Tirah. 1897.London, Constable and Co. Ltd., 1911 Stock Code: 140461
NotesFirst edition. Sir Charles Edward Callwell (1859-1928) had one brief, rather unsuccessful, period of field command during the Boer War, but 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). Bruce calls it "a good, readable account".
Octavo. Original red fine diaper-grain cloth, black-lettered spine.
2 folding and 2 full-page maps, one illustration in the text (of the Dargai bluffs).
Spine lightly sunned, patchy fading to edges of covers, marginal tears to some leaves where carelessly opened, one map with neat red penciling, red and blue penciling in the margin at one page. A good copy, clean and sound.
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