The Boomerang Redoubt was a fortification used by the Turkish during the First World War in defense against the Allied forces at Cape Helles, Gallipoli. This stronghold was charged on the 27 June, 1915, shortly after the 1st Border Regiment received orders to ready themselves, move up and attack. Two companies, A and B, took part in the attack; A Company was to take Turkey Trench while B Company the Boomerang.
General Hamilton later described the attack by the 1st Border Regiment thus:
- “At 10.45 a small Turkish advanced work in the Saghir Dere known as the Boomerang Redoubt was assaulted. The little fort, which was very strongly sited and protected by extra strong wire entanglements, has long been a source of trouble. After special bombardment by trench mortars, and while bombardment of surrounding trenches was at its height, part of The Border Regiment at the exact moment prescribed leapt from their trenches as one man, like a pack of hounds, and, pouring out of cover, raced across and took the worst most brilliantly.”
Nothing of the redoubt remains today, only the peaceful field in which it originally stood.
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