Tuesday 18th May 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds
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.
‘One of the howitzers brought ashore yesterday fired a few High Explosive shells today from the end of Shrapnel Gully near Hell Spit where it has been placed in position, it is directed towards our right flank. With the exception of about an hour at 8pm when the enemies guns behind Kaba Tepe were in action, both ours and the enemies artillery has been very quiet all day. It is reported that an enemy force of about 20,000 and strongly supported by artillery is mustering to attack our positions and that they are expected to attack some time tomorrow, preparations have been made by us to counter their attack so they will not catch us unawares. Received letter from home today dated April 6th.’
*For the men on the front lines it was not uncommon to receive letters months after they were sent from home. Some letters might even get lost on the long journey from Australia. In the chaos of the Western Front, it became harder and harder for the AIF to administer and deliver mail to the thousands of Diggers serving in the muddy battlefields.