Medtn. Exped. Force,
5th May 1915.
My dear Lord Kitchener,
The first brigade of the East Lancashire Territorials
has just sailed in and anchored opposite
Cape Helles. All my arrangements for tomorrow morning
are completed and, barring accidents or bad weather,
there will be a battle tomorrow.
Had we been able to restrict the Turkish Army of
Occupation to its original components, I should regard
the issue without more anxiety than is inherent to any such trial. In these
desperate night tussles the Turkish corps have
become greatly mixed and disorganized, and their
losses have been undoubtedly very serious.
But this constant arrival of fresh troops introduces
a factor of great uncertainty into the situation. …
From my point of view, meanwhile, the only way such a
situation can be faced is by pushing ahead as fast as the
flesh and blood of my troops will stand pushing, in the
hopes that, if only we can clear this side of the Straits,
the Fleet will get through and be able to strike direct
at the enemy's Headquarters.
All our Turkish experts, both French and British, are
surprised at the Germanisation of Turkish tactics and leading.
Not only does the enemy come on in precisely German
attack formations, but they seem to have behind them some
of the German energy enabling them to reassume the offensive
even after a pretty severe handling. But this high strung
discipline cannot be natural to the Turkish character,
and I hope myself we may soon be able to strain it to