HC Deb 12 February 1920 vol 125 cc260-1W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any Turkish or German guns or ammunition still remain in the Turkish forts on the Dardanelles and the Gallipoli Peninsula; what amount of arms has recently fallen into the hands of the Turkish Nationalists; who was responsible for the safe custody of the arms stolen by the Turks; and what steps are being taken to get them back?


Guns still remain in the fortresses on the Dardanelles and Bosphorous Peninsulas, but these have been rendered useless by the removal of all breech blocksandessential mechanism, which are kept under Allied guard. The ammunition is also guarded. 8,500 rifles, 30 machine guns, and 500,000 rounds of small arms ammunition were removed from the dump at Akbash, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, by a band of armed Turks. A French guard was in charge. In conjunction with the French Air Force efforts were being made to cut off the convoy, but the result has not yet been reported.