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.
About the Author
Stephen J Chambers is an author and historian.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Introduction 6
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