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WAR NOTES, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915
[By Ex-Yeoman-.] f 1 LONDON, November 20. , —An Officer's Experience.— An officer, now a prisoner of war, re* ' latee sorao very interesting experiences lie went through prior and after being made 1 prisoner. On being informed by a wounded ■ oflicer that the enemy had occupied a, ces ■ tain trench, ho decided to take his con| pany forward in tho endeavor to xeoccup| it. En route they passed through a vil* lage, and wore fired at from the houses. Without wait ins: for orders, his men at once burst in the doors, and capture! 20 prisoners. A little further on the party was again fired on by a body of the enemy. Tho English captain at once grabbed one of tho German prisoners, an officer, and told him to shout t<; his countrymen to surrender. He did so, and 160 of the enemy put down their arms. Half the company had to act as escort for tho prisoners, and the rest went forward and occupied the particular trench, which contained many -dead and wounded English and Germans; It was then discovered that the enemy raptured in the village was the force which had taken the trench, and then advanced to the village. Tho gallant little band <d Knglifhmen held on to the trench during the night, but in the morning found themselves surrounded by the Germans, who had occupied ot her positions, so that the captain and his men were forced to surrender. Tho oflicer relates that ho had nothing to eat for 48 hours after being made prisoner. .Some of the private soldiers, acting as escort, then pave him some bread and butter, but appeared afraid that this might- set them Into; trouble, as they said : "Try to eat it with-' out being seen." ! —" Knlture."— We hear a lot about German "knlture" nowadays, but it is to be hoped the callousness shown by one of the. enemy, now a prisoner, is an isolated example. His diary contained this passage: "We had good fun tho other day. Our Uhlans had captured four French Ohas.-em-s. and, on the colonel's orders they were stripped naked;. and put on horses bareback. We, hten' I drove them into a field, having first stiri rounded it with infantrymen with fixed ! bayonets. As the cavalrymen tried to | break through, they were pricked until theyj looked like current dumplings. Finally we cut off their hands. It was very amusing." One can only hope, that the story is an invention. ■—No Prayers,— The worshippers at the English church in Dresden wore forbidden some months ago to pray for the .-invest of the British arms, and* policemen weie sent into the church to see the order was obeyed. A similar order has since been issued to the English church at Stuttgart. " Verboten " is xcxy common in Geimany. but one would have'thought the line would have been drawn at interference with worshippers in a church. —The. Kaiser's Decorations.— We have heard a lot about the blasphemy of the Kaiser in tho manner ho claims the Almighty as his ally. A storyis being told in illustration of this trait, it being as foil;-ws: Trying to emulate Napoleon, he makes a practice of visiting sentries, and coming across one who was gazing up at tho sky, he remarked : "Well, my man, what are you looking at." In somo confusion tho sentry replied that he was only looking at the stars, whereon the Emperor said: "Stars, those aro not stars; they are decorations I have conferred on tho Almighty." —A Girl Soldier.— We have not heard very much about girl soldiers in tho present war, though a few of the gentler sex have donned a soldier's uniform. A story, which sounds authentic, tomes from Petrograd to the effect that a. young lady of 21 accompanied Iter father (a colonel) to the front. Having cut her hair short, and adopted men's clothing, she distinguished herself by tapping a. German Staff telegram of importance, which enabled the Russians to repulse tho enemy with heavy losses. —"Keep Your Bayonets Sharp."— On a draft of tho London Scottish (Territorials) being inspected by General Sir Francis Lloyd, prior to their departure to join the Ist Battalion at the front, he remarked : " I trust those bayonets which you carry aro sharp, ami I feel convinced that, given t-he opportunity, you will make the same use of them as your first battalion did." —A Fine. Deed.— Billing some recent fighting, a small party (about 15G strong) of English soldiers lost "touch with the rest of their regiment. Night was falling, and the oflicer in charge told his men tho best thing they could do was to try to get some sleep, and he would try to rejoin their friends in tho morning. Soon after dawn they heard heavy firing, and could see an English force advancing. They also observed about 400 German soldiers, with machine guns, advancing along a road which skirted the wood. Tho officer mustered his men, and enjoining quietness, placed them in a favorable position, with strict orders not to lire. At the opportune moment, when tho Germans were opposite, he gave the order " Fix bayonets. Charge." The enemy were completely surprised, and not knowing the strength "of the English, they promptly threw down their arms and surrendered. Needless to say, tho small party of 150 felt very proud when they marched their prisoners into the English lines. —A Bishop's 'View.— Dr Slia.w. the Bishop of Buckingham, recently said: '"I have willingly assented to all my sons entering the service. It. would be- unendurable herafter to think that they should bear the reproach of having done nothing to save our country from j defeat, or have no share in the final victory, for which we may look with con- 1 fidenoc." i
WAR NOTES, Issue 15692, 5 January 1915
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