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FIGHTING AT CHARLEROI.

Pabis, August 26.

The Gormans at Cbarleroi bom barded tba upper parfc of the town. The French made a sortie, but the strength of the enemy compelled a re tirement. The Turcoe then debouched from the town, and charged, bayonett ing the gunners of the battalion. Only 100 returned unscathed, their losses exceeding those of the famous Light Brigade. Their bravery was useless against the oncoming Germans who crept through the outskirts to tbe very heart of Charleroi. In tbe narrow streets the oarnage was in describable.

A French infantry officer, describing the ferocious street fighting, declared that the roads were co jammed with dead tnat the killed remained almost standing up where they were shot, resting on their dead comrades. The French made a last stand where the canal runs close to the railway station, The Germans fought for the bridge for two hours, and then captured it, I after heavy losses. They then gained [ grouDd all along the line, capturing the villages of Marchienne, Landelies and Montigny, and the country to Walcourt. Later in the day the French artillery opened fire upon Obarleroi, sheiling the lower portion lof the city, while the Frenob infaotry advanced slowly, retaking several villages, and again becoming masters ! of the line between Thuin and Mettet. Tbo fighting ended at 6 o'clock in the evening, both armies being completely worn out. The battle recommenced at dawn, when the French rebombarded Char leroi. Again the French swarmed down the slope towards the lower fcowD, recapturing Obatelefc, Bouftiotilx, Marcienne and Conillec. There were terrible losses on both sides The French in the slag heaps of the mining districts found an admirable vantage ground for their mitrailleuses, while the Germans, as in the Upper Alsace, mounted their mitrailleuses on every steeple. DeƟpite the withering the French again entered Oharle Iroi, and drove the Germans in con fusion across the Sambre. The city was devastated and litter.cd with dead and shattered by eteel fire. In every part "of the town houses W6re smoul deriog or aflame, and every cellar was occupied with the terror-stricken in habitants. Outside an inn was the dead body of a German officer wicb his head bowed over a basin and vcith the soap lather dry upon his face. Another lay across a table, and a coffee pot which he was raising to his lips was broken. NAMUR'S CAPTURE.

GRUESOME SIGHTS.

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FIGHTING AT CHARLEROI., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4424, 28 August 1914

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FIGHTING AT CHARLEROI. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4424, 28 August 1914

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