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One Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Batsch'), three Typed Letters Signed (two 'Batsch.' and one 'Ernst Batsch'), all to Bower; with two typed book reviews by Batsch (one marked 'translation').

Rear Admiral Ernst Batsch (1879-1948) of the Imperial German Navy [Sir Graham Bower KCMG [Sir Graham John Bower] (1848-1933)]

Editorial: All items between and 1932. The first two letters from Kurfuerstenstrasse Nr.81.b, Berlin, W.62; the last two from Enzianstrasse Nr.1, Berlin-Lichterfelde, W., 1930
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An interesting correspondence, from one maritime expert to another, casting light on German naval attitudes in the period following the Great War. Batsch's father, Admiral Karl Ferdinand Batsch (1831-1898), is regarded as one of the founders of the German navy. Bower, who served for twenty years in the Royal Navy, retiring in 1884 with the rank of Commander, is best known as Imperial Secretary in South Africa at the time of the Jameson Raid. Following the First World War he established himself as an expert in international law relating to naval matters. All items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with text clear and complete. The autograph letter with minor wear to one edge. Letter One (typed): 26 October 1930; quarto, 4 pp. From 'E. Batsch. C.Admiral a.D.' Batsch begins by thanking Bower for his 'enchanting and wonderful letter': 'The Chief of our Admiralty and his next fellow-labourers to whom I gave your letter to read were most intensively [sic] interested in the way you regard things of today.' Referring to the crash of the R101 he writes: 'What a dreadful airship-disaster England lived to see! If it gives a new impulse for cooperation between England and Germany this unparalled [sic] sacrifice was not in vain.' Paragraphs on 'the London Naval-conference' and 'Captain Hashagen's "Recollections" ' (see below). Discusses 'the Berlin-Mosc[o]w policy': 'I have the impression that this intimacy has done us from the political point of view, more harm than good. [.] Of course it is ridiculous to say, that a group of German generals is trying to run a foreign policy of its own which is not the policy of the German Government.' Asks for Bower's view on the role in England of 'Lord Melchett, formerly Alfred Mond' and 'his German-English cooperation in electrical industries in Stourport'. 'With regard to our last elections for the Reichstag they have shown that especially the young people are drifting away to the radical parties.' Unless 'the diplomatists will give way, this abominable Treaty [of Versailles] will not give room to a genuine reconciliation'. Ends with introduction to his friend Major Herbst, who 'took part in the war in Cameroon'. Accompanied by a review (quarto, 2 pp), dated 'October 1930' and signed 'Batsch.', of Ernest Hashagen's 'Submarines "Westwardho" '. Letter Two (autograph): 12 December 1930; 4to, 2 pp. He thanks Bower for sending 'the December Number of "the Round Table" Journal' which 'seems to contain a great many interesting articles, by which the public opinion in Germany ought to be influenced'. Discusses the exchange of books, and a possible visit to Bower's home at Droxford by Batsch's friend Herbst. Letter Three (typed): 17 September 1931; 4to, 3 pp. Batsch considers that, 'politically and economically', the summer 'has been a disappointment as well as a surprise'. 'Very true is what Lord Cecil said in Geneva lately, that in many countries an atmosphere of internal unrest reigns, which will react upon the whole world. Also very truly did his Lordship remark, that a genuine German-French understanding would clear the world of 75% of its present political uneasiness.' Asks Bower if 'Snowden's latest tax-bouquet really goes to the root of the matter?' The common sense of the English Fleet does certainly not believe that; for I think the late behaviour of your crews had a quite sound antibolchiwistic character'. Discusses 'the terrible Bolchewist menace', Hoover and 'the markets of the world': 'The Moskow bandits [.] veil their Bolchewistic world revolution propaganda under the mask of economic non-aggression pacts'. The 'visit of the British fleet with the "Dorsetshire"-division to Kiel in July was a ray of light. Exactly 50 years ago, my father then in charge of the Kiel naval station, entertained a British squadron com[m]anded by the Duke of Edi[n]burgh, there.' Praises the British 'commanding Admiral' (Edward Astley-Rushton) as 'an able, politically enlightened, distinguished sailor', whose '. N° de ref. de la librería 8240

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Título: One Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Batsch'), ...

Editorial: All items between and 1932. The first two letters from Kurfuerstenstrasse Nr.81.b, Berlin, W.62; the last two from Enzianstrasse Nr.1, Berlin-Lichterfelde, W.

Año de publicación: 1930

Encuadernación: Soft cover

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Private premises. Autographs, manuscripts and archives on any subject. Particular interest in publishing and bookselling history. Occasional catalogues. Company number: 03785276

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