Mine and counter-mine operations, Gallipoli.

Wed, 11/24/1915
Fusilier Bluff Trenches, going down to the sea. Front line trenches on the left. Turkish Line was on the other side of the gully on the right. (So-called after Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who retook it on 2 July 1915).

The 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers relieved the South Wales Borderers in the line at Cape Helles, Gallipoli on 24 November 1915.

For the next four days, before being relieved by the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the routine would include, apart from the usual 'stand-to' at first and last light, improvements to defensive works. Bombardment shelters, machine-gun positions and listening posts were improved and a new kitchen was constructed. Offensive action included using trench catapults to fire 136 grenades to demolish a section of Turkish trench parapets.

The heavy sounds of the enemy digging shafts for mines was reported by C Company and this was corroborated by the Royal Engineers who reported detecting the sounds of a pick and drill being used. The response was the hasty commencement of a counter-mine shaft.