By Frank Arthur Mumby
The tale of the nice battle.
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Chief step already taken was the relief of the French army from below Loos of the Canadian troops by His Majesty armies created by the organizing genius of Lord K itchener boded them no good. They determined, therefore, to try some of their Verdun artillery tactics on the Ypres salient, and at the beginning of June scored a momentary success which probably caused some anxious moments at British Head-quarters. It was a success which seemed almost to portend another bold bid for the Channel coast, and proved, indeed, the The Great World War 36 stage of a series of actions which first came be described at the time as the Third Battle of Ypres.
Next in order, facing north-east, was von Scholtz, with the Eighth Army, covering Dvinsk and the front as far as Lake Drisviatv. From Lake Dris- 1915: one 01 her machinc-gu lions in aciion The Enemy's Eastern Battle-front 23 South of the Pripet the chief comheld by the Austrian Archduke Frederick, a portly but quite His command incompetent general. divided itself topographically into two parts. The more northerly one was the southerly one in in Volhynia, The VolGalicia and Bukovina. hynian district was held by General Pulhallo von Brlog with the Third Austro-Hungarian Army covering the district from the marshes to Tchartoryisk, and by the Archduke Joseph Ferdinand with the Fourth Army from But Lutsk to Dubno, facing Rovno.
It was perfectly true. When every allowance has been made for the mis- takes which marred the relieving force the advance of in certain of its can be no doubt that the valour of our troops would have carried them through to their comrades but for the inconceivable phystages, sical every there difficulties which faced them at turn. To General Townshend and his devoted garrison the now inevitable end, after a defence which will rank high among the great deeds of the British and Indian armies, must have been harder to face than all the hordes of besieging Turks.