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WITH THE BRITISH ARMY

\ “ IiVK-V.TrXKAVy •’ BATBST Arcorxr, | " My" AVu n, wiili ike Tlrbifh Hc-ad-j qunrier> btafi. .n In?. !'n<:-i account. daI tr-ribcv._ ihe inr- c days Turn I lie 2,7rr] in i h c i 2ath Xovrinbcr. * I.'uviue n-.v.su : ,;i S ok. !■» iV.t 25rrl a | rn!n!i offw- i- ill ciiirgc of a. trench in a I I’lO.-ii son of nf<,in _i mu i.-a 1 importance jpc'uvcd n >i nr", in mcFsago instruct - I --■ h:m ''' n ■ . '■: i 01. a, I .' costs. His rr:,,V j was b. :h0: I-ff. •-c licit. hr hnd in vor had time ( intention of dying nnyihing ebm, and Iliad j lie wonM ho otihacd it hr could ho informed I when liis men's a a lions would bo sem, up. | M IT7i i ATI NG 31 ARDSinPS. K;o;y (fiori, being made to militant :hrhardships incident a I m campaigning m winter. Toe irenchcs themselves are hfaior! by bra/h rs and sieves, rind doored with .‘t raw. 'midis, and boards. Behind thorn ■ire slickers mid “ dugr-outs ” of every d<v Mriptimi, mrisi, ingeniously ronirived, so as ioi vivo ,-onw decree of comfort, and faeiiiit*» for cooking. Thu men are being' prni vldsd with d;in coats m addition to’ th'ir i prod, ceth *. Tin re is remarkably litiie sieU-nr.-s. wiiidi fa-il is due no doubt to the are pie quantity rn,d exeol.Vm, quality of t lie fc.oi!. bar linre 1 abeen several eases oi fro? node m ties tc<n. .Hot. ha ihs arc is"ley Oaonycd fan' die men when their turn of euiy i- over. Ti c arrangements for bribing made v \ . , ; ,a tj! r- ■ already dusenlied hove now bfi! elaborated, and after bathing a man nil rent, drink a cup of coffee, and nnclt; a civuroUe —Wr.id: of 1 1 1 c Alt illfi y,- .. Tie account already given of thft repulse of ilia attach bv the Pru.-dan Guard on the lllii November was jveevarily brief, and ! no rcl"r.'-ia " wo:, nude to the prominent, or o indeed decisive, pert played by tiio artillery. After •no cut my had broken through our 1 field, line I lie situation became most serious, for mere were ,ou!v two field companies r; i 1 •- 1 1 eye 1 ling doers available at the* moment os reserv in Inis quarter of the field. On lb" right from, of the German attack, firing i crouch c;: si...ices between the. weirds, vore a heavy battery t.t.d a field battery, which dm:;. havoc amrmgM. the attackers, b.eih iiofore ami afier they reached, our dm. But tb.e (Ormans continued to cr,mr- '. n aldiosi un to the guns, ■ mce bodies raing pitkeil up at a distance od' only 70 vaids from fhj e-in. Hesdiaing (h.it, ail might, im lost unless a f/inc line e.f some hind could lie esiahhshi d, life battery office-rs memyeq t:.. form a line of ymrierr.. rcgimcrual cooks, and details ci various descriptions. These m*n Mood firm, kept tin a steady rifle fire, and checked the assaulo ni, a most critical moment, thus enabling other troops to cenie un to repel it more completely. At another point. five sapper cooks attacked a house containing some Germans who were sniping at a French battery at short range. They drove an equal number of Germans from tiio bouse, capturing three of them. —A Unique Opportunity.— One of our artillery officers, who was: observing for his battery frem a building near the firing him, found himself completely cut oft .and in rear of the Germans, who had gained our advanced trenches. Kot at til rurbed, however, by the strangeness of situation, and recognising that a rum of affairs had given him, a unique opportunity, bo continued for two whole days to direct the fire of the puns few telephone, subsequent!’.' rejoining- our troops by night. Another officer of the same regiment, who was employed on a similar duty, also had a strange experience. Stationed in one of our advanced trenches, he was engulfed in the wave of Germans who suddenly appeared from the mist and pressed on past the trench in which ho was ensconced. He then found himself tit.nukil Inga and <iiv between ’he. two advancing ra“oj of ihc enemy. ißniinb'g down the rear of Inc front ecTnni. he succeeded in the fog in j Aiiitxnlijir bu j.La fla-ni witiiOlit «>si*sU? nOilCtd- j

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WITH THE BRITISH ARMY, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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WITH THE BRITISH ARMY Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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