Fierce fight­ing

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

LON­DON: The al­lies are pro­gress­ing splen­didly on the whole front be­tween the south of Ar­ras and the Oise. There was a fierce strug­gle at Chailenes with strong en­emy forces cov­er­ing the re­treat. The en­emy made a great ef­fort dur­ing the pre­ced­ing forty­eight hours to re­move vast stores from Chailenes with only mod­er­ate suc­cess, the British of­fer­ing fierce op­po­si­tion. North of the Somme they are ad­vanc­ing down a long slope to­wards Bray, which they have now prob­a­bly reached. The Ger­mans are

con­test­ing ev­ery inch of ground on the Vesle with the Amer­i­cans, who are fight­ing with su­perb hero­ism. A Ger­man re­treat to the Aisne or be­yond it is clearly im­mi­nent. The en­emy is show­ing signs of anx­i­ety be­tween Ar­ras and Al­bert, where no ma­te­rial ad­vance has been made. South of the Somme there has been a slight re­tire­ment in some places af­ter des­per­ate fight­ing, the en­emy throw­ing in reserves and fiercely counter­at­tack­ing.

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