Topic: BatzG - Hill 60
The Battle for Hill 60
Gallipoli, 22 - 23, and 27 August 1915
NZ & A Division Report for 27 August 1915
The following is a summary of the events at Hill 60 reported by General Godley in the evening of 27 August 1915.
27th. All quiet during morning. Brigade Headquarters 5th Australian Brigade., & 19th Battalion AIF moved to No.4 Section., releasing 3rd ALH Brigade.
4 p.m. further attack made at Kaiajik Aghala; Brigadier General Russell being in charge with 300 rifles of New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade; 5/88th 250 rifles; 100 rifles each of 17th Battalion and 18th Battalion AIF, 250 rifles 4th Australian Brigade.
4 p.m. assault made, having been preceded by a heavy bombardment, considerable opposition encountered, especially on right by New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade; obtained a firm footing on Hill 60 and Australians got to lower part of Kaiajik Spur.
Positions gained were consolidated during night: enemy made a serious counter attack, their trenches were kept under intermittent fire by our howitzers during night: the top of the hill being in Turkish possession, our troops holding the south west slopes.
The description indicates that while there appears to be a positive gloss on the report, the deficiencies appear glaring. The attack failed to obtain the key objectives leaving the Allied forces exposed on the slopes of the Hill 60 zone.