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FIERCE ATTACK BY NIGHT

HARD BAYONET WORK. MEN RACE" HORSES. A lance-corporal of the Royal Irish Fusiliers give 3 a vivid account of a night attack on the Aisne. He says :—" One night after a very hard day in the trenches, when we were wet to the skin, we had lighted fires to dry our tunics, and were at it when we heard firing along our front, and then tho Germans came at us like madmen. We had to tackle them in our shirt sleeves. It was mainly bayonet work, and hard work at that. They were well supported by cavalry, who tried to ride us down in the dark, but we held our ground until reinforcements came, and then we drove them off with a fine rush of our cavalry and infantry. At one point there was a fine race between our battalion and one of the Lancer regiments as to which should get at the Germans first. We were handicapped a bit because we had no horses, but we won in the end, and charged right into the German hordes with the bayonet. After that the Lancers camo up, and theTe wasn't much left for anybody else when the Germans were done with. Quite the worst Bight I saw was when & big mass of French infantry were advancing to clear the front of our position, where the Germans had been gathering in strength. They were coming along at tho double carrying all before_ them, when, without the slightest warning, German batteries posted under the shelter of a wood opened on thorn with a deadly shower of shrapnel and machine-gun bullets. The long advancing line seemed to contract as a frog does when you stick a pin in it, and it isn't any exaggeration to say that you could hfltr the shells cutting right through their closely-packed ranks just like a scythe cuts through the grass. The men went down by the hundred until they opened into extended order. Then they made a rush for the position where the guns were, and, though they were attacked by both infantry and cavalry at nearly every step of the way, they ultimately silenced those guns."

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FIERCE ATTACK BY NIGHT, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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FIERCE ATTACK BY NIGHT Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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