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.
Citation: The Battle of Magdhaba, Sinai, December 23, 1916, New York Times Account