Centenary of the Great War

By David Dial
August 15 2018 - 9:57am
RESOLUTE: Australian troops during the advance towards Lihon. Picture: Juan Mahony.
RESOLUTE: Australian troops during the advance towards Lihon. Picture: Juan Mahony.

Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details for August 12-18, 1918.


Mr Gordon Gilmour, special correspondent of the Australian Press Association, telegraphing on Saturday, says: Again there is good news to be told regarding the Australians, who continue to advance swiftly into the enemy country. They are now at some points over 10 miles from Thursday's starting point, having fought forward another five miles on the second day, which was another joyous day of open warfare, commencing at 10 in the morning. There were nine hours of lively activity, practically untroubled by shell-fire. These boys advanced with a swing like troops on manoeuvre. They soon found the Germans, defending at some points resolutely. The Australians went merrily ahead, and the prisoners for the second day numbered nearly a thousand. The enemy endeavoured to make feeble stands in a number of lines farther in the rear, but before nightfall he was running in all directions. The rapidity of the advance, for which the Australians are noted, made the enemy's position one of terror. The Australians advanced in a manner suggesting that they would not stop before reaching Berlin. The attackers included men from all parts of the Commonwealth. The first day was not a rout, the enemy retiring steadily, but all semblance of order vanished by Friday evening. The latest prisoners declare that they did not expect a further advance after the first day, and thought themselves fairly secure in the little cubby-houses dug overnight. I saw scores of German dead round machine gun posts, and many wounded struggling painfully back to our lines. Our casualties were nothing like so many as in previous battles. Little knots of wounded came struggling back across the vast battlefield, mostly with machine gun bullets wounds. Among the captures was the headquarters of a unit, fitted in truly German style, with carpets on the floors, electric light, an elaborate scheme of telephones and deep comfortable dugouts, where an enormous quantity of documents and gear were abandoned. An officer here found a packet of 250 Iron Crosses ready for distribution. The Australians showed a woman's curiosity in inspecting everything the Germans left behind. There was an amazing litter in some German dugouts, including signalling sets, typewriters, gramophones, beds and bedding, libraries of books and personal belongings, proving the haste of the retreat. Congratulations are already showering on the Australians and other troops responsible for the advance. 

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