G. H. Q.
G. H. Q.
"G. S. O."
WITH A MAP AND THIRTY-TWO ILLUSTRATIONS.
LONDON: PHILIP ALLAN & CO., QUALITY COURT, CHANCERY LANE, W.C. 1920.
PRINTED BY WHITEHEAD BROS., WOLVERHAMPTON.
TO THE PEOPLE AT HOME WHOSE UNBENDING RESOLUTION AND UNGRUDGING GENEROSITY UPHELD THE SOLDIERS' CONFIDENCE THIS BOOK IS GRATEFULLY DEDICATED BY THE AUTHOR.
I.--BEFORE G.H.Q. WENT TO MONTREUIL 1
The first stages of the War--"Trench War," a good German invention--The Battle of Eyes--Waiting for the Big Push--The Loos disappointment--Moving G.H.Q. to Montreuil.
II.--MONTREUIL AND THE MONTREUILLOIS 16
How the Montreuillois once learned to hate the English--Early history of the famous town--Its link with the early Roman-British Empire--A border town in the Anglo-French Wars--When G.H.Q. was bombed.
III.--G.H.Q. AT WORK 29
The Functions of G.H.Q.--The varying conditions to be met--The working hours--The organisation of a branch--The Chief's system.
IV.--G.H.Q. AT PLAY 47
The walks on the Ramparts--The "Monks" of Montreuil had little time for sport--Precautions against "joy-riding"--The jolly Officers' Club--Watching the Map--Ladies at G.H.Q.
V.--THE MUNITIONS OF THE WAR 66
The Shell shortage--When relief came--The dramatic Tanks--Bombs--Some ammunition figures--The ingenious inventor.
VI.--THE MEDICAL SERVICES 80
The magic-workers of the war--Fighting the Germans--Concerning the Victorian primness of conversation and the present popularity of "v.d." as a theme for small talk--The Army and "v.d."--The etiquette of hospitals and the ways of matrons--The war against Trench Feet--Mustard gas in 1918.
VII.--THE ANIMALS OF THE FORCE 98
A happy lot--The mud season in Flanders--The effects of mustard gas--The character of the mule--Forage difficulties--The French object to our horse ration--The Americans side with us--The animal record in 1918.
VIII.--THE FINANCIAL SERVICES 116