The frontal-attack of infantry, tr. from (the October number of the pamphlet issued by the ed. of the 'Militair Wochenblatt') by E. Newdigate


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Página 11 - Then there came along the line from the right a summons, given by signs from the officers, to endeavour to storm the heights. The officers gave the signal to advance, and the whole line of skirmishers went up the hill with hurrahs, and a fabulously rapid fire. " Arrived above, we saw dense lines of the enemy's skirmishers, at a distance of about 400 paces, run away with the utmost rapidity, and disappear behind the nearest wave of the ground.
Página 12 - ... many of their comrades, and the duration of the combat, which had now lasted some hours, they were thoroughly depressed. " We then distinctly saw some French closed battalions approaching for the attack. This was too much for the men. They turned about. All our efforts to detain them were in vain. " We did not actually run away, but the whole line went slowly back. We gave way, step by step, followed by the attacking enemy. " I looked upon the battle as lost, for there were absolutely no reserves...

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