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Text from Gallipoli Plaques Book*
Standing at Plaque No. 3 you can see the entrance to Shrapnel Valley. it is along here that men and supplies moved to the front line during the campaign. The floor of the valley had a road wide enough for six men to march abreast. Towards the end of the campaign, the engineers dug a deep stormwater drain which is still visible today. What cannot be seen today is the telegraph line erected on poles at the same time. Along the valley, in its many gullies and ravines, were the medical and engineering depots which provided support to the frontline troops.

30 minutes' walk from here, about 1 kilometre away, the valley divides into two forks, the most important of these being to the left and known as Monash valley; it provided the only access to the vital positions of Quinn's Post and Courtney's Post. Unfortunately for the ANZACs, the Turks controlled a crucial position called Baby 700; this hill, 180 metres above sea level, overlooked the length of Monash Valley. During the first month and a half of the campaign, Turkish snipers dominated the valley during daylight hours. So deadly was their fire that many Allied soldiers were killed bringing supplies to the front line. No one was spared this fire and the senior Australian officer, Major General Bridges, aged 49, was fatally wounded in Monash Valley on 15th May. To counter this incessant sniper fire, New Zealand sharpshooters we permanently stationed on Russell's Top and they eventually subdued the Turkish sniping from Baby 700. However, even with the snipers controlled, walking along Monash Valley and Shrapnel Valley was always risky because Turkish artillery, located on the right flank of ANZAC, targeted the area.

Return to the road and the next plaque, No. 4.... Shell Green, can be found approximately 900 metres south and to the left, down the dirt road that is signposted to Shell Green Cemetery. If you do not wish to leave the main road, go back towards the Kabatepe Information Centre and, about 1 kilometre before the Centre, a sealed road to your left will take you to Lone Pine and Plaque No. 5. This road is directly opposite a Turkish Army station (jandarma).

* - - This text is taken from "Gallipoli Plaques, A Guide to the Anzac Battlefield", by R.J.Bastiaan. 2nd Edition Published by ANRAB Pty. Ltd. 1991.


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