Breakout from Suvla Bay: August 1915
The Gallipoli landings in April have resulted in stalemate. General Hamilton has sought to break this stalemate by mounting further landings on the west coast of the Gallipoli Peninsular at Suvla Bay.These landings are designed to outflank the Turkish forces which have so far effectively stopped the initial landing of British, French and ANZAC troops from advancing inland.
The British 10th and 11th Divisions have landed at Suvla Bay over the past day and ahalf. While the men have gone ashore most of the divisional artillery and MG companies still languish aboard ship due to poor staff work and communications. There is also a water shortage and little in the way of maps.
Despite these problems, orders have now been drawn up to sieze the main objectives of the landings: the high ground that surrounds the beaches, and the route across the peninsular.
This battle was fought on 1 September 2005 between members of the Exiles Wargames Club in London, with John Mills and Gavin Peters commanding the British, and Phil Venables, Dave Carpenter and Bob Harris commanding the Turkish forces. The game was set up by Eric Spicer, and the forces were modelled using 15mm figures (a mixture of Peter Pig and Mini Figs) from their collections. You can find out more about the Exiles wargames group on their web site http://uk.geocities.com/exiles2005/
The scenario "Breakout from Suvla Bay", on which this action was based, was written by Andy Gorman and Robin Sutton, and can be found here.