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THE BRITISH ADVANCE.

CEOSSINa OF' SAMBEE CANAL. NEW ZEALANDEES' .SUCCESSES, - HE QUESNOY TAKEN. GREAT CAPTURES OF TEEEITORY LONDON, November 5/ The 'British have captured Le Quosnoy. Sir Douglas Haig reports: The New : Zealand aud 37th and 62nd Divisions hftve- advanced four miles, capturing Jolinietz, iLenim^Frasne^lFresnpy,. L'e. Jetit aad Marais. ' . i, • 'In the course of his report Sir Douglas -Haig states: The Fourth, Third and First British Armies attacked between the Sambre '-Canal and Oisy and the Scheldt northward 6i Valenciennes. On the whole of this tliirty-mile fronit the and New Zealariders broke. in deeply into the enemy's positions. We captured over 10,000 and took 200 guns. ' On the right bank the First and Tlui'ty-second Divisions attacked in coßtihnction with the French southward of them. These divisions, with great dash and gallantry, ■ stormed the formidable line of the .Sambre Canal, ■overcame resistance and reached a depth df three miles eastward of the canal. ■, „ , The First Division und6r» General Strickland, after capturing Catillon-, forced passages of the canal opposite Catillon and near a lock two miles .southwards. At. the latter point, assisted by the -engineers, the 'Camerons crossed the canal in six minutes. The first division) captured Fesny, Hautiaeve, La Groise and made prisoners of j 1500. To the left-waids the Thirtyi Second Division crossed thte Ois cunal, •and -after severe fighting, captured Euedorihaiifand cleared thii line of the canal, si )uth wards and northwards of this village. They captured Me'zieres, La Folie, antd SambfetOn. In the ceiitre we attacked .the west-ern-face of Fort Denormal with infantry and tanks, and drove the enemy from the western outskirts. - We captured Soyjeres, -Prolix au B-nis, i-Hecq Uu'toy and LOttvignies. The |Twenity ; fifth Division forced crossings 'of the Sambre Canal, opposite Landrecies which was captured. . Further north the Eighteenth and Fiftieth Divisions penetrated; the forest, and are still advancing. ' The Twenty-eighth . Division, reached Les Grand" Espatures. The /.Scvenlteeritn captured Locquignol. 'In the centre of the forest 'th'ore 'was severe lighting ■ at, Lequesnoy, where the New 'Zealftnders repulsed a atro«g countjßr;a.ttaclc, in ; fliciiing heavy losses. We passed soutli and north of this fortified town and are now several miles eastward of it.

We drove the enemy out of his new positions on the Audelle River. The Guards captured Treuxausart. The Twenty-fourth Division captured Wargnies lc Petit and Wagnies le Grand. ; The Canadians made progress on the right bank of the Scheldt, and passed beyond Estreur and Ou-Nuing. Our adance continues on the whole battlefront. A message dated the sth at 1.20 in the evening- states. Yesterday afternoon we surrounded and captured the walled town -of Lc .Quesnoy, making prisoners of over a thousand. The Thirtyseenth and Sixty-second Divisions had hard fighting southward aixd northward of Le Quesnoy and made prisoners of many. These divisions, after overcoming- strong divisions at the outset about Louvignies and Orainval, pushed forward rapidly on the fian-ks of the New Zealanders eastward of Le Quesnoy, advancing with them to a depth of between three and four miles and capturing tho villages of Joli'metz, Le Bond, Quesne, Frasnoy, Lo Petit and Marais. We progressed further in the evening in; tiie Moraial forest and eastward of Valenciennes, capturing the village of Eth.

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THE BRITISH ADVANCE., Grey River Argus, 7 November 1918

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THE BRITISH ADVANCE. Grey River Argus, 7 November 1918

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