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The French used this method of take-off in the early years. In this picture one can see the chief Steward (top) shouting to the passenger halfway up the tree that he is holding up the flight!
Trp SJ Arbuthnot 8ALH. Australian Light Horsemen. WW1 The Charge at Beersheba. Proud of our Sth Aussies. Like this soldier my grandfather was there. He was just behind them coming up the rear. His diary tells us of the devastation and suffering. They were tough.