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Page 219 - After that an order was given to abandon the guns, which for over one hour had fought in the face of the fiercest fusillade a battery ever endured. Yet, even then, all was not over, for four men persisted in serving two guns and remaining beside their cannon. One of either pair carried the shell ; the others laid and fired their beloved 15-pounders. But two men were left. They continued the unequal battle. They exhausted the ordinary ammunition, and finally drew upon and fired the emergency rounds...
Page 220 - But two men were left. They continued the unequal battle. They exhausted the ordinary ammunition, and finally drew upon and fired the emergency rounds of case, their last shot. Then they stood to ' Attention ' beside the gun, and an instant later fell pierced through and through • by Boer .bullets. These, I say, by the light of all my experience in war, these gunners of ours are men who deserve monuments over their graves and even Victoria crosses in their coffins.
Page 187 - Ladysmith road, about five miles northwest of Colenso. Another large camp is reported in the hills which lie north of the Tugela in a northerly direction from Hlangwane Hill. 2. It is the intention of the General Officer Commanding to force the passage of the Tugela tomorrow.
Page 197 - Our indomitable soldiers walked erect and straight onward," wrote Burleigh. "Not Rome in her palmiest days ever possessed more devoted sons. As the gladiators marched proud and beaming to meet death, so the British soldiers doomed to die saluted, and then, and with alacrity, stepped forward to do their duty — glory or the grave."12 The grave it frequently was. The British trenches at Spion Kop were piled with British dead three deep and more — "an acre of massacre," JB Atkins, Russell's biographer,...
Page 188 - Hill; he will cover the right flank of the general movement and will endeavor to take up a position on Hlangwane Hill, whence he will enfilade the kopjes north of the Iron Bridge. The officer commanding mounted troops will also detail two forces of 300 and 500 men to cover the right and left flanks, respectively, and protect the baggage.
Page 219 - Hunt called attention to the fact that it was no use firing. There were scarcely any men left, and next to no ammunition. After that an order was given to abandon the guns, which for over one hour had fought in the face of the fiercest fusillade a battery ever endured. Yet, even then, all was not over, for four men persisted in serving two guns and remaining beside their cannon. One of either pair carried the shell ; the others laid and fired their beloved 15-pounders.
Page 188 - I and No. 2 of the divisional troops, will march in the direction of the iron bridge at Colenso, and the brigade will cross at this point and gain possession of the kopjes north of the iron bridge.
Page 188 - Brigade (6) (less a half-battalion escort to baggage) will move at 4 am east of the railway in the direction of Hlangwane Hill to a position where it can protect the right flank of the Second Brigade and, if necessary, support it or the mounted troops referred to later as moving towards Hlangwane HilL 7. The Officer Commanding Mounted Brigade will move at 4 am with a force of 1,000 men and one battery of No.
Page 187 - Brigade (1) will move from its present camping-ground at 4.30 am and march towards the Bridle Drift, immediately west of the junction of Doornkop Spruit and the Tugela. The brigade will cross at this point, and after crossing move along the left bank of the river towards the kopjes north of the iron bridge (2).