Excerpt from War Rights on Land Mr. Spaight, with whom I have had the pleasure of working in the Civil Service, and in the Civil Service Volunteer Rifles, has written to me from South Africa asking me to write a preface to his book. Friendship bids me consent, though I am more than doubtful whether my preface can do his book any good. For his sake I might be tempted to say that a great European Power is planning to invade our shores, that a successful landing in great force can be made in this country at any moment, that it is more than doubtful whether with our present military organisation we can successfully resist any such invasion, and, therefore, that it is every citizen's bounden duty to make himself acquainted with the existing code of war law on land, seeing that at distant date he will probably be subjected to it. I do t, however, believe any of these things, and therefore I cant use this special argument in commending Mr. Spaight's work. But his book, I believe, more than justifies itself apart from the possibility of the invasion of these islands. Until civilised societies have ceased to settle differences between nations by the barbarous appeal to force, war is a possibility, and it is the duty of citizens of a worldwide Empire to kw its rules in order that they may observe them, whether they have to act as attackers, attacked or neutrals. There are also certain particular reasons which make a strict observance of these rules for the future a matter of great importance. Great Britain undertook at the Hague, in 1907, to issue instructions to her troops on the subject of war law, and to pay an indemnity for any breaches of war law committed by them. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.