Cam­brai cap­tured

Benalla Ensign - - News -

This week the Bel­gian Army for the first time ad­vanced from their de­fences in south­ern Bel­gium.

To­day the Amer­i­cans made their first solo at­tack on St Mi­hiel at the south­ern end of the West­ern Front.

One-thou­sand four-hun­dred and seventy-six Al­lied air­craft fly­ing as ground support backed the at­tack, along with 419 Amer­i­can and French tanks.

Within three days, the Amer­i­cans took 15 000 pris­on­ers and cap­tured more than 400 ar­tillery pieces.

The Amer­i­cans suf­fered 7000 ca­su­al­ties.

A dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber were killed be­cause of Amer­i­can of­fi­cers’ de­sire to lead their troops.

This bat­tle was also the first time the ex­pres­sion ‘‘D-Day’’ was used.

The Bol­she­viks made their first repa­ra­tions, to­talling $25 mil­lion in gold, to the Ger­mans.

This pay­ment had been forced from the Rus­sians by the Treaty of Brest Li­tovsk.

Th­ese German de­mands would be used against them dur­ing Versailles Treaty ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Mean­while, Mary, the el­der and only sur­viv­ing daugh­ter of Nurse Bag­nell, died this week in Mel­bourne’s Ho­moeo­pathic Hos­pi­tal, later called Prince Henry’s.

Nurse Bag­nell ran one of Be­nalla’s more suc­cess­ful pri­vate ly­ing-in hos­pi­tals.

To­mor­row, 100 years ago, Wirth’s Cir­cus would give its only Be­nalla per­for­mance this year.

The cir­cus ar­rived to­day in Be­nalla on three trains.

Its menagerie in­cluded ele­phants, buf­faloes, camels, tigers, leop­ards and pan­thers.

It also has jack­als, po­lar bears, brown and griz­zly bears and mon­keys.

Ele­phants, lions and tigers fig­ured among its per­form­ers.

The cir­cus had a mar­quee seat­ing 5000.

This week Hugo Wertheim Pty Ltd sued Mary Cook in Be­nalla court to re­cover $11.93 for a milk sep­a­ra­tor that it had sold her.

When the German-made sep­a­ra­tor broke, parts could not be ob­tained de­spite prom­ises made to her.

Cook re­fused to pay for some­thing that could not be re­paired. She lost.

— John Barry, AN­ZAC Com­mem­o­ra­tive Work­ing Party, Coo-ee — Hon­our­ing our


Fine line: Cana­dian troops march­ing to front in 1918.

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