Thursday 20th 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.
‘The enemy was extremely quiet all night, early this morning one of their planes flew over and dropped a few bombs but did no damage. I was on duty at the Victoria Gully station this afternoon and had a look at the result of the enemies costly attack. His dead are lying in hundreds* in front of our trenches and only a few seem to have reached within a few yards of them. Our headquarters estimate of the enemies losses in killed alone is about 2000. After being very quiet all day the enemy made a very weak attempt to attack after dark, but it faded away almost at the outset when our rifles and machine guns opened on them. The moral effect of the terrible way their big attack failed yesterday is certainly troubling them and we are sure to have a big advantage in future though it. A little before midnight our battleship and artillery opened fire on the enemy trenches and shelled them for some time.’
*The use of machine guns in trench warfare had a profound impact on the numbers of casualties on both sides. Rapid firing weaponry allowed the attacker to eliminate large numbers of troops in a short amount of time.