siege of Antwerp
siege of Antwerp

The Bluejackets Periods 20th Century Great war siege of Antwerp

siege of Antwerp

After the Western front ground to a stalemate there was only one flank that could be turned, Belgium




Royal Marines Land At Ostend

Aug 25, 1914

The Plymouth Marine Battalion lands at Ostend in Belgium. The operation is covered by six ships of the 7th Battle Squadron, along with six destroyers, while the German High Seas Fleet is occupied by the Battle of Heligoland Bight

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Location: Belgium



Hood Bombards Belgium

Sep 1914

Hood is given the monitors to bombard german army positions, but thinks it a waste of resources

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Location: Belgium



Royal Marines Arrive in Belgium

Sep 19, 1914

The British Royal Marines and the Oxfordshire Yeomanry start arriving in the port of Dunkirk to help defend Belgium from the Germans

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Location: Belgium



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



HMS Brilliant Shells Belgium

Oct 23, 1914

HMS Brilliant is part of a flotilla that shells German troops on the Belgian coast.

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Location: Belgium



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siege of Antwerp