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25th March 1917
Battle of Gaza
45 miles from Jerusalem First shots fired by Turks about 11 am at Anzac Mounted Div Infantry started to attack Gaza about noon heavy fighting all day with considerable losses inflicted on the 53rd Inf Div their total casualties were 25% of their total strength The casualties of the Mounted were about 70 We were attacked in our rear by 3000 Turkish reinforcements

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