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IN FLOODED FLANDERS., Issue 15671, 9 December 1914
IN FLOODED FLANDERS.
A NIGHT ATTEMPT TO CROSS THE FLOODS REPULSED BY BELGIANS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. 'PARIS. December 8. Official : ThoGcrmans bombarded Oost Dunkerkc, four kilometres west, of Nieuport. There has boon a marked advance in the region of Le Quesnoy, Ensanterre. and Dunkerke (a. smali '.own in 1 *--i.-Uuti, three miles south-west of X k uport). The Germans at dawn ->: i the 7th inst. made "another desi'-e'-ate attempt ti» cross tho floods south<usi of llain;.i-a|H'ilo, with three powerful motor boats iitted_ with searchlights, towirag a number of rafts, each contain:!!;; 50 men and fitted with machine gur.s. The Belgians Ynud the. odg« of the floods, but "tho searchlights da.:/h;d their eves and prevented ;:nauate shooting. This enabled the Germans t.. maintain a murderous fire from the rafts. As the Germans were !a;aii!:g L«: hurried up their own searchlights, which in turn made it dhticult f.-r the machine. gnu* to be fired with accuracy. / The fantastic battle of se;irci;iights continued for some li:i:e. < 'Sradu.dly the Germans were driven hack, tuo massed and middled men mi the rafts m.akin ; effective turrets. A lucky_ shot brought down one German searchlight, and the men ou the raits attached to th- 1 motor boat were Hun,' into the writer and surrendered. Another motor beat was beached, ami the Germans, knee-deep in water, fought front tho shelter of the boat. The Belgians then rushed into the water, and a fierce struggle, cusced mifii the. Germans backed out the boat. Finally a French 75-millimetre "gun got the range, and the first shell forced tho motor beats to fly. Two escaped in a sinking condition. A DEADLV BOMB DROPPED AT HAZEDROUCK. PARIS. December 8. A German aeroplane on Sunday dropped a bomb on the railway station at Hazebrouck (in France, west of Armcntieres). The townsfolk gathered rouiid the spot. and tho aeroplane returned and dropped » second bomb, which killed 10 civilians and wounded five. CROWN PRINCE'S TRACK FROM MARNFTO ARGOXXE. PARTS, December 8. The Government arranged a visit of journalists to Verdun. The journalists report that the whota district of Argotinc, and particularly the route of the Crown Prince's retreat from the Majne, is a scene o futter desolation. Every village has been razed to the ground. This was the work of deliberate incendiaries. They were facilitated in their task by light motor cars equipped with a petrol pump and hose. THE INDIANS DOERS, NOT TALKERS. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 7. An officer, speaking in glowing terms of the work of the Indian troops "and their j cleverness in spying out the enemy, related tho result of the Gurkhss's exploits. The Intelli-enoe Department had gained reliable in forma'. ;..ti 4 hat importautcorreBpondence was contain-fl in a couple of German niailbi:a. The India;!.; en-it can of their tivnehe) a:,J returned in two hours with the bars. It is assumed that they settled the German guards. They saluted and returned to their post 3 without offering any explanation. VICTORIA CROSS HEROES. | LONDON, December 3. The Victoria Cro.-.vs presented by His j Majesty the King during his visit to the front have been gazetted. Th.y v. ere to Nails Darwan Singh Negi, of th<- First Battalion Gharwal ilill-'s. and a Sepoy belonging to the Duke of Conn.night's- Baluchis. Naik Darwan, during the capture of trenche3 at Fv-stubert on November 24. was wotinrled twice on tho head and once on the arm, yet he was tho first t> push | round each successive traverse and face bombs and rifle fire at the closest range. The .Sepoy, named Khuiladml, "" was fighting at Hollbckc on October 31, ami though wounded, worked a gua until all j five others belonging to the" detachment ! had been killed. j FRENCH GENERAL HONORED. LONDON. December 8. The King has conferred upon General Foeh the Grand Cross of the Order of the I Bath.
IN FLOODED FLANDERS., Issue 15671, 9 December 1914
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