In 1915, in the second year of the Great War, Kipling made a tour as a journalist on the front of some of the French armed forces. His report of what he had seen of the military activity was published in six articles in the Daily Telegraph, in England, and in the New York Sun.
They were collected in booklets in both countries, with some small textual variations.
We have used the English version in these notes to refer to page and line numbers. The articles are collected in Scribner's Edition vol. 34, the Burwash Edition vol 20, and the Sussex Edition vol 26 page 65.
The text itself is preceded by the full quotation of the well-known and beautiful poem "France", written two years before, in 1913, on the occasion of a visit of the French Président de la République Raymond Poincaré to England.
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