First edition, limited to 500 copies, this being number 103. Bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Quarter black morocco over cream cloth boards. The spine with five raised bands and titles in gilt. Top edge gilt. Illustrated map endpapers. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little marking and spotting to the cloth. The contents with a little toning to the endpapers and occasional very light spotting to a handful of page edges are otherwise clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps.
The sequel to de Chair's account of his time as an intelligence officer with the 4th Cavalry Brigade during the Anglo-Iraqi War, continuing and completing his narrative with a description of the occupation of Baghdad and the early stages of the subsequent campaign against the Syrian armies of Vichy France. A review in the Spectator in 1944 described de Chair's wartime writings as forming "a fascinating and well-told story in the tradition of T. E. Lawrence, and one worthy to take its place in the history of British soldiers' heroic campaigns in the Near East".
Stock code: 19625