Consolidation at Helles
a new advance could be considered, an uninterrupted frontline was of
primary importance for the British and the French. It was absolutely
necessary for the Dublin and Munster Fusiliers, together with the two
companies of Hampshires, to establish a firm foothold at V-Beach.
Therefore, the old fort and the entire village of Sedd-el-Bahr together
with Hill 141 on the right would have to be secured.
the morning of 26th April, after a preliminary bombardment by the fleet,
these objectives were conquered. By three o' clock in the afternoon, all
three were in British hands.
to the continuous fighting which had lasted two days, both parties were
exhausted : the British dug in and fell asleep over their rifles. The
Turks made use of the night to withdraw to better positions.
April was a lot more quiet : 6 battalions of French reinforcements landed
and took positions on the right flank. The
central part of the line was now held by the 88th Brigade and the
left flank by the 87th Brigade. The 86th Brigade, consisting of the 2nd
Royal Fusiliers at X-Beach, the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers at W-Beach and
the Dublin and Munster Fusiliers at V-Beach was kept in reserve. Late in
the afternoon, the French established contact with the 2nd South Wales
Borderers at S-Beach and around 18.00 h an uninterrupted front line was
held, which ran from S-Beach in the east to Gully Beach, halfway between X
and Y-Beach, in the west.
From these positions, and effort would be made the following day to conquer Krithia.
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