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TUESDAY, MAT 7, 1918. DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILLE, PA. PAGE SEVEN. B.T C. A. PETEY BISK--It TlnsHy Did Quiet Petey's -- HOtN rr GO THfltf cee viwrz \S "TWE "BtAMK . xocTo»5. ORDERS To jpoiET. A ?-I'LL TheCbnfessi « ·-* " ^-Si' A-^ qfa^ernf Deserter Written by a Prussian Office* Who Participated in the Ravaging and Pillaging .of Belgium, . . . Go** h ar** fmtMi We were scarcely established when the. French attacked en masse. The occupants of these trenches, whom we had re-enforced had already repulsed several of these attacks. They nrged us to shoot and Bred wildl? themselves Into the Tacks' of the advancing masses. We responded to the exhortations of the infantry officers: "fire, fire harder, harder r We fired until the barrels of our ROBS became red-hot. The enemy turned. The victims .rf onr Ore already lying In heaps In No Man's Land between onr lines an-) the enemy's were Increased by hontlreds. The attack was repulsed. ' It to dark, and It rains and rains. All about na In the darkness are heard the woonded weeping; moaning, 2m- fiorlror. Their crle« ere augmented by ota«r wounded closer by. All caned for handagea, bat we bad none left. W» tore strips fran'oor mddy shirts and with then covered the gaping wounds. Men are dying constantly. There an no doctors, no bandage*, nothing. The wounded u wt be assisted, bat not the Ireach most be repulsed. The rate falls harder constantly and ·w« are all wet to the skin. We shoot blindly Into the night The flnctnntlng fire of musketry becomes strong, then weaker, thea strong again.- We pioneers an scattered among, the infantry. My neighbor toncbe* me. "Say." he calls. "Wkat do yon wantf I ask. "Who ar* youf* ."Come here." he hissed. · It Is eerie, alone in'thls devil's night "Why are yon here? V7IU yon murder me like those over there. Soon they will return from over there and the fan will be on again. Do yon hear th« others weep?" · And he laughed. Suddenly he started ajajtn: "I always shoot at them until they stop weeping. That Is fnn." And again be laughed, maniacally, and lender than before. I realized finally that this man had lost his reason. A man passed bringing ammunition and I asked hhn to fetch the commander at once. The officer arrived, accompanied by an infantry lienteoant I met them and reported that my neighbor had been firing on the wounded, talking nonsense, and undoubtedly was insane. The Heuten^ ant stepptd between as. "Can you see anything?" he asked. "See 1 2?o. Bat I hear them moao- . 'ng and weeping. As soon us I hit one he Is quiet for 'he. sleeps t" The llentennnt nodded to me. He tiled to take the gun from the man, bat the latter seized It q\iick!y and sprang back to cover. From there ha fired while standing among the wound; ed, until a moment Mater, he himself fell, riddled by many bullets. , ; The drama had only a few spectators. It was hardly over before it was forgotten. Anything but sentiment. · The blind firing continued. The cries of the wounded became constantly louder. Why?. These wounded lying between the two fish ting lines are exposed to the .firing of both parties. No one can help them for It would be Insanity to venture into No Man's Land. Ever louder and with more heartrending pleadings, the .wounded called, for the stretchers, for help', for water. At the most curse or an oath Is the only response. Our trench was Slled with several Inches of water and underneath that, mud. . In this morass : lay dead and wounded, thrown together. · It became necessary to mate room and so 'the dead were thrown over the ramparts. At one o'clock in the night moo came with stretchers and took away some of (be wounded, bat for those wretches lying in No Man's Land there was DO help. . " ' - . . - . CHAPTER VII; To complete par misery, w« received orders during the night t«.attack the franch at -4:15 la the morning. .We made oar preparations under t\ pouring rain.' Promptly at 4:15 we went over the top, jumping ov*r corpse* and wmnded men. V7« were forcvd to retire btfowa kail of machine ?un fire. an* aastalninr'a. iarg* aatnncr of nn- aeevssary casualties. . - , Hardly.bad we regained'our trenches wbe* the French attacked a». They cam* withinthreem«t«r» of our.trench, sod here'their attack broke, down no- der our fire. They too ·. had to retire with fearful losses. '. Three times In two hours the French attacked, always with heavy losses and no results. We were at our *vit's end. Unless help 'came'-soon It would be impossible for us to bold the posW tion. We were tortured by hunger and thirst as well as being wet to the skin and were so exhausted .that we could hardly stand. At ten o'clock the French attacked a fourth time. They came on In enor- mons numbers. Our leaders recognized the danger of our position and ordered us back, abandoning the wounded and much booty. By a superhuman effort we did manage to save the machine gnns and ammunition. W* retreated We Went Over the Top. 1,000 meters and took a stand In oar former trenches. The officers told us we would have to make a stand''under any circumstances and that the re-en- forcements would come soon. In a moment the machine grins were set Dp and soon we were sending a ball of bullets'Into the ranks of our. pursuing euemy. Bis advance stopped Instantly. Encouraged by this success we fired harder, so that the French were compelled to seek cover. ..'. The, promised re-enforcements failed to appear; Aboot 600 meters to our rear-were six German batteries in position, but they maintained only a vecy weak fire. An artillery officer appeared before ns and asked the commander of onr detachment If it would not be well to recofamend that the batteries be taken back, fle said he had learned by telephone that the German line was wavering on its entire length. . Before the commander coald reply, another attack 'en ' masse followed, which outnumbered us by from five to seven times. Our commander now gave op tills position alsoJ Completely demoralized, we retired In flight, leaving the tii batteries (36 guns) to be taken by the enemy.' . ' .. ' . The French'stopped their barrage fire because they feared to hurt their own troops. The Germans utilized th'to moment to bring', up re-enforcements 'made up of all branches of the service. Scattered infantrymen, unmounted cavalry, detached pioneers, had all been assembled. Every makeshift was -employed to fill the ranks. Complete reserve units apparently DO longer existed on this the third day of the battle of the Mrae. t Once more the command was given to turn and take a position and the unequal flght began anew. We saw the enemy advance, and seize the .batteries. Then, we saw him storming ahead with filed bayonets. We fought like wild animals. For minutes there raged a bayonet fight beyond descrip-, tlon. We stubbed through the breast,' through the abdomen, and wherever ·Ise we could. · This was no occasion'- to employ the bayonet tactics taught .kt drill, something .which must be left for drfli-groond practice only. " . ·The-.'.bntts; of the rifies '..whizzed, through "the -.air and any man's bead which they struck was broken. Eel- net» and kiwpsacks tud-bccn lost too*' since. In- spite of the superiority of numbers, the French could not defeat this little group of desperate men. We forgot everything around us and fought like bloodthirsty beasts, thinking of nothing else. Part of our men penetrated the hostile ranks and fought to retake the lost cannon. The enemy recognizing the clanger,'retreated, and tried to hold the conquered guns with all his energy. We continued to stab, to clnb, man for man; bnt the enemy held on to the batteries. Every cannon was surrounded by corpses, and every minute new victims were created. The artillerymen who were fight- lag with ns tried to remove the breech blocks of the guns. Three Germans fought four Frenchmen at the third gun which was Just to my right. They were all that was left around that piece. At another gun 70 men lay dead or wounded. .A pioneer went to the iriouth of this gun nod with astounding calmness pushed shell after shell into the barrel, touched them off "and ran. Friend and foe alike were torn by the terrible explosion. The gun was completely demolished. Seventy to eighty men were killed for nothing. After an honr's fight, all the guna were once 'more In onr possession. We were now able to approximate the terrible casualties, In the battle for this battery. Dead and wounded by hundreds. Infantry, cavalry, artillery and pioneers, covered the narrow strip of ground. Once more we received re-enforce- ments. This time four regular companies of Infantry bad been taken away from another detachment. Even If a soldier takes part in everything, be can get only a very restricted view of what is going on and has absolutely no way of determining how the battle is going. These reinforcements had been taken from all different arms and late arrivals had been taken from a division which had been threatened exactly like ours was. This led us to conclude that we could only resist farther attacks provided fresh troops reached us. If only we could get something to eat Bnt there scorned no way to relieve the hunger and thirst which tortured as. Now, horses galloped tip to remove Uie guns we had left and at the same Instant the French artillery opened a tremendous fire from guns of all calibers. The shells fell among the 30 teams comprising the column. Confusion reigned. Groups of six horses comprising each team sprang into the air, then ran in all directions, polling their carriages with the wheels up be- 1 hind them. Some of the terrified ani- mals'ran directly into the heaviest fire, only to be torn to shreds with their drivers. The enemy DOW transferred his fire to the battery position which we occupied. For us It was only a question of advance or retreat. Retreat? No I The order came to retake the positions which we had lost at the opening of the battle and which the Frenchmen presumably hod made ready to withstand a new attack. By this time we had been re-enforced with more cannon, fodder and'.the insane fight could begin anew. We advanced over a wild field, covered by .thousands upon thousands of -torn human bodies. No shot fellr'the only firing was the hostile artillery continuing to-shell our battery positions. Neither the enemy's artillery nor Infantry was turned upon us. This made us suspicious and our apprehen- | sion regarding what was to come increased as we were permitted to ad- Vance unmolested. Suddenly there · was turned loose upon us the fire from a multitude of machine gnns. We threw ourselves on the ground and hunted cover. An instant later we again sprang up and continued onr march. Once more we encountered destruction. By this time we had lost almost a third of our men and, exhausted, we halted. Scarcely had we taken a position before we were attacked from the front and flank. We .no longer had an adequate force to successfully resist this double blow, n, the enemy, la greatly superior numbers, had practically crusbed our force. The left wing was completely cut off and we saw our men throw up their hands and surrender, We who were In the center were unable to come to their .assistance; our ranks were being decimated from minute to minute. "Revenge fbr.Sommepy," sounded in my ears. The right wing broke and carried ns with, it-in a wild Sight Direct retreat had been cut off for us, so we ran backward across an open field, each man for himself, with a heart bursting with horror and fear ns.the result of the enemy's murderous fire. After running a long time we reached a hamlet northwest of Vitry-le-Fran- cois. Without'gnns, helmets, or knapsacks, the few who had been able to save themselves gathered here. As a result of this bottle the French acquired a large amount of booty. All the guns which had been the center of so much hitter fighting were lost Of the hundreds nj$on hundreds of soldiers who ,partlcipated In the battle, scarcely 100 were left The others were all dead, wounded or missing. This is what was done to the Invincible war machine by the French ' people, who, before the straggle, we hud branded as cowardly and degenerate I CHAPTER VIII. We now tried to gather by com- pnnles. Of our own company only 12 men remained.-" Presently others straggled in until there were 20 of us assembled. Tliero Is eager questioning everywhere as each man attempts to 'iearn about his cflmrade or ficQUHlnt- nnce. Few questions can be answered, however, as each, roan had thought only of himself In that flight. Driven by hunger we approached the village. The first thing we did was to hasten to the wells and drink. We drank as If we wanted to fill ourselves up with enough water to last us the rest of oor llres. Only here and there were we able to find anything to ent. A few beets were left In the gardens and we ate there eagerly, without waiting to wash or clean them. TO BE CONTINUED. 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