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MORE GERMAN "SLIMNESS"

" Kvervthing is lair iu have and war. So runs tin- proverb, and therefore it may lie justifiably argued that a toe may imitate urn bugle calls of his opponent, and so throw all the movements >n the latter out of gear. Thus writes an oliicer at the front : Darkness, had now 1 alien, and the German bugles in all ■direetious began to sound the liritish " Stand fast, intended to i a use on;' troops to expose themselves and po.-siblv give away their position: also to eauh our troops of! their guard. We recognised, however, a dil'l’rreni e in the pit' ll of the bugles and the wav it sounded ; and as lar as 1 am concerned 1 was never lahen in by this at all. A private of the Irish Guards also wrote ; We found the Germans continually sounding our bugle calls lor the pur- | pose of deceiving our men. and one ot \ our worst lights tool; pi.-me at a place I 1 can’t tell you the name 01. because | the Germans sounded the retreat for one j of our advanced baitaiioim. and then ; il was attacked in murderous lash im: I as it deployed irno the open, in the j b-lief that it was being ordered to j fall ba-k. For a, lime that threw the j whole line into confusion, but we soon I got right again, and drove the < lermaiis i off in tine .-tym with the bayonet. I After that bugle calls were dispens'd j with, but the Germans soon •• tumbled ” ; in that, and took to pi king oft the dis- j patch riders who v ere rut with orders. | Tn that way it happened flint bodies : of men never got tb-nr orders to re : treat or ad van< e. and that... why sonm 1 of our jegnuein,-. got cut up iiere and I t here. Another favorite rlevh of the lies mans is to disgin.-e timm.-mlves in Frem-h. Belgian, or English uniforms, wh.i' hj tliey strip off the killed, wounded, and prisoners, and thus palm themselves off on our sentries and even entrenched soldiers. In the fighting near Vpres j a man dressed in a uniform which re- I sembleil that of a British Staff oHmer / suddenly appeared near nur trenches, i and walked along the line, asking it j many casualties bad oc- erred, staling ! thal the sit nation was serious, and tint I a general retirement had been ordered. i A similar \ isit was reported by S'-veral ; men in different trenches, and orders | were issm-d thal this strange cither v. as : to lie- detained if again S"cn. But Im ; il if I not malic anoiher appearam e. ! Their knowledge ot English is far more i i ommoii with (lerman oflieers than the | other wav round, and as they oltcli j succeed in ascertaining what legiment j or brigade is oppo.-ed to them they arc ■ able to emphiy the in formation to sonic S purpose. On one occasion, having by { some means discovered the name of the | commander of the company bolding a I trench they were attacking, limy calbd , on l>im by name, asking if (’ upturn ; was there. Fortimalely the pro- j linneiaiion of the spokesman was some- | what defective, and i urmsity teas re- j warded bv <iisco\cii:ig that both tic | officer in question and Ins men were | very miirb then-. 1 That wonderfully interes! ing ofi'niuM winter at lieuilqiiurters. “ Eye-wite.ess,’' in : describing a strong encounter on our trenches on the Vsc. said : "At one point ; they tried a i use whi. hj is no longer new. i As tlipv came up in a jo'dld line two deep | t hr-v shouted out. ' Don't lire; wc are the , (loldstrea m Guards 1 ’ But our men aI" ; getting used to tricks of this kind, and 1 ili- only result of this • slimness ' was tins', i they allowed Hie enemv's in fun! ry To ap- j preach quite close be I ore they swept then) 1 down w j tli magazine lire. ' I But. perhaps t-lie mo", audacious. ij , inisiuaessful, dodge ot this kind was pra, - i I used bv a (P'rinan ofiioer who had dis- ; giiised himself as a (• urkiia. just as some | of Ids men hud arranged llu-in 5.,-1 ves in | the "garb of old Gunl,” a? taken from | the London Scottish during the fighting I in .Massines. Tile scene was the front of j a trench held by the Gurkhas, who have ; ben called the " i 1 iglilamlers oi' India.”; and are aibliated to the '' Gimc'-oiis.'' who supplied them with sets oi pines, pisl ; as the Soudanese i-egimfiil iu Egypt cm- | joys the same proud il ist im 1 ion. A figure j silhoiiet.ii >1 in the moonlight, and wearing j a complete Gurkha uniform, approached i the end of the trench and delivered thej message : “Tim Gurkhas are to move fur- I I her u11 the trench: another Gurkha contingent is advancing in support.” I,’uzzled bv this announcement. the officer in I charge replied "V. ho are you ! Where j do you come from To which the only | answer was : “ You are to move up to make room for other Gurkhas.’’ The. English was good, but something, or many | small things, excited the officer's suspi- 1 cions. " Answer, and answer quickly," | lie said 1 '■ If you are a Gurkha, by what I boat did you cross'.' 1 ’ This question was, | under the circumstances, no easy one to answer, and the German, for such be was. turned at once and fled. But lie had not gone live yards before be fell [ riddled hy bullets. If the oflieer Ivi ! hodi . deceived ' the trench, of course, would i have swarmed with Germans almost be I’ ug j the Gurkhas had made room for them. 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MORE GERMAN "SLIMNESS", Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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MORE GERMAN "SLIMNESS" Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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