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Setting the Desert on Fire


by James Barr

Austrian postcard of the inundations at Nieuport, Belgium, with soldiers at the flood barrier. Driven to a corner of Belgium by Germany's advance, the Belgians tried to make a stand on the Yser Canal in the flat terrain of Flanders. Driven back, they retreated behind the railway embankment that ran from Nieuport on the coast to Dixmude 20 miles inland. On October 27, 1914 they opened the locks to flood the plain before them, a process that took several days. Unable to break through, the Germans abandoned the Battle of the Yser on October 31.
Caption:
Serie 3/1 Westl[ichen] Kriegsschauplatz: Die Ueberschwemmungen bei Nieuport. - Western Front: The inundations at Nieuport.
Reverse:
Ausgabe des Kriegsfürsorgeamtes Wien IX.
Zum Gloria-Viktoria Album
Sammel. u. Nachschlagewerk des Völkerkrieges
Kriegshilfe München N. W. 19.
Issue of the war welfare office Vienna IX.
For Gloria Viktoria Album
Collection. and reference work of international war
War Fund Munich N. W. 19th

Austrian postcard of the inundations at Nieuport, Belgium, with soldiers at the flood barrier. Driven to a corner of Belgium by Germany's advance, the Belgians tried to make a stand on the Yser Canal in the flat terrain of Flanders. Driven back, they retreated behind the railway embankment that ran from Nieuport on the coast to Dixmude 20 miles inland. On October 27, 1914 they opened the locks to flood the plain before them, a process that took several days. Unable to break through, the Germans abandoned the Battle of the Yser on October 31.

Setting the Desert on Fire by James Barr

Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2009

Copyright: 2008, 2006 by James Barr