Thomas Witham ["Tales of the V.C."], item 3
- January 18, 2018 04:31:30 Thomas A. Lingner
But the machine gun was silent, and no bullets came out of the
ruins to sweep their ranks as they advanced.
Then the men of the leading wave reached the ruins, they saw in a
shell-hole a strange group of four men. On one side of it, with their
hands held stiffly above their heads, sat two disheveled Germans, one
of them an officer, a look of pained surprise still upon their faces.
On the other sat Private Witham, his finger on the trigger of a
revolver which had until recently been the property of an officer in
the German army. Sprawled uncomfortably at the bottom of the
shell-hole and groaning piteously, lay the third member of the
machine gun's crew. Pte Witham's tactics had evidently been
somewhat unorthodox, but they had proved exceedingly effective.
The machine-gun itself, its barrel still warm, had been
overturned in the struggle, and lay on it's [sic] side on the rim of
Pilckem Ridge, near Ypres
Story location Pilckem Ridge, near Ypres
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