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BIG GERMAN DEFEAT âââââââââââ âââââââââ 4 Determined Attack Against British. I REPULSED AT ALL POINTS. TO-DAY'S BRITISH OFFICIAL. I FRANCE, Saturday, 10.40 a.m. Yesterday evening, after considerable artillery activity all day, east of Ypres, the enemy's infantry, covered by heavy bombardment, at-I tacked on a front of nearly a mile from the south of Menin road, north of Dolderhoek Chateau. In spite of intensity of his artilery fire, and the determination of his attack, the enemy was repulsed at all points except in the neigh- bourhood of Polderboek, where his troops succeeded in. entering some of our advanced posts on a front of about 200 yards. tn this locality, severe fighting took place during the night, which resulted in the re-capture by our troops of the whole of our positions. A party of t,heenei-ay which approached our line yesterday evening east of Neuve Chappeile, was driven off by our fire, and at dawn this morning Portuguese troops successfully raided the German trenches m this neighbourhood and captured several prisoners. Another successful raid in which a number of prisoners were cap- tured by us, was carried out this morning by West Kent troops south of Pleurbaix. I A PANIC STRICKEN ENEMY. The Press Association Special Corre- pendent in France says:â During Thursday night the enemy artil- lery maintained a heavy fire along the whole front between Warneton and Lange- mark. frequently employing gas shells. Yesterday troops of the 18th Reserve Divi- sion launched as.saults on a front of about a mile. Our troops met the enemy with such a vigorous resistance that their waves broke under the fire. The York- « shire Light Infantry attacked with great dash. and the Huns, who were in con- siderable strength, seemed suddenly taken with panic and broke. Our men pursued them, inflicting con- siderable casualties. During the morning our line was completely restored. About 6 o'clock last night, under cover of an intense barrage, large bodies of in- fantry came up the Menin road. Serious fighting ensued, and in some places the Germans, succeeded in establish- ing gun-posts., ^iiiiikyUh tely counter-attacks were organised, but they were not in sufficient strength to restore our line. During the night our guns have been shelling the eneifiy. '1 TO-DAY'S FRENCH OFFICIAL. I An enemy surprise attack oh. the Bois de Pretre and in the Reillon le Tricourt sectors completely failed. There is nbthing to re- port on the rest of the front. Aviation.âAn enemy aeroplane was brought down by our anti- aircraft guns during the daytime of March'7th. South of Houthulst Forest, where our troops have recently scored big raiding successes, the enemy attacked on a front of a. mile shortly before dawn, on Friday. On the greater part of the front the attack was repulsed, but on the left of our line/where F1 am in en werfer were uscxl, our troops were compelled to fall back. Later in the morning Yorkshire in- fantry not oirly took back the ground, but drove the enemy 300 yards behind their original line. In the fighting the German losses were heavy, while ours were light. ON AN 18-MILE FRONT. I In Palestine British troops have made a general advance north on a front of 18 miles across the Jerusalean-Sheeham road. They are encountering small opposition. I The Ohoraniyeh bridge, carrying the main road from Jericho over the Jordan to the Hedjaz railway, has been blown up by the Turks. Ea.st of the Jordan Turkish troops and transport and stations on the Hedjaz railway have been bombed. MUST GO ON. -1 Central Powers' Perilous Eastern Campaign. II Commenting m an editorial on the posi- tion on the Western Front tRe 11 Morn- ing post" ^"S: It would be a mistake to suppose the, rulers of Germany are so stupid as to ignore the various dangers and many difficulties of their Eastern ad- venture. But the Pan-Germans are com- pelled to embark upon it. Go on they must; go back they cannot. They had their choice at Brpst Litovsk; the choice between a civilised settlement and -a policy of ;randlseJ?nt, a.nd they chose according to her original plan, would have preferred to wait until she had won a 4ecisive victory over the Allies in the Weft. But she could not wait, for seve- ral leasons, and among them is the' fact that Germany cannot defeat the Allies in the West, and she knows it. Germany might gain partial successes; but hei I not r?ckoui:)? on th(\se highlY ,sp£culntiVf' l ??..?s, ?hc is picc'?-din'? npon the a?sump- tion that if she cannot defeat the Allie?: neither can the Allies defeat her. I GERMANY'S LIMITS. I Let us assume for the sake of argu- ment that such is the position at the moment. What follows? Germany, in order to win victory in the future, must greatly increase her forces in men, in I tyuns, and in aircraft. The Allies, in order to win victory in the future, must do the same. What, then, after a given interval, will be the relative position" The resources of Germany are not illimit- able She has nearly reached her limit ip man-pcrtver. She has anticipated her drafts of young recruits. With regard to glins and aircraft her capacity, whatever. it may be, also has a limit. But the situation of the Allies is very different, The United States can place millions of men in the field; and in respect of guns, munitions, and aircraft the combined pro I dnctian of France, Italy, England, and United States, even after making due allowance for the deficiency of transport, is far in excess of the German produc- tion. Therefore the conclusion is that ivhile Germany is pursuing her Eastern enter- prise she is steadily becoming relatively weaker in the decisive theatre of war, the I Western line." ââââ

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