The First Hundred Thousand: Being the Unofficial Chronicle of a Unit of "K (1)"

The First Hundred Thousand: Being the Unofficial Chronicle of a Unit of "K (1)"

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The First Hundred Thousand: Being the Unofficial Chronicle of a Unit of "K (1)"

The First Hundred Thousand: Being the Unofficial Chronicle of a Unit of "K (1)"

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We have been in existence for more than three weeks now, and occasionally we are conscious of a throb of real life. Squad drill is almost a thing of the past, and we work by platoons of over fifty men. To-day our platoon once marched, in perfect step, for seven complete and giddy paces, before disintegrating into its usual formation--namely, an advance in irregular échelon, by individuals.

Four platoons form a company, and each platoon is (or should be) led by a subaltern, acting under his company commander. But we are very short of subalterns at present. (We are equally short of N.C.O.'s; but then you can always take a man out of the ranks and christen him sergeant, whereas there is no available source of Second Lieutenants save capricious Whitehall.) Consequently, three platoons out of four in our company are at present commanded by N.C.O.'s, two of whom appear to have retired from active service about the time that bows and arrows . . .

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