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The Rio Grande rattler. ([McAllen], Hidalgo County, Tex.) 1916-1917, April 06, 1918, Image 10

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8 GAS ATTACK The World's Greatest Battle Along a line of fifty miles has raged for over ten days the- greatest and the most im ­ portant battle in the w o rld’s history up to this date. D u ring the first three days the Germ ans had called up most of their reserve forces in order to fill up the gaps made by the terrible losses on the side of the Huns. More than fifty divisions were used w ithin the first three days but w ithout much avail for the B ritish lines have not broken nor have the B ritish used all of their reserves which up to this tim e they have kept to m eet any added assault by the Germans. The B ritish have fought w ith wonderful courage and have yielded only gradually to the overpowering force opposing them. Just a t this mom ent President W ilson praises General H aig for the wonderful defense made by the B ritish when at the same tim e Lloyd George cables to America telling this country th a t the crisis of the w ar is now at hand and th a t the im p o rtance of getting re­ inforcem ents across the A tlantic in the shortest period of tim e can not be exagger­ ated. The B ritish lines have kept moving back and have given up more territo ry than they had gained during the previous year. This backw ard movem ent is probably due to the fact th a t in sections the Germans are said to outnum b er the English 4 to 1. There is a strategic reason for the retreat and th a t is to get the Germans into the open and there to meet them w ith m achine guns in which the English are vastly superior to the Germans. One specialist says th a t the mode of w a rfare has changed from th a t of position to th a t of movement. Huns H it Line Hard. The object of the Germans was appar­ ently to break through the Allied lines where the B ritish and the French lines joined and then roll back each line separately. In this the Germans have failed so far utterly for they could not break through the English lines although they hurled great masses re­ peatedly against the lines. It is later claimed th a t the Germans used over ninety divisions in this battle and have lost betw een 450,000 and 650,000 men. A lthough the B ritish have retreated this “ Hey, K. P., where you going?” ‘ ‘ G o in 1 slumming, cook! ’ ’ does not place them to any disadvantage for they have given up only w a r devastated te r ­ ritory which will add to the burdens of the Germans to develop into defensible territory. News of the battle has thrilled America and every departm e n t is speeding up to hasten more men to France, while General Wood thinks th a t we should not thin k of stopping this em b arkation till we shall have sent a t least five m illions of men to the aid of the Allies. He feels th a t since there have been forty m illions of men un­ der arm s since the w a r began, any num b er less than five m illions would be far too small for this great country. At the end of the first week the German forces made an attack at A rras w hich may be the new center of the battle or it may simply be a feint of the Germans. At any rate the battle is not spent for the Germans are moving up their heavy guns and are pre­ paring for more heavy fighting. The Allies are expecting to make a counter attack but when and where is at present a secret. The B ritish and French seem confident of the outcome and reports are reaching the Allies th a t all the Germans captured ex­ press their w eariness of the w ar and tell of the extrem e difficulty they have in get­ ting supplies. All eyes are also glancing tow ard Italy where forty A u strian divisions are slowly moving to attack the Italian lines. The airm e n did some of the greatest serv­ ice perform ed at the great battle for am idst the torturing fire they flew over the enem y ’s lines and attacked reinforcem e n ts and sup­ plies thus destroying whole train s and even roads which later were abandoned by the Huns. THE BROWNING GUN. The light Browning Gun is a rifle weigh­ ing 15 pounds, it takes regular am m u n ition used by the Am erican rifles, in fact, all the Am erican guns, the Springfield, the Modi­ fied Enfield, the two Browning guns use the sam e calibre'am m u n ition. The light Browning is autom a tic or sem i­ autom a tic in action for it can be used for continuous fire until the m agazine is emp­ tied, or it can be fired by use of the trigger. It is air-cooled, gas operated in design, the energy of the Browning projectile is the sam e as th a t of the Springfield. The cart­ ridges are fed from a detachable m agazine containing 20. Although the heat caused by the explosion is very intense, yet by the air- cooling apparatus 350 continuous shots can be made w ithout having to stop and to cool the weapon. The heavy Browning gun is water-cooled, belt fed and is operated by power created by the recoil. It is fed on a cotton belt which contains 250 rounds. The heavy guns 3 4 ^ pounds. The recent tests prove them one of the m o st excellent guns if not the best for general use. GENERAL PHILLIPS GOES. ..... Has Been Assigned to Command Coast Artillery in Puget Sound District. Brig. Gen. Charles L. Phillips has been re­ lieved here as com m ander of the 52d Field A rtillery Brigade and assigned to command the Coast A rtillery in the Puget Sound dis­ trict. T h e re was no intim a tion last week as to who will be selected to command the 52d Field A rtillery brigade to succeed Brig. Gen. Phillips. It is not known w h e ther the W a r D e p a rt­ m e n t will select a R e g u lar Army officer for the command or w h e ther one of the colonels of the 27th division will be prom o ted to be brigadier general and given the command. The brigade is, for the tim e being, in com­ mand of Lieut. Col. Howland, of the 106th Regim ent, all of the A rtillery colonels being away from camp at present. A DIVISION EMBLEM. M ajor General O ?Ryan wishes to express his gratification over the results of his re­ quest for suggestions for a suitable emblem or symbol to represent the New York di­ vision. There already have been several re­ sponses but the General wishes the contest to be a Division Contest so that the final se­ lection will be representative; therefore, he asks for many more contributions. He asks contestants to send drawings, suggestions or descriptions of a suitable design to the Aides of General O ’Ryan at Division H eadquarters. W ithin ten days after this article appears a committee will be appointed whose duty it will be to select the better designs. This list of the better ones will be exhibited to the public at Division Headquarters and one of them will be selected as the best symbol of the Division. Get busy and send in your designs. J. S. K. PRIVATE JIM MTJGRUMS. It isn’t the bullets th a t Jim m ie fears, N o r a death unknown to fame, But the awful thought, when the list a p p ears, T h ey’ll go and m isspell his name. In type it will look, unless it is pied, Muggins or Migs or Mall— “If they don’t gimme credit for havin’ died, I don’t w anna be killed at all! ” —CHARLES DIVINE. The two soldiers were at mess. “Say!” said the first. “Are you an avia­ tor?” “No,” said the second. “Well, then, take in your w ings.” Next week’s episode in the career of Ethel- burt Jellyback, Private, will deal w ith his troubles and tribulations in going on guard. The “ideas” of E thelburt are a feature no­ body w ith a sense of hum o r w ants to miss. There will be lots and lots of news from division units in next w eek’s G a s A t t a c k .

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