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    Posted: 22 Mar 2011 at 17:48
the following map shows the dispositions of troops during the night attack of Turkish troops on 1/2/May 1915. (Taken from the Official History page 317).
The description given in the Official History is as follows (page 318).
'The first point in the British front to be attacked was the trench astride the Kirte Dere, where one of the assaulting columns had outdistanced the troops on either flank. Here the attack met with momentary success. The Munster and Dublin Fusiliers were driven from a portion of their trench and a number of Turks poured through the gap. But the success was short-lived. A company of the Royal Fusiliers under Captain North Bomford regained the lost trench and the 1/5th R. Scots who were in reserve, succeeded in driving back the Turks who had penetrated the British Line.'
The fighting was particularly fierce on this occasion. It is noted that Turkish orders were for rifles not to be loaded and bayonets only were to be used. The OH quotes the Turkish order issued by Col. von Sodenstern; "Attack the enemy with the bayonet and utterly destroy him"

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