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WHERE THE ALLIED FLEETS ARE KNOCKING AT THE GATE OF CONSTANINOPLE: A TURKISH CRAFT IN THIE DARDANELLES.
WHERE LEANDER VISITED HERO, AND XERXES’ BRIDGE OF BOATS REACHED THE EUROPEAN SHORE : SESTOS, OPPOSITE ABYDOS.
SEEN THROUGH AN EMBRASURE OF AN OLD RUINED BYZANTINE FORT ON MOUNT PAGUS SMYRNA. WHOSE FORTS HAVE BEEN BOMBARDED.
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The latest news from the Dardanelles at the moment of writing comes via Paris. The French Ministry of Marine stated that ” on the toth inst. during the day, in unfavourable weather, two British war-ships fired on the defences at Bulair, while two British battle- ships bombarded the light batteries commanding Morto Bay, at the entrance to the Dardanelles. On the Ilth inst. a French division continued the operations.” A Reuter message from Athens, dated. March r2, said that the forts at Smyrna had been bombarded the previous day by the Allied Squadron, reinforced by six urits. This account stated
that the forts replied, hitting the “Triumph,” but doing very little damage. The naval air-craft have rendered very valuable service in the Dardanelles operations. ” Owing to the importance of locating the concealed guns,” the Admiralty stated in a recent report, ” the seaplanes have had to fly very low on occasion.” One was hit 28 times, another 8 times, while another “nose-dived into the sea,” both officers in it being injured. Another pilot was wounded, but returned safely. Lord Kitchener said, in his speech on the Isth, that the situation in the Dardanelles was well in hand.
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