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The British Army far surpasses all the other combataaits put together in the num- ber and success of its trench raids, in which small parties of men steal across at night to the enemy's lines, to a sector isolated by an artillery barrage, kill or capture the occu- pants and blow up the defences. During the battle of the Sonune nearly four hundred of these) enterprises were made on other parts of the line, and several thousand casualties inflicted on the enemy at small cost to ourselves. A daylight raid on a front of more than a mile near Arras had, however, a touch of farce about it. After a bombardment which reached the enemy's third line, our raiders entered the trenches to find them absolutely deserted, save for a very few dead. The enemy apparently! withdrew all his men, and permitted us to shell a.nd enter deserted lines. Our blow was consequently struck in the air. It will be interesting to see whether these baffling tactics will be repeated on a grand scale when the great artillery bombardment of the next offensive starts in earnest.

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