NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
2nd February, 1915 : Australian and New Zealand troops have helped repel a Turkish drive to cut the Suez Canal. Three Turkish columns, led by German officers, failed in their attempt to block Britain’s vital link with India and the Empire in the East. British patrols saw the Turkish force of 12 companies moving west from Sinai the night before the offensive, so defences were on the alert. Devastating fire was put down that practically annihilated enemy bridging parties as the tried to launch pontoons. Imperial troops, mostly from the Indian Army, that engaged the invaders reported that they fled in disorder. The attacks were made 48 kilometres from Port Said south of Toussoum, where the canal is at its narrowest, and near Neroche, the rail junction for lines linking Suez and Cairo.