The Great War Part 181, February 2nd 1918

The Langem arck Victory 481 The hope was that these losses would dishearten the overseas democracies and induce them to slacken in sending more fighting men to Europe. The German authorities did not always expect to obtain during the war the full fruit of their selective efforts. It was when peace was established and all nations were mourning their dead and estimating their vital injuries in man-power and breeding-power that the subtle far-seeing yet miscalculating enemy expected to reap the full benefit of the enormous German blows sacrifices he had made in checking the at Dominion troops Australians Mat ouqnet Farm at Bulle- court and below Messines and in break­ing into the Canadian line at Ypres driving the men of the Dominion from Hill 60 and holding them back from Lens. Wherever it was possible for the German commander to aggravate the task of the men of the daughter nations of Great Britain he sacrificed the human resources of his own Empire with brutal sternness for a far-reaching political aim. H e did not know th a the was crasolidatin g the British Commonwealth of nations directly b they enormous efforts he continually made to shatter it. He did not know that bloodshed in a noble common cause b y nations living b they same traditions and speaking the same language is the firmest of all cements. These things he did not know and therefore he blindly continued his unconscious work of completing the spiritual structure of the British Commonwealth of nations and bringing this Commonwealth into closer connection with the other great English-speaking federation that satin power between the A tla n tic and Pacific Oceans. In the molten material of the great furnace of war something like anew political structure was shaping larger than anything yet known in the brief annals of civilisation. Ludendorff, Hindenburg and Wilhelm II. had the wit to discern what was taking place beneath the battle-sm oke but while trying to shatter the new structure when it was instill the making they only forged it into more tensile strength. In the afternoon of Thursday August 16th when the great German counter-attack was forcing the Irish and English troops back across the swam pat Ypres a similar counter-offensive was undertaken against the Canadians. A t six o clock in the evening the Germans came out undercover of a terrific bombardment and attacked along the entire Canadian front above Lens. All storming forces were broken before they could get to close quarters. Two hours afterw ards another grand attack was made, and also shattered completely b y artillery m achine-gun, and musketry Afire. t eleven o ’clock in the night the third attack was made Three enemy and this was also crushed b y that attacks near Lens famous m aster-gunner Sir Henry Horne. When the broken enemy fled or crawled back the Canadians again followed him and captured some works southward in the Cite St. Theodore and occupied another portion of the German front line. Another night and day passed while Ludendorff detached more of his general reserve for the counter-offensive at Lens. Then in the evening of August 18th a great gas-shell bombardment poured upon the Canadian Army and under the screen of an ordinary stamping high-explosive barrage a remarkable British official photograph. TAKING PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST ENEMY COUNTER-ATTACKS. British wiring-party passing a heavy gun when going forward to ¦consolidate a position on the western front. Fixing wire entanglements on which counter-attacks could beheld upon spots exactly ranged by the artillery was the first step taken in the consolidation of new positions.
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