Letter about Chinese civil war pt 3

Contributed by Keith Symes

Letter about Chinese civil war pt 3

Pt 3 of 3.
The Marines got inside the house with bullets around them just before the Chinese, but were surrounded and soon disarmed. Herded into a room "they was going to shoot us like a lot of dogs". But a Mr Brown who spoke a little Chinese made them understand they were no threat.So they robbed them. "I myself had 70 dollars on me but I watch theydidn't have it. They took 15 cents from me the rest I hided away" (Happy was known to be mean I think)Then came more Chinese,"arm to the teeth". "They was going to drop bombs in the centre of us but Brown made them understand what we was, then they went through our pockets and them hell fire Devils took a lot of rings from off our fingers and their was one of our chaps had a ring on his finger for years and he could not get it off so a couple of them got hold of him and was going to cut his finger off to get it but he manage to get it off by stripping the flesh off his finger, well that bloody lot went and in would come another lot and the same thing would happen. One of the buggers was going to cut my head off with a knife about 9 feet long what they take their own peoples heads off with, but I damn soon hop out of his way ..."

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