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"CONTEMPTIBLE"

SOLDIERS' TALES OF THE GREAT WAR

Each volume cr. 8vo, cloth.

I. WITH MY REGIMENT. By "Platoon Commander."

II. DIXMUDE. The Epic of the French Marines. Oct. Nov. 1914. By Charles le Goffic. Illustrated

III. IN THE FIELD (1914 15). The Impressions of an Officer of Light Cavalry.

IV. UNCENSORED LETTERS FROM THE DARDANELLES. Notes of a French Army Doctor. Illustrated

V. PRISONER OF WAR. By André Warnod. Illustrated

VI. "CONTEMPTIBLE." By "Casualty."

VII. ON THE ANZAC TRAIL. By "Anzac."

Philadelphia J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY London: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

"CONTEMPTIBLE"

BY

"CASUALTY"

Philadelphia: J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

London: WILLIAM HEINEMANN

MCMXVI

Printed in Great Britain.

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I LEAVING ENGLAND 1

II CALM BEFORE THE STORM 10

III THE ADVANCE TO MONS 14

IV MONS 21

V THE BEGINNING OF THE RETREAT 27

VI DARKNESS 34

VII VENÉROLLES 39

VIII ST. QUENTIN AND LA FÈRE 44

IX SIR JOHN FRENCH 51

X A PAUSE, AND MORE MARCHING 55

XI A REAR GUARD ACTION 62

XII VILLIERS COTTERETS 66

XIII HEAT AND DUST 74

XIV THE OCCUPATION OF VILLIERS 78

XV THE LAST LAP 86

XVI THE TURN OF THE TIDE 95

XVII THE ADVANCE BEGINS 98

XVIII THE CROSSING OF THE MARNE 104

XIX AN ADVANCED GUARD ACTION 109

XX DEFENCE 117

XXI THE DEFENCE OF THE BRANDY 122

XXII STRATEGY AS YOU LIKE IT 126

XXIII THE LAST ADVANCE 133

XXIV SATURDAY NIGHT 141

XXV THE CROSSING OF THE AISNE 151

XXVI THE CELLARS OF POUSSEY 161

XXVII THE FIRST TRENCHES 168

XXVIII IN RESERVE AT SOUVIR 177

XXIX TO STRAIGHTEN THE LINE 186

XXX THE JAWS OF DEATH 193

XXXI THE FIELD HOSPITAL 204

XXXII OPERATION 213

XXXIII ST. NAZAIRE 219

XXXIV SOMEWHERE IN MAYFAIR 221

CHAPTER I

LEAVING ENGLAND

No cheers, no handkerchiefs, no bands. Nothing that even suggested the time honoured scene of soldiers leaving home to fight the Empire's battles. Parade was at midnight. Except for the lighted windows of the barracks, and the rush of hurrying feet, all was dark and quiet. It was more like ordinary night operations than the dramatic departure of a Unit of the First British Expeditionary Force to France.

As the Battalion swung into the road, the Subaltern could not help thinking that this was indeed a queer send off. A few sergeants' wives, standing at the corner of the Parade ground, were saying good bye to their friends as they passed. "Good bye, Bill;" "Good luck, Sam!" Not a hint of emotion in their voices. One might have thought that husbands and fathers went away to risk their lives in war every day of the week. And if the men were at all moved at leaving what had served for their home, they hid it remarkably well. Songs were soon breaking out from all parts of the column of route. As the Club House, and then the Golf Club, stole silently up and disappeared behind him, the Subaltern wondered whether he would ever see them again. But he refused to let his thoughts drift in this channel. Meanwhile, the weight of the mobilisation kit was almost intolerable.

In an hour the station was reached... Continue reading book >>




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