This event occurred in the First World War, in 1915, during the operation to seize the Dardanelles Strait. During one of the attacks, the battalion of the Norfolk regiment disappeared.
The situation was so unusual that the commander-in-chief of the British expeditionary forces, Sir Hamilton, wrote a report to the Minister of War, Lord Kitchener: “In the course of the battle, a truly mysterious thing happened … In a battle with a desperately resisting opponent, Colonel Sir G. Bosham, an experienced and well-established officer, Moved forward at the head of his battalion. The battle was hot and bloody, the earth was stained with blood, numerous wounded remained on the battlefield and only returned to their original positions at night. However, the colonel with 16 officers and 250 soldiers continued to press the enemy. They plunged into the forest, and they were no longer visible or heard. None of them were seen again, none of them returned back. ”
267 people disappeared without a trace. To take the experienced fighters in full force (not a single person returned) in a forest where it is easy to hide, without a single shot, is simply a fantastic thing. Even the Turks officially declared that they never captured this battalion, did not enter into battle with him and did not even suspect about his existence. Although it was just profitable for them to show how they killed and quietly completely destroyed the enemy battalion.
The case was so extraordinary that the British investigated it after the war, and the results of the investigation were classified for 50 years. However, even after the declassification of documents, the situation did not become clearer.
Later, the testimony of New Zealand veterans was published, the last to see the ill-fated British battalion. They talked about several clouds in the form of “round loaves of bread.” One of the clouds approached the Norfolk people “and entered without hesitation directly into it.” No one else saw them. About an hour after the soldiers disappeared in the cloud, she easily left the ground and collected the remaining clouds. During all that was happening, the clouds hung in the same place, but as soon as the cloud-kidnapper rose to them, they all set off in the northern direction.
One Turkish peasant after the war told the British commission that he had to take out of his field a lot of bodies of the British, which division – is unknown. He claimed that the corpses he had found were “broken and, as it were, dropped from a great height.”