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The British communiques during the week-end show that the utmost use is being made of the clear, hard weather. Numerous destructive raids upon the enemy's lines, the capture of over 400 prisoners, the in-, fliction of further enemy losse,4 in killed j and wounded, and severe casualties to. the, enemy's aeroplanes—all this is a record of j strenuous and valuable activity, 110 more than a preparation for much greater things, it is true, but a. most energetic preliminary for them. The French have .also beon busy, particularly in the air, where their brilliant pilot. Guynenier. is almost level j with the record of Boelke. The accounts of the fighting on Hill 304 are conflicting, but the efiemy does not appear to have achieved more than a transient success upon a narrow front. • In Mesopotamia prolonged fighting has been taking place on the ban k s of the Tigris near the confluence of that river and the Hai, neir which the town of Kut stands. A series of Turkish attacks- partially dislodged us from the footholds whlch We had gained in the enemy's second line, but there was a great disparity in the losses, over a thousand Turkish dead being accounted for in ipa-rt only of the. fighting. Since we have a con- siderable force assembled in Mesopotamia, it is well at any rate that it should he actively engaged, however obscure its strategical aims. In Fiast Africa- the enemy's reduced forces, squeezed into the south- eastern cornier of the late C'oJcny* are being invested.. b.r the closing British columns. ) Though it has aroused bat little notice in this country, it should be recognised tilat-the troops, exposed to the severe trials of a tropic/sl climate and ravaged with malaria. have had to exhibit the most praiseworthy endurance and fortitude. General Smuts, the talented Dutch commander, is coming to London to attend the War Council. It would he highly popular throughout the country if he received a command in Europe, —————

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