By Maximilian Harden
Endowed with A noble fire of
By A. Kouprine
The day (Poem)
By Henry Chappell
[Illustration: Commander Thierichens
Commander of the German commerce-raider Prinz Eitel Friedrich, which sank the American sailing ship William P. Frye.]
[Illustration: The grand duchess of Luxemburg
Whose little State was first occupied by the German forces.
(Photo from George Grantham Bain.)]
THE EUROPEAN WAR
General Sir John French’s Own Story
The Costly Victory of Neuve Chapelle
LONDON, April 14.—Field Marshal Sir John French, commander of the British expeditionary forces on the Continent, reports the British losses in the three days’ fighting at Neuve Chapelle last month, as follows: Killed, 190 officers, 2,337 men; wounded, 359 officers, 8,174 other ranks; missing, 23 officers, 1,728 men; total casualties, 12,811. The report continues:
The enemy left several thousand dead on the field, and we have positive information that upward of 12,000 wounded were removed by trains. Thirty officers and 1,657 of other ranks were captured.
The British commander’s dispatch concerning the battle is long, and says, among other things:
Considerable delay occurred after the capture of Neuve Chapelle, and the infantry was greatly disorganized. I am of the opinion that this delay would not have occurred had the clearly expressed order of the general officer commanding the First Army been more carefully observed.
Field Marshal Sir John French’s report, which covers the battles of Neuve Chapelle and St. Eloi under date of April 5, was published in the official Gazette today. The Commander in Chief writes:
The event of chief interest and importance which has taken place is the victory achieved over the enemy in the battle of Neuve Chapelle, which was fought on March 10, 11, and 12.
The main attack was delivered by the troops of the First Army under command of General Sir Douglas Haig, supported by a large force of heavy artillery, a division of cavalry, and some infantry of the General Reserve. Secondary and holding attacks and demonstrations were made along the front of the Second Army, under direction of its commander, Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien.