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[Telegram form – The Eastern Telegraph Company, Limited. Alexandria Station. Dated 23 July 1915. 213 words. Daily Telegraph London]
[Continuation of Ashmead Bartlett's report of the action of 12th/13th July at Cape Helles]
Six. seem possible for any infantry to live under such a fire but I fancy the majority has been drawn down the communicating trenches stop during this bombardment our in
July fourteenth section five. during this bombardment our infantry lay low and not a man was visible our positions only being discernable by the tin discs and red flags exposed on the paradox of the trenches we were holding stop exactly at five pm our guns lengthened their fuses and concentrated on the enemy's reserve trenches and on any dead ground where he might be massing his reserves for a counter attack and a war ship bombarded the observation station on the top of Achi Baba with twelve inch shells which is most valuable in upsetting his arrangements for directing operations stop at the same moment as if animated by a common will the kilted regiments of the 157 Brigade lept from their trenches and surged forward towards the great redoubt and the network of saps and trenches stop the whole scene resembled some picture from the inferno for our guns shelling the works behind made a great background of earth and smoke whilst no sooner did our advances become apparent than the enemy's batteries which had been keeping very quiet opened up on our infantry with [contd. page 60]
Ashmead Bartlett

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