Topic: BatzG - Hill 60
The Battle for Hill 60
Gallipoli, 22 - 23, and 27 August 1915
Turkish Account of 27 August 1915
The following account is extracted from the Turkish General Staff, A Brief History of the Canakkale Campaign in The First Woirld War (June 1914 - January 1916), Ankara, 2004, p. 229.
Turkish units took advantage of the stagnation in the Second Anafartalar Battle, fortified Bombatepe, which was considered to be significant in the 7th Division in terms of tactics, and turned it into a powerful resistance point.
General Cox decided to attack and seize Bombatepe, which had an important role in establishing a contact between the ANZAC troops and the 9th English Corps.
For this attack, an allocated force formed by several units was given under the command of General Cox.
On 27th August at 16:00, the English field and navy artillery heavily beat the Turkish positions at the front of the 7th Turkish Division in the KayacikagiIi section for an hour.
Later, the English infantry, which started an attack from the northern and southern sections of Kayacikagili in three lines as of 17:00, were driven back.
The English units continuing the attack in the direction of Kayacikagili seized some of the positions of the 21st Turkish Regiment in the southwestern sector of Bombatepe.
When the 33rd Turkish Regiment directed its two battalions towards Bombatepe, these battalions could not start a counter-attack due to the intensive fire of the English artillery, although the forward motion of the English was stopped.
At night, some of the positions on Bombatepe changed hands many times during the reciprocal counter-attacks between the 33rd Regiment and the English units.
Citation: The Battle for Hill 60, Gallipoli, 22 - 23, and 27 August 1915, Turkish Account of 27 August 1915