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CONFIRMATORY NEWS., Issue 15633, 26 October 1914
WKLLINGTON. October 25. The High Commissioner .reports thus: LONDON, October 25. Official : The eitemy are making fresh effost* along tho greater part • of the line, tepeeioJly lietween th*? North Sea and tho Oise, with new corps oorap<*ed of raw troops Strong German forces on the left wing continue to violently attack the region between the sea and the Xa Bassee Canal. The Allies generally held their positions. They were obliged to give way at certain points, but jKivawvd at others. The enemy are active in the Arras district, also on the Somme. The Allies, made progress at the North River, particularly in
the region of Rosieres and Santerrc. We haw also had partial successes in the region of Verdun and Pont a Mousson. AN INFERNO IN THE TRENCHES. SHELLED BY FRIEND AND FOE. AMSTERDAM, October 24. The ' Telegraaf' states that 4,000 wounded reached Bruges on Thursday. The Allies, from a strongly-entrenched position at Armentieres, have beaten b;ck all attacks. On Tuesday the Germans crept up in the darkness to one of their trenches, and opened an enfilading fire. The artillery of both skies then began to fire. Germans and Allies alike wen, imprisoned in the trench, and were shelled by friend and enemy for 14 hours. Then-the-Allies retook the trenches and captured the Germans - ■ ■ FIGHT FOR AN AEROPLANE. "PARIS, October 24. Senator Reymond, a, member of an aviator corps', was reconnoitring the enemy's lines, when lie was. struck by a hi:llet". The machine fell halfway between the opposing lines, and there wa6 a fierce tight for it 6 possession. The French were successful. Senator Roy moid supplied valuable information before dying. "SCOTLAND FOR EVER!"' A FAMOUS REGIMENT. PARIS, October 24. French cavalry and infantry, when advancing near Lille, were almost bogged in some marshy ground when under the fire of the German artillery. The French Seventy-fifth, sent to cover their advance, also got bogged. The Scots Greys charged the Germans and sabred the gunners and silenced the guns in 10 minutes. During their return otruer guns shelled the Scotfi Greys. Meanwhile the Seventy-fifth had extricated themselves and covered the Scots Greys' retirement. The latter's casualties were not important. THE STRATEGIC OPERATIONS. NARRATIVE OF AN EYE-WITNESS CONTINUED. WELLINGTON. October 25. The High Commissioner reports, tinder date London, October 24 (5.25 p.m.): Otlicial: Tho following further descriptive account, communicated by an eyewitness with the general headquarteits, continues and supplements the narrative published on the 26th September: The time has come when light can be thrown on tho change in the strategic part of the operations being played by the British forces in the direction of the application of pressure. Since the fighting up. the Marne a gradual progressive extension northwards of the Allies has been one of the feature sof tho campaign in France. Till recently this was carried out by tho French alone; now, thanks to the arrival of reinforcements, the British have been enabled to take a hand in this prolongation, so that a portion of til* ioTOpa is a'tin:; much further north than heretofore. During the past fow days British troops have been engaged along the Fianco-Relgiar. border, and also along the Aisne. In the former sphere, the allied fliers extend southwards from the Nieuport coast The results in both theatres, though indecisive, are entirely satisfactory to the furtherance of the general scheme which tho Allies are carrying into operation.
Tho right wing it- maintaining pressure on the Aisne without actually advancing. In the northern sphere* the left wing has advanced considerably. in face of opposition. Since the repulse inflicted on the enemy on tho Aisne on the 11th inst., no serious fighting took place till the 16th, and thero was lees artillery action than usual, as the misty weather rendered observation impossible and militated against the employment of guns. Our patrols have been active with the bayonet, and have accounted for numerous small parties of German infantry left to occupy the front trenches. In Northern France the fighting has been chiefly of a preparatory nature. Ground has been gained, but the misty weather has hampered aerial reconnaissance, so that artillery co-operation was almost impossible, rendering progress slow. The country where the British troops are operating" is mainly an industrial region—a combination of mining and agriculture, similar to the British Black Country. The whole district is quite flat, except at Mont des Cate, 500 ft high, which is eight miles north-east of the Hazebrouck eminence, upon which stands Cassel. The view is much restricted by hedges and frequent belts of trees, and communications are bad. In this blind country our advance guards, near the Belgian frontier, are engaging the advancing troops of the enemy. As in the advance on the Aisne, the enmy are making an effort to delay our progress, to give time to their stronger forces behind to perfect their arrangements. They take advantage of the ground, and conceal themselves well, using hedges, ditches, and villages. They hold buildings and occupy narrow trenches outside villages. Their machine guns are often placed in the- centre of rooms commanding the approach through the window. In advancing tho British inflicted considerable Ices, an spite of the fact that the enemy retreat .under cover of darkness. Their resistance is stubborn, and they make determined counter-attacks. Many prisoner* show surprisei at being opposed by the British in tht» quarter. North of Lys our cavah-y forces have driven the enemy back steadily. Therohas been hard fightinff here, especially in the neighborhood of Mont des Oats, where Prince Max was mortally wounded on the 12th inst.
A brilliant exskiib was performed by British cavalry pjHrols on the 13th. Coming suddenly upon a German machine gun detachment, the subaltern in command ordered a charge. As a result some Germans were killed, and the rest were scattered, a gun being captured. South of the Lya the progress has been slower, because the terrain-affords greater facilities tat (l*iau*i\tt worJL The enemy
have had more, time for preparation, ana are in greater strength. Numerous dvkes her* neces'sitatte transport by planks and ladders to cross them, and most obstinate combats have taken place. The position of the villages and enclosed country renders artillery co-operation difficult. Where villages attacked contain a church or other landmark standing above, the trees this enables a gun to get the ran«e. The region where fighting iis progressing presents a melancholy aspect. Once prosperous homesteads and hamlets are literally torn to pieces, walls are pitted wtih shrapnel balls, and village churches pre smouldering ruins. Horses and cattle caught in a hail of shrapnel litter village street?. Peasants dig graves for the German dead, and the work of burial devolves
on the inhabitants. In the midst of graves on the countryside are rifle pits, trenches, and gun emplacements used by the enemy.
CONFIRMATORY NEWS., Issue 15633, 26 October 1914
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