The Great War, I was there - Part 1

of remembrance by virtue of their personal appeal and have woven them into the fabric of our story, so that they present a continuous, though ever-changing narration of the most moving and memorable events in the war. In away this is a review of all the literature of the Great War so far as it is concerned with the British effort. We are concerned with the Belgian, the French, or the Italian contribution to the winning of the war only m so far as it relates to the British. Our interest is centred on the activi­ties of British arms,and regardless is paid to their successor failure than to the experiences of the British fighters of every grade in the doing of their duty. ]W [y object, then, is essentially to signalize the twentieth anniversary of the Armistice with no mere chronicle of Britain’s achievement, but with a genuine record of the personal experiences, thoughts and emotions, of the men who fought in the Great War—unforgotten leaders and “forgotten men’’ alike—which are of the real stuff of human life, worthy of remembrance even when the cause and culmination of the Great War itself may have become obscure. And in this spirit I submit The Great War: I Was -There!to the friendly consideration of that vast body of readers who may still answer to the description “We the Survivors.” SMILING ARMY 20 YEARS AGO— SCARRED VETERANS TODAY Of the great British Army that fought in France and Flanders from 1914 to 1918 near a million lie dead in foreign soil many of the survivors are grey-haired veterans and many bear war wounds that cripple them for life. But it was with smiles, as the photograph above shows, that the lads marched out to face the enemy, and it is with smiles that the veterans of today, even those who, below, still linger in Roehampton Hospital, bear the price of having faithfully served their king and country. One such veteran is a survivor from the first days of the Mons retreat. 4
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