Picked up on the firing line


Picked up on the firing line



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The Japanese Red Cross organization has set the entire world an example for efficiency and the most perfect medical and surgical service. But with all their efficiency, the Red Cross men were not able to bring in all the wounded. Hundreds of them lay around Port Arthur for days and weeks without any help, without any food or drink, where it would have been certain death for any one to attempt a rescue. The Japanese attacked the forts in parallels, in which they were comparatively safe, but there were times when a dash across an open space in the teeth of the Russian machine guns was necessary, and those who fell during this dash could not be rescued until the Russian fort was finally taken, as the Russian sharpshooters picked off, with unerring aim at 50 or 150 yards distance, every moving body. Even the wounded had to lie perfectly still during the daytime, lest a Russian bullet might end their sufferings. Only at night did they dare crawl a little nearer to their friends.


1 stereograph. 2 photomechanical prints on stereo card : halftone, stereograph, color ; 9 x 18 cm


1905 Ingersoll, T.W.
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Barry, Richard and Barry, Richard (photographer), “Picked up on the firing line,” Monash Collections Online, accessed May 31, 2024, https://repository.erc.monash.edu/items/show/13976.

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