By Stephen Chambers

The August Offensive used to be born out of the disasters of the Gallipoli landings and the following battles of overdue spring and early summer season 1915. common Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary strength, selected to play all his final playing cards during this bold and creative gamble that he was hoping could eventually flip the tide within the allies want and convey his military up onto the heights overlooking the elusive Dardanelles.

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Hamilton saw potential in this plan, but only if he had more men available. One division would not be enough. Lieutenant General Sir William Birdwood, ANZAC Corps. In early June 1915, the political scene was changing back in London. The beginning of the shells scandal, amongst other problems, had toppled the Liberal government; although Asquith continued as Prime Minister in a newly formed coalition government, Winston Churchill was forced to leave his position as First Lord of the Admiralty. The War Council, in charge of the strategic direction of the war, was reformed under Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, and was meaningfully named the Dardanelles Committee.

Peter Trounson and Simon Jervis have been kind in providing first hand veteran accounts and allowing me to use them for this book. Thanks must also go to Ian Gill for furthering the knowledge of the Australian Light Horse and Hill 60. In Turkey, thanks must go to the experts who live and breathe the Gallipoli campaign, or Çanakkale Savaşι as it is known. To Haluk Oral, who has helped me see Gallipoli through Turkish eyes and to both Şahin Aldoğan and Kenan Çelik, who have been studying the campaign and walking the ground far longer than most.

Watercourses change direction, seemingly gentle slopes conceal a precipitous and treacherous surface under the scrub, there is no method in anything ... One ravine is very much like another, the levels are all wrong, and without a compass or the summits to guide one, it is surprisingly easy to scale a tortuous ravine only to find oneself farther away from the summit than one began. North Anzac. Knowing the ground is important to understand the challenges that faced the men. To the west of the Sari Bair ridge was a labyrinth of spurs.

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