The Third Battle of Krithia, 4th June 1915
After the failure of the Second Battle of Krithia, 6-8 May, Major-General Aylmer Hunter-Weston, commanding 29th Division, and tactically in charge of the Helles front, was still confident of success if an early attack was launched.
His opinions carried much weight with General Sir Ian Hamilton and GHQ and he was encouraged to maintain 'a ceaseless initiative' against the Turkish positions in front of Krithia and Achi Baba. British units received much-needed reinforcements in May and on 24 May Hunter-Weston was formally appointed commander of the British forces on the Helles front as GOC VIII Corps.
Meanwhile, the replacement of General d'Amade by General Gouraud as commander of the French forces on the peninsula resulted in the latter's willing co-operation in plans for the renewal of the offensive at Helles.
On 31 May Hamilton sanctioned plans to fight a general action in the Helles zone. However, this was to be an attack with strictly limited objectives NOT aimed at capturing Achi Baba in one day.