Battles of Lone Pine and the Nek (Lone Pine (Situation (Prior to the…
Battles of Lone Pine and the Nek
The Battle of Lone Pine was fought between Australian and Ottoman Empire forces during the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War, between 6 and 10 August 1915.
The battle was part of a diversionary attack to draw Ottoman attention away from the main assaults
Prior to the battle, isolated fighting around Lone Pine had begun early in the Gallipoli campaign. At around 7:00 a.m. on the first day of the Australian and New Zealand landings at Anzac Cove, 25 April 1915, elements of the Australian force had pushed through to Lone Pine in an effort to destroy an Ottoman artillery battery that had been firing down upon the landing beach.
The Lone Pine battlefield, named for a solitary Turkish pine that stood there at the start of the fighting.
The fighting was "some of the fiercest" the Australians experienced during the campaign to that point. The ground captured during the battle amounted to a total of about 150 metres across a 300-metre front. Though a tactical victory for the Australians in terms of the fact that they remained in possession of the ground captured,and had managed to draw off some Ottoman reinforcements
Date from 06 August 1915
Date to 09 August 1915
The Battle of the Nek was a small World War I battle fought as part of the Gallipoli campaign. "The Nek" was a narrow stretch of ridge on the Gallipoli Peninsula
7 August 1915
Of the 600 Australians from the 3rd Light Horse Brigade who took part in the attack, the casualties numbered 372, 234 out of 300 men from the 8th Light Horse Regiment, of whom 154 were killed, and 138 out of the 300 men from the 10th, of whom 80 were killed. The Ottoman losses were negligible but are known to include eight dead: the Australians charged with unloaded rifles with fixed bayonets and were unable to fire.
The Nek was a vitally important position on the northern end of the ANZAC front line and the scene of a tragic attack by the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at dawn on 7 August 1915. It was a narrow bridge of land that stretched between Russell's Top and Baby 700 across the top of Monash Valley. The Turkish trenches on the slopes of Baby 700 allowed them to dominate the Australian positions below.
"The Nek" was a narrow stretch of ridge on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
372 killed and wounded
Units Involved in The Battle of Nek
8th Australian Light Horse Regiment
9th Australian Light Horse Regiment
10th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Units Involved in The Battle of Lone Pine
1st Australian Infantry Battalion
2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
4th Australian Infantry Battalion
5th Australian Infantry Battalion
6th Australian Infantry Battalion
7th Australian Infantry Battalion
8th Australian Infantry Battalion
11th Australian Infantry Battalion
12th Australian Infantry Battalion
23rd Australian Infantry Battalion
24th Australian Infantry Battalion