The Great War, I was there - Part 51

The Editor to His Friends John Carp enter House, London, .CE .46 £NOT many have experienced the satisfaction that is mine in contemplating the achievement of a unique and worth-while task. This is said in no mood of vainglory. Let me explain. C*ROM the clay on which Great Britain declared herself at war with the German Empire for reasons that history has approved and ratified, it was my good fortune to become a chronicler of the greatest happening inhuman history: the Great War of 1914-18. I began at once to produce in The War Illustrated” a weekly record of the War, and in association with the most erudite naval and military expert of his time, Mr. H. W. Wilson, long famous as the author of “Ironclads inAction,” to edit “The Great War”— a weekly history of the world-wide conflagration. These two publications made journalistic history. Almost alone among the welter of competing efforts, they endured with vast circulations the whole period of the Great War, and from 1914 to 1919 provided an incalculable body of readers with voluminous records of the most startling events in modern history. The circulations of these two publications have never been remotely approached by any others attempting to cover the same amazing era. work I have had the satisfaction of compiling the saga of “the men who did ”the men who, forages to come, will still be remembered in the miss as those who saved European civilization from the assault of a monstrous organization of barbaric evil whose successors of today, if the need arise,' will save it yet again. Tome there is a great content in having been permitted for a quarter of a century to carry on these tasks in remembrance of British heroism, and especially to play the part of Old Mortality to the ”Forgotten Men.” That is my attitude of mind today in bringing to a close these three crowded volumes of I Was There !VET, even now, I stay unsatisfied !For I am persuaded that there still remains for me one more task, thrust upon me, in a sense, by the insistence of my many thousands of readers, to extend and augment this epic story of the splendid men who proved the bulwark of Democracy by continuing I Was Thereto a point at which I can honestly feel 1 have exhausted the untapped resources of the all-but- inexhaustible body of personal narrative and spiritual experi­ence that exists in the numberless individual books of war adventure that have appeared in the post-War years. Is there any reading that can compare with this ?The imaginings of our fictionists pale into ghostly shadows by comparison with the truthful narratives of those who fought, suffered, and endured.¦¦ "J"HAT might have been enough for any editor to “call it^ a day, but fate decreed that I should, many years *T later, have the gratification ol producing“ A Popular History I .of the Great War which, in six volumes, achieved a success -far beyond the numbers of any “bestseller ”and yet again [Tor that reason, in bidding adieu to the loyal readers of £in the years 1934-35 to offer to the reading public another I Was There, I am hopeful that it is not “good-bye,” and totally new literary and pictorial record of the same as I have planned to crown this work with a supplemental unforgettable years in _ Q series which I sincerely “World War: A Pictured ::hope will engage and in- LITERARY CONTENTS OF THIS PART With Acknowledgements to Authors and Publishers of years in A Pictured 1914-18” me scores of readers, these war History which won of thousands Millions of publications were eagerly absorbed by a reading public that even Mr. Neville Chamber 1 a i n would have described as mappeasable !^ND then carne the happiest inspiration of all :the human story of the War !For, be it noted that these earlier works dealt mainly with the Great War as an historic event :its begin­ning, its development, its conclusion. No one had yet attempted a record of *374. MY BRAVE OLD BATMAN: Tales of the ‘General’ of Talbot House Page 2017 from the REV. P.B. CLAYTON’S “Tales of Talbot House” Publishers :Toe H ,47, Francis Street,S .W .I *375. ONE OF 200 PRISONERS AT SEA: I Saw the Raider Wolf Sink its Victims Page 2021 from ROY ALEXANDER’S “The Cruise of the Raider Wolf” Publishers :Jonathan Cape, Ltd., 30, Bedford Square, W .C.I *376. I TRAINED THE DOGS OF WAR: Faithful Messengers Under ShellFire Page 2024 from LT.-COL. E.H. RICHARDSON’S “British War Dogs: Their Training and Psychology” Publishers: Skeffington &Son, Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C .4"377. MY RETURN TO YPRES :Ghostly Memories Crowded in Upon Me Page 2029 from HENRY WILLIAMSON’S "The Wet Flanders Plain "Publishers: Faber & Faber, Ltd., 24, Russell Square, .C.W I THE WAR SEEN BY THE SOLDIER POET ARMY, CORPS &DIVISION :BATTLE SIGNS THE WAR’S BILL TO HUMANITY by C.A. LYON from “The Sunday Express” MAJOR OPERATIONS ON THE WESTERN FRONT INDEX AND PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Pages 2032-35 Page 2036-37 Page 2033 Page 2039 Page 2041 struct and inspire its readers in no measureless than the series which is closing with this issue has done. That explains why, in completing the three volumes of I Was There, I purpose con­tinuing with a final record of the Undying Memories of 1914-18. HIS New Series will appear fortnightly. May I hope that my many thousand friends of the year that has gone will still remain faithful and so make it my final success in this worthy task of giving form and permanence to their ever- history’s most vital period :^lasting achievement ?terms of the common u ~If they so remain faith- men who endured it and made possible its historic issue for Democracy. The glorious “Forgotten Men ”who on their own tired leet marched to the ultimate victory! y ilU S was born TilE GREAT War: I Was There! O fall the successes with which my devotion to the chronicling of the Great War has been rewarded I am proudest of the splendid reception of I Was There! For in this unique ful— and all my correspondence for weeks past shows that they certainly will— I shall be able to rest on my oars happy in the knowledge that I have brought my long but congenial task to a triumphant conclusion. T I i i s I *art Completes (lie Third Volume--Order Any IWMssintf' I *arts X o u for Your I t i i dint
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