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Lone Pine remembered 101 years on

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016 Max Blenkin, Defence Correspondent

One hundred and one years ago on Saturday, Australian troops charged towards Turkish positions at Lone Pine on Gallipoli, launching four days of the most brutal fighting Australian soldiers have ever experienced.

That will be commemorated with ambassador to Turkey James Larsen laying a wreath at the Lone Pine Memorial.

Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said Lone Pine was fought between August 6 and 9 and was an important part of the Anzac story.

The attack at Lone Pine was planned as a diversion to draw Turkish reserves away from the main objective of allied attacks at the northern end of the Anzac sector. It was successful in seizing and holding the Turkish positions but it came at appalling cost with 2277 dead and wounded.

Turkish losses were more than 6000 dead and wounded.

Mr Tehan said the Australian soldiers attacked at 5.30pm, speedily capturing Turkish positions. Over the next four days, Turkish forces launched repeated counter-attacks, resulting in brutal vicious hand-to-hand fighting in the confined trenches.

Seven Australian soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross, two posthumously.

"It is essential that we commemorate anniversaries like the Battle of Lone Pine, and use them as an opportunity to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of every man and woman who has served our country," Mr Tehan said.

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