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w v “t – – – – . .e nrines win aeaaty enect during the battles in North-Western France and in West Slanders, where the flat and level nature of the district, whenever the weather is sufficiently clear, enable its beams to sweep over a wide expanse of country. Our illustration shows how the searchlight proved its value on one occasion by revealing German wire-cutters at work on a battlefield between Arras and Dixmude. At that point one of the Allies’ searchlights was in position, screened by a barrier of sand-bags.
Intending to make an attack during the night, the Germans, before beginning their advance, sent forward stealthily a party of wire-cutters. The night was dark, but the Germans did not evade observation. The searchlight, as it swept round, suddenly disclosed them on their errand. Many of the Germans stopped short and kept immovable, hoping so to avoid detection. They were made out plainly, with the result that the British artillery put a decisive stop to the project. r:Irrn (,rtrdl :i t/h tista, S.tt .,Ii :t, I S”.]