Failure of a Mission: Berlin 1937-1939

Failure of a Mission: Berlin 1937-1939

Failure of a Mission: Berlin 1937-1939

Failure of a Mission: Berlin 1937-1939

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I labour for peace, but when I speak unto them thereof they make them ready to battle.

6TH VERSE OF PSALM CXX OF THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.

It was the stationmaster at Grantham who finally overcame my scruples about the writing of this book. Mr. Gardner was kind enough to invite me into his office, where there was a fire, one cold morning when I was waiting for a train for London, which was late. We spoke of this and that, about the war and its origins; and his final remark to me was that he and people like him knew nothing of the facts of the case.

I have attempted in this volume, the main purpose of which is historical, to give the facts of the case; and to those who read it I should wish, first of all, to make it quite clear that, whereas all the observations, comments, and opinions expressed in this volume are purely personal and therefore fallible and controversial, the sequence of events and the facts themselves are taken entirely from telegrams, dispatches, and letters written at the time, and are consequently, humanly speaking, strictly exact.

In a book of this nature, written so soon after the events recorded therein, there must necessarily be certain reticences. In the first place, I occupied an official position at Berlin, and was then, and still am, in the service of His Majesty's Government.

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