The Illustrated War News, Part 21, December 30th 1914

2—THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS, DEC. 30,1914 .—[Part 21] THE GREAT WAR. APPOINTED COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AT THE N0 RE :ADMIRAL CALLAGHAN. Admiral Sir George Callaghan was Commander- in-Chief of the Home Fleet from 1911 till the war began. He has since been on the War Staff at the Admiralty.— [Photo. Heath.'] killed, over 300 wounded, and 5500 prisoners— which was thus avery creditable bit of work, as brilliant as it was brief, in the rounding-up of rebels against the unity of the Empire. Quite of apiece with the doing of this job in South Africa was the disposal of another overt enemy against our authority at the other extremity of the Dark Continent—in the person of the Khedive, Abbas II., who has now been replaced by Prince Hussein Kam el Pasha as the nominal Sultan of Egypt—under our protection and power. No change of the kind was ever brought about with so much states­manlike wisdom and such little friction, or with so much hearty approval from all sides— except, of course, that of the Turks and their German backers, for whom the change of regime, effected as it was by a simple stroke of Sir Edward G rey’s masterly pen, was a most painful slap. The exchange of messages between King George and Prince Hussein— one promising unfailing support, and the other un­failing allegiance— comp l e ted the transaction, one of the greatest tri­umphs of British states man ship ,compared with which the recent statecraft of the Germans is mere amateur bungling. Marshal von der Goltz Pasha, who has now exchanged his Governorship of Belgium for the position of chief military counsellor on the Bos­ phorus, will find it harder than ever —with his rabble army under Djem al Pasha— to “liberate ”from the Brit­ish yoke the people of Egypt, who have already shown that they 110 more yearn for such emancipation than our loyal fellow-subjects in India. A t Constantinople it was given out that the Messudiyeh, sunk by one \Continucd cverleaj. GERMAN SOLDIER :PRAISE OF THE BRITISH GENERAL VON HEERINGEN. Interviewed recently, General von Hceringen said :“The English first-line troops are splendid soldiers, experienced and very tough, especially on the defensive." —'Photo. I N reviewing the events of the last week throughout the world-wide area of war, let us begin with the Dark Continent, where everything went in our favour— very brilliantly so. First of all, then, we may now be said to have completed our con­quest of the German Cameroon country b y taking pos­session of the whole of the railway which runs north­ward from Bonabari, and is now in the hands of our troops. A similar fate is reserved, at 110 distant date, for German South Africa, against which General Botha— a man no less brave and dashing as a soldier than sagacious as a statesman— is preparing to lead a con­quering force. Having stamped out the rebellion within the Union itself— crushing it literally alike beetle— lie is now addressing himself to the task— a harder one, per­haps, but still certain of achievement— of making an end of the bad neigh- r— «------—------------------1 bourhood of the Germans in the vast region forming the Hinterland of Luderitz Bay, which is already in our possession, and ren­dering it impossible for them in the future to intrigue from that quarter against the peace and stability of the Union. The court-martialling and prompt execution at Pretoria of the rebel leader, Captain Fourie, shows what the Union Government is minded to do pour dccouragcr les autres. The rebellion was promptly and energetically suppressed— though not without a Union loss of 33.}, in­cluding more than 100 deaths while in German South Africa, the casual­ties had also risen to a total of some 370. The rebels had more than 170 SPOKESMAN OF FRENCH DETERMINATION :M. VIVIANI, PREMIER OF FRANCE. A t the opening of the French Chamber on the 22nd, M. Viviani, the Premier, expressed the national resolve to continue the war till the cause of the Allies is won.— [Photo. Topical.]
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