Lonesome Pine : The Bloody Ridge
by Simon Cameron
Editor: Big Sky Publishing
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One of the most famous assaults of the Gallipoli campaign took place over four bloody days in August 1915, on an area no larger than a football fieldOn a small plateau at Gallipoli, known as the Lone Pine – named for the lonesome pine that stood there – this fierce battle was foughtIn the late afternoon of 6 August 1915, the Australians orchestrated an attack aimed at breaking the Turkish bastion on Lone PineThe fighting on both sides during these attacks and counter-attacks involved throwing bombs at the hastily erected fences, dashing mad dashes into the trenches, firing a few short-range shots, hand-to-hand combat, tripping over the dead and avoiding the dying and woundedFour days of intense fighting and close combat resulted in the loss of thousands of lives on both sidesIn this short period of time, seven of Australia’s nine Gallipoli VCs have won a powerful tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the soldiers involvedSimon Cameron is carefully studied account, Lonesome Pine, now allows us to better understand the sacrifice of so many people in such a short period of timeThis book describes the days before the attack and the horror of battle in detail prehension, as well as giving an insight into the lives of the men who fought, died and survived the Battle of Lone Pine
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