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"What is it?"
Calling all teachers, students, and history buffs: test your observation and deduction with number five in our Collection Detection series. Tell us what you think this object is in the comments section below, and next week we will post the answer along with some questions for classroom research and discussion.
Hint: This object was found at Lone Pine in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkins James.
What is it?
Think you know? Tell us in the comments below. You'll find the answer posted next week!
On 20 December 1915, Private John Kingsley Gammage of the 1st Infantry Battalion wrote in his diary, This concludes a real experience that money could not buy with an enemy that fought fairly and clean. Gammage was one of the last 10 000 Australian troops remaining at Anzac Cove. These men departed Anzac Cove during the night of Sunday 19 December through into the early hours of Monday 20 December 1915. The preparations for their departure had been carefully planned down to the finest details.
“Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion.
Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion.
Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918:
What is it?
This length of barbed wire with metal jam tins and lids, and a flattened metal plate attached was found on Pope’s Hill on Gallipoli in 1919.
Give us your best guess in the comment box below. The answer will be revealed next week, along with an interesting story you could use in your classroom.