Current History Volume 16, No. 2

Current History Volume 16, No. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...had been down to the lines for the first time that day. He had taken one look. The general retreat followed within two hours. The trains, as they came through Tientsin during two whole days and nights, were a revelation in the possibilities of overloading. Car after car passed through with two hundred or more men in each. These men had been standing all night; there was no possible way in which they could sit down. Horses----I counted twenty-six in one car---came by, saddled and equipped. their caretakers in many instances riding in the saddles for want of room to stand or sit elsewhere. Guns and supplies of all sorts were cluttered about indiscriminately in the mess. Men, scores.of them, hung on the pilots and cowcatchers, between cars, over the sides of cars, wherever they could get a foot or hand hold. These were the very troops which had gone down to the lines, twenty or thirty to a car, and these were the selfsame cars. I was at Tientsin Central Railroad station on the first morning of the retreat. As far down the track as one could see long lines of such cars extended, unable to move because of the congestion which had already asserted itself on the single track below Tientsin. One of the trains pulled up to the station platform. Before it stopped men were tumbling out of the cars. They carried their rifles slung across their backs, their bayonets still fixed. There was a grand rush up the incline to the bridge over the tracks. Five railway guards, unarmed, stepped out to check it. " We want food!" the men howled and screamed. " For three days and three nights we have fought. For three whole days we have had no food at all. We want food and we want water." These men had been at Langfang, which under normal...show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 617g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971256
  • 9781236971258