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FRANGO-BELGIAN FRONT., Issue 15691, 4 January 1915
GOOD WORK REPORTED. PARIS, January 2. Official! We easily repulsed attacks at numerous points on Thursday night. Artillery duels in the Arras, .Albert, and Rove regions were particularly violent. There were also duels in the dunes at Nieuport and Zmuicheke. The enemy blew up two caissons between Beaumctz and Achicourt, south of Arras. We wrecked trendies at I’arvilliers and La- Tloiselle, r.nd silenced mine-throwers in the front of Fricourt. Our artillery silenced tln> enemy's artillery and dispersed several bodies in the Aisne region. We established ourselves in pits on "the plateau at Nouvron, despite several counter-attacks. The enemy violently bombarded the Rheims region. We carried the wood north-cast of MesnillesHurlus and regained ground at Buis-de-Lcyruric. We progressed at- Bois-le-Pretre, and repelled an attack at Ercnicnil, north-east of Bad on villiers. We carried three more lines of houses at Steinbach (.Alsace). The Germans lost heavily at Bremeni! and ’Steinbach. THE GERMAN BULLETIN. FLANDERS FLOODS BLAMED. BERLIN, January 2, Official i We have not lost a single house in Steinbach, but repulsed all attacks. Wo have given tip the idea, of retaking St. Georges (Flanders) owing to tho floods. ENEMY'S ACTIVITY; TARTS, January 3. An official report mentions that there was heavy German rifle lire against the ’ trenches east of Venndles and north of Chaulnes, and unsuccessful German attacks west of Boisdecou and Scnovoyo. SIEGE WARFARE. MEANS LONG AVAR. GERMAN "IGNORANCE OF TRUEPOSmON. LONDON, January 2. ** Eye-witness ” says that tho gromid on both sides, was being excavated in all 'directions for weeks, until it had become a perfect labyrinth of crossings and recrossing 3, Some of the prisoners take n, gloomy view of the situation. They are conscious that the war will last much longer than was first expected, but as it is being waged entirely in the enemy’s Country they do not realise that they are fighting what mast eventually bo a losing cause. They believe that Russia has suffered a decisive defeat} that France is exhausted and ready to make peace; and that England is decadent and the people engrossed ia rootball. The Germans have not yet felt the pinch of want or lack of men or material. The newspapers are doing their best to Inspire a fanatical hatred of the British.
THE CHRISTMAS “ TRUCE.” STRANGE RESPITE. A JOINT BURIAL PARTY. LONDON, January 2. Officers’ and men’s letters continue to dwell on the informal Christmas truce. One colonel states that the Germans and his men rushed out spontaneously. Ho at first feared treachery, and then permitted the fraternising, himself participating. Tire English helped to Wry the German dead, ana attended a service, a German captain reading the service in German and in English. Another officer relates that the Germans erected candle-lit Christmas trees, and in response the British arranged a truce till midnight of Christmas Day. They fraternised all day long, and a British officer fired a revolver at midnight as the signal that time was up. The British then fired a volley over the Germans’ heads. In another case British officers advanced and met German officers. The men on both sides cheered and followed the example. THE BRITISH FORCES. DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS. LONDON, January 2. _ The War Office announces the reorganisation of the forces by the creation of armies each generally consisting of throe army corps. Generals Sir D. Haig, Sir 11. Smith-Dorrien, Sir Archibald Hunter, Sir lan Hamilton, Sir Leslie Bundle, and Sir Bruce Hamilton will bo in command of the first to the sixth armies inclusive. ALLIED AIRMEN. RAID IN LORRAINE. PARIS, January 3. A telegram from Berlin states that two hostile airmen on Friday flew over Liosdnrff. near Saar Louis, and dropped several bombs. The damage done is not stated. FRENCH DIRIGIBLE WRECKED NEAR COBLENZ. AMSTERDAM, January 2. A telegram from Berl in states that a French dirigible lauded near Coblenz. The passenger basket was missing, and maps and instruments were found near WAVIATOR HEWLETT. KING'S CONGRATULATIONS. LONDON, January 2. The King has telegraphed to Flightcommander Hewlett that ho was delighted and greatly relieved to learn of his safety after the Cuxhaven raid. Ho heartily congratulated him upon his exploit. THE FOREIGN LEGION. BRUNO GARIBALDI’S FUNERAL. PARTS, January 3. There was an imposing funeral of Bruno Garibaldi and Lieutenant Trombetta, who was killed beside him. General Gourand at the graveside paid a tribute to Bruno and. the Garihnldian Corps in capturing trenches the first day they were in the firing line. BELG lAN ATROCITIES. LONDON. January 2. Tile Belgian Commission report that the Germans shot 1,000 civilians in Belgian Luxemburg during August and September, including 300 at Etfie, 157 at Tiutiquy, 105 at Rossiquol, 52 at Auloy, and 30 at Etalle.
FRANGO-BELGIAN FRONT., Issue 15691, 4 January 1915
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