Wartime sum­maries by Sir Dou­glas Haig and PM

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

In a despatch pub­lished on Wed­nes­day, Sir Dou­glas Haig de­scribes the op­er­a­tions of his forces from the open­ing of the Ar­ras bat­tle on April 9, 1917, to the con­clu­sion of the Flanders of­fen­sive in Novem­ber.

Dur­ing the seven and a half months un­der re­view the vic­to­ries of Ar­ras, Vimy Ridge, Messines Ridge and Flanders were won by the Bri­tish and those at Moronvil­liers, Ver­dun and Mal­mai­son by the French.

The Bri­tish were very un­for­tu­nate as to the weather, and the de­fec­tion of Rus­sia with the weak­ness de­vel­oped in Italy, made the task of our troops heav­ier than was an­tic­i­pated.

With­out reck­on­ing, there­fore, says Sir Dou­glas, the pos­si­bil­i­ties which have been opened up by our ter­ri­to­rial gains in Flanders and with­out con­sid­er­ing the ef­fect which a less vig­or­ous pros­e­cu­tion of the war by us might have had in other the­atres, we have ev­ery rea­son to be sat­is­fied with the re­sults which have been achieved by the past year’s fight­ing.

And ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence in Lon­don, Mr Lloyd Ge­orge made a pro­nounce­ment on war aims, of which some prin­ci­pal points are: we were not fight­ing a war of ag­gres­sion, and the de­struc­tion and dis­rup­tion of Ger­many had never been a war aim with us; the Al­lies de­mand the restora­tion of Bel­gian in­de­pen­dence, and repa­ra­tion for her dev­as­ta­tion; restora­tion of Ser­bia, Mon­tene­gro, and the oc­cu­pied parts of France, Italy and Ro­ma­nia.

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