Coming Ashore

This photograph shows that the Allied forces had to rely on very traditional boats to get troops ashore. Australian Engineers are seen pulling into the beach. There were no specially designed landing craft or ramps to use. Effectively this was one of the first major scale modern beach landing in history and the lack of specialist resources reflect that fact. The need for better equipment would be identified as a key lesson from the campaign.

Further up, elements of the 7th Battalion can be seen moving up a gully. Just an hour before this photo was taken, the 7th had taken terrible casualties coming ashore. By this time though Turkish defenders had fallen back and only artillery presented a threat to those coming ashore.

The Gallipoli Campaign

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