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CAPTURE OF A GERMAN STANDARD.

BRILLIANT FRENCH DRAGOON CHARGE, The retaking of Ercheu rendered the French masters of the railway between \ and B, and the Staff resolved to attempt an attack upen X. At 10 in the morning the troops were before X, which was occupied by the enemy. Several French batteries dominated the position and began the bombardment, while the dragoons pursued the stragglers of tho enemv and rounded up their patrols. At this moment a German aeroplane (lew over tha French lines, and a f ew minutes after an enormous shell fell within 20 paces of the French guns, making an enormous hole in the ground, large enough to bury a waggon and horses in. The French batteries immediately shifted their position, and their cavalry retired before large German reinforcements which had come up. Thinking that, tho French batteries wero in full retreat, the enemy hastened their pace. Thev marched straight on to the position which had been occupied by the French, artillery, when suddenly three shells, ono after another, fell and burst right in the middle of the German column. These wero from their own batteries, and in the confusion thev found themselves between two fires. The French were not long in seizing their opportunity. 'While their infantry fired unon the enemy from the cover of a little wood, the dragoons charged them repeatedly. The Germans formed a square, and poured volley after volley into the charging cavalrv, but to little purpose. The dragoons dashed on. broke the square, trampling tho enemy undoT foot, anad making free use of their swords. The Germans fled, leaving round a r.mall clump of pine trees a group of officers ar.d non-coms, who had rallied round the colors, and had made up their minds to sell their lives dearlv. At the French command to surrender tho revolvers of the Germans, rang out, hitting the dragoons' helmets. To try to make prisoners of this .resolute band would have cost too many live?. The only thing to do was to charge them. The dragoons fell upon them, and the last defenders of thecolors bit (he dust. An old Prussian sergeant stood alone, holding the colors ; be staggered a step forward and fell over his charge, transfixed by a lamce. The French had taken this- much-prized trophy. Tt> was the regimental colors of the 6th Pomeranian Foot. On the bunting riddled -wnt-b VmlVl* -vr.-iR tbe inscription " Champitrry. 1871."—-F. tie Bathe in tho London ' Telegraph.'

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CAPTURE OF A GERMAN STANDARD., Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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CAPTURE OF A GERMAN STANDARD. Issue 15677, 16 December 1914

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