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BATTLE OF FESTUBERT.

London, July 10.

Kir John French's despatch referring to the Battle of Festubert states h'f in pursuance of the promise given ii Genera- Jiffre to support an attack his troops were making on May 9 at Arrae, " 1 directed Major General Haig to attack the trenches of Kouge bane." Ho found the position much stronger than was anticipated before hand, and that an extensive artillery preparation would be necessary to crush the resistance offered by the numerous fortified posts. Repeated efforts were made to progress on the 9th and 10th, but a violent fire from the enemy's machine guns from posts on our flanks rendered tbe trenches so difficult to. bold that all the units of the 4th army corps had to retire.

I sanctioned Major General Haigh's proposal to concentrate all his resources upon the southern point of attack.

Misty weather prevented the action recommencing before May 15tb, when I placed the Canadian Division at General Haig's disposal.

During the night of the 20fch the Canadians brilliantly seized several trenches by rushing the whole line of several hundred yards in length and capturing machine guns. By the 20tb, the immediate object of attack had ceased to exist, so I directed General Haigh to consolidate tbe ground won.

The Battle of Festbubert resulted in six hundred yards being won along a fmnt of four mileg.

The enemy suffered very heavy losses. We captured 10 machine guns and destroyed a number ol others.

Throughout the operations tbe 3rd Army Corps wos active in making demonstrations and holding the enemy on its front."

SUBMARINE WARFARE. Rome, July 11, During the operations to recover tbe Italian submarine Medusa, tbe divers discovered another submarine, cvi dently an Austrian, near by.

(On June 18th the Italian sub* marine Medusa, reported to be tbe fastest in the world, was reported sunk by an Austrian submarine), GERMAN MINES REMOVED. Peetokia, July 11 General Botha reports that a German mine detachment is removing the mines which were to impede Botha's advance, and an elaborate system of mines was laid across the defiles of Elefantenberg, but tbe Field Intelligence Force rendered them harmless, and captured five Germane who were waiting to explode them when the massed Union troops were about to croß3 them.

AT THE DARDANELLES. Sydney, July 13 Captain Bean, writing on May 20th describing affairs a few days after tbe landing, says "At length tbe New Zealand guns were landed. They waited sges, and tben came tbe punt I loaded with tbe guns and horses, which took tbe guns along the beach The artillery were bitched on, and dragged tbeir guns across the hillside to positions where they afterwards did tremendous work, sometime at a range of 50 yards "

OTAGO BATTALION MENACED

Writing under date of June 3rd Captain Bean tells of the advane from Pope's Hill, be says "everythinj went well except the Otago battalion which could not come up owing to tbi congestion of the communications When they came up the effects of tht bombardment bad worn off, and tfa< men had to face a withering fire. Tht advanced line, a little short one, laid down to wait for the renewal of artil lery supports, and was forced to dig in. It was to have been reinforced by the Canterbury battalion during the night, but this was impossible, and therefore they were unable to advance any further " MUNITIONS IN AUSTRALIA. Melbourne, July 12. The second report ot the Munitions Committee suggests that the Govern , naent should raise an option to acquire the shell-making machinery after the demand has subsided, and suggests that the Colonial Ammunition Company should erect a shell factory on these lines The Committee advises that a tube, fuse and also a machine gun factory should be erected, to be afterwards incorporated the Govern ment Arsenal. It also urges the manufacture of gun cordite by the Government Cordite Factory, and the manufacture in Australia of high ex plosives*

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BATTLE OF FESTUBERT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3474, 13 July 1915

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BATTLE OF FESTUBERT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3474, 13 July 1915

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