Friday 11 June 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. 

Two soldiers sit beside a pile of empty tins cutting up barbed wire for jam tin bombs. The bombs were made near the beach, a spot popularly known as the 'bomb factory' near Anzac Cove. Two soldiers sit beside a pile of empty tins cutting up barbed wire for jam tin bombs. The bombs were made near the beach, a spot popularly known as the 'bomb factory' near Anzac Cove. G00267

‘We have been troubled with a very strong wind again and between the flies* and the dust we have an uncomfortable time. The enemy brought a Howitzer into action on our right flank today. At about 4pm our artillery livened things up for a while. A position for an artillery workshop is being dug in the bank of the gully below our camp.’

*Flies were a big problem for the men on Gallipoli. It was not uncommon for flies to fill up a soldiers’ jam tin before he could dip in his hard tack.