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THE GREAT WAR BLOG

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22d December 1915

Posted on 14 January, 2016 at 7:58










In todays Daily Telegraph: Whilst the House of Commons was voting on adding another million men to the British Army, and Herbert Asquith revealed that “in certain parts of the country young unmarried men had not responded as it was hoped they would respond,” to the recent recruitment scheme, thus causing the spectre of compulsion to rear its head again, H. Warner Allen reported from France that he believed there had been 4,500,000 German casualties, two-thirds of which amounted to “permanent wastage” on the German side so far in the war. Never mind German figures didn’t back this estimation, they are of courser a pack of lies. With the Allies not appearing to have suffered much in their Dardanelles withdrawal – Asquith stating the casualties amounted to a mere 3 wounded – no wonder if the American press saw articles like these on page 9 it would conclude, as in the case of an “impartial” report in the New York Tribune reported on page 10, that the Germans are “already defeated.” Also in today’s paper - The Press Bureau issues details as to how the system of appeals for postponement of service under the group system of enlistment will work – page 7 - A plea by a German to President Woodrow Wilson for food shipments to aid German babies gets short shrift from our New York correspondent on page 7 - The Germans make another gas attack on the British front, but British Headquarters dismisses it as a complete failure – page 8

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