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The Note-Book of an Attaché Seven Months in the War Zone   By: (1889-1962)

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The Note Book Of An Attaché

Seven Months in the War Zone

By ERIC FISHER WOOD

With Illustrations from Photographs

A. L. BURT COMPANY

Publishers New York

Published by Arrangements with THE CENTURY COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY THE CENTURY CO.

Published, June, 1915

[Illustration: MR. MYRON T. HERRICK]

FOREWORD

When the war storm suddenly loomed over Europe at the end of July, 1914, I was quietly studying architecture in the Ecole des Beaux Arts at Paris. When Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia on July 24th, the atmosphere of the city became so surcharged with excitement that to persist in study was difficult. Within a week I myself had been swept into the vortex of rushing events, from which I did not emerge until seven months later.

I became Attaché at the American Embassy in Paris under the regime of Mr. Herrick, and as such lived through the first exciting months of the great war. During the months of September, October, and November, I made four different trips to the front, covering territory which extended along the battle line from Vitry le François in the east to a point near Dunkirk in the west. I saw parts of the battles of the Marne and the Aisne, and the struggle for Calais.

The months of December and January I spent as a bearer of special dispatches between the American Embassies and went several times to France, England, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. I have seen French, British, Belgian, and German troops in action. I have seen French, Swiss, Dutch, German, Austrian, and Hungarian troops in manoeuvres. I spent the first week of February in Paris, leaving there for America on February 10th.

The following account of what I saw and heard is compiled from letters and diaries which I wrote day by day on the spot. Some of my experiences have had to be omitted for diplomatic reasons, and it has been necessary, in some cases, to give information without mentioning my authority. The higher the rank and the greater the reputation of my informant, the less right have I to mention his name.

Although my personal sympathies are with the French, I tried to observe dispassionately and accurately, and have scrupulously aimed to present my facts uncolored by preference or prejudice. In war, exaggeration and misrepresentation play an accepted part in the tactics of belligerents, but it should be the aim of a neutral to observe with an unbiased mind, no matter what the state of his emotions may be. Otherwise, the data he collects can have no value as historical material.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. AT THE AMERICAN EMBASSY 3

II. THE GERMANS NEARING PARIS 42

III. WITH THE BRITISH ARMY. THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE 68

IV. THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE 82

V. ANALYSIS OF THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE 126

VI. THE BATTLE OF THE AISNE 153

VII. THE AMERICAN AMBULANCE 174

VIII. GERMANY AND BERLIN 203

IX. CARRYING DISPATCHES FROM BERLIN TO LONDON 234

X. VIENNA 247

XI. HUNGARY 256

XII. A GERMAN PRISON CAMP 288

APPENDIX 303

THE NOTE BOOK OF AN ATTACHÉ

CHAPTER I

AT THE AMERICAN EMBASSY

Paris, Tuesday, August 4th. I presented myself at the American Embassy today and offered my services to Mr. Herrick. They were promptly accepted. I was put to work with such suddenness that no time was spent in determining my official status... Continue reading book >>




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