"HOLE OF DEATH."
FTGHTIXG NEAR. XAXCY. SKILFUL FRENCH TACTICS. EXEMY DECEIVED AXD SLAUCttITERED. (London "Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Scrvioes.) LONDON, November 25. A body of French iiif-rtiy held ;i village near Na'nev against 12 000 ("Wmane. who nhelfed the village, 4.000 shells being fired in three days. Tho French batteries allowed the Hermans to wast* their ammunition -without returning the fir? The Herman commander, deceived bv then- pil-nc-c, ordered an attack, whereupon t!ie French battery pounded tho closely-formed ranks, but ■without arrestmi; their advance. The French infantiy wey- directed to let ihe assailants r :et within 300 v:uds, and then the officers shouted "Charge with bavonets." Tho ir.fantiy, having been warned, instead of obeying tin- order, rose into ft crouching pos ; tion. and fixed bayonets as though rroiicc out t« r•■•pel tho attack. They tV'ii fir.vl vollevs from the trenches, which caurht the Germans just as thev reached the entanglements. The'enemy f -11 in deiu-- ma.-ses. The, m"n behind Waled the eiitanqumer.ts over I the bod ; es. but cot no fi'ither. Foi-r separate assaults were and 4.0C0 dead were left in frmt of tV t Tenches. ■U' ninntMl the Germans Tftreaterl. Rome lost their war in the darkness and fell into the River L 'isv. 'Hie survivors christened the town "Hole of Death." NEW TACTICS. (London* Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LOXDOX. ■November 25. It ia stated in Rotterdam that Germany Is abandoning her present method of trench or field fortress fighting in favor of rapid field operations, because Germany cannot stand what is practically a siege so far from her principal bases in winter. GERMAN LOSSES. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) COPENHAGEN, November 25. On tho baaie of official lists the estimate of German losses to date is about a million and a-half. FOB VALOR. .VICTORIA CROSS HEROES. LONDON, November 26. The following Victoria Crosses have fcaen awarded : Private Godley, who fought a machine fun at Alona throuph a hot fire for two ours after he had been wounded. Driver Drain and Driver Luke, who volunteered to savo 3ome guns at Lo Catean when tho Germans were only 100 yards away. Major Yate, of tho Yorkshire Lij?ht Infantry, who fought in the trenches it Le Cateau until the ammunition waa exhausted and then led a charge of the 19 survivors, in the course of which he ■was mortally wounded. Lance-corporal llvids. who assisted to »save the iguna at Ua Cateau. Captain Bradbury (deceased), who ormmittA the deicac* of L Battery at N^ry. t
Captain W. Johnson, who at Missy throughout September 14 worked two rafts with his own hands, bringing back wounded and returning with ammunition, thus enabling the aefvanced brigado to maintain their position across the river. Bombardier Harlock, who, though wounded at Vendresse on September 15, persisted on returning to lay his gun. AN INDIAN STALWART. LONDON. November 26. Havildar Gagna Singh is the firßt Indian recommended for the Victoria Cross. He commanded 15 Indians defending a trench who killed 60 Germans before they were overpowered. The Havildar, who was tho only survivor, snatched a German officer's sword, and killed 10 before he fell, and was left for dead with five wounds. FRANCE'S RECOGNITION. BERNE, November 26. At a review at Belfort tho French Government presented tho Legion of Honor to Lieutenants Babington and Sippe, the British airmen. BRAVE GUNNTER ON H.M.A.S. SYDNEY. COLOMBO, November 25. The sailors who were wounded in the Sydney-Emden action aro progressing favorably. A story of real grit and pluck on the part cf a seaman named Home is told by one of his comrades. " Home was the sight-setter of the 6in starboard gun. He was crouched ready for the word of command behind the shield of tho gun, when a shell burst just behind us and killed tho gun-layer and injured four out of the nine "who were serving tho gun. Home got it badly in both legs and the shoulders, but he crawled back to his seat behind the battered shield and stayed until ordered below." GIVING THEM NEWS. LONDON. November 26. An eye-witness at the British head--1 quarters" in Belgium states that news of the destruction of the Emden caused immense satisfaction in all ranlcs. At somo I places where the trenches are close the | news was passed on with comments to I tho enemy. As a result the Germans • tired heavily at our trenches for some I time.
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"HOLE OF DEATH.", Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914