ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018: Sharing Victoria's Stories

Leaving Gallipoli – the man behind the plan

December 15, 2015

Australian Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Brudenell White devised the detailed plan to evacuate Gallipoli in December 1915.   This involved elaborate deception operations such as the so-called ‘silent stunts’ of late November, where no artillery fire or sniping was to occur from the Anzac lines. It was hoped that this would accustom their opponents to the idea that preparations were underway for the coming winter. Hopefully, the enemy would not, therefore, interpret these silences as a withdrawal.

1442308757011Brudenell White was no stranger  to this kind of detailed thinking and strategy.

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