The Living Age Volume 204

The Living Age Volume 204

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...nen's lives, does not conduce to victory over a brave enemy, I am glad to have lived to see the principles of I'eel's teaching accepted. Our Drill Book of 1893, reversing the _instructions for the serpent-like method of approaching an enemy formerly taught, lays down for our recruits that " moves from cover to cover, unless specially ordered to the contrary, must be made in an upright position." The Germans have gone further in this direction, and practise their men to march to the assault of a position with serried ranks, and in step regulated by heat of drum. Peel recognized the enormous moral force exerted by a courageous leader, and Douglas gave us the best example of conduct whentunder fire. When I got back to camp on the evening of the 10th, Douglas observed to me while at dinner, " You lost a good many men to-day; perhaps it will be my turn to-inorrow I " I replied laughin;;l_y,"Oh, yes, and mine next day." He recurred several times to the subject, meeting my argument that we had often been under fire without being hurt. by quoting, "the pitcher goes often to the well, but gets broken at last." After dinner he strolled out, and on his return said, "I've been over to the London's tent, and they are in trouble, for poor Twyford, their mess caterer, has been killed, so I shall close my accounts now, and you shall all pay up to-night." This we did, and in spite of my earnest remonstranees he insisted on giving back some money he was keeping for me. Captain Peel told me he saw the shot pass close over t-he parapet and hearing the dull thud, emitted by a solid projectile striking the human body, said to an otficer at his side, " I feel sure...show more

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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 27mm | 948g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767330
  • 9781236767332