Topic: BatzG - Anzac
The Battle of Anzac Cove
Gallipoli, 25 April 1915
3rd Infantry Brigade War Diary
The following is a transcription of the War Diary of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, AIF, of their role in the landings at Anzac on 25 April 1915.
25 April 1915
4.15 am - Battleship tows landed under fire north of Gaba Tepe between Squares 224 L and G. Rushed heights near shore.
4.25 am - Destroyer tows begin to land under fire. Brigade ashore by 4.45 am when advance pushed on to high position Sq 224 M K B.
6 am - Above position taken and strengthened. Brigade considerably mixed but roughly in order 9th, 10th, 12th, 11th from right.
7 am - Reorganising to push on.
8 am - Counter attack repulsed.
2nd Infantry Brigade put in on right, 1st Infantry Brigade right and left.
2pm - New Zealand Brigade comes in to support left.
3 - 4 pm - Brigade holding on to position Square 224 N to I.
Heavy fighting - Mountain Battery supporting Brigade.
4 pm - Enemy attacks die down under ships fire - spotting by aeroplane. Lieutenant Clare and Vowles at Brigade Headquarters spotting.
Brigade Headquarters at Square 224 I6.
6 pm - All orders to entrench and dig in for night. Ammunition supply working well. Indian mules especially.
Night 25/26 - All night counter-attacks, sniping by enemy.
Some of the Brigade relieved at about 8 pm, impossible to extenuate others.
Position at Map App 23.
26 April 1915
Brigade Headquarters, Signals Section still at 224 I4. A few more details relieved. These plus details from midnight formed up. Water and ammunition replenished.
This party called up at 4 pm to help 16th Regiment about Square 224 M6. Slight general advance between 4.30 -5.30 pm.
Heavy machine gun counter attack at 5.30. enemy held off.
6 pm - Note - Excellent messages from Major Denton 11th Battalion. Also good work by Major Salisbury 9th Battalion.
Original details of all Battalions still in front trenches.
6 pm - Brigade Headquarters and Signal Section relieved by 1st Brigade Headquarters. Details of 3rd Brigade came under charge of 1st Brigade.
App 24, 25 Congratulatory received.
Note - 2 New Zealand Battalion up in support.
Troops generally warned against ruses.
Citation: The Battle of Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, 3rd Infantry Brigade War Diary