Sir Edward Hamilton, Westrow Hulse Letters Written From the English Front in France Between September 1914 and March 1915
“…as Perfect as Anything Written from the Front…”
Hulse, Sir Edward Hamilton Westrow. Letters Written From the English Front in France Between September 1914 and March 1915. Privately Printed: 1916. 93(1)p., frontispiece, illustration, facsimile, folding map.
This privately printed relic of an English soldier, killed in battle in 1915 at Neuve Chappelle, earned international recognition for one particular missive, Hulse’s detailed and extended account of the Christmas Truce of 1914.
Journalist Perceval Landon called wrote that “In its mere literary aspect it is as perfect as anything written from the front: and as a human document it is of even greater value.”
Hulse reported how the first interpreter he met from the German lines was from Suffolk where he had left his girlfriend and a motorcycle. He went on to describe a sing along that “ended up with ‘Auld lang syne’ which we all, English, Scots, Irish, Prussians, Wurttenbergers, etc, joined in. It was absolutely astounding, and if I had seen it on a cinematograph film I should have sworn that it was faked!”
Light chipping of extremities; chipped spine label with loss; light toning as expected, especially on rear end page; light foxing; else very good.
|Dimensions||8 × 6 × 1.5 in|