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When Our Men Were Proving Personal Ascendency over the Germans: Night in the Trenches at Mons

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AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF THE BATTLE : GERMAN SEARCHLIGHTS SWEEPING OVER THE FIELD IN QUEST OF MOVING BRITISH TROOPS FOR THEIR GUNS TO SHELL.

That Sunday night after the first day’s battle at Mons (August 23) was, for the British, one of the most ” nervy ” experiences soldiers ever had. During the day our hard-pressed troops from tneir shelter-trenches had, with their steady, unceasing musketry-fire, beaten back six desperate assaults of the massed German columns ; but night brought no rest for them. Indeed, as letters sent home have told, the night in some ways proved a worse ordeal to go through than the day. From the German position powerful searchlights swept the entire batt!e-field, circling steadily round and lighting up the British lines. Wherever the beams fell, immediate advantage /as taken by the German artillerymen. Wherever they observed the

least movement, salvos of shrapnel followed at once, the shells bursting in clusters and showering down their hail of bullets over the marked place. Our illustration shows the scene at the moment of one of these shrapnel attacks. To the centre and right those dark mounds and heaps in the open are German dead – men and horses fallen in the day’s attacks. The men lying prostrate on the left are British dead, carried from the shelter-trench. Beyond them on the left are stretcher-parties bearing away the wounded struck do ‘n by the shrapnrl bullets. The man seen in rear of the shelter-trench is tearing up lint for a wounded comrade. -[Drawing Copyrzghted icn the Unlted Stales and Canada ]


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Issue 3934. - Vol CXLV

Sep, 12 1914

Illustrated London News