WWI in the Herald: February 8, 1915

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MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY 1915

Paris, Sunday.

A communique, issued at midnight, states:-

We slightly progressed northward of Massiges, 28 miles east of Rheims.

A previous communique states:-

We mined a trench westward of Arras, on the Lille road, and killed or captured the occupants.

We also recovered a trench we had lost at Bagatelle, and have progressed beyond that point.

There was no infantry action on the 5th. Our artillery in the Woevre, and the Argonne dispersed several convoys, and set fire to a train of 25 coaches.

There has been heavy fighting in the Bethune-La Bassee triangle. Two trains of wounded have arrived, including 400 Germans.

Cairo, Sunday.

No fighting occurred on Friday.

A German major, who was shot in the fight at the Serapeum, was found to be carrying a white flag.

The streets of Cairo are full of newly arrived Australian and New Zealand troops. The city has not lost its gaiety, crowds of natives waiting at the station, in the hopes of seeing prisoners.

High native dignitaries, hitherto pro-German, now wholly support the British.

It is understood that an Arab regiment delivered the attack at Toussoun. A Sikh regiment, withholding its fire, allowed the enemy to come to close quarters, and then vigorously attacked, and completely routed them.

The enemy employed heavy guns, and though they expended a great deal of ammunition, there was little result.

The British captures include: 8 machine guns, 90 camels laden with ammunition, and 600 prisoners. The Turks abandoned 400 dead, and their total casualties are estimated at 2400.

London, Sunday.

The “Morning Post’s” correspondent at Alexandra says: “Considerable surprise has been created by 12,000 troops having reached the Canal, lacking commissariat transport.

It is conjectured that the main body may succeed in crossing the desert, since the Germans have made tremendous efforts in building a railway to the frontier, via Sebasties, Lydda, and Gaza. A thousand labourers are taking up rails at the Haifre-Damascus and Jaffa-Jerusalem railways for the new railway.

London, Friday.

General Sir John Maxwell, the commander of the Australasian forces in Egypt, has sent a cable message to Sir George Raid, commending the services of the Australian Engineers under fire.

New York, Friday.

America has decided not to challenge for the Davis Cup this year, owing to the war.

Petrograd, Sunday.

The Germans threw a barrel bridge over the Rawka River, and three companies managed to cross the river.

The Russian guns destroyed the bridge, and the three companies of Germans were out off. They were shot, bayoneted or drowned.

London, Sunday.

It is rumoured in Berlin that the Kaiser, after a visit to the western front, ordered the commanders to abstain from sacrificing too many men in operations of secondary importance. One consequence of this order is that the Germans will begin to believe that the German troops in the west are numerically inferior to the enemy.

London, Sunday.

The Queen’s Work for Women Fund amounts to £132,070.

The first contingent of 120 girls has sailed to take on domestic work in Australia. The fund provides each with a complete outfit, £1 towards the fare, and £1 to be paid on landing.

(From Embarkation Rolls)

Private Alexander Dale Fraser, Newcastle, 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, 4th Reinforcements

Private Albert Howie, Hamilton, 26th Infantry Battalion

Private Francis Love, Cessnock , 20th Infantry Battalion

Private Richard Treleven, Newcastle, 17th Infantry Battalion

Nil.

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