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GREAT AUSTRIAN OFFENSIVE ON HUNDRED-MILE FRONT. SPLENDID RESISTANCE. An Austrian oF-ensive against the Italians was be gun early on Saturday morning on a front extending: over 100 miles. The following official comiriuniquo was issued in Rome on Sunday: A great battle has been in progress on our Front since yesterday. After artillery preparation, which was exceptionally in- tense on account of the violence ei the fire and the number of guns employed, the enemy has begun his expected offensive by launching large masses of infantry to the attack against our positions, in the eastern sector of the Asiago Plateau, at the end of the Brenta Valley, and on Mount Grappa, and by attempting at several points the forcing by violence of the Piave and by carrying out heavy local demonstrative actions on the remainder of the Front. Our infantry and that of the Allied con- tingents fearlessly bore the tempc.it of the destructive fire, and, supported by the bar- rage of their own artillery, which had already prudently anticipated the enemy's preparation with a timely and deadly counter preparation bombardment, bravely I abstained the enemy's onslaught in the ad- vance defensive area. On the 150 kilometres (about ninety-four miles) of front more intensely attacked the .powerful storming columns of the enemy Îoccupied in the initial rush forward only a few front-lino positions in the Monte di Val Bella region, in the Asolone area, and at the head of the Mount Solarolo salient. Some droops succeeded in passing to the right bank of the Piave in Nervesa area and in the Fagare Musile region. But during the day itself our troops initiated along all the front attacked ener- getic counter-attacks, which succeeded in withholding the powerful pressure of the memy and in regaining a good portion of the positions temporarily yielded, on some I)f which, however, isolated detachments had Nith great valour continued to remain at all osts. The straggle, which did not diminish in riolenco in the night, is continuing fiercely, sut our troops are firmly holding the front )n the Asiago Plateau, have completely re- occupied the original posit.ion5 on the Am- one and at the Mount Solarolo salient, r.nd ire very closely pressing the enemy infantry which has passed to the right of the- Piave. The number of prisoners ascertained is irore than 3,000, including eighty-nine jificers. Our own and Allied airmen are taking a strong part in the battle by bombarding the rrossing points on the Piave and attacking hhe enemy's massed troops with macrmic- un fire. Thirty-one enemy aeroplanes have aeen brought down. I FAILURE AGAINST THE BRITISH. I The following reports from the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British forces in Italy, have been issued by the War )ffice British Front (Italy), Saturday. Heavy Austrian bombardment opened on the entire Front from the sea to the Adige at three this morning. The attack was fol- lowed by infantry assaults throughout the i day. The British Front was attacked by four Austrian divisions. On the right the attack completely failed, with very heavy losses to the enemy. On the left the enemy penetrated our frout line on a front of some 2.500 yards, to a maxi- mum depth of about. 1.000 yards, where ne has been firmly contained all day. The enemy has suffered very heavy Ici-scs.. For several days no flying has been pos- sible, owing to weather conditions, and to- day was also most unsuitable for ny?ng-, ex- cept in the very early morning. During this  i?? "+e,%Icn "hostile machme, were de- stroyed and two balloons brought down in Garner. During the afternoon our flying squadrons have been continually en?a?ed in machine-gunning. and bombing enemy bridges and transport on the Lower Piave, doing great damage from low altitudes. I 350 PRISONERS TAKEN. I L Sunday. The pocket on the British Front mentioned in my communique of last night has been cleared of the enemy during the night and early hours of this morning, and we are now again established on our original front line. Over 350 prisoners have been counted, and we have, in addition, captured two mountain guns and a. considciabic number of machine- guns. In the early hours of yesterday, when the hostile attack was first launched, invaluable assistance both in infantry and artillery was immediately provided by the Italians on cur left, and this assistance was largely re- sponsible for bringing the Austrian infiltra- tion to an immediate halt. Heavy fighting is continuing in many places along the Piave, on the eastern end of the Mozitobelio heights, and astride the valley of the Brenta. Three further enemy aeroplanes were, de. stroyed in air fighting yesterday, in addi- tion to the seven previously reported. The cloud s remain low, and distant reconnais- sance is impossible. The energy of our air service has been mainly confined to attacks on the bridges and troops which the enemy are attempting to throw across the Piave. In these attempts (? attacks) they l'ave been very successful. I

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