Ki­wis’ dar­ing raids

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

THOUGH re­cently the New Zealan­ders have not been in the se­vere fight­ing, it will have been no­ticed that they have been get­ting a good many im­me­di­ate awards. This is largely the re­sult of their dar­ing and ini­tia­tive in suc­cess­fully raid­ing the en­emy, even in broad day­light. Some of our units have made a spe­cialty of this work, out­wit­ting, killing, and cap­tur­ing the en­emy time af­ter time, and get­ting off them­selves with barely a scratch. The fame of an Otago man who goes out with a pal or two when the spirit moves him, and in­vari­ably

comes back with some pris­on­ers has spread even to the ad­join­ing di­vi­sions. ‘‘If the gen­eral wants a pris­oner he can have one any time for the ask­ing,’’ was a re­cent re­mark of his. Fre­quently such raids are planned by non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers and the men them­selves, and the battalion com­man­ders and the brigadiers know lit­tle or noth­ing of them till they are over, and the men pro­duce the goods in the shape of any­thing up to half­a­dozen very much sur­prised Bosches.

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