FOREWORD f |^his book written in 1919 was printed on a newspaper press in Oxford shortly after not for publica-tion but as a convenience to myself and friends. Some of them asked for copies of their own: and from that demand gradually grew the idea of a richly-produced edition with many portrait drawings to be published by subscription at a stiff price. The stiff price though it covered the cost of printing, was not stiff enough to pay the artists adequately. Some o f the richer artists agreed to work for nominal fees: and I raised money to pay the bothers y selling to Jonathan Cape the right to bring out this abridgment. It amounts to less than half of the original text (which occupied the reading hours of m y friends for months) but half a calamity is better than a whole one and this fairly represents all sides of the story. I f I am asked why I have abridged an unsatisfactory book instead of recasting it as a history I must plead that to do so nice a job in the barracks which have been m homey since 1922 would need a degree of concentration amounting in an airman to moroseness: and an interest in the subject which was exhausted long ago in the actual experience o fit. ‘T.E.L. 9 r
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