“I am saying that in order to urge the need of strict economy, the continued need, and even the greater need of strict economy, because we have to think not merely of the condition of things in this country, we also have to think of our Allies, France and Italy.”
Fact v. Fiction: Mr Lloyd George’s Statement on Shipping and Food Supplies (House of Commons, Thursday 16th August 1917) [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 227)]
“In the present crisis the question of the supply of food for the population of the country, both human and animal, has come to occupy a place in the mind of the intelligent… it has become a matter of absorbing interest to every thinking man, and almost a nightmare to many.”
Extract from preface dated July 1917, The National Food Supply in Peace and War by T.B. Wood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1917), reference number SPEC POV X48.3.47.
“I am writing in the month of July, 1917, with the third anniversary of the outbreak of the war near at hand. There is no doubt it will show a significant difference from the first two… a series of tremendous battles have all gone the same way – Vedun, Champagne, the Somme… tell the same tale with increasing emphasis and force”.
Dated July 10th 1917.
When Should the War End? by W. Sanday D.D.(London: Evangelical Information Committee, 1917) [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 25)].
“Let us be neither too elated by victory nor too much depressed by ill-fortune. Let us be patient, constant, and prepared for any sacrifices…. Let us be strong and confident with the inspiration which comes from the cause for which we are fighting…”
War-time Speeches: A compilation of public utterances in Great Britain by Lieut-Gen. The Rt. Hon. J.C. Smuts, p. 75, speech ‘Freedom’ given May 1st 1917 [SPEC D525 (P.C. 3)]
“The climate, though hot and dry, is healthy, and one of the best in the country… The hospital arrangements, the dispensary, materials for dressings and disinfection, and sanitary service are in excellent order and leave nothing to wish for.”
Report on camp for convalescents at Shwebo (Burma) by Red Cross delegates, April 18th 1917, within Reports on British Prison-Camps in India and Burma [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 205)]
“It is a distressing and oppressive duty, gentlemen of Congress, which I have performed in thus addressing you. There are, it may be, many months of fiery trial and sacrifice ahead of us. It is a fearful thing to lead this great and peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars”.
The Challenge Accepted: President Wilson’s Address to Congress, April 2nd, 1917, p. 8 [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 253)].
“The delegates are of the opinion that the British are to-day treating their prisoners as if they were to be their friends in the more or less near future. The care lavished upon their welfare… conforms with the principles of humanity and civilisation and does honour to the British race.”
Reports on British Prison-Camps in India and Burma, visited by the International Red Cross Committee in February, March, and April 1917 (London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, 1917), p. 17 [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 205)].
“On the 24th of February, for the first time since the commencement of trench warfare on the Western front, the enemy began a movement of retreat… the area of ground already yeilded by him [Germany] is already great”.
The British Front in the West: February 1917 [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 286)].
“Our armies, if they are to conquer, must not only be supported by all the material power of their peoples; they must also have the consciousness of all the unknown virtues, all the inflexible hopes, all the fervent prayers of the grown men, of the aged, of the women, and of the children who are behind them”.
Emile Cammaerts, To the Men Behind the Armies: An Address delivered on February 18, 1917, as the Aeolian Hall, at a meeting of the Fight for Right Movement [S/D525 (P.C 208)].
“We may judge the naval prospects of the year 1917 from the events which have occured at sea since the outbreak of hostilities in August, 1914… With every month that passes the Allies’ command of sea will be reinforced by new units and by the strength which comes from sea-keeping”.
Archibald Hurd, Naval Prospects in 1917, pp. 2, 11 [SPEC S/D525 (P.C. 273)].