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The Capture of Les Eparges: A French Victory in the Woevre

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AWAITING THE WORD EN AVANT FRENCH INFANTRY DURING THE PRE- LIMINARY ROMIBARIDMIENT OF THE GERMAN TRENCHES, READY TO CHARGE.


THE BEGINNING OF THE FRENCH ATTACK AT LES EPARGES: INFANTRY ADVANCING OVER SHELL-TORN GROUND AND BROKEN WIRE.


A POSITION WHICH DOMINATES THE PLAIN OF THE WEVRE, AND WHICH THE GERMANS, UNDER THE CROWN PRINCE. OBSTINATELY DEFENDED THE VILLAGE OF LES EPARGES, RECENTLY CAPTURED BY THE FRENCH. .


AFTER THE TAKING O THE GERMAN TRENCHES: FRENCH TROOPS OCCUPYING THE CAPTURED POSITION AND PREPARING TO REPEL COUNTER-ATTACKS.


p r y~i ` THE VICTORIOUS FRENCH ASSAULT ON LES EPARGES : INFANTRY ARRIVING AT THE POSITION WHICH THE GERMANS ARE ABANDONING.


The capture of Les Eparges by the French on April 9 was important both on account of its position and also because, it is said, the German force defeated consisted of troops with a great reputation under the command of the Crown Prince, who had just returned to the front after a long absence. The action was announced as follows in an official French cmiiiiuniiqui, issued the same night: “After a fresh and brilliant attack, the important position of Les Eparges, which dominates the plain of the Woevre and which the enemy obstinately defended, is now completely in our hands. We carried yesterday


over 1500oo metres of trenches, and this morning the Germans held in strength on the plateau only two isolated positions of some metres. We carried these this afternoon, making o50 prisoners. We have thus attained one of the principal objectives of our operations during the last few days.” Later official news stated that: “At Les Eparges we have gained fresh ground. We have remodelled the trenches captured from the Germans, which were choked with bodies, so as to make the parapets face the other way, and, at the end of the day, we repulsed two counter-attacks.” p



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Issue 3968. - Vol CXLVI

May, 08 1915

Illustrated London News