The Illustrated War News, Part 29, February 24th 1915

4—THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS, FEB. 24,1915.— [Part 29] The moral of this is perfectly obvious. We must abe beaten nation in three weeks’ time, and if we are not, the German newspapers and official talkers who created this high hysteria will have to be prepared for the depth of depression and gloom that will arise in the German Empire. That gloomy depression is not going to help Germany to carry on this war with unharassed efficiency it will certainly arise. As far as the practical pur­poses of the raid can be ascer­tained to date, the results arc certainly meagre. A few vessels have been torpedoed or mined, and though the majority of these are British or French, it is significant that two of the vessels so attacked belong to tlifc neutral State of Norway. One of these Norwegian ships, the Bjoerke, foundered but the another, oil-tank ship, the B el ridge, was able to gain the Deal roadsteads, though badly holed, and was later towed to the London Docks for repair. She was not the only vessel to escape after having been struck by the powerful charge of a torpedo’s war-head. The once-German, but now French, steam-ship Diriorah was attacked near Dieppe, and though she suffered a hole some ten feet in extent, she was able to gain Dieppe with nothing more dangerous than a slight list, her watertight compartments saving her. Graver news comes from the Irish Sea, for not only has a submarine appeared off the British coast in those waters once again, but her successful attack was accompanied by the loss of four lives. This was in the case of the Cardiff steamer Cambank, torpedoed without warning off the Anglesey coast. The third engineer and two firemen were killed, presumably by the explosion, and a donkey-man was drowned while jumping for the boat that saved the rest of the crew. There were also rumours in Liverpool that four other ships had been sunk, and else­where fears are entertained for the safety of several overdue coastal vessels. It is almost useless to comment 011 these losses to date, for they represent no greater activity on the part of the enem y’s submarines than AN OBJECTIVE OF THE AIR A-R ID SON GERMAN SUBMARINE-BASES : ZE E B RUG G E ,WHERE BOMBS WERE DROPPED ON THE POW ER-STATIO N ,LOCKS, AND GERMAN MIN E-SW EEPIN G VESSELS. has been shown a t any other time during the war. We do not know the force of submersibles acting against us at the present moment, but if Germany has turned onto us all her powers of underhand and under-water attack, the scope of their work shows to small effect, and there is certainly little in it to engender hope or enthusiasm or excitement in the German Empire. Germany, indeed, presents a strange psychological tragedy of over­ excitement and then its reacting over-melancholy. For a people who pose as level-headed and sternly practical, they are strangely febrile. A t the present moment they are off in the wildest enthusiasm about events in East Prussia. It must be said for them that here they have— for to-day— reason for rejoicing. We have only to examine the communiques of both Berlin and Petrograd to recognise the indubitable fact that Russian armies have gone back, and it is not at all impossible that the real ability of von Hindenburg has made that retirement as trying as it could be under any circumstance. Yet when all is said and done, when we read of the capture of 64,000 prisoners, and the decimation of an army, though it was apparently strong one ugh in its retreat to retain all save fifty of its guns, we are still content to wait without feel­ing nervous until Russia sends usher full reports 011 the battle. We cannot forget, as I said last week, R ussia’s unique flexibility and equanimity o f front under all conditions, and our opinion is backed up by the definite and un­excited statement from Pet r o grad itself, that this new aggressive in East Prussia was foreseen sometime before it eventuated, and that steps were taken to counteract it. There [Continued o vei len f. ATTACK DINE THE TWO GREAT AIR A-R ID SON GERMAN SUBMARINE -BASES: OSTEND, WHERE THE STATION WAS APPARENTLY DESTROYED AND BOMBS WERE DROPPED ON THE RAH BO U R BAT T ERIE S.B Minn 'iin n » n inirnim! r ± I
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