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THE SUVLA WITHDRAWAL

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THE SUVLA WITH- DRAWAL HOW THE TURKS WERE HOODWINKED. Mx. C. Ward Price, the special correspon- dent of the Press Association, vailing on the Suvia with irawal, rightly describes it as the biggest biuff of the war! There i .s no harm in saving now, when it is ail over. that the price ot success of this operation, itss skilfully conducted, might well have been a desperate rearguard action. Every preparation was made foi fighting euch an act-ion if necessary, and most expected it. Yet, aa it was, we made our deliberate preparations, and delibei >;tHy earned them out under the unsuspecting gaze of the Turk. All these masses of men and mate- rial were brought down in an extraor- dinarily short space of time to Anzac and SuvLa. When they were alll away, and it was as sure as careful search and tailv couid make it that not a single man was left behind, the few stores we did not bring away were set afire. They were chiefly bully-beef, biscuit; and rice, and were a very small proportion of the supply which was habitually kept there. Next the break- waters we had built of old hulks were 6niashed bv shell-fire at short range from the â¢llips. LORD KITCHENER'S VISIT. And though the marching down and em- barking of the troops was stealthily done, this store burning a.nd pier smashing must have been sum a.nd heard by every Turk in the Peninsula. Yet even then the TURKS, THOUGH PUZZLED, apparently never realised that anything un- usual was going ,ti, and as this ship was steaming away this morning, when all had been oveir some hours, the Turkish gunners, in an erratic way, had begun, as the sun rose, to shell the beaches and places like Hili 10, which were formerly A-ir artillery positions, though not so much as a mess- room cat had been left there. At 5.26 a.m. the Anza.c people exploded a huge mine between them and the Turks on Russell's Top, which is the neck between the two ridges, along which it was undesir- able that the Turks "houjd follow us. This had the d-esired effect. The Turks THOUGHT THE AUSTRALIANS WERE ATTACKING, and kept up a furious fire lor forty minutes. Shortly afterwards a tongue of flame shot up from C Beach, south of Suvla. Bay. A great pile of abandoned food stores soaked in petrol had been fired. Soon afterwards more flames made their appearance on the W est Bench, and during the last two hours of the night huge waves of flame reddened sky and sea for nil-les round and columns of thick, black smoke towered hundreds of feet high in the windless an'. At daybreak every transport was clear of the bay and onlv the warships were left. The TCRKS AT LENGTH WOKE UP. They 5lW fires and began apparently to fire at them, several (It' their big shells falling into or close to the blaze on the West Beach. They must have seen that the ships were firing oil our own positions and perhaps thought we had gone mad, set fire to our stores, and started filing on each other. KITCHENER WHO DECIDED. The decision to leave SUyja and Anzac was reached after long deliberation. The final word in an operation nf this magnitude comes-from home, rind it was ?i\'p?i thHf (?it Lord Kitchener's return from the Dardan- elles. During hi* visit to the scene of opera- tions her? Lord Kitchener not only met and discussed t.he position with General Monro and the Generals commanding under him, hut came ashore himself at Suvla and Anzac and climbed at o;.ch place to an observation post here the actual geographical iiid mili- tary characteristics of the problem lay be- fore hie eyes. Whatever his view" were before he came to the Peninsula, it is certain that Lord Kitchener hims' K went home to London convinced that ovaruat.i'vi hero was the wisest course, and in this judgment he was in accord with the conclusion which the responsible Generals on the spot had reached.

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