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The Ottoman front line at the Nek consisted of two lines of trenches, with machine guns positioned on the flanks on spur lines, which provided clear fields of fire into no man's land in front of the Ottoman position. Behind this another eight trenches existed, tiered along the slopes towards Baby 700. At least five groups of machine guns – approximately 30 altogether – were located in the area, providing direct fire support to the Ottoman troops holding the Nek.These positions were widely dispersed and positioned in depth, at least 200 yards (180 m) from the Ottoman front line. The commanders of the two Ottoman regiments occupying positions around the Nek had chosen not to cover their trenches, despite orders from their divisional headquarters, due to concerns that a bombardment would collapse the roofs and block communication through the trenches, similar to what had occurred at Lone Pine.[20]For the three months since the 25 April landings, the Anzac beachhead had been a stalemate. On 19 May, Ottoman troops had attempted to break the deadlock with a counter-attack on Anzac Cove, but had suffered heavy casualties. In August, an Allied offensive (which later became known as the Battle of Sari Bair) was intended to break the deadlock by capturing the high ground of the Sari Bair range, and linking the Anzac front with a new landing to the north at Suvla. Along with the main advance north out of the Anzac perimeter, supporting attacks were planned from the existing trench positions. Higher-level conceptual planning for the offensive was undertaken by the commander of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, Lieutenant General William Birdwood, and Colonel Andrew Skeen; more detailed tactical planning devolved to other staff. Tactical command of the offensive to secure Sari Bair was given to Godley, who was at the time in command of the New Zealand and Australian Division. As part of the effort to secure Baby 700, Godley, assisted by Birdwood, planned a breakthrough from the Nek. The official Australian historian Charles Bean writes that concerns about "attacking unaided" meant that plans were made to co-ordinate the attack with other actions. The attack at the Nek was meant to coincide with an attack by New Zealand troops from Chunuk Bair, which was to be captured during the night. The light horsemen were to attack across the Nek to Baby 700 while the New Zealanders descended from the rear from Chunuk Bair onto Battleship Hill, the next knoll above Baby 700. Other attacks were to be made by the 1st Light Horse Brigade at Pope's Hill and the 2nd Light Horse Brigade at Quinn's Post.The 3rd Light Horse Brigade was chosen for the attack at the Nek. This formation was commanded by Colonel Frederic Hughes, and consisted of the 8th, 9th and 10th Light Horse Regiments. For the attack, the 8th and 10th would provide the assault troops, while the 9th was placed in reserve. Some of its machine guns, positioned on Turk's Point, about 120 metres (390 ft) from the Nek, would provide direct fire support during the attack. Like the other Australian Light Horse and the New Zealand Mounted Rifles formations, the 3rd Light Horse Brigade had been dispatched to Gallipoli in May as infantry reinforcements, leaving their horses in Egypt. The area around the Nek was held by the 18th Regiment,under the command of Major Mustafa Bey. The regiment formed part of Mustafa Kemal's Ottoman 19th Division. The 27th Regiment, under Lieutenant Colonel Sefik Bey, also held part of the line south from the Nek to Quinn's Post (Bomba Sirt).

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ネクでのオスマン軍の前線は、2列の塹壕で構成されており、側面のスパーラインには機関銃が配置され、オスマン軍の陣地前方の無人地帯に向けて明確な射界を確保していた。この後ろにも8つの塹壕があり、ベビー700に向かって斜面に沿って段々になっていた。これらの陣地は広く分散しており、オスマン軍の前線から少なくとも200ヤード(180m)離れた場所に深く配置されていた。 ネク周辺に陣取っていたオスマン軍の2連隊の指揮官は、師団司令部からの命令にもかかわらず、砲撃によって屋根が崩れ、ローンパインで起きたような塹壕内の通信が遮断されることを懸念して、塹壕を覆うことを選択しなかった[20]。 4月25日の上陸から3ヶ月間、アンザックのビーチヘッドは膠着状態が続いていた。5月19日、オスマン・トルコ軍はアンザック・コーブへの反撃で膠着状態を打開しようとしたが、大きな犠牲を出した。8月、連合軍の攻勢(後にサリ・ベアの戦いと呼ばれる)は、サリ・ベア山脈の高地を占領して膠着状態を打破し、アンザック戦線と北のスヴラにある新たな上陸地点を結ぶことを目的としていた。アンザック周辺からの北への主な前進とともに、既存の塹壕陣地からの支援攻撃も計画されていました。攻勢作戦の上位概念計画は、オーストラリア・ニュージーランド陸軍軍団司令官ウィリアム・バードウッド中将とアンドリュー・スキーン大佐が担当し、より詳細な戦術計画は他のスタッフに委ねられた。サリ・ベア確保のための攻勢の戦術的指揮は、当時、ニュージーランド・オーストラリア師団を指揮していたゴドリーに委ねられた。ベビー700の確保の一環として、ゴドリーはバードウッドの協力を得てネックからの突破を計画した。豪州の公式歴史家チャールズ・ビーンは、「単独攻撃」への懸念から、この攻撃を他の行動と協調させる計画が立てられたと書いている。ネクでの攻撃は、夜のうちに占領される予定だったチュヌク・ベアからのニュージーランド軍の攻撃と同時 に行われることになっていた。軽騎兵はネックを越えてベイビー700まで攻撃し、ニュージーランド軍は後方からチュヌック・ベアーからベイビー700の次の丘であるバトルシップ・ヒルに降りてきました。他にも、第1軽騎兵旅団がポープの丘、第2軽騎兵旅団がクインズ・ポストを攻撃することになっていた。ネクでの攻撃には第3軽騎兵旅団が選ばれた。この編成はフレデリック・ヒューズ大佐が指揮し、第8、9、10軽騎兵連隊で構成されていました。この編成では、第8、第10連隊が突撃部隊となり、第9連隊は予備役となっていた。 第9連隊の機関銃の一部は、ネクから約120メートルの距離にあるタークス・ポイントに配置され、攻撃時に直接射撃支援を行った。第3軽騎兵旅団は、他のオーストラリア軽騎兵隊やニュージーランド騎兵隊と同様、5月に歩兵の増援としてエジプトに馬を残して派遣されていた。ネク周辺は、ムスタファ・ベイ少佐の指揮下にある第18連隊が保持していた。この連隊はムスタファ・ケマルのオスマン帝国第19師団の一部を構成していた。セフィク・ベイ中佐が率いる第27連隊も、ネクからクインズ・ポスト(ボンバ・シルト)までの南側の線の一部を保持していた。

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