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‘Our landing’ at Gallipoli – a photo that belonged to Captain Fred Anderson. The main body of the 14th Battalion landed at Anzac Cove on 26th April, 1915, while an advance guard landed a day earlier.
Courtesy of Stuart Anderson.

ANZAC – The position of Australian and Turkish forces on 19 May, 1915, the day that Albert Jacka won the Victoria Cross at Courtney’s Post.
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Albert Jacka won his Victoria Cross at Courtney's Post on 19 May, 1915. The two rows of Australian trenches (shown in blue) were perched along a ridgeline that dropped away to Monash Gully behind them. In front of them lay a complex of Turkish trenches (shown in red), which on the morning of the attack held 45,000 men. At the closest points the trenches were only 20 yards apart
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The 14th Battalion in Reserve Gully, Gallipoli, August 6th, 1915 at the last church parade prior to the launch of the August Offensive.
Photo courtesy of Carl Johnson (compiler, Jacka’s Mob, 1999)

Hill 60 is located north of the original AIF fortified position at ANZAC Cove. On August 8, 1915 the British mounted a flanking attack north of Hill 60 at Suvla Bay, and the 14th Battalion were on the hill on the day the famous charge at the Nek (seen in the film ‘Gallipoli’) was made. By the time they made their charge at the same spot on 21 August, Hill 60 had been heavily fortified by the Turks.
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Hill 60 at Gallipoli, which the 13th and 14th battalions AIF attacked on 21 August, 1915. A track through the scrub now follows the path of the communication trench that was dug the night after the attack.
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