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The Big War Series

FIGHTING IN FRANCE

by

ROSS KAY

Author of "The Search for the Spy," "With Joffre on the Battle Line," "The Go Ahead Boys and the Treasure Cave," "The Go Ahead Boys on Smuggler's Island," "The Go Ahead Boys in the Island Camp," etc., etc.

Illustrated by Charles L. Wrenn

[Frontispiece: "Forward!" shouted the captain in a loud, clear voice.]

New York Barse & Hopkins Publishers Copyright, 1916, by Barse & Hopkins

Fighting in France

PREFACE

When the greatest war in the history of mankind rages in Europe it is not only natural but right that every one should be interested. History is being made every day and heroism is displayed, unrivalled in any previous conflict. In this book the author has striven to chronicle some of the valorous deeds and to relate some of the incidents and events that are part of the everyday life of the soldier who is fighting in France. It has been his aim to present the story devoid of sensationalism and to weave nothing of the impossible into the tale. Most of the episodes are founded on fact and while the book is not historical it has its inspiration from actual happenings.

Ross Kay.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I A DUEL IN THE AIR II PREPARATIONS III THE ATTACK IV UNDERGROUND V HAND TO HAND VI UNDER FIRE VII IN THE DITCH VIII A MIDNIGHT SALLY IX A CAPTURED TRENCH X A BALL OF TWINE XI RELIEVED XII IN REVIEW XIII A VOLUNTEER XIV IN THE CHATEAU XV THE FIGHT FOR THE TOWER XVI THE DUG OUT XVII LIPPEN BREAKS XVIII AN ASSIGNMENT XIX OVER THE TRENCHES XX AT FLAMBEAU XXI DISABLED XXII IN THE CLEARING XXIII IN THE DARK XXIV THE RETURN XXV BACK AGAIN XXVI THE BIG WAR XXVII CONCLUSION

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"Forward!" shouted the captain in a loud, clear voice . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

Leon whirled swiftly in time to see a big helmeted German with the butt end of his rifle upraised preparing to strike

The air was filled with smoke and dust from the crumbling plaster

"Let 'em have it!" cried Leon and the three automatic guns spoke almost as if they were one piece

FIGHTING IN FRANCE

CHAPTER I

A DUEL IN THE AIR

"Well, Leon, it looks as if there was going to be a fight around here pretty soon."

"Right you are, Earl. That suits me all right though and from the way the rest of the men are acting it seems to suit them too."

Earl and Leon Platt, two American boys in the army of the French Republic, were seated outside their quarters behind the fighting line. The scene was in Champagne, one of the provinces of France that already had witnessed some of the heaviest fighting of the Big War.

At the outbreak of the great European struggle these twin brothers had been traveling in Europe. Earl was in England with friends and Leon was visiting his aunt and uncle in a suburb just outside of Paris. At the earliest possible moment Leon had enlisted in the French army. Assigned to the aviation corps he had taken part in the great retreat from Belgium to the gates of the French capital. Slightly wounded at Charleroi, he had been in one of the hospitals for a few days.

When his wound had healed he had made his way south, arriving in time to take part in the battle of the Marne which rolled back the tide of German invasion and saved France. Through all these varying experiences and hardships Jacques Dineau, a young Frenchman, had been his inseparable companion. These two boys, for they were nothing more than that, had more than once distinguished themselves for bravery and daring until they had become the favorites of their regiment. Now they were stationed in Champagne, in the trenches, where for weeks and months both sides had been deadlocked, neither able to push the other back.

With the declaration of war Leon's parents had naturally been anxious as to his safety and not hearing from him had instructed Earl to find his missing brother at all hazards. This Earl had endeavored to do and after many kinds of adventures had finally been successful... Continue reading book >>




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