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THE KHAKI BOYS OVER THE TOP OR Doing and Daring for Uncle Sam

By

CAPT. GORDON BATES

Author of "The Khaki Boys at Camp Sterling" "The Khaki Boys on the Way," "The Khaki Boys at the Front," etc.

ILLUSTRATED

1919

THE KHAKI BOYS SERIES

By CAPT. GORDON BATES

THE KHAKI BOYS AT CAMP STERLING or Training for the Big Fight in France

THE KHAKI BOYS ON THE WAY or Doing Their Bit on Land and Sea

THE KHAKI BOYS AT THE FRONT or Shoulder to Shoulder in the Trenches

THE KHAKI BOYS OVER THE TOP or Doing and Daring for Uncle Sam

THE KHAKI BOYS FIGHTING TO WIN or Smashing the German Lines

CUPPLES & LEON COMPANY, New York

THE KHAKI BOYS OVER THE TOP

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I BLOWN BACK 1

II TO THE RESCUE 11

III SENT TO THE REAR 19

IV A DOUBLE LOSS 28

V WHAT'S TO BE DONE 38

VI GOOD NEWS 44

VII UNDER FIERCE FIRE 52

VIII THE OLD MILL 61

IX TRAPPED 70

X FALLING WALLS 78

XI A STRANGE RESCUE 88

XII MUCH WONDERING 98

XIII A PERILOUS JOURNEY 105

XIV THE SENTRY 113

XV IN THE BATTLE AGAIN 122

XVI HELD UP 133

XVII A BATTLE OF THE AIR 139

XVIII CAPTURED 146

XIX THREE PRISONERS 156

XX THE CAPTAIN AGAIN 163

XXI BACK WITH FRIENDS 176

XXII FIERCE FIGHTING 185

XXIII THE LONELY HUT 192

XXIV A GLORIOUS VICTORY 199

[Illustration: [Transcriber's note: original truncated] 'INTO THE MIDST OF THE']

THE KHAKI BOYS OVER THE TOP

CHAPTER I

BLOWN BACK

"What's that, Schnitz?"

"What's what!"

"That noise. Sounds like a party coming along the communication trench!"

The talk was in tense whispers, and the listening was now of the same tenseness. Two khaki clad Sammies stood on the alert in the muddy ditch, dignified by the title, "trench," and tried to pierce the darkness that was like a pall of black velvet over everything.

"Hear it?" inquired he who had first spoken.

"I somedings hears, too," spoke a guttural voice, with a foreign accent. "Might not it perhaps be "

"Cut that talk, Iggy!" sharply commanded the first speaker. "Do you want the lieutenant dropping in on us!" And Corporal Robert Dalton cautiously moved nearer his fellow non com., Sergeant Franz Schnitzel.

"Yes, not so loud," advised Schnitzel, who, in spite of his Teutonic name, was a thorough American, speaking with no trace of German accent. "Don't forget that the Boches may have listening parties out right in front of this trench, even though they may have information that we're going to rush 'em just before dawn."

"But what is that noise?" went on Bob. "It sounds like the relief coming, and yet we can't be going to be relieved so near the zero hour. It's impossible."

"Him one big word is," sighed Iggy, trying to adjust his Polish tongue to the strange language called English. "But thinks me nothing is like him in dis war!"

"Nothing is like what?" asked Schnitzel, the talk now being reduced to whispers on the part of all three.

"Him wot you said repossible," said the Polish lad.

"Hush!" quickly exclaimed Bob, or Dal, as he was variously called by his comrades. "There is some one coming along the trench. If it's the Boches "

This was enough to cause all three to grip their rifles more tightly. The sound of advancing footsteps, cautious as they were, was now more audible... Continue reading book >>




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