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It seems likely the Turks were outnumbered, since the Gurkhas and two of the South Lancashire Regiment got to the saddle, while Allanson himself said that 450 of his men got to the top. Of this group, Allanson and the Gurkhas went over the saddle and onto the forward slope, where, according to Allanson, a celebrated incident took place. Some six or eight big shells exploded, causing panic among the Gurkhas, and the small group fled back. It is curious that of 450 men, less than 15 or so went over the crest, but the Turks saw what was happening, came up quickly, and drove Allanson and the other troops back from Hill Q. Allanson blamed the Navy for the shells which destroyed The Hill Q assault. But this is unlikely, given Allanson’s position over the crest, allowing a view of the Straits. However, the ship’s log of Bacchante, supporting the operation, shows that she opened fire at 5.20 a.m on 9 August on Hill Q with 6 inch shells and the 12 inch shells of a monitor might also have been responsible. But what historians have overlooked is thet the pre-arranged artillery time table called for Anzac howitzers to search the forward crest at 5.15 a.m. on 9 August, obviously to defend Hill Q against Turkish counterattacks, and for the Navy to switch to flank fire at this

 

 

 

 


 

 

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time. Since Allanson and the Gurkhas were hit on the forward crest at about 5.35 a.m., the responsability for this unfortunate ‘friendly fire’ incident obviously lies with poor staff work, while the ‘very excitable but brave and energetic Allanson unintentionally put his Gurkhas at risk after 5.15 a.m. Clearly, Allanson did not know what the Allied fire was.

"Gallipoli 1915", (Stroud 2002), Ti
m Travers, p. 131-32

 

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