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THE BAYONET DOES ITS WORK.

Private H. P. Mnllaney, of tho Irish Guards, in a letter to his sweetheart, thus describes a terrible street fight in which he was engaged with his regiment : ” Wo barricaded the street by pulling carts, doors, and shutters across it, and then dug_up tho pavement. Wo put two Maxims in position and lot tho Gormans roll up in their masses within 20 yards. Then we let them have it right and left, until they could not advance for their own ciead. It was a terrible sight. They must have lost thousands. Speaking of tho advance from tho neighborhood of Paris, Mnllaney says: Our own guns hadn’t our advance covered, so wo were at tho mercy of the enemy. After some time our artillery came up and lot them have it. I think it was tho Scots Grets who dashed up and had tho pleasure of capturing tho guns the Gormans loft behind. Wo were all filled with joy at this success and to know wo were advancing. A number of tho enemy got into a houso and fin'd through the windows and doors. Our boys soon pot the measure of them and let them have it in style. The Germans tried short dashes up the hill. They only got a few yards when down they went to rise no more. Wo took about 80 prisoners. Later wo got tho order to fix bayonets and charge tho guns, whilst a groat thunderstorm was raging. You should have seen the Irish Guards, 3rd Coldstroamers, and 2nd Grenadiers fly down on them like an avalanche, on tho Kaiser’s crack regiment—tho Prussian Guards. It was all over in 10 minutes. They absolutely stood dumbfounded, with white faces and knees trembling. I shouldn’t like to stand in front of that charge myself. Our men wore drenched to tho skin, hut we didn’t care; it only made ns twice ns wild. Such dare-devil pluck I was glad to see. “ Back for those guns,” roared an officer, “ or I’ll have every ono of .you slaughtered.” Tho men didn’t want telling twice. We proceeded to lino tip the prisoners and collect the spoils, which amounted to about 160 prisoners, 6 maxim guns, and 33,000 rounds of ammunition. They had snipers up in the trees to pick off our officers. That day we lost three captains and two wounded. I had ono bullet through my cap, and was picking it up when I was wounded in the leg. I pot sight of my man up a tree close hv. I knew it was either him or mo for it, so I rollpd behind some coyer and ‘ took accurate aim at him. 'When I fired he came crashing down through the trees. I made a crutch of my rifle and got down to a stfiioo] house.

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THE BAYONET DOES ITS WORK., Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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THE BAYONET DOES ITS WORK. Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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