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GREAT BATTLE PROGRESSING

ALGERIANS REACH THE ! FRONT. London, September 2 Heavily censored messages narrate that the great German wheel to tbe French left continued throughout Fri- ] day, Saturday, and Sunday, and re- [ suited in a fierce encounter. Troops were collected to prolong the Allies line?, and the Germans gained success j against the French Territorials, which wa3 only-retrieved by the stand made by a long line of artillery occupying the crest of a gently sloping plateau, This finally forced the German skirmishers to fall back in disorder to escape the shrapnel.

An* outstanding incident of tbe battle on Sunday was an attack <by the Algerian infantry. As they marched to the sound of the firing they amused the townsfolk by making a gesture as of cutting a throat, accompanied by a flourishing of the fist in the direction of the guns.

When the Algerians reached the front, the whole French army was engaged in closing to the right Tbe Algerians, without forming up, were launched against the right flank of a German brigade, while a, battallion pushed through a wood to cover the rear of the Algerians from tbe attacks of the next German column. The Algerians bounded through the bracken like a pack of hounds, and reached the edge without showing a man. They did execution with.their rifles, but though they gained upon tha retiring German infantry, tbey never got close enough for the bayonet charge for which the Algerians longed. Following this success, tbe line was pushed forward some dis tance. Then came 'night, and the exhausted men snatched a hasty meal and sleep, leaving fresh troops coming up on either side to continue tbe I truggle.

A Boulogne telegram states tbat there has been incessant fighting since Thursday in the Aisne district. a sugar growing district below Meziere.]

Neither side obtained much advantage, and, after two days even fighting, the French forced the enemy to retire, leaving heaps of dead and wounded. The French losses were also heavy.

Tbe Germans are still bringing huge masses of men from the base to fill up the tremendous gaps made by the casualties in the advance line.

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GREAT BATTLE PROGRESSING, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4426, 4 September 1914

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GREAT BATTLE PROGRESSING Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4426, 4 September 1914

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