The Great War, I was there - Part 8

z ©9> m 0 >?-$««*X LITERARY CONTEXTS OF THIS PART W iih A BiDe Bowl c d^em e i B^f o A i ail i o r uPs l i list j i e r s Y|(7eek by week we acknowledge here our indebtedness to the many authors and publishers without- L .......................:-------------.-J f ....•-.........billy 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 fir bound these acknowledgements will be repeated in the preliminary pages. 57. WHAT HAPPENED TO MEAT ‘PLUG STREET’ from RIFLE MAN AUBREY SMITH’S “Four Years on the Western Front ”By permission o f the London Rifle Brigade and Mrs. Bowes'Smith 58. TERRIER’S FIRST LOB ODIN SODDEN FIELDS from WILLIAM LINTON ANDREWS ’S “The Haunting Years *'By permission o f the Author 59. HEARTBREAK BATTLE from WILFRED H WART’S “Scots Guard ”Publishers: Rich& Cowan, Ltd., 37, Bedford Square, fV.C. 1 By permission o fAir. John Gawsworth 60. AT THE CRACK OF DAWN from LT. RAH OLD R O HERS ’S“In the Royal Naval Air Service ”Publishers: Chatto & IVindus, 40, Chandos Street, IV.C.2 By permission o f Mr. Frank Rosher 61. M Y LAST HOURS IN THE IRRESISTIBLE By L.-CORPL. POWELL Specially contributed 62. THROUGH DEATH VALLEY WITH THE ANZAC S By P RIV ATE FRED FOX Specially contributed 63. DAUNTLESS IN THE FACE OF DEATH fromM A JO RA.H .MU RE’S “With the Incomparable 29th ”Publishers: W .&R. Chambers, Ltd., 38, Soho Square, IV. 164. M Y OWN DARK HOURS from GEN .SIR HAMILTONIAN ’S“ Gallipoli Diary” Publishers: Edivard Arnold &Co., 41, Maddox Street, IV.\ By permission o f Sir HamiltonIan i Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 F o llo wing upon the publication of our first two Parts, there has been so great a flood of letters, appreciative and enquiring, that it has strained the resources of the Editorial office almost to the limits. These letters are in three main groups :those which express keen and warm appreciation of The Great War: I WasT h ere! as reviving and amplifying their own memories of the Great War those which identify either the writers or their friends in some particular illustration or chapter in our work and those which offer to add to our list and stock of actual personal experiences of the war. All three groups are equally welcome tome but it is only letters of the first two groups upon which I can comment in this Note-Book. I n last week’s Note-Book I was able to quote and comment upon two extremely interesting personal identifications, both of them from men who fought at Mons. A third case comes from another Mr. Carter, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who, ashe says, “was greatly surprised to see a photograph of my father on p. 31, soldiers marching through a French village, under the heading ‘The Men Who Sang.’ ’’This, of course, was chosen as an illustration, which at the time I thought excellent, of the habit of the British soldier of singing lustily on the march, and it went very well with Mr. Curnock’s article describing how he first heard “It’s aLong, Long Way to Tipperary ”as a marching song. Mr. Carter’s father was one of the first of the Old Contemptibles, and he belonged to the same regiment, the Middlesex, as the other Mr. Carter, who has recognized himself as the young sentry at Mons p.in 23 of Part 1. Appreciations of my new publication are so many and sincere that it is hardly possible to make a choice, and I will not bore my readers with them. They have supported some enthusiastically that it is not necessary to tell them what they already know. They will, however, be interested, I am sure, when I tell them that their appreciation is, in fact, so wholehearted that it has strained even the great resources of the Printing Department of the Amalgamated Press. I he general trend of the letters is to the effect that the writers find The Great War: I Was There !of compelling interest because “they were there.”^ I ne example may perhaps show how keen and vivid still is the interest in those tense days of twenty-four years ago. Among the many telephpne calls which we have received was one from an Old Contemptible who, having seen our special double-page picture map of the whole retreat from Mons which I printed in Part 2, has been inspired to make a personal visit by car covering again the ground shown in that map. This is putting appreciation into practice in a most delightfully direct fashion, and as this is overground which 1 had been quite recently myself, our friend maybe assured that if he mentions my new publication in Mons and other places on the Retreat he will receive a genuine welcome. f| N E of the officers who was himself in the Mons Retreat (he wishes to remain unnamed) discusses with the interest natural to one who underwent the extreme exhaustion and strain of that Retreat Mr. Machen’s article in Part 2, where, it will be remembered, he gave the “True Story of the Angels of Mons.” He does not, of course, doubt that the story maybe faithfully attributed to Mr. Machen’s fancy. But he outpoints that a considerable number of the men were then suffering from what a regimental doctor described as "the delirium of exhaustion ”during the days from August 25 (Continued in page Hi of this wrapper n».» £es ef m % z if
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