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3549 THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-THE GREAT WAR.

carried on warships and transports to a

position off Gaba Tepe on the night of April

24. Early next morning, boat loads of

men were sent in toward the beaches. As

the boats neared the shore, a party of Turks

from an entrenched position opened fire

with rifles and a machine gun, doing great

execution in the crowded boats. Says a

British war correspondent:

"It was a trying moment, but the Australian volunteers rose as a man to the

occasion. They waited neither for orders

nor for the boats to reach the beach, but,

springing out into the sea, they waded

ashore and, forming some sort of a rough

line, rushed straight at the flashes of the

enemy's rifles. Their magazines were not

even charged. So they just went in with

cold steel, and I believe I am right in

saying that the first Ottoman Turk since

the last Crusade received an Anglo-Saxon

bayonet in him at five minutes after 5 a. m.

on April 25. It was over in a minute.

The Turks in the first trench were bayoneted or ran away, and a Maxim gun was

captured."

The British troubles were, however, by

no means over. Just back of the beach

rose an almost perpendicular cliff of loose

sandstone, covered with thick shrubbery,

and part of the way up the enemy had a

second trench from which they poured

a terrible fire upon the troops below and

upon the boats pulling back and forth

for new landing parties. This trench

was presently carried by assault, but

snipers hidden in the cliffs and shrubbery

continued their galling fire. Gradually

the Australians and New Zealanders,

aided by a heavy fire from the warships,

cleared the ground in front of them, while

guns and munitions were being landed on

the beach. There was more or less fighting

during the following night, and next

morning the watchers on the warships

saw a great force of Turks come creeping

over the hills for an attempt to drive the

invaders into the sea. The warships at

once opened a tremendous fire from their

smallest guns up to the monster 15-inch

rifles of the Queen Elizabeth, each shrapnel

shell from which threw out a hail of 20,000