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Re: The disappearing regiment in WWI

From: werd@interlog.com (Drew Williamson)
Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 12:30:41 -0400 (EDT)
Fwd Date: Sat, 17 May 1997 13:58:16 -0400
Subject: Re: The disappearing regiment in WWI

>Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 20:03:08 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: The disappearing regiment in WWI

>A friend was asking me if I knew where this large-scale abduction >event
>is written up within the UFO literature.  I came across it >years ago and
>can't remember now where I saw it.  Can someone on the >List?

>It involved British soldiers, as I recall, engaged against Turkish
>>soldiers in WWI.  The one group marched into a "cloud," which then
>>lifted up and off.


>Jim Deardorff



I don't know where you saw it, but here is the account as related in Peter
Brookesmith's, UFO: The Complete Sightings, which includes a possible
(Earthly) explaination.

Drew Williamson


UFO: The Complete Sightings
By: Peter Brookesmith

Brown Books
255-257 Liverpool Road,
London N1 1LX
United Kingdom

ISBN 1 897884 16 8

Pages 29-30


Cloud-shaped UFO abducts
a British unit at Gallipoli

TYPE:  Close encounters of
       the fourth kind

PLACE: Suvla bay, Gallipoli,

DATE: 28 August 1915

In one of the most famous and ill-starred
actions of World War 1, French, British,
Australian and New Zealand troops first
landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in April
1915, in an attempt to seize Turkish forts
overlooking the narrow Dardanelles
entrance to the Black Sea. The mysterious
events related below were first
reported as late as 1965.

                 THE EVENTS
According to three eyewitnesses serving
with the New Zealand Army, 28 August
1915 was clear and bright but for a group
of clouds that, oddly, did not move
despite a breeze of about 4-5 mph (6-8 km/h).
One cloud - an 'absolutely dense,
solid-looking structure' - seemed to be
resting on the ground across a creek near
Hill 60 on Suvla Plain. A battle was raging
between Turkish and British troops for
possession of the hill. The New Zealanders,
whose post was on Rhododendron Spur,
some 300 ft (100 m) above the hill, then
observed the following:
  'A British regiment, the First-Fourth
Norfolk... marching up this sunken road
or creek towards Hill 60. However, when
they arrived at this cloud, they marched
straight into it, with no hesitation, but no
one ever came out to deploy and fight at
Hill 60. About an hour later, after the last
of the file had disappeared into it, this
cloud very unobtrusively lifted off the
ground and, like any cloud or fog would,
rose slowly.... As soon as the singular
cloud had risen to their level, they all
moved away northwards.... In a matter of
about three quarters of an hour they had
all disappeared from view.
  'The regiment mentioned is posted as
"wiped out" and on Turkey surrendering
in 1918, the first thing Britain demanded
of Turkey was the return of this regiment.
Turkey replied that she had neither
captured this regiment, nor made contact
with it, and that she did not even know
that it existed.... Those who observed
this incident can vouch for the fact that
Turkey never captured that regiment, nor
made contact with it.'

Records show that two of the three
'eyewitnesses' had been evacuated from
Gallipoli by 28 August because of illness.
The First-Fourth Norfolks was not a regiment
but the First Battalion of the Fourth
Norfolk Regiment. The unit did not disappear
on that day or any other, but went
on to fight with distinction in Gallipoli
until the end of 1915, when it was evacuated.
However, on 12 (not 28) August,
the First Battalion of the Fifth Norfolk
Regiment's Colonel, 16 officers and 250
men did vanish. They were in hot pursuit
of the enemy when night fell; the next
day, there was no trace of them. Sir Ian
Hamilton, the commanding general, called
the incident 'a very mysterious thing.' But
they were operating over four miles
(6 km) from the New Zealanders, and
nowhere near Hill 60.
  New Zealand researcher I. C. McGibbon
suggested that the memory of
Frederick Reichardt, the main witness
(who had indeed been on Rhododendron
Spur), became confused. He concludes
that at some point Reichardt did see
soldiers disappear into a (normal) mist on
the battlefield - for instance, one official
report noted: 'By some freak of nature
Suvla Bay and Plain were wrapped in a
strange mist on the afternoon of 21
August.' He also probably heard of the
'disappearance' of some of the First-Fifth
and conflated the two events. His imagination
supplied the rest. In the early
Eighties, however, one of Reichardt's sons
stated that he had heard his father tell the
story 'from the earliest days I can remember
(I was born in 1932).'

[PHOTO CAPTION] Troops go 'over the
top' during the disastrous
Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
The disappearance of a Norfolk
infantry unit's colonel, with 16 other
officers and 250 men, during a
battle in August 1915 has been
promoted for years as a mass
abduction by UFOs, but the grim
truth is that at least half the missing
men died in battle, and the rest
were probably taken prisoner and
shot in cold blood by their Turkish
captors. The British, intent on
fostering good relations with
Turkey after the war, kept the
soldiers' murder secret for many
years - and so gave the UFO myth
fertile ground in which to grow.


Drew Williamson

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