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THOSE BRAVE BELGIANS

Between Dixmude and Nienport the Belgians ar" holding tlc-ir own. Two dav.s ago the Cicrmams actually captured at certain points the railway embankment, which forms tim chief bulwark of 11m Allies' defence—between N heliport and iJixmudo. The village of Bamscapelie, which is behind the line to the west, was in their hands for -l while, but by a bayonet charge, the Belgians drove them back. How the Belgians, exhausted as fhey arc with three months’ hardship ami fighting, manage to resist as they linvo done for over a fortnight, is nothing short of a miracle. One would think thev could do no mere, and yet they fight on and find courage. When Antwerp fell, the Belgian army was given the task of holding the lines of the Y»-er for 48 hours ns a stoppage til! reinforcements arrived. It was eight days before any came, and even then, after a fortnight of the moat terrible fighting in tho war, it is still tho Belgians who are bearing tho brant of the German attacks. At the beginning of the war the Belgian army numbered something over 50,C00 men. After the fall of .Antwerp its effectives were reduced to about 40,000. In the last fortnight of November they must have lost at least a third of that number, yet they courageously show a bold and determined front to the common enemv.

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THOSE BRAVE BELGIANS, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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THOSE BRAVE BELGIANS Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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