16 FEBRUARY 1940, Page 1

NEWS OF THE WEEK N the Karelian Isthmus the Finnish

Army has been sub- jected to the most severe ordeal that it has yet had to dure in a war which has put its mettle to the test at every ge. Opposite the strongly fortified Mannerheim Line the ussians had concentrated enormous forces, including, it is lieved, many of their best troops, supported by artillery of calibres on a scale not hitherto employed. For a fortnight eir attacks have been continued day after day, fresh divi- ons being thrown in as their predecessors were exhausted. he terrific bombardments which preceded the attacks appear have temporarily silenced many of the Finnish guns and ubtless wrought havoc even upon some of the concrete pill- xes. The Russian infantry, preceded by heavy tanks, re driven ruthlessly to slaughter, and their dead were aped up before the Finnish lines. The Finnish reports of unter-attacks is an admission that the enemy dented the e and occupied advance positions, but the line is fortified in pth, and the Finns can afford to yield some forward posts.