Saturday 17 July 2010 by Janice Farrer. 2 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. 

An 18-pounder field gun in a sandbag emplacement, showing damage from an 8-inchHowitzer shell which put it out of action. An 18-pounder field gun in a sandbag emplacement, showing damage from an 8-inchHowitzer shell which put it out of action. P01251.005

‘Our aeroplanes have been over several times today. This afternoon I went up to see some mates in the 7th and 8th Btns. and found them in the front line. I received great disappointment in finding that Ken Walker has been severely wounded on the 12th. At about 6pm an enemy aeroplane came over and dropped two bombs, both failed to do any damage. At about 7pm one of our field guns at the top of Victoria Gully opened fire in answer to an enemy gun that was shelling the vicinity at the time. The enemy soon began to get the accurate range, but out gun answered shot for shot until a high explosive shell from the enemy blew away the sandbag* barricade in front of the gun. Once of the crew was carries out of the pit and a few second later another gunner took his place and the gun opened fire again and fired five round to which the enemy replied with only two, it then ceased firing. I had an anti-cholera inoculation this evening.’

*Sandbags were used to barricade artillery, line trenches and create shelters.

Comments

Milly Jensen

Wow! I can't even bare to think of being there while this was happening. When I read this passage it just captured me and I could almost hear the sound of the shells and bombs going off. I am very grateful for those men who dedicated their lives for our country.

laura

How scary would it be if you were actually there, listening to the screams and groans of your best mates who have been shot through the flesh. Have you ever played muder in the dark? If you have, you know how hard it is to move around. Well, picture this,its pitch black, you have a gun in your hand and you have told to shoot. You don't know if you have shot the enemy or your mate. It makes my eyes water to think of the young men who volunteered to risk their lives to fight for our country and they did it with great pride.