Dawn of the Legend: 25 April 1915 Battle for the ridges
After clambering from their boats, the Australians gathered themselves below the cliffs. Most began scrambling up the slopes through the scrub. It was confusing and dangerous. Some men penetrated further that day than anyone would for the rest of the campaign, only to be cut off, surrounded, and killed, or forced back. Just a few reached the original objective on the third ridge, but they could not hold on.
By mid-morning the Turks had rushed up reinforcements. They had orders to fight to the death. The Turks met the Australians on the ridges and fierce fighting followed, often at close range and sometimes with bayonets. Many positions were lost to these heavy enemy counter-attacks. The Turks held the main ridge and the heights, while the Anzacs clung to a narrow three-kilometre strip of hills overlooking their landing beaches. The front line did not change much for the next eight months.
[Main force] troops went straight into the firing line, where the Turks were already attacking in force too great to allow the digging of trenches. The only possibility was to hold on in the scrub on the line they wished to hold and dig in after dark.
- 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