The Great War Part 115, October 28th 1916

Cbc Great War EDITORS H. W. WILSON J. A. HAMMERTON a / e an nisan 1 3i is U c¦an 3n §ED ITO RIAL 'maS \\7 HEN the last chapter of the history of the war is written it may appear that the glorious Battle of Jutland Bank the record of which is begun in the present part of The Great War was the real turning-point of the whole titanic struggle. Verdun certainly was the herald of the new day as it was Germanys cardinal, strategic blunder but the fruits of the Jutland Battle were more immediately obvious— its harvest more speedily ingathered by the Allies. Learning the Truth 'T'HERE was something peculiarly British in the un­fortunate and maladroit preliminary announcement by the Admiralty of our losses in that affair yet after all it does to-day seem better that we should have gone through those hours of poignant anxiety and chilling dismay following the bald and inadequate official com­munique— and preceding the publication of the complete and highly satisfactory account of the battle— better to have borne a few preliminary hours of disappointment to be followed by years of abiding satisfaction rather than Germanys experience of a few bright hours of ill-timed rejoicing to be followed by grey years in which the bitter truth is slowly confirmed. rT'H E Battle of Jutland ushered in the dawn of the new time for the Allies of Civilisation although it did not absolutely seal the doom of Teutonic Barbarism. Yet did it bring that doom more clearly within the vision of those who had the eyes to see for the wonderful Russian revival which took place along the Hungarian front when Brussiloff and his hosts marched on from victory to victory and gathered almost incredible numbers of prisoners from the melting armies of Francis Joseph, was the immediate and ^undeniable result of the British victory in the neighbourhood of Horn Reef. The Far Effects o f Jutland ("IN the morning that the British Fleet found itself in possession of the high seas while every German vessel that could do so had sneaked into port the Russians were free to strike faraway thereon the Hungarian frontier as the hammering which the German Fleet had sustained made it improbable that Hindenburg lying along the northern portion of the eastern front could secure adequate naval support from the Baltic to enable ¦him to resume and carry to success his pressure against Riga. WITH Hindenburg strongly inactive the north welland supported from the Baltic Brussiloff could not have moved with freedom in the south— in short the whole after-course of the war might have been different but for Germanys “victory ”in the North Sea. Then followed the co-ordination of attacks on all fronts enabling Italy to throwback the Austrians in the Trentino to capture Gorizia and to carry the war well into the Carso, and leading up to the Opening of the great inoffensive those wondrous Battles of the Somme which are still proceeding as we write. Recording a Great W orld-Event T T cannot be said that for an event of such world- importance we are giving more than necessary space to its historical narrative in the pages of The Great War .Half of our present part is occupied with a preliminary survey of how the Germans had prepared for this great trial of naval .strength and in our next part (No. 116) the fascinating story of the actual battle will betaken up in the chapter entitled “The Cruiser Squadrons inAction,” whereby means of numerous carefully prepared diagrams' and charts the reader will be able to gather a remarkably clear and vivid notion of exactly what took place on that famous day. HPHE conclusion of the story of Jutland will appear in Part 117 which will contain three different chapters describing respectively the Main Fleet Action the Destroyer Attacks by Night and a General Survey of the Gain and Loss. In this way the Editors of The Great War can claim to have provided their readers with a really adequate 'and satisfactory account of the most extraordinary sea- fight since Trafalgar although the narrative has had to be written in circumstances of peculiar difficulty since much must be left unsaid lest some valuable information might be conveyed unwittingly to the enemy. All fear of any such mischance has been eliminated by the excessive care with which the work of compilation has been carried through by Mr. H. W. Wilson and Mr. Edward Wright, who are jointly responsible for these very remarkable chapters and the whole narrative has been carefully scrutinised by the Press Bureau so that it appears in a manner with the official imprimatur. Difficulties o f Illustration HTHE illustrating of these Jutland chapters has been a -¦matter of unusual difficulty. As our readers will probably be aware we are no longer permitted to publish and circulate photographs of our leading men-of-war so that none of the famous vessels which were engaged in this historic battle can now be pictured by photography in our pages. The reason for the restriction may not be very evident but there is just the possibility that by the unrestrcted multiplication of photographs of our battle­ships the work of the enemy spy in our midst might be made easier by providing him with material for identifying the vessels. In any case like all patriotic editors we must bow respectfully to the behests of the Press Bureau with the best grace possible. The Editors The Great War. Part 115
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