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“The day” of the threatened “blockade” of Great Britain. Victoria Crosses awarded to 11 officers and men, and a clasp to the Victoria Cross to Lieutenant Arthur Martin Leake, R.A.M.C. “To-day,” says the French communiqué, “has been no less favourable to us than the two previous days.” The names of those recommended by Field-Marshal Sir John French for gallant and distinguished service in the field up to November 20 fill 15 columns of The Times. German reports of Russian losses during the retreat to the Niemen grossly exaggerated.