Turkish projectiles : Krithia, Gallipoli

Accession Number RELAWM07831
Collection type Technology
Object type Munition
Physical description Lead
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Fifteen spent 7.65 x 53 mm Mauser projectiles.

History / Summary

These Turkish projectiles were found in January 1919 by Lieutenant William Hopkin James in a trench near Krithia at Helles. James was leading a small group from the Australian War Records Section. Their work at Gallipoli included taking photographs and collecting items for the national collection.

On the afternoon of 8 May the 2nd Australian Infantry Brigade (5, 6, 7 and 8 Infantry Battalions) advanced towards Krithia. Some 500 Australians were killed in this attack. Many of their bodies, being under direct enemy fire, could not be recovered until after the war.