Tuesday 15th June 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 our aeroplanes flew over in the direction of Maidros at about 8am and returned about 10.30am. A large seaplane was circling about for nearly 2 hours this morning. A Monitor was shelling the enemy positions on Achi baba very heavily this morning. An extremely heavy artillery action was in progress all the morning down at the Cape. A rather rough sea has been running all day and shortly after midday barrels of wine and spirit began to float shore, needless to say no time was lost in rolling them into the shelter of the cliffs and getting to business on the contents. Water bottles, water tins and anything that was capable of holding liquid was filled and carted off to the trenches dug-outs with the result that the troops began to get very merry in no time. When headquarters became aware of what was occurring, steps were taken to smash all barrels as they came ashore and empty the contents into the sea. Just before sunset the enemy shelled the No 2 A.S.C Depot very heavily. Heavy rifle fire can be heard down south tonight.’
For the classroom: What reason might the officers have for destroying the wine barrels?