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inscription on the memorial translates as follows :
The enemy forces which landed at Ariburnu (Anzac) on the morning of 25th April and at Anafarta harbour (Suvla) during the night of 6-7th August realized, after bloody battles lasting many months, that they could not overcome the Turkish defense and therefore evacuated these fronts on 20 December.
Last updated : 13/09/06
Rhodes James in his book Gallipoli (p. 340) describes the scene of the
Throughout, White had insisted that the final withdrawal should be as quick and total as possible; the last 40.000 men where to be evacuated on two final nights, December 18th/19th and 19th/20th. Thus December 19th found 20.000 men left at Suvla and Anzac. The tension was now acute in the deserted labyrinths of trenches, saps and dugouts. One could walk for what seemed hours without meeting anyone. "Everything looking very deserted", a British soldier at Sulva wrote, "there being now only a few people left, and nothing but empty dug-outs and rubbish left behind".
Les Carlyon in
Gallipoli quotes Sergeant Pinnock (p.
522) who is still at Anzac on the 19th December:
After 11 pm less than 2.000 men were holding the entire Anzac Line. Sergeant Pinnock was still there, freezing and cursing the moonlight because it allowed him to imagine too much
... you imagined wherever you fixed your eyes for a minute you saw a Turk. Unfortunately I was in an exposed position, pretty close up, and had instructions not to fire unless I was certain a Turk was there. My God, I would have given anything in the world to have been able to open up and let go a hundred or so rounds just to ease my nerves ... I never in all my life thought that imagination could carry one so far.
At 2.15 am Pinnock received the order to move out. Trails of salt and flour had been laid to mark the way to the beach and shaded candles spluttered in biscuit boxes. Blankets and bags had been laid to deaden the noise. The troops pulled barbed wire across the paths behind them.