FUTILE ASSAULT ON DIXMUDE.
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LONDON, December 9.
■A fierce night attack was made by the enemy on Dixmude on the 6th inst., when there was a sudden massing of Germans. The Allies replied with' hand-grenades. t»ha later with a counter-attack with the bayonet. They rushed the German trenches. The Germans lost heavily, leaving many dead. ' The allied fleet on Tuesday resumed its bombardment of the Belgian coast. DHIECT ADVANCE BY BRITISH TROOPS. NORTH-EAST FROM YPRES. [ AMSTERDAM, December 9. - The British have recaptured Passchendaele (between Yprcs and Roulers, and seven miles from the former town). RECENT FRENCH CAPTURE. VALUE OF VERMELLES. LONDON, December 9. The capture of Vermelles (between Lens and Bethcne) is important, as it gives the French a strong position, commanding a considerable stretch of country, including Lens and Pont-a-Vendin, where a. number of railways and road 3 converge, by which the Germans were provisioning. IX THE CENTRE. . HOT WORK"iN ARGONNE. PARIS, December 9. Official: Wo repulsed a violent attack at Sant Elos. A very fierce struggle continues in the Argonne region. GERMAN AIRMEN ACTIVE. ONE WINGED. LONDON, December 9. A French 75-millimetre gua brought down a German aeroplane at Chaumont on Monday. Three aviators, including two aeroplanes, were engaged in the recent air attack at Hazebrouck. Seventeen bombs were thrown and 24 people wero killed. A NEW TRICK. (London 'Times* and Sydney 'Sun* Servioes.) LONDON, December 8. A Dutch correspondent announces a newtrick on the part of German aviators, who are pouring out clouds of smoke, and thus shrouding the movements of aircraft and increasing the difficulty of hitting them. AN AWFUL STORY. THE DLNANT MASSACRE. HUNS' STAGE MANAGEMENT. AMSTERDAM, Decomber 9. The 'Telegraaf publishes an eye-wit-ness's account of the Dinant outrage. The French, when evacuating the city, fired upon the incoming Germans. The latter accused the townfolk of the firing, and placed 153 men on one side of the parade square and women and children on the other side, with a firing party between. The scene was heart-rending—the agony of the women and children, kneeling and Bupplicating the German officers. The Germans fired, and the 153 fell writhing in a welter of blood. Two who were unhurt and four who were slightly "wounded pretended to be dead. An officer cried: "Those able to rise must stand." The six men rose, another volley met them, and they fell. The officer then ordered the machine gunners to fire for some time upon the bodies. The women and children, meanwhile, were distracted, with.grief and terror. • RULE IN BRUSSELS. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun.' Serrioes.) LONDON, December 8. The Germans at Brussels have forbidden the British, French, Russians, and Japanese to open their vaults in the banks, thus preventing them from taking out their personal property. EAST AND WEST. (London '-Times * and Sydney ' Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 8. The King of Saxony has left for the "western theatre and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gothai for the eastern.
BETWEEN TWO STOOLS.
(London ' Times ' and Sydney ' Sun * SerrioM.)
LONDON, December 8.
'The Times,' in a leading article, says that German strategy is " falling between two stools." If. tho Germans seek success in the east, they must send reinforcements from the west. They will not do this, because it might mean a withdrawal to the Rhine, and their people would then learn the truth.
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FUTILE ASSAULT ON DIXMUDE., Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914