Robertson, Field-Marshal Sir William.


2nd imp., 1921. Xix + 396 pp., frontis., + 16 plates + a map. Red cloth; spine faded; 22 x 14cm. V.G. This is the autobiography of Sir William Robertson, 1860-1933, in which he tells how he rose from the rank of private in 1877 to Field-Marshal in 1920. The author enlisted as a private in the 16th Lancers and went on to serve in a number of positions including, as a subaltern in India, on the Intelligence Staff of the Chitral Relief Force, on the Intelligence Staff with the War Office, on the Headquarters Staff in the South African War, as Head of the Foreign Intelligence Section in the War Office, as Brigadier-General of the General Staff in Aldershot, as Commandant of the Staff College, and as Director of Military Training. In World War I the author served as Quartermaster General (later Chief of the General Staff) of the British Expeditionary Force, and became Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1916 to 1918. He subsequently served as Commander-in Chief of Great Britain and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine. An autobiography of a remarkable military career, complete with photographs, a map and an index.

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