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The upper illustration depicts the scene during the landing of a section of the British Expeditionary Force at Gaba Tepe, and the heroically brilliant charge of the troops first landed, which cleared off the Turks who endeavoured, in vain, to beat back the invaders. The sketch further brings out the apparently impregnable position held by the enemy, massed in trenches along steep slopes and precipitous heights covered with heather-like scrub and thick bush. Not visible from the point at which the drawing was made was a range of abruptly-rising sandy cliffs. There the supporting Turkish battalions stood under arms, until the headlong dash of the disembarked
Brittsh, after sweeping back the swarm of Turks in front, reached them in turn. In a resistless bayonet-charge, our men broke these up also, and sent the whole opposing force back in a mob of panic-stricken fugitives. The lower sketch takes in the view down the steep-sided gorge through which the Turks retreated in disorder with the bayonets of the pursuing British troops at their backs. Since then a practicable military road from the landing-beach to the nearest British camp on the Peninsula has been constructed through the district, in spite of enormous engineering difficulties due to the physical conformation of the ground.