Battle Lines: Eyewitness Accounts from Canada's Military History

An impressive number of firsthand bills from front strains of our army background, drawn from letters, diaries, and reportage from the Plains of Abraham and the pink River uprising to the battlefields of 2 international wars and Korea, in addition to the harrowing missions in Bosnia and Afghanistan. this can be a e-book that animates our prior within the phrases of these who lived the Canadian army experience.

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What terrible reminiscences of alternative evening assaults, disastrous beatings time and again throughout the crusade! nonetheless, with no waver, they cast on, awaiting a speeding bayonet cost or—anything to alleviate their minds in these stressed moments. gradual steps and cat-like activities introduced them essentially nose to nose with their enemy, for, at the correct “G” and “H” businesses have been inside thirty yards of the Boer trenches, and at the left “C” and “E” businesses have been yet 80 yards from the Dutchmen, while— Bang! got here from enormous quantities of rifles within the Boer trenches. The enemy’s hiding-place was once alive with the incessant click on of triggers, and the air used to be filled with bullets from the muzzles of rifles, virtually staring within the faces of the Canadians. From correct to left Cronje’s males swept the advancing line, not advancing, yet mendacity prostrate at the sand. sooner than the Canadians had an opportunity to fireplace, males dropped useless within the ranks. Then did the rear rank ply their choices and spades, and dig with a just about insane frenzy. warmer got here the continuous fireplace, and quieter lay the 1st line, with their trembling our bodies stretched at the open veldt, until eventually they started to use their rifles in go back. without delay it was once stumbled on a mistake to maintain capturing, because it simply drew extra aimed pictures round them—then they stopped. nonetheless the burghers blazed away, and within the first ten mins in their fiendish fusilade twelve of our regiment lay dead—one in “C” corporation, 3 in “D,” one in “E,” 3 in “F,” and 4 in “G,”—and during the fierce struggle thirty extra lay wounded. a few individual close to the centre of the road shouted “Retire! ”—no individual ever knew who was once the instigator of the order—and from centre to left the be aware quickly ran alongside the road, and the boys all started again in teams as most sensible they can, halting every now and then with a view to search safeguard from the pouring lead, scooping up little piles of sand with which to guard their heads, after which speeding again farther, while the Boers’ hearth quieted the least. they didn't scamper again in a careworn mob; they retreated in a common sense means. at the hours of darkness a few received too faraway from the river and dropped into the ditch the place the Gordons’ bayonets gave them a piercing reception, others edged an excessive amount of to the ideal, yet fortunately for them they have been in a position to retire in additional safeguard during the timber at the river financial institution. whilst the rifles had rattled forever for fifteen mins, the Shropshires at the left opened a heavy fireplace at the Boer trenches. in the meantime the order to retire had by no means reached “G” and “H” businesses, who hung on bravely, taking a look down the barrels of the Boer rifles yet thirty yards away. “H” corporation, below Capt. Stairs, had the location on the river financial institution, and “G” corporation, with Lieut. Macdonnell in command, have been subsequent to the left. the previous corporation of jap Canadian infantrymen escaped with no casualty, however the latter corporation in a couple of moments suffered one corporal and 3 privates killed and ten males wounded. Lieut. Kaye of “G” corporation had heard the order to retire and took again with him a part of the part corporation.

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