Their Crimes

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Léon Mirman, J. Esslemont Adams
Cassell, Limited, 1917 - 54 páginas
This article is an appeal to strategists to match the success in the development of operational art and joint doctrine with an equally comprehensive approach to strategic art as a distinct discipline that every strategic leader must master.

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Página 60 - God. ened, without exception, with slavery, deportation, and forced labor for the enemy's gain — send to the working classes in other lands a supreme appeal. Germany, as you know, attacked and terrorized Belgium in 1914 for having defended her right to neutrality and her faith and honor. Germany has been martyrizing Belgium. She has from that moment onwards turned the land into a prison : the frontiers are armed against Belgians like a battle front. ... All our constitutional liberties have been...
Página 61 - To these 500,000 unemployed they have for the last month been saying : "Either you will sign a contract to work for Germany, or you will be reduced to slavery." In either case, it means exile, deportation, forced labor in the interests of the enemy, and against the interests of our country: formidable punishments, the cruellest ever invented by tyranny for the punishment of crimes — and what are the crimes alleged? . . . On the western front, Belgian workmen — your brothers and ours — are being...
Página 61 - Either you will sign a contract to work for Germany, or you will be reduced to slavery." In either case, it means exile, deportation, forced labor in the interests of the enemy, and against the interests of our country: formidable punishments, the cruellest ever invented by tyranny for the punishment of crimes — and what are the crimes alleged? . . . On the western front, Belgian workmen — your brothers and ours — are being forced to dig trenches, to build aviation camps, to fortify the German...
Página 62 - Never forget that the soldiers who are acting as the torturers of our Belgian workmen are themselves German workers! In the depths of our distress, we count on you. It is for you to act ! For ourselves, even if brute force succeeds for the moment in reducing our bodies to servitude, we shall never give our consent. A final word : Whatever tortures we may undergo, we do not wish for Peace except with the independence of our country and the triumph of justice. THE WORKMEN OF BELGIUM.
Página 32 - ... up to pillage. I also saw a mother with her two children; one had a big wound on the head, and one eye knocked out." Outrages on Women and Children We might write a long and heartbreaking chapter on this pitiful subject, but let the following suffice. The Report of the French Commission of Inquiry concludes with these words, "Outrages upon women and young girls have been common to an unheard-of extent.
Página 13 - Professor" intimated to his French fellow-doctors that he was "going to begin with a small customary formality." The formality was a simple one : his colleagues were to hand over to him "all the money they had on them." "I strongly protested" (declared the French doctor, on oath), "but we were compelled to hand over our purses and all their contents. Having relieved us in this way, he turned to our poor wounded, who were all searched and stripped of their money. There was nothing to be done : we...
Página 25 - ... Marqueglise, a superior officer ordered the arrest of four young fugitives. Learning that two of them came from Belgium, he exclaimed, "The Belgians are filthy people," and without more ado took his revolver and shot them one after the other. Three were killed outright, the fourth expired the following day. At Pin, some Uhlans found two young boys on the road. They tied them by the arms to their horses and galloped off. The bodies of the poor lads were found a few miles away — their knees were...
Página 26 - He at once called out three dragoons, and ordered them to fire upon the group — one killed and two wounded — one of the latter being a little girl of four. At Sommeilles, when the fire — which destroyed the whole place — broke out, Madame X. took refuge in a cellar belonging to M. and Madame Adnot, who were there, with their four children, the eldest a girl of 1 1 years. A few days after, on returning to the village, our soldiers found the seven bodies in the cellar lying in a pool of blood,...
Página 43 - ... deported, but they were sent off by tens * See the report of the French Commission. See also the moving letter of Cardinal Mercier to von Bissing: "My conscience forbids my divulging to any tribunal the information, alas, only too well substantiated, which I possess. Outrages on nuns have been committed." of thousands. These unfortunate people, men, women and children, who had witnessed and survived fires and massacres, who had seen their houses blazing and so many of those dear to them fall...
Página 23 - ... At one place they organized round the massacre such tragic scenes, and at another displayed such refinements of cruelty that reason falters in face of their acts, and asks what terrible madness has brought this race to such low depths ? Is it possible ? Yes, it is. Judge by the following examples : A Westphalian prisoner states, "The commanding officer ordered us to shoot two women, and we did so. One of them was holding a child by the hand, and in falling she dragged the child over with her....

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