Anecdote from South-West Africa


November 26, 1915
This is an anecdote which came from South-West Africa. During the days when the British force was endeavoring to close in on the Germans there was a period when the telephone wire remained for some twenty-four hours uncut. The Germans utilised it to send a jeering message to our men. It ran to the effect that if the British had drilled a little more and played football a little less they would have known more about fighting. That same evening a scrap on a small scale took place, in which two Germans were killed and one was wounded and taken prisoner. The visitors tried and succeeded in “calling up” the Germans over the wire, and this was the message they sent: – “Have taken your advice. Two goals and a try!”
(Liverpool Echo: November 26, 1915)

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