Ladies from hell - PDF book by Robert Douglas Pinkerton

Ladies from hell 

Ladies from hell

Personal memoirs of solider in world war I

I realize the utter futility of writing a preface, for no one ever reads one — unless by chance they are in a hospital or waiting in a dentist's office. It is for these unfortunate few, then, that I indict the following. After you have been through the mill and mire of battle, your life is changed. It can never be the same again. It seems that you must still continue to fight, even though you be physically incapacitated. Therefore it is partially for my own amusement, and partially to continue my fight for an ultimate victory that I write this book. 

In it I have endeavoured, in a meagre way, to tell America what she wants to know. You are asking about the same questions as did England in 1914 and 1915. You are in approximately the same position as was England in those early days. You are beginning to discover that business cannot be as usual, and that war is not all flag-waving and hurrahing. You are learning, as did we; and may a just God grant that your lesson be shorter by far than was ours. 

My efforts will be devoted to a truthful presentation of what I saw and what I know. There is little humour in warfare. That little I will try to preserve. My endeavour will be to loan you my eyes for a space where you may see what I saw, and thus know your war — for it is yours — just a wee bit better. I hope, as you turn the last page, that you will realize the true meaning of this struggle, that you will realize why I take pride in having been a member of the London Scottish, and that, above all else, you will realize the true duty of your America today. 

In closing let me express my appreciation to C. H. Handerson for his assistance in arranging the multitudinous incidents of my fighting days in some sort of sequence, and in helping me to weave them into a connected story of my little excursion with "The Ladies from Hell. ,,


I How the Call Came 3
II France 23
III The Battle for Lille 60
IV The Man in the Blue Jeans— A Trench Raid 84
V Mr Findley's Grave — Trench Life —
Nichols Goes West 106
VI Sniping — The Traitor at Bethune — What Happened at Lille 130
VII The Farm-House between the Lines —
"Send Us More Ammunition" — The Spy at Headquarters 152
VIII The British Air Service Becomes
Stronger — The Refugee from Lille — We Find our Wounded Sergeant . . 179
IX Raiding a German Trench — A "Seam-Squirrel" Returns to its Home — Back
to Blighty and the Hospital . . . 190
X Who Will Win the War — and How . . 228

Publication date:1918
Publisher New York: The Century Co.

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