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Amphibious Warfare and Combined Operations.

KEYES Admiral, the Lord (1943.)

£100.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Small 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'De la Warr from Keyes. "The use of recriminating about the past is to enforce effective action at the present" Winston Churchill House of Commons 29.5.36'.

Herbrand Sackville, 9th Earl de la Warr, inherited his title when very young, and became the first hereditary peer to sit on the Labour Benches. He agreed to serve in Macdonald's National Government, holding several ministerial posts, and was appointed Lord Privy Seal in Chamberlain's Government. He was opposed to appeasement and suffered demotion as a result, and was on the backbenches until 1951, where he was Postmaster General under Churchill. As a young man he was featured in the Daily Mail, who said of him "A young earl, whose conscience would not allow him to join the Army to kill has become an able seaman on a minesweeper to save life. The sea is in the blood of young Lord De La Warr, who has been an able seaman and mine-sweeper since he was little over sixteen. One of his Cochrane (Lords Dundonald) ancestors was the Admiral who destroyed the Spanish naval power in the Pacific, and hammered the French and Portuguese Fleets a century ago". His Cochrane great-great-grandfather was another notable admiral, the late Lord Brassey was the maternal grandfather, and his father died at Messina in 1915, while on active service with the R.N.V.R".

Top board creased, dust jacket grubby, with a tear to the back cover next the spine.

Stock Code: 222106