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ANOTHER GERMAN EFFORT, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
ANOTHER GERMAN EFFORT
TO CROSS THE YSER, ARTILLERY VERSUS RAFTS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, December 4. The ‘Daily News's’ Dunkirk correspondent says that fierce fighting is proceeding over a considerable portion of tho northern battlo line. Iho Germans, anticipating a forward movement on the part of the Allies, spiritedly attacked them, principal!} north of Ypres and towards Dixmude. Tho attacks were repulsed. Largo forces of Germans, before dawn on Wednesday, under cover of artillery, .attempted to cross tho Yser on rafts, each carrying 50 men, and accompanied by mitrailleuses in motor boats. The Allies’ artillery capsized many of the rafts, and many Germans were drowned or killed. They, however, persisted until midday, when they abandoned the attempt owing to the impracticability of moving heavy guns on tho soft ground. Tlie Germans have largely increased Dio number of guns mounted on motor lorries. BUSY AS BEAVERS. AMSTERDAM. December 3. „ The Germans arc cutting trees for the’ purpose of innstri'cting bridg’s and passage? across the inundated districts near T } res. ENKM VS STB KNGTH. HUG E R ETNFORC'EMEXTS. LONDON. Dee-mber 4. The ‘ Daily Chronicle's ' Paris correspondent says it is estimated that the Germans have 2.000.000 troops from tho Yser to Arras, including 500,000 at Ypres with new guns of long range. ARMY OF OCCUPATION NEEDED AT THE FRONT. LONDON, December 4. The ‘ Daily Chronicle's ’ correspondent at Dunkirk says that the Belgian towns in German occupation are garrisoned with a minimum of troops. There is a constant movement of for-es to and from Bruges and Ghent, but tie garrisons there consist of a few hundred Ostend is practically deserted. Antwerp is a city of the dead, ami earthworks an thrown up there and elsewhere as if in expectation of a retreat. Tho Germans are furiously bombarding Pcrvyse (between DLvmude and Nicuport), and the Allies are pressing forward there. The Gfermans are again advancing large masses to the Ypres district, and their losses during the last few hours have been very heavy. GERMAN LOSSES. LONDON. December 4. During a skirmish at Bixschoote 10,000 Germans attacked the French. Only 5,000 reached the trenches, and the French counter-attack practically wiped these out. AMSTERDAM, December 4. A German soldier from the Yser narrates that out of 1.200 comrades only 190 returned from tho firing line. He adds : “ The Crown Prince will shortly attempt to force the Yser line. If he "fails, tho army will go into winter quarters." DESPERATE TASK OF THE BRITISH ARMY. REINFORCEMENTS NEEDED. CALAIS OBJECTIVE”STILL PURSUED. LONDON, December 4. The Press Bureau publishes an article from an “ Eye-witness ” with the Headquarters Staff, reviewing the month’, operations of the British in Flanders. He declares that it is one of the most glorious chapters in our history. The dogged pluck o"f our troops and individual acts of gallantly and devotion repeatedly saved critical situations. Onr victory was solely due to their resource, initiative, and endurance. They contri- ! buted materially to the appointed task of holding the enemy m the west while the Russian attack was pressed in the east. They continued the attack with a courage little abated by failure. Tho prospect of ultimate defeat never dawned on them. | nml will not until the Allies have made I further great efforts and sacrifices. The war will be one of exhaustion, and final success depends on tho manner in which the belligerents prepare and utilise the raw materials of manhood to replace the regular armies when the latter have j done their work. They defended this line ; against tremendous odds and at great sacri- ' (ice. and now, after a slight respite, are as fit and willing as ever. Though the situation is relieved, there is no reason for assuming that the enemy have abandoned their intention of forcing a way to the sea. The same task lies before the British Army of maintaining its share in the struggle.until the nation in arm, conies in to support it. The Germans are no unworthy foes. FRENCH SUCCESSES IN THE VOSGES DISTRICT. PARIS, December 5. Official : Wo have occupied Le&mcnil and Dexon (a signal station on tho right bank of the Moselle), also Faux Sumit, southward of Bonhomme, on tho Vosges, which the enemy used as an observation post. We occupied Buruhaupt station and Aspach, on tho Burnhaupt line. ON THE AISNE. PARIS, Dcccmlier 4 The Germans, by attacking Missy, between Soissons and Vailly. on November 26, hoped to destroy the railway on the other hank of the Aisne with their guns, and then cross. The British machine guns and French bayonets, however, routed them, and inflicted 2.000 casualties.
ANOTHER GERMAN EFFORT, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
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