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NO HEADWAY, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914
BY EITHER SIDE. ENEMY ATTEMPT THE YSER, BUT SUFFER REPULSE. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. PARIS. November 13. Official: We hold our ground at all positions. The enemy, in a night attack, attempted to debouch from XKxmudo, but. were repulsed, and were also thrown hack everywhere over the Yser, except for 300 yards on the left bank. ATTACK AND REPLY. WAVES OF GERMAN INFANTRY AND SHOWERS OF SHELLS. ALLIES’ GREAT DEFENCE. WELLINGTON. November 13. The Prime Minister has received the following: cable message from the High Commissioner, dated London, November 13 (0.5 p.m.):— Official: Operations for the last few days consisted mainly of heavy fighting north of the river Lys. The points of interest were Ilnllesteike, Wvtsrhaete. and Messines. There were also severe encounters on the line from Oar.vonrde to Freiinghien. Hie characteristic of the fighting was the frequent and vigorous infantry attacks from the Germans, accompanied by heavy shell fire, alternating with equally vigorous counter-attacks. , The general result was the main-i tenance of our line. There were con- I siderablo losses on our side, hut still j heavier on the other side. Machine | guns and TOO prisoners were taken by ] us on tho Bth inst. !
'Hie Allies’ strength is constantly maintained by reinforcements, Latterly the stress has been in the neighborhood of Ghelnvekle, north of pro:-., _ and round Dixmndo. The German artillery fire was continuous, tlie bombardment Iteing intended to pulverise the defence preparatory to the advance of infantry. The centre of the struggle was at Tpres, the defence of which will certainly bo reckoned in history as one of the most striking episodes in the annals of the British Army. !'<■ r n m-.‘ than three weeks this position lias been held under A rain of shells which hardly ever ceased, day or night. During that time the enemy have poured successive waves of infantry against, our forces, only to see them break to pieces one niter the other. A GERMAN MISTAKE. THEIR WOEXDKD SHELLED. LONDON", November 12. During the bombardment of Yores on Tuesday tho Germans shelled the railway station, hoping to blow up an armored train. At the time a special train was at the station, carrying 1,000 German prisoners to France. Of these only 284 escaped unscathed, while 161 were seriously wounded. The rest are dead, and lie unhuried at the station.
• ALLIES IX OSTEND. acx'oedixcTto EE PORT. AMSTERDAM. November 13. People who have crossed tlie frontier state that_ the Allies have entered Ostend, which the Germans have abnnioned, FIGHTING FURTHER SOUTH. NIGHT ATTACK FOILED. CLEVER BRITISH SIT? AT AG EM. BIG GUNS CAPTURED. LONDON. November 12. The * Daily Chronicle ’ correspondent says that the Germans made a determined night attack on La. Bassoe (smith-west of Lille) on Tuesday. The British allowed the infantry to pierce their lines and get well on the road to Bethune (west of La Bassee). They then halted on the slopes of a hill, and with a terrifying rifle and artillery fire overturned the German gun carriages and reduced thn infantrymen to a panic-stricken mob. The Gormans abandoned two Ilia gnus and one lOiin howitzer. GERMAN DISCIPLINE. ENTRENCHING UNDER FIRE. PITLIDLE PLIGHT OF INFANTRYMEN. LONDON, November 12. The ‘Daily Telegraph's’ Paris correspondent states that interviews with German wounded reveal that the following method of beginning trenches under fire is common in the German army:— First the officer selects a man and orders him to divest himself of his rifle and heavy pack, take a spado, ami march from cover some paces to the front. If ho hesitates, the officer puts a revolver to the man's head and covers him until he has turned the first sod. The man seldom survives longer than that. Then a second man is sent out, and a third and a fourth, until the beginning of the french is deep enough to cover a man, when another is sent forward with an armor-plate shield, which is set up at the hole previous!v made. This enables the rest to work in comparative safety. On an average 15jnen are shot down before the beginning of a trench is effected. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, November 12. The Paris ‘Figaro’ states that the I Allies have found numerous bodies of j Germans in the v icinity of Ypres aho I had been executed am! tied to trees i because they refused to advance. A Swiss 1 doctor serving with the! Germans near Cnionne (between) Soissons and Rheims) declares that the misorv in the trenches is inenn-1 ceivahlo. There is no fire, or warm | food, or drinkable water. Night is dreaded for fear of the Senegalese gliding in the dark over the ramparts. They often leap from a glacis like cats and cut the throats of sentries. THE WOUNDED SACRIFICED. LONDON, November 12. The Paris correspondent of tho ‘Daily Telegraph’ states that many German, wounded are brought to the French hospitals naked, their comSdea having stripped them and sent eir clothes to Germany for tho new drafts. One wounded man said the Gorman Red Cross had orders to pick up officers only unless there was ample room for men. H« several times saw the severely wounded shot as they lay on the field and stripped’ of their uniforms and accoutrements before the bodies were cold. THE AISNB VALLEY. (London ‘ Times * and Sydney ‘ Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 12. ■ A correspondent says that the valley of the Aisne has been banged and ' battered in the most terrible way. Village after village has been knocked into a cocked bat. The normal population of Soissons is 1.3/100; it is now only 1,500. The inhabitants cl the Talley exhibit an unquenchable op- ■ tunifum. . .
| KAISER’S ORDER. j A REVISED OUTLOOK. FIGHTING FOR SELF-PRESERVA-TION. | PETROGRAD, November 13. The Kaiser’s order to the troops was found on a Gorman wounded in East Prussia. It read as follows: •‘Thanks to the valor of m.v heroes, France has been severely punished, Belgium has been added to the glorious provinces of Germany, and the punitive expedition to Russia has met with brilliant successes. But although wo obtained a due requital for the affronted patriotism of Germany wo must now turn to the new task of protecting our hearths, which moribund France and barbarous Russia are preparing to attack. Henceforward our military operations will take a new form. It is necessary to concentrate our energies upon the repulse of our enemies, otherwise Germany will be transformed into an enslaved and degraded province of Russia. France must remember that she cannot make us take one step backward into our country. - ’ , IN THE FIRE ZONE. (London 'Times’ and Sydney *sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 12. According to an Amsterdam message, the Kaiser last week visited the trenches within GOOyds of the Allies and urged the men to defeat the enemy. Tire soldiers cheered him.
ANOTHER APPEAL. LONDON, November 12. The Bavarian Crown Prince has addresser! a general order to his troops, saying: “ Soldiers, the eyes of the world are upon yon in your present task. Do not relax the struggle with the hated enemy till yon break In's. arrogance once for all. He is already • weakening. Numerous officers and ' privates of the enemy hare voluntarily | surrendered. A great derisive blow ‘ remains to he struck. Do not let the ' enemy slip between your teeth. We ' must conquer.” TREATMENT OF PRISONERS. 1 (London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 12. Some British prisoners have been hooted and maltreated hv German crouds. A colonel Avas handcuffed and led away to an unknown fato for striking a guard who prodded him with a rifle, EXCHANGE OF NON-COMBATANTS LONDON, NoA-ember 12. Renter's Amsterdam correspondent reports that the German authorities again recommend English AA-onien, children. girls under 17, doctors and other men over oo to leave Germany. They may choose any train until November 20, after Avhich they avi'U bo transported in parties on certain days. IN ASIA MINOR. FALSE TURKISH REPORTS. LONDON. November 12. ITio Pros Bureau denies (he Turkish Headquarters statements that the Russians in the Caucasus have retreated to their second line of defence, suffering greatly, and that the Turks have crossed the Egyptian frontier and occupied Schenis-.e- and Fort El Arish. capturing four British guns. The Bureau says this is fain* information deliberately spread by Constantinople under Herman instructions. THE HOEBEN. ( REPORTED SERIOCSLV DAMAGED. j i’E I'ROGBAD. November 12. I A message from Constantinople states \ that- the Goeben is seriously damaged. A shot penetrated the waterline during the I Anglo-French bombardment of the Dar- | dandles.
j ox tt!.-egean pea. ; British colonv at Smyrna. LONDON, November 12. The • Morning Post’s ’ Athens correspondent states that the British colony at Smyrna desired to leave, being doubtful of tho value of the assurances given by the American Consul that the lives anti property of foreigners would be protected, but they were not permitted to do so. Turkish cannon command the heights, and it Is believed will shell the colony if the Allies attempt to take the city from the sea. THE “FOUNDLING STATE." LONDON, November 12. Berat, in Albania, has been pillaged, and anarchy reign# In the Valona region, which is a prey to civil war. Tho Governor was forced to haul down the Turkish flag. Soldiers have been sent to restore order. HELP FOR THE BELGIANS. SYDNEY, November 13. The Belgian Consul has remitted a further sum of £20.000 to Belgium, being tho amounts received from subscriptions in New South Waleo, Queensland, Christchurch, and Auckland. The total sum remitted is £54,000.
NO HEADWAY, Issue 15650, 14 November 1914
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