Topic: BatzS - Suez 1915
Suez Canal Attack
Egypt, January 28 - February 3, 1915
The Times Account, 8 February 1915.
The account is transcribed below.
The Times, 8 February 1915, p. 8.
THE GERMAN OFFICER'S WHITE FLAG.
(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.)
CAIRO, FEB. 8.
The Turkish retreat from the vicinity of the Canal is diversely interpreted. It is held in some quarters that the enemy has fallen back to the nearest good water supply owing to inability to maintain himself near the east bank of the Canal, where wells are few. Others believe that the failure of the attempt to break through the Canal defences has so dispirited the troops as to render immediate withdrawal, with or without an intention of returning to the charge, inevitable.The latter theory is, perhaps, supported by the surrender of Turkish deserters, and still more by the curious discovery, of which the official communique has already spoken, of a white flag I with rings and halyard complete in a special case on the body of a slain German officer. if the flag was to be used only for its legitimate purpose-that of announcing a surrender - its presence betokens a great lack of confidence, to say the least, among the German officers, who have been credited with the entire direction of the Turkish operations.