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The History of Coast Artillery in the British Army - Col. K. W. Maurice-Jones

Royal Artillery Institution, 1955, Hardback ..
Condition: Poor. Covers warped, soiled, faded and rubbed. Top edges dusty. Front endpapers browned. Text, overall, bright and clean although some evidence of exposure to dampness. A reference copy. Last page mis-paginated as pp234.

Frontis. 17 Maps with 6 tucked in to a pocket to the rear pastedown. From the introduction: “On the 17th February, 1956, the Army Council announced their intention of discontinuing Coast Artillery in the British Army. This was an historic decision and one which could not fail to have far-reaching repercussions throughout the Commonwealth and Empire, the Army as a whole and in particular the Royal Regiment of Artillery. The decision was historic because it was a complete break with the organization and traditions of the past in that the defence of our ports and bases by Coast Artillery had been for centuries an integral part of our imperial strategy. But in the light of scientific and technical advances it was clear that there was no longer any justification for maintaining Coast Artillery and as a result the decision was made and the disbandment of Coast Artillery was ordered and completed within the year. Territorial Regiments changed to other duties, and the Regular element in the defences was posted elsewhere and the guns and equipment disposed of or withdrawn to be put to other uses. During the period of disbandment the thoughts of many coast gunners turned introspectively to the passing for ever of this historic branch of the Regiment and to considering whether the opportunity should not be taken now to write a comprehensive history of Coast Artillery. It was true that individual actions and episodes had been recorded but a consecutive history had never been attempted. It was thereupon decided that a short history should be written forthwith, and the result is this excellent book by Colonel K. W. Maurice-Jones which in fewer than 300 pages highlights the vicissitudes through which Coast Artillery passed from its earliest days until its recent disbandment.”
Size: 8¾" x 5½"
Number of Pages: 324
Introduction: General Sir Cameron Nicholson

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