The author of this book made another trip down South, was captured, imprisoned at Richmond Va, escaped and reached Union lines in East Tennessee with the help of Daniel Ellis, the great union guide of East Tennesee,A private who had served in the First Kentucky Infantry for three months, proved to be of the wrong sex. She performed camp duties with great fortitude, and never fell out of the ranks during the severest marches. She was small in stature, and kept her coat buttoned to her chin. She first excited suspicion by her feminine method of putting on her stockings; and when handed over to the surgeon proved to be a woman, about twenty years old. She was discharged from the regiment, but sent to Columbus upon suspicion, excited by some of her remarks, that she was a spy of the Rebels.
Richardson, Albert D.. The Secret Service, the Field, the Dungeon, and the Escape (Expanded, Annotated) (pp. 139-140). BIG BYTE BOOKS. Kindle Edition.
Took Australian Lt General John Monash to show the Allies how to attack:It seems that some 50 years later, that sort of fruitless and insane strategy was still being used in WW1. Thousands and thousands of young men were sent out of the trenches on suicidal charges against entrenched machine guns. Those charges had zero chance of success and a 100% certainty of death or wounding.
Took his teeth out before battle!This was no unusual scene. Whenever the guns began to pound, his mild eye would flash with fire. He would remove his artificial teeth, which became troublesome during the excitement of battle, and place them carefully in his pocket; raise his spectacles from his eyes and rest them upon the forehead, that he might see clearly objects at a distance; give his orders to subordinates, and then gallop headlong into the thick of the light.
Richardson, Albert D.. The Secret Service, the Field, the Dungeon, and the Escape (Expanded, Annotated) (p. 266). BIG BYTE BOOKS. Kindle Edition.
Who speak good French, LOL! Officers asked the men if they had been absent without leave to find if they had gotten away with it. These were inserted into West Timor, along SE Asian coasts to observe Japanese naval movements etc, helped heaps with organising effective naval and air strikes.It was a tall order: ‘Wanted—rugged bushmen, sportsmen, and miners who speak good French.’
Cleary, Paul. The Men Who Came Out of the Ground: A gripping account of Australia's first commando campaign (p. 3). Hachette Australia. Kindle Edition.