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assigned to our area and my Regiment was instructed to supply so many men to make a road so that the gun could be got into position that night and without a minute's delay. Our orders were that our men were to be withdrawn at 4 P.M and replaced by a like number from another unit but the latter could not be effected on account of an action being in progress in their Sector. So four o'c came and the task was incomplete yet the men were entitled to relief at that hour. Now the point I wish to enforce is this, that if our unit had been an Imperial bunch with an Imperial Officer, when Col. Rosenthal the Brigadier explained the situation to the Imperial

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