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AMERICANS CLEAR - -
166 SQUARE MILES
Advance Ten Miles and Liberate Over
IN LESS THAN ONE MONTH
Results of First Major Operation of
Troops From the United
With the American Army, North
west of Verdun, Oct. 26.-In its first
major operation against the Germans,
considering the clearing out of St.
Mihiels' salient as a local affair, the
American army in a few days less
than a month has liberated more than
forty-five villages and advanced to an
average depth of ten miles, freeing
165 square miles of territory. In the
offensive the Americans have cap
tured more than 20,000 prisoners.
The Americans attacked on a front
of twenty miles, from the Argonne to
the Meuse, and the advance has been
made in the face of almost insur
mountable d&fficulty, due particularly
to the natufe of the ground, which is
covered with hills, deep ravines and
woods. In addition, the Americans had
fronting them four organized systems
of trenches-the Hindenburg line, the
Hagen position, the Velker position
and the Kriemhilde position. They
have forced their way through all
Just Ahead of Them
Ahead of them lies the Freya posi
tion, which has beenr cached at one
point in the region of the Bantheville
wood. The advance has been particu
larly difficult because the Germans
have stubbornly resisted every food of
the way and have used more than
thirty-three divsions on the twenty
mile front. The enemy continues to
make a formidable effort to hold this
front in order to protect his great
lateral lir of communication running
through P irson, Mexieres, Sedan,
Montmedy and Longuyon. This line
already is threatened and should the
Germans lose it, they will lose their
main line of communication from Ger
many into occupied France.
Many Guns Taken
In addition to prisoners, Gen. Per
shing's men have taken more than 137
guns of rather large caliber, numerous
meahine guns and anti-tank guns, a
great store of ammunition and much
war material, including locomotives
and railway cars.
Since September 26 the Americans
have fired more than 2,500,000 shells,
the numuber at times reaching as high
as 150,000 daily. The guns used in
clude a great number of heavy ones,
and also some captured . from th
Work of Air Forces
American aviators and anti-air
craft guns in the period since Sep
tember 27, have brought down 230
enemy machines and .twenty-three en
emy balloons, despite adverse flying
conditions, and bad weather at times.
- Bombing airplanes dropped more than
40,000 kilograms of explosives on rail
road centers, troop concentrations and
other points behind the enemy lines.
From the view of the engineer, the
most dificult task faced has been the
repairing of roads and the movement
of supplies, men and ammunition and
food to the front. More than 40,000
engineer troops are employed day and
night rebuilding shell-shattered roads,
using, where possible, crushed rock
from the villages destroyed by the
Work of Engineers
In the Argonne hundreds of yards
of German barbed wire entanglements
fastened from tree to tree at various
heights had to be bridged, as it was
impossible to cut them. In addition,
many roads in the Argonne were of
black loam, which became a morass
in r-ainy weather. The enginecers were
t-ompelled to virtually build bridges
over niany miles of these roads.
The crossing of Forges brook wvas
accompllished in the first (lay of the
advance undler a heavy fire. Th'le brook
runs through a marshy lands and in
ordIer to bridge it the engineers had
to lay bundles of faggots on hoth
sidei of the stream. T1he crossing was
nmade in record time, and then began
the battle of the Argonne, which
laste.d for more than two weeks.
Compilations madle by army officers
showv that of the more than 165 square
miles taken from the enemy since Sep
tember 20, almost one-half were heav
ily wooded andl machine gun ifnested.
The Amiericans had to take by storm
159 hills and high crests, most of
which were heavily wooded aind de
fended biy strong machine gun deC
Of the hills, 1:41 were west of the
Meuse andl eighteen east of the river.
The~ Germians also hadl to be driven
from 430) ravines, all defendecd by ma
chine guns and nearly as hard to take
as the hills.
Gen. Pershing's men have had to
advamce against the Pick of the Ger
man army, fighting desperately to
hold( this important front. Their dif
ficulties are undlerstood~ more easily
whe'n the number of hills, woods and
ravines they have had to take is con
IIIGHEl SIPYAltI) WAGES
Washington, Oct. .27.-Upward re
sion of wages in all shipyards of the
country to prov ide( uniform national
rates for practically all the shi ip yard
trade(s, effective immediately, was an
niounced( todIay by the ship-building la
bor adjustment board. Tlwo great dis
tricts are createdl, one for the [Pacifie
coast, andl the oither embracing the
Atlantic and G;ulf coasts and G;reat
b~akes. In the first, increase's average
20' per cent, and in the secondl 15 per
cent, with the' basic rates for the prin
cipal skilled trades fixed at 80 cents
per hour in bioth.
Tlo the Public:
I take this method of thanking the
friends, relatives and neighbors for
the friendly acts and deeds shown to
my brother, Delgar S. Bateman and
Ihis family during his recent illness.
The l avors are appreciatedl most sin
c (ercly by the family. My brother has
b heen a constant sufferer, and an in
jvalid for a number of months, and
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