GALLIPOLI

Anzac Peninsula

 

By early 1915, the war on the Western Front had reached a stalemate. The Gallipoli campaign was intended to break the deadlock. In the spring of 1915, Allied warships bombarded the peninsula’s coastal forts and attempted to force their way through the narrow Dardanelles Straits, controlled by the forces of the Ottoman Empire. On 18 March,three Allied battleships were lost to mines and the naval attack was abandoned.

On the morning of 25 April, British forces landed around Cape Helles on the southern tip of the peninsula, and the Anzacs came ashore further North, in an area later named Anzac Cove. Every year thousands of Australlians and New Zealanders come over the Anzac Cove/Gallipoli to commemorate their ancestors who lost their lives in Gallpoli. There are many commemorative sites and monumantal cemeteries and they are; Lone Pine, Beach Cemetery,  Shrapnel Valley, Plugge’s Plateau, Quinn’s Post, Johnston’s Joly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair.

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