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THE DARDANELLES.

GADLANT FRENCH .GUNNERB

London, July 21.

Rear Admiral de Gorey states that during one of tbe heaviest engagementis at tbe Dardanelles, a French battleship was simultaneously engaged with three Namazich forts and well concealed batteries. At the height of the action tbe fire control officer was notified that tbere.was a defect in the apparatus for expelling the vitiated air from the forward turret containing two guns. This meant that the gun crew might be slowly suffocated, but it wae difficult at this decisive moment to abandon the use of the guns.. Tbe order was given, therefore, to keep on firing. Gradually tbe action of the turret was observed to be slowing down. One by one the gun crew was falling suffocated and poisoned by tbe gapes. Even tually only an officer and a gun ncr were left. These loaded and laid tbe sun, and then fired, after which tbe officer fell. The gunner, after a last shot, fainted, leaving the breach open. Tbe control officer was informed that tbe barrel was out of action, Tbe two other turrets imperturably maintained their fire, and bal' an hour later when the British division relieved tbe French tbe forts were silenced.

RUSSIAN PRISONERS SHOT Petrogkad, July 21.

Official—Austrian prisoners state that the Germans shot five thousand Russian prisoners at Rarwarueka,

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THE DARDANELLES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915

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THE DARDANELLES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915

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