Saturday, November 23, 2013

"The Fighting Engineers" by Frances V. Hubbard (1917)

The Fighting Engineers.


Just back from the British line at the front,

        At work in their wonted spheres,

Restoring the railway behind the men,

        Were American engineers.

They paid no heed to the thundering guns,

        Nor the screech of the shells far away,

Intent on the labor of building the road,

        The task which before them lay.

But, sudden, the Germans a quick turn made

        And, unarmed, midst the fire and the flame,

The engineers in the British ranks

        Within the fighting line came.

They paused not a moment, the rifles they seized

        From Germans who fell by the way,

Side by side with the Tommies, like tigers they fought,

        These men from the U. S. A.

And when brave deeds shall be told and sung

        In the far off and future years,

This tale shall be told, how they saved the day,

        The brave, fighting engineers.

Troy Times. December 14, 1917: 6 col 2.

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