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FOREWORD
THE Preface outlines the sequence of events
in
the compilation of
this history. Early in 1946, on my appointment as Colonel of the
Regiment, I formed a committee, under the chairmanship of
Brigadier
L.
C. Mandleberg, to advise me whether the project should
be continued or abandoned. The committee unanimously endorsed
my own opinion that the Regiment's unsurpassed record in the
1914-1918 war, and the effort already expended, amply justified
completion, despite the delay.
Major-General
J.
C. Latter readily accepted the task, and to him
the lasting gratitude of the Regiment is due. The devotion of his
scanty leisure over so many years, and the resumption after more
than six years of war, demanded a degree of courage and determina–
tion which would have daunted most of us. But such qualities alone
would not have sufficed without the inspiration of a fervent desire
to serve the Regiment, and only such inspiration could have sustained
him in his laborious task.
His achievement is thus in the best XX spirit, and his reward
lies in the high standard and lasting nature of his work, and the
grateful appreciation of the Regiment.
I
also have to acknowledge the gratitude of the Regiment to all
those enumerated
in
the Preface for their contribution, and particu–
larly to Major G. C. Hutchinson for his devoted and invaluable
preparatory work and planning.
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ajor-General,
Colonel,
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The Lancashire Fusiliers.
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