THE "PUNITIVE EXPEDITION."
LIKE GERMANY'S WITH BELGIUM.
(London 'Times' and Sydney *Sun' Services.)
LONDON, December 7. The warfare in Servia has developed the siege-like characteristics in the other European theatres. During the last few days there has been terrific fighting. The Austrians forced the Servians back in some places, involving a retirement in other directions in order to preserve an unbroken line.
There is on Austria's part no repetition of the blunders of the first invasion. Possibly the reorganised Austrian Staff have determined to make a final desperate effort to .crush Servia and permit the transfer of Austrian forces to the north. Servia, in the meantime, would be held as a hostage to enable better terms to be secured, in the ultimata settlement,
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SERVIA., Evening Star, Issue 15670, 8 December 1914