Stopford himself learned about the plan only three weeks before it (the plan) has started to operate, and only in the last week of July Hammersley got his orders. Stopford took him on a trip to the beach on the destroyer to inspect the planned site from the sea. July 30 finally were introduced to the brigade commander, and on August 3 that is three days before the planned date of commencement of the battle, the brigade commander and colonels were allowed to look at the coast from the deck of the destroyer. All other exploration from the sea was prohibited, so as not to arouse any suspicion on the part of the Turks. And when at last August 6th the 11th Division began to be loaded onto ships for landing, many of its officers and had never seen the Gulf Suvli card.