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BRAVERY OF THE INDIANS, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915
BRAVERY OF THE INDIANS
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Owing to the rigorous censorship that is exercised over tho Press, particularly in the direction of publishing narratives of individual bravery, instances of exceptional valor on tho battlefield shown by tho Indian troops nro rarely met with in print. TTmvover, now and again a war correspondent manages to obtain authenticated accounts of thriibng deeds performed by Britain's dusky wariors of the Orient, which serve to more than justify the belief that they form one of the mast formidable foes opposed to tho Huns. Latest- tiles contain the information that, t-ho defeat of the Germans by tho Indian troops has made a very disheartening impression throughout Germany. —No Match iu Hand-to-hand Fighting.— Tho Germans say that tho Indians are personally much stronger and more nimble than the German soldiers, and that therefore it is. impossible for the Germans to vanquish them in hand-to-hand fighting unless they are much more numerous than tin l Indians. It is reported that the British reserve the Indians in every haul,until tiie moment arrives for hand-to-hund combat. Germany hoped that the insurlection in the Transvaal would have lalien place in August, in accordance with the sculedriigrcements and secret treaties with Generals He Wet and Beyers, so that the Indian troops would have been scat to Cape down ami not to Europe.
Gurkhas in Action.—
Tho wholesale respect which the Gurkhas huv.- inspired in then- cncimcs is shown iu the following account from a corvesDondcnt- :
One wounded sergeant of a. .Mw-kleii* bur*g regiment: dtvi ;.i res that during- a. charge kv the Indian in failin' erne of bis comrades his right arm by a, single slicing blow of a Miirkha.’s knife, and hie-1 to death before he could lie given first aid. The sergeant feigned death, and was afterwards picked up by a < lerinau ambulance.
" 1 escaped." he said to a German nurse who related the story. " I only have a bnllei- through my lung and another in rny hack."
It* appears that, when this charge < the llurkha.s occurred the infantry oppo-
ing them did not realise that they were Indian troops until the* Huh- brown men wore, right among t'lie.m, hacking and hewing without a word. Sonic ol tne Germans were so stunned by (right- that.
could not run, but stood blinking
:;t their assailants until cut down. A Gurkha, knife picked up on the field afterwards was taken to Held headquarters, and will presumably be sent- to me German War Ofilec —a.s tile, basis for another ■'atrocity protest." It. ts i> y no means as atrocious a weapon as the saw-bayonet earned by .some oi the Merman infantrymen. One side is as sharp as a razor and the other toothed like a sa.w, with the teeth placed at .such ,v.i angle that they would inflict a wide, jagged wound when the bayonet, wot- withdrawn after a thrust. .1 he Mnrknas cold ferocity is much more terrifying to the Got mans than the rush of l.ritisli “ 1 oiuinies," who charge with a cheer, or the breathless dash of a Franch ime over entrenchments. They cannot, ileal with a foe who doc.-, not mind in the. least being kb led. provided he can take three or four Germans with him. into the unknown. —Thrilling Fight lor 'I wo Villages.— Here is a. stirring account of a splendid attack delivered hr a force of Moroccans French Colonial Infantry, and Indians: Confronted by a deadly fire fioni, the Germans, the African and Indian troops resorted to their .favorite tactu-s of disappearing in ditches and behind lodges and similar obstacles. After keeping up a hot. lire, for a- quarter of an hour, tile enemy, thinking they had riiimiiilulcfl their opponents, advanced in their direction. \\ r !n n they were m ithin a, hundred yards of the hidden allied troops the crack of rifles and the ruttlc of rjiin-kllivrs broke* out, mowing down n whole German detachment Carrying nil before them, the allied troops swept tho enemy out of the villages of Hollchw-que and Messino?. which constituted ininorta.nt strategic points. During thT. cruint-rr-atlaek a War(cirburg • battalion was driven into I lie muddr hyd of tho l.ys, and only escaped being engulfed in the stream hr surrendering. The attack lasted live hours, during which the Germans tost, d.OOO killed and wounded. The. Allies also captured many prisoners and m guns, as well as an entire ambulance. 'I iio enemy was repulsed a distance of six miles. —Gurkhas’ Murderous Knives.—
Tho Indian troops have done splendid service at many points in the Ion; battle line in the North of I'ranee and in Bel o'nim (writes another correspondent.). Thev have given iho Germans a taste of their quality as firet-flns? lighting mini .11 some rough encounters. and l;tc Teuton who has had the dl i.i k to stand in the path of the wiry Gurkha when the liner's knife has come whistling through the air shudders at the mention, of tin; colored warriors of the Biiltsh Umpire. Thev have shown themselves superb in their valor when tlto tight, has come to the stage of tin: desperate clash with the onemv, and man meets man standing foot, to foot. Jt is no longer rai unseen enemy that he in hghTiing. The foe is before him. His lighting blood bods in bis veins, and ofliears leave hard work to res; rain him until the given moment, arrives lor the charge. T spoke recently to a man who had conn- ovs-r with, the Gurkha.- from India, and stood hc-ide them when the onemv at- hist cam" to grips. "It was as much as iv; con'.l do to hold the Gurkhas in," he rani. " Gradually we crept closer and closer to the German position, and at. last came the order to charge. The Gorman tieiul.es were protected by wire entanglements, but She Gurkhas scrambled across and da.-hed on. Seeing what was coming, the Germans rose f-0 meet them. Poor black men they thought them, .1 suppose. !he Gurkhas’ Univos were in their hands, and at a distance of about. 15ft they sent, them whizzing at Hie Germans; in front, of them. Then tlmy gripped their riuc.s and dashed on to Jin ;Vn the work with ‘.he bayonet. The G.-r-Ihrious fighting, but Gorman morale could mans stood up to them, .".mi there was not stand that shock. The Germans bolted in t-ho end, and 'eft, flu; beaming amt punning Gurkhas victorious."
A northern rerfsirar. sifted with r-irom; sense of humor, says t K-u he was fine < 1 : i Utkins the no!ice of ;s marriage between a couple in middle life. " Have- or, over l>e»fu married before-'- ’ lie auked the man. “ No. sir." " Have .vent r" to dm woman. “ Wei!, \c.~. T havt." was the laconic reply; “ but it was twenty years age. ami he tell oil a. house and killed hitself when we'd been married only it week, so it really ain't worth meni ic.mn’.’' T wonder why it, is,” said the man wii-lt mi inquiihi|r mind. “ thai the paper boys hamit. the tram cars so jnrwionily.’’ “ That’s lit riVet-ly apparent.,'' replied ihe woman with i>mr. " Thera’s no tollin'! wlmt minute a imm may need a paper to keep him from seeing oomo woman who is standing."
BRAVERY OF THE INDIANS, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915
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