The August Offensive was born out of the failures of the Gallipoli landings and the subsequent battles of late spring and early summer 1915.
General Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, chose to play all his remaining cards in this daring and ingenious gamble that he hoped would finally turn the tide in the allies favor and bring his army up onto the heights overlooking the elusive Dardanelles. However the plan’s same ingenuity became its eventual undoing. It required complex maneuvering in tortuous terrain; whilst many of the attacking soldiers were already weakened by the hardships of four months of enduring very poor conditions on the Peninsula.
What played out was heartbreakingly tragic; command failed the bravery and sacrifice of the fighting soldier. This Anzac offensive, fought by a combined force of British, Australian, New Zealand and Indian troops, made infamous places such as Lone Pine, The Nek, Sari Bair, Chunuk Bair, Hill Q, The Farm, Hill 971 and Hill 60. Although tantalizingly close to success, the offensive fell short of its objectives and the attack was ground down to a stalemate - not least the consequence of the inspiring leadership of Mustafa Kemal. Hamilton’s gamble had failed.
This is the story, told using a rich mix of letters, diaries, photographs and maps, of Gallipoli’s last battles; the forlorn hope for a decisive victory.