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DESPERATE FIGHT FOR A STANDARD

HEROIC DEFF.NOE. In the Chapel of the Invalides. Paris, hangs a torn and tattered flag. It is the standard of the 6:h Pomeranian Regiment, and it was captured near Noyon by a regiment, of French Dni.gooii?. The manner of its capture was this : While the. French were bombarding a village' with the Dragoons watting to cut up any parties of fugitives, a German aeroplane (lew over the positions, with the- result that a. shell scon fell about 300 yards from the batteries. Tho guiiiS were at once .shifted to another poitit. The enemy evidently thought they had beaten oh the attack, and hurried" their advance, coming on to the, former French positions at the. double. •• At that moment." says a French soldier, an eye-witness of the "light, "three- kirgo shrapnel shell? fell on the spot one after another. It was the German heavy artillery, which had corrected its aim. 'lheshells fell right on the head of the German column and did terrible execution. Finding themselves -between two fires, the Germans wavered and fell back. —Charge With Lames. - " It- was the right moment for us. j While our infantry, which had. taken J shelter on the edge of a. wood, was keepling up a. hot tire, on the Germans, our j cavalry charged with lances. The- Geri mans rallied, and formed up into a. stpiaro. I but the voilevcs they fired cere not sufiiI cient to break the charge, anil our men } rode over them. Trampled on by the j horses, sabred and transfixed by our Draj goons, the. Germans fled in wild confusion, i One little group, however, wis rallied by its officers"no-ar a small coose. Wo did: not realise the' motive of their resistance j until wo caught sight of a- gold ami purple ! Hag fluttering in "the. breeze. They had | rallied to save their flag. Ouv Dragoons j rode right up to them and shouted a. deI Jiiand lor surrender. The only reply was | a volley which sent 20 horsns cantering I riderless back to our lines. Our officer** | ordered a charge in scattered formation. | and the gallant little group of the enemy j were ridden down. 'The flag fell from the hands of a. German captain v. ho had re--1 ceived a terrible sabre gash across the I head. It disappeared for a. minute amid | a turmoil of horses and struggling men, ! and then we paw it- -again waved defiantly | by a Prussian sergeant, who with three j other men fought themselves free. They retreated shculder to shoulder a, few yards, an.l then, with his bad; to a tree, 'the. old sergeant- was left a-lmie- with the flag. Rut h,e sank to the grmnid an instant later, his chest translhvd by a- lance. He was;' brave- man. When the. Dragoons brought the, flag we saw in golden letters across its torn and bloodstained fold* th" words : ' Champigny. 1871.' " , r ~*""""" '' : "" 1 |

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DESPERATE FIGHT FOR A STANDARD, Evening Star, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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DESPERATE FIGHT FOR A STANDARD Evening Star, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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