Suvla: August Offensive

Suvla: August Offensive

by Stephen Chambers


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The landing at Suvla Bay, part of the August Offensive, commenced on the night of 6 August 1915. It was intended to support a breakout from Anzac Beach. Despite early hopes from a largely unopposed landing, Suvla was a mismanaged affair that quickly became a stalemate.

The newly formed IX Corps, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Stopford, failed, not for lack of sacrifice by its New Army and Territorials, but because of a failure of generalship. Opportunities were thoughtlessly wasted due to lethargy. Suvla not only signaled the end of Stopford and many of his Brigadiers, but also saw the end of the Commander in Chief, Sir Ian Hamilton. It was the beginning of the end of the Gallipoli gamble and in its own right created a catalyst of disaster that would come to represent the failed campaign.

This book adds to the Gallipoli story by recounting the Suvla Bay landing through a mix of official accounts intertwined with a rich collection of the participants’ letters, diaries, personal accounts, photographs and maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848845435
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 02/02/2012
Series: Battleground Gallipoli Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen J Chambers is an author and historian.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction 6

Introduction 8

Acknowledgements 9

Advice to Travellers 11

Chapter 1 Prior Planning and Preparation 15

Chapter 2 The Landing - 6/7 August 27

Lala Baba 37

Hill 10 44

Chocolate Hills 50

Kiretch Tepe Ridge 59

Chapter 3 Day of Rest - Sunday 8 August 65

Chapter 4 Scimitar Hill - 9/10 August 87

Chapter 5 Battle of Küçük Anafarta Ova - 12 August 109

Chapter 6 Day of Crisis: The Pimple and Kidney - 15/16 August 127

Chapter 7 Stellenbosched - The Brass Hats Go 141

Chapter 8 The Last Great Show - 21/22 August 147

Hetman Chair - 11th Division Attack 157

Scimitar Hill - 29th Division Attack 168

The Yeomanry's Baptism of Fire 173

Chapter 9 Aftermath 195

Chapter 10 Battlefield Tours 201

1 The Landings 202

2 The Northern Sector 218

3 The Southern Sector 228

Suvla Order of Battle - August 1915 245

Bibliography and Recommended Further Reading 249

Index 251

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