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SOLDIERS SENT TO SLEEP

l-TFKCTS (IF LYDIVITK. WOK!-: .AMONO THE DEAD. " 1 do not know what people at home think of the war, whether thoy liavo got the right idea, or not. but what*both sid<-> have been going Ihrough is more- horrib! - than anything that cart have, boon iin agiwrl." 'writes Lieut. E. H. T. Broatiwood, of the Ist Xoriolk" Regiment.. "I think, too. that tho Germans a.iv having a, worse time of it even than th<French and ourselves. Just lately they have been simply massacred by us. and letters have been found on dead and wounded savin? what a. hellish time thy have been having, and hoping for the end of tho war. Their infantry cannot stand against ours: this has been, proved again and again, but (heir strong point is their artillery. They seem to pick up target.< quickly, and they seem to outnumber • mv guns nearly everywhere. "Curiously enough, a lettgr ■written by a. German officer says the came about our guns, and says we are superior in artillery. No uhat we think may he imagination, but it -oems to me that our artillery is weaker. Where we can dip ourselves right into th-> earth and cave right, underneath, this | r >- teets us from bullets aircl most shrapnel : but. it is practically impossible to l.x> s-if--irwn the bigger high explosive sheib-. Th 6 enemy have an uncanny way of finding out where one is, and arc especially fond of shelling brigade headquarters if they can find them. 'litis may also be imagir.a tion, or the good system of espionage. <n eW chance, for ' ertainly our brigadier had to move llint times in three slid essiv, day. 1 ; because o'f annoyance by shrill. Senile of the staff took refuge ill the reliaj where a shell burst- inconveniently close the s'.wond sheli knocked at, the cellar donr. Tlie lyddite high explosive shells make tie most, fufcs, but I am told are very local in effect, though I have not tried ! They .-a\ . too, that they *Um pcophi sometimes i'm the time. and. apropos of this. a. <'■ <ni". ill officer, Lieutenant. 15 lv.ho.se failiei ia. Unionist M.l'.), told m<. the other day that at. the. .M.vine one of the Cornwall companiss had a hot lime with lyddite, and «..|f knoeked down all over tho plnee. However, the text day tle-v rejo ; n -I : thoy said'that had 'gone to sleep' wilh.ir knowing it at ;> the pievious a ftei i>i;.M : . 'this, my friend ibid me. i-i.i n~p I;-Immm the time the Germans' a!lark toi.k pi;,.---.

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SOLDIERS SENT TO SLEEP, Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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SOLDIERS SENT TO SLEEP Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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