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In todays Daily Telegraph:“All the troops at Suvla and Anzac, together with their goods and stores, have been successfully transferred, with insignificant casualties, to another sphere of operation.” Despite all the stories there had been since the Gallipoli landings suggesting advances had been made, the reality was somewhat different, but despite the efforts of Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett to hint at the truth, the censor had managed to camouflage this. However, the leakage of the news that Lord Kitchener had gone there himself after the new commander, Sir Charles Munro, had recommended withdrawal suggested that all was not well, and the official announcement above (see page 9) confirmed this. Not that it was actually a full withdrawal from the operations that was being announced, as the War Office went on to claim “by this contraction of front, operations at other points of the line will be more effectively carried out.” And equally naturally, a leader on page 8 sympathised with “one of the most difficult decisions ever imposed by necessity upon British generalship” and praised the soldiers who had fought there, but even it had to accept that as far as most people were concerned the campaign had a tragic waste of life and was best discontinued. Also in today’s paper - An article on page 3 tells of the “Romance of the banana” - There is a major cliff-fall near Dover – page 4. Perhaps surprisingly it isn’t ascribed to some sort of German plot - Hotspur takes time out of reporting on horse racing to report the spending of £12 million on horses and mules by the British Government in the USA, and suspects this is understating the actual amount – page 5 - British hostages in Syria are made to suffer after a cinema in Damascus accidentally shows a film about Australian troops – page 5 - The Greek army is discontented by the lack of action against the Bulgarians and the prospect of potential incursion, and King Constantine is blamed – page 9 - Herbert Asquith announces a postponement of the release of figures concerning Lord Derby’s recruitment scheme, due to the complexity of the task – page 9 - David Lloyd George’s speech on the work of the Ministry of Munitions sees him at times “at his very best” – page 9 - A. Beaumont in Milan hears about the experiences of women of the Third Serbian Relief Fund Unit on page 11 - Rumours mount as to German activity on the Western front – page 11 - The Telegraph’s suggestion of people extending hospitality to lonely soldiers from overseas stranded in London at Christmas generates such a positive response that the YMCA had to open a special department to deal with the subject – page 10. Also on a festive note, 1,000 children of servicemen attend a party at Windsor castle (page 11, with a photograph on page 3) - Ships of the Grand Fleet contribute dolls to a show in Thorpe Bay and they raise over £40 for charity – page 11 - The resorts round-up on page 12 gives an optimistic view of the Christmas season, and an adjacent article gives a London-centric guide to public transport of this


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