Days to Remember; The British Empire in the Great War

London: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd, 1939. First printing of this edition [stated]. Hardcover. Frontispiece. 254 pages. Illus. Maps. Some endpaper discoloration. Some edge soiling. Slightly cocked. This was originally published in 1922 and except for Part IV, was written by John Buchan. Part IV, the story of Britain's war at sea, was contributed by Sir Henry Newbolt. John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir GCMG GCVO CH PC DL (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940) was a Scottish novelist, historian, and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation. After a brief legal career, Buchan simultaneously began his writing career and his political and diplomatic careers, serving as a private secretary to the administrator of various colonies in southern Africa. He eventually wrote propaganda for the British war effort during the First World War. He was elected Member of Parliament for the Combined Scottish Universities in 1927, but he spent most of his time on his writing career, notably writing The Thirty-Nine Steps and other adventure fiction. In 1935, King George V, on the advice of Prime Minister R. B. Bennett, appointed Buchan to replace the Earl of Bessborough as Governor General of Canada, for which purpose Buchan was raised to the peerage. He occupied the post until his death in 1940. Buchan was enthusiastic about literacy and the development of Canadian culture, and he received a state funeral in Canada before his ashes were returned to the United Kingdom. Sir Henry John Newbolt, CH (6 June 1862 – 19 April 1938) was an English poet, novelist and historian. He also had a role as a government WWI propagandist and adviser. There is no mystery as to why this work was republished on the eve of the Second World War. War was coming, and both Buchan and Newbolt has been involved in the British Governments 'information' efforts during WWI. This reissued work was an early contribution to sustaining the morale of the British people in England and throughout the Empire and Commonwealth. The First World War was, for Britain, as much about Imperial conflict, as it was about fighting on the Western front. Hundreds of millions of colonial subjects were forced into the war alongside Britain, and made a huge difference to the strength of the British army. In this fascinating study, Henry Newbolt and John Buchan take a general overview of the First World War, from its causes to the aftermath, with the focus on the central role played by both Britain and its colonies. They cover the major campaigns on the Western Front – Ypres, Loos, Cambrai, Marrières Wood and the Marne, as well as the battles fought around the globe – in particular Galipolli and the capture of Jerusalem - and the main campaigns at sea. ‘Days to Remember’ is a vivid and fascinating account of the struggles and achievements of the British Empire in the First World War. Condition: Good / No dust jacket present.

Keywords: First World War, WWI, Western Front, Ypres, Loos, Cambari, Marne, Lys, Mont St. Quentin, Gallipoli, Allenby, Submarine, Silent Service, Coronel, Falklands, Jutland, Mercantile Marine, Fishing Fleets, Zeebrugge, Jerusalem, Jellicoe, Royal Navy

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