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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta fACT; EIGHT rim LETiumiDGR OAIVT HERAU> i MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1917 (COSTISBEB riOJt FtOXT PiOIl irtfrn thirty to 'ifly feet and rarry'mg on a vigorous warfare with their nmchlna guns and bouihs. It hard fighting) but Iho Advance ued'snccKsfuUy until the northeast comer of the was reached where tho tanks were held up by a strong forte ot the enemy. British airmen who had been fighting close io the ground deliberately charged down on the enemy" Infantry with rnacbm'.1 guns, (ramping a steady slreiirn of bullets Into tho German raoks. The battle was short and decisive. The airplanes wheeled re-wheeled over the heads Germans and main- tulacd such an fire Ihtt the defender) were forced to retire from. the position afler suffering f njslder-. Bble losses. The tanks then' pushed on. rha conquest of Iho wood completed snd all entering wedge bav- i Jng been Criven intothe village- Almost immediately Ihe German; delivered a heavy counter atlBcfc on the troops'- who hid penetrated the f hamlet, and Bfter a sKff engagement. forced them to withdraw igalti to thcj edge of Ibe'-wood. Saturday morning; the BrlUsh renewed tbe attack on the It a battle In which thc_ British troops gloried, for It took them; back to tie nays of other wars when men struggled out In the open: The; trying; period of fighting- behind sand j ba'g jiarapets was past and they were j at close grips with the enemy whtro- they could employ Ihe bayonet, i they knew so Well how to use. The Germans had rushed up "reinforce- i meets which (hey had obtained by j rakins everything available on their I line. During Iho morning the enemy ad- vanced Jn strength from the north and threw themselves' against the British lino at the edge of the wood. A wrignlnarj Blruggls followed anil the British, unable to withstand Ihe fury of Ihe German 'allack without too great a loss of lite, withdraw slightly' ana tho Germans gained a. fooling In the northern edge of the forest. But fna British ivere not to let tap-mailer -rest.and they "surged forward again. .This' liine dismounted cavalry advanc- ed tte Infantry aod them the; drove the-enemy hsct and established themselves on 'lie old line. by. Uttle Uio. Germans were "'forced lo. at edge of trip lyobd about Boiirloa IVIUas'e. unUI' i'nfanfry of ithe'ce; mbra. eetlled .doTrb ebpni Uie forces but :'fb t at'one another In Ctuslvo operations, There have been almost continual liallles between Gerruau Infantry aud. BriiUh nlrmen flylag low as Ihlrly the ground. N'ever before has ibis kind ot warfare beet carried oul on such a large scale. PUots atU-Cied Infantry unit guu crows In- whrrever they encount- ered anj liifUcted heavy cas. ualtles on the enemy with bombs and machine guns. Nature of Fighting seen ffuiii Ibe experitiice of a pilot machine was shot lo pieces by ride anil suu fire nnd, who Iloally crasked down behind his ovu with I6u bulleta toroiigli hit clptilDg-, he him- self was unharC Another y'puug air- man ynteTdif hlutse'.I nt headqiurters ahcr shot dotve Grim Tragedy No srim tragedy has b since.-Ilie.Tfarlrjegan than'.was .vstaged 'the-'ruins' of :'Bciurlon onUlde' the. -but' 'de S .ferminnUb'y'.'stverai' 'Ihey "reformed; and ,'svfepf lorivard .village hot "each with llOEEJs.'iThe'iTiHSgc of Damey. between... and Cambral ..German hands ed. "fiow-- li-Ha "giring ,'ue British army, no f ports 'theVvTVene" ignprl "con- E to .push 'EteadJon-the 'north '.-.The. work of .British alrplanea out "Ing .'the present olfebsfvej-Joniia "a erBphlc chapter in Itself. Deaplto the Tylle .weaUier 'which compelled them to a few feet of tbe -ateadliy al tieir ;task' and-rendered nnce bplh-.Ip StiS CCp.vrjstrED, TSC PlOil cpntmanded- bj. wa_ -.eisejirlal.- With thp'jword lie'horss- '.'mcn fought iniri road.-', There-. :dlJDibiinlcd sent reporl .their7 poElllon. had' their horses "ahp tinder th'em-but ilrQEgied'' lines--" Darkness was falling, the gal ,lant band was Isolated., Stampeding their hbtsei to divert the enemy's" nil chine. gun wa.s left of- tb" afllM.dron prepared to As lhe> -Ilia charged forward, sabering jitblng BO now tbsy fouEht their way their Lee EnHelda ..baronettlngia.' palh. The rellremen abont five It waa hand to hand stnigglet ;.f'Fptr'.ti.bges' lie lltlle party met eaem parties, with the bayonet ana dls hours (he aptei men.slepl In the euem holes In Cncrar country su: :J-Tbtbded'br. Gemiio.guns. "Then u had puse iTheBi'they.'jej'ched Masnleres aeal tbe en .the wrecst i to sirci for the tain) time wlthto two days. He was delighted cAer kU'euM-rlence and Immediately applieU for another ma- chine so Ihit he cnlfUt go out agiln. The nature of the lighting can he aviator allacKed o columu o! Oer- Inftnlry uinrvUlug in close forma.- tlou hurleil two lilgfe power bombs dlreeDy them. Tt; troous tered us thelfl nlrmen whirled away he oar two heaps ol dead nboui huge cratera had torn In There, were Inriumer- ible rases of airmen successfully bomVilng airdromes. Ir00115 and gun. A largo number of orllHery crewa haHellieou wiped oul either by machlno'euu flro at close ranjo or by bombs. Vloltnt Battle l.ondrfo. Nov. OUava baltle o[ Bour- lou .Wood exceeded eren that ot Ueville Wool and bids filr Io rauV aa ono pf (he most desperate ol (lie war. Reutcr's rorrespondeet al Brllisk headquarters, describing Ike pbaso ot the Blrugtle, stys u was mafcly coaflaeil to (be northern and Mslffu eecllon of Hie two llnei. Thp.Uermane, couutor-atUckIng most vigorously but Jce Saturday lauurlicd at leist fire assaults against Bourlon wood. Tbere vero numerous (ailicatloui ot lUelr io- Uclloa to try to retrieve the situation It uerer thinka Ip the- of pur auaucn. at- tack, uellvartJ at (We o'clock Satur- day aftenuw. wit the moil formidable and met.-vltli -a of causlBc our troopj Ip retire trou a ot (ao htith (found within the wood. Later lu the ermine lie (tain adrasced and completely restored heavy on lie Germans the price pf Ilielr (rm- pprary auccess. Our troops are reported la posies, ilon of the slreeti pi HujirKin village, but uosseulou ot (hli Is of rel- atlvelf minor Importance la view of pur occupation of the wood, ivhlcb Is Uio domlnatlH; >rol ol Ihe eatire twt- tle jrouad. The huadred IUDI we hare faplaf- ed aro all leglike artillery weapons, not merely a colleellpa luiely up of trrnch Uie Ger- mans count tn'luelr aliened capluree. H'M-S X m The little cliap won't realize _- V -I -v now what; buying of tliistt Victory vfioiiiH means to him jGanada, and to our sons Overseas. But in the years to O vwhen ypu'ihay not be here to know father man, will its: he; wilt bev glad that ypu; clid some- thing iti Canada's hour of need, and that yoii