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POSTCARDS OF THE ARMY SERVICE CORPS 1902-1918:
Bibliophile price: £11.00
Postcards are a particular favourite in antique dealers' shops and at car boot sales and charity shops and the author's specialism is postcards of the Army Service Corps from the turn of the century until the end of the Great War. Fascinating from cover to cover, it is a visual celebration with over 500 images, a number of colour plates of the more familiar artist-drawn postcards, all serving to record the life and work of the soldiers. Probably numbering some 540 unique images, we learn that the conduct of war changed dramatically in the late Victorian era after the debacle of the Crimean War and humiliating setbacks of the Boer War. Commanders realised the vital importance of logistics in any campaign. The reorganisation of the ACS marked a significant milestone in the modernisation of the Army. The development and introduction of mechanical transport were to play a vital role. Photographs include the 75hp Fowler 'Lion' traction engine The Great Bear and Joan of Arc, horse driven ambulances, wagon mounting and dismounting competitions at Olympia, plus football teams, the Company tailor, pay parade and in the colour section a despatch rider, bakery, a Holt Caterpillar towing a trailer of supplies, a steam tractor towing a 60-pounder gun, a motorcycle and sidecar and comedy Christmas cards plus six neatly embroidered images of colour postcards and patriotic ACS poems. 272pp, fully illus, 18.3 x 25.5cm.

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