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The Great War

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On February 1st, 1915, in the brisk action at Cuinchy, the Germans captured a trench held by the Irish and Coldstream Guards. A tremendous storm of gun and rifle fire was poured upon this trench with the view to its recapture. During the action, Lance Corporal O'Leary spotted a German machine gun which would play havoc with our men when they advanced. Orders were given for the Irish to go forward, but O'Leary meanwhile had not forgotten the machine gun. He put on his best pace, and within a few seconds found himself in a corner of the German trench on the way to his goal. Immediately ahead of him was a barricade, but it's five defenders quickly paid with their lives the penalty of standing between an Irishman and his heart's desire.

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