My Home in the Feld of Honour

My Home in the Feld of Honour

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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. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...than we expected. They came just as did the others, but when the army carts had halted and the curtains were pulled aside, they remained motionless in their seats--poor human wrecks--unconscious of time, place or surroundings--so accustomed to being jostled and jolted, first in one vehicle then in another, that they could hardly believe that they had stopped for good. VVe were obliged to help them down. They came without knapsacks or guns, which followed in an open rig, and from the colour of the tags tied to their buttonholes we knew that we had to do with severe cases of typhoid, though to prevent discouragement, the description on the card ran: --"Embarras gastrique aigu." Not a sound from any mouth, not a smile on any lips--the vacant stare in their eyes betokening their total submission to the malady that had gripped and strangled their every effort to resist. Gently we led them in. It would be useless to try to depict their unshaven, unkempt condition; as long as they had a spark of fight left they had remained in the trenches, unwilling to complain, living in hope of being "Better to-morrow," and, as is generally the case, lingering until medical assistance could no longer prevent, but merely witness the rapid development of their sinister ill. One or two amongst them were chewing vaguely at the unlighted butts of cigarettes. A certain very youthful chap was staring wildly at an orange which he shifted from hand to hand, uncertain what he should do with it, too tired to make the mental effort necessary to find out; while others laying eyes on the chairs in the vestibule, quickly seated themselves, vainly trying to gather enough strength and courage to "Move on" should we so desire. It would have...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236757653
  • 9781236757654