Sunday 9 May 2010 by Janice Farrer. No comments
Diary of an ANZAC

Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. 

The seaplane ship Ark Royal, which was off Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, from the commencement of the campaign. The seaplane ship Ark Royal, which was off Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, from the commencement of the campaign. G01383

'Early this morning the Goeben sent over a few large shells with the usual result, only causing a splash. The enemies artillery has been very active again, they did not cease firing today like they usually do when the captive balloon* on the Ark Royal of a seaplane went up. About 3pm the enemy ceased his artillery fire and things became unnaturally quiet for the rest of the day.’

*Observation balloons were used to keep an eye on the enemies’ movements.

For the classroom: Why would you spend time and resources on observing the enemy?