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ENEMY'S ACTIVITY, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
INCREASES IN FLANDERS. DOGGED FRENCH SOLDIERS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. PARIS, December 14. Official: A German attack north-east of Ypres and another against the railway Station at Aspach (?) were repulsed. The Germans determinedly attacked Dickebicsch (?) and the French defences at St Eloi, but were checked by heavy rifle fire. They repeatedly reformed and assumed the aggressive, but suffered heavy lease*. Being reinforced, they made further rushes, and took cover behind heaps of their own dead. Mitrailleuses and rifles continued to decimate them, but they advanced continually until fighting at close quarters. The first French line of trenches were captured. The French were then reinforced, and their 3in guns quickly shelled the ground preparatory to recapturing the line. Several brilliant rashes were made, harassing the enemv, who, already depleted and exhausted, yielded to four rapidly delivered attacks, and many were made prisoners. The losses on both sides were severe. A REASSURING SURVEY. ALLIES' STRONG POSITION AND SUPERIOR GUNS. LONDON, December 14. The 'Daily Telegraph* correspondent at Calais states that the Allies are vigorously and successfully pushing the offensive in Flanders. Their superiority in artillery is incontestable, giving them marked advantage. One initial cause of success 16 that the line of battle forms a zig-zag from Ostend to the Lys, along which the Allies are gradually advancing. They also hold a strong position north-east of Armentieres. The inundations stretch from several miles south of Nieuport to south of Dixmude. As the Germans are clearly incapable of taking a serious offensive, their renewed hombardment of relatively unimportant localities like Ypres, Nieuport, and Tervyse is interpreted as a ruse to mislead the Allies. DESPERATE GERMANS ATTEMPT BAYONET CHARGES. THEIR LOSSE~AUUMENTED. LONDON, December 14. The ' Daily Chronicle's' Calais correspondent, who passed three days between Ypres and La Bassee, says the AngloFrench army has borne the brunt of repeated assaults on the trenches. Ihe fighting began simultaneously from Menin to Warnetton—one wing being from Armentieres to Le Bassee and the other preluding the capture of La Bassee itself. The German northern wing, suddenly abandoning defensive tactics, made wild onslaughts with the bayonet, in which they suffered heavily. Ihey came on in loose order at a etea'dy, brisk walk, every man firing at random, and often advancing regardless of casualties. They succeeded m driving back the first line of the Allies' trenches. The triumph, however, was short lived. The Allies supporting the trenches 100 yards in the rear poured deadly volleys into the confused ranks of the enemy, and eventually pursued them with the bayonet to their own trenches. A bloodier encounter followed northward in the forest at Southern, where the British position had been made almost impregnable by means of felled trees and barbed wire entanglements. The Germans shelled the obstructions with smashing effect, and our guns responded. Waves upon waves of the enemy pushed upon the entanglements, courting speedy destruction, as the Allies' positions bristled with artillery. .The Germans by sheer weight of numbers removed the obstructions, although they were mauled and mowed down, several finding their way to our trenches. The attacks ended abruptly, the Germans being flung back with sickening losses. A regiment of Uhlans, charging a battalion of British that was pursuing a broken infantry detachment, became entangled in the underwood, and the hcrses were shot. Some of the Uhlans taught afoot, and then fled with the infantry. Several battalions of British Territorials participated. The 6th Battalion Welsh Regiment held a trench as unflinchingly as any line regiment. The regulars do not conceal their admiration of the Territorials. MORE ATROCITIES. MURDER, PILLAGE. AND ARSON. PARIS. December 14. Before quitting Comines the Germans took as prisoners 600 men of ages ranging from 18 to 50 years, and sent them to Germany. The Germans also made prisoner:-. of 150 at Malines. Their latest atrocity was shooting a farmer's ton for protesting against the ill-treatment of an cctogen arian. AMSTERDAM, December 14. The ' Handelsblad ' reports that the Germans pillaged and burned 10 houses in . Ledeghem and shot 30 inhabitants, also 10 at Cort-warch. A THREE MONTHS' BILL. (London "Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.' LONDON, December 13. It is estimated that the devastation in Belgium for the first 12 weeks oi the war represented over £2oo,ooo.ooo—Liege £7,000,000, Louvain £7,500,000. Namur £5.000.000. Charleroi £2,500,000, Antwerp £20,000,000. . WINTERING IN THE SOUTH. (London 'Times' and Sydney 'Sun' Services.) LONDON, December 16. A correspondent travelling in Franco says that, contrary to the general impression, the absence of winter tourists has resulted in a spirit of sweet reasonableness amongst hotelkeepers and tradesmen. Riviera and the whole of the south country are full of wounded and convalescent soldiers, revelling in the restful sunshine and luxurious hospital fare. The hotel tariffs have been greatly reduced.
ENEMY'S ACTIVITY, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
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