First edition in English of the Prussian General and military historian's best known work, a bellicose book in which he describes war as a "divine business", proposing that Germany should pursue an aggressive stance and ignore treaties. Publisher's original grey cloth with illustration and titles in black to the upper board, titles in gilt to the spine. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little bumping at the spine tips, the cloth and gilt remaining bright and fresh. The contents with a gift inscription at the head of the title page, and with some toning and light spotting to the prelims are otherwise clean throughout. An excellent example with a notable military provenance.
Inscribed in black ink at the head of the title page "Captain Lewis Pugh Evans / The Black Watch / with best Xmas and New Year / greetings from his uncle / Xmas 1912". Brigadier-General Lewis Pugh Evans, VC, CB, CMG, DSO & Bar, DL (3 January 1881 – 30 November 1962) was a British Army officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. "Lewis Evans won his first DSO at Hooge on 16th June 1915. 'When the troops became mixed up he moved up and down the line under continuous heavy fire for 14 hours reorganising units and bringing back reports', London Gazette, 24 July 1915. He was appointed Major, September 1915, and GS02 HQ 6th Division in March 1916. He was appointed Temporary Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer 1st Lincolnshire Regiment in March 1917. He won the Victoria Cross at Passchendaele on the 4th October 1917, 'for conspicuous bravery and leadership'. 'Lt. Col. Evans took his battalion through a terrific enemy barrage, personally formed up all units and led them in the assault. While a strong machine gun emplacement was causing casualties and the troops were working round the flank, Lt. Col. Evans rushed at it himself and by firing his revolver through the loophole, forced the garrison to capitulate. After capturing the first objective he was severely wounded in the shoulder, but refused to be bandaged, and reformed his troops, pointed out all future objectives, and again led his battalion forwards. Again badly wounded, he never the less continued to command until the second objective was won, and, after consolidation, collapsed from loss of blood. As there were numerous casualties, he refused assistance, and by his own efforts ultimately reached the dressing station. His example of cool bravery stimulated in all ranks the highest valour and determination to win', London Gazette, 26 November 1917. He was decorated with the VC by H.M. King George V at Buckingham Palace, 2 January 1918. After recovering from his wounds he took command of his own regiment, The 1st Battalion The Black Watch, in January 1918. Lewis Evans won his second DSO at Givenchy 18-20 April 1918, 'For gallantry and devotion to duty over a three day period. On the first day he moved about all over the forward areas, the next day he personally conducted a reconnaissance for a counter attack which he led on the third day driving the enemy out of the forward system', London Gazette, 16 September 1918. He was appointed Brigadier General and Commander 14th Brigade in June 1918 and Base Commandant Rhine Army Rotterdam in 1919. He was awarded CMG in 1919 for services in command of 14th Brigade and also awarded Officier de l'Ordre de Leopold (Belgium) in 1917 and Croix de Guerre (France) in 1918 for services to Belgium and France in the war. During the course of the war he was also Mentioned in Dispatches seven times. Following the war Lewis Evans became an instructor at the Senior Officers School, followed by Command of the Devon and Cornwall Infantry Brigade, and other GSO2 posts in Belfast, Glasgow and Newcastle upon Tyne before eventually taking command of the 2nd Battalion The Black Watch in 1926. A period at the War Office in London followed in 1930. His final appointment in 1933 was as commander of the 159th Welsh Border Infantry Brigade. On his retirement in January 1938 he was awarded the CB." - Dictionary of Welsh Biography
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