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Cape Helles

Gallipoli Guide

The main Allied landing on the Gallipoli peninsula was at Cape Helles on 25 April 1915. Unlike the landing at Anzac Cove, this was successful, but the way northwards was soon barred by hastily summoned Turkish reinforcements.

An attempt to take the small village of Krithia (now Alçitepe), earlier entered by landing troops but abandoned in a typical Gallipoli muddle, failed. A new attack was planned in early May.

To bolster the attacking forces, the New Zealand Infantry Brigade and an Australian brigade were redeployed from Anzac to Cape Helles. Unimaginative daylight attacks on 8 May had predictable results. At heavy cost in lives the New Zealanders pushed forward a few hundred metres, but the Turks fought off the attack with relative ease. The village of Krithia was still firmly in their grasp when the Anzacs were withdrawn and returned to the Anzac area.

In three days, the Allies had advanced about 500m, with 6500 casualties, 800 of them New Zealanders. Some New Zealand artillery units continued to operate in the Cape Helles area until the middle of August 1915. The stalemate at Cape Helles ended on the night of 8-9 January 1916 when the Allies were evacuated.

The Cape Helles Memorial, a 33-m high cenotaph commemorates the British Empire's part in the Gallipoli campaign. All British ships, military formations and units - including the Anzacs - are recorded. Inscribed on the wall surrounding the memorial are the names of about 21,000 men who have no known grave.


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Achi Baba
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Helles Memorial
Cape Helles Memorial
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Cannakale Memorial
Çannakale Martyrs Memorial
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