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This ebook concentrates on Gully Ravine and its quick zone at the western part of the Helles battlefield, Gallipoli. «...Death used to be at paintings there,...Death lived there,...Death wandered up and down there and ate up Life.» (John Masefield). the following trench battling raged during the crusade, culminating within the conflict of Gully Ravine among 28 June and five July 1915. This assault used to be a profitable piece of making plans and execution, allowing the British to trap 5 strains of Turkish trenches, heavily threatening the Turkish carry at the southern tip of the peninsula.

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The Zion Mule Corps5 were the only transport corps on Helles at this time, and were already busying themselves by taking up vital supplies to the front. The covered depths of Gully Ravine were becoming an ideal communication path for movement of troops and supplies. The commanding officer of the Zion Mule Corps, Lieutenant-Colonel J. H. Patterson, recalls a night up the gully as: Shells from our own guns screamed and passed safely over the ravine, but the shells from the Turkish batteries often burst exactly overhead, scattering shrapnel all around, at other times plunking into the cliff on our right and smothering us with clay and gravel.

Trench Map after Gully Ravine battle, July 1915 18. VIII Corps Trench Map, July 1915 19. VIII Corps Trench Map, August 1915 20. Trench Map showing the Turkish defences north of Gully Ravine, October 1915 21. Trench Map indicating the mining activity in the area 22. Trench Map of the northern part of Gully Ravine 23. Tour 2: Gully Beach 24. Tour 3: Pink Farm 25. Tour 4: Twelve Tree Copse 26. Tour 5: Fusilier Bluff 27. Turkish trench map, December 1915 28. Tour 6: The Big Walk Chapter One THE ADVANCE ON KRITHIA A landing at Gully Beach, designated in April 1915 with the code Y2, was rejected as part of the original Helles landings because the mouth of the ravine was clearly heavily fortified.

Two further gallant attempts to take the mound were made by the Dubsters early on 9 May, but both ended in failure. It was now clear that without the capture of this post all further advances in this area would be futile. The battered ruins of Krithia were left eluding the British grasp once again. The second battle of Krithia had now come to an official end. After three days of fighting in the brilliant sunshine the Turkish line had not yet been reached or even seen by most of the troops. Amazingly, between 6 – 8 May the Turks were unaware that there was actually a full-scale attack taking place.

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