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British Advance OVER 8,000 PRISONERS. I I Great Day far  Great Day for Tanks and Cavalry. f BRITISH GENERAL HEAD- QUARTERS, I FRANCE, Thursday, 11.2 a.m. Yesterday morning our troops moved forward north of Caucoing and at- 1 tacked and captured the village of Fontaine-notre-Dame, together with a numbor of prisoners. (Note.-Fontaine Notre Dame is east If Cambrai, so that the great German military railway centre is now out. Hanked.) BRITISH GENERAL HEAD- I QUARTERS, I FRANCE, Wednesday, 10.5 p.m. important progress has again been made to-day west and south-west of Cambrai, though rain has fallen con- tinuously. i THE REINFORCFafrZ*nrS WHICH I THE ENEMY HAS HURRIED UP TO THE BATTLEFIELD TO OPPOSE OUR ADVANCE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN OUT OF A FURTHER SERIES OF VILLACES AND OTHER FORTIFIED POSITIONS, AND MANY ADDITIONAL PRISONERSI HAVE BEEN TAKEN. Tanks have again given great assist- j a-nce to the advance. On the right we have made progress in the direction of Crcvecoeur-sur- FEscout. North-east of Mesnicres we have cap- tured the enemy's double line of trenches on the east bank of the Canal de l'scout (the Scheldt Canal). Sharp fighting has taken place in the neighbourhood, and hostile counter- attacks have been driven off. North of Marcoing the village of Noy- elle do I/Escout was captured early in the morning. Here also heavy fighting has taken place, and hostile counter-attacks have been successfully repulsed. During the morning Scottish troops moving north-east from Flcsquieres captured the German defensive lines south-west of Cantsing and the village itself, with 500 prisoners. Later in the day they continued • their advance, and have estsbHshed themselves in positions mar* than five! ,H.behind the f?nMr German front line, I North of the Anneux West Riding 1 battalions have been engaged with the I enemy south and south-west of Bourlon odd* I Further west Ulster regiments have crossed the Baupaume—Cambrai road 'iuid have entered Moeuvres. Duripg the day strong hostile counter- attacks against our new; positions in the neighbolrhood of Bullecourt have been llefeated. THE NUMBER OF PRISONERS j WHICH HAVE PASSED THROUGH OUR COLLECTING STATIONS EX- CEEDS 8,000, INCLUDING 180 OFFICERS. The number of guns captured has not yet been ascertained. (Note.—Anneux, Graincourt, Fles- quieres, Marcoing, Ribeoourt, Masnieres, fsozelles, Cantaing, and Crevecoeur are south of the" Bapaume—Cambrai road. Aimeux is four miles from Cambrai, and Canting barely three. La Vacquerie and Ephey are further South. Bullecourt; Fontaine-les-Croiselles, Moeuvres, and Bourlon lie between the roads connecting Cambrai with Arras and Bapaume.) ¡; The Victorious Commander. Sir Julian Byng, the British comman- fler -on this front, who is 55 years of age, is the seventh son of the .second Earl of Strafford. He commanded the forces in Egypt from 1912 until his appointment to a command in France. He served in the Sudan Expedition of 1884 and in the last South African war. I CERMAN REPORT. (Admiralty, per Wireless Press.) BERLIN, Wednesday night. I On the battlefield to the south-west of Cambrai the British since noon have attacked again with strong forces. I The fighting is still proceeding.

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