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Report on the Operations in the Vicinity of Shaiba 12th-14th April 1915. Simla: General Staff India, 1915. [‎3] (9/70)

The record is made up of 35 folios. It was created in 1915. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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a few rounds at them, they offered no target. Ii would appear, from subsequent
information, that, during their retreat, the enemy were harassed and robbed by
their former allies, the Arabs, and that they fled across the desert in wi'd confu
sion, scarcely halting until they reached Kamsieh, a distance of close on 90 miles
from the scene of their defeat, so thoroughly disorganised were they.
It is now known that Suleiman Askeri, the Turkish Commander, shot him
self at Nakhailah after assembling his officers and denouncing the faithlessness
of the Arabs,
A quantity of ammunition, both gun and rifle, was captured upon the
battlefield at Barjisivah and subsequently at Nakhailah ; this was either brought
in or destroyed on the spot. The total in round numbers amounts to some—
1,500 shell—4 , 5' / ; 15-pr. and Mountain gun.
400—: 00,000 rounds S. A. A,
3,000 hand grenades, some boxes of lyddite and a number of bnnbs,
fuzes and primers.
6. I cannot speak too highly of the steadiness, spirit and pluck shown bv
the troops in th^se actions, nor of the able manner in which they were handled
by their Commanders.
In the battle of Barjisiyah our troops had to attack over open ground a
superior force of the enemy, skilfully entrenched and concealed, on a front of
over 3 miles.
The Turkish troops showed themselves well trained and exhibited teracity
and courage ; while their musketry and machine gun fire were remarkably effective.
In drivirg such an enemy from his position by a bayonet charge, after a
steady advance in the face of a hot fire, the British force performed a feat of which
any troops might be proud.
7. The races, from which the portion of the Southern Army engaged here
are drawn, have shown, in the stiffest fight which has fallen to their lot for years,
a steadfastness and gallantry worthy of all praise.
Mahrattas,, Dekhani Mahomedans, men from Rajputana i Gujars and Mers
have earned for themselves in these operations a proud renutaticn. They vied
xuth their British comrades in this field, the Royal Artillery—the Norfolks—the
Dorsets, in spirit and resolution, and have added lustre to their former traditions.
8. Major-General I'ry, under whose orders the defences of Shaiba had been
organised, made a very successful defence against the enemy's constant attacks
for the first 24 hours, during which the enemy suffered heavy losses and were
everywhere repulsed.
9 I would specially bring to notice the services of Major-General C. J.
Melliss, V. C., C. B., who ar once seized the opportunity of taking the offensive
and, after driving the enemy from the vicinuy of Shaiba on the 13th April,
followed up this success the next day by attacking the Turkish forces in the
strong position to which they had retired.
The determination and skill with which he handled his troops on the 14th
April resulted in the complete defeat of the enemy after a very hard fought
action, and I fully endorse his recommendation that Barjisiyah be commemorated
as a battle honour for tne corps engaged.
10. I entirely agree with the recommendations made by Major-Generals Fry
and Melliss in the Despatches I am now forwarding and I will only add remarks
with regard to the following officers :—
Brigadier-General W. S. Delamain, C. D. S. O.—This officer has con
sistently distinguished himself in command of his Brigade throughout the cam-
paign, and has shown marked ability as a Commander.

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This file contains military despatches regarding the Battle of Shaiba that took place between British and Ottoman forces on 12-14 April 1915.

The file begins with an introductory letter from General Sir John Eccles Nixon, Commanding Force "D" to the Chief of General Staff, Simla (folios 4-6) that is followed by a report related to events of 11-12 April written by Major-General C. I. Fry (folios 8-10) and another report that concerns events of April 13-14 written by Major-General C. J. Melliss (folios 14-19).

The file contains a number of maps and sketches of the battlefield and surrounding area.

Extent and format
35 folios

The file contains an contents page (that uses the original printed pagination system) on folio 3.

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A bound, printed volume. The file's foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Please note that ff. 31-34 are housed within f. 35.

The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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Report on the Operations in the Vicinity of Shaiba 12th-14th April 1915. Simla: General Staff India, 1915. [‎3] (9/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/95, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 April 2020]

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