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WAR OFFICE REPORT.

LOSS OF 6000. ■ London, August 80. ' The press bureau of the War Office I gives a general outline of the British share in the recent operations. It states that in efftct there was a four days' battle, expending from the 23rd to 26th. ' uriog the whole period the British, conforming to the general movement of the French armies, resisted the Gannad fdvance, and withdrew to new lines of defence. The battle began at Mous on Sunday, the 23rd iost. The German attack was stubbornly pressed, but wns completely checked on the British front Toe Germane on Monday made vigorous efforts by force of superior numbers to prevent the British withdrawing, and tried to drive them into Manbeuge. The British steadiness and skill in retirement frustrated tbe Germans, who lost very heavily oi i both days Their losses far exceeded those of the British. The retiremen fc continued on the 25fcb, when fcb c fighting was less heavy. The British that night occupied a line from Cambrai to Lecauteau and Landrecies, intending to resume the retirement!; at daybreak on the 26th, but an attock by five German Army corps was so close and fierce that the operation was I delayed. Tbe battle was most severe and desperate. The British made* superb resistance against tremendous odds, and extricated themselves in th© afternoon, bat th9y suffered in the> process. The only gnas captured by . the Germans were homeless or , shattered. Sir John French estimates his , , lo3ses during the four days betweenfive thousand and tax thousand, and. the German losses out of all propor- : tion to the British. ■ Thero wns dreadful havoc at Lang;- ; recies on tbe 26tb, where a Germata! infantry brigado advanced alorjgr. Namur Street in closest order, line* Biitish machine guns mowed dowm the head of the column; The remainder of the Germans became paniev: stricken, leaving nine* hundred deadi' and wounded. Elsewhere the German*' Guards cavalry division charged tbo*»i British 12th Infantry Brigade, andl] were repulsed with great loss in altecr- ;j lute disorder. Sitjce Wednesday, the 26th, the British have not been molestei except; I in cavalry engagements. Thfiy have> | rested and refitted after their glorious' achievements, and reinforcements equal to double their losses have al ready joined Every lost gun ha?:: been replaced, and the army is ready : for the next encounter undaunted im spirit. To-day's news is again favourable... The French armies have brought the. • German advance to a standstill. General Cbetwode's sth Cavalry? l< Division fought » brilliant fight om I Friday, the 28th. The 12th Lancers: and Scots Greya routed the German ] cavalry, epeariag large numbers of: I them. THE NAVAL VICTORY.

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WAR OFFICE REPORT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4425, 1 September 1914

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WAR OFFICE REPORT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4425, 1 September 1914

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