The Great World War A History, Part XI

224 The Great World War On the British front therefore the net result of the main attack at the end of the day had been disappointing to those who had entertained hopes of smashing a mighty path through the German line and of a continuous ad­vance which would carry the tide of battle far from those blood-soaked fields of France. But we had at least disillusioned the enemy as well. We had annihilated a double line of en­trenchments— the work of nearly a year— which he had insolently boasted as unconquerable we had captured and consolidated Loos established ourselves though more precariously in the defences of Hill 70 the Quarries, Fosse 8 and the Hohenzollern Re­ doubt and thrust a formidable wedge into his positions over a distance of 6500 yards. A t nightfall on the 25th, after incessant fio-hting and numerous O O German counter-attacks the line was, roughly as follows: From the Double Crassier to south of Loos circling that town by the western slopes of Hill 70 thence by the Quarries and western end of Cite St. Elie to the east of Fosse 8 and so back to our original line. “Not so dusty for a start” as the cheer­ful major says in The First Hun d red Thou­sand at the close of the day. .we shall attack again and gain more ground, or at least keep the Boche exceedingly busy. That is our allotted task in this entertainment— to goon hammering the Hun occupying his attention and using up his reserves regardless of whether we gain ground or lose it while our French pals on the right are pushing him off the map. At least that ism y theory.” Here for the moment we must leave them to continue the fluctuating fortunes of this protracted struggle in another chapter. Ian Hays major was probably nearer the truth than were most experts who dogmatized on the subject with equal ignorance of the official mind. The British troops as well as the Tenth French Arm yon their right— now as we shall see indue course storming the village of Souchez and the heights of Vimy “with a bravery and determination”, wrote Sir John French “which went far to instil hope and spirit into the Allied Forces ”—were apparently cast to play second fiddle to General Castelnau who if he did not push the Huns off the map of France won a victory in Champagne that day which dealt them a staggering blow, and with the more limited successes in Artois rudely disturbed all his plans. F. A.M.
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