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A peculiar knife-edge spur jutting out seawards from Walker's Ridge. During the
early days it was known by many names such as the Sphinx, The Knife Edge, The
Cathedral and The Sniper's Crevice. until it was entered on the map as The
Sphinx. A legend has it that from a crevice a sniper picked off men for the
first few days, until shot, but there seems to have been no foundation to this.
Known to the Turks as 'Sari Bair' (Yellow Slope), this name was transferred to
the entire Koja Chemen Tepe Ridge by the British War Office. To this day it
remains probably the most distinctive and easily-recognisable feature of the
entire Anzac sector.
Information reproduced from the "Gallipoli" website of the late Jul Snelders, a true "Gallipolian".
"the Sphinx" reproduced from a period picture (Başar Eryoner - private collection)
Last updated : 07/03/08