for Amery, the allied high command, under the... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 85220

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