[ Barrie Pitt, military historian, on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. ] Two Typewritten drafts of an article titled 'Kashmir - the Pawn', both with autograph emendations, and separate autograph notes.

Author: 
Barrie Pitt (1918-2006), military historian and editor, 'Purnell's History of the Second World War' [ The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 ]
Publication details: 
Neither item with place or date, but with covering letter to Malcolm Armstrong of the Reading Evening Post, dated from Roadside, High Street, Wargrave, on 13 September 1965.
£180.00
SKU: 18038

In good condition, with light signs of age. ONE: Later draft, titled 'Kashmir - the Pawn'. 4pp., 4to. Two copies. Both with emendations in ink (one copy red, the other blue). The opening paragraph is arresting and , unfortunately, somewhat apposite: 'It is a great pity that wars are not fought for money, property or trade, for a cash settlement would be infinitely cheaper than the final price which mankind has to pay whenever armies begin to march. Unfortunately wars are fought for ideas; for differing opinions on the best way to live inn this world, or - and these are by far the most vicious wars of all - the most certain way of ensuring entry into the next. Love of God in one form or another seems to breed a quite extraordinary hatred among mankind: always, of course, with the highest motives and the best intentions.' Pitt ends tersely: 'And away to the north and west watches China. She is the one who will gain.' TWO: Untitled earlier draft. 9pp., 4to. With autograph emendations in pencil. THREE: Miscellaneous Autograph Notes. 5pp., 12mo. FOUR: Carbon copy of Typed covering letter to Malcolm Armstrong of the Reading Evening Post, beginning: 'Herewith 1250 words on the India-Pakistan troubles - or at least, the origins of the troubles - as promised.' He suggests arrangements for meeting 'your Editor'.