29 JUNE 1918, Page 1

We discuss elsewhere the Italian success. Here we need only

say that the Italians pressed their counter-attacks with such deter- mination that the Austrians, who had crossed to the wed of the Piave on June 15th, were compelled, after eight days of desperate fighting, to abandon the enterprise. They began to retreat early last Sunday morning. By Monday night the western bank of the Piave, from the Montello to the sea, was clear of the enemy. On Monday the Italians delivered some vigorous local attacks in the hills between the Piave and the Brenta and recovered several posi- tions there. They have taken twenty thousand Austrian prisoners in these battles, with much booty, and have recovered the artillery that they lost at the outset of the offensive.