The Illustrated War News, Number 15, Nov. 18, 1914
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THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS, NOV. 18, 1914—II
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AS USED IN THE GERMAN TRENCHES: A GERMAN BAND PLAYING ONTHE MARCH DURING THE WAR.
2—THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS, NOV. 18, 1914.
THE GREAT WAR.
Our gracious Sovereign—more so even than his deceased father, who hadalso a conspicuous gift that way—has ever shown a singular felicityin voicing the sentiments of his people, but never more so than whenhe sent this message to Sir John French: "The splendid pluck, spirit,and endurance shown by my troops in the desperate fighting which hascontinued for so many days against vastly superior forces fills me withadmiration." That sovereign message to his heroic soldiers—such as hisancestor Henry V. might have addressed to his 10,000 long-enduringconquerors on the night of Agincourt—was nobly supplemented by thispassage from the following day's Speech from the Throne: "My Navy andArmy continue, throughout the area of conflict, to maintain in fullmeasure their glorious traditions. We watch and follow theirsteadfastness and valour with thankfulness and pride, and there is,throughout my Empire, a fixed determination to secure, at whateversacrifice, the triumph of our arms and the vindication of our cause."
COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH CRUISER WHICH "IMPRISONED" THE "K÷NIGSBERG": CAPTAIN SIDNEY R. DRURY-LOWE, R.N.
The Admiralty stated on Nov. 11, "This search resulted on Oct. 30 in the 'KŲnigsberg' being discovered by H.M.S. 'Chatham' (Captain Sidney R. Drury-Lowe, R.N.) hiding in shoal water about six miles up the Rufigi Ritter.... (German East Africa) ... She is now imprisoned, and unable to do any further harm."—[Photo. by Elliott and Fry.]
COMMANDER OF THE AUSTRALIANCRUISER WHICH DESTROYED THE"EMDEN": CAPTAIN JOHN C.T.GLOSSOP, R.N.
Captain Glossop received the following message from the First Lord ofthe Admiralty: "Warmest congratulations on the brilliant entry of theAustralian Navy into the war, and the signal service rendered to theAllied cause and to peaceful commerce by the destruction of the'Emden.'"
Photograph by Lafayette.
At whatever sacrifice! And that promises to be terrible. For what willbe the sacrifice entailed by two years of war—to put its duration ata moderate estimate—if our casualties in life and limb alone (comparedwith which our millions of money are as nothing) amounted, according toan official statement in Parliament, to about 57,000 of all ranks upto the end of October, and it is believed that 10,000 at least must beadded for the first ten days of November? Of course, by far the largerportion of those casualties are "wounded," of whom, according to one ofthe Netley authorities, nine in ten at least ought to recover; whilethose casualties also include "missing," or "prisoners," of whom theGermans claim to have now more than 16,000 in their keeping. In theBoer War our "wounded" amounted to 22,829,of which only 2018 proved fatal cases; while our total casualties forover two and a-half years of warfare, including 13,250 deaths fromdisease—which, in every campaign, is always far more fatal than leador steel—figured up to 52,204, as compared with 57,000 in France andBelgium for only three months, or considerably more than twice thenumber of men (26,000) whom we landed in the Crimea; while the purelyBritish contingent of Wellington's "Allies" at Waterloo was returnedat something like 24,000.
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Much has been said of the elaborate character of the Germanentrenchments, and of the British genius for comfort developed in ourown lines, but it is doubtful whether anything done by either side inthat direction has surpassed the chef-d'oeuvre of an ingeniousFrench engineer shown in our illustration. At one point in the Frenchtrenches not seven hundred yards from those of the enemy, and withintwo miles of the German artillery, he constructed an up-to-date bathingestablishment, with a heating apparatus and a shower-bath! The apartmentwas fitted with a stove, benches, clothes-pegs, and curtains; andadjoining the salle de douches, or shower-bath room, was fittedup a salle de coiffure. There was even talk of enlivening thebathing hour with music and a topical revue.
4—THE ILLUSTRATED WAR NEWS, NOV. 18, 1914.