PERHAPS the only redeeming point about these "Memories" is that they are largely extracted from diaries and letters which were not written with the idea of anyone ever seeing them except my mother. To some extent they tell directly against me, since they show me to have been just the ordinary silly young ass who enjoyed senseless ragging, was fond of dogs and horses, and thought very little as he went through the ordinary every-day experiences of a subaltern in India. There is nothing very romantic or very exciting about them, and there is much that is silly, but at the same time such things have, I think, seldom been set down in writing just as they occurred to one at the time. They may at any rate serve to remind other old officers besides myself that they themselves once felt and did as subalterns now think and do. As we get into our crabbed old age, we are apt to forget that we were once youngsters, as I had almost forgotten that I once enjoyed having "all my face except a small patch on the left side scraped bare in a glorious rough and tumble."
With very few exceptions the illustrations are reproductions of sketches which I sent home to show what India was like, and they have the virtue of being done on the spot.
These Reminiscences were in print in July 1914, but their publication was deferred owing to the outbreak of war. The results of the campaign to date in no way modify the opinions therein expressed on the character and training of the British officer and soldier of to-day.
From: Baden-Powell, Memories of India, 1915.
|From Chapter III. The Sport of Kings and the King of Sports. B-P tells an amusing story of Young Winston Churchill, his devotion to the sport of polo, and early evidence of his talent for public speaking.|
|Chapter VIII. When the Tribes are Out. The Afghan WarThe Great MarchOrdered up to KandaharA Warlike AtmosphereThe Expedition of 1842The Camel and His WaysKandaharA Dangerous CityTheatricals Under DifficultiesA Serious MistakeAfghan NerveAttacked by Ghazis The Crack of DoomThe Field of MaiwandA Broken SquareA Heroic ChaplainA Narrow Escape|
|Chapter IX. The Aftermath of War. The Image of WarPatrols and Picnics A Curious SuperstitionJock Fights a Wild CatAfghan DepredationsRelics of Alexander the GreatCamp Rumours Abdurrahman WaitsThe Horses StampedeA Subaltern's Opinion of the GovernmentA Study in ContrastsRifle StealingAn Ingenious PlanFurther LossesI Shoot MyselfI Hear my Death Announced Digging for the BulletConvalescenceStalked by a LeopardA Rough and Tumble|
|Chapter XI. Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright. A Possible InterrogationI Go in Pursuit of Tigers Smith-Dorrien at WorkThe Party MeetsThe Old HandsA Native WeaknessHow to Beat for Tigers A Dead EnemyA Native VillageNearly a Fatality Camp LiteratureI Become DoctorI Get a Bear Camp LifeA Tiger's WingsThe MahoutThe Tables TurnedTable DelicaciesJungle Yachts The End of the Ghost|
|Chapter XII. A Frontier Row. The Value of the North-West FrontierVillage Warfare Readiness and EfficiencyHow an Irishman Got a Dog and a Breakfast for NothingTrouble in the Buner CountryThe Subaltern in War-timeThe Pessimistic AfridiA Terrified JehuSnipingThe Morning of the FightSir Bindon's DispositionsThe Artillery TriumphsTouching the ButtonRock-rollingAn Exciting RaceThe Bravest Man I Ever SawThe Enemy in RetreatAn Exhausting ClimbThe Tribute of a FoeThe Trophies of WarOur Casualties|
|Chapter XIV. The Elephant as Gentleman. Sentiment About the ElephantHis Mathematical Mind"Dandelion's" IdiosyncrasiesHer Courage in the Face of an EnemyThe Elephant Who DiedA Problem in SanitationThe Jungle ShipSea Legs The Genius of the ElephantHis TimidityJock's VictoryThe Duchess of Connaught's Adventure The Elephant's CautionHe Utilises Human Material A Malefactor Flogged by ElephantsThe Elephant in WarAn Elephant Fight|
|"B.-P." from Great Contemporaries by Sir Winston S. Churchill. Perhaps one of the finest portraits of the significance of the life and work of Sir Robert Baden-Powell.|
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