Topic: BatzG - Aug 1915
The August Offensive
Gallipoli, August 1915
Army Corps Order No. 16.
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND ARMY CORPS
From General Staff, A.& N.Z. Army Corps. To Aust. Div.
With reference to Organization Orders forwarded with my Ga-37 of 3rd inst, for the troops in Anzac, under Para 1. - DRESS AND EQUIPMENT F. S. Equipment, please note that coats will be worn and orders should be amended accordingly.
ARMY CORPS ORDER NO. 16.
Reference Gallipoli Maps 1/20,000, and map of area occupied by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
1. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps ,with attached troops Anzac, has ordered to take part in a combined operation, which has for its object, securing a position astride of the Gallipoli Peninsula from the neighbourhood of GABA TEPE to the straits north of Maidos. The main features of the immediate operations for the attainment of this object, are given below, for the information of Divisional Commanders and Staff, and of Brigade Commanders, only. Fuller and non-secret details are given in the instructions prepared for the commanders of the various operations to be undertaken by us.(a) On August 6/7th the forces in the south of the Peninsula, are to attack with the object of drawing part of the enemy's forces in that direction.
(b) A force is to be landed North of the Anzac position with tie object of securing Suvla Bay as a base: an operation which includes the seizure of the "W” and "CHOCOLATE HILLS” and the enemy guns there.
(c) Action by the Australians and New Zealand Army Corps as detailed in the following paragraphs.
2. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps with attached troops, to advance and occupy a line extending from the neighbourhood of GABA TEPE, along the main spur marked approximately by the track 82 - 87 - 165 - CHUNUK BAIR, and thence along the CHUNUK BAIR RIDGE to, and including, Hill 305.
3. With this object:(a) Australian Division will assault the Turkish positions on Plateau 400 commencing at 5.30 P.M., August 6th. A subsidiary operation against GERMAN OFFICER'S TRENCH will also be undertaken, to assist No. 4. Section against Baby 700.
(b) New Zealand and Australian Division-,13th Division less one Brigade (except a battalion), and less Artillery; 9th Indian Inf. Brigade; and IMA Bde less one section, under command of Major General Sir A.J. Godley, KCMG, CB:-1. Will carry the line. CHUNUCK BAIR - Hill 350, during the night of the 6/7th August, the operation to commence at 9 p.m. 1.m.
2. Will hold No. 3. Section less COURTNEY'S POST, and assist in "3".
3. Will hold WALKER'S RIDGE and RUSSELL'S TOP, and provide columns to assault BABY 700.
4. The General Reserve (29th Brigade, and 40th Brigade, less 1 Battalion) will be located in Rest and Reserve Gullies from 4 a.m, on 7th till, called up to move.
5. Arrangements for Naval support are included in the detailed instructions given to each commander, but consist generally of:A Southern squadron of five vessels, stationed off GABA TEPE, and firing on targets east of Plateau 400 - Hill 180 - CHUNUK BAIR RIDGE.
A Northern squadron of two monitors and two torpedo. boat destroyers firing on targets on the Northern and Western slopes of the Sarl Bair.
SUPPLEMENT TO ARMY CORPS ORDER NO. 16.
The countersign for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and attached troops for the night of 6/7th, and 7/8th, will be:-
For troops of the 1st Aust. Div. and attached units.
Password: WALKER. Countersign. SUCCESS.
For troops of the N.Z. & A. Division
29th (Indian) Brigade
I.M.A. Brigade, less the section renaming with 1st Australian Div.
Casualty Clearing Stations.
Passwords: GODLEY. Countersign: SUCCESS.
Correction to Army Corps Order No. 16 - dated 3rd August 1915. In para 3. (a) - line 2 - for 5.0 p.m. read 5.30 p.m.