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By William Cull

Bill Cull's unforgettable tale of his reviews in WW1: he fought at Gallipoli and at the Western entrance the place he was once captured by means of the Germans and was once a POW until eventually the tip of the war.

 
Captain William Cull fought the 1st global struggle from each side of the twine. As a tender infantry officer at the Allied part 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 scuffling with at the Somme at Pozières, and in February 1917 was once critically wounded in a futile assault at the German trenches close to Warlencourt, the place he used to be taken prisoner by means of the Germans. Having survived the ordeal of conflict, Cull spent the rest of the struggle at the German facet of the cord. the 1st half Both facets of the Wire is an action-packed account of Cull's conflict at the Western entrance within the months major as much as his trap. the second one part is a candid portrayal of his stories as a prisoner of warfare within the fingers of the Germans. Cull persevered many months of suffering as he recovered in legal camps in occupied France and Germany—surviving even with German medical professionals' early predictions that he wouldn't pass though his first evening in captivity. This e-book is predicated 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 struggle Memorial. He has written the advent, epilogue, and notes for Cull's memoir, which is still one of many only a few released money owed of captivity in Germany through the First international War.

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Docile as a child and still in deadly fear, he was handed over to one of my men to take back while I worked further down the trench. 7 All at once a wave of battle nausea, in the smell of blood, of death, of explosives and upturned earth, and the stale, foul odour of the trenches, surged over me, and in sheer dismay I thought, ‘Good God! ’ However sadly you may have cause to reflect after battle, there’s not much time for introspection on the very edge of it. There was great temptation to push a success to completion, and in the excitement of action, with battle lust burning redly, men are not easily called off.

From 1915 until the end of the war, the British Committee on the treatment by the enemy of British prisoners of war regularly released reports on the conditions Allied prisoners were facing in enemy captivity. These reports were based on interviews from the wounded and sick who had been repatriated to England, escaped prisoners of war, and various forms of correspondence that had been mediated by the neutral countries to and from the German War Ministry. Excerpts were routinely published in the British press, where they proved to be of great propaganda value, but Australians were mortified when reports from occupied France told for the first time how their own troops were faring in the hands of the German Army.

A. Cull, Sergeant H. Payne, Privates O. Johnson and A. Cumstie. Alexander Cumstie, who had fine qualities as a scout, was killed on the following night. I had great pleasure in recommending Herbert Payne, a solid, ever-reliable soldier, both for a decoration and promotion but the honours came too late. At Pozières soon afterwards he was sent to take a German strong post on the Bapaume Road. Twice he led his men against it, only to be beaten back with loss. Before leaving the trench for a third attack, he quietly shook hands with his friends and gave concise directions as to the disposal of his effects.

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