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THE TWO THEATRES.

THE WEST MOST VITAL

IN GERMANY’S EYES,

COASTAL ACTIVITY EXPLAINED.

OUR REINFORCEMENTS DREADED,

LONDON, December 2.

Mr Maxwell, the ‘ Daily ie. graph ’ correspondent at the front, quotes officers acting as intermediaries for tho allied irmies as saying that it is dangerous to Imagine that* Germany has exhausted her reserves of fighters It is true that tremendous and irreparable gaps have been made in her best material, but she is always able to put new f men into the field. The picked men of the new levies are sent to the western area. The Germans believe that victory must be won here and not in tho east. She is only just beginning u» nvi'O htr o; in:on corioernincj thv fighting quality of the Russians, and incidentally of Iho Austrians, who have jo grievously disappointed her. There is no evidence that an effective bodv has been withdrawn from the west to reinforce the aonny in the east. The officers suspect that such reports are of German origin, and intended to deceive. The Germans have already had a taste of the qual ty of the new men being raised In Britain’, and are aware that the danger !b increasing monthly, hence their frantic indeavors to make the Channel unsafe for the transport of troops. “But,” concludes Mr Maxwell, “there will be no interruption of the supply of young soldiers proving themselves more than a match tor the Kaiser’s finest and best-trained men. That is one reason why be is in a hurry and we are not.” THE ENEMY’S STRENGTH. DISTRIBUTION OF TROOPS. THE PICK IN THE WEST. PARIS, December 2. Commenting on the German claim to have 100 active reserve army corps in the field, a semi-official French Note states that Germany really has 25J active army corps, of which 21j are operating in the west and the remainder in the east: also 35 reserve army corps, of which 22J are in the west. The Note points out that neither the German nor the French calculation includes the Landwehr, of which there are eight army* corps in the west and seven in the east.

SOMEWHAT ASTRAY.

LONDON, December 2.

‘The Times’ does not believe in tho probability of a fresh attack on Yprea or elsewhere. The battle of Flanders, it says, is ended, because the opposing armies have “dug themselves in.” From tho standpoint of casualties in the greatest battle in history, it is estimated that the German loss was 200,000. It fell to the lot of the British and Indians to withstand the most furious attacks, especially in the earlier stages.

GERMAN DISCIPLINE.

“VORWARTS” AND “NEIN.”

(London ‘Times’ and Sydney ‘Sun* Service*.)

LONDON, December 1. An "Eye-witness” with the British forces at Headquarters, describing the repulse of the Prussian Guards, says: “ German discipline is wonderful, but occasionally it is forced beyond human endurance. The Germans ordered an attack on our trenches across an open space of 200 yds. After cries of ‘Vorwarts’ (forward), the first assault was delivered and repelled. The second and third assaults, preluded by louder exhortations, also tailed. Again there were shouts of ‘Vorwarts,’ but they were greeted with exclamations of ‘ Nein ’ (No), and no advance was made.”

FRENCH SUCCESS NORTH OF ARRAS. PARIS, December 1 (midnight). Official: The German infantry unsuccessfully endeavored to come out of their trenches southward of Bixschooto. We carried by assault, after a hot encounter, Chateau Park, Vermelles, between Bethuno and Lens. [The line Bethune-Lens, on which Vermelles runs north-east and south-west, is between Arras and Armentieres.] RHEIMS BOMBARDED AGAIN. PARIS, December 2. The bombardment of Rheims continues. All the factories have been destroyed and stocks of wool burned. The textile industry is ruined. Tho damage is estimated at £4,000,000. . GENERAL JOFFRE. VISITS ALSACE. “OUR RETURN* DEFINITE.” PARIS, December 2. General Joffre visited Thann, and interviewed notabilities who, since tho occupation, have loyally assisted in provisioning the French troops. General Jofire said ; “ Our return is definite. You are French for ever. Franco brings you the spirit of liberty, and respects your traditions, beliefs, and customs.” One of the Alsatians replied that for nearly 50 years they had suffered every humiliation —had been crushed, wounded, and tortured —in the name of a civilisation boasting itself superior to theirs. This they well knew was untrue. He concluded by assuring General Joffre of their absolute devotion. [Thann is on the German side of the Vosges, in Upper Alsace.] KING GEORGE. A STRIKING CONTRAST. PARIS, December 2. King George’s visit was received with the liveliest satisfaction. The newspapers contrast tht unobtrusiveness of the visit with the Kaiser’s theatricalism. ITALY’S DEDUCTION FROM KING’S VISIT. ROME, December 2. King George’s presence in Franco has produced t.n excellent impression m Italy. It is considered calculated to convince the most incredulous that Britain is determined to prosecute tho war to the bitter end. PRESIDENT AT THE FRONT. PARIS, December 2. M. Poincare, President of France, has gone to tho north-west.

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THE TWO THEATRES., Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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THE TWO THEATRES. Issue 15666, 3 December 1914

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