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Suez Canal

What do you want here? Turkish and British child soldiers on the Suez Canal. After crossing the Sinai Peninsula during January, 1915, a Turkish army of approximately 12,000 soldiers reached the Suez Canal on February 2, and tried to cross after nightfall, but were driven back. On the 3rd, the British crossed the canal, and struck the Turkish left flank, driving them back. By February 10, the Turks had evacuated the Peninsula. 
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What do you want here? Turkish and British child soldiers on the Suez Canal. After crossing the Sinai Peninsula during January, 1915, a Turkish army of approximately 12,000 soldiers reached the Suez Canal on February 2, and tried to cross after nightfall, but were driven back. On the 3rd, the British crossed the canal, and struck the Turkish left flank, driving them back. By February 10, the Turks had evacuated the Peninsula.

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The Suez Canal in Egypt connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Gulf of Suez at the head of the Red Sea. It was critical to Britain for supplies of oil from the Persian Gulf and troops from India, and for its military operations in Mesopotamia.

After a skirmish with a force of 2,000 Bedouins on November 21, 1914, the British strengthened their Suez Canal defenses. The primary defense line was on the west bank with crossing points covered by outposts on the east. Four British gunboats patrolled the Canal. At the northern end, two French warships were stationed at Port Said, and the dyke was cut to flood the land to the east.

In January, a Turkish Expeditionary Force of 12,000 crossed from Palestine, reaching El Arish in Egypt. After skirmishes on January 28, 1915, the Turks attempted to cross the Canal the night of February 2, but were driven back with heavy losses from British machine gun fire. British troops crossed the Canal the next day, and attacked the Turkish left flank. By the end of the 3rd, the Turks retreated having suffered heavy casualties. The British took 500 prisoners. Within a week, the Turks had evacuated Sinai.

Suez Canal is a canal in Egypt.