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14th December 1915






In todays Daily Telegraph:Although it is well-known how complex the trenching system on the Western Front became, so see stark figures about it at the time still comes as a bit of an eye-opener. A despatch from H. Warner Allen on page 4 brings this to life, after a visit to the French front. The section he visited extended laterally for just over 10 miles, but by the end of the year he reports that the French trenches in that section will run to a total of 280 miles, and this is small beer compared with another section which contains a full 450 miles of them. In total he estimates that the Allies now have at least 10,000 miles of trenches to guard and keep in order, which is an impressive feat of engineering if nothing else, although given the experience of one paymaster and the plague of rats the article goes on to report it clearly can have its downside. Also in today’s paper - Some Australian troops see snow fall for the first time in their lives at Gallipoli – page 4. Below that despatch the Americans report on how the Turks fight like gentlemen - An American deserter is prosecuted for stealing from British soldiers – page 5 - Plucky Allies retiring in the face of overwhelming Bulgarian numbers is still the story coming from Macedonia on page 9 - Britain and Denmark reach an agreement on trade – page 9 - Control over London’s air defences is transferred to the War Office, which raises questions over why gunnery supremo Sir Percy Scott is no longer in charge – page 9 - Herbert Asquith rules out a reduction in Parliamentary salaries to help national retrenchment – page 9. A leader on page 8 expresses the Telegraph’s disapproval of this decision. 


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