French Guns at Cape Helles

French Guns at Cape Helles

The French Guns at Cape Helles

 

As one leaves the Helles memorial,  a sharp left turn at the the main road junction will quickly locate a sign on the right of the road referring to the nearby French guns.  (Google Earth screenshot, below). Park by the sign and walk some 200 metres along a rough track to locate the first one, with the other two lying to the left and right.   Coordinates for the most central gun to the path are  40.048612°,  26.185596°, and for the further one on the left,  40.049925°,  26.185646° . (Sorry, my GPS device battery ran out at the third gun location to the right but it is not difficult to find with some perseverance).

In the Google Earth screen shot below, the Helles Memorial is at the extreme bottom left.

The guns sit in pits and at times of highest growth of the scrub they can be quite difficult to locate, even if you are right next to them.

Two have their barrels blown off by explosives.

The story is that very soon after the landings on 25 April 1915 the British handed over control of V Beach and its immediate hinterland to the French, and the guns were quickly placed as defensive positions. After the first week of the campaign they were very much behind the advancing front line.

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