Friday, 24 August 2012

Desperte Fighting at the Battle of Inkermann

This account of the Battle of Inkermann comes from Private Bancroft of the Grenadiers. He describes the desperate fighting around the Sandbag Battery,

“I bayoneted the first Russian in the chest: he fell dead. I was then stabbed in the mouth with great force, which caused me to stagger back, where I shot this second Russian and ran a third through. A fourth and fifth came at me and ran me through the right side. I fell but managed to run one through and bought him down. I stunned him by kicking him, whilst I was engaging my bayonet with another, Sergeant-Major Algar called out to me not to kick the man that was down, but being dead he was very troublesome to my legs; I was fighting over his body. I returned to the battery and spat out my teeth: I found only two.”

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