EYEWITNESS - Being Personal Reminiscences of Certain Phases of the Great War, Including the Genesis of the Tank

Swinton, Major-General Sir Ernest D.

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New York, 1933, Doubelday Doran, first US edition, hard bound in black cloth, VG- condition( 2 very small indistinct stains on cover and prev owners name on front free en paper ), 6 x 9, 332 pages, illustrated, index.MAJOR-GENERAL SWINTON who developed the tank as a war weapon, against tremendous odds, here tells for the first time the complete story of the tank in the World War.Against Lord Kitchener's skepticism, General Swinton kept pushing the idea as "a humble free lance" while carrying on his work as "EYEWITNESS," the only correspondent who was allowed at the British front for the first ten months of the war.Winston Churchill's interest that finally aroused the New Inventions Committee of British G. H. Q.; Sir John French's report; the performance of the Naval land ship "Little Willie," and the preliminary test of "the centipede" make a vivid chapter in the many-sided history of the war.f.Nor is the story of the tanks without its humor: for instance, the British difficulties in establishing a machine-gun training school in Etaples. The inhabitants of that Norman village raised a loud protest; their rabbits would be disturbed by the shooting, they said; worse than that, the local Shrimpers Union insisted that the noise would prevent lady shrimps from producing their progeny without mishap. As to this episode General Swinton remarks: "History is silent as to how this objection was overcome. Bookseller Inventory #

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Book Description Doubleday, Doran & Co.,, Garden City, NY, 1933. hardcover. Condition: near Very Good. first edition, as stated. Octavo, black cloth covers with red rule and spine titles. xii [5] 4 pages of plates before text + 332 pages. Includes other black and white plates. Folding diagram after appendix. Includes index. Map on endpapers. Small spot on spine below titles. Clean and tight. 021210C. Seller Inventory # 000015211

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Book Description Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., Garden City, NY, 1933. Hard Cover. Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. 332 pp. Original black cloth covers, lightly soiled and rubbed. Corners and spine ends bumped. Light foxing to first few leaves. Illust. w/ b/w plates and a fold-out chart in rear. Seller Inventory # M2997WWI

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