La Crise Mondiale [The World Crisis]

Tome II: 1915

CHURCHILL, Winston

CHURCHILL, Winston La Crise Mondiale [The World Crisis] Tome II: 1915

Payot, 1928.

First French edition of the second part of The World Crisis. Original paper wrappers, printed in blue. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to the half-title, "To Vice Admiral P. Guépratte K.C.B. from Winston S. Churchill 24 Sept. 1930". Hinges reinforced with tape and spine worn with splits to the base, a good copy.

Emile-Paul-Aimable Guépratte was commander of the French fleet, which was sent to the Dardanelles to join the Anglo-French force commanded by Admiral Sackville Carden in early 1915 as part of Churchill's ultimately decisive, but disastrously costly, attack on the Turkish forts.
Guépratte led the forward squadron, which was effectively ambushed between a well prepared minefield and Turkish artillery, resulting in an almost immediate loss of three ships and 600 lives. Although the mission was regarded as a disaster, Guépratte was lauded for his bravery and was awarded the Order of St George. Churchill devotes a short chapter to the Dardanelles attack in this book, in which he refers to Guépratte's gallantry.

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