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The first day of the Gallipoli Campaign

  • 2:00 captain Faik sees silhouettes of the enemy ships

    2:00 captain Faik sees silhouettes of the enemy ships
  • 2:30 captain Faik reports to HQ

    2:30 captain Faik reports to HQ
  • 2:55 the ANZAC covering force are just about to get towed to shore

    2:55 the ANZAC covering force are just about to get towed to shore
    1500 men from Western Australia, Southern Australia and Queensland are climbing into to small boats, each boat is a attached to gether in a chain and a tugs boats tow 3 chains each. The moon then falls behing the horizon and the ANZACs know they've only got 90 minutes to land
  • 3:30 Landing formation lost

    3:30 Landing formation lost
    The landing boats shift to the north and group together this causes the tow line from the 10th battalion to cross the 9th and the landing formation gets lost.
  • 4:21 Beacon lit

    4:21 Beacon lit
    as the boats cast off from the steamers to row the final meters a flash of sparks escapes from one steamers funnels and a beacon is lit in seconds illuminating the landing ANZACs
  • 4:25 Anzacs land

    4:25 Anzacs land
    The 9th and 10th battalions are landing under heavy Turkish machine gun fire many are shot or down. Previous orders are forgotten and men are told to drop their packs and scramble up to the enemy lines
  • 4:35 first encounter

    4:35 first encounter
    The Anzacs charge a Turkish trench, the outnumbered Turkish retreat to the next ridge.
  • 4:50 Kaba Tepe guns

    4:50 Kaba Tepe guns
    Major Halis looses communications with captain Faik, he fears the worst and orders his batteries to start firing. The shells can't reach the already landed Anzacs but they hit the second wave of boats and shrapnel rains down on the unprotected men.
  • 5:00 Orders given to silence the enemy machine gun at fisherman's hut

    5:00 Orders given to silence the enemy machine gun at fisherman's hut
    Lt. Col. Clarke, commander of the 12th battalion has. He hands out orders for a platoon of men to silence the enemy machine gun at fisherman's hut. He also orders the rest of his men to drop their packs and climb towards Russel's top.
  • 5:00 100 out of 140 men killed as they land

    5:00 100 out of 140 men killed as they land
    7th battalion approach unawares of the machine gun at fisherman's hut, the gun opens fire at one of the four boats killing nearly everyone on-board, roughly 100 of the 140 men are killed before they even land.
  • 5:15 ANZAC troops reach the top of the sphinx

     5:15 ANZAC troops reach the top of the sphinx
    50 Anzacs manage the 300 foot climb up the sphinx spur., they then go on to surprise a group of 30 Turks lead by captain Fail and they end up retreating to baby 700.
  • 5:30 The ANZACs begin to reorganise

    5:30 The ANZACs begin to reorganise
  • 6:00 ANZACs at the sphinx are wounded and killed

    6:00 ANZACs at the sphinx are wounded and killed
  • 6:00 Beach HQ is set up

    6:00 Beach HQ is set up
  • 6:00 Large ANZAC advancement

    6:00 Large ANZAC advancement
    the ANZACS take the 2nd ridge and 3 small units manage to get to the 3rd ridge which is the main objective of the day, these units are small and unsupported and eventually fall back to the main group of troops on the 2nd ridge. Troops at the Nek are reinforced and set off for higher ground.
  • 7:20 ANZAC commanding officers finally arrive

    7:20 ANZAC commanding officers finally arrive
  • 7:20 Major Halis requests reinforcements

    7:20 Major Halis requests reinforcements
    Major Halis requests urgent reinforcements as he believes that the ANZACs intend to capture hill 971 which is the ANZACs goal for the first day. 2 battalions arrive in 30 minutes to back him up.
  • 8:00 MacLagan's Tactical decision

    8:00 MacLagan's Tactical decision
    he ANZACs are at the 400 plateau with a large force of about 3500 men against a relatively small Turkish force of 300-400 though MacLagan does not know this and is worried about a Turkish counter from the east, MacLagan then gives orders to colonel McCay to take his men of the 2nd brigade to reinforce the east, he reluctantly agrees. MacLagan then orders the remaining men to dig in and reorganise as they don’t look strong enough to take hill 971. This caused the ANZAC advance to stop even tou
  • 8:00 ottoman counter

    8:00 ottoman counter
    The newly reinforced ottoman troops counter attack the isolated men at the 3rd ridge and MacLagan sends the 2nd brigade to go help.
  • 8:30 ANZAC scouts repulsed at Kaba Tepe

    8:30 ANZAC scouts repulsed at Kaba Tepe
  • 9:00 ottoman reserves arrive from Kaba Tepe

    9:00 ottoman reserves arrive from Kaba Tepe
  • 9:00 Main force begin to arrive at the 2nd ridge

    9:00 Main force begin to arrive at the 2nd ridge
    The main force arrive under Turkish sniper fire Maclagan orders them to hold down their existing positions on 400 plateau, he also orders that there shall be no further advance to the 3rd ridge and the small isolated groups of Australians are left skirmishing forward.
  • 9:30 ANZACs hastily retreat but manage to hold off ottoman reinforcements while the ANZAc field guns are still on the beach.

    9:30 ANZACs hastily retreat but manage to hold off ottoman reinforcements while the ANZAc field guns are still on the beach.
  • 10:00 Kemal arrives at hill 971 which is been overrun by ANZACs

    10:00 Kemal arrives at hill 971 which is been overrun by ANZACs
  • Kemal issues famous order

    Kemal issues famous order
    Kemal orders them men who are out of ammo to turn around and take cover in the scrub with their bayonets fixed, his aim is to make the ANZACs thing they're been attacked. The tactic works and the ANZACs also take cover. His next order will go down in history "I don't order you to attack, I order you to die. By the time we are dead other units and commanders will have come to take our place"
  • 10:30 Kemal brings troops to baby 700 adding to the fight there.

    10:30 Kemal brings troops to baby 700 adding to the fight there.
  • 10:45 ANZAC Indian mountain battery unloads onto the beach

    10:45 ANZAC Indian mountain battery unloads onto the beach
  • 11:00 New Zealanders begin to land they are sent to baby 700 and the second ridge.

    11:00 New Zealanders begin to land they are sent to baby 700 and the second ridge.
  • 11:00 baby 700 is captured by the ANZACS who then lose it, it changes hands 5 times today.

    11:00 baby 700 is captured by the ANZACS who then lose it, it changes hands 5 times today.
  • 12:00 4 Turkish shrapnel batteries firing from the 3rd ridge.

    12:00 4 Turkish shrapnel batteries firing from the 3rd ridge.
  • 12:00 Indian mountain battery starts firing with only a single gun

    12:00 Indian mountain battery starts firing with only a single gun
  • 13:00 Wrong signal sends ottomans south

    13:00 Wrong signal sends ottomans south
    An incorrect signal given to Kemal tells him that there has been an ANZAC landing south of Kaba Tepe, he sends the 77th Arab south drawing Kemal and a good number of troops away from the fight . It also leaves the 57th regiment to hold off the ANZACs.
  • 14:00 The Auckland battalion reach baby 700 and back up the depleted ANZACs

    14:00 The Auckland battalion reach baby 700 and back up the depleted ANZACs
  • 14:00 A critical situation and confusion causes a morale drop

    14:00 A critical situation and confusion causes a morale drop
  • 14:25 Forced Indian mountain battery withdraw

    14:25 Forced Indian mountain battery withdraw
    The Indian mountain battery is forced to withdraw after heavy retaliation from the ottomans. Orders are given for the landing of the artillery to be halted as there is no safe position for the ANZACs to place their guns.
  • 16:40 baby 700 finally falls to the Turks after changing hands 5 times

    16:40 baby 700 finally falls to the Turks after changing hands 5 times
  • 17:30 a single 18 pound field gun located at Little Ariburnu silences the Kaba Tepe battery.

    17:30 a single 18 pound field gun located at Little Ariburnu silences the Kaba Tepe battery.
  • 18:00 The final ANZAC line is created

    18:00 The final ANZAC line is created
    General Monash leads the newly landed 4th brigade through the Monash valley to the last gap in the ANZAC line. The line will not move much over the entire campaign
  • 19:00 first discussions about an ANZAC evacuation

    19:00 first discussions about an ANZAC evacuation
  • 21:03 The final ottoman counter

    21:03 The final ottoman counter
    The ottomans attack the north near Russell's top and the south across the wheat field but are kept back by heavy machine gun fire.
  • 21:15 Birdwood called ashore to talk about evacuation

    21:15 Birdwood called ashore to talk about evacuation
  • 22:00 Birdwood is convinced to dictate a note to the commander-in-chief Hamilton who is the only man with the authority for evacuation

    22:00 Birdwood is convinced to dictate a note to the commander-in-chief Hamilton who is the only man with the authority for evacuation
  • 22:45 Thursby takes the note to the commander-in-chief who just arrived off Kaba Tepe

    22:45 Thursby takes the note to the commander-in-chief who just arrived off Kaba Tepe
  • 23:30 Hamilton is woken and they begin to discuss evacuation

    23:30 Hamilton is woken and they begin to discuss evacuation
    Hamilton discusses evacuation with a few of his senior officers; the Idea is rejected. Shortly after they receive news that an Australian submarine has gotten through the sea mines and destroyed an ottoman destroyer, this confirms the decision.
  • 24:00 "Dig, dig, dig

    24:00 "Dig, dig, dig
    Hamilton gives the famous order of "You have got through the difficult business. All you have to do now is dig, dig, dig until you are safe.