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DIXMUDE RECAPTURED., Issue 15651, 16 November 1914
ENEMY'S VAIN STRUGGLE TO TAKE IT ALAIN. FIGHTING IN FLOGGED AREA, HEAVY GERMAN LOSSES. LONDON. November 14. The Allies rccapinred Di.xmnde early on Wednesday morning. An armv corpa commander nnlevrd the Germans not to return alive if they did not take Di.xmnde. The conflict proved n fight for the dykes. It was impossible *o use tho heavy euns roving to the morass, hut the Gentians eleveriy'smmnnnted this difficulty hy carrying machine gnus to the inundated areas During the battle both sides were fighting in water. The earliest German onslaughts resulted in the slaughter of 80 per cent, of the attackers, who were unable to cross the flooded fields speedily. Finally corpses formed a footway for tip* infantry who followed. Many German wounded were drowned, and some, realising that they had no chance of rescue, begged their com- » ratios to kill them. HOW THE TOWN WAS TAKEN. ALLIES’ ARTILLERY TELLS. FRENCH INFANTRY CHARGE. LONDON. November 14, After the recent German capture of Dixmude the Germans attempted to cross tho Yser to the right and left of the town, hut were repulsed, and communications with Dixmude were attempted. The Allies then shelled Di.xmude with shrapnel and high explosive shells until the Germans were threatened with extermination. A bayonet charge enabled the French marines to recapture the greater part of the town. The Germans have been holding a number of isolated farms amid the flooded country around Nienport, and the Allies' infantrv were unable to reach them, but the artillery finally forced the Germans to fly, burning the buildings by a pitiless shell fire. ALLIES M AIN'T A IN A D VANTAG K, PARIS. November 15 (morning). ( Official: We had a good day from the sea to north of Lille. ’ We repulsed the German attacks north of Szonnahoke and south of Vpies, where the enemy lost heavily. The enemy unsuccessfully attacked us between La Bas.scc and the canal at Arras, and in the Lihons district. GERMAN PR EGA LIT ON S. KEEPING REAR~LINES OPEN. AMSTERDAM. November 14. An aviator dropped two bombs and set ftre to the Bruges petrol tanks. The Germans are preparing to blow up ♦he culvert, connected with the BrugesBluya canal, thereby inundating a large stretch of country. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 13. Rotterdam reports that the Germans are preparing defensive works on a large scale in the environs of Bruges and the roastal region, and are replacing the bridges they had previously destroyed, BELGIAN (’ASUALTIES. PER LIN. November 14. The ‘ I.okal Anzeiger’ estimates that the Belgian losses on Wednesday were 5,000 killed and 8,000 wounded, FOOD FOR BELGIANS. MORE HOPEFUL PROSPECTS. | AMSTERDAM. November 14 j Four tugboats, manned by Dutch. ! bringing a thousand tons of lood, have reached the American Minister at Brussels under General Von der Goltz’s safe conduct. Eight per cent, of the inhabitants in country districts arc existing upon green vegetables. There are. signs that the Germans are instructed to refrain from outrages upon the Belgians. Several soldiers demanded money from a farmer. He informed the authorities, with the result that three or four men were sentenced to death. The Press Agency at Berlin is circulating a ‘ Vorwaerts ’ article for newspapers of neutral countries, which omits all references that are favorable to Britain. THE DUKE OF BRUNSWICK. AMSTERDAM, November 14. It is reported that the Kaiser’s son-in-law (Duke Ernest of Brunswick) lias recovered. COPENHAGEN. November 14. It is renorted that the Duke of Cumberland (fatKer of Duke Ernest) was found wandering in » demented condition ns the result of tho war. ami placed in an asylum. A SMART CAPTURE GERMAN ARMORED TRAIN. PARIS, November 14. A liftman armored train, left momentarily unguarded at Chatlines (between Amiens and St. Quentin), was brought to the French lines by the station master, despite the fact that the train was fired on when quitting the station. TROPHIES OF WAR. PARIS, November 14. General Joffrn has sent General French two German standards found in trenches captured by the British. THE (i FILM AN. AMSTERDAM. November 14. The ‘ Tch-grnaf ’ quotes Professor Czerny's article in the ‘Medical Journal ’ ■bowing tho honors connected with the transporting of the German wounded. Half the wounds are duo to shrapnel and bite of dirty uniforms driven into the flesh. Sometimes the men Jio for days in trenches half full of water. Packed in dirty trucks which had previously been used for horses, forage, and ammunition, and quite unpro.terted from the cold, they make a train journey of from four to six days' duration, and meantime the wounds are not dressed. They have little food, and in most cases -no doctors or orderlies, or properly equipped hospital trains, and insufficient tents.
DIXMUDE RECAPTURED., Issue 15651, 16 November 1914
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