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BRITISH REGIMENTS.

THE MEN OF KENT FIGHT FINELY"IX FRANCE. LONDON, November 22. Thrilling narratives have been received of the bravery of the West Kent Regiment. They covered the retreat of the sth Division after the fighting nt Mens, and figured prominently at the battle of the Ai-iie.^ Their latest exploit was a five days' defence of Ncuva Chapelle against heavy odds at the end of October. A_ tremendous artillery fire forced the Yorkshire Light Infantry to evacuate their trenches, leaving the West Kents’ left flank exposed. The German trenches w*re only 500 yds distant, and desperate attacks followed. The West Kents shattered the attackers with their ride fire, and drove them back ■with a bayonet charge. Tho Germans renewed the attack the following day, when the trenches were 250 yds apart, the Germans working to the rear of the West Kents. Twelve officers and over 300 of the West Kents were killed, wounded, or missing before reinforcements of Indians and French enabled a counterattack to be made. All the lost trenches were recovered. General Smith-Dorrien visited and specially commended tho West Kents. THE GURKHAS. CHARACTERISTIC EXPLOIT. LONDON, November 21. The Indians for several days faced a terrific assault *’n the La Bassco region. Their ranks were daily thinned by artillery and machine pun tire. A company of Gurkhas were terriblyworried from a German trench 200 yds distant. Four of their number during the night crept away just before dawn. There was a sudden cry of terror from the German trench, then a brief struggle with an invisible foe. who slashed and stabbed. The Germans were panic-stricken, and fled to the rear. Tho four Gurkhas returned nnscratched, and the daylight revealed the silent mitrailleuses beside the gashed bodies of 15 of their German defenders. NEEDED A CHANGE. LONDON, November 21. The Prussian Guard have suffered so severely in their attacks on tho British that they have been withdrawn from the fighting line and sent to recuperate, in the rear. PREPAREDNESS. LONDON, November 21. Four pieces of heavy calibre artillery and two mortars captured by the Allies were taken from emplacements prepared before the war, and two discovered at the village of St. Georges, near Ramscapelle, were sent there many months hack, Germany paying £3OO for their lodging. Eight of tho guns’ hosts wore immediately shot. FICTION. LONDON, November 21. A German official wireless message circulates a story that 15,000 British troops were drowned in the canal between Bixachcnto and Dixmude. PRINCE OF WALFA REACHES "THE FRONT. PARIS, November 22. Tho arrival of the Prince of Wales at tho front has caused tho liveliest satisfaction in France. Tho newspapers pav eulogistic tributes to him, recalling tho "Prince's visit to the Marquis De LongueuiL ANOTHER ROYALTY. AMSTERDAM, November 22. A telegram from Berlin statm that tho Kaiser'a son Augustus has sustained a complicated fracture of tho thigh as tho result of a motor accident during a military' tour. FRENCH AIRMEN. RAID OX ZEpFeLIX SHEDS. AMSTERDAM, November 22. French aeroplanes appeared at Friedrirhshafen at midday 4CO yards above tho sheds where tho new Zeppelins are being constructed. Shrapnel brought down one of the aeroplanes, and another fell into Lake Constance. Bombs damaged two of tho houses, killed a man, and wounded a woman. A captured aviator was found to ho seriously wounded. AIRMEN’S TACTICS. geemaxJtrapped. LONDON, November 21. An exciting air battle was witnessed on Wednesday. Two French end two British aeroplanes manoeuvred for 10 minutes against four German aeroplanes. Suddenly they fled, and the Germans following in pursuit realised too late that they had been entrapped. They were shot down by hidden French batteries. Eight officers and pilots were killed. (London ‘Tunes’ and Sydney *Sun’ Services.) LONDON, November 21. Tho military correspondent of *Le Matin’ says that none of the British volunteers at the front haj had less than three months’ Instruction. The colonial contingents are certainly better stuff than the young German soldiers.

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BRITISH REGIMENTS., Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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BRITISH REGIMENTS. Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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