Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 24, 1915: . . . .the war at home

–from Shackleton’s account “South”–

“May 24, Empire Day, was celebrated with the singing of patriotic songs in the Ritz, where all hands joined in wishing a speedy victory for the British arms. We could not know how the war was progressing, but we hoped that the Germans had already been driven from France and that the Russian armies had put the seal on the Allies’ success. The war was a constant subject of discussion aboard the ‘Endurance,’ and many campaigns were fought on the map during the long months of drifting.”

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