Extract from the war diary of the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire
Fusiliers during its landing at 'W Beach' on the Gallipoli peninsula,
24-30 April 1915.
One of the bloodiest of the Allied landings on 25 April 1915 took
place at 'W Beach', situated on the southern tip of the Gallipoli
peninsula at Cape Helles. In this extract, the hazards of the landing
are tersely described: 'heavy fire from machine guns and rifles';
'heavy casualties'; 'several men hit in boats and in water before
getting ashore'. British troops managed to establish a foothold in
the area by 26 April, but - as the diary entries from 27-30 April
reveal - there was no swift march inland.
Catalogue reference: WO 95/4310 (24-30 Apr 1915)