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THE SEAFORTHS' "CABERFEIDH"

.Lance-corporal Martin, of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, tells in the ' Scntrsnian ' how the Seaforths, brigaded with the Irish Fusiliers, the Dublin Fusiliers, and the Warwickshire Regiment., under Brigadiergeneral Haldane, stormed a strong German position in a body, and tlrovc- the enemy back for several miles. For the greater part of the day their position had been commanded by the Germans, who held a hill in the neighborhood, and maintained a steady rifle and machine-gun lire on the British lines. It became obvious to the British commander that if the enemy were given time to bring up their artillery the German position would be well-nigh iniPiegn.dde, fur the hill which they hold commanded the plains for miles on' every side. The height had to be taken that day, or not- at ail. So the "charge" was sounded, and the whole brigade broke across -the intervening fields. 1-ou.l above ! Vhe, sYioutbvg and entering ci the .men, who had been keenly anticipating tins movement, rose the " Caber-feidh," the famous charging tune of the Seaforths. heard on many a. hard-fought- field. The pipers raced along with the- men. keeping pace with the merry step of the strathspey, and loud cheeis broke from the. ranks at the sound of the old familiar air. It was a thrilliiis; moment. In ten minutes or a quarter of an hour the German position was won. But if the British soldiers had been anticipating the moment, so also had the enemy. Thev were not in such strong force apparently., and at tho tirst sight of the charging British they decamped in motor vehicles which had been waiting in a road below, leaving behind only their dead and wounded. Pursuit was hopeless, and the victorious storming party had to content themselves with a few minutes' snap-shooting at the fleeing Germans.

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THE SEAFORTHS' "CABERFEIDH", Evening Star, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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THE SEAFORTHS' "CABERFEIDH" Evening Star, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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