Army Boys In France; Or From Training Camp To Trenches

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byHomer Randall

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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. 1919. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH As Time went on the boys became quite expert in bayonet practice. A French officer who had seen some of the bloodiest fighting on the Somme was their instructor, and he was voluble in his praise of the "esprit de coeur" the young men showed. Of course in the beginning there were some laggards, but these were promptly whipped into line by officers and comrades. "It is maybe all right now to laugh and take the little interest," the Frenchman was fond of saying to these few who lagged behind. "But when you are in the trench, fighting hand to hand with your enemy, more accomplished than you, it will not be so great a joke. You will not laugh then!" "He's right too," remarked Fred Anderson, one of the veteran members of the regiment who had seen service in the Philippine Islands. There will be plenty of hand-to-hand fighting where it's cut and thrust, and the man who can handle his weapon best will come out on top." "I suppose most of your own experience has been along that line," said Frank. "Yes," replied Fred, as a reminiscent look came into his eyes. "Of course that dinky little war in the Philippines wasn't to be compared with this, but there was lots of savage fighting just the same. More than once I've been within an ace of losing the number of my mess." "What's the tightest place you were ever in?" asked Bart. "The thing I remember most was a scrap we had with the Moros," replied Fred. "That was pretty hot while it lasted. "You see," he went on, "those fellows had been acting nasty and had given a good deal of trouble to one of our outposts. So our lieutenant was ordered to take a detachment in a launch and go up a little river that led to a settlement of theirs and give them a lesson. "We landed at the nearest point and ...

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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. 1919. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH As Time went on the boys became quite expert in bayonet practice. A French officer who had seen...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217440169

ISBN - 13:9780217440165

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