Topic: BatzS - Magdhaba
The Battle of Magdhaba
Sinai, 23 December 1916
New York Times Account
BRITISH CAPTURE 1,130 TURKS NEAR EL ARISH
Aircraft Co-operate in Successful Operations East of the Suez Canal.
LONDON, Dec. 25.-Following up their victory against the Turks in the capture of El Arish, ninety miles east of the Suez Canal, the British forces in Egypt have captured a strong Turkish position at Magdhaba, twenty miles to the southeast of El Arish, taking 1,130 prisoners, two guns, and quantities of war material. The official statement says:
On Friday afternoon British mounted troops carried a strong enemy position at Magdhaba, twenty miles South-southeast of EI Arish, after an engagement beginning at 9 o'clock in .the morning. Five hundred prisoners were taken. Aircraft cooperated, attacking with bombs and machine-gun fire from a low altitude.
A later official statement says:
A full report from Magdhaba is not yet at hand. The total captures are now 1,130 prisoners, at least two guns, and a large quantity of arms and was material. The enemy's casualties were considerable. Our airplanes continue to harass the enemy.
The Battle of Magdhaba, Sinai, December 23, 1916, Roll of Honour, Australia and New Zealand
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Citation: The Battle of Magdhaba, Sinai, December 23, 1916, New York Times Account