Signed by the authors, W.W. Waters and William C. White, the first edition of Bonus Expeditionary Force: The Whole Story of the Bonus Army.
Octavo, [16pp photos], 288pp. Beige cloth, title in blue on spine. Blue topstain. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, faint foxing to edges, transference to endpapers. In the publisher’s scarce dust jacket, $2.50 retail price on front flap, short closed tears to top edge, thin red stain to rear panel, dampstain to verso. Signed by W.W. Waters and William C. White on the front flyleaf, a scarce signed example.
Walter W. Waters, former WWI sergeant, led a legion of 43,000 remonstrators to Washington D.C. to demand early repayment of their service certificates in 1932. This group, named the Bonus Expeditionary Force, were cleared from their campsites by Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, with orders from President Herbert Hoover. The veterans did not receive their early payment until 1936, when Congress overrode a veto from President Roosevelt.