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[Telegram form – The Eastern Telegraph Company, Limited. Alexandria Station. Dated 24 Aug. 1915. 284 words]
[Continuation of Ashmead Bartlett's first report of the British action at Suvla Bay,
6th – 10th August]
Section 10
R.T.P. Daily Telegraph London
Section ten August eighth it was of the utmost importance to open up a sufficiently wide front without loss of time for the deployment of the 9th Corps in its advance against the Anafarta Hills this operation was splendidly carried out battalion after battalion was moved across the narrow causeway fronting the salt lake under a heavy shell fire the men never wavering stop our Cruisers [censor's deletion - the Talbot Bacchante] and the monitors furiously bombarded the enemy's gun positions but were unable to accurately locate them and silence their fire stop

a field battery and mountain battery were got ashore at dawn and placed in position on Lala Baba were they rendered effective support to our infantry advance stop the 11th Division after passing the causeway wheeled to the right to face the Anafarta ridge and found themselves in broken woody ground where their advance was temporarily checked and at the same time another brigade of the same division move along the narrow spit south of the lake stop these movements lasted throughout the morning stop at eleven am a Taube came over and endeavoured to drop bombs on the ships but fortunately missed them all stop throughout the afternoon there was no forward movement until five pm but reinforcements were continually been pushed ashore to strengthen the advanced brigades stop at four pm the sky became over cast a wind sprang up which at one time threatened to seriously interfere with the landing and then we had a violent downpour of rain stop this lasted twenty minutes and cleared the air to the great advantage of our thirsty infantry ashore who had no water except what they carried in their bottles

Ashmead Bartlett / Radcliffe censor

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