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//-->Sniper JacksonFrederick SleathForewordbyMartin PeglerFRONTLINE BOOKSSniper JacksonFirst published in ,1919 by Herbert Jenkins Ltd, LondonThis edition published in 2014 by Frontline Books,an imprint of Pen&Sword Books Ltd,47 Church Street, Barnsley, S. Yorkshire, S70 2ASwww.frontline-books.comCopyright©Frederick Sleath, 1919The publishers have made every effort to trace the author's estate and his agentwithout success and they would be interested to hear from anyone who is ableto provide them with this information.Foreword copyright©Frontline Books,2014The right of Frederick Sleath to be identified as the author of this work has beenasserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.ISBN: 978-1-84832-745-0All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in orintroduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means(electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without the priorwritten permission of the publisher. Any person who does any unauthorized actin relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civilclaims for damages.CIP data records for this title are available from the British LibraryFor more information on our books, please visitwww.frontline-books.com. email info@frontline-books.comor write to us at the above address.Printed and bound by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon, CRO 4YYTypeset in 11.75/14.1 point Caslon Pro by JCS Publishing Services Ltd,www.jcs-publishing.co.ukContentsForeword: FrederickJames Sleath by Martin PeglerIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIVXVXVIXVIIXVIIIXIXXXXXIXXIIXXIIIXXIVXXVXXVIXXVIIXXVIIIXXIXRonald Jackson, SubalternA Night AdventureThe Colonel's RevengeOld DanThe Snipers Accept their OfficerThe Lurking DeathGoo-GooCissie's RomanceThe LaughA Voice in the NightTragedyA Surprise for the Staff-MajorThe Jackal RatThe Hidden HandSpies behind the LinesMarie of Moulin RougeThe Section on its MettleThe T.M.O. takes a HandMaimieRest Period ImpressionsThe Section at HomeThe StormTwo in a TreeLeave and MaimieMen of FranceThe Hunters' ChanceThe Mine that FailedThe Break-up of the SectionThe Auld SectionVll17162634424857637178839096104112120128134143151159169177184190196203207ForewordFrederickJames SleathBorn in Boro'ness, West Lothian, Scotland on 28 September 1889,Frederick was the third of six siblings. The world that he entered was toprove to be the golden autumn of a British colonial summer that had lastedfor almost 100 years. Since defeating Napoleon in 1815, Britain had enjoyeda virtually unchallenged position as the world's primary global power, botheconomically and militarily.Ithad become the largest empire in history,greater even than that of ancient Rome, at one point controlling some458 million people across 13 million square miles of the earth's surface.Unknowingly, Sleath and his generation were to aid in the dismantling ofthis great Empire, the catalyst of which was the Great War.He proved a bright student, obtaining a place at Edinburgh Universityin 1907, where he read for a pure science degree, before taking a masters,which he received, somewhat ironically, the month before war wasdeclared, in July 1914. As had so many of his contemporaries, Frederickjoined the Officer Training Corps (OTC) at Edinburgh University, andenlisted in the regular army as a private soldier on 30 November 1914, atthe age of twenty-five. No photographs of Frederick have been found, butfrom his enlistment papers, his physical description appears typical of theperiod. He was of average height, 5ft 7lhin with a modest 32lhin chestspan, making him about the comparative size of a modern-day fourteen-year-old boy. Whether by accident or design, he was attached to the 16thBattalion Royal Scots which consisted mostly of players and supporters ofthe Heart of Midlothian Football Club. The regiment, based in Edinburgh,held the distinction of being the oldest and thus most senior line regimentin the army, having been raised in 1633. His cadet experience clearly stoodhim in good stead, and he was promoted to corporal in January 1915, [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]