The Great War, I was there - Part 17

1*11’5 I S of Til 1 2 URKAT WAR: i WAS THERE!On Sale Everywhere Tuesday, January :tl LITERARY CONTENTS OF THIS PART With AcltiionlodscmoiilN lo Aulliors siimI Publishers Yj^EEK by week we acknowledge 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. 122. A BRASS-HAT B L U N D E R—And the Brigadier Who Spoke His Mind Page 662 from W Y N GRIFFITH ’S“Up to Mamctz ”Publishers: Faber & I:aber, Ltd., 24, Russell Square, IV .C .1123. I FILMED THE SOMME ADVANCE from G.M A L INS S“How I Filmed the War” Publishers: Herbert Jenkins, Ltd., 3, Duke o fY o r k Street,S .W .l Page 669124. ‘FIT ONLY FOR DEVILS LOT IV E’: I Saw Tragedy on a July Dawn page 674 by YEOMAN WARD E RA.H .COOK Specially contributed 125. THE COST O F A FEW CRATERS: What a Frenchman Saw at La Boisselle Page 682 from PAUL M A Z E’S“ A Frenchman in Khaki ”Publishers :William Heinem ann, Ltd., 99 ,Great Russell Street, .CW .1126. I WAS 14 DAYS INN O MAN’S LAND by PTE. A. MAT THEWS Page 688 from the London Scottish Regimental Gazette 127. A SENTRY AMONGST THE BRASS HATS :Some Happy Memories of Haig p JRe 691 ByCAPT. ALLBEU RY, from “Great War Adventures ”Publishers :William Heinem ann, Ltd., 99 ,Great Russell Street, .C.W 1 it Leaves from the Editor's Note-Book John Carp enter House, London, E.C .4 damage and soiling. It is particularly necessary in the case of a work such as I Was I HERE, which is distinguished by its finely produced illustrations, so many of which are printed in special inks on special paper, to get it into permanent form as early as possible. Pages which are constantly overturned in reading and re-reading may only too soon become dog­eared if they are left in the paper covers of the weekly Parts. 1 his is a theme upon which I have often enlarged in connexion with my serial publications but I do lay special stress on it in the present case. A S I have already indicated in this Note-Book, the present Part completes our first volume, and 1 Was There is now arranged to make three convenient volumes of 17 Parts each. I am, in fact, in the position of having to resist the pleas of numbers of my readers to extend the work almost —as two more ol them put it in letters just received—without limit !It would, of course, be perfectly easy, with the immense amount of material available, to carry a work of this nature onto 100 Parts. But readers who make suggestions of this kind forget, I think, that we are concerned not with a magazine or periodical but with a planned book. And while, in the early stages, a certain amount of elasticity is permissible and even necessary, as I indicated in publishing the Outline Scheme for Part 1, a point must be reached fairly early in the progress of the work when a decision both as to the number of volumes and the precise number of Parts to makeup those volumes is essential. It became obvious, from the progress of my intensive examination of the human stories of the War, before we had reached much more than the half-way point in our first intended volume, that not only was the mass of that enthralling material greater than I had thought, biit that the demands of my readers to include as much of it as possible indicated they would be disappointed if I reduced the scope of my selections to anything less than the 51 Parts with which we are now making up the three volumes. I feel sure that my readers without exception will approve this decision. The details published in last week’s Part about the Binding Cases which have been prepared for I Was There must have stimulated many of my readers to send in their orders for the binding of the first volume in the cases which the publishers are now ready to supply. I would now very strongly urge that there should be no delay in sending in their orders, for not only will the handsome and hard-wearing cases which have been prepared provide a volume which all ex-servicemen of whatever rank wi 1 1 be proud to see upon their shelves, but that binding will afford avery necessary means of protecting the weekly Parts from H I postbag— which shows no signs of becoming any less bulky and has in fact increased lately, particularly at Christmastime when these notes are made— includes a large number of letters from men “who were there.” who tell me in simple and direct, if sometimes rather crude, language something of what they went through in one or more aspects of the fighting. These mainly come, of course, from the infantry, although a certain number of gunners and horsed units are represented. j ^ OME of these are sent with the perfectly sincere hope that they maybe printed in the pages of our work and thereby help to establish contact with other men of the same units who also were there and have perhaps survived. This aspect of their contributions is dealt with through our “Old Comrades Corner,’’ where the wish for such contact is definitely expressed. (I hope, by the way, to begin the “corner ”again in our next Part.) It is with very real regret that I find it practically impossible in avery large number of cases to reprint these letters and stories as chapters in our work. It is not merely a question of literary standards, for although those which have been printed in I Was I HERE have reached a uniformly high standard of human expression, literary graces are not in fact necessary or even specially desirable for the inclusion of a story in our pages. f l VERY good example of this type of contribution is a little article-story sent by Mr. G.E. Robinson of his experiences in Trones Wood on July 12-13.1916. Mr.- |Continued in page H i oj this wrapper 0 4|UIII V: >l*»» 5 3l VII
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