By Stephen Chambers
The August Offensive used to be born out of the disasters of the Gallipoli landings and the following battles of past due spring and early summer time 1915. common Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary strength, selected to play all his ultimate playing cards during this bold and inventive gamble that he was hoping may eventually flip the tide within the allies prefer and produce his military up onto the heights overlooking the elusive Dardanelles.
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Twenty-eight guns could be mustered for this task whilst the Royal Navy supported the operation with HMS Bacchante, which sought targets in the valleys around the objective; and naval monitors provided counter battery aid on Turkish gun positions near Gaba Tepe and the Third Ridge. Private William Quantrill (12/AIF) recalled the bombardment on Lone Pine: On August 6 the bombardment by the British started just after dinner, by the howitzers, and about every half hour the field guns would join in with a perfect hail of shrapnel upon the Turkish trenches.
Hidden from the eyes of the Turks, large platforms were cut below the skyline of the hillsides to accommodate the troops, some capable of holding up to five hundred men. Existing communication trenches were widened, whilst new ones were dug silently during the night. Whilst all this was going on, life between the lines continued as normal, with sniping, bombing and shelling continuing like clockwork. To the Turks all appeared to be normal, although they were sure to know something was occurring.
How will they be able to move? Kemal used his hand to draw a semi-circle that began from Ariburnu and continued towards Chunuk Bair Kocaçimentepe: Like that. Esat Pasha reportedly began to laugh and patting Kemal on the shoulder, said, Don’t you worry, they will not do that. 1 During late June, in Helles, the French had launched a successful attack at Kereves Dere and a week later the British at Gully Ravine. At Anzac it had been quiet since May, with the exception of small scale raids and minor tactical operations.
Anzac Sari Bair by Stephen Chambers