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GERMAN OFFENSIVE ATI HAND.

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GERMAN OFFENSIVE AT HAND. There is no longer any doubt that tho attempt to break through may ooine at any moment now, and a grand attack will be hurled against the Bri- tish armies somewhere between Arras and St. Quentin. The cumulative evidence from all sources shows that the coming offen- sive will be conducted upon the prin- ciples of surprise. The winter training of the enemy divisions hus been based upon the idea of repeating the tactics which succeeded in Galicia, at Riga, and on the Isonzo. Large bodies of troops have been exercised in making forced marches, covering as much as twenty miles in a day, then billeting or bivouacing near the imaginary front line of the enemy for the night, and breaking through at dawn with virtu- ally no artillery preparation. The presumptive disregard tor the existenoe of defensive wire goes to con- firm the idea that the Germans will employ tanks, as by no other method as an alternative to destructive bom- bardment could they break down the barbed obstruction. It seems probable that we shall witness some exciting duels between thewe structures, in which numbers and experience will be all on our side. According to very general statements, great results are expected by the enemy from the em- ployment of a new gas. Wo know that the Germans intend to use gas shells ivery frc-tly in the artillery support of their infantry attacks, and incidentally one wonders, if this new device of f rightfulness is so very pungent, whether it may not prove as deadly to the attackers as the attacked since, we have certainly not to learn from the Huns in the way of effective protec- tion against their poison methods. Upon one very interesting point the evidence appears to bo clear. It is that the proposed new form of attack has the entire confidence of the officers, but that the men regard it with dis- may, particularly thope who have had much experience of the western front warfare. They declare that against such troops as the British and French with their enormous armaments and powerful defensive systems, such ef- forts at surprise cannot at best meet with more than small local successes, and that these will be purchased at frightful oost.-Prt-ss Association Cor- respondent.

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