Monday 5 July 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 11.2 inch shells from the German battle cruiser Goeben in the Narrows, which is about eight miles away, exploding in the sea at Anzac Cove. Two 11.2 inch shells from the German battle cruiser Goeben in the Narrows, which is about eight miles away, exploding in the sea at Anzac Cove. A03088

‘At daybreak the enemy artillery got very active. A heavy enemy gun has exploded harmlessly on the ridge above the stores or went into the sea where they sent up a column of water about 20 feet into the air, evidently our depot is in a safety zone as far as this particular gun is concerned. The 6inch howitzers were landed here today. A fleet of about 20 minesweepers have been patrolling an area of sea between Imbros and Cape Helles for certain periods during the past few days. This evening the 16th Batt. Embarked on minesweepers and barges for Imbros where they are going for a spell. The enemy gave them a pretty warm farewell as his artillery shelled them pretty heavily with shrapnel.’

For the classroom: Shrapnel is a term given to the shards of metal that spray out after a shell explodes. To recreate the spray pattern drop a water balloon onto concrete from a chair or small ladder.