AWM PS1659

A mass of troop congregate on a beach.

From Ari Burnu point, where you are standing, Anzac Cove lies to your left. This photograph was taken by the correspondent for The Age, Philip Schuler, some time on the afternoon of 25 April 1915. It shows clearly the chaos of the beach at that point, littered with discarded personal equipment and crowded with wounded men being looked after by stretcher bearers with Red Cross armbands. Many of these men had been brought down from the fighting up on the ridges which developed strongly by midday of 25 April as the Turks intensified their counter-attacks trying to drive the Anzacs back to the beaches. No provision had been made for the huge numbers of casualties suffered on the day of the landing as it had been anticipated that the force would quickly have penetrated well inland, thus allowing hospitals to be set up ashore in sheltered positions. Between 5.30 pm on 25 April and 3.00 am the following morning, more than 1700 wounded men were evacuated from Anzac Cove. AWM PS1659

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