The Second Great War No. 42

rue second great war Editors :Sir John Hammerton Maj.-Gen. Sir Charles Gwynn, K.C.B., D.S.O. Associate Editors G.:S. Blaxland Stubbs, M.B.E. (Literary) :J.R. Fawcett Thompson (Illustrations) Assistant Editors :J. St. Denys Reed BellA. m*in our last number, which was the first of our Fourth volume, a special note was made about the importance of deciding at once about binding the loose issues of The Second Great War .The advantages of doing this are so obvious that the only apology for returning to the subject here is to note that the consequences of delay under wartime conditions of shortage are so definite that readers who hesitate to makeup their minds may very well find that supplies have been ex­hausted. In that last issue we included avery attractive and historically valuable colour section of four pages printed in full colours. There was not room to comment on them in this page in Number 41, so the oppor­tunity may betaken now to draw particular atten­tion to the 2-page map in full colours illustrating the Strategy of the Middle East. This map, which has been specially prepared for The Second Great War, is designed to illustrate in general the whole of the complicated and difficult problems of the Middle East, and in particular to be associated with the chapters on the Middle East which appear in Number 41 and in the present issue—the latter dealing with Iraq and Syria. It is perhaps of interest to readers to outpoint that in this war the Middle East and the Near East in military observance cover approximately the same areas, omitting Turkey. The Middle East Command held by General Auchinleck comprises Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Transjordan, Iraq and Persia, East Africa being added for convenience of Command. We thus have an area which goes from Tunisia to Afghanistan and the borders of India. On the north it is bounded by Turkey and Russia. /^ne other comment on this colour section maybe offered. The last of the series of four pages, which faces page 1659, is made from a direct colour photograph by the Koda-chrome process of a convoy. Enlarged from apiece of colour film only 33 mm. or a little over 1 {-in. wide, this very attractive picture is in itself an historic document. LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS NUMBER Chapter 165 Suppression of (he Rashid Ali Revolt in Syria Page 1679166 British and Free French Liberate Syria 1684167 Air War on Our Ports and Industries, First Hair or 19411692168 Britain’s Air Offensive Gathers Weight Against Germany and Italy 1705 Historic Documents— Rules for Civilians casein o f Invasion Words o f Cheer and Warning to the Home Front 1711169 Review ot the Home Front, January to June, 19411713 E PAPER IS VITAL TO THE WAR §|EFFORT 1 E Every scrap of clcan paper, card, or packing E E trejps to make munitions or to make fresh paper. E 3-V /e have long lost all Scandinavian supplies and warE shipping cannot be spared to bring wood E E pulp from America. E E So every piece of paper you salvage and give E E clean and folded to your local collector helps E E towards victory. E It is believed that this is the first time that successful colour photographs of a wartime scene have been achieved. While it says much for the capacities of the Kodachrome process, we may also comment upon the success achieved by our blockmakers in this really excellent reproduction. TN the present issue, Number 42, there is no colour section, but there is one in course of pro­duction for Number 43. It is our intention to present in every alternate issue similar colour sec­tions containing matter of documentary importance and historic value, which can be presented much more ineffectively colour than in black and white. C faro as the literary ^contents of this issue are concerned, we have the two chapters on specific campaigns in the part of the Middle East already referred Into. the first we seethe earliest and most effective military blow at German plans in this area. Had the Nazis been able, with their Quislings and Fifth Column friends, to occupy Iraq, they would not only have made a successful step towards long coveted goals in the East, but would have begun the“ encirclement ”of Turkey. Other far-reaching consequences will become obvious on studying the two chapters, and our strategical map in Number 41. A brilliantly written account of the campaign against the unhappy Vichy French in Syria comes from a writer who speaks with authority derived from personal acquaintance with the Middle East. Then we proceed to two chapters on the air war in the early part of 1941. First we have an account of the terror raids of March, April and May, when many British towns suffered heavily from Goering's newest plan of raiding in­dustrial centres and ports by night. The Luftwaffe achieved little and the cost to them was inordinate. Our air war against the Nazis during this same period is also discussed. Carried outwith a maximum of the forces then available, it was abut faint shadow of the air offen­sive to come a year later. No. 43 of THE SECOND GREAT WAR, our next issue, will be ready on Friday, August 14
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