Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 47

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the British Race. It was patent to them they were "up against it," and the only way to win was by taking things calmly and keeping their heads, and the general disposition reminded me most forcibly of some incidents of those first few days after landing "must hold that Ridge at all costs" would come the order and the only answer from the men lying at your side would be a grim significant smile coupled with a firmer grip of the rifle and a further stiffening of the jaw. And as we held those ridges, so the same spirit dominated these men for in one and all of our Race the spirit is born, it lies dormant until called for and then it springs forth "like adder darting from its coil" and

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