Next morning, B.11 failed in its search because of fog, and that afternoon battleships Majestic and Triumph tried to hit her with big guns from within the Dardanelles, but as the shore defences prevented them getting any nearer than 12,000yds, they had to give up.
The bombardment of the defences around Cape Helles on the European side and Kum Kale/Orkanie on the Asiatic was initially carried out by battlecruiser Inflexible (flag, Adm Carden, C-in-C), battleships Albion, Cornwallis, Triumph, the French Suffren (French flag) and Bouvet, supported by French Suffren and light cruiser Amethyst.
Gallipoli: The First Day - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The Nek is a thin strip of ground leading up the range with steep drops on either side. The ANZAC attack of 7th August was to follow a predawn barrage. The element of surprise was lost when the barrage ended seven minutes early. The Turks knew what was coming and at 4:30am the 8th Light Horse leapt from their trenches to be cut down and were eliminated in half a minute by 'one continuous roaring tempest' of machine-gun fire.
Two minutes later the next wave charged, and like the first was decimated, adding to the pile of bodies near the lip of the ANZAC trenches. At 4:45am the 10th Light Horse also charged to their deaths. One of them was Wilfred Harper, who was seen sprinting toward the enemy like an Olympian. Harper's run was part of the inspiration for Peter Weirs’ film Gallipoli. The film depicts a British Officer sending waves of Australians to their doom. In truth it was Australian officers who sent them to their deaths.
The fourth wave, under the command of Major Scott, was lined up and ready to go forward. Without orders the troops on the right rose and rushed over the parapet. Many of the officers knew that Lieutenant Colonel Noel Brazier was trying to have the fourth charge called off; the men did not. No one seemed to know quite what happened. Major Scott managed to stop some men leaving the trench, but the fourth slaughter had begun.
The scale of the tragedy at The Nek was the result of two inept Australian officers; Brigade commander Brigadier General Frederick Hughes and Lieutenant Colonel John Antill. Hughes was untried in this situation and assigned much responsibility to Antill. Antill could easily have been vindicated in calling the attack off after the slaughter of the first wave, but his direct order was to "push on".
The charge at The Nek is considered to be the most senseless and tragic waste of Australian lives at Gallipoli.
Approximately 240 Australians died at The Nek.
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Joffre initially appeared not to heed Lanrezac's warnings, perhaps because they conflicted with France's pre-war battle strategy, , which assumed that Germany would not attack France via Belgium.
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This tour was exceptional, as was our guide, Myriam Thompson. The three of us felt really lucky to have what was, essentially, a private tour. Myriam’s local knowledge, her grasp of the history of the places and the events that took place there, gave a whole new perspective on those heartbreaking battles. The whole tour was handled professionally, efficiently and with full attention to detail. Myriam’s ability to empathise when things became overwhelming, was very much appreciated. Many thanks.
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My wife and I have just walked in the footsteps of my Grandfather and our Great Uncles on the WW1 battlefields of the Western Front. This was an experience that will never be forgotten – an emotional pilgrimage to our Great Uncles grave sites. The four day tour was so very well organised right down to the finest detail and although tiring at some stages it was fantastic and certainly exceeded our expectations. Being selected to lay a wreath on behalf of the tour at the Menin Gate Memorial was only exceeded by being invited to read the Exhortation during the Last Post Memorial – what a highlight and one that I will never forget. The accommodation at Ieper (Albion Hotel) and Amiens (Mercure Amiens Cathedrale Hotel) were both first class and the ‘get to know you’ dinner on the first night was brilliant. The coach was very comfortable with plenty of room. Our Historian and tour guide Peter Smith was nothing short of amazing, his experience, knowledge and wit made the tour. Even his suggestions on where and what to eat turned out to not only be a blessing but were correct. Nothing was to much, he went out of his way to respond to the wants and needs of all tour members. His effort to find out as much as possible on our behalf of a family member(s)was second to none. Martin our coach driver was a professional and got us around the countryside safely and without any fuss. I can only recommend that you do a Mat McLachlan Battlefields Tour as soon as possible – ours was a brilliant and emotional tour that neither of us will forget. Thank you.