A welcome rest in a trench...', August 1915.

A welcome rest in a trench after strenuous day and night fighting for the dominating Sari Bair peaks’, August 1915. On 6 August 1915 there was a new Allied landing at Gallipoli at Suvla Bay in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) mounting an attempt to capture the Sari Bair ridge, the high ground that dominated the middle of the peninsula above Anzac Cove and Sulva. Once this was captured it was hoped the ANZACs would link up with the Suvla landing force. Although they captured parts of the ridge, they could not extend these gains, largely due to fierce Turkish resistance and the slowness of the Suvla commander Sir Frederick Stopford’s attempts to reinforce them. After two weeks of bitter fighting it was clear that the operation had failed. It brought to an effective end the Allied plans to break out of Anzac Cove. From a collection of 96 stereoscopic photographs entitled ‘The Great War’. Stereographs consist of two identical photographs paired in such a way that when seen through a special viewing instrument, a stereoscope, they appear as a three-dimensional images. By 1899 the photographs were mounted on thick card that was given a slight curvature to increase the illusion of depth.