The Road to Liège; The Path of Crime, August 1914

9781150615559: The Road to Liège; The Path of Crime, August 1914

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916. Excerpt: ... PART I THE CRIMES OF THE INVASION CHAPTER I SOUTH OF THE VESDRE I. ON THE FRONTIER If it were practicable to conduct an investigation on German territory, we should perhaps have had to entitle this chapter Before Crossing the Frontier. A German soldier declared at Spa that it had been necessary to begin dealing drastically with the civilians on passing through Sourbrodt. He was astounded to learn that this Walloon village was in Germany! It is reported also that at Ligneuville.on the Ambleve, the German troops were led astray by the French termination of the name; they are said to have riddled the houses with rifle-bullets. Here, it goes without saying, we can vouch for nothing; but it is notorious that on the Eau Rouge, between Malmedy and Francorchamps, the German customs post was attacked by the passing troops. The incendiaries were checked only by the exhibition of the German flag. On the frontier, again, but on Belgian territory, they made a rush for the first house, inhabited by M. Darchambeau, one of the most honourable of men; they dragged him out of doors and killed him. FRANCORCHAMPS Francorchamps (Francorum campus) is a summer resort. The German Army began to pass through it on the morning of the 4th. It was at the news of the check inflicted upon them before the forts that their fury broke forth. Murders and cases of incendiarism date, for the most part, from Saturday the 8th and Friday the 14th; that is, from after the vigorous resistance of the Belgian Army, and the second refusal of Belgium to agree to the German proposals. On Saturday the 8th, no one knowing why, the troops began to fire into the windows, seizing the inhabitants, and shooting, we are told, thirteen; three of whom were women. The whole population took flight, and the troops...

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