By Arthur Conan Doyle

If ever a author wanted an creation Arthur Conan Doyle wouldn't be thought of that guy. in spite of everything, Sherlock Holmes may be the most important literary detective of any age. upload to this canon his tales of technology fiction and horror, his old novels, his political campaigning, his efforts in setting up a court docket Of charm, his poetical works and there's little room for anything. other than he used to be additionally a committed and voluminous historian writing a lot concerning the wars in Southern Africa and the 1st international struggle. His research and outline of occasions is to be popular and his kind is welcoming although he relays occasions of serious carnage and tragedy. the following we put up quantity three of his historical past of the nice conflict.

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These were probably the reasons which induced the Germans to make a miscalculation which proved to be an exceedingly serious one, converting what might have been a German victory into a great, though costly, success for the Allies, a prelude to most vital results in the future. It is, as already stated, difficult to effect a surprise upon the large scale in modern warfare. There are still, however, certain departments in which with energy and ingenuity effects may be produced as unforeseen as they are disconcerting.

Few of the advanced line ever got back. The 3rd London, particularly, sent forward several hundred men with bombs, but hardly any got across. Sixty London Scots started on the same terrible errand. In the late afternoon the remains of the two brigades were back in the British front line, having done all, and more than all, that brave soldiers could be expected to do. The losses were very heavy. Never has the manhood of London in one single day sustained so grievous a loss. It is such hours which test the very soul of the soldier.

To the Germans they were as dangerous as so many cornered wolves. Others fell back in orderly fashion, but not an inch farther than was needful, for they held on all day to the frontage taken by them. The first two lines were kept in their fierce grip till nightfall of the next day, when they handed them over to the relieving division. In this splendid deed of arms the Thirty-sixth Division left half its number upon the battlefield. The instances of gallantry were innumerable, and so equally distributed that their General, when asked to name a special battalion, could only answer that the whole twelve had done equally well.

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