ATTACK ON THIRTY-MILE FRONT.
DEEP BREAK INTO ENEMY POSITIONS.
NEW ZEALANDERS TAKE LE QUESNOY.
ADVANCE THREE TO FOUR MILES
jf 10,000 PRISONERS GATHERED IN.
(Australian and N.Z. Cable Association.) (Reuter's Telegram.) (Received Nov. 6, 10.55 a.m.) LONDON, Nov. 5, 1.20 a.m. Sir Douglas Haig reports: — The Fourth, Third, and First British Armies, attacked between the Sanibre Canal at Oisy and the Scheldt, northward of Valenciennes. On the whole of this 30-mile front the British and New Zealanders broke m deeply into the enemy's positions. We took prisoner over 10,000, and took 200 guns. On the right of the attack the First and Thirty-second Divisions attacked m conjunction with the French, southwards of them. These divisions, with great dash and gallantry, stormed the formidable line of the Sambre Canal, overcame resistance, and reached a depth of three miles eastward of the canal. The First Division under General Strickland, after capturing Catillon, forced the passes of the canal opposite Catillon and near the lock two miles southwards. At the latter point, assisted by engineers, the Camerons crossed the canal m six minutes. The First Division captured Fesmy, Hautreve, Lagroise, and took prisoner 1500. To the leftwards the Thirty-second Di- | vision crossed the Oise Canal, and after (severe fighting captured Rudenhaut, and j cleared the line of the canal southwards and northwards of this village. They I captured' Mozierslo-Folie, and Sanbreton. In the centre we attacked the western face of Forest de Mormal, with infantry and tanks, and drove the enemy from thie western outskirts. _ We cap- i tured Soyeres, Preux-au-Bois, Hocq, I Futoy, and Loiuvignies. i The Twenty-fifth Division forced the ' crossing of the Sambre canal, opposite' Landrecies, which Was captured. Further north the Eighteenth and I Fiftieth Divisions penetrated the forest, and are still advancing. j The Twenty-eighth Division reached Los Grand Espatnres. The Seventeenth captured Looquivgno, m the centre of tbe forest. There was severe ficrhting at Le Quesnoy, where the New Zealanders repulsed a strong attack and - inflicted heavy losses. We passed south and north of this fortified town, arid are now several miles eastward of it. We> drove the enemy out of his netv positions on the Audelle river. The 'Guards captured Preux-au-Sart. . The Twenty-fourth Division captured Wargnies le Petit, and Wargnies le Grand. The Canadians made progress cm the right bank of the Scheldt and passed beyond Estreux and Onnaing. Our advance continues on the whole battlefront. A message, dated November 5, 1.20 p.m. , states : Yesterday afternoon we surrounded- and captured the walled town of Le Quesnoy, taking prisoner over a thousand. The Thirty-seventh and Sixty-second Divisions had hard fighting southward and northward of Le Quesnoy. and took many prisoners. These divisions, after overcoming a stroaig diversion at the outset about Bouvignies and Cdainval, pushed forward rapidly on the flanks of the New Zealanders eastward- of Le Quesnoy, advancing with them to a. depth of betwen three and four miles, capturing -fn© villages of Golimetz, Lerond. Queme, Fragnoy le Petit, and Matais. We progressed further m the evening m Mormal forest and eastward of Valenciences, catpuring the village of Eth.
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BRITISH OFFENSIVE., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14754, 6 November 1918
BRITISH OFFENSIVE. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 14754, 6 November 1918
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