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DEFEAT OF THE FRENCH ARMY OF THE NORTH.

Toxins, November 28. — Official despatches announce ft battlo between Villers Br&onneux and Solenr, near Amiens, which" lasted the whole of yesterday. The fighting at the commencement was favourable to the French, who maintained their positions np till half-past fonr o'clook, when Villers Brefconneux was abandoned before the superior forces and powerful artillery of the enoiny. The French troops were beaten at Boves, but at Bury they maintained their positions. The German forces engaged are osumxted at 30,^00 men. MoREUir., November 28. — Victorious engagements took place yesterday, and lasted until darkness set in, between the German First Army and the advancing French Army of the Nortk. The Freach army,* ■who were well aruied and outnumbered the Germans, were driven back upon the Sommo, and to their entrenched position boforo Amiens, with a loss of several thousand men. A Frenoh regiment of maria.* infantry we«s ridden dowx. by the 9th Eogiment of Hussars. The German losses were not inconsiderable. Royal Heab-Quahcers, Versailles, November 28. — General von Muiiteuffel reports a victoriously progressing battle on the 27th, against the enemy's advancing Army of 'the North. The latter was forced "back on the whole line between the Celle and the Sonime, towards the latter river, and into its entrenched positions pouth of Ayena. The loss of tke enemy is estimated at several thousand mea, including, as far as can at present be ascertained, about 700 unwounded prisoners. The fflew colours of a regiment of Gardes Mobiles have been captured. A battalion of Marines was ridden •down by the 9 th Regiment of Hussars. < , General Von Goben has occupied Amiens. Lille, November 23.— The following proclamation -has been issued at Amiens by the Prefect of the Department of the Somme : — " Citizou* ! The day fef trial has arrived. Notwithstanding my efforts, Amiens is abort to fall into the hands of the enemy. A Council of War has ■decided on the retreat of the Army of the North, and on the disarmament of the National Guard. I have to leave you for the piesent, but hope to return Boon. Remain calm and confident, and -France will be saved. Longlive France ! Long live the Republic !"

THE BATTLE NEAR ALIENS, Boyal Head-Quarters, Versailles, November •29. — Tho King has sent to Queen Augusta the following account of the battle before Amiens . — "Yesterday a victorious engagement was fought to "the south of Amiens by General Manteuffel, with, a .portion of tho First Army. The loss of the enemy was some thousand men. Seven hundred prisoners were captured, and the colours of ft regiment of Mobile Guards. The 9th Hussar Begiment rode down a regiment of marine infantry. Our losses was •inconsiderable." Botten, November 28. — It is stated that Amiens was oooupied this morning by 70,000 Prussians. The fighting haB recommenced to-day. THE FRENCH DEFEAT ON THE LOIRE. Rotaii Head- Quarters, Versailles, November 29. — The King telegraphs the following to Queen Augusta : — " Prince Frederick Charles announces that tho engagement of yesterday wa3 a complete defeat of^ a portion of the Army of the Loire, in which the entire 20th Army Corps, and probably also the 18th, and portions of the 15th and 16th, were engaged. According to French accounts, tho number of the enemy was 70,000. " The entire 20th Army Corps fought, and portions of the others. One thousand men of the enemy were left dead on the battle-Seld ; and he is said to have 4,000 men wounded. Sixteen hundred unwounded prisoners fell into our hands ; and this number is hourly increasing. General d'Aurelles is said to be wounded. Our loss is about 1,000 men, amongst whom are few officers."

EOYAti HEAD-QUAKTERS, VERSAILLES, November 30. Later reports show that the greater part of the French Army of tho Loire was engaged against the 10th Corps at Beaune-la-Bolande on Monday last, and suffered * complete defeat, More than 1,000 killed were left by the French on the field of battle. Seventeen hundred nnwounded prisoners are in onr lands, and their number is hourly increasing. The following further account of the fighting on the 28th instant has been received : — Tho main body of the Army of the Loire attempted to ferce a passage by a very heavy attack in the direction of Fontainebleau. It was met in the neighbourhood of Beaune la-Rolande by the 10th Army Corps, which was reinforced by the 5th Infantry and lBt Cavalry Divisions. The French ■were repnlsed with great Io38 in dead and wounded, and especially in prisoners. In eonsequence of this success the Army of the laftu'e has withdrawn.

SORTIES FROM PARTS. Royal Head-Quarters, Versailles, November 30. — In the night of the 28th and 29fch, and on the morning of the 29th, heavy cannonading was .opened by the Paris forts, which was followed by a sortie in force of the garrison, supported by gun boats, in the direction of L'Hay and other points which form the position of the 6th Army Corps. At the Bame time smaller sorties were made in other directions ; bnt they were all victoriously repulsed, and over 1,600 prisoners have fallen into on* hands. Oar loss was seven officers and about 100 men. The enemy, beaten near Amiens, has fled in complate disorder, and is being pursued by the German -troops towards Arras. Four French guns have been taken.

! The King ha3 ntkt Sbjj^^^fefeograan fc> •Qeteen " Orleans w»s Q<hs$veV|H^BR»TOoiia last night \rithout being stowed. l^pT " God be thanked ! " ' Rotai, HEAD-<itrAiTKiiS, T'iSRsAi&r-ES, December 5. — Prinoo PredBriok Charlea occapied OrloanB on the night of tbo 5t!i, afier haMing adv&aoed fighting for hrea days vith cimtintiou3 eucoaas, and having Btormed the railway station and the euburbs. Aboat 40 cannon and manj thoasand prisoners haTe up to the proeent' fallen into our nwida. The -eilQinj: ia being constantly pursued. Oar loss ia proportionate!;^ moderate. v . ' The Eighth Corps o£ fbo Fast Army was on the 4th instatfb engaged in several ttioftssful Idghta .to tbo nortih-eaat of I&ouen, «nd took onolgl|goa'^^i 4.00 nnrrounded prieonera. Oar loss tsm tea wounded. lPiip3^r*%

CAPTURE <5P 10,000 PSSO8^^i^S& Versailles, Becemtaer 6. — Ti) f oi f > ''^ graphic despatch h&B been rooerwi irtn&'^JKmfiS® quarters of Prince Frederick 'Charles.— " The French Army of the Loiro is Tyatlj ■>2f > f«.te lJ V and Orleans has been occupied. \ 11 Up to last -night more than 10,00t> unwoundcS. prisoners, 77 guns, Baveral mitraillanses, and four gun boatB on tho Loire have fallen into our hands." Munich, December G. — Tho Minister of War -has received the following telegram from Prince Frederick Charles : — " Orleans was occupied by us last night. Tho 3rd Corps took nine ca-nnon and one mitrailleuse." ADVANCE OP THE GERMANS ON HAVRE. Havrs, 'December 7. — All communication with the interior is suspended. Tho Prussians are rapidly advancing tovrards this town. An engagement has taken place at Vincq, in the Department of the Aiane. The losses wore about equal on both sides. Seventeen French were killed. Versailles, December 6. — On the 4th inst. a division of the 8bh Corps repulsed a French brigade marcking from Rouen, when 10 officers, 400 men, and one o&nnon were captured. On the 5fch inst. our right wing had another victorious engagement with the enemy, in which one cannon was taken. In consequence of this engagement, the enemy's forces which had been massed for the defence of Rouen, withdrew from the town, which was occupied in the afternoon by General von Gdben. Bight heavy guns were found in the abandoned entrenchments.

THE THREE DAYS' FIGHTING ON THE LOIBE. Koyal Head-Quarters, Versailles, December 9. — The King telegraphs the following to the Queen : — " Yesterday and the previous day the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg had several severe engagements before Beaugency with the remainder of the Army of the Loire, which had been reinforced from Tours. The town of Beaugenoy was oooupied, 1,500 prisoners and six guns being taken. A similar fate met the remainder of the second army, which was in less force on the road to Bourges." Eotal Head-Quarters, Versailles, December 10. — General von Manteuffel reports that Dieppe was occupied yesterday evening by troops belonging to his army. A portion of the Field Railway Detachment, together with fifty foot Boldiers, have been surprised at Ham and captured by the French. After the fighting of the last few days, ,the troops now on the Loire were to have been allowed to repose on the 10th. The enemy, however, in the morning attempted to assume the offensive in large force, bat was repulsed in an engagement which lasted until evening, and which was principally carried on with artillery. Oar Joss was very slight. A few hundred prisoners fell into our hands. ' Versailles, December 9. — After the victorious fight of the 7th instant, the 17th and 22nd Divisions and the Bavarian Corps continued on the 8th instant their advance on Beaugency. The enemy was discovered between Beaugenoy and the Forest of Marchenoir. Besides tl»e forces engaged on the first day, at least two other army corps of the Army of the Loire, which had retreated in various directions from Orleans, endeavoured to stop, with all their powers, the advance of our troopa. Nevertheless we kept on gaining ground, and successively captured Bravant, Beaumont, Meseas, and at last Beaugency, with six guns and 1,000 prisoners. To-day Bonvalet, Villorceau, and Bernay, whioh were still held by the enemy, were captured, when we also secured many prisoners. The important railway junction Vierzon ia occupied by our troops. Grand Duke op Mecklenburg's HeadQuarters, Meung, December 10. — The Grand Dakeof Meoklenburg-Schwerin has sent the following telegram to the Grand Duchess : — ■"* " The enemy violently attacked na yesterday, but was victoriously repulsed by the advance of the 17th and 22 ad Divisions, notwithstanding the superiority of his forces. God was with us. " Our losses were smaller than yesterday."

THE ARMY OF THE LOIRE. Rotas Head-Quaktbrs, VEBsi.iE.LBfl, December ( 13. — The King has sent the following telogram to the Queen : — " Alter the battles round Boawgeney, rrhkib. lasted Sour day?, and which all of them ended viotoriously for us — even if, in consequence of the superior numbers of the enemy, no important ground was gained — the enemy unexpectedly withdrew towards Blois and Tours. This step probably was made in consequence of hia serious losses j while oura were small. Many deserters hare come in there, as well as at Rouen. Many of the Mobilo Guards have thrown away their arms and accoutrements, and have returned home ; but enough still remain. To-day a rapid thaw is taking plaoe." Bordeaux, Deoember 13. — An offioial despatch published here this morning ptates that the last important engagement, which was fought on the 10th instant by the army under General Chanzy, lasted from eight a.m. till 5.30 p.m., the Trench taking 400 prieoners and recaptnring the village of Origny. The prisoners confirm the belief that the enemy's losses were severe on the 9th and 10th, great numbers having fallen aa victims of our mitrailleuses. On our part the losses w«re not unimportant. In the valley of the Loire the enemy appears to develope a movement on the left bank of the river. There is nothing freah from the army at Bourges. In Normandy the enemy has ocoupied Evreux, and evacuated Elboeuf and Oiaeil.

PEUSSIAN ADVANCE ON HAVRE. Havre, December 12. — The Prussians are in heavy force at Beuzevilly, sixteen miiea from Havre. The town is defended by a large body of troops, and 350 guns are in position, manned by picked Marimes. There is every determination to defend the place. On Saturday'10,000 troopa advanoed to meet the Prussians, when the French cavafay defeated a body of Uhlana, and brought in ten prisoners. The Prussians have been within four miles of Honfleur; but 10,000 troops marched from Caen, and occupied Pont L'Ev^que, Tfhioh covers Honfleur, when the Prussians retreated. It was reported last night at Havre that General Trochu had made another great sortie, and had succeeded in cutting ifcrougTi the Prussian lines.

•LA. FERE EETAKEN. Lille, December 13. — It is staied hore that La Fere has been retaken by General Faidherbe, and that large convoys of provisions and ammunition, as weft as 850 prisoners, have fallen into onr hands. Large masses of troops continue oonoen trot ing here. Stbasbttrg, Dsoember 12. — Phalsbnrg capitulated unconditionally to-day, and the German troops will take possession to-morroir at ten a.m.

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DEFEAT OF THE FRENCH ARMY OF THE NORTH., North Otago Times, Volume XV, Issue 602, 24 February 1871, Supplement

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