TERRIBLE SIEGE GUNS
iome idea of the power of the German •siege artillery is conveyed in a cable message sent by Karl Von Wiegand, Berlin correspondent of the United Press of America. In recounting a visit to the Liege forts after the bombardment by the Germans, Mr Von Wiegand says: “The ruins of Fort I'oiuisse showed the marvellous accuracy of the Gorman mortars. From a range of Jive miles shells had repeatedly dropped on the 12ft steel turrets, which projected only 3ft above the ground, until the turrets became immovable. One shot bred by the new 42-centimetre (16inl gun had gone through 10ft of concrete into a subterranean chamber. A number of bodies are still under the ruins. In the magazine wo still found largo quantities of ammunition. Fort Loncine is a mass of ruins, hut the most terrible aspect is shown at Fort Lautin, situated on a high ridge, which looked likei the crater of a huge volcano. Here a 42-centimetre shot pierced 12ft of concrete into a magazine deep under the ground. The magazine exploded, and the entire fort wa-s obliterated. Nothing remains but a. vast hole in the ground, 50ft deep, strewn with huge blocks of cement. The steel turrets are broken and twisted like tin. One hundred and fifty wero killed there, and there are still 50 bodies in the ruins, which cannot, he got at. The odor was horrible. The indescribable havoc created showed that the stories of the new gun are not exaggerated.
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TERRIBLE SIEGE GUNS, Evening Star, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914
TERRIBLE SIEGE GUNS Evening Star, Issue 15636, 29 October 1914
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