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29TH BATTALION, 1ST REGIMENT, 1ST BATTALION, FRENCH DIVISION MAY 6th-8th, 1915 HAND DRAWN TACTICAL SKETCH SHOWING THE PLAN OF ATTACK DURING THE SECOND BATTLE OF KYRTE
General Hamilton, who realised that the Alçıtepe target could not be achieved in an offensive with forces worn out in the battles until May, asked for reinforcements. The 42nd Brigade of the 125th Division, a French division, and the 2nd Brigade of the Anzac Corps in Arıburnu were designated as reinforcements and placed in Seddülbahir.
The main target was Alçıtepe. Joint artillery fire with the navy was to begin at 11.00 am. Troops on the whole front were to be pushed forward and the Turkish defences south of Kirte were to be captured. This was the first phase of the operation. The French division was to take up positions on the dominant ridges north of Kereviz Creek, which it had occupied, and the British flank was to link up with the French front with a force of 35 battalions, and open forward in the direction of Yassı Tepe.
At ll.30 on May 6yh, after half an hour of terrible fire preparation, General Hamilton launched his offensive on the Seddülbahir Front. On that day the Allies had suffered many casualties but had been unable to penetrate the Turkish positions.
General Hamilton gave the order for the next day’s offensive by deploying 5 artillery batteries from the Arıburnu Front and 2 battalions from the 2nd French Division on the road.