Flanders | 10 Oct 1914

And so, everyone is marching inevitably on Flanders. The final phase of mobile warfare on the Western Front is about to begin.


It’s not just Flanders where there’s still fighting to be done, of course. We’ll go north to south. The BEF’s new 7th Division has made careful contact with the Belgian Army, and will cover its retreat to Dixmude and Nieuport, on the River Yser. By that time, the staff wallahs will hopefully have worked out what they want to do next. This does mean that they have to give up their positions in Bruges. However, it also means that the Channel ports are now defended (for a given value of “defended”), and the Germans will have to fight for them.

To the south, the first BEF units to leave the Aisne are now arriving at the front again, ferried forward by a fleet of requisitioned London buses. They’re linking up with the French 10th Army, and they prepare to march on the La Bassee Canal and then on to the rail junction at Lille. They’re also supported by a significant quantity of cavalrymen, impatient to do some proper galloping, and the cavalry is ordered to extend itself northwards as they cover the advance.

Antwerp officially surrenders to the Germans.

Actions in Progress

Siege of Antwerp
Battle of the Vistula

Further Reading

The Daily Telegraph is republishing its archives from the war day-by-day. In today’s paper: efforts are made to soften the blows at Antwerp by describing the hideous, immoral lengths that the Germans are going to to capture it. Meanwhile, Mrs Eric Pritchard (traditional values, donchaluvem?), custodian of “A Page for Women” (how generous) tells us all about the latest fashions for the well-dressed schoolgirl. She also prescribes that “Girls, even children, should be taught to cut out, from proper patterns, correctly following the fashions of the day.”

On Tumblr, Today in World War I covers the surrender of Antwerp.


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