The Great War, I was there - Part 1

Part •*of Till! UKUAT WAR I WAS Til H RH!O h Sale Everywhere l\e\ Thurs day LITERARY COXTEOTS OF THIS PART With A rltiionl<M is(M ii(iils to V n tlio r§ anti l*n l> lislie rs W^f .e k by week w c acknowledge here our indebtedness to the many authors and publishers without whose courteous permission to reprint selected pages from the books written and published by them the compilation of the present work could not nave been achieved. In our volumes as finally bound these acknowledgements will be repeated in the preliminary pages. BRIT A IN’S GREAT WAR LEADER from RT. H O N.D. LLOYD G E ORG “WarE’S Memoirs ”Publishers :Messrs. Ivor Nicholson &Watson, Ltd., 7, Paternoster Row, London, E.C.4. T H EKING WAS THERE from H E C T ORB O LIT HO’S “George V I ”Publishers :Messrs. Eyre& Spottiswoode, Ltd., 6, Great New Street, London, E.C A .*1. ASQUITH SPEAKS THE WORDS O F FATE from C O U N TESS OXFORD AND ASQUITH ’S “Autobiography of Margot Asquith ”Publishers: Messrs. Thornton Butter worth, Ltd., 15, B edford Street, London, IV.C.2. *2. WHEN THE FOREIGN OFFICE BLUNDERED from HON. RAH OLD N IC O L SON’S “Lord Carnock ”Publishers: Messrs. Constable &Co., Ltd., 12, Orange Street, London, W .C.2. *3. THE CLOCK TICK SAT THE ADMIRALTY from RT. HON .WINS TON C H U R CHILL’S “World Crisis ”Publishers :Messrs. Thornton Butter worth, Ltd., 15, Bedford Street, London, W .C.2. *4. AT THE ELEV E NTH HOUR from MICHAEL MAC D O NAG ’SH “London During the Great War ”Publishers :Messrs. Eyre& Spottiswoodc, Ltd., 6, Great New Street, London, E.C.4. *5. HUNT D E ROVER PARIS from SIR PHILIP GIBBS’ “The Soul of the War ”Publishers :Messrs. William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, London, IV.C.l. *6. BERLIN A-TIPTOE FOR WAR from H . W .NEV IN SON’S “Changes and Chances ”Publishers :Messrs. James Nisbet &Co., Ltd., 22, Berners Street, London, fV .l. *7. M Y FIRST DAY SAT WAR from SIR ROGER KEYES’ “Naval Memoirs ”Publishers :Messrs. Thornton Butter worth, Ltd., 15, Bedford Street, London, IV.C.2. *8. BIRTH O F A WORLD SONG by GEORGE C.C URN O C K Specially Written for this Work *9. M Y ROAD T O ADVENTURE from CAPTAIN A R N GOLD Y D E’S “Contemptible ”Publishers :Messrs. William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, London, IV.C.l. *10. OUR TROOPS REACH MONS by GEORGES LIC OPE Curator of Mons Museum Specially Written for this Work *11.1 FIRED THE FIRST SHOT !by SERGEANT THO MAS Specially Written for this Work *12. HOW I LIVED THROUGH THE FIRST HOUR SAT MONS from MAJOR CORBETT SMITH’S “Tho Retreat from Mons ”Publishers: Messrs. Cassell &Co., Ltd., La Belle Saurage Yard, London, E.C.4. Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 THE story of the Great War of 1914-18 has been told in many ways, but there has never before been collected in the scope of one work a narrative account of those years, every word of which has been written by an eye-witness of the actual events described. If I may use an expression familiar to“ iisteners-in,” we shall “bring to the microphone” of this publication, week by week, fighting men of all ranks and from all services to tell in their forthright way their own experiences in historic actions whether by land, sea or air. In every case the author will speak to you of what he saw. This is an entirely new form of presentation in periodical literature. ^ilNCE the war ended twenty years have elapsed. During that time there have poured from the presses of the belligerent countries literally thousands of books on the subject—historic memoirs, thinly disguised fiction. Interest in the war is never waning. I have no doubt afresh presentation from anew angle will be popular with hundreds of thousands of readers—both with those who took part in the fighting and the younger generation who are eager to know what it was “really like.” TWENTY years have passed, and every year takes its toll of the survivors. It is therefore of the highest import­ance that living memory should be enlisted before it grows too dim. On the other hand we must necessarily rely for a great part of our narrative on the written accounts of those who lost their lives in the war or have since died. To make effective use of this great store of personal narration avast body of war literature has been examined. Many an obscure soldier wrote magnificently of his experiences in letters home, in diaries published or unpublished, in slim, forgotten volumes, or contributed his description of his part in a particular action to his regimental or divisional history. None of these sources has been left untapped. [Continued in page iii of this wrapper
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