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Bulletins from the Front I (1914)

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8. Freiburger Tagblatt, No. 217, September 19, 1914:

W.T.B. [Wolff Telegraph Service], Berlin, September 18 (Official. An addendum to the report from yesterday evening from General Headquarters.) The French 13th and 14th Army Corps and parts of another division were decisively defeated yesterday to the south toward Noyon and lost a number of batteries.

Enemy attacks against various positions on our battlefront collapsed, with a great loss of life. Likewise, the advance of French Alpine troops at the crest of the Vosges in Vallée de la Bruche was averted. In the storming of the Chateau Brumont near Reims 2,500 prisoners were taken.

Beyond this, prisoners were taken in battles in open fields, and artillery and guns were also taken – the number of which is not yet known.

9. Freiburger Tagblatt, No. 218, September 21, 1914:

W.T.B. [Wolff Telegraph Service] Berlin, September 18, 1:50 am (official). General Headquarters reports on the evening of September 20: Progress has been made in individual positions in our attack against the French-English army. Reims is now part of the frontline and the French were forced to return our fire. It is lamentable that the city is being damaged because of this. Instructions have been given to spare the cathedral to the greatest possible extent.

10. Freiburger Tagblatt, No. 222, September 25, 1914:

WTB [Wolff Telegraph Service], Berlin, September 25, 4:00 am. General Headquarters reports on the 24th of September: On the western front there was essentially nothing new to report today. Individual partial battles were going well for the German armed forces.

From Belgium and the eastern front there is nothing new to report.

II. The Battle of Langemarck

Freiburger Tagblatt, No. 263, November 12, 1914:

WTB [Wolff Telegraph Service]. Berlin, November 11. Report from General Headquarters. On the Yser section of the front we made good progress yesterday. Dixmuiden was stormed. Approximately 500 prisoners of war and about nine machine guns fell into our hands. Further to the south our troops advanced across the canal. To the west of Langemarck our young regiments attacked, singing “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles” while advancing against the enemy lines and taking them.

Translation: Jeffrey Verhey

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