The Great War Part 240, March 22nd 1919

The Final Rout of the Germans 541 Some of the men were in mutiny others were fleeing in disorder and it was patent that every wrong done would aggravate the victors terms of peace yet the maddened miscreants in their final agony of despair made their first atrocities in Dinant and Louvain seem like accidents when compared with their last displays of irrational devilry. They did not even commit suicide after the last explosions of murderous feeling. There was a strong streak of cowardice in these Prussian bullies who made soldiers feel as sailors felt towards German seamen— that it was almost a disgrace to belong to the same profession of arms. During the night of November 7th the old fortress of Conde was evacuated by the enemy and the First Corps of the Fifth British Army and the Eightli Corps of the First Army under Sir Arthur Holland and Sir A. Hunter- Weston respectively crossed the Scheldt on a wide front below Antoing. Farther north the enemy began a movement of withdrawal by Renaix and abandoned the western part of Tournai in imme­diate preparation for an enforced rapid retreat from the city which was com­pleted the following day when the Black Watch swung through the pictur­esque cathedral city to the music of their bagpipes followed by English troops with bands and the flourish of trumpets. The fortified town of Maubeuge was carried by the Grenadier Guards before dawn on November 9th after some fierce fighting by the outer fortifications of'the REWARDED AFTER DEATH. Lieut.-Colonel John N. Marshall V.C., M.C. who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his great heroism at the fighting across the Oise and Sambre Canal beyond Catillon. LLL A LEADER IN THE FINAL FIGHTING. Lieut.-General Sir Cameron D. Shute K.C.B., C.M.G. who commanded the Fifth Corps of the British Third Army in the attack on Mormal Forest at the beginning of November 1918. British commander saved his troops, and also saved France. There was something very inappropriate the fact that the war practically ended with the Grenadier Guards representing Sir Douglas Haigs original forces that had fought by the fortress in August 1914, storming into the strategic railway centre on which all the enemys fugitive centre armies had depended for food and munitions. While the Third British Army con­quered Maubeuge the Fourth Army, having taken Avesnes marched towards the Belgian frontier above Trelon Forest towards Sivry. Cavalry cyclists and tunnellers inexpert the discovery of road mines scouted in front of foot and guns. On the right of General Rawlinsons troops their old companions of the First French Army after making a swift advance to Nouvion on November 6th and sweeping through Vervins on the same day sent out their cavalry and armoured motor-cars to maintain contact with the vanishing Teutons reaching the railway junction of Hirson on November 8th. On the same day the more southerly railway junction of Liart connecting the old Aisne lines with the Namur and Metz communications was taken by the Third French Army. In front of the heroic Fourth French Army under General Gouraud the Germans broke and ran behind the pro­tecting water of the Meuse. Le Chesne was taken on November 4th. The next day the thrust made by General Humberts French and Italian divisions HERO OF EPIC AIR FIGHTS. Major W. G. Barker V.C. hero ot the air infighting the Mormal Forest Battle of November 4th 1918. Though badly wounded he fought sixty enemy aeroplanes destroying often them. I Rimell. CORPS COMMANDER AT MORMAL FOREST. Lieut.-General Sir George M .Harper K.C.B., D.S.O. who commanded the Fourth Corps of the British Third Army in the great battle of early November 1918 for the possession of Mormal Forest. great entrenched camp in which a large French force had been captured in September 1914. Maubeuge was a memor­able place from many points of view. The failure of its forts against the German siege artillery made the First Battle of the Marne indecisive by allowing the enemy to stand along the Aisne with his heavy artillery, race to the Flemish coast and threaten the Channel ports. Old memories of Mau­ beuge however were not altogether tragic. Into this doomed entrenched camp General von Kluck had designed to drive Sir John Frenchs forces after encircling them in his famous ring of iron. B y refusing the shelter of the frontier fortress the into the enemys flank above Rethel brought about a deep and quick withdrawal from the fortifications along the Upper Aisne. General Gouraud joined in the pursuit with his left wing but did not press on that side. His tactics were larger more prac­tical and more romantic. He kept his main forces on the right by the road he had won through Le Chesne and struck out towards the Meuse at the town of glorious and tragic fame Sedan where Turenne was bom and the Second Empire buried. The military import­ance of Sedan Was restored by the invader’s occupation of Luxem­burg. For the town with Mezieres and Charleville
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