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Lonesome Pine

The Bloody Ridge

Authors: Simon Cameron
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Right beside me, within a space of fifteen feet, I can count fourteen of our boys stone dead. Ah! It is a piteous sight.Men and boys who yesterday were full of joy and life, now lying there, cold – cold – dead – their eyes glassy, their faces sallow and covered with dust – soulless – gone – somebody’s son, somebody’s boy – now merely a thing. Thank god that their loved ones cannot see them now – dead, with the blood congealed or oozing out . Lance Corporal Cyril Lawrence, 2nd Field Company Engineers

One of the most famous assaults of the Gallipoli campaign took place over four bloody days in August 1915 across an area no bigger than a football field.

On a small plateau in Gallipoli known as Lone Pine — named for the lonesome pine that stood there — this fierce battle was fought. In the late afternoon of 6 August 1915, the Australians orchestrated an attack aimed at breaking the Turkish stronghold on Lone Pine. The fighting on both sides during these attacks and counter-attacks involved throwing bombs over hastily erected barriers, mad dashes through the trenches, firing off a few shots at close range, hand-to-hand combat, tripping over the dead and avoiding the dying and wounded.

Four days of intense fighting and close combat resulted in the loss of thousands of lives on both sides. In this short period of time, seven of Australia’s nine Gallipoli VCs were earned — a powerful tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the soldiers involved.

Simon Cameron’s painstakingly researched account, Lonesome Pine, allows us to now gain a greater understanding of the sacrifice of so many in such a short period of time. This book describes the days leading up to the attack and the horror of the battle in gripping detail, as well as giving an insight into the lives of the men who fought, died in and survived the Battle of Lone Pine.

Simon Cameron

Simon Cameron

Simon Cameron graduated as a medical practitioner in 1981 from Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia with minors in history. Training in history stimulated a life of enquiry, culminating in a social history of Adelaide's monuments which was published in 1997. He discovered Australia's Great War history at Anzac Cove in the 1980s where the lonely, […]

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3 reviews for Lonesome Pine

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    BYTHEBOOK NON -FICTION – Sydney Daily Telegraph LONE Pine was a struggle that has made such a mark on the Australian psyche. Our volunteer soldiers demonstrated fantastic bravery. As correspondent, Phillip Schuler, put it: “In the midst of the whole attack one prayed that something would stop the vibrations that seemed to shake everyone and everything in the vicinity. Our trenches were rent, torn and flattened, and debris piled up, blocking entrances and exits. Men worked heroically, clearing a way, when they could. Doctors were in the trenches doing their mighty work.” It was an arm wrestle of horrendous proportions over an area no bigger than a football field. Seven of Australia’s nine Gallipoli Victoria Crosses were won here and many more were deserved. As one, Captain WJ Symons, explained: “There weren’t two separate trench systems for ourselves and the Turks at Lone Pine. The system we occupied and theirs were actually parts of the same system cut off from the other by barricades of sandbags, like a house divided into a couple of flats.” This account also has excellent trench maps and photographs. CHRISTOPHER DAWSON

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Simon Cameron describes the battle for Lone Pine as the greatest A.N.Z.A.C. success of the Gallipoli campaign, because seven Victoria Crosses were awarded for one four-day battle. Given the chaotic conditions at Gallipoli, I find it incredible that so much detail was recorded: in 1227, Cameron has collated a detailed account of the battle for those who want to know of the historical statistics and military stratagems involved, but there are also the personal accounts that make this book informative, intriguing and a rewarding read.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Book Review: “… the personal accounts that make this book informative, intriguing and a rewarding read” Lonesome Pine – The Bloody Ridge by Simon Cameron available paperback & ebook

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