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Into the Jaws of Death

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Author: Jack O'Brien
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,981 / 176 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.9
LoC Category: U
Downloads: 1,571
Added to site: 2006.08.03 14563

The feat accomplished by this young soldier in escaping from the Germans, whilst held as a prisoner of war, is in itself worthy of special notice and he was only successful in his third attempt. His conduct and record in the field is one to be proud of, and I have no hesitation in introducing him to the readers of his most interesting book. As a soldier he has done his duty and is deserving of every support in the circulation of his war story.

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got mad and had me "pinched"; so at 9 a.m. I was brought up on the "carpet" before the Major. I was looking the picture of innocence, and I had a chum outside to prove that I was out of bed three minutes after the Sergeant's warning. Well, the Sergeant didn't press the charge very much, and the Major asked me how long it was after reveille when I got up. I said it was five minutes anyway, and I had them arguing whether it was five or ten minutes (it was really half an hour), when the officer said, "O'Brien, have you any witnesses?" I said, "Yes, Sir, Private Gammon." Officer: "Private Gammon, step forward. How long after reveille did O'Brien lie in bed?" "Fifteen minutes, Sir," said Gammon, and looked at me as though he were doing me a great favour. "Five days C. B.," said the Major; "right about turn, dismiss." Now, believe me, what I said to that boy wouldn't look well in print. No more "witnesses" for me--like the darky who was brought up before the judge for stealing chickens. He protested his innocence,

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Dai Alanye

I cannot tell whether this story is fact, propaganda, or some combination thereof. The narrator's attitude seems far too jolly, and his treatment as a WW I German POW is more cruel than any other I've come across.

Interesting sketches of trench warfare on the lowest level.



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