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    Posted: 21 Mar 2012 at 15:46
I had not heard of this location before, but it was tracked and identified by Gallipoli Association member Peter Trounson.
 
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A tunnel off Silt Spur with five loop holes and it was where General Walker was shot.
 
The following extract was taken from Chapter 15 of "Gallipoli Mission" and may be viewed on the AWM site here;
 
 
"Beyond the valley in front of Bolton’s, Silt Spur-just southwest of the Pine-had been seized, fortified and held by tunnelling. The openings from the tunnels were still there, both on the surface and at the southern end of the spur, where five of them glared from the gravel cliff down the valley like the gunports of a battleship. That gallery was known as the “Black Hand” and was, of course, obvious to Turkish observers; and it was while looking through one of these loopholes that General Walker, commanding our 1st Division, was badly wounded by machine-gun bullets fired straight into it."


Edited by Mal Murray - 21 Mar 2012 at 15:51
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