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PHASES OF THE FIGHT.

WHY HINDENBURG FAILED

ONF ARMY’S DEFEAT ’ NULLIFIES ANOTHER’S SUCCESS. PETROGRAD, November 28. Tho battle of Keius/.ki (east of Lodz) is the last stage of the Germans’ desperate snuggling fight through to Mrvkow, am they are exposed to incessant Russian cavalry charge*. The Rusriar.s, knowing the difficulty 'of surrounding three army corps in the open country, ore seeking to cut atl every supply of ammunition > __ . Prior to {he German advance the Kaiser gave audience to General Hindenburg at Thorn. Ho said : “ The eyes of tho worn! are upon you ” • General Hindenburg then launched a Naioleonio attack, aiming at breaking the Ruf-sian centre and surrounding the Russians between Czerstochowa and Cracow. • The army under General Francois attacked 3.i0v. - icz, while Genera! Mat hausen marched upon Lodz. General Mackensen duly broke th© Russian centre at Brezinv, but found his three army corps cut off, as General Francois, who was decisively defeated at Lcvricz on Tuesday, retreated in a.north-westerly direction, making General Mnckensen's position increasingly difficult. Meanwhile tho Russians on Monday defeated General Wielet's force of Germans at Czenstochowa, who had been entrenched on a line of low bills running to the 1 istula. Th© Russians had driven a wedge into th© line at Wlodwize, 25 miles south of Czemstochowa, and are now attacking the Germans’northern section on the flank. • The Russians converging on Cracow from three sides are continually capturing guns. Th© General Staff complain that the Germans are placing anti-aircraft guns, machine guns, and wirejess apparatus in church towers, with the evident purpose of forcing the Russians to bombard ancient buildings. PRECARIOUS POSITION OF THREE GERMAN ARMY CORPS. HELP FROM THORN HINDERED BY RUSSIAN CAVALRY. PETROGRAD, November 28. . Latest unofficial reports suggest that the Russian victory on the Vistula-Warta is likely to exceed previous estimates. The three army corps seeking to escape via Strykow (between Lodz and Lowicz) sr© now subjected to a terrible artillery fire. They are short of food and big gun ammunition, and are suffering from appalling losses. The situation resembles that at Paardeberg. " The ‘Daily News’s’ Petrograd correspondent states that the Germans are in a triangle, the apex of which is west of Koluszld and th© base between Lowicz and Lodz. The Russians have tho fore© turned inward upon the triangle, but tho jnain body is resisting. Determined efforts have been made from Thorn to reach tho isolated anny corps, but tho railway from Thorn is exposed to constant raids by Russian cavalry. NOT OVER YET. RESTRAINED RUSSIAN STATEMENT’. PETROGRAD, November 29. It is officially announced that tunny exaggerated state'ments of the dimensions of the Russian victory on tho Vistula are based on private letters. They should he accepted with reserve, but beyond doubt the German plan to break the Russian front failed. Tho Germans wore compelled to fall back, suffering immense losses. The enemy continue an obstinate resistance and it is impossible to consider *he oporatiems concluded. Apparently the main Russian success was against General Muckenaen north-east of Lodz. THE GERMANS’ STRATEGY. WARSAW THREATENED, TO RELIEVE CRACOW, A BOLD STROKE PARRIED. PETROGRAD, November 29. Official s General Mackensen at one time cot -between the Russian right and- \V arsaw. • General Hindenburg sought to relieve Cracow by threatening Warsaw, but General Mackensen was unable to retain his position. General Hindenburg then rapidly concentrated on Wiehm, and tried to turn tho Russian left and simultaneously turn the Russian right operating against tho Austrians. • Th© German advance near Lodz failed, and tho Russians, holding tho Austrians firmly at Czenstochowa, began to hem tho Germans in from the south, at tho same time enveloping them from tho north. General Mackensen was thus forced to retreat along tho Vistula, but many regiments are broken, and aro wandering eastward of Lodz. PARTIAL SUCCESS. HINDENB ERG’S CLAIM. AMSTERDAM, November 29. A telegram from Thorn states that General Hindenburg, in an army order, announced that ho had brought the Russians’ offensive to a standstill. The order reproduces the Kaiser’s congratulating General Hindenburg on his success, and promoting him to bo a field-marshal.” General Hindenburg claims to have captured 60,000 prisoners, 150 gnus, and 200 machine guns. Ho adds -. “ The enemy aro Hot yet annihilated.” RUSSIAN CRITICISM OP GERMAN "GENERALSHIP. “PRUSSIAN ARROGANCE” ITS WEAKNESS. (London ‘Times’ and Sydney • Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 27. ‘ The Times,’ in a leading article, says t M The Russians do not hesitate to say that the German generalship has broken down. The German strategy, so bookish In character, had everywhere failed in the supreme practical test. Prussian arrogance was revealed iff all tho German movements, and was gradually producing thq worst disasters that had ever overtaken any great Empire.” * KAISER AND SON. (London * Times ’ and Sydney * Sun ’ Services.) LONDON, November 27. A Stuttgart telegram describes the Kai•er and Crown Prime’s visit to tho Wurtembergers. The Kaiser shook hands with -the captain, and congratulated him. He if jralked down the lines, looking olosety; at k. - ‘ - BlKSaiiL'. 1

each man. The Crown Prince greeted all in a friendly manner. Both were looking well. The Kaiser said; “It goes slowly, bat surely.”

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PHASES OF THE FIGHT., Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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PHASES OF THE FIGHT. Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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