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NEW BATTLE FRONT. 1 t FIERCE FIGHTING TO-DAY. r, 'f, TO.DAY'S BRITISH OFFICIAL. 4 General Headquarters, France, j-j! • Wednesday, 10.23 a.m. On the battle-front north of La Bassee Canal, fierce pghting continued yesterday evening and during the night. Our troops are holding the line of the Rivers Lawe and Lys, and are heavily erzaged with the enemy at the river crossings at Estaires and Bac St. Maur. On the south flank of the attack, Givenchy, into which the enemy at one time had for ced his way, was re-captured later in the day by a successful counter-attack by the 55th Division, who took 750 prisoners in the fighting in this lirea. Early this morning the enemy opened a heavy bom- bardment on our positions east and north of Armentieres, itnd as far as the Ypres-Comines Canal. Fighting is re- ported to have commenced on the southern portion of this front. On the British front south of the Somme, local fight- ing took place yesterday evening at certain points without changing the situation. TO-DAY'S FRENCH OFFICIAL. General Headquarters, France, Wednesday, 3 p.m. The night was marked by a series of local actions undertaken by the enemy at several points of the front. In the region of Hangard en Santerre the Germans yesterday, at the close of the day, made a powerful attack, preceded by strong artil- lery preparation. A determined fight took place for the possession of-the village, which passed from hand to hand. Towards 3 o'clock in the morning an attack by out troops restored to us the whole of the vilalge and the cemetery. • At the same time an enemy attempt to drive us from the woods west of Castel met with a sanguinary defeat. To the west of Noyon the Germans were not more successful. In the region of Coucy our troops br),I,-e off the efforts of the enemy who, without obtaining any result, only added to the number of his losses. To the north-east of Renand, our reconnoitering parties took some prisoners and captured two machine guns. On the left bank of tb.e Aisne and in the region of the canal, there was intermittent artillery duels. To tlwt north-west trf Bheitcfe we & (successful raid Into the enemy's lineS and took some prisoners. There was preat activity of the artilery of both sides. On the left bank of the Meuse, in the Appremont Forest, and the. iWoevre, in the region of Fleury, there was a violent artillery duel. 250,000 GERMAN DEAD. f A Eeuter's Paris message says the Journal" statestliat accord- mg to the calculations of the British Head-quarters, 250,000 German a-es lie upon the ground recently taken by the Germans.—Press '.Association. I. F _?_ British and Portuguese forces have been I » il riven back between Armentieres and La IBassee, on a front of nearly 10 miles. The jOermans had heavily shelled the Allied itfnas in this area for some days, and in fÐ. thick mist on Tuesday they advanced yto the attack. There was heavy fighting ithroughout the day, and last night it 'continued on the whole of this front. The enemy first got into our lines about ;-Neuve Qiapelle and Fauquishart, and •proceeded to push through towards the river Lys. On the flanks of the attack, ebout Fleurbaix and Givenchy, the [British line held, but in the centre the lenemy extended his earlier gains through fiRichebourg and Laventie. On Tuesday 'flight Portuguese and Britsh troops were iifcack on the line of the Lys between lifcaires and Bftc St. Maur, three and a half Ønil from their positions at the opening ot the fight. { The Times" correspondent at the ll British front telegraphs that we were pre- tpared for attack here, there having been j Ample evidence of impending operations )Cot some days past. Most of our advanced jpoeitions were very lightly held with the expectation that the Germans must pene- trate them and reach the battle line jbehind. ??qouth of the Oise the French have withdrawn further from the Lower Forest rf Coucy and from Coucy le Chateau. The s- fterman- official report claims that the J Jortress of Coucy was taken by storm. 60.000 GAS SHELLS. I Mf. H. Perry Robinson writc-s -What iiiav prove to be the second act in the fdrama of the great German offensive be- jran on Tuesday morning, being the an- niversary of the beginning of the battle Ðf Arras, with an attack in strength on a ifront of about 17,000 yards between iarmentieros and Lens, where the enemy fline bulges out into a considerable salient ^before hie positions on the Aubers Ridae, including the desolate flat waste of the cl.1 Neuve Chapelle and Festubert battle- elds. NEW BRITISH LINE. I v German Effort to Impede Our I > Reserves. PARIS, Wednesday. j' Renter's expert commentator this morn- ing says: „ Xwiwhile the plan of pressure on the mans began it in the morning, favoured by a thick mist. As they have been in the habit of doing throughout this offen- sive in their principal operations, they threw powerful effectives into the at- tack on the trenches held in this sector by Portuguese and British troops. The fight was very hot and went on all,day. NEW BRITISH LINE. Towards the evening the position was approximately as follows:—On the left of the British wing, south-west of Ar- mentieres, our Allies maintain their line as far as Fleurbaix. It then bends west- ward and follows the course of the river Lys between Bac Saint Maur EstH-ircs. The Anglo-Portugueee centre having -liven' way befure the violence of shock, the front is then outlined by Laventic Chapelle and Richebourg Saint Vaast, and ends at Givenchy. PURPOSE OF THE ATTACK. Fighting is continuing with great keel ness, and it would therefore be pre- mature to draw from these first fluctua- tions hastily regarding the probable re- sults. There is no doubt that it is not w much a question of the extension of the front of attack as of a diversion in- tended to relieve the front before Amiens, where the Germans feel that they are too strongly held. It is certain ttiat, our reservee would no longer have any distance to go in order to lend their support, to our Allies in the Armentieres -La Bassee factor, if they needed it. BRITISH TAKE PRISONERS. Germans not getting all their own Way, Telegraphing from France, the Frees Association correspondent states that the Germans are not having all their own way in the new offensive. At one place, w hen they tried to storm a position, the British troops not only arreeted the at- tempt, but took 80 prisoners. Portuguese headquarters report that their front is being heavily attacked.














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