Evacuation of Anzac

Date from 08 December 1915
Date to 20 December 1915
Place Anzac Area (Gallipoli)
Category Evacuation
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Alternative Names
  • Evacuation of ANZAC

After the failure of the August 1915 offensives at Suvla and Anzac, Allied forces on the Gallipoli peninsula had few options remaining but to dig in and prepare for a difficult winter. From September 1915 the British War Cabinet began to consider the possibility of withdrawal. After months of debate and delay, Anzac and Suvla were finally evacuated over twelve nights from 8 to 20 December, with the evacuation of Helles following on 8 to 9 January 1916. The evacuations were a triumph of staff planning though it is also likely that Turkish forces were aware of some movements to disengage. By the time of the evacuation almost 44,000 allied troops had died during the campaign, ofa total of 141,000 casualties. Turkish forces suffered over 251,000 casualties, including an estimated 87,000 dead.