London: Jonathan Cape, 1939. First Edition. Octavo. Bound in publisher's red cloth with gilt titles to spine; top edge stained red. Dust wrapper has titles in black to front cover and spine, rear cover blank. With an introduction by Winston Churchill, fold-out maps and photographic illustrations. Binding is lightly rubbed, with corners and spine ends bumped, two slight marks to binding through dust wrapper. Internally clean and free from spotting. Dust wrapper is rubbed, particularly to top edges, corners, and spine ends; one small chip to top edge and one small burn mark to front joint; small portion missing from spine, including the second 'L' of Churchill. Brigadier-General Spears' insider account of the sometimes fraught and perennially complex relationships between the military hierarchies of the Allied Forces in France in 1917, as well as descriptions of the battles and principal incidents on the Western Front. Churchill's introduction describes it as "one of the best books which have been written about the Great War", and surely there can be few higher recommendations. Item #43209
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