Author Archives: James Calhoun

Dominion Day 1917….

  On this, the 150th anniversary of the confederation of the Dominion of Canada (i.e, Canada Day) we here at Field Punishment No.1 thought it timely to share one of our favourite pamphlets from the First World War: A Form … Continue reading

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Will Bird’s “And We Go On” (1930)….

A recent addition to the collection here: a lovely first edition of Will Bird’s novel And We Go On (1930) in the extremely rare dustjacket.  This example is chipped, battered, clumsily-tape-repaired and scribbled-upon, but it’s just scarce enough that I’m … Continue reading

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Charles Samuel Bannell “His Offering”…

Charles Samuel Bannell               Charles Samuel Bannell – His Offering

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A Short History of Captured Guns…

Having just finished writing the introduction to Philip Child’s WWI novel God’s Sparrows (1937) for Dundurn (winter ’16/ spring ’17 publication date), I’ve decided to turn my attention to a poet named Charles Samuel Bannell, who served with the Seaforth … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “Kind to Dogs” (1931)….

This is the eighth post in an ongoing series where I’ll be posting PDF’s from my collection of WWI era pulp magazines. One of my long-term projects is to eventually track down some of the Australian & New Zealander fiction … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “Ghost Bayonets” (1930)….

This is the seventh post in an ongoing series where I’ll be posting PDF’s from my collection of WWI era pulp magazines. The ghost of Will Bird’s brother Stephen features prominently in both of Will’s memoirs of the war: 1930’s … Continue reading

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Will R. Bird’s “Bandages” (1929)….

This is the sixth in an ongoing series where I’ll be posting PDF’s from my collection of WWI era pulp magazines. Two of my guilty pleasures are detective stories and spy novels; as I wade through the war-themed pulp fiction … Continue reading

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