Friday, 21 April 2017

The Second Battle of Gaza Ends

Saturday 21st April 1917

We understand that no further attack was made against Gaza yesterday. Indeed, as a result of being weakened by fierce counter-attacks some of the gains of 19th have had to be given up. We understand that the battle has occasioned 6,000 casualties, in other words half a full-strength division. The 53rd Division are presently on Samson Ridge and 52nd Division at the foot of Outpost Hill. Much to their disgust 54th Division, out in the open, on machine-gun-swept sands were ordered to retire back to Sheikh Abbas. For the moment, it seems, attempts to take Gaza have come to an end.

Sources: X550/6/8

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