1st ed., 1928. 411 pp., frontis., + 7 photo & other plates. Original red cloth; gilt armorial to front cover; 22 x 14cm. Ex-lib., with small label to front cover & remains of label to rear e.p., cloth chipped on front cover; spine faded with tiny splits to the top; 1 plate loose o/w GOOD. Sir Charles Vere Townshend, 1861 – 1924 joined the Indian Army and held Chitral Fort for 46 days in 1895. In World War I, as major-general in 1915, in conjunction with naval forces up the Tigris, he took Amara. Defeated at Ctesiphon, he fell back upon Kut, where he held out for a month before surrendering in 1916. He went on to become M.P. from 1920. This military biography is based on Townshend's diaries and private papers and thus offers an intimate insight into his services in the Sudan and during the First World War. The book is illustrated with eight plates.