Wednesday 26 May 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comment
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.

Soldiers, possibly of 10th Battalion, observe Indian mule drivers as they lead mules carrying boxes of stores around the base of the hill, past a covered trench, to a storage area. Soldiers, possibly of 10th Battalion, observe Indian mule drivers as they lead mules carrying boxes of stores around the base of the hill, past a covered trench, to a storage area. P00326.011

‘The enemy artillery has been very active today. At about 2pm they concentrated their fire on our trenches near our right centre and a number of casualties were the result. We had a rather warm trip* to the C.C.S with a Light Horse Captain who was severely wounded and were forced to take shelter at the No.2 A.S.C depot. One of our aeroplanes retaliated by dropping a couple of bombs on the enemy trenches. The 4 horse boats cast adrift yesterday drifted on to the beach near Kaba Tepe, one was recovered during the night but the other 3 were left and the enemy removed the mule transport carts from the during the night. Three T.B.Ds attempted to land a number of reinforcements here this afternoon but had to give up the attempt through the enemies artillery fire being too severe. They landed them safely after sunset. There have been mo battleships of cruisers in sight all day.’

*Herbert often described dangerous situations as warm or hot. In extreme situations he would describe the day as being rather ‘lively’.

For the classroom: How might language such as this affect our interpretation of an event?

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