The Great War, I was there - Part 8

THROUGH A HAIL OF LEAD TO LASTING GLORY —‘THEIR NAME LIVETH FOREVERMORE ’This illustration from a diorama in the Imperial War Museum is a complete reconstruction from official sources of the scene during the landing from the River Clyde, one of the greatest displays of indomitable bravery in the whole history of the human race. On the forecastle can be seen a pile of sandbags, part of the “many contrivances of defence ”that Major Mure mentions in this chapter. Between the ship and the shore is the“ blood-cemented bridge ”of lighters and small boats over which Lieut.-Colonel Doughty-Wylie so gallantly led his men, only to be mown down by the hail of rifle and machine-gun fire from behind the barbed wire defences just above the beach. The immortal 2.000 were drawn from the Dublin Fusiliers, the Munster Fusiliers, the 2nd Hampshires, the Anson Battalion and the West Riding Field Company, Royal Engineers.
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