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MACEDONIA
453
Regiment, and nine machine guns were captured, and a number of
trench mortars were destroyed. The battalion suffered severely.
Captains G. Wormald and
J.
G.
K.
Farrar and Second-Lieutenants
H. W. Budden, S. Warburton and B. W. Yorke-Lodge were killed,
and Lieutenants C.
R.
B. Chiesman, P. H. G. Coggin, W.
J.
C.
Kendall,
R.
C. Lott and
R.
W. Morris were wounded. Of about
350 N.C.Os. and men who went into action, nearly 200 were killed
or wounded.
The following decorations were awarded for the action :-
Distinguished Service Order
Captain G. F. Page.
Military Cross
Second-Lieutenant W.
J.
C. Kendall.
Distingui shed Conduct Medal
Lance-Corporal
J.
Lancashire.
Private
J.
Heywood .
Mili tary Medal
Serjeant F. Wilkinson.
Corporal
J.
H. Gee_
Lance-Corporal E. Ankers.
Lance-Corporal W. Wheeldon.
Private P. Cain.
KRUSHA BALKAN
The Action of Machukovo shows the difficulties which con–
fronted the XII Corps on the Vardar front. Raiding parties to
points, like the vineyards of Machukovo, outside the enemy's main
wire could generally reach their objective but could not make certain
of bringing him to action. A raid against the main line was, how–
ever, a serious business. There were two or three strong belts of wire
covering the whole front from Doiran to the Vardar; the trenches
were often ten feet deep; the dugouts were unaffected by field-guns,
and it took a direct hit by a 6-inch howitzer to damage one of them.
General Milne, therefore, transferred his pressure to the Struma
front, where, in the affair of Bairakli Jum'a, the 83rd Infantry
Brigade continued the British offensive.
Meanwhile the march of events had decided the plans of the
Allied Army. The bright hopes of Rumania had faded and the
threatening situation in Old Greece forced General Sarrail to be
content with the capture of Monastir and thereafter to consolidate
and reorganize his positions. The British were now to hold the whole
front from the mouth of the Struma to the Vardar, and late in
November the 65th Brigade were withdrawn from the 22nd Division
and took over the front of the Italian Ivrea Brigade between
Akbuzalik, in the wooded Krusha Balkan hills south of the Butkovo
valley, and Doiran. Lakes Doiran and Butkovo are connected by a
deep valley, broken into two by the spur of Dova Tepe, which forms
a watershed whence the Hoja runs westward to Lake Doiran and the
Butkovo eastward to Lake Butkovo. The main lines of the
adversaries were upon the hills north and south of this valley, that