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GERMAN MISUSE OF RED CROSS BADGES

Despicable tactics employed by the. German? \vel-3 spoken of by Private Dennis Moody, of the Grenadier Guards. Referring to a night attack in Belgium, he said they wore in their bare feet, lined np for inspection. "The Coklstreams, who had just arrived, came to the rescue, and barricaded the roads about 50yds out of the town, along with the Black Watch, while we were putting our boots on. Mind you, they were shelling the town all the while. There, were some houses behind us, and some of our fellows in them. Some of the enemy started to como up the lines, so tho officers ordered 10 rounds rapid, and the fellows behind us thought wo were, the Germans, as they could not see, it being pitch dark. They opened firo on us, and killed our officer and wounded three men. I had a very narrow escape. A bullet smashed tho 'handle of my bayonet, 50 I could not use it after that. There is no doubt about our chaps being brave. Each time a bullet went over our heads they made remarks such as ' Signal a miss there, that man,' and 'Put the target higher up,' as if they were on the range. . . . Poor innocent civilians cut up everywhere, and all the shops and houses ransacked. At one place they wrote a big notice, in German, ' Will dance a tango in Paris on such a date,' but it never came off. It was just outside, this place that I had another narrow escape. We were in a. wood with the rearguard, and up the Germans came and spotted us, and put their machine gun in action. A man in front of me dropped dead with about a dozen shots in him. But we surrounded them, and found that all their men had red crosses on their arms, and their machine guns were mounted on stretchers, to make you think they were fetching wounded. In the fighting on the Aisne I -tViey piiV iAi© 4ag xvp. tituA fixed lat us. It was on a piece of flat ground. ! I dropped straight down, and bullets were [ coining from all directions. I don't know from that day to this how I managed to get away. I only know I had about three shots through my haversack. It was the next day I had my accident. We were all having dinner—two or three biscuits — ! when the order carne that one of our flyi ing machines had been scouting, and reported that the enemy were preparing to advance, so we had to turn out and line the bridge under heavy shell. They dropped a shell ffbout a- yard from me. I made sure I had gone to my last home. It blew me about three yards. When I came to my senses I found I could not speak or hear. I looked round and saw the medical officer dead with his head off —an awful sight. Two or three others were rUfflr™""* tarrihlv; all also dead.

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GERMAN MISUSE OF RED CROSS BADGES, Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915

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GERMAN MISUSE OF RED CROSS BADGES Evening Star, Issue 15697, 11 January 1915

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