The Second Great War No. 41

frlE SECOND GKEAT WAR Editors :Sir John Hammerton ifr Maj.-Gen. Sir Charles Gwynn, K.C.B., D.S.O. Associate Editors G.:S. Blaxland Stubbs (Literary) :J.R. Fawcett Thompson (Illustrations) Assistant Editors: J. St. Denys Reed BellA. I N this page in our last issue, Number 40 (which completed our third volume), readers were reminded rather urgently of the need for prompt inaction regard to binding, their loose parts. This is no mere cry of “wolf,” for, as all who are aware of the difficulties in supplying ma­terials of every kind will easily realize, it is only too likely that delay in binding may result in a reader finding that the opportunity has passed. We do not wish to be alarmist or suggest that the shortage of supply of cases is such that num­bers of readers who properly wish to preserve, this really valuable work will now be unable to do But they will surely so 161162164416491654163164 realize that there can be no surplus over genuine needs, and that delay in making these needs known to the Publishers makes it still more diffi­cult for the Publishers to adjust the available materials and increases the risk of insufficiency. Three volumes are now complete, and those who have not yet arranged for their permanent preservation should delay no longer but put their volumes in hand for binding at the earliest possible moment. W e have been advising readers of the slight changes in the scope and price of this work, changes which are, on the whole, to the advantage of the reader and to the improvement of the publica­tion. As the devastation of war overspreads more and more of the globe, so a Standard History such as The Second Great War has to adjust its plan to meet and cope with that immense ex­pansion. That plan has now necessarily become complicated. When we were dealing with the war in Europe only, as we were in our first volume, it was relatively simple to keep the story moving forward in progressive Insteps. the second and third volumes the war expanded and its tempo increased, but still it was practicable to keep to the same method of progress by parallel steps. Now, in our fourth volume, with the whole world ablaze, it has become imperative to make adjust­ments and modifications of LITERARY Chapter ICO The Mediterranean Outposts Gibraltar and Cyprus Rommel's Advance in Libya and the British Withdrawal Heroic Defence of Tobruk, April 13 to December 8,1941 Diary of the War, March-April, 1941 Four-colour Section: Wartime Badges o f Britain's Armed Forces Strategical Map o f the Middle East 1656-7 Former American Destroyers Guard British Convoy 1658 Italy Loses Her Dream of Empire in East Africa, March, 1941 Restoration of Haile Selassie’s Ethiopian Empire .'.THIS NUMBER BEGINS some importance in our method. Readers may have noted already that an element of compression has been introduced, which, of course, is to their advantage, since it presents them with a series of word pictures which are more easily grasped, while ascertained facts standout from the welter of report and supposition that inevitably fills the columns of our daily papers. This, of course, is where we hold the advantage as recorders of contemporary history at a minimum distance of one year after the event, thus providing time for the crystallizing and dis­closure of facts. CON TENTS O F THIS of Malta, NUMBER Page 1639165516591666 VOLUME FOUR S‘E PAPER SAVED MEANS S H IPP INGE SAVED| E In the year 1941 enough wastepaper was sal-==vaged to free 150 ships for the transport of ==munitions and foodstuffs. E E Save every scrap of paper keep it clean and E E hand it to the collcctor so that it can be remade= E into paper or into other material for munitions. |tEE is an offence to destroy wastepaper sal-==vaged paper of all kinds will contribute to the ==war effort.— o then, it is to be under­stood that the monthly numbers of The Second Great WAr, as they reach the reader are definite instalments' of a specific twelve-months plan which has been outworked in detail before any article is written. Thereby, we not only ensure that no im­portant aspect of the world at war is overlooked, but we maintain a good and proper balance between the multifarious items that buildup into one composite and truthful picture. jpxAMPLES of this system of planning are to be seen in the previous and present numbers. In No. 40 we agave short series of chapters on the war in.the Balkans in 1941, beginning with a study of Axis moves and strategy in this ancient cockpit of war, which explained the political and diplo­matic background against which Hitler prepared his campaigns in Yugoslavia and Greece. Then followed chapters on the infighting Yugoslavia, the rapid subjugation of Greece and the amazingly grim air conquest of Crete, bringing the story down to June, 1941. In this present issue we are instill the Mediterranean zone (the Middle East of military definition) considering first the stories of Malta, Gibraltar and Cyprus and then Rommel’s advances in April and May in North Africa, with the heroic defence of Tobruk. Two suc­ceeding chapters cover the victorious campaign in Abys­sinia and East Africa that finally doomed Mucvsolini’s dream of an African Empire. No. 42 of THE SECOND GREAT WAR, our next issue, will be ready on Wednesday, July 15
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