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British Campaigns in Africa and the Pacific, 1914-1918 (Paperback) Loot Price: R358
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British Campaigns in Africa and the Pacific, 1914-1918 (Paperback): Edmund Dane

British Campaigns in Africa and the Pacific, 1914-1918 (Paperback)

Edmund Dane

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ...and extended. Saisi at this time (July, 1915) was held by Major O'Sullcvan's Column of Rhodesian Mounted Police, 470 all told. Some Belgian native troops were also hastily thrown into the place. Outnumbering the garrison five times over, the enemy drew a cordon round the position, and opened a hot bombardment, firing in more than 200 high explosive shells. This, combined with successive attempts to rush the defences at different points, chiefly in night attacks, went on for six days and nights. The danger, however, lay not so much in the German superiority in numbers and artillery as in the shortage of supplies. So sudden had been the irruption that no chance of sending in extra stores had been allowed. The scanty rations had therefore to be doled out with the utmost parsimony. And to lack of food was added shortage of water. For its supply the camp depended partly upon wells, partly upon a neighbouring small river. One of the first steps of the besiegers, however, had been, by employment of their superiority of force, to seize the wells, and driving in the outposts of the defence on that side, to picket the stream. All that could be done was for men of the garrison to sally out by night, singly or in twos and threes, and surprising or evading the pickets, to fill the water bottles brought with them. It was risky work. Nevertheless by this means the garrison managed to carry on. In the meantime, efforts at relief had been made by Belgian native troops, but had failed to break through, and on the seventh day von Wehle sent in a demand for surrender. It was emphatically refused. For four days longer the besiegers hung on, and O'Sullevan and his men having eaten their last carefully-husbanded biscuit, were face to face with the prospect of being starved out, w...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: May 2012
First published: March 2010
Authors: Edmund Dane
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 72
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-64341-1
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-154-64341-7
Barcode: 9781154643411

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