The Battle of Nek was a small battle in the World War I. It was fought as a part of the Gallipoli campaign. The name of the battle is linked to a narrow stretch in the Anzac battlefield. The name of this stretch was The Nek. The name comes from the Afrikaans word and it means ‘’mountain pass’’. This terrain was perfect for defense. The Battle of Nek was fought between Australia and the Ottoman Empire.
The attack should start on 7 August at 4:30 in the morning. The territory should be bombardment before the actual attack. The 10th and 8th Light Horse regiments should attack in 47 waves. Two waves per regiments, 150 men each. The time between two waves should be 2 minutes. Soldiers carried colored flags, so they can mark captured trenches. This plan failed. Naval and assault commanders didn’t synchronized their watches, so soldiers didn’t know is the naval bombardment over. They started late with the attack. The leader of the first wave was Lieutenant Colonel A.H. White. But, because they started late with the attack, the Ottoman forces had enough time to return to their trenches. As the result, the first wave of the Australian soldiers failed. The situation with the second wave was the same. In general, the attack of the Australian army failed.
600 men fought on the Australian side. All of them were soldiers of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade. They lost 372 soldiers. The 8th Light Horse Regiment lost 234 soldiers and 10th Light Horse Regiment lost 138 soldiers. On the other side, loses of the Ottoman Empire were negligible.