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DIARY OF THE GREAT WAR - 100 YEARS AGO TODAY #WWI AUG 25TH 1914.

  • Louvain destroyed by Germans.
  • Allies retire, fighting rear-guard actions, towards the Cambrai - Le Cateau line.
  • Lord Kitchener, in the House of Lords, pays big tribute to gallantry of British troops.
  • Mr. Asquith, in the Commons, says “We want all the troops we can get."
  • Zeppelin drops bombs on Antwerp.

Picture – The Glourious Charge of the Ninth Lancers during the Great Retreat from Mons to Cambrai. A magnificent feat of the Ninth Lancers was accomplished during the retreat of the Allied left from Le Cateau on August 25th 1914.  A German battery of eleven guns, posted in a wood and disguised with quantities of forage, had caused havoc in the British ranks.  All attempts at silencing the guns having failed, the Ninth Lancers rode straight at them, across the open through a hail of shell from other German batteries, and cut down all the gunners and put every gun out of action.  The whole of the Allied forces rang with praise of the charge.

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