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[Page 185]

[Telegram form – The Eastern Telegraph Company, Limited. Alexandria Station. Dated 2 Sept. 1915. 207 words]
[Continuation of Ashmead Bartlet's report on the second combined British/Anzac operations at Suvla Bay and Lone Pine, 21st August]
Daily Telegraph London

Cable six section six the battleships and cruisers concentrated on Hills seventy and one houndred and twelve supported by field guns and heavy howitzers stop once again the enemy's trenches appeared to be swallowed up in clouds of earth and smoke but the Turks showed no sign and not a man left his position stop whilst this bombardment lasted the enemy's guns replied furiously concentrating their fire chiefly on and behind Chocolate Hill which was wreathed in bursting shrapnel stop very soon the shells set fire to the bush and shrub which fanned by a breeze burnt furiously spreading with amazing rapidity and at times blotting out the positions in clouds of rolling smoke and flames stop at three thirty [censor's deletion – the Inniskillen Fusiliers] a regiment crept forward from their trenches and endeavoured to forma firing line at the foot of Hill seventy stop this was the signal for a terrific outburst of rifle fire from the whole length of the Turkish line which showed what little effect the shelling had had on that iron hearted infantry

ashmead bartlett / Capt Maxwell Censor

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