The Great War, I was there - Part 11

Xe¦ *&9 MaX LITERARY COME M SOFT E H *PART With A c liiK M v IfilK n tin toils Authors mid PublhluM 'K W«K by week we acknowledge here our indebtedness to the many authors and pub'ishers 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. 78. SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER :Failure at Festubert from WILLIAM LINTON ANDREW S’“Haun tin c Years ”Publishers: Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 79. WITH THE H.A.C. AT HOOGE from .S.H CLAP H A M’S “Mud and Khaki ”Publishers :Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 80. MY ESCAPE FROM AN ENGLISH PRISON CAMP by GUN T PLUSHER CHOW ,from “My Escape from Don gin ton Hall ”Publisher :John Lane, The Bodley Head, Ltd., 9, Galen Place, IV.C. 181. FIRST USE OF LIQUID FIRE by“ P RIV ATE ADAMS .P.”(A H atto n ),from “Great War Adventures ”Publishers: fVilliam Heincmann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, IV.C.2 82. OUTWITTED BY THE BRITISH SECRET SERVICE from CAPT .FRANZ NOV R INT E LEN’S “The Dark In v a d er” Publishers: Lorat Dickson, Ltd., 38, Bedford Street, IV.C.2 83. I WAS IN LON DON’S FIRST AIR RAID from S Y VIAL P ANKH U R S T’S “The Home Front” Publishers :Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 84. I WAS LON DON’S FIRST ZEPP RAIDER by MAJOR ERICH L INN A R Z By permission of the Editor of "The Sunday Express ”85. GRISLY DEATH OVER THE GAIETY by JAMES WICK HAM By permission of the Editor of "The Sunday Express ”if «v Leaves from the Editor's Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, .CE .4 I T is not in the least surprising to find that many thousands of readers are following the pages of our work line byline. Sooner or later they re-live what was the greatest inexperience the lives of all of us who went through the years of war. It is sometimes said that people are sick of the war, and I think for a period of a few years immediately following the war itself this was perhaps true. There was a natural period of reaction. But all my experience and all my vast flood of correspondence in connexion with our War Books show that this is no longer true, and that the Great War has now a perpetual fascination and interest for all who shared in it. CORRESPONDENT from North London, Mr. J.\ V .Wilkinson, is one of thoss who are following our pages meticulously. I can hardly do better than quote his letter, for it has avery pleasing aspect :As an ex-service man 1 had been looking forward to your hrst issue of I Was Therf. It is a peculiar fact that a good many ol we old soldiers are even now learning what actually occurred on certain momentous days, although we were in the thick of them. Of course, we only saw our own tiny corner that applies to all ol us. bo this series of books is going to be extremely interesting. “Now for a complaint. We expect everything to be absolutely authentic. I noticed in the first issue that on page 39 above the P1 £-ur<- ol the town of Mons, ‘Today it is much the same as it was in 1914. Yet in page 46 in the third column are the words. 'and now their houses, their town, a heap of smoking ruins.’ Well, sir, here swishing your venture every success, but p'ease don t mislead us Yours sincerely. (Sgd.) J. W. Wilkinson. My correspondent’s remark that “old soldiers are even now learning what actually occurred,’’ although most emphatically “they were there,” is one that is repeatedly cropping up, and needs no amplification or comment. rflN the question of authenticity, he, and all my readers, maybe assured that every effort is made to ensure accuracy of detail in the pages of 1 Was There .On the other hand, all my readers must remember, please, that the accounts which we publish in our pages of actions, battles and corners of battles are written by men who were actually there—hence the account of any action which we give is one seen through the eyes of one man. Now, Major Corbett Smith, 46 of Part I, describes what he saw of the shelling of Mons, and it was, I hold, avery reasonable assumption of a man who actually saw that shelling that the consequence was that Mons was ruined. I&LTHOUGH he may, perhaps, have exaggerated a little the effect of what was in those early days of the war a somewhat impressive bombardment, it cannot be stated that he is seriously inaccurate, nor can it be reasonably suggested that we ourselves are inaccurate in describing the photograph 39 as showing that the town (actually the Grand’ Place) is “much the same as it was in 1914. Even if one district of the town were shattered it would still be true to say that the whole town is now much the same as it was, particularly when it is remembered that many other towns in Belgium were completely wiped out by shelling. I hope, therefore, that my correspondent will now see that he and all other readers can rely upon 1 Was Thereto give a truly authentic picture of what happened in the Great War. \C onlinued in page Hi of this wrapper if.
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