Men, Women Guns — The collection of short stories during
Men, Women Guns the story lines are conventional and sentimental. Often propelled by improbable coincidences, much like the style of O. Henry.
A great value of the book is the insight the stories provide into life in the fighting trenches. How the brutality of trench warfare affects the characters. McNeile a serving officer on the Western Front. It takes great patience to explain this to the presumably unknowledgeable reader. After the war McNeile became a best-selling author. He writing the melodramatic Bulldog Drummond series of novels and plays.
Herman Cyril McNeile (28 September 1888 – 14 August 1937) commonly known as Cyril McNeile. He publish under the name H. C. McNeile or the pseudonym Sapper, was a British soldier and author. Drawing on his experiences in the trenches during the First World War. McNeile used on experiences in the trenches during the First World War.
McNeile’s stories are directly about the war. His thrillers are a continuation of his war stories. With upper class Englishmen defending England from foreigners plotting against it. He was seen at the time as “simply an upstanding Tory who spoke for many of his countrymen”. After the Second World War his works was criticised as having fascist overtones. While also displaying the xenophobia and anti-semitism apparent in some other writers of the period.
McNeile’s works fall into two distinct phases. Those works published between 1915 and 1918 are his war stories. This relate directly to his experiences during the First World War, while the later works are largely thrillers. His war stories were marketed by the Daily Mail and Hodder & Stoughton as a soldier’s eyewitness accounts. When he started writing thrillers, Hodder & Stoughton publishing his works in the “Yellow Jacket” series.
McNeile provided Drummond with a “flamboyantly aggressive patriotism” towards England. Drummond defends physically against those who challenge its stability or morality. The patriotism demonstrated by Drummond was closer to nationalistic pride.