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 BREMOND (Edouard)
BREMOND (Edouard) Le Hedjaz dans la Guerre Mondiale.  Preface by Marechal Franhet D'Esperey, Payout, 1931
5 double-page maps; 352pp. uncut, original printed wrappers a little soiled, wear at edges,
Edouard Bremond [1868-1948], a regular officer of the French army, had already served in Madagascar and Morocco before the outbreak of the First World War. After being wounded, he was appointed Head of the French Military mission to Egypt and Hedjaz in 1916. In opposition to the objectives of T.E. Lawrence, hehad wanted to post regular troops at Rabegh and then Akaba. Pursuing the French government's aims, he did not wish the Arabs to take Medina, as he feared they would they go on to invade Syria, which France wanted to control after the war. It was because of this policy that Lawrence felt compelled to reveal to King Feisal the proposals of the Sykes-Picot agreement, and why he was so determined that the troops of the Arab revolt should enter Damascus. Bremond's work was written partly as a response to the French translation of Lawrence's 'Revolt in the Desert' published by Payot in the same series in 1928. According to the foreword, the author hoped to a give a more accurate and less romanticised account of the intervention in the Hedjaz than Lawrence had done. Unsurprisingly this work contains many criticisms of Lawrence and the British, but is an important account of the work of the French mission. Only one copy has been sold at auction recorded at Sotheby's in the last 20 years

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