Desperate Fighting Is In Progress Flanders Poisonous Gases Are Used By the Enemy
Hill Number Sixty Like Active Volcano
Whole German Artillery Hurls Death at British Troops
Latter hold Grimly on
They are Forced to Fight Lying Prone on Their Faces and Many Are Wounded in the Back by Shrapnel - A Terrible Spectacle Presented
London, April 24 - The London Daily Mail's correspondent in northern France, describing the attack on Hill No. 60, says:- "The Canadian troops have been specially commended by the British commanders for the speed and precision with which they dug themselves in after charging."
Special Cable Despatch to the Globe
(By Harold Ashton)
Northern France, April 23 - All throughout yesterday a tumult unspeakable raged around Hill No. 60. For many hours the British held on grimly against the most terrific bombardment over experienced. The Germans brought the whole of their heavy artillery to bear upon the hill yesterday morning, and the hill was nothing more nor less than a spot of flame and fury. Shattered, smashed, spurting flame and blinding dust, it was like a volcanic crater in full eruption. The battering was deafening; the view of everything near and far was obscured by the blinding dust and whirling smoke.
A Major in charge of one of the battery sections had to shout his orders to the gunner standing at his side through a megaphone, and even then it is doubtful if the gunner heard. The British infantry fought lying prone on their faces. They lay for hours in the open, firing until their rifles got too hot to hold, but they would not give in.
Shrapnel burst over them continuously. Hundreds were wounded in the back, but still they fought, and whenever there was a chance to charge or for a slight rush forward they took it with magnificent nerve.
The aeroplane warfare continued. The enemy, flying high over the hill, flung hundreds of incendiary bombs upon our temporary entrenchments.
By nightfall Hill No. 60 was a spectacle indescribable from the thousands upon thousands of shells which had rained upon it.
In a British official statement, published elsewhere in this issue, Sir John French says that the hill is still held by his troops.