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THE GREAT WAR IN ENGLAND IN 1897

First Edition July 1894. Second Edition July 1894. Edition de Luxe July 1894. Third Edition August 1894. Fourth Edition August 1894. Fifth Edition September 1894. Sixth Edition October 1894. Seventh Edition November 1894. Eighth Edition December 1894.

[Illustration: BOMBARDMENT OF LONDON: "IN LUDGATE HILL THE SCENE WAS AWFUL."]

THE GREAT WAR IN ENGLAND IN 1897

BY WILLIAM LE QUEUX, F.R.G.S.

AUTHOR OF "GUILTY BONDS" "STRANGE TALES OF A NIHILIST" "CONDEMNED TO SILENCE" "THE STOLEN SOUL" ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY CAPTAIN CYRIL FIELD, R.M.L.I. AND T. S. C. CROWTHER

ELEVENTH EDITION

LONDON TOWER PUBLISHING COMPANY LIMITED 95, MINORIES, E.C. 1895

[ All Rights Reserved ]

TO MY FRIEND ALFRED CHARLES HARMSWORTH A GENEROUS EDITOR AND PATRIOTIC ENGLISHMAN I INSCRIBE THIS FORECAST OF THE COMING WAR

PREFACE TO NINTH EDITION

In writing this book it was my endeavour to bring vividly before the public the national dangers by which we are surrounded, and the absolute necessity which lies upon England to maintain her defences in an adequate state of efficiency. That my effort has been successful, is proved alike by the fact that eight editions of the work have already been exhausted, and by the commendatory and highly gratifying terms in which it has been criticised by prominent statesmen and leading naval and military experts, including the Commander in Chief of the British Army. Some professional critics have, it is true, questioned certain prophetic details concerning naval warfare, but I think the best possible answer to them is furnished by the results of recent battles in Chinese waters, which, it is admitted, present to us very serious object lessons. A few passages I have revised in order to bring the events more thoroughly up to date, and in sending my forecast forth again it is accompanied by a devout hope that ere it be too late our present insecurity will be remedied, that a national disaster may thus be prevented, and that England may ever retain her supremacy upon the sea.

WILLIAM LE QUEUX. LONDON, March 1895.

CRITICISM BY LORD ROBERTS

UNITED SERVICE CLUB, PALL MALL, W.

DEAR SIR, I have read with considerable interest your vivid account of the dangers to which the loss of our naval supremacy may be expected to expose us, and the means by which you think we should be able to extricate ourselves from those dangers. I hardly like to criticise a work which, to be effective, must to a great extent be imaginative, but on one or two points I would venture to offer a few remarks:

First , You refer to the assistance the Home Army might receive from India and the Colonies. I feel confident that in such an emergency as you portray, the Colonies and Dependencies of the Empire would be most anxious to assist the Mother Country; but unless our sea power were assured, it appears to me that they would be unable to do so. Until our command of the sea had been regained, we should be powerless to move a soldier either from or to the United Kingdom.

Secondly , You very properly lay stress on the part which might be taken by the Volunteers in the defence of the United Kingdom. No one can appreciate more fully than I do the gallant and patriotic spirit which animates the Volunteer Force, and I most thoroughly agree with you as to the value it might be under such serious circumstances as you depict. In fact, the raison d'ĂȘtre of the Force is to be able to defend the country in the event of an invasion. But to enable our Volunteers to do all that is expected of them, they must be made thoroughly efficient. Much has been done of late years to this end, but much more is required before our citizen soldiers can be depended upon to hold their own against foreign troops whose training is continually being carried on, and whose organisation is believed to be nearly perfect... Continue reading book >>




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