True Stories of the Great War; Tales of Adventure--Heroic Deeds--Exploits Told by the Soldiers, Officers, Nurses, Diplomats, Eye Witnesses, Collected ... from Official and Authoritative Sources Volume 4

True Stories of the Great War; Tales of Adventure--Heroic Deeds--Exploits Told by the Soldiers, Officers, Nurses, Diplomats, Eye Witnesses, Collected ... from Official and Authoritative Sources Volume 4

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...fond visions were dissipated like a pricked bubble. And I believe it was my over-cautiousness in walking a road without boots that proved my undoing. IV--RECAPTURED--"I WAS SEN TENCED TO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT" A policeman challenged me and I replied--I hadn't much German--"Deutsch." All, I think, would have gone well had he not glanced at my feet. Then he promptly switched on an electric lamp, worn at his breast, and covered me with a revolver. The game was up; my race was run! I had to admit that I was an "Englanderf To add to my mortification, I learned from the officer that I was only five or six kilometres from the Dutch frontier. Well, to give the German his due, that policeman played the good Samaritan. He knocked up a cottager and got me some coffee and bread--and never did anything taste so sweet. I was utterly reckless as to my fate, for I had developed a devil-may-care frame of mind. I was disappointed--that was inevitable. Who wouldn't have been disappointed at seeing a scheme that had arrived so near fruition come toppling down like a house of cards? Punishment I knew I should get, and punishment I certainly eceived. I was sentenced to ten days' solitary confinement in a cell, at first totally dark, to which the light was gradually admitted. Next I was paraded round the camp as a standing example of Germany's might, and a hideous warning to "evil-doers." A red and white band sewn to my sleeve gave notice to all and sundry that this was the ill-mannered churl who spurned Kultur and wanted to get back to that despicable England about which the Germans sang. I should here explain that, in the intervals of contriving splenetic irritants for their prisoners, my...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236790278
  • 9781236790279