War diary of landing at 'W Beach'


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)

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