The Daily Mirror

September 14,1914 THE DAILY MIRROR Page 3 GERMAN ARMIES ON RUN GOADED TO TOP SPEED BY BRITISH STEEL Disorderly Rout** Enemy’s Right Wing That Menaced Paris. of 6,000 PRISONERS TAKEN AND 160 GUNS. French Troops Smash Through Invaders’ Centre After Furious Fighting. -¦¦——“INCONTESTABLE VICTORY” -AFTER 5 DAYS’ FIGHT. From every quarter comes good news. What began as a retreat by the Germans is ending as a rout* Tho battle of the Marne may yet prove a Sedan for the Kaiser. An excellent, though incomplete, summary of tho fighting has been Issued by the Press Bureau. It shows that since Thurs­day the Germans have been scampering away from the Allies as hard as they can In their mad rush to escape our troops the enemy left behind them 6,000 men, taken prisoners, and 160 guns. While the Allios wore unprepared the Ger­mans made a rapid advance into France. Now the Germans have shown that when It comes to sprinting from tho foe they are not to be beaten. The fighting of the last few days has been a sad blow to the dreary-visaged members of the All­ is Lost League, who a fortnight ago were pre-, dieting that Britain had better shut up shop. Naturally, every person with commonsense will realise that the war is not over—may not be over for many along month. The present phase of the battle of the Marne makes excel­lent reading, but Germany lias got to be crushed before there can be any talk of peace. And Germany, it must bo remembered, has huge forces and a great organisation. When the fighting eventually takes place on German soil it will be particularly bitter. All the resources of the Allies will be needed before peace can be dictated in Berlin. “ENEMY IN IS EVERYWHERE RETREAT.” General Joffre on “Victory More and More Complete”— Germans Hotly Pursued. Bordeaux, Sept. 13.—At a Council of Ministers today M. Millerand communicated the follow­ing dispatch from General Joffre: —Our victory confirms itself as more and more complete. The enemy Is everywhere in retreat. Everywhere the Germans are abandon­ing prisoners, wounded and war material. After the heroic efforts expended by our troops during that formidable struggle, which lasted from September 5th to 12th, all our armies, ex­cited by their success, are earning out a pursuit unexampled in its extent. On our left we have crossed the Aisne below Soissons, thus gaining more than sixty-two miles in six days of struggling. Our armies of the centre are already north of the Marne. Our armies of the Vosges and Lorraine are arriving at the frontier. Our troops, like those of our Allies, are ad­mirable in their moral and endurance, and the ardour of the pursuit will be continued with all our energy.—Central News. FIVE DAYS’ BATTLE WON. In a dispatch published in a French official communique, General Joffre says :—The battle which has been taking place for five days is finishing in an incontest­able victory. The retTeat of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd German Armies is being accentuated before our left and out centre. The enemy’s 4th Army, in its turn, is begin­ning to fallback to the north of Vitry and Ser- niaize. “LEAVE ALL” FLIGHT. A communique issued in Paris on Saturday night says :—On our left wing the general movement of retreat by the Germans continues before the pursuing British and French forces, who have reached the lower course of the River Aisne. In the centre the German armies are continu­ing their movement of retreat. We have crossed the Marne between Epernay and Vitry le-Fran $ois. On our right wing also the enemy began to retire to-day, and have abandoned the country round Nancy. We have reoccupied Lun6ville. In spite of the fatigue caused by five days’ in­cessant fighting, our troops are strenuously pur­suing the enemy in their general retreat, which appears to be more rapid than their advance. At certain points it was b o precipitate that our troops have collected in the German headquarters —notably at Montmiraii—m ap®, documents and personal papers abandoned by the enemy. Everywhere, particularly aronnd FrQmentjor^s the enemv have abandoned batteries of howitzers and numbers of ammunition wagons. The prisoners give a strong impression of starvation, overwork and depression. GERMAN WING ROUTED IN DISORDER. trench Capture Entire Artillery of un Army Corps and Smash Enemy’s Centre. How the German right wing has been routed in disorder and the centre smashed by the Allies is told in this statement, issued by the Press Bureau:— On September 6 the southward advance of the German right reached its extreme points at Cou- lommiers and Provina. This movement was covered by a large flunking force west of the line of the river Ourco. watching the outer Paris defences and any Allied force that might issue from them. The*southward movement of the enemy left his right wing in a dangerous popition, ashe had evacuated the Creil-SenUa-Compiegne region through which his advance had been pushed. The Allies attacked this exposed wing both in front and flank on the 8th. Tho covering force was assailed by a French army based upon the Paris defences, and brought to action on the line Nanteuil-le-Hau d o u fn -Me aux .The main portion of the enemy’s right wing was attacked frontallv by the British Army, which had been transferred from the north io the east of Paris, and by French corps advanc­ing alongside of it on the line Cr£cy Coulom- miers-SSzanne. Tho combined operations have up to tho prosent been completely successful. The German outer flank was forced back as far as the line of the Ourcq. There it made a strong defence and executed several vigorous counter-attacks, but was unable to offbeat the pressure of the French advance. CHA8ED BY BRITISH. The main body of the enemy's right wins vainly endeavoured to defend the line of the Grand Morin River, and then that of the Petit Morin. Pressed back over both of these livers and threatened on its right owing to the defeat cf the I covering force by the Allied left, the Germun light win? re‘ rested over the Marne on September 10. The British Army, with a portion of the French forces on its left, crossed this river below C-bateau TTiierry. a movement which obliged the enemy’s forces west of the Ourcq. already assailed by the French coips forming the extreme left of the Allies, to give way end to retreat north-e-.istwarda in the direction of Soissons. Since the 10th the whole of the German right wing has fallen back inconsiderable disorder, closely followed by the French and British troops. Six thousand prisoners and flftocn guns were captured on the 10th and 11th, and the enemy is reported to be continuing his retiroment rapidly over the Aisne, evacu­ating the Soissons region. The British cavalry is reported to-day (Satur­day) to beat Fismes, not far from Heims. GERMAN CENTRE PIERCED. While the German right wing has thus been driven back and thrown into disorder, the French armies further to the east have been strongly en­gaged with the German centre, which had pushed forward as far as Vitry. Between the 8th and 10th our Allies were un­able to make much impression west of Vitry. On the 11th, however, this portion of the Ger­man Army began to give way, and eventually abandoned Vitry. where the enemy’s line of battle wm forming a salient under the impulse of French troops between the tipper Murne and the Meuse. •The French troops are following up the enemy and are driving portions of his forces northwards towards the Arsonne forest country. The 3rd French Army reports to-day that It has captured the entire artillery of a hostile army corps—a capture which prob­ably represents about 160 guns. The enemy is thus in retreat along the whole line west of the Meuse and has suffered gravely in moral, besides encountering heavy losses in personnel and material. INFIGHTING EAST AFKICA Nairobi (British East Africa), Sept. 13.—A strong force of Germans from German East Africa crossed the border at Mohoru, and oc­cupied Karangu. They are now advancing on Kisii. British forces have been dispatched from Kisumu (PoTt Florence) to check them. A German force on the Tsavo river is retreat­ing. and is in conflict with troops sent from Bura and Mtoto Andei.—Reuter. BELGIUM TURNS HERON INVADERS.--¦»------------ Enemy’s Army Cut in Half, Towns Retaken, and Provinces Cleared of Foes. SORTIE FROM ANTWERP. RUSSIANS CAPTURE30,000 AUSTRIAN PRISONERS. lsars Troops Win a Brilliant Victory and Take Hundreds of Guns. The Russians have won a great victory over the Austrians and have taken many .prisoners and guns. After three weeks of fighting the Russians are in undisputed possession of all Eastern Galicia to the line Kajarusskaya-Gorodok, and the Carpathians. The Austrians are approaching the crisis of their fate. Crushed and broken as the Germans thought her, Belgium has risen again and turned with success upon her arrogant enemy. The hostile army which was occupying her territory has been cut in half by an action at Cortenbergh, when a Germaq corps was deci­mated and captured. Two towns—Malines and Aerschot—have been retaken, and the enemy have evacuated Ninovs and Alost. Messages from Antwerp, from which a splen­didly successful sortie has been made, state that the Germau skeleton forces in Belgium are being wiped out. The provinces of Antwerp and Limburg and nearly all Eastern Flanders are clear of the enemy. GERMAN ARMY BROKEN IN TWO. RUSSIAN WEDGE SUCCEEDS. 1 he Press Bureau issued the following state­ment yesterday:-The Austrian invasion of South Poland, which penetrated as far as Opole, Krasnostav and Zamostje, was protected on its right by an army operating south of Lemberg. Tliis latter army was completely defeated by the Russians on September 1 near Lemberg, and from that moment it became evident that if the Aus­trian right f.ank could not continue its stubborn resistance, the retreat of the main Austrian Army from South Poland would be imperilled. By the capture of Tom&sliov on September 10. it is probable that the Russians drove a weage through tho Austrian line. “COMPLETE VICTORY.” Pet r o grad ,Sept. 12.—The following official communique is issued here:—4 4 Our troops have gained a complete victory over the Austro-Ger- man armies from Krasmk and Tomashov. Thev have been driven over the River San. We have also achieved a great success against the Austrians to the west and north-west of Lem berg. We captured more than 200 officers, about 30.000 men, many cannon, machine-guns, and great quan­tities of munitions. Details are being verified.—Reuter 120.000 PRISONERS. Paris ,Sept. 12.—The Matin learns from Petro grad that the First Austrian Army, under the command of General von Auflenberg, has lost 300 officers and 28,000 soldiers and 400 guns. The Second has lost as prisoners 600 officers and 70,000 soldiers. The Russian victory over the Austrians is con­sidered to be absolutely decisive. According to a Petrograd message in the Journal the Russians are said to have taken 120.000 Austrian prisoners, and other captures are imminent.—Reuter. CRISIS OF HER FATE. Rome, Sept. 12.—A message from Vienna, ad­mitting that the continuance of the participation of Austria in the war depends on the outcome of the present battle of Ravaruska, to the north'west or Leinl>erg, states that the Crown Prince, General Conrad and the Archduke Frederick to­day witnessed and personally directed the en­gagement, which has now lasted four days.— Exchange. O ste nd, Sept. 12.—During the last two days tho Belgians have adopted a vigorous offensive. The enemy is in retreat every^liere with heavy loss. The Belgians have completely cut the lines of commumcation towards the north and north­east. A German corps has been decimated and made prisoner at Cortenbergh, between Brussels and Louvain. The railway line to Liege is in the hands of the Belgians, who have blown up all the bridges to the west. Ninove and Alost have been evacuated by the Germans, where troops are almost entirely re­servists. Ostend, Sept. 12.—The Belgian success re­ported at Cortenbergh is very important, for the uerman Army occupying Belgium has been cut into two sections as a result of it.—Exchange. Rotterdam, Sept. 12.—Messages continue to ar­rive from Antwerp showing that skeleton forces of Germans left in Belgium are being wij>ed out by the Belgian Army. Great damage was caused to private property by the heavy near Paris.—(•• Dally Mirror M photographs.) MALINES RETAKEN. Reuter’s Agency was informed by tho Belgian Embassy on Saturday that the Belgians made a sortie on Thursday, September 10, anon ex­tended front. The German Army was everywhere forced to retire. Malines and Aerschot were retaken. Belgian troops have blown up the railway be­tween Louvain and Tirleinont. The offensive is being pursued satisfactorily. The importance of this action lies in the fact that by destroying the railway at Louvain and Tirlemont the Belgians have cutoff communica­tion between Brussels and Liege. Antwerp, Sept. 12.—The following official an­nouncement wa3 issued to-night: —The battle prooeeding on the south-east of Ant­werp was continued today with the utmost fierce­ness. On our left a counter-attack, executed by Ger­mans who came from Louvain, obliged our wing division to give ground. On the other hand, in the centre and on the right our infantry advanced under the be*t condi­tions. Everything conduces to the belief that, thanks to the 'entry into the action of the fresh troops up to the present held in reserve, the situation or our left wing will be re-established.—Reuter. Amsterdam, Sept. 12.—With reference to fight­ing which took place yesterday near Diest a tele­gram from Roosendaal states that the Germans wer* forced to retire with numerous losses. The Belgian casualties were relatively small. The entire region between Diest, Herentlials, Antwerp and the Dutch frontier has been evac­uated by the Germans.—Central New3. HUNDREDS OF ••EXECUTIONS.*’ Amsterdam, Sept. 12.—A Central News corre­spondent who has just returned from an auto«mobile tour through Louvain, Brussels, Charle­ roi and Dinant confirms the report of the Belgian success at Louvain. It appears that the Germans made a sallj- from Louvain against a Belgian force advancing on the city, but such a heavy mitrailleuse fire was directed upon them that they retired in dis­order. The suburbs of Charleroi. Jumet and Montigny- sur Sambre are almost totally destroyed. In Charleroi the Institute of St. Joseph and the Con­vent of the Sisters of Namur were both burned, but the inmates escaped. No one of the town authorities has been killed, but the civilians executed in Charleroi and its suburbs number several hundreds. Dinant suffered terribly, and the Central News correspondent could find only eight houses which had escaped damage. The three churches of Notre i'ame. St. Nicolas St.and Pierre were burnt to the ground, and on# convent was reduced to a heup of ruins by artillery fire. The Germans are detn&adrug trar contribu­tions from the towns of Lille, Roubaix and Tour- coing to the total amount of £4.000,000, while Tournai has to pay £80,000.
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