The Great War, I was there - Part 25

PartS »of THU GREAT WAR: I WAS THERE! O u Sale Everywhere Tuesday, March 28 LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS PART W illi A c know ledge men t s to Authors and Publish e Yrs\ /llk 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 or the present work could not have been achieved. bound these acknowledgem ents In our volumes as finally ill be repeated in the preliminary pages *177. I WEN TON THE ‘IMPOSSIBLE A VEN-TURED ’:We Took Two Boats Across Africa by FRANK M A GEE Page 979 Specially contributed *178. W E SAVED THE SUEZ CANAL :Shooting Down the Turks at Romani page 983 from ION L.ID RIESS’S “The Desert Column ”Publishers :Angus &Robertson, Ltd., 89, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, N.S.JV. *179. INTERLUDE FOR FLIRTATION :Glimpse of War’s Lighter Side Page 988 from RIFLE MAN AUBREY SMITH’S “Four Years ¦*.on the Western Front ”Publishers: Odhams Press, Ltd., Long Acre, W .C.2 *180. M Y LABOUR COMP ANY A T YPRES: A Chronicle of Heroic Crocks Page 992 from CAPT .ROGER COP O C K’S “Chorus to Adventurers ”Publisher :John Lane, The Bodley Head, Ltd., 8, Bury Place, W .C.l *181. THE RAID WAS A GREAT SUCCESS: A Surprise Action Near Loos Page 1000 from CAPT C..F. HITCH C O C K’S “Stand T o ”Publishers: Hurst S’ Blackett, Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 *182. THE HIDDEN DEATH :Amazing Outcome of a Rat Hunt Page 1006 from LT.-C L.O ARTHUR O S BURN’S “Unwilling Passenger ”Publishers: Faber & Faber, Ltd., 24, Russell Square, 1V.C.1 *183. I WAS CAPTURED A BEAUT COURT :from HUGH KINGS MILL’S “Behind Both ”ByLines Permission o f the Author Page 1007*184. I KILLED HIS BROTHER ...And Made Him Prisoner Page 1011 from CHAR LES YALE HARRIS SON’ “Generals InDie Bed ”Publishers: Williams &Nor gate, Ltd., 36, Great Russell Street, W .C.l Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 SOME readers of I Was THERE have, I under­stand, found a certain difficulty in obtain­ing copies of individual Parts at bookstalls or the newsagents. Those who have been taking the work since the beginning will remember that I printed on this page for the first fifteen Parts at least aline warning readers that it was desirable, in order to ensure regular delivery, to give news­agents a firm order. Human nature being what it is, the point of that warning, though it has been repeated in every Part publication issued under my editorship, has been missed by some readers. THE reason why we do urge our readers in this and other Part works to give a firm order to the newsagent or bookstall is frankly that owing to the extremely costly nature of the production of these works it is impossible for us to allow newsagents to hold unlimited supplies with a conse­quent heavy wastage in soiled and tattered copies. After the first half dozen Parts or so have been published the news­agents have themselves to order the exact number of copies which they know they require. They can only calculate this number from the orders they receive from subscribers. The consequence is that purchasers not infrequently find that they have togo to more than one bookstall to get a copy of the current Part, simply because they have not taken the precaution of asking the newsagent to keep a copy for them week by week. Only by doing so can they be quite certain of building up a complete set of weekly Parts and it is, moreover, in their own direct interest to do so, since the elimination of waste adds to the value that the publishers can give in the Parts of the work.| T rom Goderich, Ontario, comes an interesting correction of our description of the illustration in page 376. Part 9. The writer, M r.H. Turner,S. says :“Ever since the Great W army chief hobby has been collecting military badges and literature relative to Canada’ parts in the conflict and over a period of years I have built up avery extensive collection of Canadian Expeditionary Force badges. It is only natural that your reference to the fact that ‘Canadian battalions bore on their caps the famous maple leaf badge, their units being indicated by the shoulder badges ’has drawn my attention, as each and every Canadian battalion wore a distinctive cap badge and for the most apart common shoulder badge. W e had 260 infantry battalions recruited in Canada during the Great War, all of which wore a distinctive badge of their ow non caps and collars. Coupled with these the badges of the cavalry, artillery and other auxiliary units and a total of almost four hundred different Canadian Expeditionary badges appeared between 1914 and 1918.” MR. Turn eris glad to be consulted about any questions relative to C.E.F. badges or books, and I think he may probably be of great value to Mr. Holyoak and the Canadian Ex-Servicemen’s Association. He adds :“Many of these units changed their designs and many had special officers badges, so the C.E .F .badges of Canada present avery large field for the collector without considering our pre-war or post-war militia units, which all have their special designs as well. It is quite possible that some of your readers will recognize the particular group illustrated in page 376, but I feel that it must bean Engineer unit by their general appearance. Incidentally, it must have been taken after midsummer 1916, as we were not issued with Lee-E nfield rifles till the summer and fall of 1916, and the distinctive division and brigade colour patches were first issued in the late summer of 1916. I note the box respirators carried which were not issued till 1916 either.” J J e spite the efficacy of our Old Comrades’ Corner, a number of even more interesting contacts and reunions are resulting from letters quoted in these Editorial notes. Mr. E. J. Pople, of Burnham-on-Sea, writes in connexion with 1 Continued in page iii o f this wrapper All Back \unibers Kept i n Print for New Readers and t o Complete Sets for Binding
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