From a crumbling French trench, 2nd Lieut. Clifton Bledsoe Gates reported, during 1918's battle of Soissons: "I have only two men left out of my company and 20 out of other companies. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here, as we are swept by machine-gun fire and a constant artillery barrage is upon us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." He was hit by a bullet in the shoulder and by a shell fragment in the knee; most of his clothes...

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