With the Mounted Infantry in South Africa; Being Side-Lights on the Boer Campaign, 1899-1902

With the Mounted Infantry in South Africa; Being Side-Lights on the Boer Campaign, 1899-1902

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...must have been terrible, for out of his twelve men only five got away, and all were hit or grazed in more places than one. When Reade was hit, he shouted to his men to retire, and Sergt. Burton, also mortally wounded, repeated the order. Corpl. Thomson and four men fell back fighting, to their horses, which had been steadily held by Corpl. Stokes and his men, also under fire. The moment it was seen that they were in difficulties, Sergt. Allen with his section galloped half-left, and, dismounting under fire, worked right round Reade's left, and at fifty yards shot three Boers, and drove off the rest who were looting the dead and wounded. I had sent two men mounted, to watch Reade's left, and they both had their horses hit. One was itching to be doing something, but being tied to the pom-pom which was also under fire, and it being impossible to make out what was going on, it was a trying moment. According to the "rules of war" these thirty Boers should not have been where they were, for they were completely outflanked by Pollock's squadron. But one might as well try to outflank flies as Boers, who have no base to retire to, and no waggons or encumbrances to watch. When Sergeant Allen had worked round, we got orders to advance. It was a terrible sight that waited me. Passing two dead troopers of the 18th, then Corporal Oldham whom I had known as a good soldier since he joined my Company in 1895, I came upon Bullock--quite a boy--in great pain, dismounted and gave him a drink, and left a man to look after him. Then about fifty yards further on, just over a slight rise, I came upon Reade, Sergeant Burton, Freeman, Parnham, and one of the 18th--all still alive but badly hit. I couldn't stop till I had made good the ground in front of me, so posting...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665074
  • 9781236665072