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HOW TSING-TAU FELL, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
HOW TSING-TAU FELL
PLUCK OF THE JAPANESE. '•LIKE SO MANY: .HUMAN BULLETS." The Japanese liner Tango Maru and tho steamer Taiyuan, both of which arrived in Sydney last week, brought a budget of interesting news concerning the fall of Tsing-tao. It is stated that the besieging and British armies had arranged to occupy a third position near the German fortresses on the night of November 6, but a detachment of the first Japanese line had already occupied the position during tho course of I the daw and commenced preparatory work for the final assault. The Germans de stroyed the Taisicheng batteries, hi front of Kiau-Chau Bay, with explosives. During the day an aeroplane rlew out of the German camp in a far-off westerly direction, and there was no sign of its return to the stronghold. It was subsequently ascertained that the machines alighted in Kinngsu province, where the airman was detained. The left wing of the besieging army's second centre, which pressed on t.'ie central fortresses, easily destroyed the first outer trenches and wire entanglements of the central fortresses without opI position. Other entanglements were destroyed, opening the way for tho assault of the army. At 1.30 a.m. on November 7 a sudden attack on the central fortresses j was carried out. the charge on the enemy being mads with two companies of infantry and a section of Japanese sappers, and i dashing on the enemy's position they sucJ ceeded in occupying important parts of I the fortification, capturing about 200 Germans when the fortification fell. —Enemy's Batteries Open Fire.— The enemy's batteries, which remained silent up to this time, suddenly opened ! tire, and the detachment of Japanese lost many killed and wounded. Tho Japanese detachment pushed on, and secured occupation of the fortification at 4.30 a.m. The right wing of the central detachment carried out a charge on the eastern for-tre-s;es. The charge met with stubborn resistance by the enemy, who poured a shower of shells and bullets into the attackers, causing casualties of over 100 killed and wounded to the advancing troops. The. detachment took possession of the fortress at 5.10 a.m. Another detachment, after a dashing attack, took possession of tho northern fortresses of Hsiao Kangshau. Shortly afterwards the heights along Fort litis were occupied by the second central party. The height's ! along Bismarck Fort fell to the advance guards of the second central partv. In this way the German fortification of Tsiiig-tao was cut iu two at its centra! position. —White Flag Hoisted.— As the Allies' detachment was about to charge the coast fortresses, si'uak'd at. tin; mouth of Tlaipobo. at 7 a.m., the Germans hoisted the white Hag. Japanese sappers rushed on MoUke Fort, and occupied the batteries .it 7.15 a.m. on November 7. On the Molrke-Iltis- line o" defence the Germans hoisted the white flag, and subscrp emly sent, an envoy and proposed mii-ir-ndcr. At 0.50 a.m. 'the ex-German Governor. Meyer Waldeck, published a war I bulletin after the fall of Tsing-tau. in I v.-hich ho k.ihl ihra Japanese camo on lik-? j so many human bullets, and the Oennnns surrendered manfully when all resistance became useless. Tne number of prisoners captured from the night of November 6 to the morning of November 7 was 67 officers and 2.4.9 men. The Germans had 200 killed and 600 wounded. It, is reported that Japan and England have decided to op:n Tsing-tau to commerce next spring. —Australian Officer's Story. — Captain M. J. C. Colver. n native of! Sydney, and forme'.!y an oilieer of the j Australian littc'ligenee Corps, v. ho was i?tached to the British Tsing-tau Expedition- j ary Force, was a passenger by the Ttii- I yuan, and had an interesting story to tell, j Captain Colvcr, who left Sydney'about 18 i rjr.nths ago to take tho position of Pro- I lessor of Engineering at. the. Gfiaiigsha j University, joined the British garrison un- ! der Brigadier-general Barnadiston at. Tien-j tsin. 'The British force left Wci-hci-w.-i i on September 21, and nest -lay arrived at Lr.oshan Bay. whore atr onoiiwms force of the Allies' transports and men-of-war had gathered. On September 27 ib,- force advanced to Luting, where the ir.st •exciting incident took place. A supply column, irstead of taking a round to the- east and then south—which would have brought it behind a line of hills—advanced due south long the rod. —Surprised by a Gunboat.— After the column hud hern in sighL of tho pea for seme time, the sergeant-major raised his glasses to examine what- he thought was a small tug, and as he did :-o there was ;i. puff of rmioke, and a shell fell practically a!- his feet. Immediately hi gave the column orders to .scalier, and the drivers to retreat. The German gunboat had got tb" range accurately, but had misraliT.laetd the speed at which frightened mules can travel. Then ehells followed, but kept on clearing the tail of the column by a few yards. In the moan- j time a party of Tommies got away ininj the hills and missed the road, and ran into ! some Japanese uho ;ij lirst mistook them j for Gennans. one mar. in consequence be- j ing severely peppered. The force re- j mained at Wni'.celiiaehuvi. about live mile* j northeast of the forts on litis Mill, until j October 11. \ Hatred of the British. - j The German cannonading was incessant : In 24 hours, for example, the Tsing-tau j forts fired by actual cunt 2.015 shells, j without, however, a single ic-ult. Tne ! Japanese were splend-d soldiers, and one | could have no other feeling but that oi : warm admiration for the manner in which : thev had fought at Tsing-tau, which was i a very difficult position indeed to take. ' When the allied forces marched into 'i'siug- j tati a hi:h German ofiLnal spat in front of j General Barnidistoti, and a no; her had i ntado a mo-=;-. offensive gesture. T'netr j hatred of tho British was intense. |
HOW TSING-TAU FELL, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
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