4/6/1915 Gallipoli: more carnage

The British make another attempt to push north from the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula, aided by their French allies. Previous failures have made the Allies less ambitious: this time they are planning only for limited gains. However they are hamstrung by a shortage of artillery. Fear of U-boat attack means that the British battleships are no longer providing effective artillery support and they have a relatively weak artillery component on land. The Turks, meanwhile, have been strengthening their defences and entrenchments.
Over several nights the British had dug their positions as close as possible to the Turks. Now, after as intense an artillery bombardment as they can muster, the Allies attack. Some minor progress is made but at great cost. Then in many cases the Turks recapture their lost positions in counter-attacks. After a day of often savage hand to hand fighting the Allies’ net gains are minimal. Each side has suffered thousands of casualties.

image source:

British troops attack (from a Geocities page for Able Seaman Harry Wood, who was killed in this attack, aged 18; his body was never recovered)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s