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Campaign in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918 - PATTON George S. MOBERLY F.J - 1923. [1273282]
1923 - (PATTON, Jr., George S.) MOBERLY, F.J. The Campaign in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918 [Volumes I and III from Patton's library]. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1923. Four volumes. Octavo, original red cloth. Housed in a matching pair of custom clamshell boxes. $22,000.First editions of this four-volume official history of the Mesopotamia Campaign of World War I, with Volumes I and III coming from General Patton's library, each signed in ink on the front board, the spine and the front free endpaper by General Patton, Volume I with a dozen passages interestingly annotated by him in the margins, and Volume III with Patton's annotations on 31 pages, demonstrating that Patton read and studied these volumes carefully. (The set is completed with Volumes II and IV from another set.)."General George S. Patton Jr. has earned a place in the pantheon of authentic American heroes". [Yet] his great success on the battlefield did not come about by chance". He read voraciously" (D'Este, Patton, 3-4, 317-18). These copies of Volumes I and III of The Campaign in Mesopotamia""Patton's own copies""are each thrice signed by him, as was customary: on the front cover ("G S Patton" in block letters), the spine ("Patton"), and the front free endpaper, with Volume III dated by him "Oct 13, 1926." Patton himself served in World War I, leading tank brigades in the France and Germany. In Volume I he has made 12 interesting marginal notations, including "Why have Majors & Colonels make plans for a General. All he needed was a statement of his mission," "Note disparity in losses between British & Indian, yet there were 3 Indians to each Britisher," "High horse casualties in Charge," and "Allies are a nuisance." In Volume III, Patton has made interesting marginal notations on 31 pages, including "His Gen's did not make his plans," "Really maneuvered his men," "Air Corps does Good," "God is with the Big Battalions," "22 months and not yet ready God help us," "lack of guts," and many others.Patton's full annotations in Volume I, all in pencil, are as follows:Page 59: Patton partially underlines "European Powers had increased, or were increasing, their military expenditure, in order to equip their armies with the latest scientific and mechanical inventions. The result was to be seen in Mesopotamia. Economy had become a tradition, and the inherent military risks attaching to such a policy had also become a tradition." Next to it, Patton writes "To [sic] much economy."Page 67: Next to a paragraph about officers in India: "it must always be questionable policy to officer alien oriental races with any but the best available material," Patton writes, "white officers."Page 100: The first paragraph begins "The 'plans of operation' prepared by the General Staff in India were based on the latest available information, which it was noted might require revision". It was, however, stated that it was to be clearly understood that these plans were not intended to fetter the discretion of the officer commanding as to the action he might consider best calculated to carry the intentions of Government into effect." Patton draws an arrow in the left margin from the last sentence to the upper margin where he writes "Why have Majors & Colonels make plans for a General. All he needed was a statement of his mission."Page 101: Next to "The second section of each plan gave a method by which the object desired could, in the opinion of the General Staff, be attained," Patton underlines and writes "wrong."Page 119: In the lower margin Patton writes "too scattered" and draws an arrow to the lengthy footnote which describes the forces of Major General C.I. Fry.Page 124: Beneath the footnotes listing numbers of British and Indian casualties, which Patton bracketed, in the lower margin he writes, "Note disparity in losses between British & Indian, yet there were 3 Indians to each Britisher."Page 140: In the left margin, next to "Judging, however, by subsequent events, it wou. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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