Anzac, the landing 1915
|Title||Anzac, the landing 1915|
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Measurement||framed: 235 x 405 cm x 15 cm; unframed: 199.8 x 370.2 cm|
|On display||Main building: First World War Gallery: The Anzac Story|
Australian troops ascending ridge to Plugge's Plateau, The Sphinx, Walker's Ridge and Baby 700 on skyline, steep, rocky hillside at Gallipoli, the terrain prohibitive. Many of the soldiers are dead, or falling, and there are puffs of gun smoke in the sky. A narrow beach with two landing boats can be seen in the lower left of the image. On 25 April 1915 Australian troops forged ashore. An initial error in landing them a mile too far north confronted them with steep, scrub-covered and defended heights, different from the gentle slopes which they had been briefed to expect. The crucial decision to advance was made and the troops climbed the precipitous heights of Ari Burnu, hauling themselves upwards by their rifle butts and the roots and stems of bushes, while Turkish fire rained down on them. The initial assault continued as daylight came.