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About The Bend bulletin. (Bend, Or.) 1903-1931 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 3, 1918)
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Written by a Prussian Officer!
Who Participated in the Ravafm?
ting and Pillaging of Belgium.
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We wore onco raoro aroused nt
eleven o'clock Hint night, nntl with the
utmost hnstc made ready to resume
our march. The night wns pitch dark
nnd the rnln continues). At daybreak
we passed the city of St,. Menehould.
This hnd not been- harmed. From here
wo turned to the enst, closely pressed
by the French nntl In the afternoon we
reached Clermont-cn-Argonne. Once
more we managed to pet a rest of sev
eral hour. Toward evening we pro
ceeded again and maintained n forced
march through the whole night. We
were now more exhausted than ever,
yet could not halt-
The rain hnd stopped before ten
o'clock In the morning nt which hour
wc left the road and mndc camp.
There was a general sigh of relief, for
this long-continued, wearing retreat
had brought our troops Into a state
now become unendurable. We began
to dig ourselves In. Before our
trenches were even half completed a
literal hailstorm of shrnpncl felt
among us. Our losses were so great
that It became Impossible to remain.
We received orders to retire at once.
We marched over the fields until dark,
when wc began once more to dig In.
We were now near the village of Cer-nny-en-Dormols.
It was pitch dark and
a heavy fog Iny over everything. Of
the enemy we knew nothing. With the
utmost silence nnd speed we dug our
selves In deeply, stopping frequently
to listen as hostile raiding parties ap
proached, only to disappear quickly.
Here we received our first re
enforcements. They nrrtved In long
columns In 'the darkness. All were
fresh troops most of them reserves.
The majority wore blue uniforms. This
s well as the nature of their equip
ment, indicated to us that they had
been hastily fitted out and transported.
None of them had ever heard the
whistle of a bullet and many asked
anxiously whether It was dangerous
here. They brought numerous ma
chine guns, and In an instant we had
everything prepared for defense.
At daylight the French began the at
tack. They made several onslaughts
throughout the day but without suc
cess, for our re-enforcements were
No one realized nt this stage of the
battle that It was the beginning of a
murderous, exhausting struggle for po
sitions. We were to fight "here from the same
trench, month after month, without
gaining territory. The wounded, who
lay In No Man's Land between the
trenches, were left to perish.
The French tried to rescue them un
der the protection of the Geneva flag,
the emblem of the Ked Cross, hut we
only sneered at them and shot It to
bltfl. The impulse to shoot down the
enemy surpassed every human feeling.
The Red Cross flag hnd lost nil Its
value for us when It was raised by the
French. Mistrust was nurtured among
us. Wo were told that tho enemy mis
used the flag and that we must shoot
down the men that bore It
Wo repulsed all attacks until they
gradually ceased. We were now able
to fortify our position, which we did
with the greatest care, making It as
strong as possible. Half the men re
mained on guard while the other half
deepened and widened tho trenches. A
lively Are was maintained continuous
ly by both sides. The losses wcro very
large. Most of the men killed were
shot through the head, the trench pro
tecting the remainder of their bodies.
Firing Increased In Intensity as
night felL Although nothing could be
seen we continued firing oil the time
because we thought this would prevent
the enemy from making any attacks.
Through the nights munitions und ma
terial were brought up and new men
arrived. Great quantities of sandbags
were sent us, which were filled and
used as a protection against bullets.
The pioneers were relieved toward
morning Hnd .gathered la a farmyard
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been spared by the cannon, nnd even
nil tho stock remained. This booty
was soon to be consumed. Several
hundred soldiers came and n wild hunt
ensued for ducks, chickens, geese, pig
eons, etc. About the hundred of these
were caught, after which everybody
began cooking. Not far away 60 cows
and heifers were seised nnd turned
over to the field kitchens. Hay nnd
grain were cnrrled away, even the
8trnwstnck8 and barns were torn down
nnd tho lumber used for firewood. In
a few hours a beautiful farm hnd be
come a ruin nnd the proprietor n beg
gar. I had seen the owner In the
morning, but ho had suddenly disap
peared with his wife and children, and
nobody knew where he wns.
The next night wc were sent Into
tho trenches again. There wns little
to do, so we talked with the men who
had ro-enforced us from the Interior
of Germany. They knew absolutely
nothing of our retreat from the Marno
and were astonished when we pictured
to them the events of the Inst few
The following morning we left the
trench before daybreak and went Into
qunrtcrs at Cerony-en-Dormols. We
were billeted In the middle of the vil
lage In nn nbandoned house. Our field
kitchens failed to arrive, so we pre
pared ourselves a -meal of fowl and
whatever else we discovered. When
ever unyone est) led a chicken there
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were twenty men racing for It. Toward
evening long provision trains nrrlved,
as well (in fresh troops. They went
to the front In long columns und re
lieved the exhausted men.
Soon tho whole village was crowded
with soldiers. After n rest of two days
the regular nightly pioneer service wns
resumed. Every night wc were sent
to the front-line trenches to build wire
obstacles. The French found us out
by the noise required to set up the
posu, so that we had fresh losses
almost every night We completed the
task of setting up barbed wire entan
glements In the sector usslgned to us
in about fourteen dnvs. Durintr this
period we rested by day, but nt night
we went out regulnrly. But our rest
had many Interruptions, for Iho cuerny
artillery bombarded tho village regu
larly. This always happened nt cer
tain hours, for Instance, In tho begin
ning, every noon from twelrc to two
o'clock, fifty to eighty shells fell In the
village. Sometimes they were shrnp
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the fact thnt soldiers of other detach
ments wero killed or wounded dally.
Onco or twice during this nnon bom
bardment n shrapnel shell fell Into our
room nnd hurst without doing much
damage. Tho room would be filled
with dust und smoke, yet no one would
think of leaving. This firing was re
pented dally with cvor-lnereusluK violence.
The Inhabitants of Cernny who hnd
remained, mostly old people, were all
gathered In a tmru because of the fear
of spies. Here they were guarded by
soldiers. As the enemy bombardment
nlways occurred nt a certain hour, our
commander thought that somebody In
tho village wns In coinintiulontlou with
the enemy by menus of u concealed
telephone. It wns even discovered
thnt the hands of tho church clock hnd
been turned nnd at one time stood at
six anil shortly after at live o'clock.
The spy who signaled the enemy by
means of this clock was not discov
ered, neither anyone using a concealed
telcphonu Instrument In order to
catch tho right one all tho clvlllnns
were interned In tho ham. These
civilian prisoners wero supplied In the
snmo way the soldiers were, with food
and drink, but were nlso exposed, like
tho soldiers, to the dally bombard
ments, which In time destroyed the
whole vlllnge. Two women nnd one
child hnd been killed In this manner
and yet the people were not removed.
Almost dally houses cnught tire In the
village and burned down. Tho shells
wero now fnlllng regulnrly at eight
o'clock In the evening. They wero of
heavy caliber. At eight o'clock prompt
ly, when the first shell arrived, wo left
'.ho t,ovn. There followed. In short In
tervals, fourteen to fifteen shells, the
lron ration." We believed thnt the
French cannon sending theso shells
nrero brought up somewhere nt night.
When we returned from our prome
nade, as we called the nightly excttr
lion, wo were sent to our places in the
trenches. There we were used for ev
iry kind of duty. One evening we
ivere called up to fortify a farm taken
from the French the previous day. Wo
had to build machine guns nnd place
Our camp at Cerony-en-Dormols was
rontlnunlly under heavy bombnrdment.
Finally rest became Impossible. The
beavy-callber shells struck tho roofs
f the houses and penetrated to the
:ellnrs. The civilians were taken nwny
iftcr several had been killed by shells.
After about ten weeks In this country
we were sent to nnother pnrt of the
front Our destination was kept from
At tho depot nt Chnllerange wo en
tered n train waiting for us. It con
sisted of second nnd third class
conches. Tho train rolled slnwlv
through the benutlful country, nnd for
tho first time since the wnr began we
inw the light behind the front All the
lepots, crossings nnd bridges were oc
cupied by tho military. Everywhere
was activity. I.ong trains loaded with
agricultural machinery of every vari
ety stood at the larger stations. Tho
crew of our train consisted of olllctnls
of tho Prussian stnto railways. They
hnd traversed this country often nnd
(old us thnt there wns no agricultural
machine In nil occupied territory. The
tame thing happened with all machin
ery of Industry that could be spared.
Everywhere we saw the finest kind
of mnchlnery en route to Germnny.
In the evening wo passed Sedan.
Early the next morning wo arrived at
Montmedy. Here wc hnd to lenvo the
train nnd were permitted to go to tho
city for several hours Montmedy I
the prlnclpnl base of the Fifth army,
commanded by tho crown prince. Enor
mous stores of war mnterlals were
gathered here. Added to this there
was the army field tost institute nnd
the executlvo olllces of the railways ns
well as n number of hospitals.
It was very lively In Montmedy.
Mnny wounded men were seen strol
ling through tho city nnd an especially
largo number of o Ulcers all at homo
wero attached to single etnpes. In
faultless uniform, carrying riding
whips, they strolled around. This
point was about thlrty-fivo kilometers
behind Verdun nnd one hundred kilo
meters from our former position. As
we marched nwny shortly nfter nnon
we suspected thnt wo were being
taken to tho neighborhood of Verdun.
After n march of 15 kilometers wo
reached tho town of Jnmetz. Hero
everything was offered ux by the In
hnbltunts. We were treated with cof
fee, milk and meat. We went on early
tho next morning "id In the ieulng
arrived at DamvllleiH. wIi-mi- v heiird
that wo were nhout five kilometers be
hind the firing line. The same evening
we advanced to tho little village of
Wavrllle, which was our destination.
Wo took up our quarters in u houso
which had been ubundoned by Its In
habitants. Wo wero uttached to tho
Ninth reserve division nnd tho ui-1
morning went to our position. Fifteen
of us wero usslgned to duty with un
Infantry company. On the entire line,
us fur as we could see, there wits no
musketry fire. Only tho artillery on
both sides kept up a weak action. Wo
wero not accustomed to this quietude
In tho trenches, but the men who had
been thero for somo time told us that
frequently not u single shot was tired
for days and thut no uctlvlty wus
Enormous forces of artillery were
being mobilized. New guns continued
to urrlvo every day and wero listulled
without going Into action. The trans
portation of munitions und material
wus also very brisk. We did not sus
pect at this time that this was tho first
preparation for a great offensive.
TVrior rolir Week's in lliTs Tcltitly w
wero sent to nnother pnrt of tho from
onco more without bolng told our del
tlnntlon, We marchud nwny and In th
nfternoon wo urrlved at Duu-sui
Hardly had we entered tho towt
when the German crown prince, aceoin
pnnled by several ollleers and u lurgi
pack of hunting dogs rodo by.
"Good morning, pioneers I" ho culle
out to us.
Then ho Inspected our unit closely
lie epoko to our captnln. nfter whlcl
one of the olllccrs of his stuff took ut
Only the Artillery Kept Up a Weak
to a Red Cross establishment where
we were banqueted and given wine.
Tho hendquarters of tho Hohenznl
Ivrn heir were located nt Dun-sur-Metise.
Tho ladles of the Red Cross
treated us cordially. Wo asked them
If nil passing troops were as well treat
ed as wc had been.
"Oh, yes," it young woman nnswered.
"hut only n few como here.' The crown
prince, however, has uu especial at
tachment for the pioneers."
Wo wcro qunrtered ovt night Sol
dlers told us that I)un-ur-Meusa wns
the headquarters of tho Fifth army.
There were gay times In the town, with
nn open-air concert every day. The olll
ccrs often received women visitors
After n hnrd march wo arrived nt
the front positions. In n veritable
labyrinth of trenches, filled with wntcr,
we hnd the utmost difficulty finding
111 inT-about. -EHialir-we. nrrlved nf
the very front Hie French were only
ten meters nwny and before we had
been thero two days we took part In a
hand grenade encounter.
Somo distance back we established n
pioneer depot Twenty-five of our men
did nothing but nsscinhlo hnnd gre
nades. Wo wero soon settled und reaay
for nn emergency.
In enmp we were divided among
rnrlous troops. They showed us how
tho warfare waged at this front re
quired every Imaginable kind of light
ing. Theru wns mining, snpplug, baud
grenade throwing, mine throwing nnd
light patrol battles. This went on day
nfter dny nnd night nfter night, with
18 hours In the trench nnd u 12-hour
rest. Tho shortage of men mndu
less strenuous schedule Impossible.
(To Bo Continued.)
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