Item 03: Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett telegrams, 1915 - Page 55

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[Telegram form – The Eastern Telegraph Co. Ltd. Alexandria Station. Dated 23 July 1915. 203 words. Daily Telegraph London]
[Continuation of Ashmead Bartlett's report of the action of 12th/13th July at Cape Helles]
FIVE. the right assaulted and captured two lines of Turkish trenches and reached a third where they failed to established themselves and were driven out and we failed to establish a liason with the French on our right stop throughout the day our heavy howitzers were busy registering on the enemy's position and at four pm a terrible bombardment was opened on the left of this section of his line where it touches the Achi Baba Nullah stop the Turkish position looked appaling strong and ressembled a giant ploughed field in which successive libes of trenches took the place of furrows stop in addition on his right overlooking the nullah the Turks held a regular redoubt perched on the edge of the ravine down which he had concealed machine guns stop at four pm every available gun assisted by several French batteries who cooperated most loyally and who shot splendidly was turned on the enemy's trenches and on the redoubt houndreds [sec] of high explosive shells falling into the trenches and saps and throwing up great masses of earth sand bags and wooden beams to an immense heighth stop it was an extraordinary sight and it did not      [contd. page 58]
Ashmead Bartlett
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