HARRYING THE GERMANS
ALLIES' FINE FIGHTING. RATTLE OF LAVEXTIE. A cable published in the Sydney ' Sun ' C'ivvti eom-3 interesting of recent. Sighting on tho Germane' right, and of the battle at Lavontie, a village in France, 12 miles north-fast of Bethune. It says : " Thn Germans held tho village by means of .i force etrongly entrenched in front for ;i whole clay. The attacking artillery thellcd the German position, carrying doath nnd devastation into tho enemy's ranks, bui tho Germans tenaciously held trenches. As the day was waning, tho order wae given ' Laventie muet be taken ~t all costs.' The way lay across open fields, with no cover, no hedges, and no trees. It was heavy going over ploughed land and beetroot crops. The advance wae made in open order, under cover of the artillery. Tho Germans awaited the onslaught with courage and determination, allowing the attackers to come within 500 yards before opening fire. Then they poiued in a perfect iia.ll of shrapnel and bullets. Men fell in all directions. Nevertheless, tho infantry advanced steadily and with splendid courage, and carried the trenches at the point of tho bayonet. They captured three guns, but the b:-.ttle was only half won. From ©very room and from every window in tha village a hot rifle fire opposed their entry. Mitrailleuses upon the church tower swept tho main street. But tho attackers, undaunted, passed on into the side streets and drove out tho enemy. By nightfall a troinload of wounded was going rearwards. All tho wounded were from bullet wounds. The wholo force had previously fought unscathed at Mons, La Chateau, and in the* Aisne battle. This is tho first of tho gruelling pressure of tho allied forces which is wing eierted on tho German right, and continues to bo irrcsistibla. Lavtuti© was only an incident.
" Tho glorious day at Estaareu was carlied with the samo gallantry and success, and tho movements of tho allied forces Tesulted in a pronounced modification of tho programme that the Germans had mapped out for themselves. After the great movement from tho Aisne, tho miemy's plan was undoubtedly to drive a wedge, hoping that tho manoeuvre would tako tho allied army unawares. But the Gorman movement was not rapid enough to prevent tho allied forces from selecting .a position to establish themselves. The occupation of Ostend is consequently of little strategic importance. The work of our troops during tho past week, if not spectacular, has been extraordinarily effective. Tho Germans at certain points have been most emphatically and gratifyingly on the run, and daily their line haa undergone variations which were totally undesigned. The Teutonic affection for the occupation of open tewna has led them into greater difficulties than the temporary advantages liove been worth. The food and lodging affoided them waa only fair."
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HARRYING THE GERMANS, Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
HARRYING THE GERMANS Evening Star, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914
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