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French in possession of most of the Lassigny massif; severe fighting for the Bois des Loges; French take Belval, two miles south of Lassigny; 28,000 prisoners since August 8; 675 guns counted; between 70,000 and 80,000 prisoners taken since July 18. King returns from a nine days’ visit to the front. Government declaration recognizing Czecho-Slovaks as an Allied nation.