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The commander at Suvla was Major Willmer, a Bavarian officer who had been appointed in mid-June to command what was called the Anafarta Detachment, with orders “ to prevent a landing by the enemy, or any extension of his existing front, to north of Ari Burnu”. His force had never consisted of more than six battalions of infantry, and by the beginning of August it had dwindled to four. He had no machine-guns and hardly any barbed wire, and his few artillery pieces had perforce to be scattered rather thinly over the plain, although by using dummy guns and constantly changing the positions of the real ones he hoped that he could conceal their exact location. His tactical plans were based on the assumption that he would have to hold on for at

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Suvla Bay and the ridge from Turkish sap on Lala Baba",  repro-duced from "The Pals at Suvla Bay", (London-1917), Henry Hanna

 

 

 

 

least 36 hours before reinforcement arrived from Bulair, as he realised that a landing at Suvla or a break-out from Anzac would be accompanied by a strong assault on the other Anzac positions which would strain Essad’s resources to the full. He accordingly established three strong-points; on the summit of the Kiretch Tepe, on Hill 10, and Chocolate Hill; Lala Baba was entrenched and picqueted by a small party, whose task was primarily as a look-out post.
 

 ”Gallipoli”, Robert Rhodes James, p. 255.

last updated : 03/01/08

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