Sunday 27 April 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments
News, Battlefield Tours, Gallipoli

ANZAC Cove is the name given to this stretch of the west coast of the Turkish Peninsula where the Australians and New Zealanders made their landing on the 25 April 1915. The landing marked the start of an eight month campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The ANZACs under General Birdwood were to make the northern landing. Once ashore they were to press inland.The Battlefield tour took a boat trip yesterday to the coast where the ANZACs made their famous landing on the morning of Sunday 25 April.

Panorama view of the coastline from the Aegean Sea. From here the Anzacs made their landing. Photograph by Matt Dare.

Four miles of this coast was held by one Turkish Battalion. Only one company covered where the Australians landed. It was part of this company that fired from the top of the ridge and was rushed off it by the climbing Australians.

The battlefield tour soon had an appreciation of how rough and steep the land was in these parts and how difficult it was for the Australians to advance under fire.

Battlefield Tour’s ‘Green group’ with their green caps overlooking the steep cliffs leading down to Anzac Cove. Photograph Garth O’Connell

Ari Burnu and Beach Cemetery are both located on Anzac Cove and were used throughout the ANZAC occupation for burials. John Simpson Kirkpatrick is buried at Beach Cemetery. This peaceful cemetery is set between the sea and the imposing landscape behind.

Beach Cemetery Anzac Cove