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GERMAN DISCIPLINE.

A SOLDI l-.IV.S STA'I'EMENT. The German troops also have won our respect lor the v,-,iy in which they have advanced (says a ' correspondent of the 'Manchester Guardian'). Whether it 1due to patriotism or the fear iiidiifeiMvy an iron discipline, the fact remains that they have steadily pressed on to '-. 1i;;t hi many case- must obvious';/ have been icrfai'u death. That they are -..metiiiie- fuieed to go is shown by the following answer to an interrogation jiut to a wounded prisoner:1 belong to the Company ot (he —th regiment of infantry of the. - division"',! the —th corps. I was embodied in October, 1913. On mobilisation the weakly and those backward in training, to the number of about. 60 per roinpanv, were withdrawn from ihe. active regiment to form the nucleus of a reserve regim.nt, which was completed bv Badeners and Wurtembergers lie longiii" to the f-econd ban of the Land-,,-ehr. " We received new " field grey" uniforms. After 10 week.; of hard training we {ravelled for throe clays and two nights from Thuriugia, up to AchK-t (T where, we remained in reserve. We. wyie, told that our nearest, enemies were Die English. On October 17 and the next day we performed Mich fatiguing forced marches that many men fell out on the road. On the lOtli we each received 285 rounds of ammunition, and had our fir=t taste of fire. Although we welc told that there were only franc-tireurs in front of u= . I saw Frcwh cavalrymen and no other foes. From this day onward the battle was uninterrupted. 'On the 20th my section received orders <o go forward fr> (he attack', and the ofiicers warned us that if we gave way file would be. opened upon us from behind. This threat was carried into el'f.-efc when the losses we suffered compelled u:s to retire. Indeed, it was bv a German bullet that I was wounded." Having fallen on the ground I remained between the lines without food or care for two days, at the end of which time 1 dragged mvself to a ruined house.

I During the whole of this time Ihe I German shells, which were short, were falling about my shelter, some, hundreds of paces from the French lines. These having advanced on the 2<lth, I myself I moved forward, called out to a passing 1 patrol, and surrendered. We have rej c-eived 110 distribution of food since our ! arrival in France. j The commandant of my company war. j a reserve, lieutenant, 28 years of age. I The colonel, whose name Ido not know. i also belonged to the reserve, as did all ! the other ofiicers of the regiment. The j ofiicers told us that if we febMnto the j hands of the French we should be sent to the Foreign Legion, and certainly should be massacred by tho Moroccans. 1 only saw one man shot. He was a I priest who they said was .1 spy.

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GERMAN DISCIPLINE., Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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GERMAN DISCIPLINE. Issue 15686, 28 December 1914

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