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TAKING OF LE QUESNOY., Grey River Argus, 8 November 1918
TAKING OF LE QUESNOY.
OUR BOYS' DRAMATIC CAPTI'RT-: LONDON November (i. Tho Now Zoalanders' capture of H Qiicsnoy was tho most dnuisatic few ttiic or" M-.'/iday's battle. They broke 'I \ho o-uji positions eastward "of t)w loriross. ami captured a hundred cuds, 1 min\y which wen; limbered in mvii- ■- iiosk f<jr vctiojit.. The New Zealand™ penetratctl thc= M-Jigon lines, and round- . % e<l vi) t] !e transport. Tl.e gurr^on re i iusctl tliroo ai-roplanes invitations tn a sur:eiuler. The New Zealaimers by a the eiioinv- had forced the ramparts s P.nd wnv>d out the machine sjun nosts. 6 lho reiiiaiiwl.M- of the garrison tJu.ii 3 laid down their aims. 7 r OUR SPLENDID MEN. LONDON, November 6 War correspondents unite in nnii^n^ J the Now Zealanders' capture of "i c Quesnoy. They term it "a splendid 1 spectacle," "most heioic" "h , , s t 1 dramatic episode," "one of tho most outstanding -feats," "first time the be--5 .soiled were formally summoned to surrender by British troops." BRITISH VICTORY OVERWHELMING. ENORMOUS CAPTURES. NEW ZEALANDfIRS GREAT EXPLOITS. HAUL OF GUNS AT LE QUESNOY. HOW IT WAS TAKEN. ENEMY HOLD OUT STUBBORNLY. (Rec, November 7, 8.40 p.m 1 LONDON,. November 6. >. Mr Phillips writes: Yesterday's victory was a sweeping one. The Gennan^defeat could not be more complete. The result is to be seen today. The booty taken yesterday shows a steady disintegration of the German armies. One corps captured a complete roadmaking unit, and derelict train, and a water supply cplumn, with the wagons and plant. The New Zealanders crowned their splendid achievement at Le Quesnoy by breaking through. the German gun me, eastward of the fortress ana taking a hundred guns. Our men witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of German batteries being driven by their own teams into the prisoners" cages. The New Zealanders penetrated the waggon lines and rounded up the transport and other batteries taken in the forest. The German infantry fought determinedly wherever an officer was present to enforce discipline. Le Quesnoy held out all day long, at the bidding pf a stubborn commander, who met three invitations to surrender 'with a point blank refusal. Landrecies resisted . in the same way. Other villages also remained strong points until surrounded. lilornial Forest gave ample cover, and abundance of wire pits enabled the defenders to delay our troops, but in some places, where the opportunity ottered, tliey surrendered patnetically. Iheir conversation in the cages was a uever-ending chorus of defeat. * The storming of .Le, Quesnoy was a most dramatic episode. The old town, with ancient ramparts, was often besieged, but Clever 'saw Barder fighting than the New Zealanders made yesterday. The Hew Zealandras were just westward of the fortifications. A division on their right was held up by machine-guns in a chapel, until five tanks reduced them. Bombardments against the garrison failed to dislodge them. The New Zealanders tried to take Le Quesnoy by a frontal attack, and reached the puter ramparts but were then- held up by . - machine-guns, . the old fortifications being full of Germans.' Any further advance by that \ meiifiod was impossible. The New ! Zealanders then worked northward ; and southward, picketed the town, | and went ahead toward Heabignies : and Jolimetz, thus .forcing the Ger- ! man artillery line. Many enemy bat- ! ieries were grouped under cover of buildings and hedges, and were firing ! furiously in order to protect Le Ques- ! noy. Before any could withdraw, the • New Zealanders were swarming among the guns and demanding surrender, j Without stopping to count the . tro- '. phies, the New Zealanders_ rushed the , wagon lines, cutting off the transport ' as it was at the point of galloping \ away. j juu Quesnoy 's garrison became first , aware of the catastrophe when the i nmtective barrage suddenly ceased, leaving them perplexed, but defiant. A' British, aeroplane flew overhead, and dropped a message demanding surrender. The only answer was another outbreak of machine gun fire. The Now Zealand commander, after an interval, sent in two parties, eadh with a German officer, pointing out the futility (of further bloodshed, but the garrison's commander sternly' declined to surrender. The New Zealanders late in the afternoon attacked again, and pushed through the rampaits, wiped out the machine gunners, and penetrated to the stiKJCts. They were obliged to fight their way. from barricade to barricade, before the remaining ; garrison threw down their arms. Over ■ a thousand prisoners were collected from, cellars and improvised hiding piaces. The capture of Le Quesnoy .will be icmembercd as one of the most thrilling episodes in this campaign. * It is believed to be the first time that a besieged town has been formal ly' summoned to submit by British troops. LONDON November 6. All accounts agree that the storm- i ing of Le Quesnoy was the most dra- ; matic feature of yesterday's battle. Mr ■ Thomas says the New Zealanders ! fought with resistless ' speed and i achieved one of the most outstanding single feats in the war. AIR REPORT. LONDON November (5. In liis aviatbn report, Sir Douglas Haig states: We successfully attacked important railway junctions and aerodromes setting lire to three hangers.' We dropped a total of thirty three tons of explosives. The enemy showed great activity and there was . heavy fighting in which we brought^ down forty aeroplanes, and drove ~ down fifteen out of. conitiol. Thirty five British machines are missing. Our night fliers dropped fourteen tons of bombs. Four of them did not return. GERMANS STJXL PLUNDERING, (Rec. NovemWr 7, 8.30 p.m.) AMSTERDAM, November 6. Reports from the frontier show that the Germany continue ruthless wholesale plundering in towns , : despite recent assurances of self-imposed restraint. They .(even deprive destitute women of the clothes and stockings they are wearing.;. A ransacking of Brussels is proceeding." The. whole contents of houses occupied by officers are pillaged, including pianos and. works of art. . Preparations are j being"- made to blow up the factories. The officers say they will destroy ajl. unless the Allies guarantee ,:fchat tliey will not use thsni ibefdre peace -is declared. : . . ' '
TAKING OF LE QUESNOY., Grey River Argus, 8 November 1918
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