BERLIN -- Ten thousand British have been surrounded by the Turks at Kut-el-Amara, southwest of Bagdad, according to Constantinople reports. The British detachment left cover in a retreat to join the main forces
Turks Celebrate Biggest Victory
BERLIN -- A violent battle lasting three days preceded the Anglo-French withdrawal from the Gallipoli entrenchments. Constantinople reports claim this as the greatest Turkish victory of the war. It is claimed Turkish artillery sank three of the enemy's transports filled with soldiers and captured enormous piles of booty. Constantinople schools are closed and the city is decorated with bunting.
Turks Meet Severe Defeat
LONDON -- The British inflicted severe defeat on the Turks in Mesopotamia, it is officially announced. The Turks were forced to retreat in the heavy fighting it is stated, thereby losing seven hundred prisoners and some guns. The engagement occurred, it is stated, while the British were marching to the relief of other British at Kut-el-Amara.
LONDON -- The complete evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula has been accomplished by the Allied forces. The evacuation is reported to have been very successful and the losses small. The remaining positions held by the Allies there have been abandoned with the wounding of only one man among the British and French, according to a British official statement issued tonight. This news has been expected for several days by the keener observers of the near eastern campaign, as the retirement of the troops from Anzac and Suvla bay three weeks ago left no strategic advantage to the retention of the tip of the peninsula.
Nevertheless the news will be received by the Turkish official communications in the past few days has presumably been in the nature of preparations for the final act of the Dardanelles tragedy. Tonight's Turkish official statement, covering the period from Thursday and Saturday, records increasing effectiveness of reinforcement of the Turkish battery which have been drawing in and concentrating on the allies' remaining positions.