The Great War Part 198, June 1st 1918

A WEEKLY REVIEW SUPPLEMENT TO “THE "GREAT WAR PART 198. THE ENEMY PRESS What the H unis Saying About Us Still Harping on Colonial E xpan sio n.— After further great events in the wost our Colonial demands must in no circumstances continue to be confined to tho Belgian and French Congo territories. I can very well conceive a German Colonial Empire in Central Africa and in tho South Seas which would supply immediately 400000 tons of oil-fruits and more than 1000000 tons at an early date it would make us almost entirely independent in the important question of our supply of raw materials of oil. Herr Emil Zimmermann in the“ V ossische Zeitung.'' The German Objective.— I hast been clear from the very first that a indecision our offensive campaign in France would not be brought about by a single short-lived battle. I fit is permissible to talk of the objective before it is achieved wo may consider it as the intention of the High Command at first to loosen the whole front of the trench war, and to compel the enemy to face us with a front of human bodies instead of a front of armoured works. It is certainly of the greatest importance whether Amiens or tho heights held by the English in Flanders fall. It is important above all because tho great English bridgehead on this sido of tho Channel cannot afford to lose too much ground without gravely endangering the strategy of the Allies and the safety of the bridgehead itself. “Frankfurter Zeitung." “The Curtain Bell.” —One of our war-philo- sophers has compared tho war to shattering drama. In the western theatre of war two acts have already been played. The knot is tied the crisis is reached, and tension is at its highest. The pauso is neces­sary for the shifting of the scenery and tho changing of the actors. The curtain bell can be expected any second now. That the Gorman Command will bring the piece to an end and indeed to a most satisfactory con­clusion can be safely expected just as a groat poet will not allow the beginnings of a great poetical work to remain a fragment. General von Ardenne in “Berliner Tageblatt” (April 22nd). “BOOTY!” From Notable Books of the War Bearers of —the Burden. A soldiers great­coat weighs normally about seven pounds. Great­coats that had been in the Somme mud were weighed at some of the R.A.M.C. dressing-stations, and found then to weigh up to fifty-eight pounds !Add to this a soldiers kit weighing five or six stone and you have a big load for even a strong and freshman to carry. For a man tired and worn it was a weary load. Tho last mile or two of the march into rest billets was often cruel work. You were sorry for those brave lads then. Basil Clarke in “My Round of the War.” Our Air Supremacy.— Judged on a basis of losses the unceasing struggle in tho spring of 1917] between aeroplano and aeroplane would seem to have been fairly equal though it must bo remem­bered that three-quarters of tho fighting has had for its milieu the atmosphoro abovo enemy territory. Judged on a basis of the maintenance of adequate observation which is the primary object of aerial attack and defence the British have won con­sistently. A not time has the R.F.C. been obliged to modify its duties of reconnaissance artillery spotting photography or co-operation with ad­vancing infantry. ...To say that the German machines are barred altogether from reconnaissance and artillery direc­tion would bo exaggeration but not wild exaggera­tion. Seldom can an enemy plane call and correct artillery fire for longer than half an hour. From time to time a fast machine makes a reconnaissance tour at a great height and from time to time others dart across tho lines for photography or to search for gun positions. 'An appreciable proportion of these do not return. Four-fifths of the Hun bomb raids behind our front take place at night-time, when comparative froedom from attack is balanced by impossibility of accurate aim. “Contact ”in “An Airman's Outings.” Bulgar Poets forBid the Iron Cross The most popular of Bulgarian poets known as tho Pindar of Bulgaria Arnaudov by name has written the following verses to inspire the Bulgarian soldiery :Bodies all velvet-soft of babes and mothers Make carpet softer far than April sward But taste thou first their morning dew And forcibly from their fresh youth take pleasure !Take thou the fruit then lxurl the peel away Let press thy horses hoof on womans bosom soft. Lest that same milk should nourish hostile sons. Let not stone remain on stone Let not babe on mother-bosom .«mile Let no grandchild walk with old gran^sire— Cast their skulls unto fierce howling dogs. The dawn shall rest on fields that thou hast sown Full thick with skeletons and spectres Of burning bodies let the fumes Curl high into the sky Reichstag “Scrap of Paper” Count Spec declared during the suffrage debate in the Prussian Lower House amidst loud applause from the Right that “the damned Peace Resolu­tion ”was dead. The full text of the famous Resolution of the Reichstag Majority of July 1917, is given in the “Morning Post ”as follows :As on August 4th 1914 the German people consider that the words contained in the Speech from the Throne, “we are not led by a desire ”for conquests holds good on the eve of the fourth year of war. Germany has taken up arms for liberty and independence, and for the integrity of her territory. The Reichstag desires a peace of conciliation and the lasting reconciliation of all peoples. Enforced territorial aggrandisement with political economic and financial control cannot be reconciled with that programme. The Reichstag also rejects all plans about economic isolation and the enmity of peoples after the war. The freedom of the seas must be made sure. Only an economic peace can pave the way for friendly co-operation among the peoples. W e will also strongly encourage the creation of inter­national law organisations. The resolution ends :“Germany will fight until the Allies stop threatening her and her allies with conquests.” The word “indemnity ”is not mentioned. Historic Cartoons of the Great War IF EVERYBODY HELPED (Reproduced ”from “Punch December 51917 by permission o f the Proprietors.) Printed and published by the Amalgamated Press Limited The Fleetway House Farringdon Street London E.C. 4. 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