London, William Heinemann, July, 1918. Hardcover. pp. viii, 183.Small 8vo,,Bound in original red cloth, lettered in black,John Edward Masefield (1878-1967) was England's second longest-serving Poet Laureate (after Tennyson). At the outbreak of the First World War Masefield, at 36, was old to enough to claim an exemption from military service but chose, instead, to volunteer as a medical orderly at the Western Front. After his tour of duty was finished, he obtained the support of the British government to write a report on the failed Dardanelles Campaign, in which the Allied forces suffered 300,000 casulties and 100,000 deaths, attempting to force their way through the Turkish lines to establish a supply route for the beleagured Russian forces. The campaign was a dismal failure and a severe blow to British morale. Masefield's response was this book, which ameliorated to some extent the despair of the citizenry. Our copy carries an interesting provenance, bearing as it does the inscription: ''Ralph Connor' from R. O. [undecipherable last name] (A.I.F) / in appreciation of right good fellowship on the 'Lapland' - Dec. 1918 / London / 30/12/18.'. Connor, of course, was the pseudonym of the famous Canadian authur Charles W. Gordon. (The 'Lapland' was the White Star ocean liner which, presumably, carried the two in December of 1918). The bottom edges of the boards of this copy are bumped, and there is light shelf wear. The contents are clean: a good plus, to very good, copy in the scarce original dust jacket (now with tape remains at folds, some closed tears and chipping, else fairly good condition). Ill.: maps, black-and-white photos. First published in 1916 in Great Britain by Heinemann, and in Canada by S. B. Gundy, this a later printing.
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Mots-clés: World War I;World War One;The Great War;The Dardanelles;Ralph Connor;Charles W. Gordon;;; maps, black-and-white photos