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Press Association—By Telegraph-Copyright,. LONDON, December 7. The 'Daily Telegraph's' Petrograd correspondent, under date December 4, states that the Germans, having been heavilv reinforced, have carried on £.n ajjirressive offensive for three clays. The Germans occupy a strong position, and it is difficult to dislodge them, their wedce is based upon a line from Thorn to Kalisz, with the apex at Lowicz, and they thus control the only railroads in tins section of Poland. . The Germans lost 160.000 effectives in the battle of Lodz, and the Austrian:} lost 100.000 in coincident operations on the Czenstochowa-Cracow line. FIERCE FIGHTING. STRUGGLE FOR LODZ. GERMANS BOMBARD TOWN AND CLABIIrS CAPTURE. TOUGH SIBERIAN SOLDIERS. LONDON, December 7. Petrocrad correspondents state that five armv corps and five cavalry divisions have reached Kalisz from the west from December 1 onwards. The Germans ar* attempting to hold the centre with two or three armv corps, while the flanks, each consisting" of four or five army corps, attempted turning movements. The Russian commanders are glad to at a distance from the German frontier, where strategic railways great.y assist the enemy, and the Russian soldiers Ere delighted at opportunities for hand-to-hand fighting with the bayonet. Owing to the frost the German steam plough trench makers are of little use. Manv instances of wonderful Russian dash and bravery are recorded. One regiment charged a German howitzer batterv. The centre broke before the fceWwn" fire, but the flanks cut down, ttw gunners, captured the howitzer, and cleared the way for an infantry attack. At the village of Kurpin, where the Germans were taking refuge, they were burnt alive when Russian shells set the huts afire. ~,„•,, i The Siberians marched 60 miles to reach the heights dominating the country south of Lodz. Finding the Germans in possession, they did not give them time to entrench, bnt begged their cornmande:s to allow them to storm the heights the same night. Tine Germans repulsed tl.i first attacks and attempted an offensive move, but the Siberian counter-offensive hurled the Germans from the heights, leaving piles of dead. Lodz has been bombarded for seven days, and night fighting is rife in the suburbs, to which small bodies of Germans have been driven back. A Berlin communique claims that the Germans have occupied Lodz, and that the Russians are retreating, having suffered severe losses. THE GERMAN PLAN. TO WINTER IN POLAND. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 6. The German losses for five days spent in the " mouse-trap " near Lodz are estimated at 100,000. . The inhabitants of Cracow are fleeing. Great numbers are going to Berlin, where - their psesence is causing discontent among the working classes. The German? are believed to be desirous of wintering in immense entrenched lines extending from the Vistula to Cracow. AN OFFICIAL VERSION. ,London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) BERLIN, December 6. Official: French attacks in Flanders have been repulsed. The situation in East Prussia is favorable. We have captured 1,200 prisoners. Our operations in Poland continue to develop normally. SIGNIFICANT SDLENCE. (London 'Times* and Sydney *Sun'Serric*».) LONDON. December 6. The ' Times,* in a leading article, says the enemy smashed unhappy little Belgium with positive exultation, but seem to shiver with apprehension at the thought of the thunder of guns amid their own towns. Meanwhile, in Mid-Poland the riva! armies are still struggling desperately to reach a decision. If the Russians are silent, the Germans are significantly silent, too. Berlin listens vainly with growing impatience for reports of new triumphs.

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POSITION IN POLAND., Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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POSITION IN POLAND. Issue 15670, 8 December 1914

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