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British Machine-Guns in Cologne: An Advance Guard

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The first British troops to reach the Rhine were men of the 18th Hussars and some machine-gunners who reached Cologne at noon on December 6. In a message from that city, Mr. H. W. Nevinson says: “As I write this morning, a British contingent entered. It consisted of cavalry and machine-guns, and, I believe, was specially invited to enter early by the Ober-Burgermeister. At all events, he tells me, he is very glad they have come, and is grateful to the officer in command for his consideration and tact.

He told me that the worst disturbances had been due to the returning German) troops, especially those employed behind the lines. Their r t ting troops trorn the irons had always belase. well. . . . There was some fighting in the streets, but not many people had been killed. . … He himself, like most oficials, appeared to be more nlarmed at revolutionary Bolshevism than at the presence of the ‘enemy ‘ as represented by thie British troops. He has obtained the concession that his large body of town guards, or special constables. should be allowed to carry rifles. They are distinguished by a white brassard, but otherwise wear ordinary dress.” These men are mostly recruited amongst old German s’ :.ers.


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