Anzac Cove landings 25 April 1915

The land-based campaign to capture the Gallipoli peninsula opened on 25 April 1915. 1st Australian Division and the New Zealand & Australia Division were tasked with capturing the Sari Bair Range, which overlooked the land communications route along the peninsula. The range is 6 1/2 kilometres long, rising from the coast near Anzac Cove to Hill 971 (just beyond Chunuk Bair) and then down to the Dardanelles just north of Maidos.

The Gallipoli campaign has always fascinated me. Back in the late 1960s, my maternal grandfather talked to me about his experiences in the New Zealand Division. He didn’t take part in the Anzac Cove battles but, given the high profile of the ANZAC Day remembrance ceremonies in New Zealand (the equivalent of the Armistice Day commemorations here in the UK), my interest in the landings was well and trulypiqued at a young age. I used to take the bus into the Auckland War Memorial Museum and started reading the official history of the campaign. This was the first book that I read about the Great War.The detailed maps were really interesting. I was in the Scouts at the time and had been taught map reading. The rugged nature of the terrain was immediately obvious.

I had just started wargaming too. The rules by Charles Grant and the figures from Airfix got me hooked. The natural extension was to wargame the Anzac Cove landings. Given the rugged terrain, however, it seemed impossible. The desire faded but never went out completely. In recent years, it has become possible tomimic battlefields using the Kallistra Hexon Terrain system covered with terrain mats. It reignited my interest in wargaming the landings. The result has been wonderful. What follows is a series of After Action Reports and photos of different landing scenarios. There is additional background material here too.


Robert Dunlop 2014