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The Minister of Defence has re ceived from Egypt a translation of an article that appeared in tbe Ger roan newspaper, "Vossiobe Zeitung,'' on January 21 last, relating to the evacuation of Gallipoli Peninsula, j The article contained the following paragraphs :— "The ground of the Peninsula can, when the attackers are, as was on this occasion the case, obliged most entirely to depend upon infantry fight ing, only be oalled murderous. At the back of a narrow, sandy strip of beach rise almost perpendicularly the cliffs, 200 metres high, of the chalk mountains which extend over the whole of the Peninsula, intersected in every direotion by gullies devoid of all vegetation and therefore of cover. "With the conquest of tbe breaches and the first lines of tbe hills—for so far the attackers had got—the English bad gained nothing. Tbey would then, under the infantry fire of tbe defenders holding tbe next ridge, i

descend from the crest of tbe bills in* to the valley, then storm the next bill, and thus endlessly on Tbe English had therefore probably eiooe the last weeks of November realised tbe hopelessness of the struggle, and about tbe middle of December bad prepared their retreat—tbis praise must be accorded to them—in an ab solutely admirable manner. As long as wars exist, tbeir evacuation of the Ari Burnu and Anafarta fronts will stand before the eyes of all "strate gists of retreat as a hitherto quite unattained masterpiece. A repetition of tbis tour de force; however ao-* cording to tbe short Turkish reports as yet to hand, did not suooefd on tbe south front, as tbeir embarkation seems to have been accompanied by violent rearguard engagements." Doubtless tbe writer of the article has learned by this time that tbe Turkish reports were inaccurate, and that the British evacuation was conducted as successfully in the south as in the west.

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ABSOLUTELY ADMIRABLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3541, 2 May 1916

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ABSOLUTELY ADMIRABLE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3541, 2 May 1916

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