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Memoirs of an Unconventional Soldier
London, Ivor Nicholson and Watson, 1936 - First Edition. Signed. Rare association copy. Inscribed,signed, and dated by author to prominent associate Brigadier-General P.R.C. Groves. The inscription reads as follows: "To P.R.C. Groves, as a small remembrance of our long friendship and united efforts. From J.F.C. Fuller 16.4.36 ".The book is in very good condition. All maps, plates, diagrams and photographs are present, including the five battle maps at the rear. Some of the plates are a little bit wrinkled, but there is no sign of damp damage anywhere in the book, including all text leaves and original red cloth boards. Spine is slightly faded but the gilt thereon is still bright. Mild foxing to edges and endpapers. P. R. C. Groves (1878-1959) was perhaps the most well-known proponent of the idea of the 'knock-out blow'. He held some very responsible positions during the war, in particular Director of Flying Operations, while after the war he was the British Air Representative to the Versailles peace conference. It's not clear to me why he retired so early at age 44; but as he was soon afterwards publicly criticising Trenchard and the Air Ministry, particularly over the possible aerial threat from France and the lack of support for the aircraft industry, perhaps he felt that change could not be effected from within. In September 1939 he was recalled to the Air Ministry, where he served as Deputy-Director of Intelligence until April 1940. His works on airpower include Our Future in the Air (1922), Behind the Smoke Screen (1934) and Our Future in the Air (1935; unrelated to the earlier book with the same name). Hardback. No dj. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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