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BELGIANS PUT UP GREAT FIGHT
CHECK GERMAN INVASION
Brussels, Aug. 5. (Delayed)
Germany's invasion of Belgium is
checked. Her forces suffered serious
reverses today in an attempt to seize
the Belgian railways and military
roads for use in the invasion of
The Belgian forces stood the blood
test They have crushed an entire
German army corps and compelled it
to halt to await the arrival of sup
porting columns now being rushed
from various points near the fron
tier. Details of the exact losses are not
yet available, but the minister of war
says that the German "casualties are
staggering, while ours are compara
Germany was surprised at the out
set To that the Belgian military lead
ers ascribe their wonderful victory.
The invaders did not anticipate any
Gen. Von Emmich, the German
commander, realized the strength' of
the Belgian fortifications, but in com
mon with his fellow German military
experts he had nothing but contempt
for the Belgians as a fighting force.
And it was this feeling that con
tributed to the first defeat. Crossing
into Belgium at a point near Vise, the
Germans were attacked early Tues
day night. There was only prelimin
ary skirmishing until daylight.
Then a German column of Uhlans,
supported by an auto corps in high
powered automobiles and others on
motorcycles, charged the Belgians.
The latter gave way, in accordance
with a pre-arranged plan. Elated with
their success, the Germans swept on
without waiting for their infantry
supports or, for the artillery. Just in
the outskirts o Yr: the. .BelgiansU
made their first stand.
The Germans, were trapped and
driven back in confusion, leaving sev
eral hundred dead and wounded on
, When -the German-Teiufgrcements;
of infantry arrived, a second attack
was ordered. It was successful, as
the Belgians, realizing they could not
maintain their position, had orders to
fall back toward Liege.
So incensed were the Germans over
the stubborn defense that they burn
ed the city of Vise, and are alleged
to have killed a number of non-combatants.
An 18-year-old Belgian girl who
shot at a German officer was killed
by a firing squad.
The German advance was slow.
The Belgian defenders moved slowly
along both banks of the Meuse and
along the railway and the military
road. At a number of poipts in the
retreat toward Liege where the first
real Belgian stand was to be made
the Belgians immediately halted.
When the Germans gave battle, the
Belgians mowed great swaths in their
columns with the machine guns.
While this was proceeding two regi
ments of Germans with an armored
train had been trapped by Belgians
and practically annihilated with
mines under the culverts in the vicin
ity of Spa.
The Belgian army gave way until
Duhain, seven miles north of Liege,
was reached. Here a real stand waS
The Belgian field artillery and ma-
chine guns were massed and as the
Germans advanced the entire front,
was shelled. For the first time the
aeroplane became a satisfactory in
strument of war. Belgian aviators
ascended and with officers in their
machines reconnoitered the German
U: S. WILL SHIP MONEY
Chicagoans can get money to their
relatives stranded in Europe with
ease, according to a statement by
Irving Shumaa-of the treasury -depit.
Lin-the Federal Bldg., today.
The treasury department will re
ceive sums of money with directions
as to the location of the needy ones
in. warring countries and, through TL
.ts4L-agents, friSk f oord. Hie funds, r