Wednesday 21 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. 

Australian troops with bayonets attached to their rifles in trenches prepared for a possible gas attack. They are wearing a very early model gas mask which would have been useless had gas ever been used by either side during the campaign. Australian troops with bayonets attached to their rifles in trenches prepared for a possible gas attack. They are wearing a very early model gas mask which would have been useless had gas ever been used by either side during the campaign. A00910

'A biplane passed over this afternoon. During the afternoon a barge containing stores broke loose from its moorings and was drifting in very close to the enemy positions at Kaba Tepe Point, when a naval penance went after it, coming under very heavy fire from the enemy field guns. It succeeded in recovering it an towed it back to the cove. Beachy Bill has been rather quiet lately. Gas respirators were issued to us today, they are rather crude in construction, being just a pad of cotton charged with an anti-gas chemical enclosed in a length of gauze, the ends of which are tied behind the head to keep the cotton pad in position over the mouth and nose.’

*The gas masks issued on Gallipoli were ineffective due to their poor design. The masks used on the Western front were far more protective against gas. Despite the fact the filtering agent used was asbestos.