The Great War, I was there - Part 20

J* LITERARY CONTENTS OF THIS PART Will* Acknowledgements to Authors and Publishers VJ^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. 143. SUSSEX HEROISM O N BEAU COURT RIDGE :Quaking Hearts in‘ Kentish Caves ’from E D MUN DBL U N DEN’S “Undertones of War ”Publishers: R. Cobden -Sanderson, Ltd., 1, Montague Street, IV.C. 1 Page 781144. I WAS BLINDED IN ‘LOUSY ’WOOD :The Day I Cheated Death Page 786 from CAPTAIN GILBERT NOB B S ’“Englishman, Kamerad ”Publishers: Wm. Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, W .C.l 145. HATE AND PITY A T G INCH Y :Subaltern’s Human Letter to His Aunt Page 789 By 2nd-L IE U T .ARTHUR CON WAY YOUNG ,from “War Letters o f Fallen Englishmen,” edited by Laurence Housman Publishers :Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 14, Henrietta Street, .CW .2146. IN A SEA OF SHELL CRATERS: I Saw the First Tanks at Guillemont page 794 from “War Diary o f the Master o f Belhaven ”(LIEUT .-CO L.R. A.G .HAMILTON )Publisher :John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, IV. 147. BIRTH DAY OF THE TANKS :Their Father Seeks News of His ‘Babies ’Page 803 By MAJOR -GENERAL SIR E.D.S WIN TON Reprinted from "News o f the World ”by permission 148. TANK OVERDRIVES TANK :‘LadyBird’ Sacrifices Herself in a Somme Trench Page 807 By CAPTAIN J. L. COT T L E ,from “Fighting Tanks,” edited by Captain G .Murray Wilson Publishers: Seeley Service &Co., Ltd., 196, Shaftesbury Avenue, .CW .2,149. WHAT I SAW A T ROM VAL: A Private’s Diary of the Somme Page 812 By H . V .DRINK WATER Specially contributed Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G.4 The many personal contacts which I make through the pages of the Note-Book in this work are not least among the pleasures gamed from the labour involved in the preparation of I Was There. I was very pleased to find among my letters recently one from Captain von Rintelen, the author of that remarkable and fascinating book, “The Dark Invader.’ In Part 1 1 of I Was There we extracted the story of Von Rintelen tussles of wits with Admiral Sir Reginald Hall and the British Secret Service. By the chance of close­ness of date, there also appeared in the same aPart story by another German soldier, Gunther Pluschow, who made what is sometimes described as the only successful escape from Domngton Hall. With the illustrations of that article was an excellent photograph by Mr. Donald McLeish of a German officer in one of the rooms at Donmgton Hall with a beautiful model of the“ Gneisenau ”on the table by the side of him. At the time the photograph was taken it was understood that the German officer there shown was Captain Maerker of the“ Gneisenau.” U owever, it is dear that a mistake was made, for, although it was not so instated the: Official History of Naval Operations, the Captain of the“ Gneisenau ”went down with his ship at the Falkland Islands. The extraordinary coincidence is that the officer seen in this photograph is Captain von Rmtelen himself! I am pleased to be able to make this correction, for not only was Von Rintelen a gallant enemy, though a spy, but he has, 1 understand, recently become naturalized as a British subject, and he has many English friends, not the least among them being Admiral Hall, to whom he pays such warm tribute in the extract in pages 442-445 of I Was There. Among the many letters that I received concerning the Gallipoli campaign, and our extracts describing some, at least, of its many aspects of terror and heroism, was avery personal series from a survivor of the “River Clyde ”landing, Mr. A. J. Geal. 1 made some reference to him in this Note-Book in Part Eight. Mr. Geal was naturally very emphatic about the tremendous effort and heroic determination which carried through this landing so costly in life, and in the course of his letters he spoke with avery high respect for the prowess of Captain Unwin, V.C., who was the commander of the “River Clyde ”itself. Mr. Geal claims to be“the only living man to whom this gallant officer spoke during the first stage of the landing.” It is with very real satisfaction that, having now received a letter from Captain Unwin, V.C., I have been able to place them in communication. Captain Unwin’s photograph appears in page 339. MIr. Heath Webster, of Wallasey, Cheshire, another Gallipoli soldier, writes tome almost by the same post. He says he is enjoying every word printed in our pages and has ordered the complete set. Further— If anyone misses this chance of the true facts of the Great War it will abe pity. I am sure when finished and bound the volumes will be very well worth the outlay, for it wif! abe book for all Sometime.” twenty-one years ago he was lying wounded in hospital in the East and wrote an account of what he saw and went through, and this is of such great interest to all my readers that I make some extracts and notes from it. 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