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HOW ANTWERP FELL, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914
HOW ANTWERP FELL
TIG !I MR MAN BOMBARDMENT. A newspapers that reached Dimday bear evidence of the wiry <■■■;' t he, censorship. They have no :-.-w> i-: v■: 1 importance beyond that al* J. ’ i i.‘ New Zealand. The aci. t : <•: the f.dl o f Antwerp is exceedingly i : cf. but 1 u- •■vents that led up to it are ■ivc-n in ri ' c’tril, : Ihe • Set; t-Taiicis. •> (h.nu.icic 'hr t'-c following d "-patch, dat ’d I/indvr. (Vt r h’r i About a tnoiit'i ago the- Gcnn.cn w: ;-! jniand“rs began to i'-;d;-:i' the iT-ngiu yl j having the Belgian maty occupying a. n;;i- ---! tied pc-Tiimi which continually threat ore d i the Gonna it lines oi communication ’! i ' I Gormans threw cut feelers lo ac.vrt.am ;• ■ Belgium would agree to keep her at my in ' Antwerp in return for the G nnen pi c I rnise mt to attack the l<Swn. The Belgians [ iixligr-c n! !y rejected all such proposals, j and rvpliul by gallant sorties, which, how!ever, failed.'of complete success. The tak- , ing of renewed lie.’ German necessity tot . ' aggressive campaign agmint the . Belgians, which began after furtlter IRr■man jn -pusais foi r.it .uac.ment were rejected by the Belgians. ■■ - (levnian.' Oik-ii With ilea vice.:. Gun?.—i Acv.ifdiiigly the. Germans brougi'.t np some of their heaviest field pieces and npanad with tlie Ixtitilmrdmrnt- <■[ Maliir -•>. i Yen- a week aiVJTwavd tbo Gcrware, ca, day bombarded some open town oufs-Wc o I 1 Antwerp, willi tbo idea that the fleeing 1 civil population fiom Utcso villages would wteck the moraic of the Antwerp gani-i s'u,. T here i.% n>i question that this polity ’’.ad it-’ ''ffi’ct. Those streams of refuge’s j i n- ■i.ou.-h to break down the most bercc it-.-- Jut.ion. <’,)■ cially ,?s the rivil Ge.veinmart i? le-pt coivt?;-!ly engaged in finding fisd ;■ i: 1 .-h •■'ter for the me wiing liord s. (hi TiKi-dty I'.rt W'avre S?. Gatheri:;-’s was pm mil of m tim. Rater on the me day Foil Waeihcni became inrff c’-iv:. \Viiatev;’i- the Gcnnan -she!!? stiuck th -y ae.st.ros. d. On Thursday a Zeppelin attack mi Ant wei p failed. Fort Kcssrl see- j | eceded in punishing the German? severely. | | and the Germans similrd Bccan and I.ieiT’, j .-ending tlm indusiria! pepidaiion Hieing j in a panic to Antwerp. By titis ti.no at : least 59.0(10 nTtigee? were in Ar,nvtr|i. Thursday '’.veiling the fl.rinan infantiy | atl ickvl l.icnc. Duffel, and TV rmoud--*. } only tlm Duif-T attaek being succwsfrl. | Fp to this stage conlid.’tiee had been erne- | val, hut. it now began to waver. Friday tie lo'iihardmont of IJerre cantinued. ai.d the ain.'noritie.s begun to consider the posstb'hty of Antwerp being occupied bv the cr en>. ('n Snturdi'.y the situation showed a j slight advance by the Belgian.-, -w ! on Vend iv ths German attaik s-remed !■> bo e'-rl; nung in im interts'ty. On Monday the Gcrmut! aitillcry made a. furious altnk on Rierre. raid (lie C’ity t'uunci! urged the Governor f» continue tlm defence of tlm citv wilb iit r.-'gard to property interests. Ijn Tnerday there were further attacks | on Rierre, and. at one jioint. the Germans; got a handful of men across (ho river by I swimming, but they only came over to lie ; kille.R Tlie German artillery attack was j rather d.fl'rso and the position was cheer- ! fu! at nightfall, though savage fighting! continued at Rirrre. According to a German repot t. received , by wireless from Berlin this evening, rail- j way and u-lrgraplnc communication with ' Antwerp i?- interrupted. It wa.s reported j also that the King of tlie Belgians hud J toon slightly wounded. The severing of! communication had been expeitcd, for the i Germans had been directing their attacks 1 at points of ingress to and egress from the j city, and at the same time dropping shells j into the town itself. A portion of the town is reported to have been destroyed. The 42-centimetre guns made short work of Gm gieat Brialmnnt forts, and lesser cues art? now engaged, in destroying tlie I i liy. which, under the provisions of 'flic 1 Hague Corivei ti-m. was given due notice! : the ! .I'bardment began. ! --Ib'sp rate Fighting.— TT’c e\of tlie damage done in the • •■ ■ is net known, for the only accounts! '■ad '!! i' concerning the bombardment tiro j T" :■ nerson* who watched it from a dis-' ■ s'" e. That the fighting is desperate; H ■! ■ ■•an he no doubt, for the italgian 1 :nny, driven from the first line of forts, i t knp *'! >•! st.vrll'ions bcltind the second : : prepared tn offer desperate opposition I •n ; it-dvatu eof the h.’ri'vp'rs. The de-i ••"<••’!■■■, however, even in th?;r well-pro- i ■ t, .1 i "!renc’vi' •:■;?. ate ‘•aid to he miabla ! '.<> iivu: I tlie .■■:•.■!! tiro, which is described ■ ;fi ’ a.cl vi”’h is said to fall always i - •!’■• sirhi <p! 1 1 . Tho Zeppelin airships,: • «•. hjivt* played thoir part in the fray, j tad Ivml.-i from them add to tho terror, i It is reporte.! that one of thesa airships i was i.v.Tight down last night, but tho; .-■ta.'enient '.Gginatocl from a person who • said he saw it from a distance. Tito Ger- | mm advance through the gap which they ; h.:,l op-*ne,i in tho south-custom section i ■>f the outer line of forts has boon likened ■ •j a prairie tire, which devoured every j vlhstgo and building in its path. The t-cnimns alto have forced throe passages ! the river Shehel-dt. between Ghent and j iermondo, their object being to prevent ; tho Belgian army from breaking through I .. r.d escaping by tho narrow strip of Bel- I gir.n territory between the .Scheldt and i that portion of Holland which stretches i along tho coast west of the estuary. How \ long tho Belgians can hold out against: tins Attack from twq aides, which has con- ■ tinued since Wednesday night, no one | offers to conjecture. The Belgians hope, j however, that their field army can with- j stand the Germans until the allied armies, ! advancing from tho south, force the Germans to withdraw. Meantime there is | groat anxiety regarding the non-combat- | ants remaining in Antwerp. Thousands of | refugees from the city and surrounding: towns are arriving in Holland and Eng- j land. Alreadv there are a half-million j Belgians in Holland, and two or three: thousands are ‘arriving daily in Eng- j land, coming by way of Ostond. Many of these are penniless and dependent on the charity of tho peoples of the countries to which they are fleeing. Some wounded also are arriving in England. j late to-night a report has come tlirough I that the Germans, having reduced Fort Berchem, entered the city, which had previously been evacuated by the garrison. i
HOW ANTWERP FELL, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914
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