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THE UNKNOWN FACTOR.

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THE UNKNOWN FACTOR. MEANING OF THE BIG OFFENSIVE. Air. HiLaire tyefloc, m his weekly Levies of the war in lai;d and Water," devotes a portion of his article to a consideration oi the Russian cffensive in Y'olhynia. and the Biikavinii. He writes :— The moment the Ausiro-German attack Jnst south of the Piiisk marshes, in the re- gion of Czartoayak, developed, the Rr.ssrian.- countered heavily by a thrust just north of the Rumanian border fiYTn Bess arahi a. They began a violent offensive for the pos- session of the heights immediately above J Czeraavitz, the capital of tho Bukovixta, de- fended by very strong and continuous Aus- jfcrian entrenchments, which reacn up north- ward to the neighbourhood of Buczacz, and follow a line nearly north or south. At the Mme time, or immediately afterwards, an other separate offensi ve of the Russians VI- war ds Bucza-cz developed. At the moment of writing these two offensives in the south have become much the biggest part of the activity along all this southern portion of the Russian line. Each side claims com- paratively small numbers of prisoners. There has been a slight advance oi oux Allies along their two main lines of attack, ?t nothing in any way conchisive or de- Em,te has yet dove?? It is, porh?ps, not too much to suggest tht th l't' object upon the BuFri an -side of this MW oiten?iv?, which has thTM Suddenly attracted the attention of f Europe. te for the moment no more than to compel » corresponding concentration oi troops upon the enemy's 8i, and that ?dth an il-t quite as much political L? atrat?g"?. l'f we recollect how- matters stand in the Balkans; if we further recollect that Ru- mania is the great unknown factor, and that the Rumanian army woniild maike all the dif- farence to the immedia-te future of the earn paiÍgn one way or the other from the three factors of its position, its numbers and its freshness; if wie a-dd to aJI this a considera- tion of the main truth which evetry General Staff in Europe has first in ijiind—the enemv's anxiety in the matter of numbers- wv- snail see the purpose of such an offen- sive as Russia. has apparently undertaken, though perhaps only local-and temporary, upon the southern end of her line. Russia in Bessarabia threatens to some extent the enemy position in the Balkans. It is all very well to sa v that we do not be- lieve Rumania will allow a rnaxch through the Dobruja, or that no considerable Russian j forces are massed near the mouths of vthe Danube, but the mere fact that Russia. can ooncentrate there quickly keeps the enemy-- Bulgarian a.nd Austro-Gma.n-)n the watioh tma under the necessity of leaving troops watdbing the frontier. Meanwhile, alone- comparatively s hort lines of communication in Bessarabia., Russiar. forces can strike at or Threaten either end of the comparatively snort arc. The Rus- siam, by a vigorous offensive, or even by the mere massing of troops, can oompel con- siderable agglomerations on the part of the enemy. They can infliot wastage upon enemy nni-and he fears wastage now more than anything. But it is improbable that they can as yet advance seriously. Remember the condi- tions.

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