Higher Command by Edlef Koppen 1st / 1st 1931
London: Faber & Faber Limited (1931). A scarce UK first edition and especially so in the dust wrapper. This is a very good copy. The wrapper has at one time had archival tape applied to the reverse of the jacket and this has been taken off leaving remnants of tape marks. There is loss and chipping to the spine ends and corners. The book is quite nice with bright boards and clean pages. Only very occasional spotting to the text block.
At the outbreak of the First World War Koppen joined as a volunteer in the Prussian army and served from October 1914 to October 1918 as a gunner. Köppen was wounded several times, including burns from poison gas and a squashed lung as a result of being buried, which impaired his health for life. This is his biography, explicit and in his own words, more horrific than what had been reported in the news at the time.