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Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918   By: (1859-1928)

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[Transcriber's note: Obvious printer's errors have been corrected, all other inconsistencies are as in the original. Author's spelling has been maintained.

Pages anchors have been added for the pages to which the author refers under the format [p.xx].]

EXPERIENCES

OF A DUG OUT

1914 1918

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

THE LIFE OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR STANLEY MAUDE K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. Illustrations and Maps.

THE DARDANELLES Maps.

TIRAH 1897 Maps.

The last two of these volumes belong to Constable's "Campaigns and their Lessons" Series, of which Major General Sir C. E. Callwell is Editor.

[Illustration: AT THE "CROW'S NEST" (page 273) 1. Colonel Maslianikov 2. Major General Callwell 3. Captain Wigram 4. Major General Savitzky 5. Baron Meyendorff]

EXPERIENCES

OF A DUG OUT

1914 1918

BY MAJOR GENERAL SIR C. E. CALLWELL, K.C.B.

WITH A FRONTISPIECE

LONDON: CONSTABLE & COMPANY LIMITED 1920

NOTE

Some passages in this Volume have already appeared in Blackwood's Magazine . The Author has to express his acknowledgements to the Editor for permission to reproduce them.

Had Lord Fisher's death occurred before the proofs were finally passed for press, certain references to that great servant of the State would have been somewhat modified.

CONTENTS

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THE OUTBREAK OF WAR....................................... 1

Unfair disparagement of the War Office during the war Difficulties under which it suffered owing to pre war misconduct of the Government The army prepared, the Government and the country unprepared My visit to German districts on the Belgian and Luxemburg frontiers in June 1914 The German railway preparations The plan of the Great General Staff indicated by these The Aldershot Command at exercise I am summoned to London by General H. Wilson Informed of contemplated appointment to be D.M.O. The unsatisfactory organization of the Military Operations Directorate An illustration of this from pre war days G.H.Q. rather a nuisance till they proceeded to France The scare about a hostile maritime descent Conference at the Admiralty The depletion of my Directorate to build up G.H.Q. Inconvenience of this in the case of the section dealing with special Intelligence services An example of the trouble that arose at the very start This points to a misunderstanding of the relative importance of the War Office and of G.H.Q. Sir J. French's responsibility for this, Sir C. Douglas not really responsible Colonel Dallas enumerates the great numerical resources of Germany Lord Kitchener's immediate recognition of the realities of the situation Sir J. French's suggestion that Lord Kitchener should be commander in chief of the Expeditionary Force indicated misconception of the position of affairs.

CHAPTER II

EARLY DAYS AT THE WAR OFFICE............................. 18

Plan of issuing communiqu├ęs given up owing to the disposition to conceal reverses that manifested itself Direct telephonic communication with the battlefield in Belgium A strange attempt to withhold news as to the fall of Brussels Anxiety during the retreat from Mons The work of the Topographical Section at that time Arrival of refugee officers and other ranks at the War Office One of the Royal Irish affords valuable information Candidates for the appointment of "Intelligence Officer" How one dealt with recommendations in regard to jobs Linguists The discoverer of interpreters, fifty produced as if by magic The Boy Scouts in the War Office An Admirable Crichton The scouts' effective method of handling troublesome visitors Army chaplains in embryo A famous cricketer doing his bit A beauty competition outside my door The Eminent K... Continue reading book >>




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