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ALLIES HOLDING THEIR OWN IN THE NORTH., Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
ALLIES HOLDING THEIR OWN IN THE NORTH.
GERMANS MASSING AT OSTEND. ENEMY EVACUATING POLAND. CRUISER HERMES SUNK. WHY PRINCE LOUIS RESIGNED. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. HIGH COMMISSIONER’S REPORTS. LONDON, October 30. The Allies are reported to he occupying an advanced position three miles from Ostend. The position was gained through a British bayonet charge. October 31 (10.45 p.m.). Official : Paris reports yesterday a general offensive movement by the enemy nil along the front from Nieuport to Arras, and violent attacks on other parts of the line of battle from Nieuport to the La Bassee Canal, where there were alternating advances and retirements. South of Nieuport the Germans are occupying 1 iamscapelle. They have been driven out from the south of Ypres. Wo have lost a few points d’appui at Hollebeke and Landvoorde. Progress has been made east of Ypres, in the direction of Passchendaele. Between La Basse© and Arras all the German attacks were repulsed with heavy losses to the enemy. In the Chaulnes district we progressed beyond Lihons, and occupied' Quesnoy on Santerre. In the Aisne district progress was made -ui the heights on the right bank below Soiasons, but we had to retire towards Vailly. We have advanced in the region of the Souain. Heavy fighting lias occurred at Argonne. Further ground has been gained in the Woevre Forest and Lo Pretre. October 31 (11.55 p.m.). Severe fighting continues with little intermission along the line, especially towards the north. The German resistance is stubborn, and fierce counter-attacks are made frequently. Nevertheless the British are steadily gaining ground. In counter-attacking one brigade delivered a brilliant bayonet charge, accounting for many of the enemy, whose losses throughout the fighting were heavy. VIOLENT ATTACKS REPELLED. PARIS, October 31. Official : The enemy directed violent attacks against our front, but the British troops repelled them. The enemy also made attacks on the two banks of the La Brasse Ganal without success. The British resumed the offensive against superior forces north of the La Bassee Canal, reconquered much of the lost ground, and repulsed German attacks at other points, inflicting important leases on the enemy. The Germans, when retreating across the Yser owing to the inundation of the valley, were heavily bombarded by the French and Belgian artillery. The French and British continued to , advance in a north-easterly direction east of Ypres, despite violent counter-attacks. They captured several points of vantage. There has been a recrudescence of activity at Ehcims and on the heights of the Meuse, with isolated attacks on both sides at other points of the line. We have advanced almost everywhere, especially between Arras and Albert, on the Aisne below Soissons, on both banks of the Meuse, and also north of Verdun. GIVE-AND-TAKE FIGHTING. PARIS, October 31. Official ; The Germans have taken a general offensive between Nieuport and Arras. We have recaptured Ramscapclle and have progressed towards Passchendaele. We have lost at a few points d’appui south of Ypres. All the German attacks between La Baseee and Arras were repulsed with heavy losses. Wo have progressed at several points on the rest, of the line to Woevre, but retired towards Vailly. GERMANS BEATEN AT DLXMUDE. HAVRE, October 31. The King of the Belgians reports that three Gefman attacks were driven back at Dixmude on the 291h with heavy less. The whole of the German prisoners admit that the Belgian machine guns inflicted cruel losses. ENEMY EVACUATE LI LEE. LONDON, October 30. The ‘Daily Mail’ states that the Germans have evacuated Lille. GERMANS MASSING NEAR OSTEND. AMSTERDAM, October 31, Information from Dutch sources states that heavy reinforcements are gathering north of Ostend, and that guns from the Antwerp forts have been mounted on the coast to he used against the British warships. Others are being hurriedly sent by train from Germany, indicating that there is a determined plan to hold the coast while combined sea and land operations are being matured. ALLIES CAPTURE TOURCOI NO. AMSTERDAM, October 31. It is reported that the Allies have advanced northwards of Lille and raptured Tourcoing. They have driven the enemy considerably to the eastward of Lille. There is still a strong force at La Bassee and Lens. The Germans twice broke the British lines, but finally they were repulsed. Several fugitives state that the Germans have evacuated Ostend and retreated to Zeebrugge. SIEGE GUN EXPLODES. LONDON, October 30. A German siege gun on the right wing was overcharged and exploded. The gunners and 250 men in the vicinity were mutilated, and their limbs scattered, over a cavalry detachment. Several farmhouses were demolished, and the gun it-, self disappeared, leaving a large hole in the ground. BOMBING A CHATEAU. LONDON, October 31. Eight French aeroplanes dronned bombs on and ignited a chateau forming the German headquarters of the Staff near Dixmude. The Staff rushed out and hid in a wood. The aviators dropped bombs on the wood, but with what result is not known. MISSILES FROM THE SKY. PARIS, October 30. Two German aeroplanes dropped bombs at Rethune. One fell in a group of women in the market place, killing 19 and wounding 40. Another aeroplane dropped bombs at Dunkirk, killing a woman and a child. The bombs were loaded with lead, bullets, and steel nails. INDIANS DROP AN AEROPLANE. PARIS, October 31. A German aeroplane was attempting to . drop bomba on a church in Northern France. The Indians fired and brought down the machine. A bomb exploded, and three aviators were filoiva to shred*.
BURNING THE DEAD. LONDON, October 30. The Germans are taking radical methods of disposing of their dead. In one case they seized a large saw-mill and laid 1.200 bodies in layers with paraffinsoaked timber, making a pyre the height of a six-story house. It burned for three days, fed by German soldiers. HEAVY BELGIAN LOSSES. PARIS. October 31. Belgian officers at Dunkirk state that the Belgian losses for 10 days number 20,000. The earlier German successes were due to the longer range of their artillery. The Belgians have now stopped there advance. BRITISH CAVALRY CREATE DISMAY. HAVRE. October 31. Mr Donald Thompson, photographer for the * New York World,’ accompanied the German army through 26 engagements, and was wounded at Dixmude. He states that the Germans in Belgium are still fighting with marvellous determination, but are getting an awful hammering. Their cavalry are utterly demolished. The British cavalry work creates both admiration and dismay among the Germans, who do not attempt to withstand their onslaughts at close quarters, but turn and run. FIGHTING IN A DEFILE. PARIS, October 31. The Wurtemburg Regiment attempted to pass a narrow defile in the forest of Tour des Mines, in the Mid-Argonne, hoping to join the Crown Prince's army at Varennes. The French were forewarned, and erected a barrier of rocks, from which a mitrailleuse poured a hot fire. The Germans hoisted a white flag, but fired when the French advanced, killing 10, Thereupon the mitrailleuse reopened fire, and the Germans were thrown into horrible confusion. In the attempt to escape over 1.000 were killed. HUNGARY SWAMPED WITH WOUNDED. VIENNA, October 31. Telegrams from Budapest state that the whole of Hungary is flooded with wounded, showing the sanguinary _ character of the fighting on the Vistula. Several Hungarian towns have protested against the billeting of more wounded, declaring that it is impossible to house and nurse them owing to the lack of room and attendance. At Vienna the schools, hotels, public offices, and churches are being transformed into hospitals. RUSSIANS IN EAST PRUSSIA. PETROGRAD. October 31. Official ; Hard fighting continues in East Prussia. Persistent German attacks have been repulsed. The Russians are pressing the German rearguards on the front extending _ from Loflz to Zawikost, and at the junction of the Sail and Vistula captured, parts of heavy guns, also aeroplanes. GERMANS TO RETIRE FROM POLAND. COPENHAGEN, October 31. It is reported at Berlin that the German General Staff have decided that the army in Poland shall retire over the Silesian frontier and. remain on the defensive until Calais has been taken. Three rtr four army corps are being transferred to Belgium. EVACUATION OF POLAND BEGUN. The Prime Minister has received the following from the High Commissioner under date October 31 (3 a.m.) : Reliable: The Germans are evacuating Poland, and have abandoned many Russian prisoners. The entire army appears to be demoralised. It is estimated that 5.000.000 Russian troops are marching after the Austro-Gerraan forces. TWO MILLIONS OF RUSSIANS PUR .SUING. ROME, October 31. A message from Petrograd states that the Austro-Germans, when retreating, abandoned many prisoners. The inhabitants of Poland are reproving bridges, impeding the retreat. Two million Russian troops are following the retreating armies. DEMANDS ON TURKEY. LONDON 1 , October 30 (evening). Reuter states that the Allies have resolved to demand from Turkey an explanation of the Black Sea attacks, and to withdraw all Germans from Turkish ships, also to dismantle the Goeben and Breslau. TURKEY NOT DECLARED. PETROGRAD (Friday afternoon). Russia has not received any declaration of war from Turkey. It is reported that German officers used threats, and turned the Goeben’s guns on the Sultan's palace, causing general consternation in Constantinople. AWAITING TURKEY’S ANSWER. LONDON. October 31. Reuter states that the Allies are cbnferring on the crisis, and awaiting Turkey’s explanations. Diplomatists opine ‘hat the Germans in charge of the fleet may themselves have precipitated the crisis, owing to the debacle at the CVistula, without the Porte’s knowledge. If so, the Powers will require the removal of Germans from the warships. RUSSIA READY FOR TURKEY. PETROGRAD, October 51. Russia is fully prepared to deal with Turkey. In addition to the regulars in the Caucasus,' a volunteer corps has been organised among tho Armenians and Mohammedans. Wealthy Armenians aro contributing largo sums to equip volunteers, aitcl Caucasian mountaineers are enrolling with alacrity POWERS WILL INTERVENE. ROME, October 31. Turkey’s attack on Russia without a declaration of war has made an immense impression. The ‘Giornale d]ltalia| states that it will result in the immediate intervention of the Powers. WHAT TURKEY IS DOING. CONSTANTINOPLE, October 31. Turkish troops are moving towards the Egyptian frontier. BERLIN, October 31. A telegram states that strong Turkish cavalry detachments have arrived in tho Gulf of Akabah, and that scouts with wireless installations have reached the extremity of the Sinai Peninsula. LONDON, October 31. Odessa reports that Turkish destroyers sank the gunboat Donetz at the entrance to tho harbor. Portion of the crew were killed and drowned. Three Russian steamers were damaged by the shell fire. A French steamer was also damaged, and two of her crew were killed. The sugar factory was shelled, and some civilians were killed and others injured. Half a million trained Turks have been mobilised, of which number 100,000 are in the Caucasus, 200,000, in the Bosphorus, and 40,000 in Palestine. In addition, there are Arab irregulars and camel men. October 31. Unconfirmed reports from Rome regarding the naval engagements in the Black Sea stated (hat the Russians' sank a Turkish dastcoyer and mine-layer, and also captured a collier. It is stated that the Turks bombarded Sebastopol. A report at Constantinople officially claims that Turkey sank two more Russian torpedo boats and also a gunboat in the Bosphorus. An unconfirmed report at Athens states that 5,000 Bedouins have invaded Pywas.
AMSTERDAM, October 50. Official: A Constantinople report states that soma Russian torpedo boats have been sunk by the Turks, who did not suffer any loss, and who saved 30 Russians. October 51 (midnight). Official: A . message from Constantinople states that a Turkish squadron sank the Russian mine-layer Prut with 700 mines on board, torpedoed and sank a Russian destroyer, captured another vessel, and damaged some torpedo boats and a coastguard snip. The Turks did not sustain any loss. The engagement continues. WELLINGTON, November 1. The Prime Minister has received the following from the’ High Commissioner under elate October 31 (o a.m.): Reliable: Russian torpedo boats endeavored to prevent the Turkish fleet from leaving tho Blade Sea. The latter opened fire, and sank two Russian vessels. SERVIA ON THE DEFENSIVE. ROME, October 30. The ' Tribuna’s ’ Nish correspondent reports that Servia is finding it difficult, after two campaigns, to continue her struggle against Austria's growing forces, and must therefore assume the defensive. BULGARIA’S ATTITUDE. PETROGRAD, October 31. The Russian newspapers refuse to admit the possibility of Bulgaria assisting Turkey against its liberators. GERMANS THINK THE WAR WILL LAST. LONDON, October 30. It is the tendency of the Berlin Press to confess that the war will be more prolonged than was anticipated. TTfe people are advised to husband their resources. BOMBARDMENT OF CATTARO. CETTTNJE, October 30. Official: The bombardment of Cattaro continues successfully. Fort Waloate has been practically destroyed, and a shell blew up the magazine! THE BELGIAN REFUGEE STEAMER. PARIS, October 30. Official: The Amjral Ganteaume was torpedoed without reason, contrary to all international usages of war. [The Amiral Ganteaume, formerly known as the Hibernia and as the Orient, was a steamer of 4,590 tons, belonging to the Chargeurs Reunis, of Havre.] CRUISER HERMES SUNK. LONDON, November 1. A German submarine sank the light cruiser Hermes in the Strait of Dover. Most of the crew were saved. (The Hermes was a sister vessel to the Highflyer, which sank the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse.j THE WALDECK-ROUSSEAU. LONDON, October 30. Details of the attack on the cruiser Waldeck-Rousseau show that she simultaneously came under the fire of machine guns from the land and torpedo boats and aeroplanes. One of the aeroplanes came within 800 yards and dropped a bomb, which exploded on the forward bridge, smashing the glass of tho captain’s observation post. Someone shouted “ Submarine !” and a periscope emerged 100 yards ahead. The big guns blazed away, and when they wore quiet again a sheet of oil was floating where the submarine had been. Before disappearing it fired a torpedo and just missed the cruiser. Altogether three submarines attacked tho vessel, and it is believed that only one returned to port. AT TSING-TAO. WELLINGTON, November 1. The Prime Minister has received the following from the High Commissioner under date October 50 (11.55 p.m.):— Official: An Indian contingent has joined the Anglo-Japanese forces at Tsing-tao. The following has been received under date October 51 (10.40 p.m.):— The Japanese War Office announces that a general bombardment of Tsing-tao commenced to-day. (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, October 30. The German campaign in China has resulted in the dismissal of the British editor of the Peking ‘ Gazette ’ on the grounds of artJinli-German policy. PEKING, October 31. A message from Chefoo states that many of tho buildings at Tsing-tao arc ablaze. TOKIO, October 31. After two days’ naval bombardment of the Tsing-tao forts the Allies began a general attack by land and sea to-day. THE RESIGNATION OF PRINCE LOUIS. A TRUE AND ABLE SERVANT. The Prime Minister (Mr Massey) yesterday received the foll«|K£ from the High Commissioner under cßHßjondon, October 30 Official: The Prince of Battenberg has relinquished the position of Lord Commissioner on the Admiralty. His letter of resignation was couched as follows ; Dear Mr Churchill, —I have latterly been driven to the painful conclusion that at this juncture my birth and parentage have the effect of impairing in some respects my usefulness on the board of the Admiralty. In these circumstances 1 feel it rny duty as a loyal subject of His Majesty to resign my office as First Sea Lord, hoping thereby to facilitate the administration of the great service to which I have devoted my life, and to case the burden laid on Ministers. Mr Churchill’s reply read as under: — Dear Prince Louis, —This is no ordinary war, but a struggle between nations for life or death. It raises passions between races of the most terrible kind, and effaces old landmarks on the fron- ; tiers of our civilisation. I cannot further oppose the wish you have during the last few weeks expressed to me to be released from the burden and responsibility which you have borne thus far with so much honor and success. The L anxieties and toils which rest upon the , naval administration of our country aro themselves enough to try a man's spirit. ; When to them is added the ineradicable [ difficulties of which you speak, 1 could not at this juncture in fairness ask you to support them. The navy of tomorrow bears the imprint of your work. The enormous impending influx of capital ships, a score of 30-knot cruisers, and « tho destroyers and submarines of unequalled modern construction which are coming now to hand are the results cf the labors which we had in common, and 1 in which tho Board of Admiralty owe ’ so much to your aid. The step which 1 secured the timely concentration of the fleet was taken by you. I must express publicly my deep indebtedness to you and the pain I feel at the severance of our s three years’ official association. In all the t circumstances, you are right in your dej cision. The spirit in which you have acted is the same as that in which I Prince Maurice of Battenberg has given i his life to our cause, and in which your , gallant son is now serving in the fleet. I beg you to accept my profound regret , and tnat of our colleagues on the hoard. | “PARTLY MONSTROUSLY UNJUST.” ’ (London ‘ Times ’ and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Service*.) LONDON, November 1. ‘ The Times,’ editorially discussing the - resignation of Prince Louis of Bat- : tenberg, regrete it, because the Prince's • , action was unquestionably the result of a ) campaign of suggestion, which was partly honest and partly monstrously unjust. I The Prince had been openly accused of
■ ' ' " ' ' ' ■ ' * f weakness for allowing the sailors’ point of view to be.swept.into the background by the masterful personality of Mr Churchill. He was also attacked by gossip and innuendo on account of his German birth. Regarding the second charge, says * The Times,’ it is difficult to write with patience in tho case of a man who had spent a lifelong and most distinguished career in the service of his adopted country. Whatever were the causes of the Prince’s retirement, the Navy whereto he had devoted himself so, long will continue to place their trust and confidence in one whom they regard with the greatest es teem. ‘The Times’ points out that the Prince has two sons in tho British Navy, and that one is a lieutenant on the battlecruiser New Zealand. LOSS. OF A HOSPITAL SHIP. A HUNDRED”LIVES LOST. LONDON, October 30. Th’o Rohilla was bound from Queens, ferry to Dunkirk to pick up Belgian wounded. She struck at 4 o’clock in the morning. A terrific sea was running, and there were 200 persons on board, including a medical unit. The boats were smashed as they were being lowered, but lifeboats rescued a few lives. Many clung to wreckage until they were exhausted, when they were swept away. The ship eventually broke in two, and 110 (?) persons were drowned. When the stem was carried away the remainder took refuge on the bridge and in the rigging Lifeboats made desperate efforts to succor them. One boat was smashed and two members of tho crew were drowned. Sixty persons were rescued, and the others, numbering 100, remained in the forepart. Attempts to rescue them were abandoned, and rocket lines proved of no avail. Many bodies have been washed ashore. Later advices state that the Rohilla's position is worse. She has broken into three parts and is settling down. The bridge provides the only refuge for those on board. A number jumped into the sea, and some of them were drowned. The bodies of others were washed up on to the beach. Several further attempts by a lifeboat to reach the wreck were of no avail; likewise rocket lines. [The Rohilla was a steamer of 7,409 tons, and belonged to the British India Steam Navigation Company.] BOER FANATICISM AT THE BACK*OF THE RISING. GAPE TOWN, October 30. It is stated that the late Senator Dclarey attached gre.it importance to the prophecies of Von Ronsburg, a religious monomaniac in the Richtenburg district. These included a prediction that Beyers and De Wet would be. instrumental in the restoration of the old republic; also that Beyers’s men were invisible in battle. The captured rebels admit that they were influenced by Von Rensburg’s prophecies. The friends of De Wet believe that he is suffering from religious mania. SUPPLIES FOR GERMANY. NEW YORK. October 30. Great Britain’s announcement that cotton is not contraband has eased the situation. A shipment of several hundred thousand dollars’ worth to Germany through Italian ports has already been negotiated. Heavy consignments of foodstuffs are being sent to Germany via Italy. GERMAN WARSHIP AT HONOLULU. TOKIO, October 51. A message from Honolulu states that although repairs to the German warship Geir have been completed, the vessel is remaining in port for the purpose of keeping Japanese cruisers watching, and so preventing their operating against other German vessels. The British and Japanese have unavailingly protested to the local authorities, and arc now making representations to Washington. THE CHINESE “LlE’’ CAMPAIGN. PEKING, October 31. The Germans have bought up the British newspapers that have ceased publication and are controlling the entire native Press at Peking and several papers at Tientsin. A SPY COURT MARITAL LED. LONDON, October 30. A court-martial has opened at the Guildhall to hear a charge of espionage, the court consisting of Lord Choylesniore and eight officers. Carl Ledy alias Charles Inglis, of New York, who was arrested at Killarney, is charged with attempting to convey military secrets to Germany. A similar trial is unknown in England in the history of modern war. Guilt is punishable by death. The prisoner was guarded by soldiers with fixed bayonets. Mr Poclkin. K.C.. for the Crown, said that the accused travelled extensively in Great Britain under an American passport. claiming to ie .tn American subject. After his arrest he admitted ho was a German subject. Lody had sent several reports to Germany, giving much correct information He also investigated the steps taken to guard public buildings, and had mentioned that the Houses of Pai Lament ard the P-ank of England were guarded with wire netting against Zeppelin attacks. At one stage the court was cleared while the prisoner’s message was read out. SPIES EVERYWHERE. LONDON, October 51. A spectator arrested a lady at tho court martial. She was present throughout the trial and remained near the War Office bench after the court had been cleared. STRUCK OFF. LONDON. October 51 (evening). The names of the German and Austrian Emperors, and that of the Duke of SaxeCoburg, have been removed from the Army List. THE CANADIAN BORDER. OTTAWA, October 30. Some anxiety is being felt at Toronto and along the border lest tho Germans and Austrians, of whom there aro over 200,000 at Buffalo, should attempt to make raids. The homo guards are fortifying the forts at Lake Erie. Tho Government have been asked to establish volunteers. . [As tho total population of Buffalo, according to the last census returns, is only 42,500, the proportion of Austrians and Germans stated in the cable has probably become mangled in transmission.] MISCELLANEOUS CABLES. PEKING. October 51. The crew of the wrecked German destroyer S9O, who were interned on the Niu’king Exhibition Grounds, escaped on Friday, but weie recaptured at Puttow. LONDON, October 31. Prince Maurice- of Battenberg was leading a company attack when ho was struck by shrapnel. He died almost immediately and was buried at Ypres to-day. The trawler Rosiila struck a mine in the North Sea, and the captain and mate were drowned. Tenders have been invited, closing November 4, for £15,000,000 six months’ British Treasury bills. A s team or has brought 8.500,000 eggs from Archangel to Cardiff. OTTAWA, October 31. Th? Canadian autumn wheat acreage has been increased by 1,000,000 acres. A company of 120 Redskins from Brantford has joined the second contingent. CHICAGO, October 51. Bidding on the wheat market is excited, both to cow and on speculative account, owing to Turkey’s attitude. A SOLDIER’S WIPE’S APPEAL. “Men of England! You have heard the cry, ‘ England needs you!’ yet loiter still 1 "You send off others to fight or die. ihut you ‘cannot make up your mind.’ I Shirking, discomfort, funking jjjaiq, dread- j
iug death! Every man in Germany, every man in France, all—save the old and the halt and the ill—-have risen at their country’s call and gone forth to prove their manhood or to die. Will Englishmen alone ‘ait by the fire and spin’?'*—From the ‘ South Wales Daily Post.’ OTAGO PATRIOTIC AND GENERAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION. The hon. treasurers of the Otago Patriotic and General Welfare Association acknowledge .the .receipt of the following donations to- the fund : Previously acknowledged ...£13,569 4 7 Dunedin City Council, gas works employees (sixth contribution) 8 4 0 Proceeds of lamb sold at Burnside for the daughters of S. C. Watson ... 06 10 0 Amounts received on Trafalgar Dav and previously acknowledged 50 0 0 Hillside Railway Workshops employees (sixth contribution) ' ••• 15 15 5 Roslyn Mills, hosiery department (second contribution) 3 0 0 J. R. and M. Jack (per Belgian Consul) 5 0 0 « £13,805 14 1 The total of the local patriotic funds to date is £31,454 9s 6d. DOMINION STOCKING LEAGUE. The members of the Stocking League, having despatched close on 5,000 garments for tlie poor of Great Britain, are now working for the Belgian refugees, and hope to have a large case of clothing ready for shipment shortly. The meetings are held in the Hanover Street Sunday School Hall on Tuesday each week, from 10.50 a.m. till 9.30 p.m., and Fridays from 2 until 6 p.m. In addition to the usual stocking work, the ladies are making women’s and children’s clothing of new material, and will be glad to receive donations of money or material for same. Parcels may be sent to the hall, or to Mrs M‘Laren,'6o4 Cumberland street (president of the league). All women willing to help are welcome at any of the meetiDISCHARGE OF HUSSARS THROUGH THE GERMAN LINES. The war correspondent of a London newspaper expresses the opinion that in the early weeks of the war the Germans deliberately planned to crush the- British army for moral effect. He writes : “ The Germans saw a golden opportunity to overwhelm and to crush the comparatively small British wing. They sent their hosts of men and their deluge of shrapnel against them. With deadly precision the British used their rifles and their guns. -They mowed swathes through the German infantry. They cut wide avenues through the' cavalry, but always these openings were instantly filled by reserves. The Germans doubled the. pressure, and made superhuman onslaughts. The moral effect throughout Europe of the slaughter of a British army was worth almost any price. They paid the price recklessly. It is one. of the laws of war that when a force has been cruelly punished it can surrender without loss of honor. The Gormans fully expected that Sir John French would hoist the white flag when the battle front became a shambles. But the British met shock with shock, killing Germans until their defence became a ghastly butchery, and retired foot by foot, mile by mile, without, the, Germans ever being able to get them on the run, to pierce their formation, or to overwhelm them. Glorious as the achievements of the British arms have been, there has been nothing to equal the imper-jshabio couragc of our soldiers at Mods. “Well might the French burst into pa?ans of praise. If that British force had failed. Uhlans would have been riding in tho .-t reels of Paris within 24 hours; France would have been brought to her knees. Only the dauntless bravery of our men saved her. Tho Kaiser now perhaps realises that with all his hosts he cannot subdue a British army, and he has more, reasons than the fighting to convince him of this. Published accounts of the four day.-,’ battle in giving special prominence to a whirlwind charge by the hussars. They rode straight against the Potsdam Guards, the proudest and finest regiment in tho German army. They sabred their way through with headlong fury, and, up, found that they were right on the other side of the German lines. Not one bit daunted, they reformed, and cut their way back again. That in itself was a feat which will never ho forgotten. When it is stated that their object was to capture the Kaiser, who was believed to be just at the rear of his famous, and supposedly invincible, guards, it appears an even greater achievement than the bald statement conveys.”
ALLIES HOLDING THEIR OWN IN THE NORTH., Issue 15639, 2 November 1914
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