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STORMING OF LE QUESNOY.

O>E OF MOST THRILLTNGr FEATS I '% OF CAMPAIGN. I

CAPTURE OF MIEGED TOWN. ■'•*_ {Australian and N.Z. Cable Association.! .; „..-> LONDON, Nov. 6. Mr. Pliilip ' Gibbs; iri the Daily Chronicle, states : Though tlie New Zealanders have, been withput a break fbr three months {heir spirit is still high. Yesterday's achievement will rank as one of their most heroic. They stormed the outer ramparts of Le Quesnoy m the old4fash|onedi style with scaling, ladders, and inacle breaches m the walls.. Only, new-fashioned machineguns prevented them storming the keep of the fqptresSj, „',.„, '•-,-,■■,. .*■.■•-■ ". fiist irivitfttibn to srirrerider said : "You are completely surrounded. /The enemy troops ja^e far eastward of you. If you surrender 'you will be treated' as honorable prisoners of war." Later invitations were given by entering through a breach m the wall, and shouting, "We promise honorable treatment." "•Mr. Percivul Phillips, the well-known war correspondent, writes: ,The storming, of Le Quesnoy was a most dramatic episode. The old town with ancient ramparts was often besieged, but never s-iw harder fighting than the New Zealanders did yesterday. The New Zealanders were just westward of the fortifications. The .division on the right was held -up by machine-guns m a chapel until the tanks them. Bombardments against the garrison failed to dislodge them. The New Zealanders tried to takt Le Quesnoy by frontal attacks. They reached the outer ramparts, and wert held up by machine-guns and old forti fications full of Germans. A furthe. advance by that method being impossible, the New Zealanders worked northward and southward, and picketed tht town. Then they went ahead toward. Herbignies and Jolimetz, forming the German artillery line. Many batterief were grouped-, .under cover of buildingj and hedges, firing furiously m order tc protect Le Quesnoy. Before any coulc withdraw the New Zealanders swarmec* among the guns, demanding surrender. ■WitKout stopping to count trophies the New Zealanders rushed the waggon lines, cutting oif a transport on the point of galloping away. , . The L* Quesnpy prison was, first aware of the.,ca*a_»ti'ophe when the pro-' tectite barrage suddenly ceased, leaving them perplexed, but defiant. A British aeroplane flew overhead ant. dropped messages, demanding surrender. The only qpiswer was another out break of machine-gun fire. The New Zealand commander aftei an interval cent m two parties, eacl with a German officer, pointing, out tbe futility of further bloodshed, but the garrison's commander still declined tc surrender. The New Zealanders late Jn tbe afternoon then attacked* again,' and pushed, through the ramparts. They wiped out the .machine-guns and penetrated streets being obliged to fight their way fron* barricade to barricade before tho re-mainder-of the garrison threw dowr j tlieir ar^ns. Over a thpusand prisoners' were collected from cellars and improvised hiding places. The capture of Le Quesnoy will be remembered .as one of the most thril ling episodes iri this \ campaign. It if Bebeved it. is 'tlie first time a, , besieged town has beeii . f orriially summoned to submit by British 1 troops..

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STORMING OF LE QUESNOY., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14756, 8 November 1918

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STORMING OF LE QUESNOY. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14756, 8 November 1918

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