ALLIED WARSHIPS SHELLING THE GERMAN TRENCHES ON THE BELGIAN COAST - 'The extreme left of the great fighting line, extending through France to Belgium, took upon itself characteristics which rendered it very different from the fighting further south. Here, owing to the proximity of the German lines to the sea coast, the British Navy was able to materially to assist the Armies to resit the almost frenzied attacks of the German forces. The picture is taken from over the North Sea, looking towards the Belgian coast from Ostend to Nieuport. In the foreground are three monitors and destroyers which have proved to be excellent craft for use on the shallow shores of Belgium. The shells from these ships whistled and burst over the sand dunes and electric light railway which runs from Ostend , and the low lying fields and waterways which are characteristic of this part of Belgium. On the extreme right is the little town of Nieuport, on the Yser Canal. It is here that some of the most desperate fighting has taken place. The following ships, under Rear Admiral Horace Hood, took place in the bombardment: VENERABLE, ATTENTIVE, FORESIGHT, BRILLIANT, SIRIUS, SEVERN, HUMBER. MERSEY VESTAL, RINALDO, WILDFIRE, BUSTARD, EXCELLENT, CRANE, FALCON, FLIRT, MERMAID, MYRMIDON, RACEHORSE, SYREN, AMAZON, COSSACK, CRUSADER, MAORI, MOHAWK, HAZARD, NUBIAN, VIKING, Submarines C32 and C34 and the French ships DUNOIS, FRANCIS GARNIER, INTREPIDE and AVENTURIER.' Naval gunfire this early in the War was not very effective against land targets due to the lack of elevation to the guns. Plunging fire was much more effective. I think a mass grounding is imminent looking at the ships in the background!