von Beseler

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von Beseler

Prussian officer of the Prussian and Imperial German armies




Von Beseler is Born

Apr 27, 1850

Hans Hartwig von Beseler is born in Prussia

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Location: Germany



Von Beseler joins the Army

1868

Hans von Beseler joins the Prussian Army

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Location: Germany



German Bombardment Starts

Sep 27, 1914

The Germans launched an artillery bombardment from 160 heavy guns on the outer ring of forts which protected the city of Antwerp. They intend to smash the two Waelhem and Wavre Ste Catherine forts in order to create a hole in the ring of forts before moving onto the inner ring of forts.

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Location: Belgium



Marine Brigade Goes to Lille

Sep 28, 1914

One battalion of the Marine Brigade goes to Lille to cover the withdrawal of French Territorial units from the area as the German westwards advance.

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Location: Belgium



The British Send More Help to Belgium

Sep 29, 1914

The Belgian government tells the British government that if the Germans broke through the inner ring of forts then they would leave Antwerp via Ostend along with the bulk of Belgian Field Army. The British agreed to send a small force to help defend the inner ring of forts.

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Location: Belgium



The Belgians Decide to Leave Antwerp

Oct 02, 1914

King Albert I and his Supreme Council of National Defence decide that the Council of Ministers, the Government and the Queen would leave Antwerp on the next day. Posters are put up warning the civilian population about this.

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Location: Belgium



Churchill Meets King Albert

Oct 03, 1914

Winston Churchill comes to an agreement with King Albert about how they are going to defend Antwerp

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Location: Belgium



Belgian Army Crosses the Terneuzen Canal

Oct 07, 1914

King Albert joins his army as they are pushed back over the Terneuzen Canal

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Location: Belgium



Bombardment of Antwerp

Oct 08, 1914

German artillery opens fire on the inner ring of forts around Antwerp and the Naval Brigade is forced to withdraw

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Location: Belgium



The Germans Take Antwerp

Oct 10, 1914

The Germans turn east to take Antwerp rather than following the Belgian army allowing them to escape.

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Location: Belgium



Military Governor

Aug 27, 1915

Hans von Beseler is made the Military Governor of the German-occupied part of the zone of Polish lands

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Location: Poland



University of Warsaw Opened

Nov 1915

Hans von Beseler re-opens the University of Warsaw and the Warsaw Polytechnic Institute. He also allows the use of the Polish language at the university.

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Location: Poland



Von Beseler Dies

Dec 20, 1921

Hans von Beseler dies in Potsdam

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Location: Germany