Le Ques­noy bat­tle

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

LON­DON, Novem­ber 5: On prac­ti­cally the whole front be­tween the Meuse and the Scheldt an ad­vance of be­tween a mile and two miles has been made. Fight­ing is pro­ceed­ing at Le Ques­noy, where the po­si­tion is ob­scure. The en­emy are heav­ily coun­ter­at­tack­ing from the Mor­mal For­est, the south­ern part of which we have pen­e­trated for a mile . . . There was se­vere fight­ing at Le Ques­noy, where the New Zealan­ders re­pulsed a strong counter­at­tack, in­flict­ing heavy losses. We passed south and north of this for­ti­fied town, and are now sev­eral

miles east­ward of it. A mes­sage from Sir Dou­glas Haig, dated Novem­ber 5 (1.20 p.m.) states: Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon we sur­rounded and cap­tured the walled town of Le Ques­noy, tak­ing over 1000 pris­on­ers. The 37th and 62nd Di­vi­sions had hard fight­ing south­ward and north­ward of Le Ques­noy, and took many pris­on­ers. These di­vi­sions, af­ter over­com­ing strong di­vi­sions at the out­set about Lou­vi­g­nies and Orain­val, pushed for­ward rapidly on the flanks of the New Zealan­ders east­ward of Le Ques­noy, ad­vanc­ing with them to a depth of be­tween three and four miles, and cap­tur­ing the vil­lages of Jolimetz, Lerond, Quesne Fres­noy, Elipeht, and Marais.

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