By Stephen Chambers
The touchdown at Suvla Bay, a part of the August Offensive, started out at the evening of 6 August 1915. It used to be meant to aid a breakout from Anzac seashore. regardless of early hopes from a mostly unopposed touchdown, Suvla was once a mismanaged affair that speedy grew to become a stalemate. The newly shaped IX Corps, commanded by way of Lieutenant basic Sir Frederick Stopford, failed, now not for loss of sacrifice via its New military and Territorials, yet as a result of a failure of generalship.
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Their first action was about to begin. The Landing at Suvla Bay You may talk of Balaclava, And of Trafalgar Bay, But what of the Eleventh Division Who landed at Suvla Bay? They’re part of Kitchener’s Army, Who had left mothers, children, and wives, But they fought for England’s freedom, Fought for their very lives It was on the 6th of August, They made their terrible dash, As the Turks upon the hillside They were trying our boats to smash. ” As out of the boats we got, Yet every man was a hero Who faced the Turkish shot.
Any delay posed a threat, and as the whole idea relied upon a rapid advance and use of initiative, things that had been lacking so often in the execution of the campaign so far, it did not bode well for success. According to intelligence collected in late July, it was estimated that the Turks had approximately 30,000 men north of Kilid Bahr, of which 12,000 were in the trenches opposing the Anzacs. The majority of the remaining 18,000 were known to be in reserve about Boghali, Koja Dere and Eski Keui.
Also, that when the surprise ceases to be operative, in so far that the advance is checked and the enemy begins to collect from all sides to oppose the attackers, then perseverance becomes merely a useless waste of life. In every attack there seems to be a moment when success is in the assailant’s grasp. 5 Brigadier General Hamilton Lyster Reed VC. During a GHQ dinner, on the night of 5 August, Lieutenant Edward Compton Mackenzie, a Staff Officer, wrote: The one next to me was Sir Frederick Stopford, a man of great kindliness and personal charm, whose conversation at lunch left me at the end of the meal completely without hope of victory at Suvla.