THE BRITISH ARMY.
AN ITALIAN APPEECIATION.
•The London correspondent of the "Corriere della Sera," Hignor Guglielmo Etnanuel, sends to his pappr en account of a vipit to the British front in France. He write?: -
"Of a'l the armies fighting the battles of this great war this is youngest and newest . , , . A staff officer told me that to day perhaps there are not above two hundred officers in the firing line who oame here with he first Expeditionary Foroe which fought the epin retreat from Mons. The others are net all dead or missing, for many of the best have gone over to the General staff to COD 6 with the inoreaee of work nbo"t by In/ increase ol the armies. But the remark still hns its value, for the creation of this megnifioent body of officers to command and sot in motion this new million of soldiers is one of the greatest miracles ao complished by English effort England has been fortunate in possessing a caste from whioh it was possible to draw and mould rapidiy her young officers. The education of oharaoter as it is understood in an Eni lish college has not succeeded perhaps in creating industrial men and meroh nts cap* able of beating altogether the competition of Germany. But in the moment of crisis it furnisb°d at once the best possible substitute for the regular Army, the best materials for too armies of England had to begin to organise.
"An army of youths—thfa is the first im° pression one let-la in visiting the mapnifioent army encamped in Flanders. Tbia is an army that does not deteriorate, but grows id strength and value with every day / lliat passf b. It is like a generous wine which age makea perfect. Happy are the armies whose fault is youth for the final victory will be theirs "
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THE BRITISH ARMY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3539, 26 April 1916