The Great War, I was there - Part 5

Part loO TUI! GREAT WAR: I WAS THERM !On Sale Everywhere Xext Tuesday LITERARY CONTEXTS OF THIS PART With A c k non die g c iiic iit s to Authors and I 'nb lis lie r Weeks by week we acknow'edfje 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 have been achieved. In our volumes as finally bound these acknowledgements will be repeated in the preliminary pages. 39. DOOM OVER ANTWERP from J. M.N. JEFFRIES’ “Front Everywhere” Publisheri :Messrs. Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Pater­noster Row, London, E.C.4 40. ANTWERP ADVENTURE: Shells and Boiling Oil from CANON J. CLAP HAM FOSTER’S “Remin­iscences of Antwerp ”Publishers :Messrs. Mills &Boon, Ltd., 50, Grafton IVay, London, W .l 41. LIGHTNING GLIMPSES IN THE BREAKING STORM from CAPT. C.A.L. BROWN LOW’S “The Breaking of the Storm ”Publishers: Methuen &Co., Ltd., 36, Essex Street, London, W.C.2 42. DIARY OF FIVE DREADFUL DAYS WHEN WE LOST ZONNEBEKE from LT.-COL. the HON G..R. AA.H MIL TON’S “War Diary of the Master of Belhnven ”Publisher :John Murray, 50, Albemarle Street, London, IV. 143. CABARET OF DEATH from CAPT. E. J. NEED H A M’S “The First Three Months ”Publishers: Gale& Polden, Ltd., Wellington Works, Aldershot, Hants 44. THE DAY THE WAR WAS NEARLY LOST PTE. H .J. PO LLEY Specially Contributed to this WorkS ..Mil fem )¦/*?4 Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 SOME of my readers may have had a passing thought that in the times of stress and strain through which we have been passing these last few weeks the story of a war that is now twenty years old is a little remote from actuality, and lacking in relevance in these present times. If there are in fact any such readers 1 think they are very definitely mistaken and that they will agree, on second thoughts, that the story of the Great War, told vividly and by means of human documents, as it is in these pages, is even more to the point, when almost allover the world wars and the threat of war surround us and direct our thoughts, than it was a few years after the false Peace. As I noted in this page in Part 3, while the note of horror of war is not so prominent in the illustrations to The Great War: 1 Was There as it was quite deliberately in World War: a Pictured History, every story, and almost every line of each story that 1 print in the pages of our present work, emphasizes bluntly the horror and the waste of war. A s 1 have already noted in this page, this work necessarily goes to press a number of weeks before it is published and in my readers’ hands. This means, of course, that the planning of its weekly sections, or Parts, has to be completed sometimes as much as three months before pub­lication. So that when my readers have in their hands No. 5 of our series it is quite probable that I have read material which will eventually appear in Part 15. In other words, at least three times as much of the literary contents have gone through my hands as have been put into the hands of my readers. And I remain astonished beyond ordinary words at the amazing vividness and literary quality of the stories which I am able to print. The choice of them is continually an embarrassment. 1 have to leave out many that 1 would wish to print and which, I am sure, subscribers would wish to read, if it were not that we should run beyond all reasonable bounds of space. "|"HERE is very clearly an urgency of mind in these life and death experiences which seems to compel almost inevitably in the most unpractised writer an economy and brilliance in presentation that brings them up to the level of the masters of English prose. Not one in fifty of these soldier authors do I ever find to abe dull writer and 1 am sure that from the choice which I have now been able to put before them, my readers will not fail to agree.| T is useless, therefore, to attempt a comment on individual chapters in this or the succeeding Parts. 1 may note that in the present Part we have two chapters completing the short Section V, which tells the story of the extraordinary Antwerp Adventure, and then we return in Section VIto the front line, with a series of chapters on the terrible strug­gles round the blood-stained city of Ypres that constituted the First Battle to preserve the historic city of Ypres and its Salient. This battle goes on into Part 6, and interspersed among the Ypres chapters are others which follow in their proper chronological order, describing three of the greatest and most outstanding naval operations of 1914. ^SICK berth steward on H.M.S. Glasgow tells what he saw of the tragedy of the Coronel, awhile signaller on H.M.S. Sidney gives an astonishingly vivid account which throws anew light on the end of the freebooting Emden. In a third chapter at the beginning of Section VII Admiral the Hon. Barry Bingham, V.C., tells us how Sturdee’s death at Coronel was most thoroughly avenged at the \ContinucJ in page H i of this wrapper if M W M z m &
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