20/12/1915 Gallipoli: the Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay evacuations completed

Britain’s leaders have given up on the Gallipoli campaign. They have been quietly evacuating the troops from Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay over the last week. Soldiers have been taken away at night while those left behind make as much noise as possible to convince the Turks that the Allied positions are still being defended.

And now the evacuation is complete. Overnight the last British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers silently made their way down to the beaches and boarded the boats that will take them away from Gallipoli. To prevent the Turks realising what is happening, the British and ANZAC troops rig up devices to fire guns automatically after a trench has been vacated. Only in the morning do the Turks discover that their enemies are gone.

The Allies have not yet completely abandoned Gallipoli. The British position at Cape Helles on the peninsula’s southern tip remains. But it cannot be long before this enclave too is evacuated.

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