13 FEBRUARY 1915, Page 1


FROM the eastern theatre of war there have been received daring the week details of the gigantic dimensions of Field-Marshal von Hindenburg's grand attack upon the Russian centre—i.e., upon the force on the Bzura which bars the German advance on Warsaw. On a very narrow front, not more, it is said, than seven miles, the Germans concentrated some hundred and fifty thousand of their best troops and burled them in close formation, five deep, upon the Russian trenches This mighty mass of battalions, brigades, and divisions was supported by the fire of no fewer than a hundred batteries, or sit hundred guns. The gun and rifle fire of the Russians swept away the beads of the formations as they advanced. Yet the Germans swept on "in a blacker, incessanter line" till they reached the trenches and filled them as the tide fills the moat of a child's castle, leaving a dreadful froth of dead and wounded on the trenches' lip. But this magnificent effort was useless. The Russian countenattaok with the bayonet was not to be denied. Not only were the trenches first carried retaken, but the Hessians actually gained new ground. When the bloodstained curtain was rung down the Russians were in a better position than when the great attack began.