Ozebook - History Ebooks on offer

World War One


 

AT SUVLA BAY - BEING THE NOTES AND SKETCHES OF SCENES, CHARACTERS AND ADVENTURES OF THE DARDANELLES CAMPAIGN




Available in PDF for immediate download

AT SUVLA BAY - BEING THE NOTES AND SKETCHES OF SCENES, CHARACTERS AND ADVENTURES OF THE DARDANELLES CAMPAIGN

Made by

JOHN HARGRAVE ("White Fox" of "The Scout ")

WHILE SERVING WITH THE 32ND FIELD AMBULANCE, X DIVISION, MEDITERRANEAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, DURING THE GREAT WAR

(Complete with pictures and a map)


Australian Bridging Team with British troops

-o-


The attempt to force the Dardanelles and land the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force began in April of 1915. The fighting between the ANZAC and British troops against the Ottoman forces of Liman von Sanders and Mustafa Kemal settled in to trench warfare beginning on May 4, 1915. The need to end the stalemate precipitated General Sir Ian Hamilton to order an offensive to break the Turkish lines in the summer of 1915. The offensive was ordered for August 7, 1915 and called for an amphibious landing at Suvla Bay. Suvla Bay was north of ANZAC cove, which had been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the campaign. British troops quickly established a bridgehead in the early stages of the landings, but the Allied forces made no more gains on the peninsula. Kemal's Ottoman forces rushed reinforcements to Suvla Bay and took control of the heights, penning the British forces against the sea. The arrival of Ottoman reinforcements at Suvla created another opposed foothold held by the Allies and prevented any British breakthrough. The Ottomans had fourteen divisions opposing an equal number of Allied visions at ANZAC cove, Cape Helles, and Suvla Bay. The August offensive had accomplished nothing but the addition of another front in the Gallipoli campaign.

The plan had called for simultaneous action on the part of all Allied forces on the peninsula. The ANZAC forces were ordered to launch a frontal assault on the Lone Pine Trench and the British 29th Division was to engage in a holding action at Helles (Rhodes James, 1965). The assignment of landing at Suvla Bay was given to the British 10th and 11th divisions, both Kitchener brigades seeing their first action. During the early stages of the landing, Hamilton personally intervened in the battle and ordered the British forces to dig in on the crest line (Rhodes James, 1965). Hamilton's orders resulted in the retreat of the advance units and the green divisions were eventually decimated by an Ottoman charge (Rhodes James, 1965). When the Ottoman forces broke the British line at Suvla Bay, the landings were rendered a defeat. During the Battle of Suvla Bay, the British suffered nearly eight thousand casualties and made little gain in position. In the aftermath of the Suvla Bay landings, Hamilton shifted the British 53rd, 54th, and 29th divisions to reinforce the troops at Suvla Bay and attempted a final breakout on August 21 with the assaults on Scimitar Hill and Hill 60. In the overall action during the August offensive, the Allied forces suffered eighteen thousand casualties. In the aftermath of the Suvla offensive, Sir Charles Monro replaced Hamilton as commander of allied forces. Monro persuaded Secretary of War Kitchener of the necessity of evacuation, when the former was on a November visit to the front. The August landings at Gallipoli represented the final flourish in a battle that claimed over 300,000 Ottoman forces and 265, 000 Allied Forces.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. IN WHICH MY KING AND COUNTRY NEED ME

II. A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

III. SNARED

IV. CHARACTERS

V. I HEAR OF HAWK

VI. ON THE MOVE

VII. MEDITERRANEAN NIGHTS

VIII. THE CITY OF WONDERFUL COLOUR

IX. MAROONED ON LEMNOS ISLAND

X. THE NEW LANDING XI. THE KAPANJA SIRT

XII. THE SNIPER-HUNT

XIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE WHITE PACK-MULE

XIV. THE SNIPER OF PEAR-TREE GULLY

XV. KANGAROO BEACH

XVI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE LOST SQUADS

XVII. "OH, TO BE IN ENGLAND!"

XVIII. TWO MEN RETURN

XIX. THE RETREAT

XX. "JHILL-O! JOHNNIE!"

XXI. SILVER BAY XXII. DUG-OUT YARNS

XXIII. THE WISDOM OF FATHER S----

XXIV. THE SHARP-SHOOTERS

XXV. A SCOUT AT SULVA BAY

XXVI. THE BUSH-FIRES

XXVII. THE DEPARTURE

XXVIII. LOOKING BACK

--o--

Available in PDF for Windows and Apple Mac

Click on the Paypal buttons below to order this rare book in PDF format.


ORDER AND DOWNLOAD eBOOK HERE


Email here for more details of Ebook

Back