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  • There Allenby and Dawnay told me the British were marched and fought nearly to a standstill, in the ledged and precipitous hills, shell-torn and bullet-spattered, amid which they wrestled with the

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • All the army had to show for its effort was a causeway of dead bodies, some hard-won Federal ordnance, and a bit of shell-torn woods.15 4. MALVERN HILL: A TRAGEDY OF STAFF

    LEE’S LIEUTENANTS

  • Meanwhile, the Soviet tanks had disappeared into a shell-torn wood.

    Panzer Aces

  • Again, at dead of night, he rolls out across the shell-torn fields, burrowing deep into the sodden ground….

    ONE SHOT-ONE KILL

  • All the army had to show for its effort was a causeway of dead bodies, some hard-won Federal ordnance, and a bit of shell-torn woods.15

    Lee’s Lieutenants

  • Before they came to grips with the shell-torn survivors of the foremost enemy units, they would often deploy into line or the ordre mixte and plunge into the fray with the bayonet.

    THE CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON

  • He was my baby, my man-child, that soldier with shell-torn breast,

    The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol. 1, January 9, 1915 What Americans Say to Europe

  • Down the road they would come, on the dead gallop, drivers standing in their stirrups, waving their whips and shouting at the horses, while the limbers bounded crazily over the shell-torn road, the men holding on for dear life and the shells bursting with a continuous roar all about them.

    The Emma Gees

  • I had a cross made, bearing the names of all the crew and decided that, at the first opportunity, I would plant it at that spot; and when our whole division was ordered out, on October tenth, I took the cross and made my way up the Bapaume road and across the shell-torn field to the place.

    The Emma Gees

  • Think of the rottenest, wettest, windiest winter's night you can remember, and add to it this bleak, muddy, war-worn plain with its ruined farms and shell-torn lonely road.

    Bullets & Billets

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