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The Battle of Maghara, Sinai, Outline Topic: BatzS - Maghara
The Battle of Maghara
Sinai, 15 October 1916
Rakwa, Sinai. October 1916. (H16047)
In carrying out the process of clearing the Sinai Peninsular of Turkish forces, a column commanded by Major General A. G. Dallas, consisting of the 11th and 12th A.L.H., 1st City of London Yeomanry, 300 men Imperial Camel Corps, and one section Hong Kong Battery was sent south from Bayud to remove the garrison at Maghara commanded by Nur Effendi. It marched out from Bir Bayud on the evening of the 13th October. After two night marches the attack began on the morning of the 15th. Initially, fog delayed the attacks but over the first few hours, the Ottoman forces were driven from the advanced positions with 18 prisoners captured. After two hours fighting, General Dallas, realising that taking the main position could only occur with considerable loss and so called off the attack. The column marched back to Bayud reaching there on 17 October 1916.
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