TANK

[ Sir Harry Ricardo, pioneering engine designer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Harry R Ricardo') to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding an invitation to give a course of lectures.

Author: 
Sir Harry Ricardo [ Sir Harry Ralph Ricardo ] (1885-1974), pioneering engine designer [ Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
Penotone, Lancing, Sussex. 22 July [1921].
£40.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. With the Society's date stamp and a query in red pencil. He apologises for the delay in replying to an invitation 'to give a short course of lectures': 'I should very much like to do this at some later date but I am afraid that I have already committed myself so deeply for this next winter and spring that it will not be possible for me to do so.' He is 'very flattered indeed' by the inviation and regrets having to decline it.

[ Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles, first commander of the Tank Corps, during the Battle of Amiens, 1918. ] Duplicated Typed Circular 'SPECIAL ORDER No. 15 | by | Major-Genl. H. J. ELLES, CB, DSO, Comdg.', thanking 'all ranks' during 'the present battle'.

Author: 
Major-General H. J. Elles [ Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles ] (1880-1945), first commander of the Tank Corps [ First World War; Battle of Amiens, August 1918 ]
Publication details: 
'Tank Corps in the Field. [ Battle of Amiens] | 13th August, 1918'
£45.00

From the papers of Lieutenant Colonel William Otter Gibbs (1883-1960), Sixth Tank Battalion. Duplicated Typed Circular headed 'SPECIAL ORDER No. 15 | by | Major-Genl. H. J. ELLES, CB, DSO, Comdg. Tank Corps in the Field. | 13th August, 1918.' With facsimile signature of 'H. J. Elles. | Major-General, | Commanding Tank Corps in the Field.' 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper.

[ J. F. C. Fuller and the Tank Corps. ] Covering Duplicated Circular by Lieut.-Colonel J. F. C. Fuller, accompanying seven-page anonymous Duplicated Typed 'Battle Note No. 3. | Action of a A R.F.A. battery during the Second Battle of the Somme'.

Author: 
J. F. C. Fuller [ Major General John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966) ], military historian and strategist [ Royal Field Artillery; First World War; Second Battle of the Somme, 1918 ]
Publication details: 
Fuller's circular and the 'Battle Note' both from Headquarters, Tank Corps ('HJB'), and both dated 23 July 1918.
£180.00

From the papers of Lieutenant Colonel William Otter Gibbs (1883-1960), Sixth Tank Battalion. Both items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor rusting from pin used to attach them. ITEM ONE: Duplicated Typed Circular by 'J. F. C. Fuller [ facsimile signature ] | Lieut.-Colonel, | General Staff.' 23 July 1918, headed 'G. T. 29/3/3', from 'Headquarters, | TANK CORPS. | 23, 7, 1918., | HJB.' 1p., folio. Small hole at top left, not affecting text.

[Corrected Galley Proofs] Twenty Years After - The Minor Pleasures of War

Author: 
Ernest Dunlop Swinton, soldier, inventor and historian of the First World War, etc.
Ernest Dunlop Swinton, soldier, inventor and historian
Publication details: 
Stamped '19 Aug 1937 First 14' ["Twenty Years After2 published in 2 vols, 1936-1938].
£135.00
Ernest Dunlop Swinton, soldier, inventor and historian

Corrected Galleys, five pages. c.67 x 16cm, some marking, mainly good condition, corrected relatively lightly in MS. possibly by two hands, presumably including the author, and in ink and pencil, some corrections qualitative. Corrections include omissions of words (the word "very" is excised on at least three occasions), additions of letters, change to lower case, added punctuation, etc.

Manuscript diary for the year 1944 by an English army officer ('H. E. Nash?') in the 23rd Armoured Brigade of the British Eighth Army in the Second World War.

Author: 
[Diary of an officer in the 23rd Armoured Brigade, British Eighth Army, 1946]
Publication details: 
Entries from 1 January to 27 December 1944.
£280.00

Text on 87 pp of a 8vo 1944 'Surrey Desk Diary' (Mitcham: Surrey Manufacturing Co.). Text clear and complete. Volume in good condition on aged paper. While the author's ownership signature at the front of the volume ('', ', '') is not decipherable, there are clues to his identity: his birthday is on 24 June, he states on 5 October that he is in the 23rd Armoured Brigade, and on 19 August he gives his Identity Card No. as 116941. He begins as a sergeant, and by 13 January is 'H.Q. Troop commander, which, out of action, no schemes, no censoring, doesn't amount to much'.

Carbon copy of manuscript.

Author: 
Stunts by Fag End': contemporaneous account of first world war experiences by unidentified writer.
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£100.00

3 pages, 8vo. On three leaves of paper, all creased, discoloured and worn, with a few tears and pin holes. Lively, humorous, and well-written account of the army career of a skiver. 'Behold me then the next time in the trenches a Lewis Gunner, my-self to be about to kill Bosches in neat little trenches of 47. As a matter of fact I did not kill one as I never fired the gun but we had one or two thrilling times. [...] January 1st. 1917 I became a member of the now famous Tank Corps.

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