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THE ANZAC ENGAGEMENT.

Ausmst 6,1915,

The following description of the memor. able action of August 6th, at Anzac, which appeared in the "London Times" is of especial interest, as it gives stfeh a clear aooonnt of the attacks:—

"The first job to be tackled immediately after dark was to turn the Turks out of the nearer foothills. Later in the night columns would maroh out through the hills so cleared and attack the farther and higher slopes of the range- For the first clearance of the foothills there was chosen the New Zealand Mounted Bifles and the Maori Battalion, The work was to be done in silence and with bayonets only so long as the darkness lasted. Ot course, the Mounted Rifles weie on toot. No horses had yet been seen at Anzao except a team of about & dozen for helping to pull gnna across any flat space. The New Zeaiandera bad there strong posts on the seaward end of the nearer foot*bills. On the other end of one of these was a trenoh which the New Zealanders bad taken from the Turks some time back and lost again a couple of days later. The Turks had sines made it very strong with barbed wire. Every night for a month or two a couple of destroyers, which were the only representatives of the fleet left with us, used to come close in and bombard these trenches and break up the wire. Aft r the searchlight switched off an aged Turk, with a wheezy congh, used to come out and string the wire up again. Our men knew him quite well by the name of ■ old Aobmet, and they generally used to leave the old fellow to work undisturbed in the dark. If he didn't mend the wire some one else would.

The Turks used to bave patrola out beyond our flanks, which often met with our patrols. At this point in the line we heard quite a lot of them—you could bear them often signalling to one another in the dark, imitating the boot o! an owl or tho bark of a dog, jußt'iike the Bed Indians of our childhood. A few adventurous New Zealanders had slipped out scouting into those bills beyond our lines; for as much as a day or even two, they had explored them, lying silent when any of the enemy passed near, and reaching our lines again after dark. It waa into thia half-explored 'country that the New Zealand Mounted Rifles stole out about balf'past nine at night. Bayonets were fixed and there were striot orders of silence.

Tbe moment you move north from the Anzao positions the hills begin to move a little way back from the sea, leaving a narrow stretch of flat between the hills and the sea. Canterbury moved out in extended order across this, two squadrons abreast, the line of each troop following olose on after the line ahead nf it. They bad four soouts out just ahead ot them, and these scouts suddenly came on four other figures in the dark. It was a Turkish patrol.

The Turks clearly thought that our men were tbe usual New Zealand patrol out on its nightly business. They did not want to make a disturbance in the night any more than we did, bo they came (or our men with the bayonet. There was no sound in that strange duel, just four men fighting (our with their bayonets in the dark. Tbe Turks bayoneted one o( our men in the jaw and another in the chest—neither fatally— before our men had managed to kill them. There was not a shot fired, and the oolumn went silently on. [This refers to T Warner and B Waghorn. The former was bayonetted in the stomach and is in England still under medical treat, ment. Trooper B Waghorn was wounded in tbe oheek and is a present at his home in Little Akaloa on leave ] The destroyer had bombarded her same old trenoh that night as every other n'ght. The Turks, as we euspeoted, lay down in tbe bottom of the trenoh Mil the shelling was over. Ithadjaet finiehed, end they were getting to their feet again when over the parapet on top of them oame a line of silent clambering New Zealanders. A sputteriDß fire broke out, but the Auokland Mounted Rifles finished tbe affair as ordered with the bay-

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3506, 21 December 1915

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THE ANZAC ENGAGEMENT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3506, 21 December 1915

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