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Seller: Top-Rated Seller dilapsus (6.915) 100%, Location: Flamborough, Yorkshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122153598212 Macedonian Memories by Henry C. Day With a Preface by Field-Marshal Sir George F. Milne G.C.B., G.C.M.G., D.S.O., D.C.L., LL.D. and pen and ink illustrations by Fred A. Farrell, Official Artist with the 51st (Highland) Division This is the 1930 First Edition A Chaplain’s Memoirs of the Salonika Campaign with a final chapter on the Western Front Front cover and spine Further images of this book are shown below Publisher and place of publication Dimensions in inches (to the nearest quarter-inch) London: Heath Cranton Limited 5¼ inches wide x 8¾ inches tall Edition Length 1930 196 pages Condition of covers Internal condition Original cloth blocked in black. The covers are rubbed and there is a distinct area of fading to the top quarter of the front boards. The spine has faded and is quite dull, and with a few minor marks. There is some colour variation to the rear cover, including a vertical strip of fading adjacent to the spine. The images below give a good indication of the current state of the covers. There is a small cryptic mark on the Half-Title page which has been defaced by blue crayon. There are no internal markings and the text is clean throughout. The paper has tanned with age and there are a few minor marks on the final page of the index. The front end-paper map is browned. Dust-jacket present? Other comments No Very clean internally in covers affected by some fading (particularly the spine). Illustrations, maps, etc Contents Please see below for details Please see below for details Post & shipping information Payment options The packed weight is approximately 600 grams. Full shipping/postage information is provided in a panel at the end of this listing. 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Macedonian Memories Contents Preface Author's Note CHAPTER I Bonjour, Salonique! — The Holy Synod of Athos — Thessalonica — Macedonia — The Republic of Venice — Independence of the Balkan States — The Young Turks Party — The two Balkan wars — Causes of the Great European War — Importance of the Suez Canal — Heroic Serbian retreat CHAPTER II The Coveted City — The Jewish inhabitants — Brigands — Johnny Greeks — The Place de la Eiberte — London police — Expeditionary Force Canteen — The Wise Woman of Salonika CHAPTER III The Macedonian front — General Sarrail's army — The "Bird Cage" — Caravan route between Salonika and Seres — Fertility of the country — Wild flowers and insects — The climate — Ninety mile front CHAPTER IV The Bulgar lines — Our camp near Langaza — Importance of donkeys — Primitive harvesting — Sulphur bathe — Langaza frogs — Stavros — Colonel Noble of the Marines — Red tape and a pack-saddle — Our lone trek — Balkan cabarets — No-man's-land on the Gola Ridge — The end of Red Ginger CHAPTER V The Struma Sector — The Bulgar advance of July, 1916 — Malarial fever — A novel altar — Cabbages and kings — Recapture of Monastir — The attack on the villages — Bishop Keating — I return to Salonika CHAPTER VI In the line at Doiran — Grand Couronne — My "one good deed" — The Doldzeli Sector — Horse-shoe Hill — "The Blind Ploughman " — The travelling circus — A massed attack by enemy aircraft CHAPTER VII The Spring Offensive of 1917 — The Jumeaux Ravine — Vladaja in ruins — The attack on Petit Couronne — What our men were doing in Salonika CHAPTER VIII The Snevce Sector — The wonderful Italian camps — General Sir George Milne — Those mules again — Father Charles Heurtley — The Happy Valley — Tetre Vert — The Kalinova Balloon Section — Race day for the Berks — My return home CHAPTER IX France in 1918 — La Bassee — All the best — The Cambrai-Merville Sector — The Major and the air-raid — A terrible tragedy — Failure of German offensive — Australian and Canadian Corps — The black day of the German Army — Marshal Foch — The pathetic ruins of Bethune — I win a race — Hindenburg line — Fascination of the kilt — The Wotan Switch — Within the German lines — St. Quentin — " The Four Last Months " — I lose my voice — November 11th, 1918 Index LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS (in pen and ink) The Author Dawn on Olympus Modes Macedonian Map of Macedonia Ancient Tower On Lake Langaza The Entrenched Camp Of Salonika Dressing Station Gugunci Church The Visit To Maslar Troop Main Street, Kukus Looking North-West Over Lake Doiran Bathers — Struma Style The Position Before Petit Couronne, 1917 " Three Tree Fountain " The "Pip Ridge" "The Evil Eye" Loppy Wins The Shepherd Comes Home Days Past And Present Macedonian Memories Preface The author (a Cavalry Chaplain) requires no introduction to the members of the Salonika Army, and this second instalment of his reminiscences will recall many scenes and persons now almost forgotten. It will also teach them, as it did me, a good deal about the history of Macedonia find its people. After the recent flood of somewhat unpleasant war literature, mostly from "the other side of the line," the general public will no doubt turn with relief to a book such as this, which looks upon war in the healthy British way. It often appears as if the authors of many of our war books were either temperamentally unfit for active service from the beginning, or else returned in a state which rendered them unfit to write about it. Padre Day is not one of these. I am very glad to have the opportunity of welcoming a book of such sturdy character, one which will help towards the long delayed recognition, by the general public, of the work done by the British rank and file in Macedonia. G. F. Milne, F.M. Author’s Note "Macedonian Memories" is a continuation of the story of "A Cavalry Chaplain", published eight years ago, by Messrs. Heath Cranton Limited, and resumed at their request from the days succeeding Gallipoli. The narrative, accordingly, opens with my arrival in Salonika, and closes with the last days of the " Hundred Days Battle " in France, known at the period as Armageddon. The bulk of Chapter I is taken up with a general historical and political sketch of the Balkans. It also contains a detailed account of Macedonia, a country which is likely to loom large in future discussions of the Great War and its causes. In the short Preface, kindly contributed by Field-Marshal Sir George Milne, he disparages the tone of some recent war books, which, while pretending to be realistic, give a distorted idea of the nature of war, and are calculated to deter the new generation from embarking upon it, even should the necessity arise. I have read more than one of these books, and am fully satisfied of the justice of the Field-Marshal's strictures. The work of the creative artist, whether painter or poet or prose writer, who sets out to depict reality, is not to put on canvas or paper mere crude realities discerned by sight or hearing; but to give truthful expression to these realities, after they have passed through the medium of his own mind, and been changed into spiritual conceptions and emotions by the process. In proportion to the skill of the artist, in setting forth his impressions, they will embody more or less of truth — which is only another name for reality. Where mastery of form is combined with intellectual genius, the result will be exquisite as well as true, and stand for all time as a classic. But the real reality is the true picture which God sees, or the exemplar as it originally existed in the Divine Knowledge and Wisdom. This is the ultimate criterion of all art and science. But since this absolute ideal transcends time and space, and exists in the purely spiritual plane, human art and knowledge can only hope to approach it more or less remotely. War is an outcome of the law of strife and progress impressed on our nature by its Creator, and permitted in certain circumstances for the achievement of beneficent ends. How far these ends of Divine Providence were fulfilled in the Great War of 1914-1918 it would be presumptuous on our part to decide. The proper attitude should be that of hope; and though we naturally hold suffering and sorrow, bloodshed and death in abhorrence, this sentiment should not blind us to the fact that the physical phenomena of war are neither more nor less than signs or shadows of abiding moral and spiritual realities, whether good or bad. As Christians, moreover, we must recognize the Providential function of suffering on earth; and we should never lose sight of the fact that the battle of our Redemption was fought and won on the Cross. My own account in these pages, however inadequate, is at least a truthful expression of my mind, and grounded on real facts which I witnessed. In compiling this book, I have received invaluable help and encouragement from friends, which it is a pleasure for me to acknowledge. Most of all, I am indebted to Captain A. O. Morris, late R.G.A., who generously devoted his time and talent to revising and correcting my copy. To Lieutenant-Colonel C. E. P. Sankey, D.S.O., late C.R.E. of the 1st Infantry Division in France, I am also obliged for carefully revising the last chapter. Mr. F. A. Farrell, the artist, has done invaluable work by designing the maps and illustrations. To Father R. H. J. Steuart, S.J., I wish also to offer my sincere thanks for allowing me to insert in my last chapter his deeply touching and beautifully written account of the death of a deserter. Henry C. Day, S.J. Campion House, Ostekley, Middlesex. Macedonian Memories Excerpts: from CHAPTER I At dawn on Friday, March 3rd, 1916, we entered the Gulf of Salonika, or Therma; as we steamed up the broad and long channel that formerly divided ancient Greece on the West from her colonies on the Chalcidice promontory to the East, many wonders of the past presented themselves. To the left loomed mighty Olympus, the famous mountain of heaven. First the green slopes of the Elysian fields, then the snow-capped summit guarded by fleecy clouds, came into view. Beneath that spacious dome once dwelt the gods of Homer. Opposite, with its contrasted aura of modern Greek-Orthodox piety, lay Mount Athos, also called Hagion Oros, or the Holy Hill from the famous religious settlement in its neighbourhood. This dominating height is situated a mile or two back from the farthest point of the three tongues of land forming the promontory j though in fact it is made up of several widely separated ascending ridges, it appears in the distance as a solitary peak, sheer above the sea. The summit, crowned with a huge slab of white marble, attains an altitude of more than six thousand feet. Beneath Mount Athos, and co-extensive with the peninsula named after it, is the ancient religious settlement of more than twenty thousand monks, divided between twenty large monasteries and a number of scattered hermitages. The whole strip of territory, roughly about two hundred square miles, belongs to the religious community, who long ago constituted it into a small autonomous republic on strictly democratic lines. The government, in accordance with the original constitution, continues in the hands of four presidents, who are themselves controlled and guided by a representative body of twenty elected members, one from each monastery. The chief of the four presidents is called "The First Man of Athos". The assembly is known as the Holy Synod ... from CHAPTER V The handing over of Rupel by the Greek frontier guards, on May 26th, 1916, completely altered the strategic position, and led to a more drastic policy on the part of the Allies. The new policy commenced with the seizing of all communications, and the proclamation of martial law throughout the Salonika area. The next step was the despatch of a diplomatic note to the Greek Government, demanding an immediate demobilization of the Royal Army a promise from the King to adhere strictly to the spirit and letter of his previously declared neutrality. The note was complied with on June 21st. After that, further military measures followed, to forestall a now definitely anticipated enemy offensive. In addition to the French and British patrols, established in the spring with Kilindir and Kukus as headquarters, Infantry Divisions were now sent to occupy the south bank of the Struma, and also to hold advance positions on the Doiran-Vardar Sector. At the same time, our Yeomanry were ordered to co-operate with the infantry regiments on the line of the river. Such was the general condition of affairs at the close of the spring of 1916. The next, or fourth stage of the war covered only the two summer months of July and August. Yet it proved an eventful period, comprising as it did a notable Bulgar advance and a successful counter-offensive on our part. The Bulgars started to make their advance early in July, and by the end of the month they had pushed south as far as Koritza and Lake Ostrova on the west, and Drama and Kavalla on the east, thus seriously menacing our flanks. Here was a danger that had to be dealt with without delay. We were also pledged to bring pressure to bear on the Bulgarian front, eight days before Rumania should enter the war on our side .... from CHAPTER IX .... Next, the Germans were throwing hand grenades amongst us, and men began to fall by my side. There was a stampede for the road, but all who attempted to cross were shot down. " Shall we hoist a handkerchief on a bayonet? " I was asked by a party of the poor fellows. " No," I said, because I knew that would mean surrender and imprisonment, and the end of the war in France for me, just when I was beginning to enjoy it. Then they put their heads together, and suggested firing off an S.O.S. I agreed to this, not knowing what the result might be. The signal rocket was fired, but luckily did not go off, a pin not having been removed. I was afterwards told that, if it had gone off, we should have drawn the fire of our own guns to the spot. Meanwhile, with the help of another man, I dragged a wounded private through the mire and blood of the ditch as far as the roadside. " Will you venture across with us? " I said. " No," he muttered, " leave me here." What the man who was helping me did I do not know but I sprang across the road and tumbled head over heels into our trenches. Luckily the machine-gun had just been put out of action ! Thirty-four of us escaped out ninety, and Private McDonald, the soldier I had tried rescue, came along in the evening on a stretcher. I asked him what had happened afterwards, and told me that, within a few minutes of our leaving him the Germans came along and treated him and the other wounded men ever so decently, binding up their wounds and giving them cigarettes. It transpired afterwards that a blunder had been made, and that the assembly point chosen was actually within the enemy lines! On September 26th, the final Allied offensive open in the south with a preliminary attack by General Pershing's American Army, and General Gouraud's Third French Army, on the Verdun and Champagne fronts. This attack was followed the next day by another on the northern side of the bulge in the direction of Cambrai, in which the British Third and First Armies, including the Canadian Corps, advanced some distance on a front of thirteen miles. On September 28th, the Belgians, supported by a French Army under Degoutte, and the British Army under Plumer, also attacked the line from the coast southward beyond Ypres. The big battle, however, began on the 29th, when General Rawlinson's Fourth Army, with the IXth British Corps, the Ilnd American Corps, and the Australian Corps in support—after a heavy bombardment lasting two days—attacked the St. Quentin Sector of the Siegfried system, the deepest of the enemy's defences and the very heart of the Hindenburg line. Two corps of the Third British Army on our left extended the attack of the Fourth Army, which was made on a twelve-mile front, as far north as the loop in the St. Quentin Canal at Marcoing, while General Debeney's Army on our right carried the battle line some miles farther south. The two British attacks were made against the enemy's most strongly organized positions, and the best of his remaining troops. Yet the victory was complete for the Allies, and the German Army was forced to retire with heavy losses. This attack of the 29th proved the decisive battle in the great offensive begun on the 26th, and was marked by some of the most glorious military feats of the war. In the first day's fighting, the 46th North Midland Territorial Division on our left captured over four thousand prisoners, and seventy guns; and, though our 1 st Division on the right of the Fourth Army was somewhat retarded by having to maintain communications with the French, it succeeded in making considerable progress, and by the evening of the 30th had gained possession of the Le Tronquoi Tunnel, and crossed the canal to the ndrth of St. Quentin. This feat has been described by Major-General Sir F. Maurice, in his " Four Last Months ", as no less splendid than that of the 46th Division on the previous day. On September 30th and the following days, Germans were driven back on the whole front by First, Third, and Fourth British Armies; and by October 3rd, the entire line of the canal, with the renown Hindenburg defences behind it, was in our hands, enemy's power of resistance was now broken, and yielding German Army commenced to retreat along whole Northern line, until it reached its former star point at Mons, on November nth, the date of Armistice. From now until the end of the war, we continued to drive the enemy eastwards. Each morning saw a renewal of of battle and each evening a fresh advance. In these days, except for the fine resistance of November 4th and 5th, there was little serious opposition from the infantry, the bulk of the enemy's defensive operations being left to his artillery and machine gunners. Of the courage tenacity of these men it is impossible to speak too highly. Wherever we passed their guns, the gunners lay dead groups beside them—like the Spartans of Thermopylae they guarded the retreat of their comrades to the end, with their lives. On Wednesday, October 16th, the Division reached the town of Bohain, which had been occupied for four years by the Germans, and only recaptured a week previously by the British. The surrounding country, fertile and well cultivated formed a pleasing contrast to the miles and miles of stricken wastes through which we had been advancing. The town itself was only slightly damaged, and s damage as had been done was due to our own which had continued to shell the place for five days af its evacuation by the enemy. Notwithstanding unfortunate mistake, the inhabitants showed us utmost cordiality. On the next day, Thursday the 17th, the battle of the Selle River commenced at Le Cateau, a few miles south, with an attack by our 4th and 6th Divisions, assisted by patrols of cavalry and tanks. The attack of the two Divisions started under cover of a heavy barrage at five-twenty a.m.; the 1st and 2nd Brigades of our 1st Division were to pass through the first wave two hours later, but were held up by thick mist, smoke and gas, which caused considerable delay and confusion. To the best of my recollection, we did not succeed in getting through till the next day, though all Thursday we were on the fringe of the fighting. At about ten o'clock, I was endeavouring to get in touch with one of the Cameron companies in advance of our headquarters, and was overtaken by a detachment of tanks, evidently going into action. " Where are you going to? " I shouted. " To hell! " was the reply. " Very well, I will go With you I " After that I did my best to follow them, but having a recurrence of malaria and a high temperature, I soon had to give up the attempt, and fall back on headquarters. For hours we tramped over hill and dale, resting for ten minutes at a time, when I would lie down and try to sleep. At three o'clock in the afternoon, a terrible bombardment caught us in the open, and we fled across to a sunken road near by, getting the best cover we could on the reverse slope of the hill. There, as we lay crouching on the ground, the shells fell on the road and on each side of it, and I could feel the earth repeatedly tremble with the shock. Meanwhile we awaited events, chatting and smoking cigarettes . . . Please note: to avoid opening the book out, with the risk of damaging the spine, some of the pages were slightly raised on the inner edge when being scanned, which has resulted in some blurring to the text and a shadow on the inside edge of the final images. Colour reproduction is shown as accurately as possible but please be aware that some colours are difficult to scan and may result in a slight variation from the colour shown below to the actual colour. 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(please note that the book shown is for illustrative purposes only and forms no part of this auction) Book dimensions are given in inches, to the nearest quarter-inch, in the format width x height. Please note that, to differentiate them from soft-covers and paperbacks, modern hardbacks are still invariably described as being ‘cloth’ when they are, in fact, predominantly bound in paper-covered boards pressed to resemble cloth. Fine Books for Fine Minds I value your custom (and my feedback rating) but I am also a bibliophile : I want books to arrive in the same condition in which they were dispatched. For this reason, all books are securely wrapped in tissue and a protective covering and are then posted in a cardboard container. If any book is significantly not as described, I will offer a full refund. Unless the size of the book precludes this, hardback books with a dust-jacket are usually provided with a clear film protective cover, while hardback books without a dust-jacket are usually provided with a rigid clear cover. The Royal Mail, in my experience, offers an excellent service, but things can occasionally go wrong. However, I believe it is my responsibility to guarantee delivery. If any book is lost or damaged in transit, I will offer a full refund. Thank you for looking. Please also view my other listings for a range of interesting books and feel free to contact me if you require any additional information Design and content © Geoffrey Miller Condition: A detailed description of this item's current condition is given in the listing below but please do not hesitate to contact me (gm@flamboroughmanor.co.uk) if you require any further information., Author: Henry C. Day, Format: Hardback, Non-Fiction Subject: History & Military, Language: English, Date of Publication: 1900-1949, Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Place of Publication: London, Sub-subject: First World War, Binding: Hardback, Year Printed: 1930, Publisher: Heath Cranton

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