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WESTERN THEATRE.

A SANGUINARY STRUGGLE.

London, May 12 The fighting from Arras, to the sea is developing into a sanguinary struggle. There is no official news, hut there is too much evidence that the struggle is proving terribly costly. All the news co far received indicates that the fighting has been entirely favourable to the Allies, and hopes are running high that the Germans have been checked along the Ys^r.

Although the flood will no longer stop the advance the enemy resumed his attack on Ypre9 on Monday with reckless disregard for life. Every where there was appalling slaughter. The British renewed their attacks

on tbe Aubers Ridge, and bave drives out Germans from tba village of Auljara and from Telles, and gained ft footing on the ridge where they were checked Furious fighting continues.

The Germans' have extensive and suooeseful earthworks, masked machine gunp, and ingenious conceal ments, and they are fighting with desperate courage aod carrying out bayonet charges with unusual dash.

The British are ehowing aggressive courage, and are being helped by the French to the southward, where the Allies are already established on the ridge owing to the French capture of the villages of Vermeilles which were lost in December

London, May 12.

It is reported tbjti during the dea perate struggle of the last two days the British several times penetrated La Basse suburbs 'both along the Befcnune and Festubert roads.

A larpe squadron of aviators succeeded in blowing up important works dehind the enemy's line, and destroyed a large quantity of supplies. This created a panic, of which the British took advantage,, and it is reported that the Germans were driven back to Hourbourdin along the Lille road, but reformed, and captured part of their lost ground. The Germans have completed twelve rings of strongly fortified en* trenehments outside Lille facing the Alh'es.

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WESTERN THEATRE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3459, 14 May 1915

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WESTERN THEATRE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3459, 14 May 1915

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