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W.T. Massey - How Jerusalem Was Won. Allenby's Campaign in Palestine

HEADQUARTERS, XXTH CORPS,
31_st December 1917.

I have again to thank the XXth Corps and to express to
them my admiration of their bravery and endurance during

the three days' fighting on December 27, 28, and 29.

The enemy made a determined attempt with two corps
to retake Jerusalem, and while their finest assault troops

melted away before the staunch defence of the 53rd and

60th Divisions, the 10th and 74th were pressing forward

over the most precipitous country, brushing aside all opposition

in order to relieve the pressure on our right.

Their efforts were quickly successful, and by the evening
of the 27th we had definitely regained the initiative, and

I was able to order a general advance.

The final result of the three days' fighting was a gain to
us of many miles and extremely heavy losses to the enemy.

A fine three days' work.

 

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