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WAR IN EUROPE.

FIGHTING AT aCHI BABA

London, June 20

A Turkish officer, who was taken prisoner, said : "Germany i 3 our ally Wβ know our country's hours are numbered, but we will fight for her as you would fight for yours."

\ DIFFICULT UNDERTAKING

Reutergivea details of the fightiDg on the front of Aebi Baba on June 4th. For an hour every British and Frenoh gun on the Peninsula poured shells of various calibres upon the Turkish trenches, while the British battleship on the right and French on the left, battered the flanks The whole landscape was obliterated with a curtain of smoke, and the Tower of Krilhia, which survived the previous bombardment, toppled over, and the village was set on fire. ENEMY DAZED WITH SHELL FIRE. The infantry charge began at dood, The first few trenches were easily taken, the enemy being dazed by the avalanobe of shells, merely fired a few shots upward at the Britishers stabbing down at them. The large number of dead in the trenches were the viotims of shell fire We bad the enemy fairly on tbo run tor a time until our centre held the fifth line of trenches Two armoured turret motor cara of the naval air service did useful work, but the roads were mainly unsuitable for this me thod of warfare. Using two fair y good roads from Beddel Bahr and Cape Helles to Krithia, which cut the enemy's trenches at right angles,- the light cars advanced crossing our tren ihes over typical bridges and ian close to the enemy's lines, and opened ma chine gun fire lhe deep entrench meats of the enemy made further pro gress impossible

The cars at tbe same time offered a good target for tbe enemy's gun?, and shells began to drop around, but the motorists backed out of the danger zone. The two cars were slightly damaged.

Our cantre da 'ied so far forward that it was unable maintain all tha ground woo, although the naval bat tallion fought with the utmost gallan try. The Turks reserved vigorous counter-attacks until Sunday when re Beive3 came up from beyond Achi Baba. Our men were hard pressed find abandoned two of the conquered trenches, but held the remainder of the ground, repulsing the Turks with great loss.

The storming of Achi Baba 19 a difficult problem, as it presents a series of smooth slopes, terraced at'infcervals. It id as difficult to mount as the glacis of an old fashioned fort.

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WAR IN EUROPE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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WAR IN EUROPE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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