Order of Battle, Part 4: The Army Council, G.H.Q.s, Armies and Corp, 1914-1918 (first edition)

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NEAR-FINE. ORIGINAL PRINTED BOARDS WITH RED CLOTH BINDING AT SPINE.OFFSETTING TO ENDPAPERS, OTHERWISE CLEAN AND TIGHT BOARDS AND INTERIOR. NO WRITING OR MARKS. Laid in is 2 page Further Corrigenda. Uncommon original edition, especially in this condition with Corrigenda. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Order of Battle, Part 4: The Army Council, ...
Publisher: HMSO
Publication Date: 1945
Binding: Hard Cover
Edition: First Edition, First printing

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Book Description HMSO, 1st ed., 1935. 130 (+3) pp. 5cm closed tear (no loss) to top of pp., 83/4 & 85/6 has been repaired with professional tape. Part 2A : HMSO, 1st ed., 1936. Ix + 157 (+2) pp. Pp., 77 84 are bound-in facsimiles ; Re-backed. Part 2B : HMSO, 1st ed., 1937. Ix + 147 pp. Part 3A : HMSO, 1st ed., 1938. Xi + 162 pp. Part 3B : HMSO, 1st ed., 1945. Viii + 155 pp., 3 fldg., appendices. Part 4 : HMSO, 1st ed., 1945. X + 302 pp. Re-backed, original spine laid down. All Parts : Tables. Grey boards with red cloth spines ; 27 x 18cm. Ex-Lib., with usual stamps & markings to e.ps (blank), prelims & gilt letters to spines with some small blind stamps on internal pages ; some typical scuffs & light marks to boards o/w V.G. This is a RARE and Complete First Edition set of Order of Battle Divisions : History of the Great War Based on Official Documents by Direction of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. The four-part series was published in six volumes between the years 1935 and 1945. Part I provides Orders of Battle for the fifteen Regular British Divisions which served in the Great War (The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Divisions, the Guards Division, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 27th, 28th and 29th Divisions). Part 2A gives the Orders of Battle for twenty of the Territorial Force divisions (five mounted divisions, fourteen first-line infantry divisions (42 56), and one second-line infantry division). Part 2B contains the Orders of Battle of eighteen divisions which were all wartime formations : thirteen second-line Territorial Force divisions (57th 69th), three home-service divisions (71st 73rd), and the 74th and 75th Divisions. London produced one-seventh of the whole Territorial Force of England and Wales and of these eighteen divisions, nine served abroad in various theatres of war France, Belgium, Egypt, Gallipoli, Macedonia, Palestine and in North Russia (1919-1922) ; the other nine remained at home and at different times were responsible for a share in Home Defence. Part 3A includes the Orders of Battle of eighteen New Army divisions (9th 26th). These formed the First, Second and Third New Armies and included some Scottish, Irish, Northern, Eastern, Western and Light Divisions. Part 3B contains the Order of Battle of nineteen divisions : twelve New Army divisions (30th 41st ), which formed the new Fourth and Fifth New Armies, the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, and in Appendices 1A 1F the Orders of Battle of the six divisions (30th 35th) which formed the original Fourth New Army and were broken up with it in April 1915 (Appendix II). The nineteen divisions in this part were all wartime formations. During the War thirteen of these divisions served and fought on the Western Front, in Gallipoli, in Egypt, in Macedonia, and in Italy. Part 4 is clearly introduced as "the concluding Part of the Order of Battle of the British Forces which were engaged in the Great War of 1914 1918." It would seem that up until 1938, when Part 3A was published, there was intended to be Part 4 A and B covering the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and Indian Divisions, but by the time Part 3B had been published in 1945 this intention had been aborted and so Part 4 became the concluding volume in the series which, as was always proposed for the concluding volume, deals with G.H.Q.s Armies and Corps. Part 4 opens with the composition of the Army Council and shows its expansion during the Great War. The Army Council is followed by G.H.Q. Home Forces ; and then come the G.H.Q.s in France, Egypt, Gallipoli, Salonika, and Italy, and in each case the locations of their headquarters are given. In addition, for each of these five theatres a table is given which shows all the battles and engagements fought in the particular theatre, and the formations engaged in each operation. After the G.H.Q. lists are the Orders of Battle of the five British Armies which fought on the Western Front. Each Army order of battle gives th. Bookseller Inventory # C148B260

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