Attack on Hill 971

07 August 1915 - 08 August 1915

Hill 971 (or Koja Chemen Tepe), the highest point of the Sari Bair Ridge, Gallipoli, was the objective of the 4th Infantry Brigade as part of the main break-out operations, from ANZAC in early August 1915. The intention was to seize the high ground between Hill 971 and Chunuk Bair in order to secure a drive across the peninsula to capture the forts guarding the Straits. The 4th Brigade forming part of the left column of the assaulting force, advanced during the night of 6 August but made slow progress due the difficult terrain and by dawn on 7 August was well short of its objective. An assault on the summit attempted on 8 August proved a costly failure.