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Gallipoli 1915

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C Redoubt

C Redoubt

Back in the gully, as you exit the last bend of the Zig Zag, you will see that the path is partially blocked by an impressive barrier ahead. Water outflow has smoothed the gully walls on either side, and over the years, visitors and erosion have broken down the centre of the obstacle, but the redoubt is still a breath-taking sight. Redoubt C as it was known was built after the Krithia battles of May and early June 1915, and it was the allied front line at that time. It was constantly manned of course, and the Turkish lines were just a few metres beyond.

The front line was pushed further forward at the Battle of Gully Ravine on 28th June 1915, and a new fortified point was established about 100 metres ahead of Redoubt C at what became known as Border Barricade. There is nothing left to see of this sandbag and earth wall now.  

It is worth pausing at Redoubt C and reflecting for a moment on the kind of life led by the troops who guarded this point, constantly on the watch for enemy movement, at risk from snipers and hand bombs, and carrying responsibility as the first line of defence for the swarming gully behind them.