A difficult landing
"The idea seemed to be we were to hold high ground above Fisherman’s Hut and numerous landings would distract Turks."
The landing on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 did not go to plan. The first boats, carrying the covering force, became bunched and landed about a mile north of the designated beaches. The main force landed on too narrow a front and became intermixed, making it difficult for the troops to regroup. The troops had to scale treacherously steep ground with little understanding of the terrain.
A few Australians almost reached their objectives for that first day but were forced back. This failure bogged the operation down for the rest of the campaign. Evacuation was considered on 25 April, but it was decided it was not feasible. Sir Ian Hamilton issued the order to hold on: “You have got through the difficult business, now you dig, dig, dig, until you are safe.”