By Stephen Chambers

The August Offensive was once born out of the disasters of the Gallipoli landings and the next battles of past due spring and early summer time 1915. basic Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary strength, selected to play all his closing playing cards during this bold and inventive gamble that he was hoping could ultimately flip the tide within the allies desire and convey his military up onto the heights overlooking the elusive Dardanelles.

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It was our turn then. We very soon took possession of that, killing every Turk that was in it. In about ten minutes we were over every trench we could see. It was a splendid sight to see the boys standing on the edge of the trench, shooting down at the Turks. In less than no time we had them lying two or three deep in the bottom. All the time we were doing this their artillery was pounding away at us with shrapnel. It was when we jumped down into the trenches we had the real fun. We either shot, bayoneted, or knocked them on the heads with the butts of our rifles, whichever suited the purpose best.

I have made full use, as appropriate, of many personal accounts in the form of letters and diaries as well as a large assortment of maps and photographs, many never having been published before. The originators of these must all be thanked, because without this material there would be no story to tell. With historical documents it is always difficult to trace all the copyright holders, so for any who have not been contacted, please accept my sincere apologies, and feel free to contact me if you feel it necessary.

The published diary of Sir Ian Hamilton and also Cecil Aspinall-Oglander’s Official History are both a ‘must’ read, although both stand in the shadow of the Australian official historian, Charles Bean, whose detailed account of Anzac is second to none. I have made full use, as appropriate, of many personal accounts in the form of letters and diaries as well as a large assortment of maps and photographs, many never having been published before. The originators of these must all be thanked, because without this material there would be no story to tell.

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