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DIARY OF THE WAR, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
DIARY OF THE WAR
The following continues our day by day diary of the war as told in the cable messages. The last instalment was published on the sth inst:— December 5: There is fierce fighting along tbe Flanders battle line: an attempt of the Germans to cross the ,Yser on rafts failed disastrously.—The'' Germans iro said to have 2,000,000 troops from the Yser to Arras.—The month's fighting on the Yser is said to be among the most glorious in British history.—Tho Italian Premier says that neutrality cannot be the exclusive aim of Germany’s policy.—Canada is raising her contingent to 94,000 men.—Germany admits that her losses in Poland were enormous in escaping from Lodz.— There is no sign of the enemy on tho Sinai Peninsula.—The Egyptians are impressed with . the magnitude ' of the preparations to repel Turkish m vasion.—-Constantinople is fooled with news of Allies’ defeats on land and sea. —Sir John French tells his troops that they have maintained the magnificent traditions of the British army. December 7: Paris reports appreciabl* progress north of the Lys.—Sever* fighting continues in the Argonno (Allies* centre). —The _ Allies ana tho enemy are sapping against each other. — The Daily Chronicle’s ’ correspondent says that the Germans are not within 20 miles of Verdun. —General Joffre is said to have said that victory is a mathematical certainty.—Obstinate fighting continues at Lodz and Lowica and Petrokow. —The German and Austrian casualties for four months are said to have averaged 20,000 a day.— De Wet and 11 followers are imprisoned in a fort at Johannesburg.— ‘ Tho Times ‘ charges the Government -with suppressing news.—A Paris bulletin states that the French forces are as large as at the outset of the campaign and that their quality has enormously > improved.—Reuter’s agent at Romo states that documents exist proving that the late Marquis of Giuliano warned Austria and Russia of the dangerous policy they were embarking on.—All the great native Indian States have now expressed regret to the Viceioy that Turkey has joined Germany in fighting Great Britain. —The eastern banks of the Rhine are being prepared fur powerful defence works.—The King returns to London after his visit to the front. - An American, who has returned from Belgium, savs that the country is a hug* cemetery.—The Germans are strongly reinforcum their eastern armies.—Sik Edward Pears, head of the European Bar, at Constantinople, is arrested, and his house searched.—Sir L. Borden, at Toronto, says that Canada and the Do minions will send 300,000 more men if necessary. December B.—The Germans in Poland have been heavily reinforced, and occupy a dominating position along the line of Thom, Kalisz, and Lowicz. — The enemy are said to _ have _ lost heavily; their intention is to _ winter in Poland.—Kins' Nicholas informs Russia that a third of his army has fallen, and that lie is unable to continue.—Servia denies having abandoned Nish, the new capital.—Terrific fighting during the last few days is reported between Austrians and Servians.—His Majesty, during his visit to the front, saw * practically all tho British troops.—All Belgium is dependent on tho Relief Commission for food.—The Australians and New Zealanders have created a most favorable impression in Egypt.—Since August 5 tho Navy has convoyed over 2,000 transport ships to France without tho loss of a man. —President Poincare, replying to the new U.S. Ambassador, says that the only peace Franco will accept is complete reparation for violated rights and protection against future outrages.—The Sultan’s /Holy War nroclamation falls flat. December 9.—Fighting continues on the Allies’ left. —The track of the Crown Prince’s re treat from the Marne is a scene of desolation; every village has been razed.—22s.ooo British trad® unionists have enlisted in Kitchener’s army.— Fighting continues along a 90mile front in the Lodz district. —The New Zealand Exneditionary Force is now in camp in Egypt.—General Botha announces that the Free State rebellion is practically crushed.—After two months of desperate fighting tbe French t ike Vermelles by assault.—The Paris Bourse reopens to brisk business.—The Admiralty has closed the Firth of Forth.—Rumania is said to be ready to enter the war on the side of the Entente. —The Kaiser is suffering from bronchial catarrh, which will keep him at home. December 10.—Fighting continues on tbe Allies’ left.—Petroprsd reports that the first stage of the battle in Poland has ended.—The Germans continue to claim a victory to the east and southeast of Lodz.—Herr Baaswman. in the Reichstag, declares that, Germany will hold fast for all time what ,-he has pained.—The chief of 'he Senussi declares his loynltv to Great Britain. — The King of S vvia himself commands his armv in the field.—P«"ysrs, the Smith African rebel is drowned in the Vaal when retreating from the loyalists.—Th" Kaiser returns to Berlin. and is said to he both ill and viol'iit.— Ao-’-ia is said to have stationed 120 060 troops on the AnstroTtnlinn frontier. — Bjp R. Borden savs ■that Iv-tore rim war closes Germany will he confronted with 250 000 men from the Dominions. —On Tuesday, the Blh. at 7.30 in the morning. B"ir-Adniiral Btiirde.e, off the Falkland Islands, engaged the Gneisenau. Scliarnhorst. Leipzig, Nurnberg, and Dresden, and rani: «•! but the Dresden: the British casualties are said to he three only. December 11.—The Admiralty reports that the Numherp was also sunk on * tit" f>th (not sthi hv Admiral Ktnrdee.’s snuadrnn. —Russia denies the accuracy of German reports of heavy losses.—Tho British have complete control of the Tigris and Euphrates Valleys.—Trainloads of corpses continue to be sent through Belgium for -cremation.—Russia is sending endless reinforcements into Poland, which is a land of devastation and desolation.—Vienna ha* 60.000 wounded in her hospitals, and there are 100,000 elsewhere.—General Botha announces that the rebellion is ended.
DIARY OF THE WAR, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914
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