London: Hutchinson, 1937. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.352 . With 61 b/w illustrations including frontispiece. In publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine. INSCRIBED by the author to verso of front free end-paper: 'With every possible good wish, 6.8.39 // To // Michael J. W. Benn // Your father has been for many years / a much valued colleague of mine / both in the Royal Naval Air Service / and in the House of Commons. I / have admired very much his great / activity and all the hard work he / has done for his country during the / last twenty five years. // He tells me you have a creative mind. / May I urge you to develop it all you / can, because those who have this gift / are scarce. // This book will indicate to you / how good seed well sown may / induce a Bumper Harvest - and / the satisfaction which comes to the sower / that none can remove. Murray F. Sueter, Rear-Admiral / House of Commons.' Slight reading lean; spine lightly sunned, with light shelf-wear. Very good, with a superb association. Michael Julius Wedgwood Benn (1921-1944) was the eldest son of Air Commodore William Wedgwood Benn, 1st Viscount Stansgate - distinguished flight officer and politician, and father of Labour politician Tony Benn. Having joined the Royal Air Force during the Second World War with his younger brother Tony, Michael was tragically killed when his Mosquito malfunctioned and crashed near Chichester in 1944. The book itself tells the story of the genesis of the tank, constituting the first word on the matter from the man who directed the initial project. Gestating at first as an armoured car for the Royal Naval Air Service, the tank was first referred to as a caterpillar landship. Item #46524
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