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The Daily Colonist, December 16, 1914

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#dailycolonist1914 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago today.

A quick skim over the headlines would have you thinking the war was going extremely well for the Allies, for example:

  • "Now Stronger Than Germans" - Claims that Allies now have superior numbers in both men and artillery and are making advances all along the Western front, but goes on to talk of the Germans still mounting "stubborn resistance to attempted advances" and the Austrians pushing the Russians back out of the Carpathians (although not doing so well in Servia [Serbia].)
  • "Germans Driven from Tenches" - Seems fantastic, until you get to the subheading that the advance near Ypres is measured in yards and is only roughtly half a kilometer. 
  • German casualties, not including Austrians, estimated at 1.2 million. Germans reported as referring to Bavarians as Kanonenfutter (which the paper translates as "food for cannon")
  • Austrians claim "Hungary may be regarded as cleared completely of Russians". Russian commander-in-chief is unconcerned by set-back.