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The Aleppo Pine commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Sari Bair at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War One.

The Battle of Sari Bair, also known as the August Offensive, represented the final attempt made by the British in August 1915 to seize control of the Gallipoli peninsula from the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. 

The plan called for allied troops to capture the Sari Bair range north of Anzac, while the British made another effort to break out at Helles. Simultaneously, British troops would land further north at Suvla Bay. It was an overly ambitious plan, but something had to be done to break the stalemate.

On 6 August the Australians launched a diversionary attack at Lone Pine. The main Turkish trenches were captured, but bitter hand-to-hand fighting lasted four days. This terrible battle cost 2,277 Australian casualties. An attack at The Nek early next morning was intended to coincide with the capture of Chunuk Bair. Four waves of Australian light horsemen were ordered to rush this narrow strip of ground. But plans went awry and coordination was lost. They were mown down by machine-gun fire in a futile affair: of the 600 men who went forward, almost 400 became casualties.

The offensive had failed, and the stalemate resumed. The campaign on Gallipoli was eventually abandoned, and the troops withdrawn from the peninsula in December 1915.

Location

Address:Fraser Avenue, Kings Park & Botanic Garden , Kings Park , 6005
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.95513
Long: 115.844242
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:06-August-1915
Actual Event End Date:06-August-2005

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 8th August, 2005
Front Inscription

Lone Pine

This Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis
has been grown from seed from the Lone Pine in Gallipoli.

It was planted by 
His Excellency Lieutenant General John Sanderson AC  
Governor of Western Australia 
to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the 
Battle of Sari Bair, Gallipoli.

Rossmoyne Senior High School students assisted in the ceremenoy.

8th August 2005

Lest We Forget

Source: MA
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