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HIGHLANDERS' DASH

SKTB-L OF THE BAGPIPES.

How a daring charge 'by a Highland battalion strikes a French observer is very well illustrated by a story which appears in a Paris newsp'aper. Incidentally, too, the story shows how Scottish regiments have a knack of setting into the thickest of the fighting. On the occasion im qu?stioi. the allied troops operating somewhere about Lille were advancing successfully under cover of -a thick fog, when they suddenly found their progress arrested by the terrific artillery fire- of the enemy. At thie point! the road ran parallel with the railwav line, and tlia Germans had the ranee "to a nicety. For the distance of a mfla the direct' way lay through " a perfect hell." Moreover, the ground upon either side was extremely marshy. The cavalry and infantry made no bones about) facing the marshes, but the great difficulty was to get the artillery forward, 'it was accordingly \itally necessary to create a diversion of soma sort, in order to enable the .guiners to cross the fire-swept zone. It wart the British. commander who heroically undertook the task, claiming for his troops the honor of marching l in front. Here the writer must be allowed to spsak for himself. "At once," be says, "we saw the Scotsmen defile on our left. Resolutely they crossed what had seemed impossible ground. They seemed to do it, too, without sustaining very much loss, and, fixing bayonets, they made straight for the German gunners. They charged to the shrill sound of the bagpipe.- They charged like heroes of Walter bcott, with, their ribboned bonnets and -their dancers' skirts. Neither ditch nor barbed wire could stop them. Their dash carried therm right into the' midst of the Prussian, batteries. Shooting the gunners at there posts, they rendered the guns unserviceable, and, having completed their daring mission, prepaied to retire. The whole thing, was over in less than ten minute**" But not a moment too soon had the Highlanders turned to regain their own lines, which they eventuallv did. 'ln the meantime the Germans had "recovered from their tupor, and other gun in the rear were already ploughinjriip the ground which the gallant Scctmen had jut quitted.

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HIGHLANDERS' DASH, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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HIGHLANDERS' DASH Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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