FIGHTING AT DOUAUMONT.
GERMANS REACH TRENCHES
PARIS, April 12
The "Petit Journal's" story of the latest fighting at Douaumont states that there was a furious bombardment by heavy artillery for an entire morning, when it suddenly ceased. The French troops took their places to await the German rush, but the bombardment was resumed with even greater violence until asphyxiating and lachrymatory shells made it impossible to breathe. Two German columns advanced simultaneously and succeeded by a vigorous rush in reaching the battered trenches.. At certain points the French launched a counter attack, which was so vigorous that all • the enemy forces were repulsed. ENEMY LOSE 30,000 A DAY. It is estimated in well informed quarters that the Germans lost 30,000 men at Douaumont last Thursday. The Germans, using liquid fire, attacked Caurettes Wood, between North Homme Cumieres, were repulsed everywhere.
It is noiv confirmed that German losses at Douaumont on Thursday were particularly heavy.
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FIGHTING AT DOUAUMONT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXXV, Issue 3536, 14 April 1916