Air raids on Lon­don and blows to the Turks

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Seven groups of aero­planes made “de­ter­mined and re­peated at­tacks” on Lon­don on Wed­nes­day night and early on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Very few of the raiders, how­ever, suc­ceeded in pen­e­trat­ing the de­fences. The ma­te­rial dam­age done was “very slight”. Eight per­sons were killed and 21 in­jured.

The raid was the most de­ter­mined and pro­longed, most noisy and least in­ju­ri­ous, that Lon­don has yet un­der­gone.

It was not un­ex­pected, for the con­di­tions were ideal from the in­vaders’ point of view, the clouds be­ing suf­fi­cient to pro­vide con­ceal­ment. The warn­ing was re­ceived with the great­est calm­ness.

By the great ma­jor­ity of the com­mu­nity th­ese raids have come to be re­garded as more of a nui­sance than a dan­ger.

In one dis­trict a bomb struck a small house killing five of the oc­cu­pants. A woman and child who sought refuge be­low the kitchen ta­ble, were res­cued alive on Thurs­day morn­ing. Gaza has been cap­tured by the Bri­tish. No de­tails are yet to be had of this se­ri­ous blow to the Turks, but Gen­eral Al­lenby gives par­tic­u­lars of im­por­tant suc­cesses of our troops op­er­at­ing at other parts of the Turk­ish front.

While Gen­eral Al­lenby is forc­ing the Turks back­wards in Pales­tine, Gen­eral Maude is driv­ing them fur­ther up the Ti­gres.

Tekrit , 118 miles north-west of Bag­dad, has been oc­cu­pied by Bri­tish troops.

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