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FALL OF FORT LONCIN

ATTACK ERS' TREACHERY,

An accoiuit of the taking of Fort Loncin at Li ego was given in Le Matin' last month. The fort was admirably concealed, and the enemy could not. succeed in locating it exactly. As their fire was inefficacious, the Germans made use of a ruseto discover the exact position of the cupola—the only vulnerable point. At daybreak they sent an officer to parley with the garrison, carrying- an immense white flag. General Leman, who was in command of tho fort, gave the order to allow him to advance. When the pretended parlementaire came to a point where he could see the cupola clearly, he stopped and made si gr. a Is by waving the flag. He was immediately shot down, but the bombardment was at once resumed, and the shells from the German guns fell full on the cupola. Tho staff urged General Leman to retim with the garrison, but the. general refused, and for six hours they remained in the fort, with enormous shells bursting on Ihe cupola. At last a shell reached the powder magazine, which blew up, burying the 485 men who comprised the garrison under the ruins. Three hundred and sixty were killed, 120 terribly burned, and only five were unhurt. One of the survivors declared that all tho forts of Liege, with a single exception, are useless. The Belgian officers, on abandoning them, blew up those which had not been destroyed.

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FALL OF FORT LONCIN, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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FALL OF FORT LONCIN Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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