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AMONG THE DEAD

K'KXES AFTKR RATTLE. UE>( T'K WORK J!V NIGHT. IM'I.LKTS GO RIG ItT Til ROUGH". A member of the Ambulance- Corps seiv- , in:: with the French army near V\?rdiin says : I have gene through five terrible days, ami [ do not know how it its that I am ."till alive. I have in a. letter to yi veil «i. vague description of all these events, but there are things in our corps that baffle description. AY p. whose work commences only after the battle, have learned to know these things. Waiting all day long in more or less tsheltered positions is already sad enough; with the noise of rifle fire and the roaring of the guns we cannot but constantly think of the poor fellows who are> being hit. The din of the hat tie scows less, the night draws on. the moment has now come for us to do our task. V\ ith acetylene lamps to light lis. we cross the battlefield in all directions arid pick up the wounded. As to the dead, alas ! how numerous thov We find them petrified in their last attitude in their Inst elan. And the cryin tr and moaning of the wounded scattered in the cornfields and a.tnong the damp meadows. I know of nothing more, poignant than that. The bullet,* nearly always go right through: wounds in thp"che3t or in the abdomen are almost certainly mortal. Fortunately such wounds are comparatively fav.- in number. German shells are more noisy than efficient, and their splinters generally only cau«# small wounds. 1 must add that the bullets of our rifles are aa deadly as these of the Gsrmans, while our shells are far more dangerous than theirs. The poor devils who are hit by them are to be pitied. A good many Germans allow themselves to be made prisoners ; they kuow we will treat them humanely.

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AMONG THE DEAD, Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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AMONG THE DEAD Issue 15688, 30 December 1914

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