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BATTLE IN SOMALILAND

DERVISHES 110UTED BY TROOPS AI^D SAILORS; ,HA!fb-TO-HA]ND FI&HTING. The fighting near lUig, the Mulla&'s stronghold on the coast of Italian Somaliland, which took place on April 21, was of a severe character (says the special correspondent of the " Daily Mail "), the enemy, making a determined resistance to the British. The Italians took no part on the affair.^ At 3 a.m. the cruisers Hyacinth, Fox and Mohawk landed 700 bluejackets and marines and 125 men of the Hampshire Regiment, the troops being commanded by Major Jackson. The whole force, under Rear- Admiral At-. kinson-Willes, marched a few miles inland .and found the Mullah's flag flying and hundreds of armed Dervishes ensconced caves. A hot action easued, resulting in the enemy losing 125 killed and several wounded. H.M.S. 'Fox bombarded Illig fort and subsequently blew it up. The British loss was three men. killed and six wounded. ADMIRAL'S REPORT. The Admiralty-on April 26 received the following telegrajn. from Rear-Admiral At-kinson-Willes, Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies, at Aden : — Tie Navy, represented by men frora|the Hyacinth, Fox and Mohawk, under my personal command, assisted by a detachment of 125 rank and file of the Ist Hampshire , Regiment, took Illig from the Dervdsh garrison on the morning of April 21, in the presence of the Volturno, after a very smart fight, which, I regret to repoTt, resulted in the loss of three British killed and six wounded, owing to the close quarters at which the action was fought, and the determined manner in which the stone zarebas and towers were defended by the Dervishes, who ' lost heavily and we» most gallanf% driven out by the force under my command. Owing to* the surf the landing of guns was lundesirable, and the guns of the ships could not be used without danger to the attackers. The men landed at Gullule River and attacked the zareba on the flank and rear with complete success*. The disembarkation took two hours owing to the surf, but there were no accidents. ."'■ ENEMY SURPRISED. The force landed at dawn, and surprised the enemy, who retreated to- their works. I cannot speak too warmly of the gallantry of officers and men of both services; they stormed the stronghold in fine style. The whole of the works except the stone zareba on the beach will fee removed, and the zareba will be demolished.. The Italian and British flags were hoisted side by side. Illig will bo handed overf if possible, to a Mijertain tribe loyal to the Italian Government, with the concurrence of the commanding officer of the Voltnrno and of Sultan Osmaa Mahomoud. I was surprised at the strength of the position, which was practically unassailable from the ironi.

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BATTLE IN SOMALILAND Star, Issue 8033, 10 June 1904

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