the first authentic hotel on the Gallipoli peninsula
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back to silent witnesses
to Russell’s Top, as it appeared to from the sea. And it did, but the link was
the Razor Edge, the thinnest
of ridges that could only be crossed by straddling it. It was not a practical
route for troops under fire,; even today it is only attractive to
those flirting with suicide.
Plugge’s led to nowhere in a straight line and this caused fearful confusion.
Men needed on the heights above Russell’s Top had to go around the Razor Edge.
They spilled down the right-hand side of Plugge’s into Shrapnel Gully and its
extension, Monash Valley, then climbed the steep sides of Russell’s Top.
"Gallipoli", (Sydney 2002), Les Carlyon, p. 148
last updated : 20/02/07
The maps had turned out to be useless. These suggested that Plugge’s Plateau led on
“The Razor Edge leading from Plugge's Plateau to Russell's Top. The cut paths at the ledges for bivouacs of troops in reserve were, of course, not there at the time of the landing", picture reproduced from "Gallipoli Mission", (Crows Nest 1990), Charles E. W. Bean, p. 75