25 April 1915: The Day the Anzac Legend was Born by David W. Cameron PDF

By David W. Cameron

ISBN-10: 1741149800

ISBN-13: 9781741149807

A close account of what occurred to the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish troops at the shorelines and hills of the Gallipoli peninsula on that fateful day - the day the ANZAC legend was once born. at the twenty fifth of April 1915 Australian troops landed at the Gallipoli Peninsula in what's now known as Anzac Cove. They rushed from the seashore as much as Plugge's Plateau into Australian army heritage pain many casualties at the means. simply after noon troops from New Zealand landed at Gallipoli and jointly the Australians and New Zealanders created the Anzac legend. It used to be the occasions of this primary day that set the process the full conflict resulting in the evacuation of the Anzac troops in December 1915. this is often the tale of that day telling the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish facet of what was once to turn into a tragedy for all 3 international locations and an final triumph for Turkey. It concludes with the stopover at of Charles Bean, the legit Australian battle correspondent, to the peninsula in 1919 as a part of the Australian old venture to organise the burial of the useless that had lain uncovered to the weather for the final 4 years, and to the formation of the cemeteries which are this present day visited via millions.

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It was not long, however, before the Greeks themselves added a caveat to their original offer: Bulgaria would also have to join the Greek attack against the Gallipoli Peninsula. 5 Any possibility of Greece aligning itself with the Allies soon completely collapsed as the pro-Allied Greek government fell and was replaced by one that was more aligned to the Central Powers. This did not displease the King of Greece, who was married to Kaiser Wilhelm’s 5 Anzac 1915 PAGES 22/2/07 11:10 AM Page 6 25 APRIL 1915 sister.

6 He was killed later that day. Byron Hobson, a 25-year-old former stock clerk, was aboard the British transport Ascot, which he described as ‘the dirtiest afloat . . ’ He was now a member of the 13th Battalion, which would not land until late in the day. He wrote in his diary, ‘we are eager to get this fight over. ’7 Earlier, junior officers had inspected their platoons to ensure that troops had two empty sandbags rolled around their entrenching tools; that they had three days’ iron rations; that their pouches contained 200 rounds of ammunition; that rifle chambers and magazines were emptied (there was to be no firing until daylight, prior to which only the bayonet was to be used); that water bottles were filled; and two conspicuously white bags containing two days’ extra rations were attached behind each man.

M. m. Lieutenant Colonel Clarke of the 12th Battalion advised his officers: ‘You fellows had better go and have a sleep’. Clarke himself lay down in a cabin that was made available to him by the ship’s captain. It was not long before Lieutenant Margetts, who had been a schoolteacher before the war, crept into Clarke’s cabin to see if the ‘old man’ was resting comfortably. ’ Clarke asked in the dark. m. the transports had made their way to the harbour of Kephalos at the eastern end of the island of Imbros.

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