Dawn of the Legend: 25 April 1915 Battle for the beaches
At first the Australians coming ashore were confronted only by a thin force of Turkish defenders, and the main beach was swiftly taken. Around them the hills provided some protection, but covered with the thick prickly scrub, these were a formidable barrier to further advance.
By 8 am 8,000 men, including the main force, were ashore. At the end of the day there was twice that number. The beaches were never the bloodbath that some writers and artists have depicted. Most casualties occurred during the fighting in the hills above the beaches, with the Turks determined to prevent the capture of the high ground.
By the afternoon of the first day the beach was secure, a wireless mast had been set up and a pier built. Anzac Cove had already begun to develop as the base area and the lifeline to the outside world that it would become for the rest of the campaign. But a crisis had developed with the casualties as the area became crowded with hundreds of wounded and dying men desperately needing to be evacuated.
The casualties in the boats and on the beach were moderate. It was chiefly the endeavour to reach … the "Third" ridge, and the Homeric struggle that followed to hold the position achieved, that gave Australia "ANZAC Day".
- The dawn of the legend
- 'Worthy sons of the Empire'
- The failed plan
- Ian Hamilton
- William Bridges
- Ewen Sinclair–MacLagan
- 25 April 1915 –The landing
- 25 April 1915 – Battle for the beaches
- 25 April 1915 – Battle for the ridges
- 25 April 1915 – The casualties debacle
- 25 April 1915 – A hard and bloody day
- Eight months at Anzac
- 25 April 1915 – The British landings
- 25 April 1915 – Australian submarine AE2
- The landing boat
- The legend
- The Turkish legend
- Roll of Honour
- The Anzac spirit
- Battles for the imagination