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Andrew, A. Piatt, FRIENDS OF FRANCE: THE FIELD SERVICE OF THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE DESCRIBED BY ITS MEMBERS. "Good" only. (NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1916). 1st Edition. Spine faded & creased, but without chipping. Edgewear is minimal, though boards show some slight spotting. Worst damage is a deep waterstain on rear board along spine. Also a waterstain through much of the book along the gutter, s ometimes spilling into text but not affecting legibility. Text clear throughout. The Memorial Edition by the Inspector General of the Field Service, designed to encourage more young men to volunteer in the American Volunteer Amubulance Services two full years before America entered the War. Photographs, drawings, histories, letters, citations, tributes, rosters, biographies. Also a foldout notice to volunteers. 345 pp.


Buswell, Leslie. AMBULANCE NO. 10, PERSONAL LETTERS FROM THE FRONT. A.L. Burt Company, by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Co, 1915, 1916., VG. Tenth Impression. 7.5x5. Spine somewhat darkened with spotting, but lettering still plainly legible. Some discoloration to back cover. Front cover clean with crisp lettering & decoration. Some foxing to frontispiece and title page, interior of b ook otherwise tight & clean. An American volunteer ambulance driver describes his experiences with the American Field Service on the Western Front in WWI, serving with the French army in the years before American entered the war. Photographs, drawings, 155 pp.


click to enlarge Clayton, Ann. CHAVASSE: Double VC. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2007). 6.25x9.25, b&w photographs, 272 pages.

~~~ Many heroes emerged during the First World War, but only one man was twice awarded the Victoria Cross during that conflict. This was Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as Medical Officer to the 10th Battalion, the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) - the Liverpool Scottish.
~~~ The author has unearthed a forgotten archive of his letters from the Front and been allowed access to the Chavasse family correspondence, photographs and other documents.
~~~ The result is a fascinating study of a man who, while typical in almost every way of the Victorian/Edwardian middle class stands out for his simple courage and unflinching devotion to duty.
~~~ This is a deeply moving story about a modest but heroic man seen against the background of his devoted family and the grim realities of the First World War.





click to enlarge Hallam, Andrew & Nicola Hallam. LADY UNDER FIRE ON THE WESTERN FRONT: The Great War Letters of Lady Dorothie Feilding MM. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2011). 6x9.25, 16 pages of b&w plates, 240 pages.

~~~ When Britain went to war in 1914 many people rallied to the cause, determined to join the colours or be useful in some other way. Lady Dorothie Mary Evelyn Feilding was one of the latter. ‘Lady D’ spent almost three years on the Western Front in Belgium driving ambulances for the Munro Motor Ambulance Corps, an all-volunteer unit. During her time in Flanders her bravery was such that she received the Belgian Order of Leopold, the French Croix de Guerre and was the first woman to be awarded the British Military Medal.
~~~ She wrote home to Newnham Paddox, near Rugby, almost daily. Her letters reflect the mundane, tragedy and horror of war and also the tensions of being a woman at the front contending with shells, gossip, funding, lice, vehicle maintenance and inconvenient marriage proposals.
~~~ Though Dorothie was the daughter of an Earl and from a privileged upbringing she had an easy attitude that transcended social boundaries and that endeared her to all that she came in to contact with whether royalty or the ordinary fighting man.


Hansen, Arlen J., GENTLEMEN VOLUNTEERS. Arcade Publishing, 1996. "The Story of the American Ambulance Drivers in the Great War, August 1914-September 1918." NEW copy. First Edition. Forward by George Plimpton. Photographs, extensive notes & bibliography, index, 254 pages. $27.00


Howe, M.A. DeWolfe (editor). THE HARVARD VOLUNTEERS IN EUROPE. Harvard University Press, 1916., NF. Second Impression. A clean, tight copy with very little wear. Spine very slightly sunned. Small, discrete 1920s-style bookplate. A small amount of light pencil annotation which could be easily erased. A series of first-hand narratives by Harvard men who volunteered in WWI before America entered the war. This was one of the books which helped win support in America for the French cause. Volunteers were serving with the French Foreign Legion, the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Field Service, the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Service, as well as with various foreign military and medical services. Accounts by Alan Seeger, Victor Chapman, Harvey Cushing, George Benet, Richard Norton, Waldo Pierce, and numerous others. Contains a complete roster of Harvard volunteers in the European war up to the time of publication. An important book. 264 pp.


click to enlarge Lecerf, Leon 1914-1918, Regard D'Un Medecin Militaire. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Editions Ltd, 2006). 9.5x13.5, 110 b&w photographs, 125 pages.

~~~ Doctor Léon Leçerf was mobilized at the beginning of the Great War. His responsibilities at the Front included caring for many solders coming back from the lines who had a chance momentarily to forget the horror. Civilians too were equally exposed to the horrors but tried to continue as best they could their ordinary lives. He administered both first aid and the last rights to the casualties in his care.
~~~ Doctor Leçerf’s second passion after medicine was photography and it is this second interest of his that makes this book so completely unique. In many ways it is a photographic diary of his time at the front. There are, of course, the usual photographs of military activities, but what is so very compelling are the photographs of civilians, often just a few feet behind the front lines, continuing to go about their daily business as best they can given the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in. It is a juxtaposition of realities that is quite extraordinary to see.
~~~ Thanks to his images, we have a unique glimpse of a time long past, but one which, in some ways still exists in all the places where military action and civilians come up against each other; Baghdad, Kabul—the list is long.


click to enlarge McGreal, Stephen. THE WAR ON HOSPITAL SHIPS, 1914 -- 1918. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 6x9, illustrated throughout, 272 pages.

~~~ It is often said “The first casualty of war is the truth” and there is no better example of this than the furore caused by the claims and counterclaims of the British and German Governments at the height of the First World War. Wounded allied personnel were invariably repatriated by hospital ships, which ran the gauntlet of mined waters and gambled on the humanity of the U- Boat commanders. For, contrary to the terms of the Geneva Convention, on occasions Germany had sunk the unarmed hospital ships under the pretense they carried reinforcement troops and ammunition. The press seized on these examples of ‘Hun Barbarity’, especially the drowning of noncombatant female nurses.
~~~ The crisis heightened following the German Government’s 1 February 1917 introduction of unrestricted naval warfare. The white painted allied hospital ships emblazoned with huge red crosses now became in German eyes legitimate targets for the U-Boats. As the war on the almost 100 strong fleet of hospital ships intensified the British threatened reprisals against Germany, in particular an Anglo-French bombing raid upon a German town.
~~~ Undeterred the Germans stepped up their campaign sinking two hospital ships in swift succession. Seven hospital ships struck mines and a further eight were torpedoed. Faced with such a massacre of the innocents Britain decided her hospital ships, painted and brightly lit in accordance with the Geneva Convention, could no longer rely on this immunity. The vessels were repainted in drab colors, defensively armed and sailed as ambulance transports among protected convoys. Germany had successfully banished hospital ships from the high seas.


click to enlarge Owens, Henry (edited by John Hutton). A DOCTOR ON THE WESTERN FRONT: The Diary of Henry Owens 1914-1918. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Pen & Sword, 2013). 6x9, 20 illustrations, 224 pages.

~~~ Henry Owens' Great War diary provides a vivid and complete narrative, seen from the perspective of an army doctor, of what it was like to live and fight in the trenches of the Western Front. Owens, a member of the original British expeditionary Force, the ‘Old Contemptibles’, was among the first British soldiers to set foot in France. He spent the next four years in the front line as a doctor and a diarist, an eyewitness to some of the most bitter and violent struggles of the greatest conflict the world had ever seen. His writing, edited and with a full introduction by John Hutton, gives us an inside view of the duties and experiences of a doctor tending the fighting troops, and it paints a graphic portrait of the daily lives of the men themselves.
~~~ Henry Owens was born into a doctor’s family in Long Stratton, Norfolk in 1889. When war was declared in 1914, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force. He served as a front-line medical officer throughout the conflict and he kept a diary and notes. After the war he used this material to assemble this meticulous account of his experiences. After being demobilized in 1919 he returned to civilian medical practice and married, but he died after a sudden illness in 1921, aged just 31. After the death of his wife in 1980, the diary came into the possession of the Imperial War Museum.

Not yet released. Due out in July, 2013.


Pottle, Frederick A., STRETCHERS: The Story of a Hospital Unit on the Western Front. (One of the very finest of American WWI memoirs by a hospital orderly who tended the wounded Marines of Belleau Wood).



click to enlarge Scotland, Thomas and Steven Heys. WAR SURGERY 1914-18. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Helion and Company, 2012). 6x9, 104 b&w photographs and illustrations, 288 pages.

~~~ This book is an analysis of surgical practice during the Great War, 1914-1918, focusing closely on the human aspects of the surgery of warfare and how developments in the understanding of injuries sustained in warfare occurred.
~~~ The First World War resulted in appalling wounds that quickly became grossly infected. The medical profession had to rapidly modify its clinical practice to deal with the major problems presented by overwhelming sepsis. Besides risk of infection, there were many other issues to be addressed including casualty evacuation, anesthesia, the use of X-rays and how to deal with disfiguring wounds - plastic surgery in its infancy.
~~~ The core of the book lies in 10 essays covering a wide variety of topics, including: the evacuation of casualties; anesthesia, shock and resuscitation; pathology; X-rays; orthopedic wounds; abdominal wounds; chest wounds; wounds of the skull and brain; the development of plastic surgery. All material is supported by an extensive number of figures, tables and images.
~~~ This book is firmly aimed at all those with a passion for the history of this period. While it will be of interest to those in medical spheres the editors have ensured that the essays are accessible and of interest to a non-medical readership.
~~~ War Surgery 1914-18 contributes greatly to our understanding of the surgery of warfare. Surgeons working in Casualty Clearing Stations during the years 1914-1918 laid the foundations for modern war surgery as practiced today in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Not yet released. Due out in December, 2013.


Sheahan, Henry.. A VOLUNTEER POILU. Houghton Mifflin, 1916., VG, 1st edition. Blue cloth with map printed on endpapers. Minimal edgewear at inner corners; outer corners intact but turned in slightly. Spine somewhat darkened. Spine intact, not chipped. Some minor discoloration to cover. 4.25"x 7". Photographs. A young American, a Harvard student, volunteers as an ambulance driver with the American Field Service in support of the French Army in the years before America enters the war. Well-written & keenly observant, from a Sunday morning stroll through the Tuileries Gardens in Paris to the desolate horror of the Verdun trenches. 218 pp.


Smith, Major T.J., MEDICAL SERVICES: Casualties and Medical Statistics of the Great War. NEW copy; Battery Press. Hardcover issued without dustjacket. 1997 reprint of original 1931 edition. Photographs, 402 pages. "A reprint of this very scarce British Official History of WW I in their Medical series. It is of immense value to the military historian as it is a massive compilation of statistics on casualties to British forces in every theater of the war. Numbers of losses, wounded and sick, along with numbers afflicted under each disease and cause."


click to enlarge St. Clair, William (edited by John St. Clair). THE ROAD TO ST. JULIEN: The Letters of a Stretcher-Bearer of the Great War. NEW copy, trade paperback. (Pen & Sword, 2004). 6.5x9.5, illustrated, 240 pages.

~~~ William St Clair is perhaps the only soldier to have left a continuous account of his experiences day by day from the moment of joining up in 1914, through the years of horror in the trenches, to the march into Germany in 1919 and the long aftermath of trying to make sense of what had happened. A private in the medical corps, St Clair wrote daily letters, sometimes more, to his future wife Jane. Often scribbled under fire, and sent in the green envelopes that were exempt from censorship, they tell of the famous battles of Loos, the Somme, and Passchendaele, as they happened, with excruciating vividness. They speak too of aspirations, of conversations, of literature, and of love.
~~~ Published for the first time, these raw, truthful, and deeply moving. letters give us what we have not properly had before, the voice of an ordinary soldier who is also a wonderful writer. The book takes its title from the village of St Julien in Flanders, where, in a captured German pill box, the mind of young soldier was transformed, an event that he later turned into an award-winning play.


Strott, Lt George C. Hospital Corps, USN, NAVY MEDICS WITH THE MARINES, 1917-1919. NEW Battery Press reprint of the very scarce U.S. Navy Department 1947 edition. Originally published in 1948 as The Medical Department of the United States Navy with the Army and Marine Corps in France in World War I, this U.S. Navy official history covers the activities of the Navy medical unit assigned to the 4th USMC Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in World War I. It is as much a combat history of the Marines as a naval history.


Tjomsland, Anne, MD., BELLEVUE IN FRANCE, ANECDOTAL HISTORY OF BASE HOSPITAL NO. 1. (Bellevue received casualties, including many Marines, from Belleau Wood, Chateau Thierry, Soissons, St Mihiel, & the Argonne).



click to enlarge Wolfe, Avery Royce. LETTERS FROM VERDUN: Frontline Experiences of an American Volunteer in World War 1 France . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Casemate, 2009). 8.5x11, 100 illustrated throughout, 226 pages.

~~~ Though the United States was late to enter the Great War, a number of idealistic young Americans wished to take part from the beginning. One of these was Avery Royce Wolf, a highly educated scion of a family in America’s burgeoning industrial heartland.
~~~ Volunteering as an ambulance driver with the French Army in the Verdun sector, Royce sent back a constant stream of highly detailed letters describing the experience of frontline combat, not excluding comments on strategy, the country he encountered, and the Allies’ prospects for success.
~~~ This treasure trove of brilliant letters, only recently discovered, is accompanied by several albums worth of rare, high-quality photos depicting aspects of the Great War in France never previously published.
~~~ The book contains expert overviews to set the reader in Royce’s time and place; however, the narrative is most gripping with his own day-to-day perceptions, analytical and emotional in turn. The reader can sympathize with Royce’s dilemma when his original term of service expires and he wonders whether to return home. But then the American army begins to arrive and he decides to continue on. We hear firsthand how the U.S. troops are first kept out of battle, then take casualties no veteran unit would have sustained, because of their fresh-faced audacity.
~~~ When the Ludendorff Offensive unfolds in spring 1918 there is nothing but disaster to report, as each day witnesses a new collapse before the seemingly unstoppable Germans. Royce believes that the entire Allied war effort is doomed. But then somehow the Allies hold on and the war is nearly at an end.
~~~ Full of exciting experiences as well as interesting firsthand analyses such as comparing French and German trench works (the latter were far better), Letters from Verdun brings the reader amazingly close to the frontlines of the Great War, almost as if in person.


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