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Stubborn French resistance on Montdidier-Noyon front; Germans in the centre sweep forward on a six-mile front to the valley of the Aronde, but are driven back again by French counter-attacks; on the right French fall back to Ribécourt; Germans claim 8,000 prisoners. Australian advance south of Morlancourt, between the Ancre and the Somme, on a front of 1½ miles, takes 300 prisoners. Mr. Baker, United States Secretary for War, announces more than 700,000 American soldiers already sent to France.