Sunday 8th August 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds
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(Battle for Hill 971)- ‘Some extremely severe fighting has taken place today all along our front, and a desperate struggle is going on for the heights of Sari Bair, Hill 971 and the heights beyond Suvla Plain. The advance into the enemy territory has not been a complete success. We have captured enemy positions, but the objectives have not been taken, the heights of Sari Bair are still in the enemy hands and it seems to e a hopeless task not to capture this key position. The unexplained delay by the new troops in attacking from the new landing at Suvla seems to have settled our chance of capturing the Sari Bair heights, though the advantage of a surprise attach upon the enemy from that direction being completely lost. Our infantry are consolidating their captured positions at Lone Pine and up to the present have beaten off successfully all enemy counter attacks, which have been made with great violence. Our aircraft have been exploding on the gun ridge all day.’