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The Black Watch

A Record in Action

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Author: Joe Cassells
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,044 / 140 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.6
LoC Category: UH
Downloads: 1,103
Added to site: 2010.07.28 28551
Genre: War

ad accents of lowland Scotch, cursed the Germans--not for wounding him, but for knocking over his canteen of tea. A hail of flying shrapnel struck down a cook; the men of his section cursed in chorus for the misfortune which meant that hunger would be added to their other miseries.

Not once alone did we spring up from eating to fight the Uhlans with rifle fire and bayonet. It happened a dozen times. Whenever the Uhlans came, we fought them off, but always we had to retreat in the end, for the German reserves were numberless while ours scarcely existed.


Most of the time while we were dragging our exhausted, diminishing numbers ahead of the German wave of shot and steel, I was on scout duty. For a while, I was "connecting file" between the Black Watch and the Munster Fusiliers who were in rear of us and almost constantly in touch with the enemy. I had more than one narrow escape from capture or death.

On one occasion



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