Friday 21 May 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.

A blindfolded Turkish officer being guided to HQ, ANZAC, to arrange for an armistice. A blindfolded Turkish officer being guided to HQ, ANZAC, to arrange for an armistice. J06126

‘Spent the morning in the trenches at Tasmania Post, there is evidence of the enemy having suffered very heavily there by the number of dead in no mans land. Just before midday a flag of truce was hoisted by the enemy of Kaba Tepe point and a little later an enemy horseman rode along towards our right flank keeping to the beach as he came, a party of our officers met him at the beach barricade as he reached our lines, they talked there for some time then as a signal from the enemy member of the party, three other horsemen at the flag on the point rode around and joined them. On their arrival the first member of the party who rode around was blindfolded and brought into our headquarters, the remainder of the party kept the flag of truce flying and waited all the afternoon till 8pm when the enemy officer was brought back from our headquarters and they returned to their own lines. Met Jack Allen today.’

For the classroom: For what reason would the enemy soldier be blindfolded before entering the ANZAC lines?