Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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In 1914 David Cruickshank, a private in the Scottish Rifles, became trapped by an advancing German force in the village of Le Cateau. He was taken into hiding by the Baudhuin household, but frequent German patrols forced him to dress as a woman. ‘Mademoiselle Louise’ lived in the village for over two years before being caught and sentenced to death. This extraordinary account of Cruickshank’s plight is embellished with further stories of stranded British soldiers.