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21st August 1915On this day:
- 2nd Royal Fusiliers under heavy fire The 2nd Royal Fusilers were under heavy fire from the Turks at Cape Sulva, a bombardment which lasted three dats.
- Postings and Promotions 6th County of London Brigade RFA report
Lieut G. Lyon-Smith having rejoined the Brigade from the 3/6th London Brigade RFA was posted to the 15th London Battery. Major R.R. Wansbrough promoted Lieutenant-Colonel.
- 21st Aug 1915 First Work in the Trenches
- 21st August 1915 9th Lancers working party
- 21st of Aug 1915 No Good Worryining
- Battle of Scimitar Hill The attack on Scimitar Hill was a last chance effort to break north out of Anzac Cove and northeast out of Suvla Bay, and have the two Allied forces link up. Henry de Beauvoir de Lisle was in charge of the attack and the British 29th Division was given the honors since they were a veteran unit and not one of the new reinforcements. The W Hills and the Scimitar Hill was the primary objective to be captured. At the same time another attack, on Hill 60, would tie down some of the Turkish forces.
Like most of the Gallipoli campaign, the artillery barrage looked impressive, but did very little. The 11th Division that attacked the W Hills, lost their bearings… got lost and could not find the hill in the dense fog that crept in. However the 29th Division found the Scimitar Hill and drove the Turks off of it. However Turkish artillery drove the British off the hill, seeking cover from the intense bombardment. The British counter battery fire set the hill on fire, incinerating the wounded. Reinforcements from Suvla Bay were cut down as they tried to charge up the hill. Over 5,000 British were killed and wounded, many from the fires caused by red hot shrapnel. The Turks only lost 2,600 men in the fight. One Victoria Crosses was awarded for Scimitar Hill, to Private Frederick Potts, for crawling through the burning brush with his wounded comrade strapped the shovel on his back. He was wounded in the thigh before he started the 600 yard crawl, and was under fire the entire way.
A request was sent to Lord Kitchener to send another 95,000 men, but Kitchner could only offer 40,000. The British government started considering evacuating the Allied forces.
- 21st Aug 1915 Submarine Fires on Surrendering Sailors
- 21st Aug 1915 Ports Closed
- 21st Aug 1915 10th Essex ordered to move
- 21st Aug 1915 Working Parties
- 21st Aug 1915 Reorganisation
- 21st Aug 1915 Inspection
- 21st Aug 1915 In Action
- 21st Aug 1915 Attack Made
- 21st Aug 1915 Bombing Practice
- 21st Aug 1915 Reinforcements
- 21st Aug 1915 Orders Received
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