Media Release – Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Remembering the Battle of Lone Pine
TODAY marks the anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, a diversionary attack 103 years ago at Gallipoli and one of the most intense battles in our ANZAC history.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said a major offensive took place at Gallipoli in August 1915 to try and break out of the ‘Anzac’ area and draw Turkish reserves from Sulva Bay to the north where British troops made a new landing.
“At 5:30pm on 6 August, after an hour of artillery bombardment, the Australian infantry charged at the enemy trench line at Lone Pine in hopes of taking it and stopping enemy reinforcements being sent to defend against the main Allied attacks on the Sari Bair Range to the north,” Mr Chester said.
“The Australians quickly drove the Turkish forces from the forward trench line, but the fighting continued for days as the Turks mounted several counter-attacks to recapture the position with the last on 9 August.”
Seven Victoria Crosses—the highest British Empire bravery decoration—were awarded to Australian soldiers at Lone Pine, a testament to the intensity of the fighting and the courage displayed by our ANZACs.
“To hold on to what they had gained, the Australians fought in bloody and brutal combat using bombs and bayonets, and engaging in hand-to-hand fighting ,” Mr Chester said.
“The four-day battle resulted in more than 2,000 Australian casualties, and the service and sacrifice of these brave men should never be forgotten.”
Each year on Anzac Day a commemorative service is held at the Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial at Gallipoli to honour the ANZACs who fought and died there. This year, more than 700 people attended the service to commemorate their service and sacrifice.
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