DEADLY BLOWS AT DIXMUDE.
GERMAN ARMY'S POSITION IMPERILLED. ENEMY CANNOT HIT OUR SHIPS. GERMANS FENCED OFF FROM VERDUN. RUSSIANS DOING WELL Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. terrific fighting. von kluckTn trouble. LONDON, October 26. Mr Ashmead-Bartlett and Mr Philip Gibbs penetrated Dixmude and witnessed the fighting on Wednesday. They state that it was one of the Woodiest engagements of the war. The Allies' pressure on General Von Muck's right will force all the German armies to retreat either through the- Ardennes or the gap at Longwy;_ hence the desperate effort to cross the Wser Canal to reach the coast at Calais. A view from the tower of the Fumes Church on Wednesday showed that the whole countryside was" a mass of burning 'villages. Approaching the firing line, every road showed a continuous stream of motor cars and hundreds of private cars packed, under a medical officer, ready to Co to any spot for wounded men when a motor cyclist rode up and indicated the place. 'Everywhere shells were scretunin<r ;ia the big German howitzers (nicknamed "Jack Johnsons") threw down louses and churches. The guns of the entire German army corps were concentrated on Dixmude. Few combatants were visible, but the German fire was terrific. Little irronpst of peasant* were compelled to risk the chance of escape when the cellars where they were Tefnging collapsed. Hundreds of mangled and wounded lay unattended on the roads leading to Dixmude. One howitzer shell burst in the midst of a Belgian battery, and all six horses and one of the guns were blown into a mangled heap, resembling* gigantic butcher's cart. One gunner was completely cut in two by a bar of steel, and four 'horses, which were wounded, fell dead a few vards off. Not a house m Dixmude escaped. The Town Hall was riddled with shells, and the church was a blazing ruin. The German final attack was made at rlnek, when the Germans hoped to cut awav Dunkirk. The Belgian batteries were at last able to open a terrible sustained fire on the German infantry, who were trying to turn to Dixmude from the south through the village of St. Jacques Capelle. . , The village was the scene of a violent infantry combat. The French reserves were for a time unable to reach St. Jacques, as it was impossible to pass through blazing Dixmude. The Germans charged with a cry of " Bayonne," and the Belgians and French answered with cries of "Ja! Ja!" When the cheers and cries died away the Germans retreated, and darkness fell, save for the red furnace of Dixmude and the email furnace of St. Jacques. [Fumes is 26 miles west-south-west ol Bruges.] BELGIANS FIGHT LIKE DEMONS. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Servioes.) LONDON, October 25. During a violent action in the vicinity of Nieuport, the Belgians, with their hacks to the wall, fought like veritable demons. Though outnumbered, and with inferior artillery, they wmply refused to acknowledge defeat, and repulsed every attack with heavy losses until the arrival of the British monitors. British officers were surprised that they were able to hold the position. The King was moving about the. lines, .■ omforting"the wounded and cheering the downhearted. When a shell fell close to the monarch in the trenches, the soldiers, realising His Majesty's peril, fought with new valor. DIXMUDE SLUICES OPENED. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, October 25. A captured Bavarian officer states that when the Allies opened the sluices at Dixmude his regiment was compelled to fight in trenches up to the hips in water for many hours.
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DEADLY BLOWS AT DIXMUDE., Evening Star, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914