The War Illustrated No 6 Vol 1 October 21st 1939

The War Illustrated October 'list, 1839 fo M im jJ fru m i My, W a'U im e 9)iaAy. BY THE EDITOR JUST been listening to Winston C hurchill’s broadcast— masterly !No overstate­ment :clear, concise, penetrating. His slight inclination to raise his voice at the end of a sentence, rather in theM ethody ”manner, is of small account weighed against the fine serious­ness of his tone and the simple effective­ness of his words. Contrasted with the mouthings, bellowings and general beastli­ness of a speech by Hitler, G oen n org, Goebbels, it makes one proud to be British when listening to Winston Churchill.# T heB .C.B .shows small sign of improving. Its dud program mes have led to a great falling-off in listening. I hear on all hands from friends and acquaintances that they have practically stopped plugging in for the drivel that is dished out between the news bulletins of noon and nine— and God knows these are hardly worth straining a tympanum to hear.# A noteworthy example of ineptitude preceded Mr. C hurchill’s most welcome speech. It was the reading of a news item from the German communique which asserted that ten British planes had been destroyed to two Nazi 'planes. Not one word of contradiction or con­firmation was vouchsafed. If the German statement is true,, heaven help us when the war starts. If it isn’t, why aren’t we told ?&Take the case of ”Courageous.’ Beyond telling us that they “believe ”the U -boat that sunk it was itself destroyed the Ministry of Information add not one word. Yet they repeat the “frame up ”of the Nazi liars that the U -boat returned and its crew were decorated ...repeat that lie so that America and all the world can give it greater listening! 1 know from one of the crew of “Courageous ’that the submarine was seen by all to shootout of the water, “almost per­pendicular,” following the depth charges, and then to fallback at the same angle. Unless the Nazi submarines have been made capable of looping the loop it is inconceivable that this one ever returned to its base, and the German broadcast yarn about the iron crosses of the 3rd and 2nd class awarded to its crew is so much eyewash. But why should our so-called Ministry of Informa­tion spread that yarn by means of the B .C.B .without one word of criticism or ?comment I give it up. I greatly doubt that we shall see many motor vehicles going about their lawful occasions by means of gasbags, as we did in 1917. I myself drove a car fitted with editor’s office THE WAR ILLUSTRATED JOHN CARPENTER HOUSE WHITEFRIARS LONDON E.C. 4. one and remember that it did ’tn d o too badly, though I went inconstant dread of a cigarette setting it ablaze. Surely we are in­comparably better situated as regards petrol today than we were way back in 17. ^Some day, if I survive, 1 think 1 shall write a book to be called “Through Three Wars.” True, the first wasn’t avery big affair, though it was menacing enough in its repercussions, for Germany and France were both anti-British then. I well remember my wife and I being targets for stones and over-ripe fruit thrown by little French lads while we were cycling through C audebec-en-C aux ...forty years ago, alas !...because our soldiers were then fighting the ...Boers! or could it have been because Kitchener had so recently got the better of Major M archand at Fashoda ?How quickly mob affections change, as Shake­speare so cunningly shows us in the im­mortal Forum scene of Julius Caesar.’# I am sorry to seethe old horses coming back to London .My satisfaction in the mechanization of the Army was mainly due to the feeling that there would be fewer horses to be mangled on the battle­field, and I fear that when London really feels the weight of air raids many of the thousands of horses that have returned to the metropolis as substitutes for motors BACK NUMBERS Many thousands of readers were dis­appointed in not being able to secure copies of Nos. 1 and 2 of THE WAR IL LUST RATED ,and my publishers have been inundated with orders for these numbers, as a large proportion of sub­scribers wish to keep their weekly parts for binding into volume form— particulars of which will be furnished later. The amazing success of THE WAR ILLUSTRATED—easily an unap­ proached record for all time— has swept the market clear of all copies of Nos. 1 and 2 and the publishers have only now been able to arrange for reprints of these two issues sufficient to cover the immense quantity of orders from the trade. There cannot abe further reprint of these particular numbers, as the demand upon the printing resources of the pub­lishers to maintain the week-to-week supply is so great that already they are being taxed to the limit of capacity. Therefore I advise readers who have missed Nos. 1 or 2 to lose no time in securing the same from their news­agents. The supply now available is limited and repetition will be impossible. At an early date I shall have pleasure in detailing the publishers' arrangement for binding our volumes. are all too likely to be helpless sufferers in the bombing. The unhappy devotion of the Poles to the cavalry arm added a distressing amount of animal suffering to the heroic martyrdom of the people. #Dried apricot seeds d on’t mean a thing to you or me ...other than dried apricot seeds. YetI’ m told that tons of them have been confiscated b they British Navy as contraband on the way to Germany. Why ?They form an in­gredient in the making of poison gas. Oh, they are busy with their poison gas, these bestial Nazis :and d on’t let us forget it. Believe it or not read'Just an article in “Listener’s Digest,” of New York, oh" C ham pion Liars,” and there is no mention of Goebbels or Hitler 'K *One of the most significant things I have noticed in the news from Belgium is the fact that no fewer than fifty Nazi journalists— each of whom is merely a lying propagandist expelled from Paris— are now resident in Brussels. They have all somehow been accommodated as ’press attaches of the Nazi Embassy there !Moreover, although all the French private residents in Belgium have now returned to France, none of the German residents there have gone back to Germany. This looks tome like the Nazis’ “fifth column ”in Belgium ready for the invasion. Tome one of the most noteworthy facts of the war so far has been the con­quest of Poland, not by any “secret arm ,”but by an arm invented by an English­man— the Tank. Despite all the brag­gadocio of Hitler, the most formidable thing on wheels came out of the brain of an Englishman in the Great War, and I have little doubt that the British invention which was used with such deadly effect against Poland will yet be used effectively against Germany, for it is seldom that an original invention is beaten by imitations. Whenever— and if ever!— I move into anew house, it will not have a single room with parquet flooring, whereas there are no fewer than nine of them in my present home. For the first five weeks of the War I’ve been going about with a cracked rib as the result of a dreadful crash when a doormat slid from beneath my feet, thanks to that polished parquet. All the mats min homey have since been made proof against slipping by a simple device— the old story of the stolen horse and the locked stable Indoor. these days of dim irreligious lights let me urge my readers to avoid broken ribs by having doormats treated with some of the various non-slip devices where the floors on which they lie are of polished parquet.
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