It has been noticeable that whilst Allied official notices are happy to boast of enemy losses, they are always notably more reticent over those of their own. For example page 9 today talks of an estimated 100,000 Turkish losses in the Gallipoli campaign, but from the sound of the fighting reported in an article above it seems barely conceivable that Allied losses are considerably lighter. Across the page the fighting in the “Labyrinth” south-east of Neuville 450 prisoners are claimed, but again no hint of whether there were Allied casualties. Admittedly below the French admit to 3,200 casualties in recent fighting, but claim two-thirds of these are slightly wounded, and they can set it against a claim of 2,600 killed and 3,100 taken prisoner. Add to this the publishing of extracts from a deceased German officer’s diary by the French, which provides “the first absolute evidence that the German fighting instinct is weakening,” or so they claim (page 8) and there is no slackening in the rosy hue given to reports as the war goes into its eleventh month.
Also in today’s paper
- The entirety of page 5 and part of page 6 is given over to the recipients of gallantry awards
- The Government publishes its compensation scheme for those killed on merchant shipping by hostile action – page 7
- The “Graphic Story” of the sinking of H.M.S. Triumph on page 9 doesn’t seem to meet up to the description, dealing with it in a mere six paragraphs - Lord Kitchener is appointed a Knight of the Garter in the King’s Birthday Honours – page 9