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WAR IN EUROPE.

THE ALLIES VICTORIOUS ADVANCES.

FRIGHTFUL LIEGE SLAUGHTER

» BRITISH FORGES WILL PARTICIPATE IN GREAT ENGAGEMENT. . ,«. HIGH COMMISSIONER'S REPORT, The latest High Commissioner's cable, dated London, August 20, states that reliable information has come regarding fighting along extended" frontier by French and Belgians, and also near Antwerp. The Russians, nfter several hours' fighting, Reriousiy damaged Austrian force along Gorodok K"uynum Iline. Tbo AusBrians retired, pursued by Russian cavalry. Men are joining British forces at rate of 9000 daily.

Brussels, August; 19. Later reports of the Battle of Dinant sbow that it was more important than has been hitherto realised. The loss on both sides was heavy. It is now clear that the French succeeded in foiling a German attempt to pass a large force of troops across the Meuse. The Germans effected a surprise, and one French regiment suffered severely. Out of one company only 3 men re turned. The French did some won' derful marching. One body of troops covered 126 miles in two days. I . Ten Cyclist Cbausseurs formed an ambuscade on a road, and killed 80 Ge-rmans. j It is reported that a thousand Ger mans were taken prisoners at Dinant. A number of German prisoners are ito be shipped to England forthwith. i The Germans on Monday made i another attempt to cross the Meus6 Jby a bridge constructed near Dinant, French artillery repelled the attempt with considerable loss. Brussels, August 19. On Tuesday French cavalry, by a brilliant forced march, recalling Stuart's great raid in tba American Civil War, joined the Belgians to day. They are executing a great sweeping movement. They encountered considerable German forces in the vicinity of Bamillies, who fled after a feeble resistance. One large body of Uhlans with machine guns -fiercely attacked a Bel gian infantry 'regiment, but French Dragoons opportunely debouched from a wood, taking the Germans in the flank. The survivors fled helter skelter, and took refuge in a village near Ramillies, which they burned before retreating anew. The Allies cavalry passed a series of burned villages which the Germans had set on fire. The Allies, particularly the Belgian?, were maddened by these oulrages, and vow to exact a full measure of retribution. The Belgians have nicknamed the Prussians " The Red Indians of Europe," owing to their farm-burning propensities.

London, August 19. English officers, who.have recently been in Brussels, interviewed some of the defenders of Liege. One Belgian officer said: "As line after line of German infantry advanced, we simply mowed them down. They made no attempt at deploying, but came on line after line, almost shoulder to shoulder, until they fell heaped in an awful barricade of dead and wounded, so high that it was threatening to

mask our guns. Finally it became so high that we did not know whether to fire through the bodies of the dead and the living or to go out and clear openings through the mass with out hands for the guns to fire through at the still advancing enemy, Meanwhile, some of the wounded Germans were trying to release themselves from the mass. This wall of dead and dying actually enabled these wonderful Germans to creep close to the forts, and charge up the out glacis, whence the Maxims swept them out of existence. The Belgians bad losses, but they were slight compared with the carnage of the enemy. Many of the prisoners we took were ravenously hungry. They begged for food by tearing at their captor's haversacks, and crying in German and broken French "Bread! Bread!) Drink! Drink !!' Others devoured carrots and turnips from the fields." London, August 19.

) The Press Bureau states that the > cruiser Ampbion was warned of : the Konigin Luise's presence by trawlers, who stated that they saw a ' steamer dropping things overboard. 1 When the Amphion was strilck by the mine flames enveloped the bridge, and Captain Fox became unconscious. 1 The engines went ahead until t aptain Fox recovered consciousness and ran down and stopped. Then the fore part of the cruiser was a mass of ' flame, and it was impossible fo reach ', the bridge, or to flood the foremagazine. The ship's back was ap parenfcly broken by the explosion, The wounded were first placed in safety. The crew throughout fell in steadily, The ship was abandoned twenty minutes after the explosion. A second explosion foliowed, ap parently from a second mine, and the fore magazine debris falling from a great height struck the rescue boat, and the destroyer's shells burst on the deck of the destroyer, killing two of

the crew and one German, who had been rescued from the Konigin Luise. The Amphion's crew obeyed all orders without confusion. It is reported in diplomatic circles that at the final interview between Sir W. E. Goschen and Herr Voo Bethman Hollweg the latter, with considerable irritation, was unable to understand England's attitude, adding that, "Why Bhould you make war upon us for a scrap of paper ?" Sir W> E. Goschen replied that he understood Herr Yon Bethman Hollweg's inability to comprehend Britain's action, but England attached such importance to a scrap of paper because it had her signature in addition to Germany's. [This reference will be to the Treaty guaranteeing Belgium's neutrality, which had been signed by Germany with the other greatg

Powers] Sydney, Aug. 21 Sir George Reid's war bulletin says the papers are full of encounters be tween the Belgian and German armies These are taken from the Belgian and and French newspapers. All successes are greatly magnified, It is believed that the British troops wili arrive in time to participate in the great engage rnent. Sir George Reid adds that it is hoppd tbat the French attack on the left wing of tbe Germans io southern Alsace will necessitate the withdrawal of large masses of troops from the German right wing so as to cripple the encircling movement which the Germans are obviously making against the Allies left.

London, August 19 A Dutch steamer which has reached Amsterdam, reports that she saw off Drondhjeim, Norway, a German Dreadnought with her funnel smashed and her sides riddled with great boles froca shell fire.

The Duke of Teck and Prince Alexander of Teck bade farewell to the Queen at Buckingham Palace. It is understood that both are going on active service.

Paris, August 19. ,'La Gaulois" states that the Austrian cruiser sunk off Antivari by the French was the "Zenta," of 2400 ton 3 carrying sixteen guns and seventeen officers and 285 men, It ia stated that 201 were killed. When the Goeben and Breslau were in the Dardanelles, they threatened to sink the French steamer Bagbalien. The latter induced the Turkish authorities to convoy her with a destroyer to the open sea. The deputy governor of the Dardanelles was on board as a guarantee of her safety. CANTERBURY CONTINGENTS OPERATIONS.

Christceurch, August 20. The most practical work so far undergone by the Canterbury contingent took place to day, when the Canterbury Contingent, under Lieute-nant-Colonel Stewart, marched out I from the Addington Camp to Wainoni Park. The march was made under active service conditions. The men were in full marching kit, waggons conveying the remainder of the baggage The men will bivouac at Wainoni Park for the night, marching back to ' camp to-morrow morning. Both advance and rearguards were thrown out on the march. To day the advance guard went on and occupied Bower Bridge, and then worked along as far as the New Brighton tramway bridge, whilst the various companies of the main force at intervals arrived at Wainoni, leaving the rearguard a good half mile in the rear. The supports linked up the vorious links. When the main force was eettled down the advance outpoet wag gradually drawn up. Outlying pickets guarded the camp. AH the men carried haversack rations for lunch, but a hot meat tea will be cooked for them by the camp cooks, in addition to a hot breakfast,

. This afternoon skirmishing work ia being practised, and this evening outpost work will be the order. The men will bivouac in the open under the trees, and to morrow evening at i) o'clock they will leave Wainoni on their way back to camp, arriving there at 11.80. To-morrow evening from 1 to 5 general leave will be granted, and from 7 till 10 night outpost work will be indulged in at the South Park, The troops marched out to Wainoni really well this morning, only one man falling out, his trouble being a bad corn.

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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4423, 21 August 1914

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WAR IN EUROPE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4423, 21 August 1914

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