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By William Cull

Bill Cull's unforgettable tale of his stories in WW1: he fought at Gallipoli and at the Western entrance the place he used to be captured via the Germans and was once a POW till the tip of the war.

 
Captain William Cull fought the 1st international warfare from either side of the cord. As a tender infantry officer at the Allied aspect of the Western entrance, Cull often led patrols out into No Man's Land and raids at the German trenches. He took half in sour struggling with at the Somme at Pozières, and in February 1917 used to be seriously wounded in a futile assault at the German trenches close to Warlencourt, the place he used to be taken prisoner via the Germans. Having survived the ordeal of conflict, Cull spent the rest of the conflict at the German facet of the twine. the 1st 1/2 Both aspects of the Wire is an action-packed account of Cull's struggle at the Western entrance within the months major as much as his trap. the second one part is a candid portrayal of his studies as a prisoner of warfare within the arms of the Germans. Cull continued many months of pain as he recovered in legal camps in occupied France and Germany—surviving regardless of German medical professionals' early predictions that he wouldn't pass though his first evening in captivity. This ebook relies at the memoir At All Costs that Cull wrote within the months after his repatriation to Australia in October 1918. Aaron Pegram is a historian on the Australian warfare Memorial. He has written the advent, epilogue, and notes for Cull's memoir, which is still one of many only a few released bills of captivity in Germany through the First international War.

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In a sudden rendering and tearing of the silence of the night our trench mortars blazed out upon their entanglements, as we confidently hoped, and shells from guns of many calibres fell upon them. Four minutes after zero, the scouts, according to arrangement, crept forward as close as possible to their entanglements, which, seen faintly through the dark, seemed to me, ominously erect. As the barrage was lifted beyond we rushed upon the wires, only to find that through some extraordinary error in the range, not a wire had been cut in that particular area.

Captain Harold Smith let a company of the 22nd; his brother Captain Dick Smith had a company of the 21st. They went over the top together, and both were killed within a few yards of the parapet. A third brother, who had been badly wounded in the first attack, died in an English hospital a few days later, and the family tragedy was complete. All three were magnificent fellows—men in battle, gentlemen always. Before reaching Cairo the wounds in my head had reopened, but a fortnight in hospital left me fairly fit for service, though with little hope of again seeing Gallipoli.

Once you have heard a German scream he has lost caste in men company. On the moment the bombs were tossed we dashed for our funk holes, and then what a commotion! ’ Safe from the storm that swished just overhead, we laughed in sheer enjoyment. ’ There were few shell holes in that sector of no man’s land. It was in the main a beautiful grassy stretch, and crawling through it at night one’s face brushed against the first red poppies of Spring. In addition to passing our compliments— per favour of Mr Mills—to the Huns, we had been able to locate and take bearings upon the battle positions of two of their machine guns, though headquarters were dubious about it until they had confirmed our report by aerial observation.

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