Topic: Timeline: Key Events of the Gallipoli Campaign

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Part of the 'From Tauranga to the Trenches: Teacher Resource Pack' produced in 2015, this timeline lists Key Events surrounding the Gallipoli Campaign (25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916) in relation to New Zealands involvement.

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1914

4 August.................. Britain declares war on Germany

16 October............... New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) Main Body departs Wellington

29 October............... Ottoman Empire enters the war as an ally of Germany

3 December............. NZEF arrives at Alexandria, Egypt

8 December............. NZEF combines with Australian Imperial Force (AIF) to form the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)

 

1915

3 February............... Ottoman forces attack Suez Canal

18 March.................. Naval attack on the Dardanelles; battleships Queen, Irresistible and Bouvet sunk

15 April..................... New Zealand troops join the MEF (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) at Lemnos to prepare for the invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula

25 April..................... Gallipoli landings; the ANZAC lands near Ari Burnu in bay now known as Anzac Cove

27 April..................... Battle for Walker’s Ridge involving Wellington and Canterbury battalions

28 April..................... First Battle of Krithia at Helles

2-3 May.................... Otago Battalion’s attack on Baby 700 fails

5-6 May.................... NZ Infantry Brigade sent to Helles

6 May........................ 3rd NZ Reinforcements arrive at Anzac Cove; sent to Helles

8 May........................ NZ Infantry Brigade takes part in Second Battle of Krithia; attacks defeated

12 May...................... NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade arrives at Anzac Cove from Egypt; they fight as infantry for the remainder of the campaign

19 May...................... Ottoman attack at Anzac Cove defeated; NZ Infantry Brigade returns from Helles

20 May...................... Otago Mounted Rifles arrives at Anzac Cove

24 May...................... Truce at Anzac Cove to bury dead

7 June...................... 4th NZ Reinforcements arrive at Anzac Cove

29-30 June.............. Ottoman attack on Anzac Cove perimeter fails

6-7 August............... British attack at Cape Helles; Australians attack at Lone Pine, Quinn’s Post and Russell’s Top at The Nek; Old No. 3 Post retaken and Table Top and Bauchop’s Hill taken by NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade

7 August.................. British land at Suvla Bay; Rhododendron Ridge taken by New Zealanders; Auckland Battalion attack on Chunuk Bair fails

8 August.................. Wellington Battalion captures Chunuk Bair; reinforced by Auckland Mounted Rifles and two British battalions during the day. British troops take over Chunuk Bair

10 August................ British troops driven from Chunuk Bair by Ottoman counter-attack

11 August................ Stalemate at Suvla

21 August................ Canterbury and Otago Mounted Rifles take part in attack on Hill 60

26 August................ NZ hospital ship Maheno arrives off Anzac

27-29 August.......... Renewed fighting for control of Hill 60

14 September.......... NZ brigades evacuated to rest camp at Sarpi on Lemnos

16 October............... Lieutenant-General Sir Ian Hamilton relieved of command of the MEF

30 October............... Hamilton’s replacement, Lieutenant-General Sir Charles Munro, arrives at Gallipoli

8-9 November......... NZ brigades return to Anzac Cove

28 November........... Big snowstorm hits Anzac Cove

8 December............. Munro orders Lieutenant-General William Birdwood to evacuate Anzac Cove and Suvla

10-11 December..... Sick, wounded and surplus troops and valuable stores removed

15 December........... Detailed orders issued for evacuation

20 December........... Evacuation of Anzac Cove and Suvla completed by daylight; troops disembarked at Lemnos

21-31 December..... Troops transferred to Egypt from Lemnos

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Timeline: Key Events of the Gallipoli Campaign


Year:1915