Sikh soldiers in the trenches at Gallipoli in WW1
During the Third Battle of Krithia on 4 June, the 14th Sikhs, composed entirely of seasoned Jat Sikh soldiers from the Punjab, launched repeated attacks, in the face of murderous machine gun fire, against the Turkish positions astride Gully Ravine. Held up by the barbed wire that was unaffected by the Allied artillery bombardment, a section of men leapt the barbed wire as if it were a hurdle on a sports field and charged the Turks with the bayonet. However, human valor was unavailing against modern weapons of war, and on that day the battalion’s casualties amounted to 82 percent of the men actually engaged in the battle. The repulse of the Turkish attacks on 5 July marked the end of serious fighting for the Indian brigade in the Helles area, and after a few days spent in bivouac on the coast it was moved to the island of Imbros for rest and reorganization.